A MULTIFACETED LEGACY
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.