Bentley Priory - grand mansion where the Battle of Britain was won

Bentley Priory - grand mansion where the Battle of Britain was won

Bentley Priory in Stanmore, North West London, is probably best known for its pivotal role as Headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940. But before the Air Ministry bought Bentley Priory in 1926, the Grade II*-listed Building had been a grand private home, hotel and girls’ school.

David Hockney’s Dog Days - and his digital art

David Hockney’s Dog Days - and his digital art

The iconic British artist David Hockney has turned his distinctive hand to a wide range of subject matter - from swimming pools in California in the 1960's, through portraits (including of himself) and, more recently, woodland scenes in his native Yorkshire, and an increasing portfolio of digitally created art. In 1995 he staged an exhibition of work that had been prompted by his dogs.

Nevil Maskelyne - father of Greenwich Mean Time

Nevil Maskelyne - father of Greenwich Mean Time

The Rev Dr Nevil Maskelyne was the fifth British Astronomer Royal and led the first person quest to scientifically measure the mass of the planet Earth. He was also involved in the famous search for an accurate way to measure longitude at sea, alongside John Harrison, and his work led to the establishment of the concept of Greenwich Mean Time.

Princess Diana's London memorial fountain

Princess Diana's London memorial fountain

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial is a fountain dedicated to the memory of the much-loved former royal. It was built in 2001, four years after she was killed in the tragic Paris car crash. The fountain is located south of the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, London.

A true British classic - the Yorkshire pudding

A true British classic - the Yorkshire pudding

Once known as the Dripping Pudding, the Yorkshire pudding is a popular side dish in England, often served with a Sunday roast. It is a baked pudding made from a batter of eggs, flour, and milk or water, heated strongly to rise and obtain a light texture. It has featured in a list of 'ten things people love about Britain'.

Robert Thomson - the Scotsman who first patented pneumatic tyres

Robert Thomson - the Scotsman who first patented pneumatic tyres

The first patent for what became known as the pneumatic tyre was filed in 1847 by Scottish inventor and engineer Robert William Thomson, who also invented the fountain pen. Thomson produced his 'Aerial Wheels' some 43 years before John Dunlop’s re-invention of the air-filled tyre.

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