A MUL­TI­FAC­ETED LEGACY

Devon Life - - Raleigh And East Devon -

Raleigh is said to have in­tro­duced po­ta­toes and to­bacco to this coun­try. We also en­joy more com­fort­able jour­neys thanks to his 1595 dis­cov­ery of as­phalt in the Pitch Lake on Trinidad.

The city of Raleigh NC in the USA, named after Sir Wal­ter, has two dis­tricts named Budleigh and Hayes Bar­ton – Raleigh’s birth­place.

His wife Bess kept Raleigh’s em­balmed head in a vel­vet bag un­til her death.

It was pro­posed in 1918 to build a Raleigh Univer­sity for the South West of Eng­land be­fore the Univer­sity of Ex­eter was founded in 1955.

Raleigh de­signed the Ark Raleigh, later re­named Ark Royal, which was the first in the se­ries of the most fa­mous of the Royal Navy’s war­ships.

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