British History

What You Didn’t Know About Scotland Yard

June 24, 2019

Scotland Yard Motorcycle Patrols in 1955. Source: (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) The name Scotland Yard has become almost synonymous with detectiv...

What You Didn’t Know About Big Ben

June 10, 2019

Big Ben … that big clock high on a tower is a symbol of London. This 160-year-old landmark keeps Londoners punctual and provides a backdrop for iconic tourist pics, but beyond tha...

Vernepator Cur: A Tale Of Turnspit Dogs

April 12, 2019

Look at the wheel mounted on the wall. You will see a turnspit dog at work in the inn at Newcastle, Carmarthen, Wales, c1800 (1869). Source: (Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Ge...

Toilet Tales: The John Versus The Crapper

March 29, 2019

When it comes to indoor plumbing, two names stand out—the John and the Crapper. Please understand that when we say this, we are not being crude or impolite by using these inf...

A Look at Royalty

October 7, 2018

Excited children watch HRH Elizabeth II during the opening ceremony for the Lagan Bridge in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 09 March. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images) What would it...

The Wives of Henry VIII of England... Divorced, Beheade...

November 14, 2016

King Henry the VIII was married six times. A male heir and love was at the heart of most of the decisions to marry. The reasons to end them varied somewhat.