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Did you know that Cheltenham owed its existence as a spa town to pigeons? It is said that in 1715 someone noticed a particularly healthy looking flock of the birds pecking at a field on the edge of the settlement. When the ground was investigated a mineral spring was discovered, the water’s salts the attraction for the birds as they would thereafter be for visitors. The town crest includes three pigeons to honour this debt.

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Alex Gregory
Arthur 'Bomber' Harris
Brian Jones
Eddie the Eagle Edwards
Edith How-Martyn
Edward Wilson
Frederick Handley Page
Gustav Holst
Ralph Richardson
Richard O'Brien
Robert Hardy
Rowland Biffen
Willie Renshaw
Zac Purchase

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