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Bristol is well known as the home of Wallace & Gromit, Banksy and Trip Hop but did you know….
1. Ribena was invented in Bristol.
During the Second World War, Bristol researchers at the National Fruit and Cider Institute were tasked with finding an alternative source of Vitamin C to oranges. They found blackcurrants to be the best option - and Ribena was born.
2. Infamous pirate Captain Blackbeard hailed from Bristol.
Edward Teach – better known as Captain Blackbeard – was born in Bristol around 1680. He went on to become one of the world’s most feared pirates. His childhood home can still be found on the Bristol harbour side.
3. America may have been named after a Bristol Sheriff.
When John Cabot set sail on his 1497 voyage of discovery, on which he reached mainland America, King Henry VI ordered the Sheriff of Bristol, Richard Ameryck to find the funds for the voyage. Some believe to this day that the Americas were named after Sheriff Ameryck.
4. Nipper the HMV dog is from Bristol.
Nipper the dog was made famous by his appearance on a picture entitled ‘His Master’s Voice’, which later went on to become the logo for HMV. Nipper was owned by an employee at the former Prince’s Theatre on Park Row, Bristol.
5. The oldest dinosaur found in Britain was dug up in Bristol.
Back in 1834, the remains of a dinosaur were found in a quarry in Clifton, a suburb of Bristol. Named Thecodontosaurus Antiquus, the dinosaur measured 2m from end to end, was a plant eater and stood on 2 legs. To date, is the oldest dinosaur to be found in Britain.