Residents in this quaint English village have a surprisingly diverse genetic heritage
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Pretty, quaint and quintessentially English are words that could be used to describe the village of Bledington in Gloucestershire – however, residents here have just found out they are a lot more ethnically diverse than expected. The ethnicity of the village, which is home to around 500 people, is identified through population data as being 94.5% White British. However, nearly 120 of the community’s residents got a shock when they signed up for DNA testing – and found their genetic heritage spans 18 global locations and includes countries such as France, Germany, Greece and Finland. It was also revealed that over half the tested residents of Bledington – between the popular Cotswold towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton – discovered previously unknown genetic connections with other villagers. The testing, carried out by AncestryDNA, revealed the average person there is actually only 42% Great British (Anglo Saxon) in genetic terms. Sue Windsor, 73, found out – to her surprise – that she does not have any British DNA and instead her ancestors hail from Western Europe and Ireland. She said: “I was a bit surprised because I have got 69% Europe West, 23% Ireland and 8% other regions.
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