The Visit England Hall of Fame

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HMS Victory

HMS Victory

The first inductees have been made into the hall of fame that was launched by Visit England a little while ago.

As readers will know, William Shakespeare was the people’s choice but what of the others? 1,000 submissions were made and the judges decided to award gold, silver and bronze awards in each of the six categories.

In the heritage section, gold went to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which is the world’s ldest industrial complex and home to HMS’s Victory, Warrior and Monitor. The silver was awarded to Capability Brown’s landscaping at Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard in Northumberland and the bronze to the four surviving copies of Magna Carta wherever they might be located.

In that odd category Visit England called The Great, the Good and the Notorious, Octavia Hill – the founder of the National Trust was the winner of the gold. Robin Hood – wh is probably mythical – won the silver and bronze went to Banksy.

The humble – or maybe not so humble after this award – won the gold in the food and drink category with Plymouth’s gin distillery gaining the silver and the Bakewell Pudding the bronze.

DowntonAbbeyIsambard Kingdom Brunel’s engineering masterpieces in Bristol, including the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain passenger steamship won the gold in the Inventions & Discoveries category to be followed with the silver medal, by Sir Isaac Newton’s family home at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, where the English physicist and mathematician first discovered his theory of gravity.  Incidentally, the famous apple tree is still there. Bronze was given to England -the birthplace of the steam locomotive.

In the sport and leisure category, gold went to Rugby School in Warwickshire, for the birth of rugby football. Silver goes to Hampton Court where tennis is thought to have been invented and to Wimbledon and the bronze goes to the university boat race.

The final category is culture and leisure. The Beatles – or maybe Liverpool – get the gold and the silver went to Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed. Glastonbury, with its worldwide known festival, collected the bronze.

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