Fun Facts

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The North (North East & North West)

Population: Respectively 2,596,886 and 7,052,177 inhabitants

Area: Respectively 3,317 sq. mi and 5,469 sq. mi

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Did you know? In 1849, Robert Stephenson’s High-Level Bridge opened, making it the first bridge to be used by both cars and trains in the world.


Did you know? People from the Sunderland area sometimes call themselves Mackem. Books are still debating the origins of this word.


Did you know? Durham was home to Britain’s tallest man, Neil Fingleton until he died in February 2017.


Did you know? The world’s first steam-powered passenger train started on its journey in Darlington on 27th September 1825.


Did you know? Though Liverpudlians are commonly referred to as ‘scousers’, a scouse is a type of stew that was eaten in deprived areas of Liverpool before the 1900s.


Did you know? Manchester has the biggest student population of any city in Europe.


Did you know? Lancaster has the nickname the Hanging Town because more people were hanged in Lancaster Castle than anywhere else in England but London.


Did you know? Blackpool Tower opened in 1894, after being modelled on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s 158 metres high and took seven years to paint.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Population: 5,283,733 inhabitants.

Area: 5,950 sq. mi


Did you know? The Leeds-based board makers, Waddington’s, invented one of the most famous games in the world, Cluedo. Though it was ready to be played in 1944, it wasn’t released until after World War II in 1949.


Did you know? The George Hotel in Hull claims to own the smallest window in England. It was used by the gatekeeper of the hotel to look out for stagecoaches and customers.


Did you know? After competing in the Curry Capital Olympics event, Bradford won the title of Curry Capital of the UK. They have held this title for six years now!


Did you know? After World War One, the LSD Motor factory in Huddersfield invented the 3-wheel car. It is now commonly known as the rarest car in Britain and resides in the Tolson Historical Museum.


Did you know? Records show that in 715, Ripon was named Hrypis, which translates as ‘place of the tribe called Hrype’.


Did you know? Sheffield FC is the oldest football club in the world that plays association football. It was founded in 1857 by Sheffield cricket club members.


Did you know? It is claimed that the nursery rhymes ‘Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush’ and ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ originate from the singing female prisoners of Wakefield around 1460.


Did you know? In 2002, The International Ghost Research Foundation announced that York is officially the Most Haunted City in Europe.

The Midlands (East & West Midlands)

Population: Respectively 4,533,222 and 5,601,847

Area: Respectively 6,034 sq. mi and 5,000 sq. mi


Did you know? The world record for the biggest ever bowl of popcorn was prepared at the UCI cinema in Derby in 1991. It took the cinema staff three days to complete the record.


Did you know? Leicester is the birthplace to Britain’s most famous brand of crisps, Walkers. They own the biggest crisp factory in the world and produce 7 million bags of crisps every day.


Did you know? The Fosse Dyke Canal was built by the Romans to improve trading links to and from Lincoln. It is believed to be the oldest working canal in the country.


Did you know? The first home video cassette recorder (VCR) was invented in Nottingham in 1963, and was called the ‘Telcan’ or ‘television in a can’. It cost £60 and recorded 20 minutes in black and white.


Did you know? J.R.R Tolkien, the author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, came from Birmingham. The place and the people of Brum inspired him in his stories.


Did you know? In 1911, the anchor for the Titanic was made and towed to Dudley train station by 20 shire horses, before it started its journey to Belfast.


Did you know? The name Solihull is thought to originate from the position of the parish church, St Alphege, as it is located on a ‘soily hill.’ The hill is made of stiff red marlstone, which turns to sticky mud when it rains.


Did you know? Lady Hatherton from Walsall officially opened the Walsall Arboretum on 4 May 1874. She hoped that the park would provide a ‘healthy change from dogfights, bull-baiting, and cock-fights.’

South West

Population: 5,289,000 inhabitants

Area: 9,200 sq. mi


Did you know? After being bombed by the Luftwaffe in WWII, the rubble from Bristol’s ruins was transported to New York City, to be used as a foundation to the Waterside Plaza.


Did you know? The first person to single-handedly sail around the globe was Sir Francis Chichester in 1966. He started and finished in Plymouth 226 days later in 1967.


Did you know? The most famous spy in the world has been to Swindon. Swindon’s industrial sites are featured in the James Bond films ‘A View to Kill’ and ‘The World is Not Enough’.


Did you know? The Olympic ski jumper, Michael Edwards AKA Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, was born in Cheltenham on 5 December 1963. He was the first competitor to represent Britain in this sport since 1929.


Did you know? Buried in Gloucester Cathedral is the British composer John Stafford-Smith, who wrote the music to ‘Star Spangled Banner’, the US National Anthem.


Did you know? There are seven other places in the world named Exeter, including towns in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Canada.


Did you know? On 13 March 1781 Astronomer, William Herschel, discovered Uranus while surveying stars in his back garden on New King Street in Bath.


Did you know? At the beginning of the 19th Century, roughly 90% of Poole’s population was employed in Poole Quay harbour.

South East & Greater London 

Population: Respectively 8,634,750 and 8,173,941 inhabitants

Area: Respectively 7,373 sq. mi and 607 sq. mi


Did you know? In 1967 John Shepherd-Barron invented the very first ATM. It was built and installed in the Barclays Bank Enfield branch.


Did you know? In 1920 Hounslow Heath Airport was moved to Croydon and became the first international airport in the United Kingdom.


Did you know? The Millennium Dome is both the largest dome and has the largest single-roofed structure in the world. The dimensions of the roof reflect Greenwich’s connection to time measurement as it’s: 365m in diameter, 52m high, with 12 supporting poles, to symbolise the days, weeks and months of the year.


Did you know? The Canterbury Trot was the name given to the pilgrims because of the way they rode their horses to rush to the city before the night-time curfew.


Did you know? Residents and natives of Oxford are known as Oxonians.


Did you know? Although Guildford has a cathedral and sports teams with ‘City’ in their name, Guildford is not a city, but a town. It applied for city status in 2002 but lost out to Preston.


Did you know? Brighton’s Seafront Centre is the world’s oldest aquarium that dates all the way back to 1872. There live over 100 different sea creatures.


Did you know? London buses were not always the iconic red colour we see today. Before 1907, each different route had its coloured bus.

East of England

Population: 5,847,000 inhabitants

Area: 11,877 sq. mi


Did you know? Dating back to the 1700s, Luton’s biggest industry was hat making this is why the Luton Town Football Club is nicknamed ‘The Hatters’.


Did you know? Over the centuries, Basildon’s name has had several variations, including Berdlesdon, Batlesdon, and Belesduna.


Did you know? Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, is buried in Peterborough Cathedral.


Did you know? More than 100 languages are spoken in Bedford, from Persian to Polish.


Did you know? Southend Pier is the world’s longest iron pleasure pier that measures to 1.34-mile long.


Did you know? The first woman to publish a book in the English language was Julian of Norwich, who wrote the Revelations of Divine Love in 1395.


Did you know? Britain’s largest baby girl ever was born at Ipswich’s John Deere Hospital on 20 February 2012, weighing in at a whopping 14lb 4oz – that’s over one stone.


Did you know?  The Saxons called Cambridge ‘Grantabrycge’, which translates to ‘bridge over the river Granta’. The name of the town gradually changed to Cambridge.



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