Monthly Archives: April 2014

Talking History Blog 28 April – 04 May

Monday 28 April 1772 saw the death at Mile End of a nanny goat. It was not just any old goat though – this one had twice sailed round the world! The first trip was in ‘The Dolphin’, a ‘discovery’ ship in the command of Captain Wallis; the second was on ‘The Discovery’ with Captain […]

Naming my new friend

Having spent a large part of yesterday in the garden, with my new, stoney bookworm friend laying on the patio reading as is his wont, he & I came to a decision which we wish to share with all Fenland Family History readers of this blog – and others should they so wish – that […]

My fairwell talk

Well that’s it. It’s all over. After a lot of thought last year I decided that, after travelling the highways and byways of Eastern England from Lincoln in the north to Suffolk in the south; the North Sea in the East and the western extremities of Northamptonshire, it was time to call it a day. […]

When is a snooker table not a snooker table?

As the world snooker championships progress I pose the question: ‘When is a snooker table not a snooker table?’ The answer is – when it’s a Billiard table. Honest. There are many views as to when Snooker as a game was established – but it seems to be generally agreed that it morphed out of […]

The talking history blog for 21st to 27th April 2014

21 April 753BCE – according to the Roman historian Varro this is the day that Romulus founded Rome. Now this ‘event’ is a classic ‘is it real/is it false’ scenario. Here is not the place to discuss that but … it is described in detail in Book 1 of Livy’s history that Romulus and Remus, […]

It happened on this day blog 14 – 20 April in times gone by.

I’ve tried a little refinement this week by including the actual day that each happening occurred. I’ve used a Perpetual calendar that I received while studying with the Open University. They quote their sources as: Encyclopedia Britannica; 15th edition, Micropedia, vol II p.455 Sunday 14 April 1471 saw the Battle of Barnet – a decisive […]

Happenings in times gone by 7th to 13th April

7 April 1739 Richard (Dick) Turpin – followed by his mourners and accompanied by horse thief John Stead – was taken through York by open cart to Knavemire; York’s ‘hanging place’. An account in The Gentleman’s Magazine for this same day notes that “Turpin behaved in an undaunted manner; as he mounted the ladder. He […]