• 10 of Britain's most eccentric villages: chosen by readers

    6 days ago - By The Guardian

    Switzerland in Derbyshire, Daleks in Northumberland and British eccentricity everywhere... our tipsters tell ripping yarns on unassuming villages all over Britain Ilam , Staffordshire, is a surprise. Although there has been a settlement here since Saxon times, the current buildings are all in the style of a Swiss village. It was built in the early 1800s by a wealthy local landowner, Jesse Watts-Russell, purely because the surrounding Peak District area reminded him of Switzerland. Unlike some wealthy landowners, he seems to have been something of a philanthropist - he built and funded a...
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