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Best of British to Woburn Abbey

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Woburn Abbey has been revealed as part of England’s Hall of Fame to celebrate St George’s Day.

The hotly-anticipated Hall of Fame exhibition opened to the public on Wednesday. The free open-air display runs until April 30 at Observation Point on London’s Southbank.

The search to establish England’s Hall of Fame began in February when Visit England asked the public to submit their suggestions.

The Hall of Fame app received almost 1,000 submissions from Harry Potter to Harry Styles, the mini skirt to the tuxedo, The Beatles to punk music, and Earl Grey tea to the Scotch Egg.

A panel of experts then awarded a bronze, silver and gold across six categories, to celebrate the best of what England has brought to the world and what makes the country such a diverse and fascinating place to visit and explore.

Woburn Abbey picked up the gold award in the food and drink category.

The citation read: “The sandwich, an essential part of afternoon tea, which was named in honour of its ingenious inventor, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich.

“Enjoy them cut up into dainty fingers at Woburn Abbey, where the tradition of afternoon tea was popularised around 1840.”

The Bakewell Pudding of Derbyshire (bronze) andEngland’s oldest working gin distillery in Plymouth (silver) were the other winners in the category.

The rest of England’s ultimate Hall of Fame consists of:

History & Heritage:

Bronze – The four surviving original copies of Magna Carta at Runnymede, Surrey.

Silver – England’s landscaping master, Capability Brown, as seen at Northumberland’s Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard.

Gold – Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The Great, the Good and the Notorious:

Bronze – Elusive graffiti artist Banksy’s work in Bristol.

Silver – Robin Hood/Sherwood Forest, Nottingham.

Gold – Founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill.

Inventions & Discoveries

Bronze – Steam locomotives.

Silver – Sir Isaac Newton’s family home at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire.

Gold – Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s engineering masterpieces in Bristol.

Sport & Leisure

Bronze – Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race.

Silver – Tennis.

Gold – The incidental birth of modern rugby during a football game at Rugby School in Warwickshire.

Culture & Entertainment

Bronze – Glastonbury.

Silver – Highclere Castle, the real-life location of Downton Abbey

Gold – The Beatles.

 

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