189 Interesting and historical facts about England.
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Beverley Minster possessed two bells in 1050. Four bells were installed in 1366, three of which are still in use in the Minster after having been recast. In the south-west tower there is a bell weighing over 7 tonnes and which is over 7 feet in diameter. It is a non-swinging bourdon bell called Great John, which chimes the hour and dates from 1901.
Beverley Minster is one of the largest parish churches in the UK, larger than one-third of all English cathedrals.
King Henry III granted 40 oaks from Sherwood Forest in 1252 to help rebuild Beverley Minster after the fire of 1188 completely destroyed it along with much of the town.
Brothers water in the Lake District was once called 'Broad Water' but was renamed to 'Brothers Water' during the Victorian period after two brothers drowned there.
The Kirkstone Pass Inn is the third-highest Inn in England.
The Kirkstone Pass in Cumbria is the Lake District's highest pass open to motor traffic, and offers one of the most famous views in England.
At 1500 feet, the small village of Nenthead in the North Pennines is England's highest village.
St Breock Downs Monolith is the largest and heaviest prehistoric standing stone in Cornwall, England.
The county of Northumberland is the least densely populated county in England, with just 62 people per square kilometre.
Legend has it, that during the Anglo-Scots wars, Scottish raiders were in the area of Blanchland Abbey, Northumberland, and so the monks of the abbey decided to pray that the abbey would be spared. After doing so a thick mist soon descended on the valley, hiding the monastry from the Scottish raiding party.