Monthly Archives: October 2017

He was here with Admiral Nelson

The signal sent from Admiral Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory before the Battle of Trafalgar on Monday 21st October 1805 was simply ‘England expects that every man will do his duty’. The story of the battle has been so well told and published that I’m not going to follow the typical route.  I’m going to briefly […]

London’s Evening Standard of Saturday 19th October 1861 tells us:

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: Thomas John Jackson, an […]

17th October is the Feast Day of St. Etheldreda of Ely

In A.D, 597 St. Augustine, a great Roman missionary, came to Kent to try to convert the pagan Saxons to Christianity. He was well received and people all over the country became enthusiastic supporters of the new religion. Among these people was Anna, the King of East Anglia and one of his four daughters, Etheldreda, […]

Thursday 15th October 1987 and a Great Storm that was not quite what some said!

It was on the night of Thursday/Friday 15th/16th October 1987 that hurricane-force winds caused casualties and damage in England, France and the Channel Islands as a severe depression in the Bay of Biscay moved northeast. With winds gusting at up to 100mph, there was massive devastation across Britain with 18 people being killed. Some 15 […]

Friday 13th – unlucky for some

Today is Friday the 13th and there will be many people who will wear good luck charms all day, and others that will go so far as to refuse to leave home, just in case something unlucky happen to them.  So why is this such a ‘different’ day? There is a legend of the origin […]

The Prime Minister vs The Move

It was on Wednesday 11th October 1967 that Prime Minister Harold Wilson received an apology in the High Court from a pop group called ‘The Move’. He had taken out a libel action against them claiming a “violent and malicious personal attack” after a postcard was published, promoting the group’s new record Flowers in the […]

The story of Inns of Britain through the ages

This is the beginning of a long story – a story that I hope you will find interesting as we move along.  Over the ages Britain has created a unique heritage in inn signs – signs that depicted everything, from battles to inventions, from sporting heroes to royalty, about general facts or very local ones. […]