The term “England” was derived from Englaland, which means “country of the Angles.” During the Early Middle Ages, the Angles were a Germanic tribe that lived in England. The country has an archaeological record going back to the early Neolithic period and beyond with its rich history and culture. In the UK, there is a wealth of information to be found about the country’s past. Do you know everything there is to know about this magnificent nation? Well, if not, we’ve listed some intriguing facts about England for every anglophile. Read on!
5 Interesting Facts About England For Anglophiles!
The Romans Invaded England For The Oysters
One of the most interesting facts about England is its unique treats. Colchester oysters are one of the regional specialities that aren’t very well-known by many. The history of these oysters dates back to when the Roman soldiers established an encampment in Britain in AD 43 that eventually expanded into the first capital of England. This happened long before London, or Londinium as it was then known, existed. The first settlement in the British Isles was Colchester. According to historians, the Romans’ desire to control the supply of the wonderful oysters was one of the key motivations behind their invasion of the islands. Oysters from Colchester are still regarded as some of the best, in the world. If you visit one of Mersea Island’s fine seafood eateries if you want to sample them for yourself. Alternatively, October is one of the best months to explore the island and attend the yearly Oyster Feast.
London’s Ice Wells
Second, on the list of fun facts about England are the Ice Wells. They can be found in the south of London, under Kings Cross Station. Between 1840 and 1900, during the Victorian era, Londoners were ice cream crazed. The city was obsessed with the new fad at that time. In that period before refrigeration, getting a frozen treat was a tremendous accomplishment. The entrepreneur and immigrant Carlo Gatti from Italy and Switzerland noticed that everyone was yelling for ice cream, so he devised a plan to provide it for everyone. Under his property in central London’s Kings Cross, he constructed two enormous wells. Each had a 33-foot diameter and a 42-foot depth. He would import ice from Scandinavia’s frozen rivers and lakes, which he could store in large quantities. The ice was subsequently supplied to ice cream producers in London and other regions of Great Britain. Carlo Gatti became a millionaire and passed away in 1878, although the London Canal Museum still offers tours of his ice wells.
The Queen Of England Created A New Dog Breed
The Queen of England is well-known for her devoted Corgis, who have been by her side throughout her reign. Over the course of her reign, she has owned more than 30 corgis. Her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, preferred Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Thus, they have been a constant in her life. The royals, however, permanently altered both breeds when Princess Margaret and her pet dachshund Pipkin paid her a visit. Pipkin became pregnant by one of the Queen’s corgis and the ensuing child was given the name Dorgis. a brand-new breed of dog that the royal sisters initially focused on breeding only.
London Has 40 Abandoned Tube Stations
Fourth on the list of facts about England is the abandoned stations in London. 270 stations on the London Underground are open and operational (or Tube as it is unofficially known). You might have travelled by tube while making your way around the city. There are 40 closed and abandoned stations that still stalk the lines, sitting silently and by themselves underneath. You will definitely come across at least one abandoned station lurking in the shadows, occasionally while travelling.
Stations in London are usually shut down for a variety of reasons. As more expansions were built throughout time, the railway lines’ directions altered, or simply when the number of passengers depleted and the stations were not utilised much. It is one of the fun England facts any served as bomb shelters for Londoners during air raids during the Second World War. These abandoned stations were used as a storage area to keep artefacts from the British Museum safe; Londoners mostly used Aldwych station for this purpose.
Stonehenge Is Older Than The Pyramids
Stonehenge is older than the pyramids and is one of the last facts about England on the list. For followers of the druidic religion, the stone circle has significant religious significance. Since the Neolithic era, which began 5,000 years ago, it has been situated on the Salisbury Plain. Before the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt (spanned 500 years). Archaeologists are still baffled by how and why stone age man erected it. Most people concur that it was a location with significant ceremonial value. According to one myth, giants from Ireland travelled over the sea via the Giant’s Causeway to build Stonehenge. There is not much proof for this, though! See the 42 Most Amazing Ancient Ruins on Earth.
What is England famous for?
England is famous for many things but the most popular are David Beckham, Big Ben, Red Buses, Fish and Chips, black cabs, Oasis, Blur, the Beatles and tea.
How old is England?
The kingdom of England, with nearly the same borders as today, was established in the 10th century. This makes it almost 8,00,000 years old.
What is England’s famous food?
The British adore Sunday Roasts. This dish consists of the following components: roasted meat (beef, chicken, lamb, or hog), roast potato, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables (typically a selection of roast parsnips, Brussels sprouts, peas, carrots, beans, broccoli, and cauliflower, but not always all), and gravy.
What is England the best at?
TSports and literature are two of England’s cultural legacies. Football, rugby, cricket, boxing, and golf were all invented and the country has given birth to many great writers, like William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Robert Burns.
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