THE WICKEDEST man in the world, a former Top Gear presenter, and the author of Alice in Wonderland, have more in common than some might think.
The unlikely group feature on an unusual new map of the UK compiled by their most Wikipedia’ed resident – with names instead of places.
Leamington is represented by the infamous occultist Aleister Crowley. Dubbed the wickedest man in the world, he worshipped Satan, practised black magic, and was known to sacrifice the odd cat, although rumours babies were also sacrificed were never proved.
He became a cult figure and even earned himself a place on The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album cover. He died in 1975 from bronchitis.
Solihull’s claim to fame is a little less notorious – former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, who hails from the town, and attended Solihull School.
Meanwhile author Lewis Carroll proved the popular search among Rugbeians. Despite only living in the town for three years while attending the famous Rugby School, the author whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson out-searched Rugby born and bred First World War poet Rupert Brooke, best known for his poem ‘The Solider’ with it’s opening couplet ‘If I should die think only this of me, that’s there is some corner of a foreign field that is forever England’.
Coventry’s representative was somewhat surprising for a city whose residents have included jet engine inventor Frank Whittle, poet Philip Larkin, and legendary nudist Lady Godiva.
But more internet surfers were interested in Keresley born actor Clive Owen. The 54-year-old made his name in TV series The Chancer, before going on to star in Hollywood blockbusters Sin City and The Bourne Identity.
Kenilworth born former footballer Tim Flowers is the town’s name on the map.
The goalkeeper and now manager of Solihull Moors manager was notably part of the Blackburn Rovers side which won the Premier League in 1995 and he also won 11 England caps.
In Warwick, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, who attended the town’s King’s High School, and who played Lady Sansa Stark in the hit series, missed out to real-life 15th century noblewoman Ann Neville, who lived at Warwick Castle.
Anne was the daughter of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, and who later became Richard III’s queen. Their relationship – said to suffer after the death of their son Edward – remains shrouded in mystery.
Stratford’s most search resident was you know who.
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