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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. […]

It’s paper as we know it but …….

Ralph Wedgwood (1766–1837) was an English inventor and member of the Wedgwood family of potters – a member that is rarely mentioned in any situation.  He was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Thomas Wedgwood and his wife Elizabeth and the cousin – and later business partner – of Josiah Wedgwood.   Funding £200 […]

The Jarrow Crusade and 300 miles to London

It was on Monday 5th October 1936 when some 200 unemployed men set off from Jarrow – a north of England town on the River Tyne in County Durham – to walk to London.  Before they set off there was a special service of blessing at Christ Church in the centre of town – a […]