Historic Events in British History

(including British History Trivia Questions)

Question: Which famous sea battle between the British Royal Navy and the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies took place on 21st October 1805?

Answer: Battle of Trafalgar 

Question: What is the historic collective name for these five coastal towns in Kent and Sussex: Hastings, Rye, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich? 

Answer: The Cinque Ports  

Question: Where did King John sign the Magna Carta?  

Answer: Runnymeade 

Question: Name the leader of the rebels in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381?  

Answer: Wat Tyler

Question: In the UK, which financial institution was created in 1694?  

Answer: Bank of England 

Question: Which British Prime Minister was noted for his gunboat diplomacy in the 1850s?

Answer: Henry Temple better known as Lord Palmerston

Question: What Act by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1956 lead to the Suez Crisis?

Answer: He nationalised the Suez Canal. The canal had been built in 1869 by the Suez Canal Company which was a French company in which the British Government had a very substantial shareholding. Essentially the French and British had operated the canal since its construction.

Question: By what name are the difficulties and conflicts in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1997 known?

Answer: The Troubles 

Question: What was the name of the ship in which Sir Francis Drake sailed around the world?

Answer: The Golden Hind 

Question: What is the name of the towers built along the Sussex and Kent coasts in 1804 as a defence against Napoleon’s threatened French invasion?

Answer: Martello Towers


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Question: How was the eldest son of Edward III, Edward of Woodstock better known?

Answer: The Black Prince 

Question: By what name are the trials known that followed the defeat of the Monmouth Rebellion at the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685?

Answer: Bloody Assizes

Question: Who were the tribal peoples who lived in what is today eastern and northern Scotland from the Late Iron Age to the Early Medieval period?

Answer: The Picts 

Question: In which century was Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury murdered?

Answer: 12th Century 

Question: Which was the second largest city in England during the Medieval period?

Answer: Bristol 

Question: Which is the only King of England who, at his own request, was buried in Worcester Cathedral?

Answer: King John 

Question: At which Battle in 1298 did Edward I of England defeat William Wallace of Scotland which resulted in William Wallace resigning as Guardian of Scotland?

Answer: Battle of Falkirk 

Question: Which King of England met with the rebels of the Peasants’ Revolt at Smithfield in 1381?

Answer: Richard II 

Question: In which castle in Gloucestershire is Edward II of England believed to have been murdered?

Answer: Berkeley Castle 

Question: What name was used in early medieval times for the former kingdom of the Picts and today is used by some to means Scotland?

Answer: Alba 

Question: After the Romans had withdrawn from Britain in the 5th Century, much of England was settled by Angles, Saxons and Jutes. In which two modern-day counties did the Jutes settle?

Answer: Surrey & Kent