Monthly Archives: January 2016

The burial of Queen of Katharine of Aragon at Peterborough

This week-end the City of Peterborough will be remembering the death and burial of Katharine – the first wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary I. Katharine’s marriage to Henry was ruled null and void by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury on 23rd May 1533. She was exiled from court and […]

A Nurse at the Russian Front

The name Florence Nightingale is well known the world over for her work in the Crimean War. Much less well known, but no less brave and committed, is Florence Farnborough – a nurse on the Russian Front in the 1914-18 conflict. The following is my precis of her diary of late January 1916. Florence and […]

Plough Sunday & Monday and the Wassailing Men

As a country boy, January was the time when our community started to prepare for the year to come. To do this we looked back on the past – looked forward to the future – and had fun in the present. In many rural communities across the country this sequence – well elements of it […]

It happened in the week just past in times gone by.

Now where do we start?  The year is now just 9 days old – but if we go back many centuries we would still be in last year. The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750 reformed England’s calendar so that the year now began on 1 January rather than Lady Day – 25 March. At […]

Welcome to 2016

I don’t know about you but 2015 seems to have flown by.  Projects that were planned for the year got pushed to one side as something else barged in.  Some of that came from my ‘beejaytellingstories’ blog sort of demanding priority!  I have repremanded myself for that.  The other ‘excuse’ was that I was developing […]