“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 February 3, 2023

England is shown in dark red (Wikimedia map)

 England ranks 29th 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 104 cities and towns lying in 831 postal delivery areas.

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There are at least 1,609 historical markers in England, by our count. We have cataloged 1,487 historical markers and 222 war memorials—each individually presented on 1,620 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 122 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.

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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 December 6, 2022, and titled Philip Freeman/Friedman Wartime Firewatcher. It is in Exeter in Devon and had been erected in 2022. 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 Southwark in Greater London on May 31, 2018.

England Historical Topics
235 • Forts and Castles
212 • Arts, Letters, Music
164 • World War II
155 • Churches and Religion
145 • Waterways and Vessels
134 • Industry and Commerce
122 • Military
121 • World War I
93 • Science and Medicine
85 • Entertainment
    ... and others ...

The English don’t want to forget their Forts and Castles history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from England about Forts and Castles—235 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is Arts, Letters, Music with 212 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Forts and Castles topic was Tower Hill Execution Site, added November 6, 2014. It had been erected in Tower Hamlets in Greater London. The last one submitted was submitted on May 31, 2020, and titled Rochester Castle Moat. It had been erected in Rochester in Medway. The earliest marker erected with the Forts and Castles topic that we have listed was erected in 1800. It is The boundary of St Botolph, found in City of London in Greater 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. This year so far, the most viewed the English entry is located in Portsmouth. It is The Ship Anson.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The English county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Greater London, with 808 of them. It is followed by Portsmouth with 92 markers. The City of Westminster area of Greater London has the highest number of markers within its limits, 300.

Historical Markers in These
the English Counties
808 • Greater London
92 • Portsmouth
74 • Northumberland
72 • Kent
67 • East Sussex
63 • York
61 • Tyne and Wear
56 • Cornwall
50 • West Midlands
41 • Medway
    ... 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 300 markers in or near it. It is followed by Camden in Greater London with 140 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
300 • City of Westminster
140 • Camden
130 • City of London
92 • Portsmouth
79 • Tower Hamlets
63 • York
51 • Newcastle upon Tyne
50 • Coventry
45 • Greenwich
39 • Plymouth
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Greater London, the first marker added to the database from there, Toll Gate House, was added August 26, 2013. in Camden. The last one submitted was uploaded on November 24, 2022, and is titled Louis Jacobs, RN, and was erected in 2022, in Tower Hamlets. The earliest marker erected in Greater London that we have listed was erected in 1721. It was One Mile from London Bridge, found in Southwark on May 31, 2018.

Latest entry from England. Click to go there
By Jerry Klinger
Latest Entry from England
“Philip Freeman/Friedman Wartime Firewatcher”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Camden. The first we touched on earlier: Toll Gate House. The last: Captain Simmon Latutin added on December 16, 2021. It had been erected in 2021. 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 Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria. 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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Feb. 3, 2023