By Stephen Halliday
"Amazing & remarkable evidence approximately nice Britain" reveals the hidden legends, legislation, landscapes, discoveries, adventures and destinations that experience formed Britain's compelling, and now and then, tumultuous previous. discover how Britain was once shaped - its geology and weather, the quirky characters and occasions of its heritage and the starting place of British associations, equivalent to public faculties, fish and chips and riding at the left hand facet. short, obtainable and unique items on a large choice of matters makes it the right booklet to dip in to. the fantastic and outstanding evidence sequence offers fascinating, striking and little-known evidence and tales a couple of wide selection of subject matters that are certain to tell, take in and entertain in equivalent degree.
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Like Aethelred, Canute (985–1035) has also been ill-served by historians. Having married Aethelred’s widow Emma, Canute eventually became King of England and if, as is possible, he really did tell the advancing tide at Bosham in Sussex to turn back it was only to demonstrate to his flattering courtiers just how foolish they were to suggest that the tide would obey him. Prince of Wales Bowled Out Wayward Hanoverian son checks out in style British novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863) once quoted the following verse, author unknown.
The longest river in Britain is the Severn at 220 miles which rises in Wales but runs mostly through England. The longest river wholly in England is the Thames, at 215 miles. The longest river in Scotland is the Tay, at 120 miles; in Wales the river Towy is 64 miles long. The lowest point in Great Britain is Holme Fen, south of Peterborough, 8 feet below sea level. No landscape point in Wales or Scotland is below sea level. The windiest place in Britain is the summit of the Cairngorms in Scotland where, on 19 December 2008, a wind speed of 194 mph was recorded.
Wales’s Hidden Treasure-Trove Local boys done good, too Porthmadog, Gwynedd, is the terminus of the world’s oldest independent railway company. The Ffestiniog Railway was created by Act of Parliament in 1832 to convey slates from the quarries and mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog to the port of Porthmadog. It remained independent when the rest of the railway network was nationalized in 1948 and survives as a visitor attraction. During World War II the slate mines, which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, were used to store art treasures from the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery in London.
Amazing and Extraordinary Facts about Great Britain by Stephen Halliday