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Great Floods of the English Towns

See also Great Fires of the English Towns. 1099 –  St Martin’s flood of London. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle ‘the sea flood sprung up to such a height and did so much harm as no man remembered that it ever did before’. 1236 – Great Flood in London. Possible to row boats into Westminster […]

Victorian Post Boxes

The first post box installed in an England town was in Carlisle in 1853 – the spot is now marked by a replica Victorian box.  The oldest still functioning in England are the pair in Framlingham in Suffolk. This pair were founded by Andrew Handyside & Co of Derby in 1856.  There is one in […]

It’s Official – There is no definition of an English Town!

I am writing in response to your e-mail of 9 April asking for a complete list of towns in England – including those without a Town Council – and the criterion and date by which each became a town. Your request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act). I regret […]


Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town is 33 kilometres (21 mi) east of Dorchester, and Bournemouth adjoins Poole to the east. The Borough of Poole was made a unitary authority in 1997, gaining administrative independence from Dorset County Council. The town […]

Olney late 1970s

Olney, and Olney Floral Fiesta


Hello, I’m known as Clanger.  An exonym which might have been worse: cobbler, pancaker, concrete cow…  It might have something to do with clangers dropped, some of them on Flickr, where I have posted thousands of photos of English towns.  (Officially) England’s Best Buildings, humblingly, now has the remarkable membership of a thousand. I’m the […]