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Encyclopedia of Britain in United Kingdom

Introduction to the Encyclopedia of Britain

There are 2 works with almost the same nambe: Bamber Gascoigne’s Encyclopedia of Britain (Macmillan, 1993) and Helicon’s The encyclopedia of Britain. The first offers more than 5000 entries on the history, culture and life of Britain (published in 1993 by Macmillan, now out of print). The encyclopedia of Britain (Helicon; 1999), while comparable to Bamber Gascoigne’s Encyclopedia of Britain (Macmillan, 1993), which nevertheless has more color illustrations, Helicon’s encyclopedia is somewhat stronger in the area of pop culture; it is also more up-to-date.

Bamber Gascoigne’s Encyclopedia of Britain

About Bamber Gascoigne, the Author

He is best known as the original host of University Challenge. Famously, his dedication to the job was such that he painstakingly verified all the questions himself, and re-wrote them if they didn’t come up to his exacting standards. He also presented the 1977 landmark documentary series The Christians and has written lots of books, including several on printmaking and a single-volume encyclopedia of British history, as well as huge amounts for his own History World website. He also presented a series of programmes on the Great Moguls in the early 1990’s.

Some entries of the Encyclopedia of Britain

  • 999
  • £.s.d.
  • 1,000 Guineas
  • 1066 and all that
  • ’15 Rebellion
  • 1922 Committee
  • 2,000 Guineas
  • 45 Rebellion
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • A Handful of Dust
  • A High Wind in Jamaica
  • A Man for all Seasons
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • A Month in the Country
  • A Passage to India
  • a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma
  • A Shropshire Lad
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • A was an apple-pie
  • A.A. Milne
  • A.J. Ayer
  • A.J. Balfour
  • A.J. Cronin
  • A.J.P. Taylor
  • A.P. Herbert
  • Abbey Dore
  • Abbey National
  • Abbey Road
  • Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
  • Abbotsbury
  • Abbotsford
  • abdication crisis
  • Aberdeen
  • Aberdeen Angus
  • Aberfan
  • Abernethy
  • Aberystwyth
  • Abide with me
  • Academy of Ancient Music
  • Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Accrington Stanley
  • acid bath murders
  • Act of Parliament
  • Act of Settlement
  • Act of Supremacy
  • Acton Burnell
  • Acts of Union
  • Adam Bede
  • Adam Smith
  • Adam style
  • Addled Parliament
  • Adeline Genée
  • Adelphi
  • Aden
  • Admiral Byng
  • Admiral Collingwood
  • Admiral’s Cup
  • Admiral’s Men
  • Admiralty
  • Admiralty Arch
  • Adrian Boult
  • Adrian IV
  • Adrian Mole
  • advocate
  • Aerospace Museum
  • Aesthetic Movement
  • Agatha Christie
  • Age Concern
  • Agincourt
  • Ailsa Craig
  • Airey Neave
  • Aladdin
  • Alan Turing
  • Albany
  • Albert Chevalier
  • Albert Memorial
  • Albion
  • Alcock and Brown
  • Alcuin
  • Aldeburgh
  • alderman
  • Aldermaston
  • Aldershot
  • Alec Guinness
  • Alec Issigonis
  • Alexander Cozens
  • Alexander Fleming
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Alexander I
  • Alexander II
  • Alexander III
  • Alexander Korda
  • Alexander Pope
  • Alexandra Palace
  • Alf Ramsey
  • Alfred Deller
  • Alfred Gilbert
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Alfred Jewel
  • Alfred Milner
  • Alfred Munnings
  • Alfred Russell Wallace
  • Alfred the Great
  • Alfred Wainwright
  • Alfred Waterhouse
  • Algernon Swinburne
  • Ali Baba
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Alistair MacLean
  • All England Badminton Championship
  • All people that on earth do dwell
  • All things bright and beautiful
  • Allan Ramsay
  • Allan-a-Dale
  • Alliance
  • Allies
  • alliterative verse
  • allotments
  • Alloway
  • All’s Well that Ends Well
  • almshouse
  • Alnwick
  • Althorp
  • Alvar Lidell
  • Amadeus
  • Amadeus Quartet
  • amateur
  • Ambrose Fleming
  • America
  • America’s Cup
  • Ampleforth College
  • Amy Johnson
  • ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle
  • ancient lights
  • And when did you last see your father?
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Andrew Marvell
  • Androw Myllar
  • Andrzej Panufnik
  • Andy Capp
  • Aneurin Bevan
  • Angel, Islington
  • Angela Carter
  • Angles
  • Anglesey
  • Anglia
  • Anglican Communion
  • angling
  • Anglo-Catholicism
  • Anglo-Dutch Wars
  • Anglo-Irish
  • Anglo-Irish Agreement
  • Anglo-Irish War
  • Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
  • Anglo-Saxon kingdoms
  • Anglo-Saxons
  • angry young men
  • Anguilla
  • Angus Wilson
  • Animal Farm
  • Animal Liberation Front
  • Anna Neagle
  • Anne
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
  • Anne of Cleves
  • Annie Besant
  • Annie Laurie
  • ‘annual income twenty pounds’
  • another place
  • Anthem for Doomed Youth
  • Anthony Burgess
  • Anthony Crosland
  • Anthony Eden
  • Anthony Hope
  • Anthony Powell
  • Anthony Trollope
  • Anthony van Dyck
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Anton Dolin
  • Antonine Wall
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Antony Tudor
  • appeasement
  • Appleby
  • April Fool’s Day
  • Apsley House
  • Arbroath
  • Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Archbishop of Westminster
  • Archbishop of York
  • Archibald Geikie
  • Archie McIndoe
  • Ardoch Roman Camp
  • Ark Royal
  • Arkle
  • Armada
  • Armagh
  • Armistice
  • Arms and the Man
  • Armstrong Siddeley
  • Army
  • Arnhem
  • Arnold Bennett
  • Arnold Toynbee
  • Arsenal
  • Art Deco
  • Art Nouveau
  • Arthur Askey
  • Arthur Bliss
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Arthur Eddington
  • Arthur Evans
  • Arthur Koestler
  • Arthur Negus
  • Arthur Rackham
  • Arthur Ransome
  • Arthur Sullivan
  • Arthur Wing Pinero
  • Arthur Young
  • Arts and Crafts Movement
  • Arundel
  • As You Like It
  • Ascension
  • Ascot
  • ASH
  • Ashes
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • assembly rooms
  • Aston Martin
  • Aston Villa
  • Aston Webb
  • Astronomer Royal
  • Athenaeum
  • Atkinson Grimshaw
  • Atlantic Charter
  • Aubrey Beardsley
  • Auchinleck
  • Audley End
  • Augustan Age
  • Augustus John
  • Augustus Welby Pugin
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Aunt Sally
  • Austen Chamberlain
  • Austen Henry Layard
  • Austin
  • Australia
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Avalon
  • Avebury
  • Avon
  • Axminster
  • Aylesbury
  • Ayot St Lawrence
  • Ayr
  • B Special
  • Baa, baa, black sheep
  • Babington Plot
  • Baccarat Scandal
  • backbencher
  • Baconian theory
  • badminton
  • Badminton House
  • Baedeker raids
  • Bagpipe Music
  • bagpipes
  • Bahrain
  • Bailey bridge
  • Baker Street
  • baker’s dozen
  • Bakewell tart
  • Balaclava helmet
  • Balfour Declaration
  • ballad
  • Balmoral
  • Bamburgh
  • Banbury
  • bangers and mash
  • Bangladesh
  • Bangor
  • bank holiday
  • Bank of England
  • Bank of Scotland
  • Bankside
  • bannock
  • Bannockburn
  • Banqueting House
  • bap
  • Baptists
  • Bar
  • bar billiards
  • Barbados
  • Barbara Allen
  • Barbara Cartland
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Barbarians
  • Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Barbican
  • Barchester Towers
  • Barclays Bank
  • bards
  • Bardsey
  • Barebones Parliament
  • barley sugar
  • barley wine
  • Barnardo’s
  • Barnes Wallis
  • Baroness Orczy
  • baroque
  • Barra
  • barrage balloon
  • barrister
  • Barsetshire
  • Bartholomew Fair
  • Bart’s
  • basic English
  • Basil Brush
  • Basil Spence
  • Bass
  • Bass Rock
  • Bath
  • Bath bun
  • Bath Festival
  • Bath Oliver
  • bathing machine
  • Battersea Dogs Home
  • Battersea Power Station
  • Battle Abbey
  • Battle of Britain
  • Battle of Jutland
  • Battle of the Atlantic
  • Battle of the Boyne
  • Battle of the Nile
  • Battles of the Somme
  • Battles of Ypres
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • BBC
  • BBC Orchestras
  • BBC World Service
  • Beachcomber
  • Beachy Head
  • Beaker folk
  • Beamish North of England Open-Air Museum
  • Beano
  • bear-baiting
  • beating the bounds
  • Beatrice and Sidney Webb
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Beau Brummell
  • Beau Nash
  • Beaufort Scale
  • Beaulieu
  • Beaumaris
  • Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Bedales
  • Beddgelert
  • Bede
  • Bedford
  • Bedgebury National Pinetum
  • Bedlam
  • Beecham’s Pills
  • beefeaters
  • Beilby family
  • Belfast
  • Belfast News Letter
  • Belgravia
  • Belisha beacon
  • Belize
  • bell ringing
  • Belle Vue
  • Belleek ware
  • Belshazzar’s Feast
  • Beltane
  • Belvoir Castle
  • Ben Jonson
  • Ben Nevis
  • Ben Nicholson
  • Ben Travers
