DID YOU KNOW?
In 1584, at the height of his fame at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Raleigh wanted to buy Hayes Barton, his birthplace in the village of East Budleigh. But the owner refused to sell.
Queen Elizabeth was amused by his Devon accent and called him ‘Water’.
Raleigh responded by writing flattering poetry comparing the Queen to the moon goddess Cynthia and himself to the ocean, controlled with the tides.
The English judge Sir Francis Gawdy, a member of the court that tried Raleigh for high treason in November 1603 is reputed to have stated on his deathbed that “the justice of England was never so depraved and injured as in the condemnation of Sir Walter Raleigh”.