231 Interesting and historical facts about England.
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In 1650, a domestic servant at Duns Tew manor house named Anne Greene, was convicted of the infanticide of her stillborn child. She was hanged at Oxford Castle but survived after being presumed dead and was given a free pardon.
The parish of Duns Tew in Oxfordshire, had a watermill by 1279. It was still recorded in 1618 but seems to have disappeared by 1722.
Wantage once had two breweries which were taken over by Morlands of Abingdon.
Wantage is home to the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin, founded by the vicar of Wantage William John Butler in 1848. It was once one of the largest communities of Anglican nuns in the world.
Wantage is at the foot of the Berkshire Downs escarpment in the Vale of the White Horse.
The historic market town of Wantage (Oxfordshire) is the "Alfredston" in Thomas Hardy's novel 'Jude the Obscure' which was Thomas Hardy's last completed novel.
In 2014 the market town of Wantage won the award for 'Britain's Best Town Centre' after being nominated for the Government's Great British High Street Award.
The village of Appleton in Oxfordshire, is home to the company 'White's of Appleton', a contractor for hanging church bells, and which is now the oldest bellhanging company still trading in the UK. www.whitesbellhangers.co.uk
Thomas Wolsey, Lord High Chancellor of England and Henry VIII's right-hand man (until he was arrested for treason) died on 29th November 1530 on his way to face charges. He was buried at Leicester Abbey, which was demolished around 1538, and although the Abbey foundations have been excavated in recent years, Wolsey's remains have never been found.
Leicestershire is the only historic county of England lacking a registered county flag. The coat of arms of Leicestershire County Council in flag form is often marketed as the county flag of Leicestershire, however it only represents the council, and their permission is required should you wish to fly it.