When some of the patients were able to go into town, not surprisingly they would attract attention[..]The people of Basingstoke were absolutely wonderful in the way they opened their arms, hearts and doors, asking the patients to come in and have tea with them they rallied round beautifully.In 1951 Sir Harold completed the first male to female gender reassignement of a transexual through vaginoplasty.Unfortunately the shop was burnt down in 'The Great Fire of Basingstoke' in 1905. was in charge of the footballs at the 1966 World Cup final when England beat Germany 4 2. " This is wonderfully written and very funny tale about the cherry brandy loving Trelawney Hart, debunker of Victorian psychics, who is tasked by Arthur Doyle (he of Sherlock Holmes fame) to investigate a case.
In a new twist to the Baghstoke saga, De La Rue's factory in Basingstoke was chosen to print all the post Saddam Iraqi currency 'the New Iraqi Dinar'.
In case anyone decided to 'nuke' Basingstoke, there was a nuclear bunker located under this town centre building. (Bilton Road) roundabout, was built with a novel oval shape to ease the traffic flow along what was the main trunk road between London and Southampton (equivalent of today's M3).
[...] as we start walking uphill, the old man turns on his heel and suddenly bounds back down the cobbled incline, for maybe thirty yards, until he stands beneath the enormous sculpted phallus with a look of childish wonderment on his round, bald face.
The big stone penis weighs seven tons and is the heaviest sculpture of a male organ in the UK.
The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things Carl Barat was born in Basingstoke.
The son of an armaments factory worker and a CND activist, at seven years old he dressed as a whale and took part in a demonstration on the motorway to stop a nuclear weapons convoy., Photo by Holly Calder, many thanks. The T1 Capero, the world's fastest accelerating road car, is designed and built on the Houndmills industrial estate.
The building survived the Cold War but was razed in 2001 to make way for a block of flats, the bunker becoming a basement gymnasium. Caroline Thorpe, wife of the Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, was killed here in a car crash in 1970.
more (Churchill Way) These laser cut steel service doors to Festival Place were designed by artist Chris Knight and nominatied for the 30,000 Jerwood applied arts prize. Lutyens built the factory in Basingstoke because of the high quality of the local clay and it provided the bricks for many of his famous buildings . presented "Basingstoke 1985/86" at the Long Gallery.
It seems somewhat less impressive with Great Britain's biggest prick standing next to it. ' 'Born and bred = and it's nothing to be ashamed of.' ''Yes' agreed Gretel, 'so I've heard.' is set, and was filmed on location in, Basingstoke.
Great book, contains astonishing amounts of drugs and violence. Contains numerous references to Basingstoke, all in a similar vein: Mary Mary. The location was apparently chosen for a number of reasons including its similarity to US towns (sic) to make it viewable by a US audience, its dissimilarity to Northern English towns (to get away from the 'Social Realism' genre) and (probably not least) because Simon Shore at one time went out with a Basingstoker.
From Jude the Obscure: "There is in Upper Wessex an old town of nine or ten thousand souls; the town mat be called Stoke Barehills. (I've not got a definitive source for this height, if you know of one please drop me an email, address at the bottom of the page) (Alençon Link) was the tallest building between London and New York, until the IBM 'Liquorice Allsort' building got a top floor and neon strip added when it became Skyline Plaza, making it about 4 feet taller than Fanum House.