part of the kingdom of Mercia. Occupying
a large part of central England, Mercia stretched from Wales in the
west to the kingdom of the East Angles (East Anglia) in the east and
from the West Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south to Northumbria
in the north.
District became Britain's first National Park.
Aston was born in the village of Harborne near Birmingham
in 1877. In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel
Prize for Chemistry for his invention of the mass spectograph.
twice Prime Minister in 1834-35 and 1841-46, was buried at St
Peter's in the village of Drayton Bassett in 1850. He had lived
nearby at Drayton Manor, a now demolished stately home. Peel was responsible
for creating London's police force whose members were nicknamed "Bobbies"
author Izaak Walton
was born in Stafford in 1593. In 1653 his The
Compleat Angler - a book on the delights of fishing - was published.
It became a classic and is the most reprinted work in English literature.
Sir Henry Wotton ... was also a most
dear lover, and a frequent practiser of the art of angling; of which
he would say, "it was an employment for his idle time, which
was then not idly spent ... a rest to his mind, a cheerer of his spirits,
a diverter of sadness, a calmer of unquiet thoughts, a moderator of
passions, a procurer of contentedness; and that it begat habits of
peace and patience in those that professed and practised it."
The Compleat Angler (1653)
Johnson, later better known as Dr Johnson,
was born in 1709 in Breadmarket
Street in Lichfield.
is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
to Johnson in 1775 (James
Boswell's biography "The Life of Johnson", 1791)
am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the
pedigree of nations.
Tour to the Hebrides (1785)