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In Gloucestershire County, England, Brockworth has built a name for itself as the home of the annual downhill rolling of Double Gloucester Cheese which can be seen along the sides of Cooper's Hill. Furthermore in Brockworth one can find the home of the Gloster Aircraft Company which developed and manufactured the famous World War II Hurricane fighter as well as being the manufacturer of the world's very first jet aircraft.
Originally, Brockworth was but a mere rural village located along an old Roman road which ran to the port of Gloucester. Because of the remoteness of Brockworth as well as its situation along the major roadway, it proved to be the perfect location for an aircraft design, manufacturing and testing facility which has since produced a number of great aircraft.
Because of Brockworth being the home of an aircraft plant, during the second World War, the plant which is locally known as the GAC was bombed by the Luftwaffe as an attempt to halt production of the Hurricane but it failed and the plant was able to produce 2,750 Hawker Hurricanes in all before the production ceased in 1942 in which the line was switched over to produce the Hawker Typhoons.
After the war ended, the town took a large toll as the jobs became less available however, during the 1950's with the growth and expansion of housing, road networks and the like, Brockworth slowly made a comeback only to lose one of the GAC's test runways in a re-districting.
The biggest and most well known reason why so many people make their way to Brockworth is for the annual cheese rolling in which a large Double Gloucester Cheese round is rolled down the hill. However, most of the participants spend their brief descent down the hill tumbling. This hill roll occurs every year during the May Spring Bank holiday and although it was part of a mid-summer festival for the last 200 years, it is now just limited to the cheese rolling.
So if you are looking for a place that is not of the norm when it comes to places to spend the week or weekend then why not make your way to Brockworth for some World War II history and the brief downhill chase of a large chunk of Double Gloucester Cheese.