5 Fun Facts about England
Have you got English guests visiting you this month? Don’t be stumped on what to say with these 5 fun facts about England.
1. It’s chilly over there.
The warmest day in England’s recorded history was on the 10th of August 2003, when Brogdale in Kent hit a warm-ish 38.5°C.
2. They didn’t always speak English in England.
French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.
3. They have a long and rich history.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest royal residence in the world still in use. It was originally constructed in 1070 and rebuilt in stone in 1170. Today the Queen lives there officially for a month every year.
4. England has an interesting history of invention.
The English are well known for their history of invention, having invented the toothbrush, television, the World Wide Web and lightbulb, amongst many others. There are the odd inventions, however, which have somehow been absorbed by other cultures, making their real history quite surprising.
Champagne was invented in England, not in Champagne, France. The method of adding sugar and molasses to wine to make it “brisk and sparkling” was developed by an English scientist, Christopher Merret, over 30 years before Dom Pérignon adopted it in France.
The Star-Spangled Banner’, America’s national anthem, was composed by an Englishman, John Stafford Smith from Gloucester.
The world's first modern Olympic Games were not held in Athens in 1896, but in the small town of Much Wenlock (Shropshire) in 1850.
5. They love a good cuppa’
A cuppa is how the English refer to a cup of tea. The UK drinks 165 million cups per day or 62 billion cups per year. They invented both “high” and “low” tea, and black tea or “normal” as we call it here, is their favoured blend.