The sandy tropical island shoreline at the end of the 1998 romantic comedy drama, Shakespeare in Love, was filmed on the sandy-but-not-so-tropical Holkham Beach in Norfolk.
We have scientists working in the Sandwich laboratories of U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer (that’s Sandwich the Kent town, not a sandwich laboratory), to thank for Sildenafil citrate, more commonly known by the brand name Viagra.
Popularly used to treat erectile dysfunction, research has shown that the drug can also extend the life of cut flowers for up to a week.
With 19 letters, the Northumbrian farmstead hamlet of Cottonshopeburnfoot would hold the record for the longest single-word place name in England, were it not for it appearing on the Ordinance Survey map as Cottonshopeburn Foot.
Barely a short tractor ride along the riverbank, the official record instead goes to Blakehopeburnhaugh, with 18 letters. Little more than a few farm buildings at the meeting of the Blakehope Burn and River Rede, the literal name means ‘black valley stream with flat riverside land’.
Although, since 1965, a legal team charged with revising ancient English laws has removed over 2,000 from the statute books, the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 is still in force. Under the Act, carrying a penalty of up to 14 days in prison, it is illegal to keep a pigsty unless separated from the street by a sufficient wall or fence.
With worries that Luftwaffe bombs might put the busy central London Vauxhall Bridge out of use during the Second World War, Millbank Bridge was built alongside as a backup.
Dismantled in 1948, Millbank Bridge was reassembled across a tributary of the Zambezi River, in what is now Zambia. As it was, Vauxhall Bridge survived the war intact.