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On April 28th 1910, the French pilot Louis Paulhan landed his plane at a spot bordering on Burnage; thus winning the Daily Mail's competition for a £10,000 prize, for the first powered flight between London and Manchester. The flight was interrupted by a short overnight stop at Lichfield.
 
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Bideford, North Devon, is also twinned with a town in Brittany. Truro's twin, is Morlaix; Bideford's, Landivisiau.
 

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Aylesbury was also accorded in 2005, the status of a Cycling Demonstration Town, to promote cycling as a means of transport.
 

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Walter of Guisborough, a canon of Gisborough Priory, was an mediaeval chronicler who wrote about the period from the Norman Conquest to about 1346. In doing so he depended on, amongst others, an earlier history written by Henry of Huntingdon (1088 - 1157)
 

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The journalist, political philosopher, and novelist William Godwin (1756 -- 1836) was born in Wisbech. In the earlier part of his life, he was a Congregationalist minister (a position which he later abandoned) in -- among other places -- Ware, Hertfordshire.
 

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Winteringham has a pub called the Bay Horse. So has -- would you believe it :smile: ? -- Bay Horse (Lancashire) -- some seven miles south of Lancaster.
 

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Ravenstonedale, Cumbria: was also in Westmorland, when that county still existed as such.
 

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Driffield's name is thought to come from the Anglo-Saxon for "dirty (manured) field." Mucking (Thurrock Unitary Authority) looks and sounds as though it should have a similarly "earthy" origin; but is reckoned -- though also Anglo-Saxon -- to be derived in one way or another from the name of its supposed founder, an Anglo-Saxon worthy called Mucca.
 

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Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Picton, prominent in the Napoleonic Wars, spent his childhood in Rudbaxton. In 1812, he purchased an estate near Carmarthen; didn't get much chance to enjoy it, because he was killed at the Battle of Waterloo.
 
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In the sixteenth century, Carmarthen was, it is claimed, the most populous town in Wales. There have been other contenders - Swansea and Merthyr Tydfil - before the mushrooming boom town Cardiff scooped the crown in the late nineteenth century.
 
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James James, who composed the music of the Welsh national anthem Hen Wlad fy Nhadau, was born in Bedwellty but lived in Pontypridd from the age of about twelve years. He died in 1902 in Aberdare.
 

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James James, who composed the music of the Welsh national anthem Hen Wlad fy Nhadau, was born in Bedwellty but lived in Pontypridd from the age of about twelve years. He died in 1902 in Aberdare.

I suppose he wasn't the bod celebrated by A.A. Milne --

"James James Morrison Morrison Willoughby George Dupree
Took great care of his mother, though he was only three" <D ?

Re Aberdare: there is a mountain range in Kenya called the Aberdare Mountains. In parallel -- mountains in Britain's Empire / Commonwealth, named after settlements in the old country -- there is in New South Wales, Australia, a Hastings Range.
 

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