75 Interesting Facts About England

Last updated on February 24th, 2018

10 Facts about Christmas in England

#61. It was actually illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day in the time of Oliver Cromwell! The purpose was to control gluttony.

#62. Christmas dinners often feature ‘devil on horseback’ on the table – dates or prunes wrapped in bacon.

#63. London has seen only 10 white Christmases since 1900…

#64. The traditional Christmas plum pudding may actually have been derived from suet meat puddings with dry fruits.

Interesting facts about England: Plum pudding.
Plum pudding. Image credit – Calvin Walton

#65. The Queen’s Message on Christmas day is not an old tradition. King George V started it in 1932 when he read a speech by none other than writer Rudyard Kipling.

#66. Boxing Day is not just a bank holiday in England. It is the day you share Christmas leftovers with friends and neighbors. In the past, masters shared leftovers in the form of boxes with servants.

#67. The Scottish may have a Clootie Dumpling instead of the Christmas Pudding for dessert on Christmas Day.

#68. It used to be a New Year tradition in Wales to decorate a horse’s skull with white sheets and bells.

#69. Mummering is a tradition in which people wear masks or paint their faces and perform plays in the community. Mummers may also visit houses like carolers used to do.

#70. Hogmanay (or New Year’s Eve) celebrations in Scotland are bigger than Christmas celebrations, and strangers are considered auspicious if they enter the house on that day.

5 Facts About England in 1600s

#71. In the 1600s, London was separate from Westminster but then rich people built houses on the Thames between the two cities.

#72. In 1666 the Great Fire of London destroyed much of the city because of a fire that may have started in a bakery. Nearly 100 years ago, a Daniel Baker had predicted that London would be destroyed by a ‘consuming fire’.

#73. The Bank of England that we know today was founded in 1694.

#74. The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 that led to the Guy Fawkes Day celebrations of today was a failed plot by Catholics including Guy Fawkes to blow up Stuart King James I, who was not tolerant of Catholics. But some say the plot was a bigger conspiracy.

#75. King James I proposed one flag for the joining of Scottish and English crowns, and the King James’ Union Flag was designed, which is now known as the Union Jack.

England – country at a glance

Capital CityLondon
51°30′N 0°7′W
Largest CityLondon
51°30′N 0°7′W
Land Area50,301 sq mi
Population53,012,456 (2011 census)
Official LanguageEnglish
BordersScotland and Wales
CurrencyPound sterling (GBP)
ReligionChristianity (Church of England)
Average Life Span81 Years (2012)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Time ZoneGMT (UTC​)
Summer (DST)
BST (UTC+1)
GDP$3.087 trillion (estimate 2016)
Calling Code+44
Drives on theLeft