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The Gloucester Miser

James (Jemmy) Wood born on 7 October 1756 owned the Gloucester Old Bank. He became known as the “Gloucester Miser” despite his fortune of £900,000, which made him the richest commoner in the King of England’s domains. Jemmy inherited the bank from his grandfather who had founded it. The bank was one of the oldest […]

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A History of Cheltenham

Cheltenham rose to popularity on the back of medicinal waters that were once in the town’s main spa. Legend has it that before this discovery in 803, a monastery stood on the site. It is said the medicinal abilities of the spa were actually discovered by pigeons and the locals only followed suit when they […]

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