FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM SOUTHWEST ENGLAND

By Tim Lambert

Click on towns in blue to read their histories

ALLER, SOMERSET Ralph Cudworth 1617-1688 Philosopher

BAMPTON, DEVON Eliza Gould 1770-1810 Founder of Sunday Schools

BARNSTAPLE

Sir Francis Chichester 1901-1972 Yachtsman

John Gay 1685-1732 Poet and playwright

Dermot Murnaghan 1957- TV Presenter

Harry Welchman 1886-1966 Singer/actor

BATH

Anne Barry 1734-1801 Actress

Bill Bailey 1964- Comedian

Thomas Bowlder 1754-1825 who wrote a new version of Shakespeare without any crude or vulgar bits!

William Lonsdale 1794-1871 Geologist

BERKELEY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Edward Jenner 1749-1823 Discovered inoculation against smallpox

BERROW, SOMERSET Elizabeth Hartley 1751-1824 Actress

BIDEFORD, DEVON John Hanning Speke 1827-1864 Explorer

BLANDFORD FORUM, DORSET Alfred Stevens 1818-1875 Artist

BODMIN H C McNeile 1888-1937 Creator of Bulldog Drummond

BOURNEMOUTH Elisabeth Scott 1898-1972 Architect

BRADFORD ON AVON Henry Shrapnel 1761-1842 Weapons inventor

BRIDGWATER Robert Blake 1599-1657 Admiral

BRIDPORT Colin Gibson 1960- Footballer

BRISTOL

William Child 1606-1697 Composer

Russ Conway 1927-2000 Pianist

William Friese-Greene 1855-1921 Inventor

Cary Grant 1904-1986 Actor

Nigel Hall 1943- Sculptor

Peter Higgs 1929- Physicist

Sir Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830 Artist

Richard Long 1945- Artist

Samuel Plimsoll 1824-98 Invented the Plimsoll line to prevent ships being overloaded

Michael Redgrave 1908-1985 Actor

Frances Trollope 1780-1863 Writer

BURNHAM-ON-SEA John Pople 1925- Chemist

CHARD, SOMERSET Margaret Bondfield 1873-1951 First woman cabinet minister

CHELTENHAM

Sir Rowland Biffen 1894-1949 Geneticist

Sir Arthur Harris 1892-1984 Air Marshall

Gustav Holst 1874-1934 Composer

Edith How-Martyn 1875-1954 Suffragette

Dan McKenzie 1942- Geophysicist

Edward Wilson 1872-1912 Explorer

CHIPPENHAM Florence Hancock 1893-1974 trade Unionist

CREDITON According to tradition St Boniface was born there c.680 He converted large parts of pagan Europe to Christianity

CROWNDALE Francis Drake c.1540-1596

DARTMOUTH

Sir Humphrey Gilbert 1539-83 Explorer

Rachel Kempson 1910-2003 Actress

Thomas Newcomen 1663-1729 Inventor of the first practical steam engine

DEVIZES Mary Higgs 1854-1937 Social reformer

DEVONPORT Robert Falcon Scott Explorer

DOWNEND, GLOUCESTERSHIRE William Grace 1848-1915 Cricketer

DORCHESTER

John Endecott 1588-1665 One of the founders of Massachusetts

Maurice Evans 1901-1989 Actor

DULVERTON, SOMERSET George Williams 1821-1905 Founder of the YMCA

EAST STOUR, DORSET Sarah Fielding 1710-1768 Writer

EAST KNOYLE, WILTSHIRE Christopher Wren 1632-1723 Architect

EXETER

Sir Thomas Bodley 1545-1613 Scholar and founder of the Bodleian library in Oxford University

Eustace Budgell 1686-1737 Writer

William Clifford 1845-1879 Mathematician

Nicholas Hilliard 1547-1619 Artist

FAIRFORD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE John Keble 1792-1886 Poet

