15 Things You should Know About British History

6. Football was banned by Edward III

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Not many people know that football was a banned sport during the reign of King Edward II. According to the monarch football was acting as a distraction for the people. In his eyes archery was the prime sport which needed to be paid attention, as it would come to great use, if England was to be in a state of war.

7. Colchester is the oldest Britain town

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As per the history of Britain, Colchester is the oldest recorded British town. Colchester which happens to be in Essex was also the first ever Roman Capital of England. The largest keep ever built in Europe is the Colchester castle, and its land area is around 50 per cent bigger than the London Tower.

8. The Cambridge University Press

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The Cambridge University Press located in the United Kingdom, happens to be the oldest publishing and printing house in the world. It was founded in year 1534 and is the world’s second largest University Press. It was founded by King Henry VIII.

9. The Royal Armories

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Located inside the Tower of London the Royal Armories happens to be the oldest museum in the whole of United Kingdom. Historians believe that it is also one of the oldest museums in the world as well as Europe, apart from the Italian museums which were built ahead of it. It opened in the year 1660.

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10. The English created Champagne

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Lovers of Champagne ought to thank the British for creating the exquisite bubbly drink. Contrary to popular belief it was not the French who created champagne. In the 1662, scientist Christopher Merret presented the idea of adding molasses and sugar to wine in order to created a sparkly intoxicant. This idea was also presented on paper in front of the Royal Society in London. 30 years later, Frenchman Dom Perignon created champagne using the exact same method called methode champeniose, introduced by Merret to create champagne.

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