I’ve just added some extra information to the Bolton post, as Derrick Knight provided some insight into his Bolton Marathon experiences. I knew, from reading his posts, that he’d done a lot of running, but hadn’t realised it took him so far north.
I’m now moving on to M32, KT18, BR6 and ME8. I’m going to have to get a move on as we’ve had a busy few days and am accumulating postcodes faster than I’m finding facts.
M32 is part of the Manchester postcode area, one of the few that have a single letter.
A lazy search for M32 brings up Messier 32, also known as M32 or NGC 221. It is a dwarf “early-type” galaxy and is around 2.65 million light-years from Earth. It’s in the constellation Andromeda and was discovered in 1749 by Guillaume Le Gentil.
He has an amazing life story and, to be honest, knew more about astronomy than I will ever know, despite me having 269 extra years to learn it.
However, as he didn’t do any of this in Manchester, it isn’t relevant.
The next reference is to a motorway near Bristol – 4.4 miles long, and one of our shortest. It’s also a catamaran and some sort of audio equipment.
M32 Manchester works better as a search. It’s Stretford, a town that has many things to recommend it – a record-breaking art exhibition, a successful football team, a Jacobite skirmish and the first planned industrial estate in the world. My favourite fact isn’t even that it was nicknamed “Porkhampton” in the 19th Century due to it’s production of pork (up to a thousand pigs a week) and black pudding. I’m fond of pork…
Actually, that probably is my favourite fact, though it is run close by the fact that it used to be such a centre of rhubarb production that rhubarb was known locally as “Stretford Beef”. I like rhubarb too.
KT18 is easier. It’s Epsom in the Kingston on Thames postcode area. If you aren’t into horse racing there’s not much of interest round here. We stayed at a hotel on the racecourse a couple of years back. The breakfast was excellent and we saw parakeets over Leatherhead Crematorium.
BR6 is Bromley postcode, and just a couple of areas east of KT. BR6 covers Orpington, which is famous as the town where the Buff Orpington chicken was bred, along with the lesser known Black Orpington and Buff Orpington Ducks. Despite strong opposition from the poultry I’m going to have to nominate the Orpington Car as the interesting fact.
It was built between 1920 and 1925 and nobody has seen one since a, possibly unreliable, sighting in Crossroads during the 1970s. Somewhere in a dusty barn the last of the line may be lurking.
ME8 will be dealt with in due course…
More fun discoveries – although going into space seems to be stretching it a bit 🙂 Thanks very much for your Bolton PS.
You added the human dimension to my Bolton story, so thank you. 🙂
As for space stretching it, wait until I find an excuse for Time Travel…
I have played hockey in Bronmley and it had a nine hole public golf course in days gone by. I wonder if it is still there now.
There is still a nine hole golf course there but it looks quite commercial on the website.
The web failed to come up with any response to my query “Tootlepedal Bromley Hockey”.
I like the story that there are parakeets in this part of England after they escaped from Ealing Film Studios in 1951 during filming of ‘African Queen’. It might be true!
It is a great story. I haven’t looked into it too closely as I don’t want to spoil it.
It seems as though we are learning together. Lots of digressions, which make any journey more fun.
I’m surprised at some of the things that are turning up, though it’s all due to the people who put it on the web for me to find. I owe them a lot.