UK History

The history of the UK as a sovereign state started with the political union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland in 1707. The Union gave rise to the United Kingdom of Great Britain, which shared a single monarch and parliament.

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Honorary and Courtesy Titles
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Is the Title Lord Dr Buck Rogers genuine?

Of course it is real, what a ridiculous question. Buck was born on Primrose Day 2045 as a result an immaculate conception between R2D2 and C3P0. He is currently in training for the Mens 100 metres in London where he expects to run against Darth Vader, Hans Solo and 4 Daleks.

History of Ireland
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Ireland split from Great Britain in the?

Ireland split from Great Britain on the 6th December 1922 under the Government of Ireland Act 1920. Northern Ireland which had by this time been partitioned from Ireland was able to opt out of joining the Free State and staying with the rest of Great Britain. Pretty much because all the politicians were protestant…. Even though there was a lot of Catholics around the region their voice wasn't heard as they had no political representation. And that's when the rows (arguments) started which reached it heights in the 70's & 80's.

The whole of Ireland was free and independent until 1650 when Cromwell paid a visit.

Queen Victoria
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When did Queen Victoria become Queen?

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) became Queen of the United Kingdom on the death of William IV on 20 June 1837. She remained Queen for 64 years until 22 January 1901.

Her Coronation was on on 28 June 1838.
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History of England
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What are some Victorian era superstitions?

That it was harmful to breathe night air.

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Industrial Revolution

When was the Victorian Age?

The term "Victorian" is usually applied to people and events in The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (as it was then called) during the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 to 1901.

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Industrial Revolution

Why did the Industrial Revolution begin in Great Britain?

Britain had abundant sources of coal. Britain had a strong workforce. Britain had good transportation networks.

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What exciting events happened in the Victorian times?

Renewed popularity of the monarchy.

A new interest in science and education, encouraged by the Prince Consort.

A big drive for Empire, helped by Naval supremacy.

Spreading of the railways, with democratic effects.

Greatest age of the English novel.

Growth of cricket and football clubs.

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What territories were included in the British Empire at its height and in what order were they lost or returned to self government?

You can break this down into the Dominions and the Colonies, and I can only give a partial answer, thanks to my country of origin. Canada became a Dominion in 1867, but maintained strong links to the Empire throughout the late 1800s and into the 1900s. The Statute of Westminster in 1931 allowed some separation of the powers, allowing Canada, Australia, India and some other colonies to act more independently. Of course, loyalty to the Empire was still strong. 1947 saw the return of self-rule to India, and the beginnings of what we know now as the Commonwealth. The African colonies regained some self control in the 1950s and 60s. The role of the sovereign as Ruler of the Empire gradually morphed into Head of the Commonwealth.

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What was the Statute of Westminster?

In 1931, the British parliament passed the Statute of Westminster, a law that gave formal recognition to all countries with Dominion status full independence, stating that they were bound by no laws but their own. This gave the dominions complete independence, but in some cases complete independence in some areas were not achieved until later. ex: The Supreme court of Canada was the Privy Council in London until 1949. The power to amend the Canadian constitution remained in the hands of the British until 1982 because the provincial and federal governments couldn't agree upon the subject. Answer In order to make this full independence a complete reality, the Dominions - Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa - had to pass their own legislation on constitutional matters in order to ensure that there were no legal gaps.

The delay referred to above in the case of Canada was exceptionally long.

UK History

Who was the first English Queen to have a Christmas tree?

Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, had a Christmas tree brought to London in 1848, following a tradition from his native Germany.

An engraving of the tree appeared in a magazine following which the tree became a "must have" for many people.

Queen Victoria was not an "English Queen"; she was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

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George Lopez

Where was Carlton Lodge School located in 1872?

Carlton Lodge Academy (Later St John'sSchool) was at 239/241 Iffley Road, Headington, Oxford.

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History of India
UK History

Why did the British call India the jewel in the crown?

The phrase is attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, the British prime minister from 1874 to 1881. His policies spurred the expansion of the British Empire, in which he called India "the brightest jewel in the crown". In 1876, Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India, and British monarchs retained the title until 1947.

India had valuable resources that Europe wanted to exploit, like mineral ores and textiles. Even more importantly, it was both a huge source of cheap labor and a large market for British goods. As its largest colonial territory, India was the most important of the overseas possessions of the British Empire.