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Benjamin Disraeli
  • Benjamin Huntsman
  • Benny Hill
  • Bentley
  • Beowulf
  • Berkeley Castle
  • Berkeley Square
  • Bermuda
  • Bernard Leach
  • Bertram Mills
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Bess of Hardwick
  • ‘best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men’
  • Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
  • ‘better ‘ole’
  • Betws-y-Coed
  • Beveridge Report
  • Beverley
  • Bevin boys
  • Bevis Marks Synagogue
  • Beyond the Fringe
  • BhS
  • Bible in English
  • Biddulph Grange
  • Big Bang
  • Big Ben
  • Biggles
  • Bill Brandt
  • Bill of Rights
  • Bill Shankly
  • billiards
  • Billingsgate Market
  • Billy Budd
  • Billy Bunter
  • Billy Cotton
  • Billy Liar
  • Billy Wright
  • bingo
  • Birmingham
  • Birmingham Post
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Bishop of Durham
  • Bishop of Winchester
  • Bisley
  • Bisto
  • bitter
  • Black and Tans
  • Black Beauty
  • black cap
  • Black Country
  • Black Death
  • Black Hole of Calcutta
  • Black Prince
  • Black Rod
  • Blackadder
  • Blackburn
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Blackheath
  • Blackpool
  • Blackwell’s
  • Blaenavon
  • Blair Castle
  • blank verse
  • Bleak House
  • Blenheim
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Bletchley Park
  • Blickling Hall
  • Blighty
  • Blitz
  • bloater
  • Bloody Mary
  • Bloody Sunday
  • Bloody Tower
  • Bloomsbury Group
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Guides
  • blue john
  • Blue Peter
  • blue plaques
  • Blue Vinney
  • Bluebell Girls
  • Blue-Coat Schools
  • bluestocking
  • BOAC
  • Board of Trade
  • Boat Race
  • bobby
  • Bobby Shafto
  • Bodiam Castle
  • Bodkin Adams
  • Bodmin Moor
  • Bodnant
  • ‘body of a weak and feeble woman’
  • Boer War
  • Bognor Regis
  • Bolton
  • Bolton Abbey
  • Bolton Wanderers
  • Bombardier Billy Wells
  • Bombay
  • ‘Bomber’ Harris
  • Bonar Law
  • Bond Street
  • bone china
  • Boodle’s
  • Booker
  • Booker Prize
  • Boots
  • Boris Karloff
  • borough
  • borstal
  • Boscobel
  • Boston
  • Bosworth Field
  • botanic gardens
  • Botswana
  • Boudicca
  • Boulting brothers
  • Bournemouth
  • Bournville
  • Bovril
  • Bow Bells
  • Bow Group
  • Bow porcelain
  • Bow Street
  • Bowes Museum
  • Bowhill
  • bowler
  • bowls
  • Bowood House
  • Box Grove
  • boxing
  • Boxing Day
  • Boys’ Clubs
  • Boy’s Own Paper
  • BP
  • Bradford
  • Bradford-on-Avon
  • Bradshaw
  • Braemar Castle
  • Braemar Gathering
  • Bramley
  • Brands Hatch
  • brass bands
  • Brave New World
  • Bray
  • bread-and-butter pudding
  • Brechin
  • Brecon
  • Bren gun
  • Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
  • Brian Johnston
  • brides in the bath
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Brief Encounter
  • Brief Lives
  • Brig o’ Balgownie
  • Brigadier Gerard
  • Brighton
  • Brighton Rock
  • Brighton Run
  • Brink’s-Mat
  • Bristol
  • Britannia
  • British Academy
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Association
  • British Constitution
  • British Council
  • British Empire
  • British Expeditionary Force
  • British Grand Prix
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Israelites
  • British Library
  • British Museum
  • Britons
  • Broadcasting House
  • Broadlands
  • Broadmoor
  • Broadway
  • Broadwood
  • brochs
  • Brodick Castle
  • brogues
  • Brompton Oratory
  • Brontë sisters
  • Bronze Age
  • Brooklands
  • Brooks’s
  • brothel-creepers
  • Brownies
  • Bruce’s Cave
  • Brunei
  • Brut
  • Bryn Celli Ddu
  • BSA
  • BT
  • Bubbles
  • Buckfast Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Buddhists
  • Budget
  • building societies
  • bull terrier
  • bulldog
  • Bull-dog Drummond
  • bumping races
  • bungalow
  • Burberry
  • burgh
  • Burghclere
  • Burghley House
  • Burke and Hare
  • Burke’s Peerage
  • Burlington Bertie
  • Burlington House
  • Burmah Oil
  • Burns Night
  • Burrell Collection
  • Burton
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Bush House
  • but and ben
  • Butlin’s
  • Butskellism
  • butty
  • Buxton
  • C. Day-Lewis
  • C.B. Fry
  • C.P. Snow
  • C.S. Forester
  • C.S. Lewis
  • cabal
  • Cabinet
  • cabinet pudding
  • Cabinet War Rooms
  • Cadbury Schweppes
  • Cader Idris
  • Caedmon
  • Caerlaverock Castle
  • Caerleon
  • Caernarfon
  • Caerphilly
  • Café Royal
  • Cairngorms
  • Cairnpapple Hill
  • Calais
  • Calcutta
  • Calcutta Cup
  • Caledonia
  • Caledonian Canal
  • Caledonian Club
  • calendar
  • Calke Abbey
  • Calton Hill
  • Cambria
  • Cambridge
  • Camden Town Group
  • Camelot
  • Camille Pissarro
  • ‘Can you hear me, mother?’
  • Canada
  • Canaletto
  • canals
  • Canary Wharf
  • Cannock Chase
  • Canterbury
  • Canute
  • Capability Brown
  • Cape Wrath
  • capital punishment
  • Captain Bligh
  • Captain Cook
  • Captain Kidd
  • Captain Oates
  • Captain Scott
  • Caractacus
  • Cardiff
  • Cardiff Arms Park
  • cardigan
  • Cardinal Newman
  • Cardinal Pole
  • Cardinal Wiseman
  • Cardinal Wolsey
  • Cargoes
  • Carisbrooke Castle
  • Carl Rosa Opera Company
  • Carlisle
  • Carlton Club
  • Carlton House
  • Carmarthen
  • Carnaby Street
  • Carnoustie
  • Carol Reed
  • Caroline
  • carols
  • Carrickfergus
  • Carry On series
  • carthorses
  • Casket Letters
  • Cassandra
  • Castell Coch
  • Castle Campbell
  • Castle Coole
  • Castle Howard
  • Castle Ward
  • Castlewellan
  • Cat and Mouse Act
  • Catherine Cookson
  • Catherine Howard
  • Catherine of Aragon
  • Catherine Parr
  • Catholic Herald
  • Cathy Come Home
  • Cats
  • Catseye
  • cattle
  • Cavaliers
  • Cavendish Laboratory
  • Cawdor Castle
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cecil Beaton
  • Cecil Rhodes
  • Celtic
  • Celtic cross
  • Celtic languages
  • Celts
  • Cenotaph
  • censorship
  • census
  • CENTO
  • Central Statistical Office
  • Cerne Giant
  • Chamberlain’s Men
  • Chambers
  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Channel Islands
  • Channel Tunnel
  • Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Charing Cross
  • Charing Cross Road
  • Charing Cross Station
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Charity Commission
  • Charlecote Park
  • Charles Babbage
  • Charles Barry
  • Charles Boycott
  • Charles Bradlaugh
  • Charles Clore
  • Charles Coborn
  • Charles Cochran
  • Charles Darwin
  • Charles Dickens
  • Charles Dilke
  • Charles Edward Stuart
  • Charles Groves
  • Charles I
  • Charles II
  • Charles James Fox
  • Charles Kingsley
  • Charles Lamb
  • Charles Laughton
  • Charles Lyell
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Charles Scott Sherrington
  • Charles Stewart Parnell
  • Charles Villiers Stanford
  • Charles Voysey
  • Charles Wesley
  • Charles Wheatstone
  • Charles Wilson
  • Charley’s Aunt
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Charlotte Square
  • Charterhouse
  • Chartists
  • Chartwell
  • Chatham
  • Chatsworth
  • Cheddar
  • Cheddar Gorge
  • Cheddleton Flint Mill
  • Chedworth Roman Villa
  • Chelmsford
  • Chelsea
  • Chelsea Arts Club
  • Chelsea bun
  • Chelsea Flower Show
  • Chelsea Hospital
  • Chelsea Physic Garden
  • Chelsea porcelain
  • Cheltenham
  • Cheltenham Festival
  • Chepstow
  • Chequers
  • Cherry ripe
  • Cheshire cheese
  • Chesil Bank
  • Chester
  • Chesterfield
  • Cheviots
  • Chevy Chase
  • Chichester
  • chief
  • Chief Rabbi
  • Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
  • Children’s Hour
  • Chillingham cattle
  • Chiltern Hundreds
  • Chindits
  • Chinese
  • chinoiserie
  • chintz
  • Chirk Castle
  • Chiswick House
  • chocolate
  • Christian Aid
  • Christian Scientists
  • Christians
  • Christie’s
  • Christmas
  • Christmas cake
  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas pudding
  • Christmas tree
  • Christopher Isherwood
  • Christopher Marlowe
  • Christopher Wren
  • Christ’s Hospital
  • Church Army
  • Church Commissioners
  • Church of England
  • Church of Scotland
  • chutney
  • Cider with Rosie
  • Cinderella
  • Cinque Ports
  • Cirencester
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Citizens Theatre
  • city
  • City and Guilds
  • City Livery Companies
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Civil List
  • Civil Service
  • Civilisation
  • clan
  • Clapham Junction
  • Clapham omnibus
  • Clapham Sect
  • Clara Butt
  • Claremont
  • Clarence House
  • Clarendon Code
  • claret
  • Clarice Cliff
  • Claridge’s
  • Classics
  • Claude Monet
  • Clava Cairns
  • Claverton Manor
  • Clean Air Act
  • clearing banks
  • Clement Attlee
  • Cleopatra’s Needle
  • Clickhimin Broch
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Clink
  • Cliveden
  • clog dance
  • close seasons
  • clubs
