The nursery rhyme tells us that Doctor Foster went to Gloucester, in a shower of rain; he stepped in a puddle, right up to his middle, and never went there again. There are several different interpretations of who this rhyme is about but nobody can say for sure. It doesn’t make Gloucester look great either but is it really fair that he never came again? Here we take a look at the great things that Gloucester has going for it and why he should have given it a second chance!
Gloucester’s house prices make it an attractive prospect and you certainly get more bricks for your bucks than you would just up the road in Cheltenham. The lovely, leafy suburbs of Longlevens or Churchdown will give you a Gloucester postcode but you are still conveniently positioned to enjoy the benefits of both Gloucester City and Cheltenham Town. For Gloucester Estate Agents, visit http://www.tgres.co.uk/
Gloucester has some very impressive history. King William I’s Christmas Court began work on the Domesday Book from Gloucester in Parliament House which is still standing to this day, just behind the glorious 900 year old Cathedral. Edward II is buried there too. In fact, the Romans thought so much of the city that Emperor Nerva made it a colonia which was the highest accolade for a settlement in the Roman Empire.
Shopping has improved greatly in the city too with the Quays Designer Outlet Centre and the regeneration of the Docks area breathing new life into the city. There are shops, boutiques, restaurants, a cinema and a museum all in one convenient location. Gloucester is also lucky to host the Tall Ships Festival every two years which attracts visitors from far and wide.
Other great tourist attractions include the Folk Museum, Beatrix Potter Museum, Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and the City Museum and Art Gallery. That’s a lot of culture packed into a small city centre. People come here for the sport too. Gloucester has a top flight rugby team and even staged some of the games of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Many people come to the city to cheer on the Cherry and Whites.
Gloucester is also fortunate enough to be perfectly placed on the River Severn, the most powerful river in Britain and many people come to witness the Severn Bore which is simply awesome in itself. What a shame that Doctor Foster missed so much by not returning!
Gloucester can also boast some excellent schools with four grammar and one Cathedral school. The city can also now celebrate it’s own University campus based at Oxstalls. Part of the University of Gloucestershire, this campus attracts students from all over the UK and is a vital part of the economy of the city.
Doctor Foster could have returned easily with Gloucester’s transport and communication links being excellent. The city is directly linked to the M5 and close to Cheltenham, Cirencester, Hereford and Bristol. The bus and train stations are right next to each other in the centre, with trains operating regularly to London, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham. So wherever he was traveling from, he had no excuse for not being able to return easily.