MARL­BOR­OUGH LITE

Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD TOWNS -

1 The town achieved mar­ket town sta­tus in 1204

2 A pre­his­toric tu­mu­lus in the grounds of Marl­bor­ough Col­lege dates back to 2400BC, said by some to be the burial site of, er, Merlin

3 The town’s motto is Ubi nunc sapi­en­tis ossa Mer­lini (“Where now are the bones of wise Merlin?”)

4 Both King John and Henry III were mar­ried at a motte and bai­ley cas­tle, built on the site of the pre­his­toric mound by Wil­liam the Con­queror

5 The 1653 ‘Great Fire of Marl­bor­ough’ started in a tan­ner’s yard, spread­ing like the prover­bial due to a strong pre­vail­ing wind and pro­lif­er­a­tion of thatched roofs

6 The fa­mous White Horse was cut into the chalk of the hill­side by boys from Mr Greasley’s Academy in 1804

7 Marl­bor­ough Big & Lit­tle Mop Fairs are on Oc­to­ber 7 and 14 in 2017

8 Wil­liam ‘Lord of the Flies’ Gold­ing was ed­u­cated at the for­mer Marl­bor­ough Gram­mar School

9 Af­ter the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis in 1962, ru­mours cir­cu­lated that there was a di­rect tele­phone line link­ing the White House to Moscow via Down­ing Street, which ran be­neath the Bath Road by the gates of Marl­bor­ough Col­lege

10 Crop cir­cles are a fre­quent sight in fields around Marl­bor­ough, and the col­lege has held two con­fer­ences on the phe­nom­e­non in re­cent years

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