British History

Happy 800th Birthday, Magna Carta!

Today marks 800 years since the English King John, surrounded by angry barons, was forced to put his seal to a document called “the Charter of Runnymede,” named after the place it was signed, near Windsor. It was a treaty …

10 Hybrid Images of Festive London

Merry Christmas from everyone at Anglophenia! Here, to set your festive morning off with a blast from the past, are 10 images created by the photographer Peter Macdiarmid, after scouring London for the locations of various Christmassy …

Why Do International Time Zones Start in Greenwich?

Last Sunday (October 26), British clocks went back from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time, restoring the whole country to the internationally unified line from which all time (and distance) is measured: Greenwich Mean Time, …

Stonehenge is Part of the Longest British Settlement

Here’s a bit of genuinely twisty time travel that may give you historical vertigo.

Stonehenge, the most iconic set of neolithic standing stones in the world, was built around 5,000 years ago. But a new series of archeological finds have confirmed that the stones were positioned where they are, in the middle of …

10 British Ways to Ring in the New Year

Before we get started, let’s be clear that traditions are often unique and singular, and have the capacity to travel far and wide. So if we happen across a thing you always do out in Missouri or Seattle, and you’ve never …