Monthly Archives: June 2014

This week’s look at events in years gone by – 30th June to 6th July

On Tuesday 30th June 1846 Robert Browning wrote to Elizabeth Barrett: “How exquisitely absurd, it just strikes me, would be any measure after Miss Marineau’s own heart, which should introduce women to Parliament – how essentially retrograde a measure! Parliament seems no place for originating creative minds – but for second-rate minds influenced by and […]

A Tale written by W. Harrison respecting Tom Young of Welch’s dam.

By the end of the 1820s the Fen Commissioners were active in drainage improvements. This often involved what is now called ‘compulsory purchase’ orders – but back in the early 19th century the modern date constraints did not apply. William Harrison made a point for all to see of the unfairness of their actions. Some […]

Happenings from the past – June 23 to June 29

Saturday 23 June 1894 saw a disaster at the Albion coal pit in South Wales when some 300 miners lost their lives. The Albion Steam Coal Company had begun sinking a new pit in 1884 at Ynyscaedudwg Farm. Two shafts – each 19 feet in diameter – opened in August 1887. They were 33 yards […]

William Harrison and the Corn Laws of Britain

William Harrison was well aware of the challenges the Fenland farmers faced on a day to day basis. In my lasts blog we saw his response to the changes that were brought about by the end of the Napoleonic wars. We have now moved on some 25 years and the Fenland farmers are facing a […]

Happenings between 9th and 15th June in years gone by

Sunday 9 June 1549 was the day that the first Book of Common Prayer was issued to all dioceses in the Church of England. It had been initiated by the first Act of Uniformity of King Edward VI in 1549. Primarily prepared by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury it was viewed as a compromise […]

Happenings in days past – 2nd to 8th June in years gone by

Tuesday 2 June 1953 saw the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and I, like millions of others across the world listened to it on the radio; watched it on television or were there lining the route and cheering. I, with many others from our village, watched it in the school room on a small black […]