Woodstock

 

The Feathers Hotel was the first Gin Bar in the Guinness book of Records,,having over 400 selections in its gin bar.

 

 

 

Winston Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace in 1874. A UNESCO world heritage site. Woodstock Palace once stood here but was

destroyed during the English Civil War

 

 

 

Capability Brown landscaped the Gardens.

 

 

 

Woodstock is an Old English word meaning ‘’clearing in the woods ‘’

 

 

 

The Blenheim Orange, which is an apple.

 

 

 

Dinosaur garden at the Museum,

 

 

 

King Edward III was born in Woodstock Manor in 1330. Known today as The Black Prince.

 

 

 

Queen Mary I ‘s sister Elizabeth I was imprisoned in the gatehouse at Woodstock Manor. While she was there she wrote the

poem ‘’Much suspected by me, None – proved can be’’.

 

 

 

Aethelred the Unready held an assembly at Woodstock.

 

 

 

Simon Hatley lived in the high Street, believed to be Coleridges 'Ancient Mariner'

 

 

 

The Steel Jewellery Factory was once at 2 Market Place. By 1720 the products were of such a high quality that they were used as diplomatic gifts.

It became cut steel Jewellery by the end of the 18th century.

 

 

 

The Bell foundry was once at 52 Oxford Street.

 

 

 

The Glove Factory once stood at 62 Oxford Street.

 

 

 

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor used to stay at the Macdonald Bear Hotel.

 

 

 

In 1110 there used to be a zoo in Woodstock Park, lions, camels and porcupine.

 

 

 

Henry 11 created a home for 'Fair Rosamond' in Woodstock. Rosamund Clifford was famed for her beauty and was the mistress of King Henry II.

She died in Woodstock in 1176 and is buried in Hereford Cathedral.

 

 

Town Hall built in 1766 to the designs of William Chambers.(1723-1796) .Two of his best known works are Somerset House and the pagoda at Kew, London.

He was also a founder member of The Royal Academy.

   

Thomas Chaucer, thought to be the son of Geoffrey Chaucer lived in Chaucers House in the town centre.

 

 

 

The Oxfordshire Museum has a full size replica of a Megalosaurus.

 

 

 

The church of St Mary Magdalene has a musical clock, early English windows and a Norman arched doorway.

 

 

 

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

Woodstock, Connecticut is named after Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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