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->'''Cause I got a bran' new combine 'arvester an' Ah'll give you the key!''
-->-- '''The Wurzels'''

''Gerrorf moi lan'!''

Technically it's the South West Country but that doesn't have the same ring to it. A crucial note before we begin; in the UK "Cider" refers exclusively to Hard Cider with alcohol in it, anything else is called apple juice.

The West Country is the informal term for the area of the UnitedKingdom that encompasses the counties of UsefulNotes/{{Cornwall}}, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol. Known for being very rural with towns and cities being small and spread out (resulting in very poor support for the Labour Party, who came ''fifth'' in European elections and subsequently strong support for the Lib Dems!). As such it's mostly depicted on TV as farmer towns where the inhabitants wear wellies and tweed and speak with [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents thick Somerset accents]], even though the majority of people living in the South West actually speak perfectly standard English. Known to everyone else as "Mummerset". Expect plenty of 'oo-ar's!' to be heard and some cunning wit or action to follow. Was known as "Zedland" to wits in the 19th century, owing to the way the accent turns S to Z ("Oi be drinkin' zoider!") Generally a laid-back set of counties too, especially considering the amount of comedians the area has produced. Bristol is the only major city in the region (although Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Exeter, Torbay, Bournemouth and Plymouth are fairly populated) and as such is the focal point for most events of notice.

Known for producing huge amounts of cider and scrumpy, cheddar cheese, clotted cream and Cornish pasties. Naturally, they are all consumed in greater quantities down there than in the rest of the UK. Also gave us the GlastonburyFestival too and also is the location of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Also, [[OopNorth Yorkshireman]] PatrickStewart trained as an actor in this area. Weston-super-Mare in Somerset was also fairly well known for its pier by the beach and was an icon in the West Country; the pier was seriously damaged by a fire in 2009, but has reopened as of late 2010. Is also quite popular amongst engineers due to having such marvels like the Severn Bridges and the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, the fact Bristol also had an important role in the Aerospace Industry and helped build Concorde also helps, Concorde's last flight ended up returning it to Bristol, where it now stands at Filton Airport until a permanent museum can be built. The local airport also started doing flights from there to New York City a few years back. Bristol also is somewhat notorious for its relationship with {{Pirates}} because the Bristol Channel coast was a major sea-trade region during the age of pirates, and the coast was a notoriously dangerous for shipwrecks (not always accidental), so some of the speech is derived from pirate jargon (Plymouth and Cornwall also have the pirate association, since many pirates came out of Plymouth and Cornwall's economy was once 90% reliant on smuggling!). Has recently had some of the city renovated and tidied up. Word of advice though: Avoid Knowle West unless you absolutely have to go there, although that area is improving.

Plymouth and most of West Devon are liberally drenched in references to Sir Francis Drake, British National Hero of the 16th Century and the last interesting person to come out of the county (apart from actor twins HarryAndLukeTreadaway); Plymouth is also the site of the Mayflower Steps and the departure of various soon-to-be-Americans from the country.[[note]]Apparently, we've just said that no-one who left to found America was worth noting. Moving on...[[/note]]

Generally West Country folk share more of a rivalry with the [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Welsh]] than the rest of England. Part of this is due to the allegations that the Welsh were unhappy with the fact that the first Severn Bridge had its toll booth on the English side, prompting the second bridge to have the booth on the Welsh side.

Pretty cheesed off that GordonBrown's government imposed a 10% price increase on cider, as if that was unexpected. Luckily that hike was scrapped because of the impending elections in order to save other pieces of legislation.

