Monthly Archives: July 2014

THE SPIRITUAL RAILWAY – the work of William Harrison?

THE SPIRITUAL RAILWAY If you visit Ely Cathedral and stroll round the beautiful building you will come across this tombstone attached to a wall. It is in memory of 30 year old William Pickering and 24 year old Richard Edgar who both died on Christmas Eve, December 24th 1845 The inscription reads: The Line to […]

Cricket, football, war and murder – and boy scouts – between 27th July & 2nd August in years gone by.

Thursday 27 July 1950 With our present cricketers having a hard time of it I thought it would be nice to look back at a ‘Gentlemen vs Players’ match played at Lord’s on 26, 27 & 28 July 1950. This day’s Hull Daily Mail headlines: ‘Brown shows all-round ability’ F R Brown who hit a […]

A story from the 1958 Empire Games in Cardiff

The 2014 Commonwealth Games up in Scotland are now up and running. It was about this time last summer that I started thinking of these Games and Games past. It’s not that I competed in it or anything like that – but I would have liked to. My forte way back in the late 1950s […]

Lines addressed to the Commissioners of Burnt Fen

In 1861, at the age of 66, William had completed thirty years’ service with Burnt Fen Commissioners and such an auspicious occasion called – of course – for some poetry. To celebrate the ‘poem’ a small booklet was published and was then ‘reprinted by desire of the commissioners’. There are two images here of cover […]

Talking History that happened 20th to 26th July in years gone by

20 July 1956 saw an age old question at number one in the UK popular music charts. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers were asking the question ‘Why do fools fall in love?’ Frankie – then aged 12 – had written the song with a friend 12 months earlier. They were two of a group who […]

William Harrison – Steam versus Wind

In 1831 William Harrison had been appointed Superintendent of Burnt Fen. At the time the Commissioners were in the process of introducing the first steam engines for fen drainage. There were objection to this change from various quarters but progress could not be ignored. The winter of 1841-2 was wet – very wet – and […]

Changing laws, rain and a sinking ship – things that happened in days gone by from 13th to 19th July inclusive

13 July 1988 was day Josephine Douglas died. ‘Who’s she?’ many may ask. But others of a certain age will remember her as the deviser, producer and co-presenter of ‘Six-Five Special’ on Saturday evening BBC TV. Without the aid of synthesisers, strobe lights, multi-track tapes, mime, colour and all the dressings of modern pop music […]