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La Reyne Le Veult: Why Are Bills in the English Parliament Confirmed in French?

The United Kingdom’s Parliament possesses all legislative supremacy thus holding all political decisions in the UK and over their colonies. One of the other major jobs of the parliament is to debate on and pass laws. Before officially using English in the 1400s, the parliament used to conduct their hearings in Norman French. Today, when …

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The skeletons of medieval English archers were deformed from years of archery. The high poundage of war bows, coupled with years of training in their use from a young age, led to skeletons having over-developed shoulder and arm bones to compensate for the growth of muscle around those areas.

English bowmen Come rain or shine this weekend (and it’s looking like a mix of both) you can join in with our Indoor Archery event and take aim to see how many points you can score. As it’s all about archery this weekend we asked Joe from our Visitor Services team to look back on …

The skeletons of medieval English archers were deformed from years of archery. The high poundage of war bows, coupled with years of training in their use from a young age, led to skeletons having over-developed shoulder and arm bones to compensate for the growth of muscle around those areas. Read More »

English cricket great Denis Compton was renowned for his absent-mindedness. He once arrived at a match without his kitbag, so he used an antique bat from the stadium’s museum; and during a major celebration in honour of his 70th birthday, his mother rang, telling him that he was only 69

Denis Compton Compton’s absent-mindedness was legendary. Colin Cowdrey writes that Compton turned up for the Old Trafford Test of 1955 against South Africa without his kitbag. Undaunted, he sauntered into the museum and, borrowing an antique bat off the display, went on to score 158 and 71. Nevertheless, England lost by three wickets. This absent-mindedness …

English cricket great Denis Compton was renowned for his absent-mindedness. He once arrived at a match without his kitbag, so he used an antique bat from the stadium’s museum; and during a major celebration in honour of his 70th birthday, his mother rang, telling him that he was only 69 Read More »

How Did a Sewer Worker Get Inside the Gold Vault of the Bank of England?

With all the complex underground systems in England it isn’t a surprise to find secret passages that would lead to various places around the city.  In 1836 a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain that ran under the Bank of England’s gold vault. He requested a meeting with the upper management of the bank, …

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