  • Clyde
  • CND
  • Coade stone
  • coal
  • Coalport porcelain
  • cockfighting
  • cockney
  • cod wars
  • coffee
  • Coggeshall Grange Barn
  • Coke of Norfolk
  • Colchester
  • Cold Comfort Farm
  • Colen Campbell
  • Coliseum
  • College of Arms
  • collies
  • Colonel Blimp
  • Colonel Bogey
  • Come into the garden, Maud
  • Comet
  • ‘coming through the rye’
  • commando
  • Commercial Union
  • Commission for Racial Equality
  • common land
  • common law
  • common riding
  • Commonwealth
  • Commonwealth Day
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Commonwealth Institute
  • Communist Party of Great Britain
  • comprehensive school
  • Compton Mackenzie
  • Compton Wynyates
  • Concorde
  • Congregationalists
  • Coniston Water
  • conkers
  • Connaught
  • conscientious objectors
  • conscription
  • Conservative Party
  • Consolidated Fund
  • Constance Spry
  • Constant Lambert
  • constitutional monarchy
  • Conwy
  • Cookham
  • Cooperative Movement
  • Cooperative Party
  • Copenhagen
  • Copley Medal
  • copperplate
  • copyright
  • copyright libraries
  • cor anglais
  • coracle
  • co-respondents
  • Corfe Castle
  • corgi
  • Coriolanus
  • Corn Laws
  • corned beef
  • Cornish beam engine
  • Cornish pasty
  • Coronation
  • Coronation Chair
  • Coronation chicken
  • coroner
  • corporal punishment
  • corridors of power
  • Corunna
  • Cotswolds
  • cotton
  • Country Life
  • county
  • county town
  • Courier
  • Court of St James’s
  • Courtauld Institute
  • Courtaulds
  • Coutts
  • Covenanters
  • Covent Garden
  • Coventry
  • Cowes
  • Cox’s orange pippin
  • Craigievar Castle
  • Craigmillar Castle
  • Cramond
  • Cranford
  • Cranwell
  • Crathes Castle
  • Crazy Gang
  • Crécy
  • Crichton Castle
  • cricket
  • Cries of London
  • Crimean War
  • Crockford
  • Cromford Mill
  • croquet
  • cross-benches
  • Crossing the Bar
  • crossing the floor
  • crosswords
  • Crown Jewels
  • Cruel Garden
  • Crufts
  • Crystal Palace
  • Cubs
  • Cullinan diamond
  • Culloden
  • Culross
  • Culzean Castle
  • Cup Final
  • curate’s egg
  • curling
  • curry
  • Cutty Sark
  • Cwm Idwal
  • Cymbeline
  • Cyprus
  • D.H. Lawrence
  • Dad’s Army
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Mirror
  • Daily Star
  • Daimler
  • Dalmeny House
  • Dalriada
  • Dam Busters
  • Dan Dare
  • Dan Leno
  • Dan Maskell
  • Dandy
  • Danegeld
  • Danes
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Daniel Lambert
  • Daniel Mendoza
  • Daniel O’Connell
  • Daniel Owen
  • Dan-yr-Ogof
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • Darby and Joan
  • Darkness at Noon
  • Dartington
  • Dartmoor
  • Dartmouth
  • darts
  • David Bryce
  • David Copperfield
  • David Garrick
  • David Hume
  • David II
  • David Lean
  • David Livingstone
  • David Lloyd George
  • David Low
  • David Niven
  • David Octavius Hill
  • David Ricardo
  • David Roberts
  • D-day
  • De Profundis
  • Dead March in Saul
  • dead parrot sketch
  • Death on the Rock
  • Debrett’s
  • Decline and Fall
  • Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Dedham Vale
  • Dee
  • deer
  • deerstalker
  • Dennis Brain
  • Dennis Gabor
  • Dennis Potter
  • Depression
  • Deptford
  • Derby
  • Derby County
  • Derby porcelain
  • Desert Island Discs
  • Desert Orchid
  • desert rats
  • Design Centre
  • Dettingen
  • Devil’s Bridge
  • devolution
  • Devonshire Hunting Tapestries
  • DFC
  • Dick Barton
  • Dick Turpin
  • Dick Whittington
  • Dido and Aeneas
  • dinner
  • Dirleton
  • Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells
  • dispatch box
  • Dissenters
  • Dissolution of the Monasteries
  • district
  • divine right of kings
  • divorce
  • Divorced beheaded died, divorced beheaded survived
  • Dixon of Dock Green
  • Dixons
  • DNA
  • D-notice
  • Do not go gentle into that good night
  • Doc Martens
  • Docklands
  • Doctor Faustus
  • Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
  • Dogger Bank
  • Doggett’s Coat and Badge
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  • Dominica
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  • Don Juan
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  • Donald Campbell
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  • Dorothy Sayers
  • Double Gloucester
  • double-decker
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  • Down at the Old Bull and Bush
  • Down Your Way
  • Downing Street
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  • Downs
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  • Dr Dolittle
  • Dr Finlay’s Casebook
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  • Dr Who
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  • druids
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  • DSC
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  • ducking stool
  • Dudley
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  • dumb-waiter
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  • Duncan I
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  • D’ye ken John Peel?
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  • Edward Jenner
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  • Edward VIII
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  • Edwardian
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  • Eeny meeny miney mo
  • Eglinton Tournament
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  • Elan Valley
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  • electricity
  • electroplate
  • ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’
  • Elephant and Castle
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  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • Elizabeth David
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  • Elizabeth I
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  • Elizabethan
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  • Ely
  • Emancipation Act
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  • EMI
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  • Empire Pool
  • empiricism
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  • ‘end of the beginning’
  • Enfield
  • England
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  • ‘England is a nation of shopkeepers
  • English
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  • Enid Blyton
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  • ENSA
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  • Ernie
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  • Fantasia on British Sea Songs
  • Far from the Madding Crowd
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  • feudalism
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  • Field Marshal Montgomery
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  • First Folio
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  • fish and chips
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  • Fitzwilliam Museum
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  • fool
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  • franchise
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  • Francis Chichester
  • Francis Drake
  • Francis Galton
  • Francis Kilvert
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  • Francis Walsingham
  • Frank Bridge
  • Frank Whittle
  • Frankenstein
  • Frankie Howerd
  • Fred Karno
  • Fred Perry
  • Frederick Ashton
  • Frederick Delius
  • Frederick Handley Page
  • Frederick Sanger
  • Frederick Soddy
  • Free Church of Scotland
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  • Freya Stark
  • friendly societies
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  • Gatwick
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  • geological periods
  • Geordie
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  • George Gilbert Scott
  • George Hepplewhite
  • George Herbert
  • George Hudson
  • George I
  • George II
  • George III
  • George IV
  • George Meredith
  • George Orwell
  • George Robey
  • George Romney
  • George Stephenson
  • George Stubbs
  • George V
  • George Vancouver
  • George VI
  • George Whitefield
  • Georgette Heyer
  • Georgian
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  • Gerald Moore
  • Gerard Hoffnung
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Gertrude Jekyll
  • Gertrude Lawrence
  • Ghana
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Gibraltar
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  • Gilbert Roberts
  • Gilbert White
  • Giles
  • Giles Gilbert Scott
  • Gillow
  • Gimcrack
  • gin
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  • ‘Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.’
  • Glamis Castle
  • Glasgow
  • Glasgow airport
  • Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • Glasgow School
