Monthly Archives: February 2015

Crime; a failed execution; Rural descriptions by a Vicar and a Rant by a Politician; the first Fatal Car Accident; 19th century disaster at sea; Trouble in Fleet Prision and, to close, the founder of the Methodists and ‘an end and a beginning

Monday 22nd February 1886: Over the years petty and personal crimes were recorded, often in some details, in the newspapers so I thought we’d take a little stroll through entries in this day’s papers. It is worth mentioning that £1 in 1886 would be worth around £100 now. The Hartlepool Mail reported: ‘Theft at Ryhope’ […]

Cecil Beaton; Frankie’s Garden of Eden; Edward Heath; King Edward & George; Old Trafford Manchester; Chichester Cathedral; Britain returning to work after WW2

On Friday 15th February 1963 Cecil Beaton wrote in his journal: ‘It seemed strange to find myself packing possibly for a whole year in California while London remains blanketed with snow and ice. The whole day was feverish. Earlier, with traffic around Covent Garden almost at a standstill, I had been caught in a taxi. […]

this week offers shergar; conscription; a royal marriage; murder; execution; working wounded; st valentine’s day

A varied collection of stories this week for events in 1554, 1828, 1840, 1859,1916, 1983 and one day every year. Horse theft is followed by consciption and objection; peoples varied celebrations of a Royal marriage is followed by murder for the benefit of health. We also have a story that follows the death of a king. We end this week with jobs for the wounded from the Crimea and end with a kiss – or similar.

Passports; Candlemas; a wind of change; a electric railway; the pips, Manchester United Munich air crash; a farmer’s wife

Monday 1st February 1915: British Passports had gone on general issue at the start of the First World War but proved to be subject to fraudulent use so, on this day, 1st February 1915, it became obligatory by law to include a photograph on the document. The passport was a one-page document folded into eight, […]