Monthly Archives: October 2014

The new History of England as seen in 1764

I promised more about the New History of England described in the last two blogs as advertised in the Leeds Intelligencer. Here it is This first element completes the newspaper’s promotion of the new work. There then follows a brief over-view of the writer of that History. He would appear to have a rather good […]

A Cricketing Vicar and a New History of England; Cobbett recording and Raleigh in and out of trouble; Richard Burton’s Diary plus what to do and not to do over Hallow’een

Saturday 26th October 1918 saw the birth of one Hugh Pickles. Gerald Howat’s obituary following Hugh’s death in Blewbury, Oxfordshire on 24th September 1989 – five days before Hugh was due to retire – described him as ‘one of life’s enthusiasts and eccentrics’. Cricket, Hugh claimed, was his second religion. His first won him the […]

A thief, some trouble across the world, a new King and a Battle at sea; a new magazine and an advert for history plus Mr Pontin and St Crispen

Saturday 19th October 1861: The more I look at newspapers of the past, the more fascinating I find them. Take, for instance, page 5 of this Saturday’s London Evening Standard (some wording has been altered to make modern sense): Column 1 – This day’s Police report comes from Marlborough Street and reports a SALE-ROOM ROBBERY: […]

Chickens, the Greenwich Meridian; Tony Benn, a British Queen, ‘Colonal’ Cody, a Saint and Dr. Crippen

Wednesday 12 October 1938: On this day George Orwell wrote from Marrakech to Jack Common who was looking after his cottage: ‘I hope the hens have begun laying. Some of them have by this time, I expect, at any rate they ought to. We’ve bought the hens for our house, which we’re moving into on […]

An airship failure and railway workers; Carbon paper, women’s hour and collecting for the lifeboats; a sinking ship, a smashing wave and an unusual chart topper

Sunday 5th October 1930 was the day that England’s airship R101 crashed in France killing all but 6 of the passengers and crew. This brought an abrupt end to Britain’s attempts to create lighter-than-air aircraft. Thos. W. Ward Ltd of Sheffield salvaged what they could of the wreckage and, although it was stipulated that none […]