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Did you know that Dartmouth is home to the oldest working steam engine in the world? It was built to the design of locally-born Thomas Newcomen in the late 18th century, and its working life included use as a pumping engine on the Coventry Canal .

Did you know that the world’s first Jack Russell dog was bred by a Parson born in Dartmouth called - Jack Russell ? The cleric was a keen hunter, and bred the dog to flush foxes out of their holes without hurting them, so as not to spoil his sport (or what he regarded as such depending on your standpoint).

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My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied - Horatio Nelson
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Drake completes the first circumnavigation of the globe - 1580, 1st British Open Golf Championship - 1861, Blackpool illuminations light up for 1st time - 1925, 1st Birds Eye Fishfingers go on Sale - 1955, 21 IRA men escape from Maze Prison - 1983
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