Monthly Archives: May 2014

William Harrison – The Fenland Poet. The Clod’s Complaint

In my last postings I introduced you to William Harrison – the Fenland Poet. William was born at Pymore near Ely in the Cambridgeshire Fenlands in late November 1794, and died on Saturday January 19th 1872. My aim is to tell his whole story later this year – hopefully in an eBook or similar. However, […]

Remembering a Fenland Poet – the story begins with the end

In late January 1873, some 400 people gathered at the Ely Reading Rooms to hear a lecture by a local solicitor William Marshall on “Our Fen Poet”. According to the account in the Cambridge Gazette of 1st February that year ‘Many could not gain admission or even find space to stand, the room being, “thoroughly […]

On these days in history 26 May to 1 June

Sunday 26 May 1940 – The outnumbered British forces at Dunkirk had been ordered to be taken off by sea on Friday 24th May 1940. However, Winston Churchill considered this madness, adding that it smacked of a streak of defeatism in the general staff – and countermanded the order. The defenders were signalled to ‘perform […]

Things that happened 19th to 25 May in years gone by

19 May is St. Dunstan’s day. I have a two pronged interest in this day. The first is as a historian with a particular interest in Mediaeval Monasticism – and my role as Brother Robert in our Medieval Sokemen re-enactment group. Born around CE910 Dunstan, the son of a West Saxon nobleman, entered a monastic […]

On this day in history 12th – 18th May

12 May 1937 – a Wednesday – saw the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. This was the day that had originally been chosen for the coronation of Edward VIII, before he abdicated. As a result the whole thing appears to have been quite a shambles behind the scenes. All the planned images […]

On this day in history 5th to 11th May

5 May has seen two very different events that were to resonate through the British psyche through the 20th century. On Thursday, 5 May 1904 there were, I am sure, quite a few male children born. One of them was born in Ivy Row (known to the locals as Potato Row), in Donnington Wood, Oakengates, […]