18 Facts About Northern England

1. Northern England were magnificent in running us down in that final game.

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2. Northern England has a long history: it was where many battles between England and Scotland were fought, and it was the place where the Industrial Revolution began.

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3. Northern England is just as cool, especially the city of Manchester.

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4. Northern England made an unsuccessful attack on Portugal and the Azores, the Drake-Norris Expedition of 1589.

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5. Northern England was well-off compared to the other nations of Europe.

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6. Northern England was more than self-sufficient in cereals, dairy products, beef and mutton.

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7. Northern England largely became bound up with the Atlantic trade system, which created a cultural continuum over a large part of Western Europe.

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8. Northern England became inhabited more than 800,000 years ago, as the discovery of stone tools and footprints at Happisburgh in Norfolk has revealed.

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9. The Church of Northern England has some 13,000 parishes and a similar number of clergy, but it solemnizes fewer than one-third of marriages and baptizes only one in four babies.

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10. Northern England is bounded on the north by Scotland; on the west by the Irish Sea, Wales, and the Atlantic Ocean; on the south by the English Channel; and on the east by the North Sea.

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11. Outside the British Isles, Northern England is often erroneously considered synonymous with the island of Great Britain and even with the entire United Kingdom.

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12. Northern England has a strong industrial past, as well as an agricultural history.

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13. Northern England is a centre of freight transport and handles around one third of all British cargo.

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14. In recent decades, immigration to Northern England has shaped its cuisine.

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15. Northern England was the birthplace of the modern cooperative movement, and the Manchester-based Co-operative Group has the highest revenue of any firm in the North West.

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16. Northern England has a strong export-based economy, with trade more balanced than the UK average, and the North East is the only region of England to regularly export more than it imports.

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17. Northern England was a focal point for fighting during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.

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18. Northern England is one of the most treeless areas in Europe, and to combat this the government plans to plant over 50 million trees in a new Northern Forest across the region.

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