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Did you know that the first tomatoes grown in the UK were raised in the conservatory of the great 16th century pile Burghley House near Stamford? Those early fruits would almost certainly not have been eaten as the British considered tomatoes to be poisonous until perhaps the 18th century. They do in fact contain minute and inconsequential amounts of a toxin called... Tomatine.

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Colin Dexter
John Haigh
Sir Malcolm Sargent

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If a nation could not prosper without the enjoyment of perfect liberty and perfect justice, there is not in the world a nation which could ever have prospered. - Adam Smith
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Owen Glendower wins at Bryn Glas - 1402, Battle of Bothwell Bridge - 1679, The Somerset Case Judgement - 1772, Beginnings of the V&A - 1857, Victorias Diamond Jubilee - 1897, SS Empire Windrush Docks at Tilbury - 1948
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