Britain Unlimited covers the lives and history of 250 of Great Britain’s most famous people.
(PLEASE NOTE: In January 2017 this site was redeveloped and the page file names have changed).
Welcome to Britain Unlimited where we have chosen two hundred and fifty of the most iconic Great Britons to tell you the story of Britain itself. Since we started in the year 2000 each page gives you an easy to read guide to who the person was and what they were famous for. It tells you what they did and where they went in a chronological biography and it lists locations relevant to that person so that you too can follow in their footsteps for research or purely for pleasure. You can select the information you require from one of the following menus for either their surname or the subject of their fame, or you can just visit the Full List of 250. We cover Robert Adam to Christopher Wren with many, many more besides. We cover people from the Roman Empire to those who died in the Twentieth Century and with our historical timelines you can see how they fitted into the world around them. To make it easier our timelines mainly take a century at a time and can be found via the index at the top of the page.
On Britain Unlimited you’ll also find museums dedicated to their memory, places they lived in or visited and examples of the works they achieved. You’ll find lists of the books they wrote and the pictures they painted. In fact everything you need to know to get a flavour of the people that made Britain great. This site is dedicated to individual people so you will not find Kings and Queens here. There is a wealth of material elsewhere on the Internet to cover this subject, however visit the timelines if you want to relate a person to a particular reign of see if a character was a Georgian. If you want to see who was the Prime Minister at the time choose the year from this list.
Follow the links in the main top or other menus for further information about Great Britain and the United Kingdom itself and the organisations and companies that can help you find out more on your chosen subject.
In Great Britain we seem to be obsessed with people’s age. If you quickly need to find out how old one of our characters was when they died go to our ages at death page and select either the column by surname or age at which they died. If you want to find whether someone was born in Birmingham or Bristol or whether he or she visited Blenheim Palace or walked the Lake District fells then we suggest you use the Search Britain Unlimited facility, which you can find in a box on every page. The sheer variety of the fame, skills and talent of our 250 people make Britain Unlimited.
We like to see who the most popular characters are on Britain Unlimited and each year we check to see who has been most read. In 2016 the top ten Britons amongst our readers were:
1. Christopher Wren Seventeenth Century architect most notably of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
2. Bobby Moore association footballer and captain of England’s World Cup winning team of 1966.
3. George Cadbury industrialist and philanthropist famous for founding the chocolate empire.
4. Beatrix Potter farmer and founder of the National Trust, mainly known for her children’s books about animals.
5. Florence Nightingale famous for setting up a nursing corps during the Crimean War.
6 . William Armstrong industrialist in the North East of England producing arms and civil structures.
7. John Loudon McAdam pioneer of roads who gave his name to the Macadam road surface.
8. Mary Wollstonecraft early feminist and philosopher who wrote about the Rights of Women.
9. Paul Nash painter of war scenes for the government but also a well known surrealist.
10. Oliver Goldsmith Eighteenth Century dramatist and poet famous for “She Stoops to Conquer”.
Grace Darling the Nineteenth Century Lifeboat heroine from Northumberland who has been number one for many years has slipped down to number 14. ..and if all that wasn’t enough there’s information on hotels and accommodation, travel tips, tours and how to find historic houses.
Enjoy reading Britain Unlimited and maybe you’ll discover something new today about the Britain you love.