If you have some free time while you are visiting Chipping Sodbury, plan a day excursion to find out more about some notable people who are somehow related with this gorgeous town. You think there is nothing interesting to find? Well, you are deeply wrong then, because people from the areas of science, sport and even magic have connections with Chipping Sodbury.
Edward Jenner also known as the father of immunology started his medical training in Sodbury, observing people catching cowpox and then not catching smallpox in the 18th century. The well-known English physician and scientist who was born in 1749 and died in 1823 is known for the first research in the area of developing the vaccines against smallpox. At that time, it was difficult to understand how one disease can help to avoid another disease, as a result, Edward Jenner had to work very hard to prove that the way he is offering is safe. The fact that he was appointed to work as the physician extraordinary to King George IV in 1821 proves that he was a great doctor and scientists. In 2002, Edward Jenner was named in the BBC’s list of the 100 Greatest Britons. You can visit the house where was his laboratory and office here in Chipping Sodbury.
Another great inventor and representator of the science world is James Dyson. He is the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner and he lives at Dodington Park that is very close to Chipping Sodbury. James Dyson can be called an industrial designer, landowner, and entrepreneur who founded the worldwide famous company of Dyson Ltd. However, he is always making a joke that his biggest and most successful tasks of his life was an invention of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner. According to the newspaper of Sunday Time, James Dyson is the richest person in the Great Britain, as a result, the estimation of his property in 2020 is reaching the sum of £16.2 billion. Of course, his house is a private place, but you can visit the surrounding park and have a lunch.
Very famous British cricket wicket keeper and artist Jack Russell owns an art gallery in the town. He is called a man of multiple talents as he is a retired international cricketer, now known for his abilities as an artist, as a cricket wicketkeeping coach, and a football goalkeeping coach. Although he was not studying art, he had an interest in art, expressed at an early age through diorama railway modelling. Art was very important to him during all his life and he was creating while he was at the highest point of his sport career also. Now, he has his own gallery in Chipping Sodbury, and exhibits in London, displaying a portfolio of scenes of his home area in Gloucestershire, architecture, classic military battlefields, and wildlife.
Of course, as many other English towns, Chipping Sodbury has some related spooky stories about witches. However, the mother of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter fantasy series, was born in 1965 at the Chipping Sodbury and lived here until the age of four. You can ask every citizen of the town and everyone knows which house belonged to the family of this great writer.