Did you know that Merlin the Wizard is thought to be buried at Marlborough College, that photography was invented here, and the county boasts the world’s oldest working clock and the UK’s largest Chinese restaurant? This great book is packed with tall tales and an abundance of trivia.
Wiltshire is a south-western county of England, bordered by Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. It’s landlocked, covers almost 1,350 square miles (3,500 sq km), and is characterised by its high downland and beautiful wide valleys.
For further factual information on the county’s geography or history, or to discover which well-known places you should visit and why, may I politely invite you to head for the enormous amount of excellent tourist guide books and local history volumes – expertly researched and complied by scholars and serious travel writers – which you will surely find in any good library or bookshop.
No, it’s not our purpose here to share with you the recognised facts about Wiltshire. Instead, for these Tales and Trivia books we’ve delighted in rummaging about to seek out the more peculiar, funny, off the wall or lesser-known tit-bits about the county’s people, places, objects, customs and history.
We hope that these morsels will not only add to your enjoyment of Wiltshire but will also surprise, entertain, or flabbergast you … or at least give you something to talk about when you next find yourself lost for words!
So from Harry Potter to Stonehenge, from flying monks to crop circles, and from O2 to 007, these pages will show you a Wiltshire crying out to be explored from a different angle. You don’t have to read the book sequentially from beginning to end – just dip in and out as the fancy takes you … and happy reading!
Released: September 2015
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Linda Fernley