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!!Examples of famous/fictional people:

* Creator/JKRowling, author of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' was born in Yate, a small town just north of Bristol. However, the series was conceived in [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Edinburgh]].
* Popular rock band Music/{{Muse}} hail from Teignmouth in Devon.
* The Wurzels: Somerset band who make songs about cider, farming and the West Country in general, usually perform with a pint of cider in their hands. Popular amongst the West Country and also amongst university students for obvious reasons.
** They also [[EarWorm have a combine harvester, and they'll give you the key]].
** They are also [[CaptainObvious cider drinkers, they drinks it all of the day.]]
* Creator/{{Banksy}}: well known graffiti artist born in Bristol
* Blackbeard: The famous buccaneer was also born in Bristol.
* Jenson Button: 2009 FormulaOne world champion. Born in Frome, Somerset.
* Creator/SimonPegg: The comedian and actor was born in Gloucester. The film ''HotFuzz'' was set in a fictional West Country town which pretty much showcases the typical West Country stereotypes.
* Justin Lee Collins: Another comedian who was born in Bristol.
* Creator/BillBailey: Yet another actor/comedian. Born in Bath, Somerset. You can probably see the trend here.
* Jethro: And another comedian, this one born in Cornwall.
* Russell Howard: [[OverlyLongGag And yet again, another comedian!]]. Also born in Bristol.
* Lee Evans: [[OverlyLongGag one more comedian for you.]] Born in Avonmouth, Bristol.
* Edgar Wright: The director of ''Film/HotFuzz'' and ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' was born in Poole, Dorset, but grew up Wells, Somerset.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** [[Creator/KarenGillan Amy Pond]] in was born in Scotland and moved to a village about twenty miles out of Gloucester when she was a kid.
** Creator/JonPertwee received some of his education in Dorset, although he was born in Chelsea.
** Music/BilliePiper was born in Swindon.
* Creator/JohnCleese of ''Creator/MontyPython'' and ''Series/FawltyTowers'' was born in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset and was educated in Bristol.
* [[StarWars David Prowse]] was also born in Somerset and educated in Bristol too, Vader as a farmer, eh.
** In fact, that's why JamesEarlJones dubbed him over; Prowse's voice was just to friendly.
* Since TripHop got started in Bristol, its early creators embody this: MassiveAttack, {{Portishead}} (named after their hometown) and {{Tricky}} (from Knowle West, Bristol).
* Michael Adams, Britain's current #1 chess player, was born and brought up in Cornwall, and now lives in Somerset.
* Fictional example: Bomber from ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet'', portrayed as a Bristolian by Pat Roach (really from UsefulNotes/TheMidlands).
* ''DocMartin'' is set in a small [[QuirkyTown fishing village]] somewhere Cornwall-ish.
* The moles of ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', with their infamously incomprehensible FunetikAksent, were [[WriteWhoYouKnow based on some Somerset inhabitants]] Brian Jacques met during RAF training.
* How could we forget Archie Leach (AKA CaryGrant), born and raised in Bristol.
* The members of Music/{{XTC}} are from Swindon.
* Stephen Merchant makes yet another comedian, co-writer of ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' and ''Series/{{Extras}}'' (with a small part in the first, and larger part in the second) and also voiced Wheatley in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''.
* Although Creator/TerryPratchett was born in Buckinghamshire, his family moved to Somerset when he was a child and he's spent much of his adult life in Somerset and then Wiltshire.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's "somber puritan" SolomonKane came from Devon.
* James Purefoy, who played Literature/SolomonKane, as well as Mark Antony in ''Series/{{Rome}}'', is a lad from Somerset.
* Phil Harding from ''Series/TimeTeam'' who, despite being a highly accomplished and internationally renowned archaeologist, took a particular delight in cultivating a West Country yokel image with WildHair and [[CoolHat poacher's hat]].
* The novelist and poet Creator/ThomasHardy was from Dorset, and set his novels in a realistic but fictionalized version of the West Country.
* Most working class characters from series/TheArchers ''sound'' like they're from here even though the series is allegedly set in TheMidlands. The series was originally conceived at a time when not many BBC employees would have known the difference, and it's stood ever since.
* Robert Newton, English actor, whose portrayal of Long John Silver in ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' using an exaggerated form of his native Dorset accent gave the world the TalkLikeAPirate trope. Arrrr!
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