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Inventions made in the UK

The British are an inventive lot. Over the years Brits have come up with inventions like TV, radio, the basis of computing and hundreds of engineering breakthroughs including the internal combustion engine and the microchip.

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Britain’s not known for great cuisine. We leave that to the French and Italians, but Britain is the place that invented the sandwich (yes that was invented). John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, stuck some filling between two pieces of bread and the snack’s been named after him ever since.

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It was a British man who created the electric toaster. Once a heating element had been developed that was cheap and safe, the rest of the device came to electrical engineer Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton pretty easily.

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It was a British man who created the electric toaster. Once a heating element had been developed that was cheap and safe, the rest of the device came to electrical engineer Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton pretty easily.

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Did you know that the lawn mower is a British invention? Hardly surprising for a nation so obsessed with gardening. The first one was invented by Edwin Budding in 1830.

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The tank was a British invention. They were designed to cross the trenches during the First World War. The origin of the name has two possible explanations, both of which are pretty similar. The name Tank was either used to confused the Germans into thinking that the device carried water to areas where there was none, or it was a code name used to trick German spies who’d infiltrated British life into thinking that the British were inventing a new type of water tank.

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The jet engine was an invention that came about between the First and Second World Wars. Sir Frank Wittle was the man behind the first jet powered aeroplane. At the time the government either didn’t see the potential or didn’t have the cash to fund it, as he was left to his own devices.

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The jet engine was an invention that came about between the First and Second World Wars. Sir Frank Wittle was the man behind the first jet powered aeroplane. At the time the government either didn’t see the potential or didn’t have the cash to fund it, as he was left to his own devices.

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The railway network was also a British invention. That might explain why we hold onto a network that’s struggling to have any meaningful purpose in the modern world.

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Plastic, the material that the modern world uses for just about everything, was also a British invention. Alexander Parkes, an inventor from Birmingham, created Parkesine, which was the first man-made plastic.

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Plastic, the material that the modern world uses for just about everything, was also a British invention. Alexander Parkes, an inventor from Birmingham, created Parkesine, which was the first man-made plastic.

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