List of cultural icons of England

List of cultural icons of England

This List of cultural icons of England is a list of potential cultural icons of England, past and present, in topic areas.

ICONS.a portrait of England

*"ICONS Online" is a not-for-profit organisation whose first project is "ICONS.a portrait of England" [] . The project received more than a thousand nominations. Among the most popular items are the Yorkshire Pudding [] , the Christmas Pantomime, the Royal Mail red pillar box [] [] , Rupert Bear [] , afternoon tea, the Houses of Parliament, the Household Cavalry, the English seaside town [] , the National Trust [] , Ordnance Survey maps, the village green [] , High tea [] , Full English breakfast, Remembrance Day poppies, 10 Downing Street, Beefeaters.

*The ICONS Online project can be found on the website of the UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


*Beagle, Budgerigar, Corgi, Crufts, Derby ram, Donkey ride, English Bull Terrier, English Bulldog, Exmoor pony, Horseracing, Kennel Club (UK), Old English sheepdog, Patterdale Terrier [] , red squirrel, Saddleback pig, Springer Spaniel, Staffordshire Bull Terrier [] , Steeplechase

Art works

*Angel of the North []

Books, comics, magazines, newspapers

*"1066 and All That", Beatrix Potter [] , Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management [] , "Beowulf" [] , "Book of Common Prayer" [] , "Cider with Rosie", Dan Dare, The Diary of Samuel Pepys [] , David Copperfield, Dennis the Menace [] , The Diaries of Adrian Mole, Eagle (comic), Sherlock Holmes [] , "Wind in the Willows", Eeyore, Mr. Toad, Toad of Toad Hall


Anne Hathaway's Cottage [] , Arundel Castle, Audley End, Bamburgh Castle, Bank of England, Battersea Power Station [] , Berkeley Castle, Blackpool Tower, Bletchley Park, Blue plaque [] , Bodleian Library [] , Brighton Pavilion, British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Castle, Chester Cathedral, Country house, Crystal Palace, Dover Castle, Durham Cathedral, English Heritage, Gorton Monastery, Great house, Hampton Court Palace, Historic house, Keats House, Landmark Trust, Lindisfarne Castle, List of historic houses in England, Liverpool Cathedral, Manor House, National Trust, Osborne House, Palace of Westminster, Parish church, Radcliffe Camera, Rochester Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, Sandringham House, St Albans Cathedral, st Martin-in-the-Fields, St Michael's Mount, Stately home, Stonehenge, Tower house, Tower of London, Treasure Houses of England, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, Windsor Castle


*Education: College, School uniform, Open University, Oxbridge
*Health: National Health Service
*Law: Fair trial, Fairness, Freedom of assembly, Freedom of association, Freedom of religion, Freedom of speech, Elections on Thursdays, CCTV
*Parliament: House of Commons, House of Lords, 10 Downing Street


*Barbour waxed jacket, Burberry check [] , Clarks shoes, Cloth cap, College scarf [] , Bowler hat


* St George's Cross, lion, Three Lions, Tudor Rose, Union Jack


*"A Christmas Carol", Advent, Advent calendar, Advent Sunday, Boxing Day, Christmas crackers, Christmas Eve, Christmas Number One, Christmas pantomime [] , Christmas pudding
*Easter eggs, Easter egg hunt, Egg rolling, Pace Egg play, Pace egger, May Queen
*Carnival, Notting Hill Carnival [] , Nottingham Goose Fair [] , Coronation, Oak Apple Day, Remembrance Day poppy, St. George's Day, Valentine's Day, Bank Holiday, Bank Holiday Monday
*Chelsea Flower Show

Food and Drink

*Afternoon tea, Apple crumble, Apple pie, Bacon sandwich, Baked beans, Bakewell Tart, Bangers and mash, Battered sausage, Bedfordshire clanger, Bird's Custard, Biscuits, Bisto gravy, Blue cheese, Bovril, Brandy butter, Bramley apple, Branston pickle, Bread and butter pudding, Brunch, Bubble and Squeak, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cheddar cheese, Cheshire cheese, Chinese takeaway, Chip butty, Cider, Clotted cream, Coffee break, Colmans English Mustard, Cornish pasty, Cottage pie, Cox's Orange Pippin, Cream tea, Crumpets, Cucumber sandwich, Cumberland sausage, Custard, Custard cream, Digestive biscuit, Dorset Blue Vinney cheese, Double Gloucester cheese, Eccles cake, Egg custard tart, Elevenses, Fishcakes, Fish fingers, Fish and chips & mushy peas, Full English breakfast, Gentleman's Relish, Gravy, Haslet, High tea, Jellied eels, Lancashire cheese, Lancashire hotpot, lemon curd, Lincolnshire Poacher, Lincolnshire sausage, Lunch, Lunch box, Lunch counter, Lunch Date, Lunch kit, Lunch time, Luncheon Voucher, Marmite, Mince pies, Pickle, Pie and mash, Pigs in a blanket, Ploughman's lunch, Pork pie, Potato crisps, Red Leicester, Sandwich, Scouse, Second breakfast, Shepherd's pie, Spotted Dick, Steak and kidney pie, Stilton cheese, Stottie, Sunday roast, Tea break [] , Tea pot, Tea sandwich, Tea set, Tiptree jam, Toad in the hole, Victoria sponge, Wensleydale cheese, Worcester sauce, Yorkshire pudding

