Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Ena Sharples teapot
The cup of tea, that staple of everyday English life, has officially become a national icon as the British government launched a new project to celebrate the country's cultural heritage.
"ICONS - A Portrait of England" is putting together a collection of England’s best-loved cultural treasures.
The first 12 icons have been chosen. The public is asked to nominate and vote for additional icons and the most popular will be added to the list every three months.
The following are the first 12 official icons of England:
Stonehenge: the neolithic stone circle in south-western England.
Punch and Judy: the traditional seaside puppet show.
The SS Empire Windrush: brought the first wave of Caribbean immigrants.
Holbein's King Henry VII portrait.
A cup of tea.
The FA Cup.
Alice in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll's children's book.
The King James Bible: published in 1611, the most famous English translation.
The Angel of the North: Antony Gormley's famous winged statue in north-east England.
Jerusalem: Hymn based on a poem by William Blake, revitalised by England cricket fans during last year's Ashes series against Australia.
Want to learn more about the ICONS project? Read all about it in The Telegraph and at the official ICONS website.
A few other icon nominations from the public are as follows:
The Royal Mail red pillar box
Red brick terraced houses (like those seen on Coronation Street)
The Corner shop
And many more!
Tell us some of your favourites.
Posted by The Mistress at 12:26 AM