  • Glastonbury
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  • Glenfinnan Monument
  • glengarry
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  • Gloucester
  • Glyndebourne
  • gnomes of Zurich
  • God be in my head
  • Godfrey Kneller
  • Gog and Magog
  • gold standard
  • Golden Miller
  • Goldilocks
  • golf
  • golliwog
  • Good Food Guide
  • Goodbye Mr Chips
  • Goodbye to All That
  • Goodwin Sands
  • Goodwood House
  • Goossens family
  • Gordon Richards
  • Gordon Riots
  • Gordonstoun
  • Gothic
  • Gothic Revival
  • Gower Peninsula
  • Gowrie conspiracy
  • Grace Darling
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  • Gracie Fields
  • Graham Greene
  • Graham Hill
  • Graham Sutherland
  • grammar school
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  • Grand Tour
  • Grand Union Canal
  • Grantchester
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  • Gray’s
  • Gray’s Anatomy
  • Great Bed of Ware
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  • Great Exhibition
  • Great Expectations
  • Great Famine
  • Great Fire
  • Great Glen
  • Great Harry
  • Great North Road
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  • Great Storm
  • Great Train Robbery
  • Great Universal Stores
  • Great West Road
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Greater London
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  • green belt
  • ‘Green grow the rushes O’
  • Green Party
  • Greenham Common
  • Greensleeves
  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich Mean Time
  • Greenwich meridian
  • Grenada
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  • greyhound racing
  • Grimsby
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  • grog
  • Grosvenor Gallery
  • groundnut scheme
  • Grove
  • Grub Street
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  • ‘Gubby’ Allen
  • Guglielmo Marconi
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Guides
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  • Guildhall
  • guillotine
  • guinea
  • Guinevere
  • Guinness
  • Gulf War
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • gunboat diplomacy
  • Gunpowder Plot
  • Gurkha
  • Gustav Holst
  • Guy Fawkes Night
  • Guy Gibson
  • Guyana
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  • Gwen John
  • gymkhana
  • Gypsies
  • H.E. Bates
  • H.G. Wells
  • H.M. Bateman
  • habeas corpus
  • hackney
  • Haddo House
  • Haddon Hall
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • haggis
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  • hallmarks
  • Hallowe’en
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  • Hamilton Harty
  • Hamlet
  • Hamley’s
  • hammer-beam roof
  • Hampden Park
  • Hampstead
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Handel’s Largo
  • hangmen
  • Hannah Glasse
  • Hans Holbein
  • Hans Krebs
  • Hans Sloane
  • Hansard
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  • Hardwick Hall
  • hare and hounds
  • Harefield Hospital
  • Harewood House
  • Harlech
  • Harlequin
  • Harold Abrahams
  • Harold II
  • Harold Larwood
  • Harold Macmillan
  • Harold Wilson
  • harp
  • Harrier
  • Harriette Wilson
  • Harris tweed
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  • Harrow School
  • Harry Champion
  • Harry Flashman
  • Harry Lauder
  • Harry Secombe
  • Harry Vardon
  • Hart’s Rules
  • Harvest Festival
  • Hastings
  • hat trick
  • Hatchard’s
  • Hatfield House
  • Havelock Ellis
  • Hawker Siddeley
  • Haworth
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  • Hayward Gallery
  • Head of the River Race
  • Headingley
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Heart of Oak
  • Heartbreak House
  • Heath Robinson
  • Heathrow
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  • Helston
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  • Henry Bishop
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  • Henry Cavendish
  • Henry Cotton
  • Henry Fielding
  • Henry Fuseli
  • Henry Hall
  • Henry Holland
  • Henry Hudson
  • Henry I
  • Henry II
  • Henry Irving
  • Henry IV
  • Henry James
  • Henry Longhurst
  • Henry Moore
  • Henry Morgan
  • Henry Morton Stanley
  • Henry Purcell
  • Henry Raeburn
  • Henry Segrave
  • Henry Shrapnel
  • Henry Smith’s Kensington Estate Charity
  • Henry V
  • Henry VI
  • Henry VII
  • Henry VIII
  • Henry Yevele
  • HenryoIII
  • HenryoVIII
  • Herald of Free Enterprise
  • herbaceous border
  • Herbert Asquith
  • Herbert Chapman
  • Herbert Morrison
  • Herbert Sutcliffe
  • Hereford
  • Hereward the Wake
  • Hermitage Castle
  • Herschel
  • Hertford
  • Hester Bateman
  • Heveningham Hall
  • Hever Castle
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  • High Commissioner
  • High Sheriff
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  • Highland dress
  • Highland fling
  • Highland games
  • Highlands
  • Highway Code
  • Hilaire Belloc
  • Hill House
  • Hillsborough
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Hindus
  • Hiram Maxim
  • HMS Belfast
  • HMS Challenger
  • HMS Dreadnought
  • HMS Victory
  • HMS Warrior
  • HMSO
  • HMV
  • Hobson’s choice
  • hockey
  • Holker Hall
  • Holkham Hall
  • Holland House
  • Holloway
  • Holman Hunt
  • Holy Grail
  • Holy Island
  • Holy Loch
  • Home Guard
  • Home Office
  • Home Rule
  • Home, Sweet Home
  • homeless
  • Hong Kong
  • Honiton lace
  • Honourable Artillery Company
  • Hooker
  • hooligan
  • Hopetoun House
  • hopscotch
  • Horace Walpole
  • Horniman Museum
  • hornpipe
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  • Horse of the Year Show
  • hospice movement
  • hot cross bun
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  • Houghton Mill
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  • Household Words
  • Houses of Parliament
  • hovercraft
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  • ‘How different, how very different
  • How Green was my Valley
  • Howard Carter
  • Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Howard’s End
  • Hoxne Treasure
  • Hoylake
  • HP Sauce
  • Hubert Parry
  • Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Hugh Casson
  • Hugh Dalton
  • Hugh Gaitskell
  • Hugh MacDiarmid
  • Huguenots
  • Hull
  • Humber
  • Humphrey Gilbert
  • Humphry Davy
  • Humphry Repton
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Hundred Years’ War
  • hungry forties
  • Hunterian Museum
  • Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery
  • hunting
  • Huntingdon
  • hurling
  • Hurricane
  • Hush-a-bye, baby
  • Huw Wheldon
  • Huxley
  • Hyde Park
  • Hymns Ancient and Modern
  • ‘I am monarch of all I survey
  • I, Claudius
  • Iain Macleod
  • Ian Fleming
  • Ice Age
  • ICI
  • Icknield Way
  • Ickworth
  • Ideal Home Exhibition
  • Idylls of the King
  • If
  • Ightham Mote
  • ‘ignorance is bliss’
  • Ilkley
  • Illustrated London News
  • I’m All Right Jack
  • immigration
  • Imperial College of Science and Technology
  • Imperial War Museum
  • imperial weights and measures
  • In Memoriam
  • ‘In the name of God, go!’
  • In Which We Serve
  • income tax
  • India
  • Indian Mutiny
  • Industrial Revolution
  • infant mortality
  • infant prodigies
  • Inigo Jones
  • Innerpeffray
  • Inns of Court
  • Intimations of Immortality
  • Inveraray
  • Inverewe
  • Inverness
  • Iona
  • Ipswich
  • IRA
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Iris Murdoch
  • Iron Age
  • iron and steel
  • iron curtain
  • Ironbridge
  • Isaac Newton
  • Isaac Watts
  • Isaiah Berlin
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel
  • Isis
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  • Isle of Thanet
  • ITMA
  • ITN
  • It’s a long way to Tipperary
  • Ivanhoe
  • Ivor Novello
  • Ivy Compton-Burnett
  • Izaak Walton
  • J. Arthur Rank
  • J.B. Dykes
  • J.B. Priestley
  • J.C. Bach
  • J.J. Thomson
  • J.M. Barrie
  • J.M.W. Turner
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Jack and Jill
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Jack Beresford
  • Jack Cade
  • Jack Hobbs
  • Jack Hylton
  • Jack Sheppard
  • Jack the Giant Killer
  • Jack the Ripper
  • jacks
  • Jacob Epstein
  • Jacobean
  • Jacobite
  • Jacqueline Du Pré
  • Jaguar
  • jam tomorrow
  • Jamaica
  • James Boswell
  • James Brindley
  • James Callaghan
  • James Chadwick
  • James Clark Ross
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • James Dewar
  • James Frazer
  • James Gibbs
  • James Gillray
  • James Hargreaves
  • James Hutton
  • James I
  • James I and VI
  • James II
  • James III
  • James IV
  • James Joule
  • James Mason
  • James McNeill Whistler
  • James Paget
  • James Parkinson
  • James Simpson
  • James Stirling
  • James Stuart
  • James Tissot
  • James V
