Go Dutch at the Bank of England's Museum in Bartholomew Lane, EC2.

England certainly went Dutch in the 17th century and particularly so after the accession to the throne of England in 1689 of William of Orange, 'Dutch William', and his wife Mary, an episode in history now known as 'The Glorious Revolution'.
Published on 02 July 2002

In fact it was William III's need for war finance that led to the establishment of the Bank although, of course, the idea had its opponents. A contemporary comment is recorded thus:- "Others said this project [the idea of a national bank] came from Holland, and therefore would not hear of it, since we had too many Dutch things already…". Nevertheless much of what we take for granted today - freedom of speech and of the Press, and parliamentary democracy - are the supremely important legacies whose foundations were laid by the Glorious Revolution, William and Mary and the Dutch.

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