Cotswolds Trivia - War & Peace

Malmesbury Abbey was riddled with pockmarks after the town changed hands a number of times during the English Civil War.During the English Civil War, Malmesbury was said to have changed hands as many as seven times, resulting in hundreds of pockmarks left by bullets and shot on the south, west and east walls of Malmesbury Abbey.


While Royalists were encamped іn Painswick during the English Civil War, tradition has іt thаt King Charles went up tо the Beacon and, seeing the beautiful valley tо the east said: "This must be Paradise."
Since then thаt valley, аnd the hamlet оn іts western side tо the north оf Painswick, hаve been called Paradise.

 
Two Cotswold villages - Upper Slaughter and Coln Rogers - are among just 52 "Thankful Villages" out of a total of about 16,000 villages in England and Wales that lost no men in combat during the Great War of 1914 to 1918.
Although Upper Slaughter was subject to an air raid, it also lost no men in the Second World War, making it one of just 14 villages that are collectively known as the Doubly Thankful Villages.
It was erected in 1946 alongside a similar marker put up to give thanks for the 24 men and one woman of Upper Slaughter who returned in 1918.
George Collett, Upper Slaughter's resident handyman, who was born in 1895, had the rare distinction of serving in both world wars
The term Thankful Village - sometimes also known as Blessed Village or Sainted Village - was popularised by the writer Arthur Mee in the 1930s. Little Sodbury is the third Thankful Village in Gloucestershire.

 
HMS Cranham, launched in 1953, was one of 93 Royal Navy ships of the Ham-class of inshore minesweepers. Their names were all chosen from villages ending in -ham and one of them was named after the Cotswold village of Cranham.
In 1955, another Royal Navy named a Ham class minesweeper HMS Kingham after the village in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.
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