Want to know more about the place you were born, the town you grew up in, or the city you’ve just moved to? http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp gives you a detailed look at the history of places in the uk. It’s strapline is ‘A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.’ And it indeed has fascinating facts and figures that will keep you amused for ages.

They’ve had problems with the site in the past (a touch of the 1901 census disease) and this is third time lucky. It’s packed with information, and has a message in the credits page:

‘Finally, thanks to everyone who has paid their taxes, bought their lottery tickets or filled in a census form. Hope you like the results — it is supposed to be a portrait of us all, and where we have come from.’