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The Sir Thomas Lipton football challenge trophy-In 1909 Lipton was made a Knight Commander of the Grand Order of the Crown of Italy. By way of thanks, he presented the Italians with a cup to be used for an international football competition. The Football Association declined to nominate a team so Lipton turned to West Auckland Town to represent Britain. The team was made up mostly of coal miners and, in a story as romantic as Lipton's own, they beat Red Star of Zurich and Juventus to win…

Bishop Auckland - This was the busy social and commercial centre of the south-west Durham coalfield, but the town is actually much older than the Industrial Revolution

Thomas Henderson (1810-1886) is buried in Symonds St Cemetery together with his wife Catherine. Read more at Henderson's Mill became the town of Henderson. Read more about Thomas Henderson at Read Thomas Henderson's obituary at

A hilltop home by Fearon Hay in rural west Auckland balances heft and finesse In the rolling green foothills of the Waitakere ranges, where west Auckland’s suburbs transition into rainforest, is a new homestead by Fearon Hay Architects. It’s a large, rural home, combining luxurious texture and rugged utility, rustic comfort and subtle precision; where …

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Instagram account reveals the world's most depressing place names

Disappointment Island, New Zealand: One of seven uninhabited islands in the Auckland Islands archipelago. Although it’s not certain where the name itself comes from, the island certainly has a suitably bleak history of shipwrecks. In May 1866, the ‘General Grant’ crashed into the towering cliffs on the west coast, killing 68 people, leaving 15 survivors. In March 1907, the ‘Dundonald’ sank after running ashore on its west coast, killing 12 people. 16 survivors.

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