FALMOUTH Robert Fox 1789-1877 Geologist

FOWEY Anthony Hewish 1924- Astronomer

FROME

Benjamin Baker 1840-1907 Engineer

Charles Oatley 1904-1996 Inventor

GLOUCESTER

Robert Raikes 1735-1811 Founder of Sunday schools

Sir Charles Wheatstone 1802-18175 Scientist

George Whitefield 1714-70 Preacher

HAYES BARTON Sir Walter Raleigh 1552(?)-1618

HELSTON Henry Trengrouse 1772-1854 Invented a rocket life saving device

HIGHER BROCKHAMPTON, DORSET Thomas Hardy 1840-1928

HOLNE, DEVON Charles Kingsley 1819-75 author of The Water Babies

ILCHESTER Roger Bacon 1214-1294 Philosopher

ILLOGAN Richard Trevithick 1771-1833 Inventor

ILLMINSTER John Hanning Speke 1827-1864 Explorer

LANEAST, CORNWALL John Couch Adams 1819-1892 Astronomer

LANGPORT, SOMERSET Walter Bagehot 1826-1877 Economist and writer

LYME REGIS

Mary Anning 1799-1847 Paleontologist

Thomas Coram 1668-1751 Philanthropist

Percy Gilchrist 1851-1835 Metallurgist

John Gould 1804-1881 Ornithologist

MALMESBURY Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679 Philosopher

MELCOMBE REGIS, DORSET James Thornhill 1675-1734 Artist

MIDSOMER NORTON Peter Alexander 1952- Actor

MINEHEAD Sir Arthur C Clarke 1917- Science Fiction writer

PENZANCE

Sir Humphrey Davy Scientist and inventor

George Waterhouse 1824-1906 Prime Minister of South Australia and New Zealand

PLYMOUTH

William Bligh 1754-1817 Captain of the Bounty

Henry Dobson 1840-1921 Poet

Sir Charles Eastlake 1793-865 Artist

Michael Foot 1913-2010 Politician

Sir John Hawkins 1532-1595 Sailor

Benjamin Haydon 1786-1846 Artist

Donald Sinden 1923- Actor

Wayne Sleep 1948- Dancer

PLYMPTON Joshua Reynolds 1723-92 Artist

POOLE

Thomas Bell 1792-1880 Zoologist

John Le Carre 1931- Writer

RADIPOLE, DORSET Verney Lovett Cameron 1844-94 Explorer

REDRUTH Kristin Scott Thomas 1960- Actress

RODE, SOMERSET Harold Gilman 1878-1919 Artist

SALISBURY Margaret Carpenter 1793-1872 Artist

SEMLEY, WILTSHIRE Robert Morley 1908-1992 Actor

SHAFTESBURY Richard Upjohn 1802-78 Architect

SHEPTON MALLET

Herbert Foxwell 1849-1936 Economist

John Lewis 1836-1928 Founder of the department store

SHERBORNE, DORSET Dames Bradley 1693-1762 Astronomer

SLAD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Laurie Lee 1914-1917 Writer

SOMERTON, SOMERSET Marmaduke Cradock 1660-1717 Artist

STAPELTON, SOMERSET Frances Trollope 1780-1863 Writer

STROUD John Canton 1718-1772 Physicist

SWANAGE, DORSET James Meade 1902- Economist

SWINDON

Barbara Hepworth 1903-75 Sculptress

Diana Dors 1931-1984 Actress

Justin Hayward 1946- Singer

Mark Lamarr 1967- TV Presenter

Billie Piper 1982- Actress

ST AUSTELL

Robert Duncan 1952- actor

A L Rowse 1903-1997 Writer

ST COLOMB MINOR, CORNWALL William Golding 1911-1993 Writer

STURMINSTER, NEWTON William Barnes 1800-1886 Poet

TAUNTON

Jenny Agutter 1952- Actor

Lord Trenchard 1873-1956 'Father' of the RAF

Charles Edward Trevelyan 1807-1886 'Father' of the modern civil service

TAVISTOCK William Browne 1591-1643 Poet

TEIGNMOUTH Charles Babbage 1792-1871 Mathematician

TEWKESBURY Anna Ford 1943- Newscaster

TIVERTON

William Buckland 1784-1856 Geologist

Richard Cosway 1742-1821 Miniature painter

TORRINGTON, DEVON William Cory 1823-1892 Poet

TORQUAY

Agatha Christie 1890-1976 Writer

Peter Cook 1937-1995 Comedian

Percy Fawcett 1867-1925 Explorer

TROWBRIDGE Sir Isaac Pitman 1813-97 Inventor of Pitman shorthand

TRURO

Henry Bastion 1837-1915 Botanist

Henry Bone 1755-1834 Artist

Samuel Foote 1720-1777 Playwright

Chris Harris 1982- Speedway Rider

Richard Lander 1803-34 Explorer

WELLINGTON Sir Edward Burnett 1832-1917 Anthropologist

WELLS Thomas Linley 1732-1795 Composer

WESTBURY, WILTSHIRE Penleigh Boyd 1890-1923 Artist

WESTON SUPER MARE

John Cleese 1939- Comedian

Augustus Love 1863-1940 Mathematician

WEYMOUTH

Henry Moseley 1887-1915 Physicist

Thomas Peacock 1785-1866 Poet

WINSLADE, DEVON Mary Chudleigh 1656-1710 Poet

WRINGTON, SOMERSET John Locke 1632-1704 Philosopher

YEOVIL Sarah Parish 1968- Actor

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