This season of Ladies of London may be over, but we're not ready to leave England just yet. The Real Housewives of Cheshire premieres Saturday, November 14 at 12PM/11AMc, and it promises to keep the drama going across the pond.
After watching the supertease, it was probably immediately clear from those accents that these glamorous ladies are English, but where exactly is Cheshire, and what makes it such a fabulous place to be? Keep your wits about you, and read on to find out everything you need to know about the one of the most affluent areas in England.
It's Not a City
Unlike many of the other Real Housewives series, this show doesn't cover one city but an entire county. Cheshire is located in northwestern England, and some of the best-known towns within the county include Chester, Crewe, and Wilmslow. Apparently, so much drama is going to go down on RHOCheshire, a single city just couldn't contain it all.
It's One of the Most Affluent Areas in England
In the past, several of Cheshire's villages have been found to be some of the most affluent in the region, including Tatton, Alderley Edge, and Cheadle. Weekly earnings for residents of the region have also been above the U.K. average, according to the Office of National Statistics. With those kind of pounds (the British currency, that is) dropping, who wouldn't want to live in Cheshire?
It's the Land of the Footballers
Much of Cheshire's wealthy reputation is due to the fact that it has served as home to many pro footballers (that's Britishspeak for soccer stars) over the years, probably because the region isn't far from Manchester and Liverpool, the homes of two big football teams in the U.K. The footballers and their significant others usually live in what is known as the Golden Triangle, which is an area south of Manchester between Wilmslow, Knutsford, and Prestbury. That's also the part of Cheshire in which RHOCheshire takes place. In fact, RHOCheshire 'Wives Leanne Brown, Dawn Ward, and Magali Gorré are all married to current or former footballers. Let the drama, er, games begin!
It's Very Special to David and Victoria Beckham
Cheshire has been a big part of one famous footballer's life: David Beckham. He and his wife of 16 years, Victoria Beckham, got engaged at Rookery Hall, a hotel in Nantwich. The couple also used to live in Alderley Edge when David played for Manchester United. So that means, yes, Posh was something of a Real Housewife of Cheshire once, too.
It Has Many Famous Natives
In addition to all of the famous footballers currently living in Cheshire, several high-profile people also once called the county home. One Direction's Harry Styles grew up in Holmes Chapel, Daniel Craig was born in Chester, and actor Tim Curry, perhaps best known for his role as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, was born in Grappenhall. We don't know what it is about Cheshire, but it just has a way of cranking out stars.
There's Lots to See There
Cheshire isn't just a residential area. There's plenty to do in this picturesque region as well, including boating, walking through its botanic gardens, and checking out one of the many Cheshire locations seen in movies and on TV — other than on RHOCheshire, of course. Or, you could always just pay a visit to Opium, the beauty salon and spa owned by RHOCheshire's Ampika Pickston, and hope that you catch a feud firsthand.
It's a Big Part of Your Favorite Children's Story
If you've heard the word "Cheshire" before, it's probably because of the Cheshire Cat — you know, that aloof, wide-grinned kitty from the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the Disney animated movie Alice in Wonderland? The book's author, Lewis Carroll, was from Daresbury, Cheshire, and he may have been inspired by a carving of what appears to be the face of a cat on Croft Church, where his father served as rector. It's also been said that the author put an ever-present smile on the cat's face because Cheshire's dairies were so full of milk and cream that a kitty couldn't help but grin.
It's a Cheesy Place
Speaking of that famous dairy of Cheshire's, Cheshire cheese is a thing. It's one of Britain's oldest cheeses that originated in the region and is often white and crumbly. Any place that has a cheese named after it has to be pretty rad, don't you think?
It's Also a Beautiful Place
Cheshire isn't just filled with beautiful homes; it's got beautiful people, too. Case in point: The region took home this year's Miss England title in August. Miss Cheshire Natasha Hemmings beat out 50 other contestants to take home the crown, and now she'll move on to compete in the Miss World competition in China in December. We'd totally root for her if America wasn't in the running, too.
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