⦁ Berclea from the Old English for ''birch lea''
⦁ Once the site of the Berkeley nuclear power station.
⦁ Legend of the Witch of Berkeley who sold her soul to the devil in return for wealth. The Devil carried her away on a black horse .
⦁ Gloucster and Sharpness Canal
⦁ Used to be a railway' Bristol and Gloucester Railway.
⦁ Edward Jenner- Vaccination
⦁ Temple of Vaccinia
⦁ John Fitzardinge Paul Butler - Victoria cross
⦁ Berkeley Hunt - Oldest in the country being founded in the 12th Century. Hounds were kept to hunt stag and buck.
⦁ Berkeley Square - nightingale sang ?
⦁ Shakespeare may have written A midsummers nights dream for a wedding of a Berkeley family member in 1596
⦁ Dickie Pearce - Possibly the last court jester in england, died at Berkely when he fell from the minstrels gallery in the Great Hall.
⦁ Edward II ( 1284-1327) was murdered here, in 1327, legend says by using a red hot poker to burn his internal organs.
⦁ Silver Chalice once owned by Earl Godwin, father of Harold the last Saxon King of England.
⦁ Cattle Country
⦁ Dr Jenner's House
⦁ Swimming pool
⦁ Flag - Edward II
⦁ Knight- News of ghost captured on video by a drone.
⦁ Fly - Immortalised in a stained glass sundial in a window in the castle .
⦁ 12th century marcher castle built by the Berkeley family in 1153.
⦁ Toad- flesh eating berkeley toad, John Smyth, steward of the Berkely family recorded local sayings and stories including the tale of a huge toad, in the time of HenryVII, that was fed by the local butchers.
⦁ Cuckoo- Jenner was elected to the Royal Society in 1789 for his work on the study of cuckoos.
Air balloon- Jenner launched a small hydrogen balloon from Berkeley Castle in 1784. It flew 10 miles to Kingscote, landed then launched again landing at Birdlip.
⦁ Flag of Virginia- Berkeley plantation on the James River wasthe first U.S. Thanksgiving in 1619, at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia
⦁ Cow -Blossom , the Gloucester cow famous for being used by Jenner in the discovery of vaccination of small pox. 'Vacca' being the Latin name for cow.
⦁ Fir Tree- planted in 1968 to celebrate the birth of an heir to Berkeley Castle.
⦁ Bell tower- Built separately from the church in 1753 .It has 10 bells, and used to ring the curfew bell at eight O'clock every night from October 10th to March 25th.
⦁ Cyclamen - In the 19th Century, Mrs. Stackhouse, wife of Canon Stackhouse, a former vicar of Berkeley, brought home a cyclamen tuber ,secretely, from her visit to the Vatican In the Vatican Garden the cyclamen (Cyclamen Neapolitanum) were in bloom. Mrs. Stackhouse loved to bring back a souvenir from any garden she visited, and the habit of a lifetime pressed upon her. Swiftly, she dropped her umbrella, and under the very eyes of the Papal Guard, managed to conceal a cyclamen corm inside it as she retrieved it. Some years later an old gentleman called and asked if he could look inside The Chantry again, as he had been a regular visitor there when Canon Stackhouse was vicar. Rev. Fisher asked him if the story of the cyclamen was true.
Print from an original Illustration by Katie B Morgan