182 Interesting and historical facts about England.
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In the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell's troops crushed an uprising of vigilantes in a battle near Shaftesbury, Dorset.
The Black Death entered England at Melcombe Regis (now part of Weymouth), Dorset, in the summer of 1348, possibly carried in by infected soldiers or sailors returning from the Hundred Years' War.
The first recorded Viking raid on the British Isles occurred in Dorset during the eighth century.
The 14th Century Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul's impressive 160ft high tower is the tallest in Norfolk and dominates the town. After walking up the 172 steps to the top of the tower you can see for miles – west towards the ‘Runtons’ and Sheringham, east towards the lighthouse.
Winchester is host to the largest Farmers Market in the UK, which takes place on the second and final Sunday of each month.
Legend has it that during the Medieval times, nagging wives were taken to the chiding Stone in Kent, where they were 'Chided' as punishment by local villagers. This is possibly how the village of Chiddingstone got its name.
At 129 ft high (39.3 metres), Silbury Hill in Avesbury, Wiltshire, is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe and one of the largest in the world.
Hereford Cathedral houses 10 bells which are 140ft high in the tower. The oldest of the bells is the sixth bell which dates to the 13th century. The bells of Hereford Cathedral are sometimes known as the 'Grand Old Lady' because of their unique ring of bells.
Hereford is home to one of only four 1217 Magna Carta to survive, which can sometimes be seen on display at the cathedral alongside the famous Mappa Mundi, which is a medieval map of the world dating to 1300.
Hereford Cathedral is home to the famous 'Mappa Mundi' - a medieval map of the world created around 1300 by Richard of Holdingham. The Mappa Mundi is listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.