History, folklore

*Arthurian legends, Avebury stone circle, Battle of Agincourt, Battle of Britain, Battle of Hastings, Beefeaters (Yeoman Warders), Boudicca, Cenotaph, Cerne Abbas Giant, Changing of the Guard, Charge of the Light Brigade, Chelsea Pensioners, Dambusters, Hereward the Wake, Herne the Hunter, King Arthur, Lindisfarne Gospels, Magna Carta, Robin Hood


*Bellringing, Brass rubbing, Cigarette cards [] , Clarice Cliff [] [] , Collecting, Gardening, pub quiz, postage stamps, Trainspotting, twitcher


*Bathing beauty, Beach hut, Blackpool Illuminations, Butlins [] [] , Caravan, Deckchair, English Riviera


*AGA cooker, Allotment, Anderson shelter, Antimacassar, Attic, Axminster carpet, back garden, Brasso, Bungalow, Coronation mug, cottage garden, dry stone wall, flushing toilet, flying ducks, front garden, garden shed, semi-detached house, teapot, village green


*Cornish mine engine, tin mining


*Brummie accent, Cockney rhyming slang, Geordie, Received Pronunciation, Scouse accent


*Buckingham Palace Garden Party, Corgi, Court Circular, Household Cavalry, Royal Family, Yeoman Warder


*"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", (Monty Python) [] , Apple Records, Beatles, Bellringer, Bellringing, Benjamin Britten, Britpop, Cathedral choir, Cheltenham Festival, Choral evensong, Church bells, Church choir, Cinema organ, Concertina, Coronation Anthems, [Flanders and Swann] , Folk music, Glamrock, "God Save the Queen", "Heart of Oak", "I Vow to Thee, My Country", "Jerusalem', "Land of Hope and Glory", Last Night of the Proms ['don't-promote-new-British-values'.html] , Enigma Variations, Nimrod, Northumbrian pipes, Rolling Stones, "Rule Britannia", Three Choirs Festival, Virgin Records


*In 2006, the BBC presented "Living Icons" [] in an attempt to find the greatest cultural icon in Britain today. Of a shortlist of ten, the winner was David Attenborough. The runners-up were Morrissey, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Michael Caine, Stephen Fry, Kate Bush, Alan Bennett, Kate Moss, and Vivienne Westwood.

*Others: Twiggy, James Bond


*Andrex, Argos catalogue, Boots the Chemist, British Home Stores, Car boot sale, Carnaby Street, Co-op dividend, Co-operative movement, The Co-operative Group, Corner shop, Craft fair, Farmers' market, Fortnum & Mason, Fred Perry tennis shirt, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, Rochdale Pioneers, Selfridges, W H Smith, Woolworths


*1966 World Cup, Acme Thunderer, Anfield, Angling, Arsenal FC, The Ashes, Ball games, Cowes Week, Cricket, Croquet, Darts, Epsom Derby, Everton, Football Association, Fox hunting, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, Wimbledon

Theatre, Film, Radio, Television

*"Absolutely Fabulous", Amateur dramatics, "The Archers" [] , "The Avengers",
*"Basil Brush", "Blue Peter", "Brief Encounter"
*Christmas Pantomime, "The Clitheroe Kid" [] , "Crackerjack"
*"Dad's Army", "The Dambusters", "The Darling Buds of May", David Attenborough natural history programmes, "Dick Barton", "Dixon of Dock Green", "Doctor Who", the Daleks
*Ealing Comedy (film), Ealing Studios
*"The Forsyte Saga"
*"Inspector Morse", "Little Britain", "Morecambe and Wise", "The Navy Lark", "Quatermass" [] , The Scottish Play, "Spitting Image", "Thomas the Tank Engine", BBC World Service, Test card

Toys and games

*Action Man, Airfix kits, Bingo, Britains, Cluedo, Dinky Toys, Domino, Frank Hornby, Hornby Railways, Ludo, Matchbox toy car, Meccano, Monopoly, Scalextric, Toy soldiers


*A272, Aston Martin, Austin Maxi, Austin Morris 1100, Austin Seven, The Automobile Association, Bedford Coaches, Belisha beacon, Bentley, Bond Bug, Brighton Belle. Bristol car, canals, Cat's eyes Caterham sports car, Channel Tunnel, Comet jet airliner, Concorde, Cunard Line, E-type Jaguar, Flying Scotsman, Ordnance Survey map, RAC plc, Routemaster bus [] , Royal Automobile Club


*Air-raid shelter, Air Raid Warden, Barrage balloon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Churchill's cigar, Dambusters, Grenadier Guards, HMS Ark Royal, HMS Dreadnought, Home Guard [] ("Dad's Army"), Avro Lancaster, Ration book [] , Royal Air Force roundel, Women's Land Army

Not yet sorted into topic

*Bluebird, canals, Cutty Sark, crop circle, V-sign

ee also

*Cultural icon
*List of cultural icons of Northern Ireland
*List of cultural icons of Scotland
*List of cultural icons of Wales

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