  • James VIII & III
  • James Watt
  • James Wyatt
  • Jameson Raid
  • Jan Siberechts
  • Jane
  • Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre
  • Jane Seymour
  • Jane’s Fighting Ships
  • japanning
  • Jardine Matheson
  • Jarlshof
  • Jarrow
  • Jean Tijou
  • Jedburgh
  • Jeffry Wyatville
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • jersey
  • Jerusalem
  • Jethro Tull
  • Jewel in the Crown
  • Jewish Chronicle
  • Jews
  • jig
  • Jim Clark
  • Jim Laker
  • Jimmy’s
  • jingoism
  • Jo Grimond
  • Joan Littlewood
  • Jock
  • Jock Stein
  • Jockey Club
  • jodhpurs
  • Jodrell Bank
  • Joe Loss
  • Joe Orton
  • Johann Zoffany
  • John
  • John Alden
  • John Aubrey
  • John Ball
  • John Barbirolli
  • John Baskerville
  • John Betjeman
  • John Bright
  • John Buchan
  • John Bull
  • John Bunyan
  • John Cabot
  • John Carr
  • John Cobb
  • John Cockcroft
  • John Constable
  • John Cranko
  • John Dalton
  • John de Balliol
  • John Dee
  • John Donne
  • John Dowland
  • John Dryden
  • John Dunlop
  • John Duns
  • John Evelyn
  • John Everett Millais
  • John Fisher
  • John Flamsteed
  • John Fowler
  • John Franklin
  • John Frederick Lewis
  • John Galsworthy
  • John Gay
  • John Gielgud
  • John Gilpin
  • John Grierson
  • John Hampden
  • John Hanning Speke
  • John Hawkins
  • John Hawkwood
  • John Henry Poynting
  • John Howard
  • John Ireland
  • John Kay
  • John Keats
  • John Keble
  • John Knox
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • John Locke
  • John Logie Baird
  • John Major
  • John Martin
  • John Masefield
  • John Maynard Keynes
  • John McAdam
  • John Milton
  • John Moores Exhibition
  • John Murray
  • John Napier
  • John Nash
  • John of Gaunt
  • John o’Groats
  • John Osborne
  • John Piper
  • John Pritchard
  • John Pym
  • John Ray
  • John Rennie
  • John Robert Cozens
  • John Ruskin
  • John Sell Cotman
  • John Singer Sargent
  • John Smeaton
  • John Smith
  • John Soane
  • John Speed
  • John Stow
  • John Stuart Mill
  • John Tenniel
  • John Tradescant
  • John Vanbrugh
  • John Wastell
  • John Webster
  • John Wesley
  • John Wilkes
  • John William Waterhouse
  • John Wood
  • John Wycliffe
  • Jolly Roger
  • Jonathan Swift
  • Jorrocks
  • Joseph Addison
  • Joseph Banks
  • Joseph Bazalgette
  • Joseph Black
  • Joseph Chamberlain
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Joseph Duveen
  • Joseph Grimaldi
  • Joseph Hansom
  • Joseph Lister
  • Joseph Paxton
  • Joseph Priestley
  • Joseph Swan
  • Joseph Whitworth
  • Joshua Reynolds
  • Journey of the Magi
  • Journey’s End
  • Joyce Grenfell
  • jubilees
  • Judge Jeffreys
  • Julia Margaret Cameron
  • Julius Caesar
  • Junius
  • junket
  • jury system
  • Just So Stories
  • Jutes
  • Karl Popper
  • Kate Greenaway
  • Kathleen Ferrier
  • kedgeree
  • Kedleston Hall
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  • kelpie
  • Kelso
  • Kenilworth Castle
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  • Kenneth Clark
  • Kenneth Grahame
  • Kenneth Horne
  • Kenneth I
  • Kenneth MacMillan
  • Kenneth More
  • Kenneth Tynan
  • Kensington Gardens
  • Kensington Palace
  • ‘Kent, sir – everybody knows Kent
  • Kent’s Cavern
  • Kenwood House
  • Kenya
  • Kew Gardens
  • khaki
  • Kidderminster
  • Kidnapped
  • Kilpeck
  • Kim
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets
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  • nationalization
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  • neoclassicism
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  • Nigeria
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  • Oil Crisis
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  • Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
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  • Patrick Blackett
  • Paul Dirac
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  • Paul Scott
  • Paul Storr
  • pax Britannica
  • PC 49
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  • peel tower
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  • Peter Rachman
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  • Petition of Right
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  • pigs
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  • Plimsoll line
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  • plus fours
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  • premium bonds
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  • prison conditions
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  • privatization
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  • protector
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  • pub
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  • public school
  • Puck
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  • punch
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  • punk
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  • Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
  • Pygmalion
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  • rackets
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  • rainfall
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  • Ralph Richardson
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Rambert Dance Company
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  • Ramsay MacDonald
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  • Rastafarians
  • rationing
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  • Rebecca
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  • Relate
  • remittance man
  • Renaissance
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  • retrievers
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  • revue
  • Rex Harrison
  • Rhondda Valley
  • rhyming slang
  • rib vaulting
  • rice pudding
  • Richard Arkwright
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  • Richard Burbage
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  • Richard Cobden
  • Richard Dadd
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  • Richard Grenville
  • Richard Hakluyt
  • Richard I
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  • Richard III
  • Richard Lovelace
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  • Richard Steele
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  • Richard Wilson
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  • Rider Haggard
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  • Ring a ring o’ roses
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  • RNLI
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  • robbing Peter to pay Paul
  • Robert Adam
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  • Robert Browning
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  • Robert Cecil
  • Robert Clive
  • Robert Graves
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  • Robert II
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Robert Morley
  • Robert Owen
  • Robert Peel
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  • Robert Smythson
  • Robert Southey
  • Robert Stephenson
  • Robert Stirling
  • Robert the Bruce
  • Robert Walpole
  • Robert Watson-Watt
  • Robin Hood
  • Robin Knox-Johnston
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Rochester
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  • roly-poly pudding
  • Roman Catholics
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  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Ronald Firbank
  • Ronald Ross
  • Ronnie Scott
  • Room at the Top
  • Roots
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  • RSPB
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  • Rudyard Kipling
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  • Rule, Britannia!
  • Rumpole
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  • rural protection
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  • Ryder Cup
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  • Samuel Butler
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  • Sandhurst
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  • sandwich
  • Sarawak
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  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  • ‘savaged by a dead sheep’
  • Save the Children
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  • savings
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  • Saxons
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  • Scotland
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  • Scotney Castle
  • Scots
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  • Scottish Ballet
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  • Scottish Opera
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  • Scouse
