Monthly Archives: November 2014

Saint Andrew; the Channel Tunnel and the rebuilding of St Paul’s; Octavia Hill; the Observer and the Dandy; Victorian Postal changes and, to close, Boy Bishops

30th November is Saint Andrew’s Day – the patron saint of Scotland. Andrew and the brother Simon Peter were two of the original 12 apostles of Christ. Very little is known about Andrew’s life. He is said to have travelled to Greece to preach Christianity, and that he was crucified at Patras on an X-shaped […]

Oliver Cromwell; 1945 soccer with the Russians; St Catherine’s Day; a Hurricane; Quiet music and a Golden Egg; the Royal Society and Prince Albert’s surgeon’s early days.

Thursday 23rd November 1658 saw the state funeral of Oliver Cromwell in Westminster Abbey, nearly two months after his death. The hugely expensive funeral was based on that of King James I 33 years previous and the procession took over seven hours to move the mile to the Abbey. British History Online gives us a […]

Westminster Bridge; Mrs Thatcher & colleagues; Wm Caxtion: Treaty with US; WW1; House of Commons on TV; The Cutty Sark plus JFK

Monday 16th November 1750 saw the formal opening of Westminster Bridge across the river Thames in London. For over 600 years, the nearest bridge to London Bridge had been at Kingston – some 15 miles distance. A bridge at Westminster had been proposed in 1664, but was opposed by the Corporation of London and the […]

Chloroform; Lady Chatterley; Gas Works and Victoria + Albert; Bull Running and Hemp followed by 19th century Assurance

Tuesday 9th November 1847 saw the birth of baby Wilhelmina Carstairs in Edinburgh. Nothing unusual about that you might think but – young Wilhelmina was the first child born to a mother who was being treated by Dr James Young Simpson’s new anaesthetic – chloroform. Doctor – later Sir – James Young Simpson was a […]

Victorian trouble on the roads; Political disagreements; VCs at the end of the war; An invasion of England and a Parson’s Sunday; Resurrection Men and Rupert Bear are all here this week

Monday 2nd November 1896 was the day that the General Accident Company issued Britain’s first motor insurance policies. There was a clause in the policy that excluded cover for ‘damage caused by frightened horses.’ On this same day the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser carried the following letter to the Editor under the heading […]