42 Random Facts About England
The best way to know more about a country is to read about its interesting aspects and going through random facts about England does just that. Despite being familiar with the country, you will still be highly surprised to know certain new things about England.
The nation has dominated the world map with a lot of things including The Royals, Punk music and literature. The birth place of Shakespeare is one of the major countries that form The Great Britain.
Here are some lesser known random facts about England.
1. York (not New York) was the first city where the Danish Vikings settled down. It became the capital of Danelaw and was under Viking rule from 867 to 954.
2. Military and economic tensions between Britain and Germany were major causes of the First World War
3. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest royal residence in the world.
4. The first capital of England was Winchester.
5. Lincoln Cathedral completed in 1280 was the first building in the world that even overtook the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
6. Hereford Cathedral has the world’s largest and oldest chained library. It even contains one of the best preserved Mappa Mundi.
7. Cambridge University Press established in 1534 is the world’s oldest printing and publishing house.
8. Many do not know the fact that Champagne was invented in England not in France.
9. Royal Armouries in the Tower of London is one of the oldest museums in the world.
10. The English invented and developed the world’s earliest railways.
11. Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford in 1840, devised the famous custom of afternoon tea.
12. England’s first telephone directory got published in 1880 and had only 248 names and addresses with no telephone numbers.
13. The first fish and chip restaurant to open in London was in 1860.
14. 40 men drowned while playing football in the medieval times. They met their demise chasing the ball into the sea.
15. The climate of England is considered temperate maritime and it has mild summers and winters. The country is infamous for its gloomy weather.
16. The geographical size of England is 130,422 square kilometers or 50,356 square miles.
17. The country mostly consists of rolling hills dotted with small fields or flatland.
18. The nation has an island location and no place in England is more than 75 miles (120 km) from the sea
19. England and France have only a 21-mile gap between them. The Channel Tunnel which is the world’s second longest underground tunnel links them.
20. London is the capital of England.
21. The national animal of England is the majestic lion.
22. The main language spoken in the country is English but there are over 300 languages spoken in London.
23. The Queen does not have the permission to set foot in the House of Commons.
24. Despite their political rivalry, most of England’s legal, political and military terms from the French.
25. The Royals still hold enormous power and only after the Royal assent of the Queen can a bill become an act.
26. England has a high rate of people dying from heart attacks.
27. The U.K recently named chicken tikka masala as its national dish.
28. The Big Ben is not the name of the clock tower but the bell.
29. The Royal wedding has always been a point of international attention and estimated 2 billion people around the world viewed the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
30. The population of England as per 2011 is 53.01 million
31. Thomas Harriot was a Brit who is lauded with being the inventor the symbols for “is less than” < and “is greater than” >.
32. England is the home of many famous authors such as Ian Fleming, JK Rowling. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.
33. British citizen eat over 11.5 billion sandwiches every year.
34. Funnily enough England has more chickens than people.
35. The English drink more tea than probably any other cultural group apart from Irish.
36. 30% of today’s Londoners were born outside the United Kingdom.
37. England has a GDP of $2 trillion.
38. The traditional industries of England consist of iron and steel production, coal mining and textiles.
39. In the lowland and hilly areas farmers grow wheat, potatoes and vegetables. Also, dairy and sheep farming are common in these regions.
Other Random Facts About England
40. Queen Elizabeth 1 is a distant relative of Roman ruler Vlad the Impaler.
41. The nursery rhyme London Bridge is falling down can be over 1000 years old as it points to the numerous fire s and collapses the bridge was prone to.
42. London did not have trash bins for 20 years due to the fear of bomb attacks by the IRA.
These are some highly interesting random facts about England. If you happen to know more such facts then do leave us a comment below.
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