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  • SDLP
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  • SEATO
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  • setters
  • seven ages of man
  • Seven Years’ War
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  • shandy
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  • She
  • She Stoops to Conquer
  • sheep
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  • Sheffield
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  • Sheila Scott
  • Shell
  • Shelter
  • shepherd’s pie
  • Shergar
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  • sherry
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  • ship of the line
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  • shortbread
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  • Sierra Leone
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  • Singapore
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  • siren suit
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  • skinhead
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  • slave trade
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  • smog
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  • snooker
  • Snow White
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  • Society of Antiquaries
  • Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • soda bread
  • Soho
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  • solicitor
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  • Songs of Innocence
  • Songs of Innocence and Experience
  • Sons and Lovers
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  • sovereign
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  • Sri Lanka
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  • St Dunstan
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  • St Helena
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  • St Margaret
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  • St Michael’s Mount
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  • St Paul’s Cathedral
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  • St Swithin’s Day
  • St Thomas’s Hospital
  • St Valentine’s Day
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Staffa
  • Stafford
  • Stafford Cripps
  • Staffordshire pottery
  • Stalky & Co
  • Stamford Raffles
  • Stan Laurel
  • standard gauge
  • standing stones
  • Stanley Baldwin
  • Stanley Gibbons
  • Stanley Holloway
  • Stanley Matthews
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Stannaries
  • Stansted
  • Star and Garter
  • Star Chamber
  • State Opening of Parliament
  • state school
  • stately homes
  • steak and kidney pudding
  • steam
  • steeplechase
  • Sten gun
  • Stephen
  • Stephen Langton
  • Stephen Potter
  • Stephen Spender
  • Steptoe and Son
  • sterling
  • Steve Donoghue
  • Stevie Smith
  • Stilton
  • Stirling
  • Stirling Bridge
  • Stirling Moss
  • Stock Exchange
  • Stockton and Darlington railway
  • Stoke Mandeville
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Stokesay Castle
  • Stone Age
  • Stonehenge
  • Stornoway
  • Stourhead
  • Stowe
  • Strand Magazine
  • Strange Meeting
  • Strangeways
  • Strata Florida Abbey
  • Stratfield Saye
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Strawberry Hill
  • strikes
  • Studley Royal
  • Styal
  • Sudan
  • Sudbury Hall
  • Suez Canal
  • Suez Crisis
  • suffragettes
  • Sulgrave Manor
  • ‘Sumer is icumen in
  • summer pudding
  • Summer Time
  • Sun Alliance
  • Sunday
  • Sunday Mirror
  • Sunday schools
  • Sunderland
  • Sunningdale
  • Sutton Hoo Ship Burial
  • Swan of Avon
  • Swansea
  • Swansea porcelain
  • swan-upping
  • Swaziland
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Sweetheart Abbey
  • sweets
  • swimming the Channel
  • sword dance
  • Sybil Thorndike
  • Sydney Smith
  • Sydney Wooderson
  • syllabub
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Symphonic Variations
  • Symphony Hall
  • Synod of Whitby
  • Syon House
  • T.E. Lawrence
  • T.S. Eliot
  • table tennis
  • tabloid press
  • Taffy
  • Take It From Here
  • Tam o’ Shanter
  • Tamar
  • Tamburlaine the Great
  • Tanganyika
  • tanks
  • Tantallon Castle
  • Tanzania
  • Tarka the Otter
  • Tarmac
  • tartan
  • Tate & Lyle
  • Tate Gallery
  • Tatler
  • Tattersalls
  • Taunton
  • Tay
  • Taylor Report
  • tea
  • Ted Heath
  • Ted Hughes
  • teds
  • Tees
  • Telegraph
  • television
  • temperature
  • Temple Bar
  • Tenby
  • tennis
  • Terence Rattigan
  • terriers
  • Territorial Army
  • Tesco
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Test Acts
  • Test Match Special
  • Test matches
  • test-tube babies
  • Thames
  • Thames Rowing Club
  • That Was The Week That Was
  • thatch
  • The Alchemist
  • The Alexandria Quartet
  • The Ambassadors
  • The Ancient Mariner
  • The Arabian Nights
  • The Archers
  • The Arnolfini Marriage
  • The Ascent of Man
  • The Ash Grove
  • The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp
  • The Avengers
  • The Bahamas
  • The Ballad of Reading Gaol
  • The Beaux’ Stratagem
  • The Beggar’s Opera
  • The Big Issue
  • The Blind Girl
  • The Bohemian Girl
  • The Book of Common Prayer
  • The Boy Friend
  • The Boyhood of Raleigh
  • The Brains Trust
  • The Burial of Sir John Moore
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Caretaker
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • The Compleat Angler
  • The Conquest
  • The Coral Island
  • The Crown
  • The Cruel Sea
  • The Derby
  • The Diary of a Country Parson
  • The Diary of a Nobody
  • The Dictionary of National Biography
  • The Dong with a Luminous Nose
  • The Dream of Gerontius
  • The Duchess of Malfi
  • The Dunciad
  • The English
  • The Entertainer
  • The Establishment
  • The Eve of St Agnes
  • The Faerie Queene
  • The Few
  • The Field
  • The ‘Fighting Téméraire’
  • ‘the fleet’s lit up
  • The Flowers o’ the Forest
  • The Forsyte Saga
  • The Girl I left behind me
  • The Go-Between
  • The Golden Treasury
  • The Gondoliers
  • The Good Companions
  • The Good Life
  • The Goon Show
  • The Guinness Book of Records
  • The Hay Wain
  • The Heart of Midlothian
  • The Herald
  • The Highwayman
  • The History of Mr Polly
  • The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit
  • The House that Jack built
  • The Hunting of the Snark
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The Independent
  • The Ingoldsby Legends
  • The Irish
  • The Journal
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Lady
  • The Lady of Shalott
  • The Lady of the Lake
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • The Lady’s Not for Burning
  • The Lark Ascending
  • The Laughing Cavalier
  • The Lavender Hill Mob
  • ‘the law is a ass
  • The Lay of the Last Minstrel
  • The Light of the World
  • The Listener
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Lord’s my Shepherd
  • The Lost Chord
  • The Mabinogion
  • The Mail on Sunday
  • The Maldives
  • The Mall
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  • The Marches
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The Mikado
  • The Mill on the Floss
  • The Monstrous Regiment of Women
  • The Moonstone
  • The Morecambe and Wise Show
  • The Mousetrap
  • The Muppet Show
  • The Needles
  • ‘the noblest prospect
  • The Nore
  • The Northern Echo
  • The Observer
  • The Open
  • The Oval
  • The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
  • The Oxford Book of English Verse
  • The People
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • The Planets
  • The Pobble who has no Toes
  • The Potteries
  • The Power and the Glory
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • The Prisoner
  • The Queen of Hearts
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
  • The Raj
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  • The Recruiting Officer
  • The Red Barn
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  • The Rivals
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  • The Rocky Horror Show
  • The Saint
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  • The School for Scandal
  • The Scotsman
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  • The Secret Garden
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  • The Snow Queen
  • The Sonnets
  • The Sporting Life
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • The Sun
  • The Sunday Post
  • The Sunday Times
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  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Tempest
  • The Third Man
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps
  • The Time Machine
  • The Times
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  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen
