The following general links are offered as a sampling of good Internet resources on British and Irish history & culture 1798-2001. Not to be read or studied in any particular order, they are here as a backup resource and a generator of "further reading."
Guide to British coinage: an excellent schematic presentation
Read about the British monarchy on their official website
See more on the monarchy at Britannia.com -- if you can see past the annoying pop-up ads
Brief essay on social class from the Victorian Web . . .
. . . and the Victorian Web take on the Church of England . . .
and on British religious matters in general.
An interesting British Empire site; the sun never sets here, but there's lots of good information
This Britannia.com timeline goes up to 1901
The BBC has an interesting timeline site
Maps on the Web lag behind text and other kinds of graphics, but:
Multimap is a good site for quick location of British placenames
This 1892 map of British Isles industries is significant
And this is a nice gateway to Irish maps
There are many Irish history sites; the best resides right here in Texas