Great Briton Poll

Who is your Great Briton? A monarch, a poet, a civil engineer, perhaps a soldier... Once you have cast your vote, you will be excluded from voting again for a week. Plenty of time to reconsider.

The candidates are listed here in alphabetical order. Click on the photograph to cast your vote. If you have any other suggestions for "Great Britons", please e-mail info@sds-heritage.co.uk

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Alfred The Great

Alfred The Great

848 - 899
Monarch

Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser

b.1932
Author

Robert Baden Powell

Baden Powell

1857 - 1941
Scout Movement

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

1866 - 1943
Novelist/Conservationist

Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook

1728 - 1779
Explorer

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

1812 - 1870
Novelist

Clive Sinclair

Clive Sinclair

b.1940
Inventor

David Attenborough

David Attenborough

b.1926
Naturalist

David Livingstone

David Livingstone

1813 - 1873
Explorer

Duke of Wellington

Duke of Wellington

1769 - 1852
Military Commander

Edward Stanley Gibbons

Edward Stanley Gibbons

1840 - 1913
Philatelist

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

1533 - 1603
Monarch

Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

1858 - 1928
Political Activist

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

b.1945
Musician

Eric Morcambe

Eric Morcambe

1926 - 1984
Comedian

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

1820 - 1910
Nurse/Statistician

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

1561 - 1626
Scientist

Frank Whittle

Frank Whittle

1907 - 1996
Inventor

George Robert Stephenson

George Robert Stephenson

1819 - 1905
Civil Engineer

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

1491 - 1547
Monarch

Howard Carter

Howard Carter

1874 - 1939
Archaeologist

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

1806 - 1859
Civil Engineer

James Watt

James Watt

1736 - 1819
Inventor

Joseph Bazalgette

Joseph Bazalgette

1819 - 1891
Civil Engineer

Lord Nelson

Lord Nelson

1758 - 1805
Naval Commander

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

b.1925 - 2013
Former Prime Minister

Mary Shelly

Mary Shelly

1797 - 1851
Novelist

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

1854 - 1900
Poet

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

1819 - 1901
Monarch

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

b.1950
Business Magnate

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

b.1961
Comedian/Writer

Stan Laurel

Stan Laurel

1890 - 1965
Comic Actor

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

b.1942
Cosmologist

The Beatles

The Beatles

c.20th century
Musicians

Thomas Barnardo

Thomas Barnardo

1845 - 1905
Philanthropist

Thomas Sopwith

Thomas Sopwith

1888 - 1989
Aviation Pioneer

Tolpuddle Martyrs

Tolpuddle Martyrs

c.19th (various)
Workers’ Rights

Tony Blair

Tony Blair

b.1953
Former Prime Minister

Will Hay

Will Hay

1888 - 1949
Comedian/Actor

William Blake

William Blake

1757 - 1827
Poet/Painter

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

1564 (bapt.) - 1616
Playwright

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

1874 - 1965
Statesman and Former Prime Minister