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As we know, "they pronounce things funny in Norfolk"; the above-bolded settlement is pronounced "Windum". I understand that the considerably smaller Wymondham in Leicestershire, a few miles east of Melton Mowbray, is pronounced approx. as spelt: "Wye-m'nd-um".
 

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Hastings also holds an annual commemoration, with medieval-battle re-enactors taking the central role, of the prominent historical battle which took place at / near the (respective) town.
 

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Hungerford, Berkshire, also has antique shops in profusion. (I liked the name of one in Hythe -- "Den of Antiquity".)
 
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Shire horses of the Wadsworth brewery in Devizes still pull traditional drays to deliver beer to local pubs. This practice was also followed by Youngs brewery in Wandsworth, south London, until in 2006 they (very regrettably) upped sticks and moved production to Bedford.
 

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The composer Gustav Holst lived for a while in Barnes; also for a while, in Thaxted (Essex).
 

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Knaresborough also has a school -- long of the "grammar" variety -- initiated via a charter from King James I. (We also had "Mr. Slobber" only yesterday -- I seem to have got him rather on the brain at the moment.)
 

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Eugene Aram (1714 - 1759), of some notoriety as a philological scholar and also a murderer, was born in Ramsgill. After killing a friend in 1744 -- the crime initially undetected -- he left his native Yorkshire and worked in various parts further south: finally in King's Lynn, where justice at last caught up with him.
 

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William Byrd -- organist and composer "by appointment to" Queen Elizabeth I -- was earlier in his life, organist and master of the choristers of Lincoln Cathedral. He lived for the last years of his life at Stondon Massey, near Brentwood, Essex.
 

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Edward Smith, captain of the ill-fated Titanic, resided for a while in the above-bolded settlement. He was born in Hanley, Staffordshire.
 

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Hanley Deep Pit, at approximately 500 yards, was the deepest in the North Staffordshire Coalfield. For comparison the deepest in South Wales was Nantgarw, at 856 yards
 

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Nantgarw is the location -- in an area developed on the site of the one-time colliery and coking works -- of the headquarters of Cadw, Wales's equivalent of English Heritage: the HQ of which is in Swindon, Wiltshire.
 

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Prominent figures in Scotland's part in the politico / religious "disagreements big-time" of the 17th century -- and who shared the same surname -- were John Graham of Claverhouse, 1st Viscount Dundee; and James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose.
 

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The Bervie Chipper in Inverbervie won the title of Fish and Chip Shop of the Year in 1997. A lot further south: Trip Advisor speaks well of The Fish Dish fish-and-chips restaurant in Felixstowe.
 

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