India was the centerpiece, the "Jewel in the Crown" of the empire. Trade with and eventual political dominance over India was what provided Britain with large parts of it's wealth in the 1700-1900's. India provided huge resources and massive markets for British factories and goods. It provided tax income, natural mineral wealth, and a population who were inducted into the British armies and civil services. Indian Clerks and Soldiers worked and fought around the Empire.

Much of the early Empire was built around India, areas conquered or "influenced" in order to provide routes to India, or protection for India. A framework like the metalwork around a diamond in a crown.

The central diamond in the British State Crown is called the "Heart of India" and is one of the largest diamonds in the world, if not the largest.


India was the jewel in the British Empire because at that time India was rich in spices, silk, indigo, gold, cotton and other products. India was both prosperous and rich. Traders who came to India gained riches. At that time pepper which was very famous and valuable in India was known as the black gold in the British empire.

Travel & Places
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What is Greenwich famous for?

Greenwich mean time, and being latitude 0, it was also home for the king and queen before Buckingham Palace.

It also has a wonderful little market at the weekend

You can also visit the recently restored Cutty Sark Superb !

ANS 2 Greenwich is also famous for the Royal Observatory and the Royal Naval College.

Also for National Maritime Musuem

UK History

Name 10 countries in the British Empire?

  1. England
  2. Wales
  3. Scotland
  4. North Ireland
  5. Canada
  6. India
  7. South Africa
  8. Bermuda
  9. British Virgin Islands
  10. Australia
  11. New Zealand
  12. British Guiana
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Sepoy Mutiny

How did the British East India Company take advantage of the India and gain control of India?

Britishers are the best example for Imperialism. Imperialism means when one country seeks to dominate other country economically, politically and socially is known as Imperialism.

But the worst thing the Britishers did to raise their Empire for Imperialism was to destroy the History of the country they ruled and taught the politics of deceit or Divide and Rule policy behind, after they get forced to leave that country.

Since the beginning, Britishers were looking for a way to rule over India and they got the way to do it as East India Company. Indians took the Britishers lightly and took the advantage of it. Britishers ruled on India, Canada, Africa and many more place. They had 13 colonies in different countries.

India was in rich in minerals, land basically in all. Their intentions was to grab all the powers, special minerals like gold, diamonds and they had even taken away the peacock throne.

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UK History

What kinds of foods did poor Victorians eat?

The poor Victorians ate:



something like porridge, potatoes, cheese or bread they didnt have proper meals like the upper and middle class.

mostly rabit, gruel, bread, butter and cheese

They would eat potatoes , scraps of meat, gruel and potato soup.

cabbage soup

gruel,bread,butter,apples,onions and cheese

Gruel was given to destitute people in intistitions like the workhouse and prisons. It wasn't common for other people to eat this.

The diet of poor people in the Victorian age would contain almost twice the calories that we consume today because daily life was far more strenuous.

A working labourer might consume up to 5,000 calories a day if he had to walk several miles to his place of work.

For the poor, stew was the most common hot meal as many houses did not posses an oven and often there was only one pot, that was heated over the open fire. Offal (Kidneys, Liver, Hearts) was popular, containing high energy and strong flavours. Generally the poor ate cheaper cuts of Beef. Pork and Mutton (Sheep) when they could afford meat, thiose that the middle and Upper class would not want to serve. Neck of Mutton, Belly of Pork, Shin of beef. Potatoes and vegatables would be added to the pot and the stew eaten with bread spread with dripping (Animal fat) as a cheaper alternative to butter.

Chicken was considered a luxury until mass production after World War II made it much more affordable.

For the aged soup was often all they could consume as their teeth would have decayed, until chewing was no longer possible.

Fast food was popular with the poor as it required little preparation or preservation. Hot meat pies would be sold in the streets containing eels or minced mutton. The eels were also served in jelly. During the Victorian age fried fish and chip shops gained popularity and even after World War II (when they weren't rationed), fish and chips were a traditional Friday Night dinner for many working cass families. (Sparing mothers from preparing a meal before they spent the evening at the local pub).

Beer was very popular. Supplies of water were unhygenic so Beer was often drunk instead. Small beer being of low alcoholic content.

