Fascinating facts about William The Conqueror
As Hastings is one of the areas we cover, we thought it would be useful to provide our readers with a few little known facts concerning a famous resident of these parts; William the Conqueror.
He's best known for his part in The Battle of Hastings of 1066 but here are a few other facts that you probably don't know.
1. William was known to once own a 1979 Ford Capri. It was the same one that was driven by Bodie and Doyle in the 80's hit TV show, The Professionals. He bought it at auction after the show had finished and used it for around 2 years before it failed it's MoT. Due to the Royal coffers being empty after paying for so many wars, he had to sell it because he couldn't afford to pay for the welding that was required. This is why he is often depicted riding a horse instead.
2. When William the Conqueror was baptised, his mother intended to call him Norman (as he was going to be a Norman King later in life). She changed her mind when one of her servants pointed out at the very last minute that 'Norman the Norman' might sound a bit silly when he got older.
3. William the Conqueror was eventually killed by an arrow that was shot into his eye on the battlefield - Actually, come to think of it, I think that might have been someone else.
4. William the Conqueror once hired one of our skips as he intended to landscape his garden (and install a nice water feature to impress the neighbours). He called in the "Groundforce Team" consisting of Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh. Unfortunately, they were only there for 2 days before he threatened to execute Tommy as he didn't like his Cockney accent. Predictably, this episode never reached our TV screens.
5. William once decided on a whim to fashion his beard into two distinct pointy bits at the bottom. To this day, no one is quite sure why.