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“On the Road…” – Gloucester and the USA

1 year ago

On the road…” is a series of posts about our Discovery of Britain’s highways and byways. Whether it be some family fun, a surprising connection or just a beautiful spot we want to share our love for this country with you. Today we visit Gloucester to celebrate the 4th July – American Independence Day. So how does this English Cathedral City have any connection with American independence? You can guarantee that today there will be multiple renditions of the American national anthem being sung from state to state… and that is where Gloucester steps in. Or more precisely, that is where John Stafford Smith (1750-1836) steps in.     Smith was born along this street – the son of Gloucester Cathedral’s organist. The musical gene passed into his blood as he progressed from chorister to composer and, like his dad, organist. Somewhere around 1773 he composed some music called “The

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