As we know from our series of location blogs the location of your new home is a vital part of the moving process and can have a huge impact on your final decision. However , no matter where you live in the United Kingdom you are never far from a vast array of history and during the month of May the country will celebrate Local Community History Month which aims to increase awareness about the wealth of history which surrounds us.
To commemorate Local Community History Month we have chosen a few of our developments in various locations throughout the UK and delved deep into the history to dig out some hidden historic gems.
- Victoria Mills – Dunfermline
Dunfermline is a town and a former Royal Burgh of Fife and was first recorded in the 11th century, with the marriage of Malcolm III, King of Scotland, and Saint Margaret at The Great Abbey of Dunfermline. The Abbey Church is the last resting place of many of Scotland’s monarchy and is only a short drive away from our Victoria Mills development.
A notable figure who hails from Dunfermline is Scottish American industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, who led the expansion of the American steel industry in the 19th century. Carnegie was born in the town in 1835 but emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1848. He presented his home town with a number of gifts which included a library and swimming baths. Most important of all he donated the Pittencrieff Estate after he purchased it in 1903 to be converted into Pittencrieff Park.
- Stretton Glen – Great Glen, Leicester
Believed to have been founded in 50AD, Leicester boasts the title of the tenth largest city in the United Kingdom and is one of the oldest cities in England. Our development, Stretton Glen, is based in the village of Great Glen, seven miles from the city of Leicester.
Famously highlighted by the media in more recent times is that of the search for King Richard III’s remains. King Richard was originally buried in Greyfriars Church at the end of the War of the Roses, a series of battles for the throne of England. In 2012, the University of Leicester and Leicester City Council announced that they had begun a search of a car park where the church used to be and earlier this year his remains were reburied in Leicester Cathedral.
- Gate House Fold, Bamber Bridge
Bamber Bridge is a large village in Lancashire and is three miles south-east of the city of Preston. Gate House Fold is set on the edge of the village with open farmland stretching to the east and is a delightfully landscaped development.
Historically the village is documented due to the ‘Battle of Bamber Bridge’. During the Second World War, Bamber Bridge played host to a number of American servicemen with their base located on Mounsey Road, part of which still exists now as home to 2376 Squadron of the Air Training Corps. Trouble began in the summer of 1943 between a number of soldiers after a dispute over racial tensions. A fight broke out in the end and guns were drawn with local police urging members of the public to stay indoors.
- Philosophers Gate & Terlings Park, Hertfordshire
Located just north of London, the county of Hertfordshire borders Essex, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridge and is home to many of our developments including Philosophers Gate in Ashwell and Terlings Park in Gilston.
Hertfordshire is featured in some of the world’s best loved literacy. In Oscar Wilde’s famous ‘The Importance of Being Ernest,’ Hertfordshire is the base of the main character, Jack Worthing’s, country house. Other notable mentions include Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ which is mostly set in the county and ‘Bleak House’ by Charles Dickens.
Finding out about your local community history can be very simple and information is readily available. Not only do we have the luxury of the internet but local churches, libraries and town halls can be fountains of knowledge about your community.
The Historical Association has created an online database that has access to information about local events up and down the country.
For information on our locations throughout the country please click here.