Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Happy Independence Day

From his birthplace in East Budleigh, Devon, Sir Walter Raleigh wishes his American friends across the Pond "A Happy Independence Day."

A Raleigh corner is one of the permanent displays in Fairlynch Museum.

We are only a few doors away from The Octagon, the building where Sir John Millais stayed when working on his famous painting 'The Boyhood of Raleigh.'

A blue plaque commemorates the artist's stay in Budleigh Salterton.  

Across the Pond the state capital of North Carolina and its second largest city was named Raleigh in 1792 to honour Sir Walter, sponsor of the Roanoke Colony. A bronze statue, which has been moved around different locations within the city, was made in honour of the city's namesake.

There's even a neighbourhood in the city of Raleigh called Budleigh.

The 'Lost Colony' is commemorated at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

In 2018 we will be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the trial and wrongful execution of Sir Walter.

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