1925 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1925 in the United Kingdom.
- 9 April - Administration of Estates Act abolishes the legal rule of primogeniture in England and Wales.
- May - Britain returns to the gold standard (the gold bullion standard rather than the specie standard).
- 1 May - Cyprus becomes a Crown Colony.
- 29 May - Last communication from the British explorer Percy Fawcett, a telegram to his wife, before he disappears in the Amazon.
- 31 July - "Red Friday": the Government announces that it will grant a subsidy to the coal industry for nine months to maintain existing wage levels while a Royal Commission conducts an inquiry into the industry's problems.
- 5 August - Establishment of political party Plaid Genedlaethol Cymru, initially focussing on Welsh language issues.
- 7 August - National Library of Scotland established by Act of Parliament to take over the national responsibilities of the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh.
- 2 October - Introduction of London's first double decker buses with covered top decks.
- 30 October - John Logie Baird creates Britain's first television transmitter.
- 2 November - Eigiau Dam disaster kills seventeen in the North Wales village of Dolgarrog.
- 3 November - Alfred Hitchcock's first (silent) film, The Pleasure Garden, completed (but not released in the UK until 16 January 1927).
- 1 December - Locarno Treaties signed in London.
- 3 December - Settlement of last remaining border disputes between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland.
- 10 December - Austen Chamberlain wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Locarno Pact.
- 16 December - Construction of the Queensway Tunnel beneath the River Mersey begins.
- Construction of the Royal Tweed Bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed begins.
- Clough Williams-Ellis begins construction of Portmeirion in North Wales.
- US newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst buys the medieval St Donat's Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan.
- First BBC shortwave radio transmissions are broadcast from Daventry's Borough Hill.
- Carmaker Vauxhall is purchased by American carmaking giant General Motors for $2.5million.
- Elinor Brent-Dyer's schoolgirl story The School at the Chalet, first in the Chalet School series.
- G. K. Chesterton's book The Everlasting Man.
- Agatha Christie's novel The Secret of Chimneys.
- Warwick Deeping's novel Sorrell and Son.
- T. S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men.
- Aldous Huxley's novel Those Barren Leaves.
- Margaret Kennedy's novel The Constant Nymph.
- Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway.
- 7 January - Gerald Durrell, naturalist, zookeeper, author, and television presenter (at Jamshedpur, India) (died 1995)
- 17 February - Ron Goodwin, composer and conductor (died 2003)
- 21 March - Peter Brook, film director
- 23 March - David Watkin, cinematographer (died in 2008)
- 25 March - Antony Quinton, philosopher (died 2010)
- 2 April - George MacDonald Fraser, author (died 2008)
- 12 April - Oliver Postgate, animator, puppeteer and writer (died 2008)
- 22 April - George Cole, actor
- 3 June - Thomas Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow (died 2001)
- 28 July - John Stonehouse, disgraced government minister (died 1988)
- 30 July - Alexander Trocchi, writer (died 1984)
- 12 August
- 18 August - Brian Aldiss, science fiction author
- 27 August - Nat Lofthouse, footballer (died 2011)
- 8 September - Peter Sellers, comedian and actor (died 1980)
- 23 September - Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar and Chinese historian (died 2006)
- 13 October - Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (died 2013)
- 16 October - Angela Lansbury, actress
- 17 October - Harry Carpenter, boxing commentator (died 2010)
- 31 October - John Pople, chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (died 2004)
- 10 November - Richard Burton, actor (died 1984)
- 11 November - June Whitfield, actress
- 27 November
- 3 February - Oliver Heaviside, mathematician (born 1850)
- 6 February - James Kenyon, businessman and cinema pioneer (born 1850)
- 24 February - Joseph Rowntree, Quaker and philanthropist (born 1836)
- 20 March - George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, Viceroy of India (born 1859)
- 28 March - Henry Rawlinson, 1st Baron Rawlinson, general (born 1864)
- 4 April - W. W. Rouse Ball, mathematician and lawyer (born 1850)
- 6 April - Alexandra Kitchin, model for Lewis Carroll (born 1864)
- 7 May - William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, soap-maker and philanthropist (born 1851)
- 14 May - H. Rider Haggard, writer (born 1856)
- 22 May - John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, World War I field marshal (born 1852)
- 20 November - Alexandra of Denmark, queen of Edward VII of the United Kingdom (born 1844)
- 18 December - Hamo Thornycroft, sculptor (born 1850)
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- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 365–366. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Philip, Alan Butt (1975). The Welsh Question: Nationalism in Welsh Politics, 1945-1970. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0537-7.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- "Buses". Exploring 20th century London. Museum of London. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
- Jones, Eric; Gwyn, David (1989). "The Dam Disaster". Dolgarrog: an Industrial History. Caernarfon: Gwynedd Archives. pp. 113–25. ISBN 0-901337-50-1.
- The Nobel Peace Prize 1925
- "Merseytravel". Retrieved 2008-04-07.[dead link]
- McMurry, Enfys (1999). Hearst's Other Castle. Bridgend: Seren. ISBN 1-85411-228-7.
- "Vauxhall's history in Luton". Where I Live - Beds, Herts & Bucks. BBC. August 2002. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- Leavis, Q.D. (1965). Fiction and the Reading Public (rev. ed.). London: Chatto & Windus.