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15 facts about England, you’ve never heard

Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw

ENGLAND – A country full of rich heritage and history. But did you know…




  • Nowhere in the UK is more than 70 miles (113km) from the sea! A place called Coton in the Elms is the furthest place from the sea.



  • It is considered an act of treason to put a postage stamp with the queen’s head upside down on an envelope!The British eat over 11.5 billion (1,500,000,000) sandwiches every year!!


  • England’s first telephone directory was published in 1880 and had only 248 names and addresses (there were no telephone numbers as you had to call the operator and ask for someone’s name to get connected).


  • Our wonderful city London has not always had this name. In the past it has been called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Ludenburg!


  • In 1945, a flock of birds landed on the minute hand of Big Ben and put the time back by 5 minutes.


  • Big Ben is not actually the name of the clock, it is the name of the bell which is inside the clock.


  • There are more chickens than people in England.



  • Black cab (taxi) drivers in London have to memorise every street and important building in London within six miles from Charing Cross and they need to take a test called ‘The Knowledge’ before they can drive a cab.


  • It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.


  • Almost 1 in 5 (18%) of school students over the age of 16 is privately educated in England – source:


  • In 1647, Christmas was abolished by the English Parliament. No-one was allowed to celebrate!


  • On average, 488 people are injured by zips and 3,078 people are injured by slippers every year in the UK.


  • The picture of the Queen on £1 coins show her age at the time they were made.



  • Windsor Castle is the oldest royal residence in the world that is still being used by the royal family.


  • England was part of the shortest war in history. They fought Zanzibar in 1896 and Zanzibar surrendered after just 38 minutes!



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