English inventions and discoveries: Wikis


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English inventions and discoveries are objects, processes or techniques which owe their existence either partially or entirely to a person born in England; in some cases, their Englishness is determined by the fact that they were born in England, of non-English people working in the country. Often, things which are discovered for the first time, are also called "inventions", and in many cases, there is no clear line between the two.

The following is a list of inventions or discoveries often held to be in some way English:







Clock making

Clothing manufacturing





Household appliances

Industrial processes




Musical instruments







Other railway developments





  • Football - The rules as we know them today were established in 1848 at Cambridge University, Sheffield FC is acknowledged by the FA and FIFA to be the Worlds First and oldest Football Club.
  • Rugby - William Webb Ellis
  • Cricket - the world's second-most popular sport can be traced back to the 13th century
  • Tennis - widely known to have originated in England.
  • Badminton - Modern rules of the game was launched in 1873 at the Badminton House after being imported from India by British soldiers.
  • Boxing - England played a key role in the evolution of modern boxing
  • Darts - a traditional pub game, the numbering layout was devised by Brian Gamlin
  • Table-Tennis - was invented on the dinner tables of Britain as an indoor version of tennis
  • Ping pong - The game has its origins in England, in the 1880s
  • Bowls - has been traced to 13th century England
  • Field hockey - the modern game grew from English public schools in the early 19th century
  • Netball - netball was first played in England in 1895 at Madame Osterburg's College, Invented by Clara Gregory Baer as women's basketball, adopted in England as Netball
  • Rounders - the game originates in England most likely from an older game known as stool ball
  • The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, the first race was in 1829 on the River Thames in London
  • Thoroughbred Horseracing - Was first developed in 17th and 18th century England
  • Polo - its roots began in Persia as a training game for cavalry units, the formal codification of the rules of modern Polo as a sport were established in 19th century England
  • The format of Modern Olympics - William Penny Brookes
  • The first Paralympic games competition were held in England in 1948 - Ludwig Guttmann


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