curious spots that outlined our sophisticated connection with Europe

12. Potato subject, West Lancashire

This may feel a somewhat desultory end on our tour of glorious historic sites, but it’s believed the to start with potatoes washed up on the Lancashire coastline (at North Meols, to be specific) in 1575, spawning a delicacies that is the envy of Russia, Mongolia and Eire. You could possibly still place Eastern Europeans picking spuds, for our supermarkets, for all around the bare minimum wage, in the sodden fields. Tonight’s supper will be lobscouse, a Liverpudlian/Scandinavian stew famed in these components.

13. Barley Mow pub, Warrington

Of all the nationwide divisions, the North-South Divide is the just one that arguably motivated the confusion and contempt felt by the disenfranchised, who largely utilized Brexit as a protest, of kinds. Where the faultline lies is open up to debate, but Stuart Maconie is near to the mark in mapping the north from Warrington upwards. Here, on the Lancs-Cheshire border, starteth mellifluous accents, pie-tradition, and the rusting skeletons of industrial background.

14. Offa’s Dyke

What a symbol! Offa of Mercia crafted this mighty earthwork in the 8th century to retain the Kingdom of Powys at bay. Brexit has wakened the sleeping dragon and rumours swirl together the border that the spirit of Owain Glyndŵr – who negotiated military treaties with the French – is also abroad. EU funds aided produce the Offa’s Dyke trail, like significantly else in Wales.