“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

England Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on January 18, 2021

England is shown in dark red (Wikimedia map)

 England ranks 28th among countries, states and provinces with markers in this database. England is a country in the United Kingdom. England is some 81 thousand square kilometers in size with a population of around 56 million people. The country is divided into 82 counties and 33 of them have entries in this database. In England we have discovered historical markers in 97 cities and towns lying in 814 postal delivery areas.

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There are at least 1,582 historical markers in England, by our count. We have cataloged 1,469 historical markers and 215 war memorials—each individually presented on 1,599 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this country make up 1.0% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 113 historical markers in England that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first marker in the database, Edward Wightman Memorial, was added September 23, 2009. It was photographed in Lichfield in Staffordshire. The last one added was submitted on November 17, 2020, and titled Harry Errington. It is in London in Greater London and had been erected in 2020. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in England was erected in 1721. It was this one: One Mile from London Bridge, and one of our correspondents found it in London Borough of Lambeth in Greater London County on May 31, 2018.

England Historical Topics
234 • Forts or Castles
208 • Arts, Letters, Music
153 • Churches and Religion
151 • World War II
145 • Waterways and Vessels
134 • Industry and Commerce
122 • Military
120 • World War I
93 • Science and Medicine
84 • Entertainment
    ... and others ...

The English don’t want to forget their Forts or Castles history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from England about Forts or Castles—234 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Arts, Letters, Music with 208 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Forts or Castles topic was Tower Hill Execution Site, added November 6, 2014. It had been erected in City of London. The last one submitted was submitted on February 11, 2019, and titled Chennelsbrook Castle. It had been erected in Horsham in West Sussex. The earliest marker erected with the Forts or Castles topic that we have listed was erected in 1800. It is The boundary of St Botolph, found in City of London on June 3, 2018.

What is the most interesting historical marker in England? What we know is that General Pasquale Paoli is the most viewed entry in the database from England since it was added in 2017. It is located in City of Westminster in Greater London County. This year so far, the most viewed the English entry is located in Hartlepool in County Durham. It is L6 WOMBAT Recoilless Rifle.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The English county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Greater London County, with 649 of them. It is followed by Northumberland with 134 markers. The City of Westminster area of Greater London County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 297. In Northumberland the area with the most markers, 50, is Newcastle upon Tyne.

Historical Markers in These
the English Counties
649 • Greater London County
134 • Northumberland
130 • City of London
110 • Kent
97 • Hampshire County
67 • East Sussex
63 • North Yorkshire
54 • Cornwall County
50 • West Midlands
49 • County Durham
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in England with the most markers we again find City of Westminster at the top of the list with 297 markers in or near it. It is followed by London Borough of Camden in Greater London County with 136 markers. For the postal code with the most markers it’s EC3N 4DJ at the top of the list with 53 markers in its delivery area. It is followed by postal code TN33 0AD with 34 markers.

Historical Markers Near These
the English Cities and Towns
297 • City of Westminster
136 • London Borough of Camden
130 • City of London
92 • Portsmouth
75 • London Borough of Tower Hamlets
63 • York
50 • Coventry
50 • Newcastle upon Tyne
45 • Royal Borough of Greenwich
34 • Plymouth
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Greater London County, the first marker added to the database from there, Toll Gate House, was added August 26, 2013. in London Borough of Camden. The last one submitted was uploaded on April 12, 2020, and is titled Invention of Stereo Sound Reproduction, 1931 and was erected in 2015, in London. The earliest marker erected in Greater London County that we have listed was erected in 1721. It was One Mile from London Bridge, found in London Borough of Lambeth on May 31, 2018.

Latest entry from England. Click to go there
By Jerry Klinger, November 3, 2020
Latest Entry from England
“Harry Errington”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from London Borough of Camden. The first we touched on earlier: Toll Gate House. The last: Dr. Williams's Library added on February 7, 2020. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1831: John Cartwright, added on March 26, 2018.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

In England various organizations are currently in charge of the familiar small blue (and other color) plaques found all over the country. We have 134 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from England. Click to go there
By Larry Gertner, June 1997
A Historical Marker in England

Then there are national government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of England have been marked with history. Check out Tyne and Wear, Northamptonshire and London Borough of Southwark. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of England might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Jan. 18, 2021