Water boiled for drinking was consumed as tea.

In later Victorian Times, the first processed foods began to appear on the market. Golden Syrup and Custard Powder opened up a world of traditional English desserts such as Treacle or Chocolate pudding served with Custard.

Beef Tea was considered to be a health food and was available in processed form as Bovril, after this was supplied to the French Army by a Scottish manufacturer during the Franco-Prussian War.

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UK Prime Ministers

Who was the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

The first prime minister was Robert Walpole (1676-1745). His period of office lasted from 1721-1742.(The term 'prime minister' had no official standing in Britain till 1906. It was a more a nickname for the chief minister, who held the office of First Lord of the Treasury. However, there is unanimous agreement among historians that Walpole was the first prime minister of a cabinet style government responsible to Parliament).

Pedants may note that he would have not called himself "prime minister" and the title, whose origins are obscure (and can be found at least as far back as Queen Anne (1702-14)), first developed as a term of derision towards him and his successors. The official title held was usually First Lord of the Treasury, (a title still held by the Prime Minister to this day).
The term Prime Minister gradually lost its perjorative meaning and became the common informal title, first occurring in official documents under Benjamin Disraeli's premiership. It took until the beginning of the twentieth century for the title to gain full official status and was first held by Henry Campbell-Bannerman, who held the office from 1905-08.

The first Prime Minister - Robert Walpole, from 1721 to 1742 (also the longest serving to date). However, Henry Campbell-Bannermann (PM from 1906-1908) was the first to use the title officially.
Sir Robert Walpole is regarded as being the first British prime minister, in April 1721.

The official title did not exist until 1905 when Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman assumed office.
Queen Victoria
UK History

When was Queen Victoria born?

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, whose names were Alexandrina Victoria, was born in Kensington Palace, London on 24th May 1819.

She became Queen on 20th June 1837 and reigned until her death on 22nd January 1901.

UK History

Are there White Castles in the UK?

Nope. But you could write to them and ask for them to build a White Castle there. I have never been to white Castle

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UK History

Why did the Irish want to be independent from Britain?

The same reason why any country wants to be independent from another: they wanted to be free. They had ruled themselves for some time, and after all of Ireland's famines and Parnell's campaign for "Home Rule" in the 1900s, the fight for autonomy was greater. In 1921, the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed, giving them complete independence in their home affairs and foreign policy. But this is also what sparked the civil war against Northern Ireland.

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Which country owns Bermuda?

Bermuda is still owned by UK, also the island is called Bermuda island

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What is the capital of Great Britain?

Great Britain is not a country, a state or a nation - it is an island - one of the two large islands which, together with around 1000 small offshore islands, make up the British Isles. As such, Great Britain does not have a capital.

The island of Great Britain plus the northeastern part of the other large island (Ireland) and most of the small islands make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The capital of the United Kingdom is London.

Colloquially, many people say "Britain" or "Great Britain" when they really mean "The United Kingdom," and this is generally accepted although it is, strictly speaking, incorrect.

History of England
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What was Victorian food like in a wealthy household?

They use to eat pasta and dicks. Dicks was a popular type of meat that ws very luxorious to have at the table.

Salary and Pay Rates
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How much did chimney sweep children get paid?

about 1p a day (british money)

UK History

Did Thomas Walker Topper save george 3rd life?

In fact it was his brother Penniston Topper (1741-1804).

The Gentleman's Magazine February 1804 (page 191) has his obituary:

"At his house at Chelsea, after a long illness, Mr. Topper, nearly 50 years footman to his Majesty, and the person who prevented Margaret Nicholson from hurting his Majesty when she made an attempt on his life at St. James's garden gate, 1786, and for which, though repeatedly solicited, he refused to accept any reward."

Both Penniston & Thomas Walker Topper worked in the Royal stables during the reign of George III. Penniston was promoted to become a footman in 1770. On 2nd August 1886 George III was attacked by a woman called Margaret Nicholson, who was later declared insane. She had pretended to give the King a petition as he alighted from his coach outside St. James's Palace, and then went for him with a knife. A Yeoman grabbed her from behind and Penniston grabbed her arm to prevent her stabbing the king. There are various prints from the time illustrating this incident. A pension was given to Penniston's widow after his death.


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