  • ‘the unacceptable face of capitalism
  • The Universe
  • The Vicar of Wakefield
  • The Warden
  • The Wash
  • The Waste Land
  • The Water-Babies
  • The Waves
  • The Way of the World
  • The Well of Loneliness
  • The Welsh
  • The White Devil
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • The Winslow Boy
  • The Winter’s Tale
  • ‘The wisest fool in Christendom
  • The Woman in White
  • The Woolwich
  • The Yellow Book
  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • The Young Ones
  • The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
  • The Young Visiters
  • Theatre Museum
  • thin red line
  • Things to Come
  • Thirlestane Castle
  • Thirty days hath September
  • Thirty-nine Articles
  • thirty-year rule
  • This little pig went to market
  • Thomas Arne
  • Thomas Becket
  • Thomas Beecham
  • Thomas Bewick
  • Thomas Bowdler
  • Thomas Browne
  • Thomas Carlyle
  • Thomas Chatterton
  • Thomas Chippendale
  • Thomas Cook
  • Thomas Cranmer
  • Thomas Cromwell
  • Thomas Cubitt
  • Thomas Daniell
  • Thomas De Quincey
  • Thomas Fairfax
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • Thomas Girtin
  • Thomas Graham
  • Thomas Gray
  • Thomas Gresham
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Thomas Hope
  • Thomas Jones
  • Thomas Lawrence
  • Thomas Macaulay
  • Thomas Malthus
  • Thomas Moore
  • Thomas More
  • Thomas Paine
  • Thomas Rowlandson
  • Thomas Sheraton
  • Thomas Shotter Boys
  • Thomas Tallis
  • Thomas Telford
  • Thomas Tompion
  • Thomas, the Tank Engine
  • thoroughbred
  • Threadneedle Street
  • Three blind mice
  • Three Choirs Festival
  • Three Men in a Boat
  • three Rs
  • three-day event
  • Through the Looking-Glass
  • Thunderbirds
  • Tichborne Dole
  • Tiger Moth
  • Till Death Us Do Part
  • Tiller Girls
  • timber-frame
  • Timon of Athens
  • Tinker, Tailor
  • Tintagel
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tippoo’s Tiger
  • ”Tis better to have loved and lost
  • Titanic
  • Titus Andronicus
  • TLS
  • To a Skylark
  • To the Lighthouse
  • toad-in-the-hole
  • Tobias Smollett
  • Toby jug
  • Toc H
  • Tolpuddle Martyrs
  • Tom Bowling
  • Tom Brown’s Schooldays
  • Tom Jones
  • Tom Thumb
  • tomato ketchup
  • Tomb of the Unknown Warrior
  • Tommy Atkins
  • Tommy Cooper
  • Tommy Farr
  • Tommy Sopwith
  • Tommy Trinder
  • Tonga
  • tonic
  • Tony Blair
  • Tony Hancock
  • Tories and Whigs
  • Torquay
  • Torrey Canyon
  • tossing the caber
  • Tote
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower Hill
  • Tower of London
  • town crier
  • Townswomen’s Guilds
  • toy theatre
  • trade unions
  • Trafalgar
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Transjordan
  • Traquair House
  • Travellers’ Club
  • Traverse
  • Treasure Island
  • treasure-trove
  • Trelawny of the ‘Wells’
  • Trelissick
  • Trent
  • Trent Bridge
  • Tresco
  • Trewithen
  • trews
  • Trial of the Pyx
  • Trident
  • trifle
  • Trilby
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Trinity House
  • triple crown
  • Tristan and Iseult
  • Tristan da Cunha
  • Tristram Shandy
  • Triumph
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Troilus and Criseyde
  • Trooping the Colour
  • troy weight
  • Trucial States
  • Truck Act
  • Trumpet Voluntary
  • Truro
  • TSB
  • TT
  • Tubby Hayes
  • TUC
  • Tudor
  • Turf Club
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Turnberry
  • turning Queen’s evidence
  • Turnip Townshend
  • Tuvalu
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  • Tweed
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  • Twelfth Night
  • Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Twickenham
  • Twinkle, twinkle, little star
  • two-party system
  • Tyburn
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  • Tyneside
  • Tynwald
  • Uffington White Horse
  • Uganda
  • Ulster
  • Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
  • Ulster Orchestra
  • Under Milk Wood
  • underground
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  • Union of the Crowns
  • Unionist
  • United Kingdom
  • United Nations
  • United Reformed Church
  • universities
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  • University of Wales
  • Unst
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  • Up-Helly-Aa
  • Uppark
  • Upstairs Downstairs
  • Usher Hall
  • utility
  • Utopia
  • V.S. Pritchett
  • V1
  • Vanity Fair
  • Vanuatu
  • Vauxhall
  • Vauxhall Gardens
  • VC10
  • V-E Day
  • ‘Veni, vidi, vici’
  • Verulamium
  • Vesta Tilley
  • Vickers
  • Vicky
  • Victoria
  • Victoria amazonica
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Victoria Cross
  • Victoria Holt
  • Victoria Memorial
  • Victoria plum
  • Victoria Station
  • Victorian
  • Vikings
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  • Virginia Woolf
  • Viroconium
  • Viscount
  • Vita Sackville-West
  • Vivien Leigh
  • Viyella
  • Volpone
  • Vorticism
  • V-sign
  • VSO
  • W.G. Grace
  • W.H. Auden
  • W.H. Smith
  • W.S. Gilbert
  • Waddesdon Manor
  • Wakefield
  • Wakehurst Place
  • wakes week
  • Wales
  • Wallace Collection
  • Wall’s
  • Wally Hammond
  • Walsingham
  • Walter Bagehot
  • Walter Crane
  • Walter de la Mare
  • Walter Raleigh
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  • Walter Sickert
  • Wapping
  • War Graves Commission
  • War of 1812
  • War of American Independence
  • War of Jenkins’ Ear
  • War of the Austrian Succession
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  • War of the Worlds
  • War on Want
  • War Requiem
  • wardian case
  • Wardour Street
  • warming-pan baby
  • Warren Hastings
  • Wars of the Roses
  • Warsaw Concerto
  • warts and all
  • Warwick
  • Warwick the Kingmaker
  • Warwick vase
  • Washington Old Hall
  • Wat Tyler
  • water
  • water closet
  • water polo
  • watercolour
  • Waterloo
  • Waterloo Station
  • Watership Down
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  • Waverley
  • Waverley novels
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  • ‘We shall fight on the beaches’
  • Wedgwood
  • welfare state
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  • Wellington
  • Wellington College
  • wellingtons
  • Wells
  • Welsh
  • Welsh dragon
  • Welsh Folk Museum
  • Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum
  • Welsh National Opera
  • Welsh rabbit
  • Wembley
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  • Western Daily Press
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  • Westminster Bridge
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  • Westminster cemeteries
  • Westminster Hall
  • Westminster Hospital
  • Westminster School
  • Westonbirt Arboretum
  • Westward Ho!
  • wets
  • What the Papers Say
  • ‘Whaur’s your Wullie Shakspear noo?’
  • whelk stall
  • Which?
  • While shepherds watched their flocks by night
  • Whips
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  • whisky
  • Whisky Galore
  • whist
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  • Whitaker’s Almanack
  • Whitbread
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  • Who killed Cock Robin?
  • Who’s Who
  • Widdicombe Fair
  • Wigan
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  • Wilfred Owen
  • Wilfred Pickles
  • Wilkie Collins
  • William
  • William and Lawrence Bragg
  • William Beckford
  • William Blake
  • William Bruce
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  • William Byrd
  • William Caxton
  • William Chambers
  • William Cobbett
  • William Congreve
  • William Cowper
  • William Crookes
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  • William Dunbar
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  • William Gladstone
  • William Golding
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  • William Hazlitt
  • William Henry
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  • William II
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  • William Kent
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  • William Makepeace Thackeray
  • William Morris
  • William Penn
  • William Pitt
  • William Ramsay
  • William Shakespeare
  • William Siemens
  • William Smith
  • William Spooner
  • William the Conqueror
  • William Thomson
  • William Wallace
  • William Walton
  • William Wilberforce
  • William Wilkins
  • William Wordsworth
  • William Wycherley
  • willow pattern
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  • winkle-pickers
  • Winston Churchill
  • winter of discontent
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  • yeoman
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  • Yes, Minister
  • YMCA
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  • York
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The encyclopedia of Britain (Helicon; 1999)

