By Stephen Halliday

ISBN-10: 0715339079

ISBN-13: 9780715339077

"Amazing & amazing proof approximately nice Britain" finds the hidden legends, legislation, landscapes, discoveries, adventures and destinations that experience formed Britain's compelling, and from time to time, tumultuous earlier. discover how Britain used to be shaped - its geology and weather, the quirky characters and occasions of its historical past and the starting place of British associations, comparable to public colleges, fish and chips and riding at the left hand aspect. short, obtainable and exciting items on a large choice of topics makes it the best booklet to dip in to. the fantastic and impressive evidence sequence offers attention-grabbing, dazzling and little-known proof and tales a couple of wide variety of themes that are certain to tell, take in and entertain in equivalent degree.

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And why was it once fatal to impersonate a Chelsea Pensioner? And did George Stephenson, designer of the most famous of all steam engines The Rocket, really foresee that one day railways would run on electricity? For the answers to these questions, and many more, read on. Stephen Halliday THE MAKING OF BRITAIN An Island Nation? Britain’s continental connection Until about 10,000 years ago Britain was joined to the continent of Europe via a land bridge, of which the most prominent relic is the Dogger Bank, Dogge being an old Dutch word for fishing boat.

Its origins are unknown though it was probably built in phases from 3,600 to 5,700 years ago using stones which came from as far as Pembrokeshire in Wales, 250 miles away. Early attempts to link Stonehenge with the Druids (of whom even less is known) have largely been abandoned. It has long been known that the stones are aligned with the midsummer sunrise and with the most southerly rising and northerly setting of the moon. More recent research has demonstrated more sophisticated alignments in accordance with the astronomical practices of ancient civilisations so it presumably served some kind of ritualistic function in connection with astronomy.

Chaucer’s monarch, Henry IV, addressed Parliament in Chaucer’s English rather than Norman French. But there’s more to English than Anglo-Saxon and French, with other languages represented, especially in place names. For instance, Dover is a survival of the ancient Celtic language which preceded the arrival of the Romans. It means ‘waters’, while Wendover in Buckinghamshire means ‘white waters’, a reference to the local chalk streams. The prefix Tr, sometimes followed by e, is also associated with Celtic origins, especially in Cornwall and Wales in names like Truro, Tredegar, Trelawney and Trevelyan.

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