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Translations (UK - US)

  • saloon = sedan (car)
  • estate = station wagon (car)
  • motorway = main highway (interstate)
  • dual carriageway = divided highway
  • roundabout = traffic circle
  • petrol = gas
  • boot = trunk

British History and Architecture Timeline

Historic eras are visible in the present day through their architectural remains. We experience the layers of history when we stand in a prehistoric stone circle in the Cotswolds and look over to our car parked on the nearby road. The Cotswolds have been settled since Prehistoric times and all the historic eras have left something for us to see.

Many guidebooks describe a time period as "Georgian" or a church as "Norman with a Perpendicular tower" assuming the reader knows these terms for historical periods and architecture. The main periods of history and architecture in Britain are listed here. (I know that we all know this, but I still get confused by the term "century". For example, the 17th century refers to the years from 1600 - 1699.)

Timelines Through British History and Architecture



BBC - History: Detailed explanation for each era of British history, with a very good interactive timeline.

British Monarchy

Britain Express - English History

Britain Express - English Monarchs

Wikipedia - 1066 and All That: A humorous reworking of English history.


Britain Express - English Architecture

Wikipedia - Gothic Architecture

The Black and White Village Trail - Herefordshire: Get a brochure from Hereford Tourism outlining the 40-mile driving route through north-west Herefordshire to see the Tudor Black and White buildings.

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