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    How old is England?

    Do you know the age of England

    The year 937 is usually considered the founding year of the state of England, although some would argue for another date and some would say that the first king, Athelstan, was only ‘King of the English’ (i.e. of all English people wherever they lived, even if their local ruler was not English) as opposed to king of a geographically defined administrative entity. This was a description later conferred on his descendant, Alfred the Great, when large parts of the country were under the rule of the Danes.

    Although, the concept of an England’ had been around for a few years and a few Anglo-Saxon Kings had claimed to be King of England - as indeed they had claimed to be King of Britain, it wasn’t realised until the Northumbrians submitted to Egbert (Ecgberht ) of Wessex in 827.

    Since well before Julius Caesars time there was a Country called Angelynne in what is now Germany and Holland. This enclave of the Angles was a Country long before there was an England on The Island of Britain.

    The oldest proto-human bones discovered in England date from 500,000 years ago. Modern humans are known to have inhabited the area during the Upper Paleolithic period, though permanent settlements were only established within the last 6,000 years.
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    In 1066 England was conquered by a Norman, so it will be 1091 years old as on Oct 21, 2018.

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