30 amazing things Gloucestershire gave to the world – Gloucestershire Live

16. The American national anthem. John Stafford-Smith, who wrote the music to the Star Spangled Banner, grew up in Gloucester and was a choirboy at the Cathedral. He was born in Pitt Street in 1750 and died on September 21, 1836, choking on a grape pip.

7. Cider With Rosie . Laurie Lee’s biopic sold more than six million copies worldwide, and was turned in to a TV drama three times. The story of the world as it comes away from the First World War and enters a phase of industrialisation in agriculture, it’s a set text for millions of school children around the world.

26. Gloucester Old Spot pigs. Practical and good tempered, they were ideal for households who wanted a pig to keep at the end of the garden. They grazed off windfall apples in the Severn Vale for as long as anyone could remember, and the The Gloucestershire Old Spots Breed Society was formed in 1913.

24. A set for Star Wars. When they needed an other-worldly backdrop for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, film executives picked the old iron scowles of Puzzle Wood near Coleford, which get more than a fleeting glimpse in the latest of the George Lucas series.

Gloucestershire, you may or may not be suprised to hear, has played a vital role in the way people live their lives across the globe.

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