11 Facts You Might Not Know about Richmond
Picture-perfect Richmond’s cobbled streets are crammed with history (unsurprisingly, as it dates back to 1071)
Richmond was formed around its castle, and became an important regional centre in the medieval period when royal charters were granted giving Richmond rights to hold markets and fairs – important parts of Richmond’s heritage which are still celebrated today.
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1. The word Richmond comes from the Norman French ‘richemonte’ meaning ‘strong hill’.
2. Only two other stone-built castles are equal in age to Richmond’s; Colchester and Durham.
3. Within the walls of Richmond Castle, a 19th-century military cell block has thousands of pieces of graffiti that span several decades and two world wars.
4. Henry Greathead, the inventor of the lifeboat, was born here, as was Fenwick founder, John James Fenwick.
5. The Georgian Theatre Royal, built in 1788, is Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form.
6. In the Victorian era, the castle became the headquarters of the North York Militia.
7. Henry VII named London’s Richmond after his favourite Earldom, Richmond in Yorkshire.
8. Alan Rufus is acknowledged as having been the richest man in Britain, with his wealth in today’s currency valued at more than £81 billion.
9. In June 1927, Richmond was a centre line of totality during a solar eclipse. This is celebrated on a plaque at the top of Reeth Road.
10. Richmond was named UK town of the year in 2009.
11. The Market Place is said to be one of the largest cobbled markets in England.