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Did you know that gabardine waterproof clothing was invented by a Basingstoke Man? His name? Thomas Burberry! Burberry was a draper who came up with a process for proofing yarn as well as finished cloth after a chance conversation with a shepherd. That manís clothing had seemingly become waterproof through contact with lanolin - he claimed during sheep dipping. Known as a fashion item now, Burberry gabardine was originally for outdoorsy types Ė at the most extreme end of that scale worn by explorers like Ernest Shackleton .

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Magna Carta Signed - 1215, The Peasants' Revolt ends - 1381, First Botanic Garden in Britain - 1621, Alcock and Brown complete 1st non stop flight across the Atlantic - 1919
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