A compendium of information about Britain. This book covers British men and women in all fields of human activity; UK history; towns and places in the UK, including tourist attractions; science and technology successes; Britain’s cultural heritage: writers, visual arts, architecture, music, TV, film, sport and more; and 200 quotes on Britain and the British way of life.

Review by Choice Review

Published in the UK as The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Britain (1999), this volume, while large, is necessarily selective. It contains the kinds of entries usually found in such a work–descriptions of places, institutions, monarchs, important historical figures and events, and famous literary works–but the preface claims it also intends to review the state of Britain at the turn of the millennium, hence many entries treat popular culture (e.g., contemporary sports, television, film and music personalities, and even the millennium itself and its controversial dome in Greenwich). Entries vary in length from a few lines to several pages. One-page signed articles on specialized subjects, such as BSE (mad cow disease) and the ordination of women priests, are interspersed throughout the volume, and there are numerous tables, maps, and black-and-white illustrations, as well as two sections of color photographs. Appendixes list international organizations of which Britain is a member; sporting clubs; additional contemporary writers, actors, directors, and sports figures; useful Web sites; and a chronology of British history, 1707-1998, all of which continue the emphasis on contemporary information more usually found in an almanac. An entertaining work that will supplement more traditional encyclopedic works about the UK. C. E. King; SUNY at Stony Brook

Review by Booklist Review

This is a very interesting and timely reference. As mentioned in the preface, as the Millennium approaches, England is seeing many changes, with a new Labor government, the forging of closer ties with Europe, and the implementation of self-rule for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Arranged in an A^-Z format, this volume contains more than 6,000 entries. Coverage includes famous people, events, movements, metropolitan areas, and tourist attractions. In addition, natural features, national monuments, World Heritage sites, organizations, and institutions are surveyed, as are art, leisure, traditions, and customs. Most entries are only a couple of paragraphs in length, but there are also 45 feature articles. These average one to two pages in length and cover such diverse topics as “How the Election System Works,” “The British at Play,” and “Welsh Devolution: A Hesitant `Yes.'” Supporting the text are approximately 27 black-and-white maps and about 257 black-and-white illustrations. There are also 30 attractive color illustrations. In addition, scattered throughout the text are many quotations supplementing nearby entries, as well as chronologies and sidebars on such topics as “The Peerage” and “Top 25 Companies in the UK in 1997.” Biographical entries provide birth and death years and cite titles of books, films, plays, and artworks in italics. Metropolitan entries provide area, physical description, industries, agriculture, and population. All units of measurement throughout the text are given in metric and English units. There are many cross-references, which are indicated by arrows pointing to the relevant terms. Rounding out the volume are several appendixes covering a variety of topics (e.g., leading sports clubs, TV personalities). There is also an unannotated listing of approximately 684 useful Web sites and an eight-page chronology, from 1707^-1998. This volume was first published in England as the Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Britain. Readers should know that some of the content is identical to that in another title, The Hutchinson Illustrated Encyclopedia of British History, which we reviewed in the October 1 issue of RBB. Eighteen of the feature articles in The Encyclopedia of Britain also appear in The Hutchinson Illustrated Encyclopedia, and many entries are shortened versions of those in Hutchinson, if they are not exactly the same. However, a substantial amount of the material in The Encyclopedia of Britain is new. Given its broader scope and the fact that there are several other one-volume encyclopedias devoted just to British history, The Encyclopedia of Britain is the preferred choice between the two.

Review by Library Journal Review

This encyclopedia presents over 6000 alphabetical entries on the culture, history, and geography of the United Kingdom. Some 45 feature articles, averaging a page in length, treat various themes such as Britain’s empire, its educational system, and its pop music. Numerous illustrations, lists, chronologies, maps, and even a few family trees accompany entries. There is good coverage of contemporary performers, writers, athletes, and other public figures. In addition, the appendixes on contemporary writers, film actors and directors, athletes, TV personalities, and web sites make this encyclopedia far more useful for researching contemporary British culture than Routledge’s Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture (LJ 8/99). Recommended for public and academic libraries.ÄAnna Youssefi, Univ. of Houston Lib.



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