Category 21st century

A story of times gone by

Britain has many ‘traditional’ activities that, in summer or harvest time, bring all members of the community together for a celebration – a celebration that can go on for the best part of a week or more.  The town where I now live had a reputation for their ‘Feast’ but, I’m afraid, those events seem […]

Kingsbridge Fair Week in Devon begins today but a bit different to an event in 1461!

Back in 1461 Kingsbridge Town in Devon was granted a charter to hold a fair.  That charter holds good to this day and today the Glove Ceremony is still observed.  It is a white glove and is displayed to indicate an amnesty from prosecution for minor offenses committed during the fair – and precedes the […]

A Snippet from 6th May 2017 ref this day in 1840!

It was on Wednesday 6th May 1840 that Great Britain issued the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, resulting from reforms by Rowland Hill to simplify and reduce postage costs. It was called ‘The Penny Black’ and the design showed Queen Victoria, without a country name.  It laid the foundations for British stamps. Just in case […]

Now we can all visit Buckingham Palace

It was on Thursday 29th April 1993 that Elizabeth, Queen of England, announced that Buckingham Palace would open its doors that summer and that the public en-mass would be allowed inside for an entrance fee of £8 per person. However, much of the Palace – including the Queen’s private apartments – would remain closed and […]

London Bridge has moved away

Many bridges crossed the River Thames by the end of the 18th century, it was apparent that London Bridge — by then over 600 years old — needed to be replaced. It was narrow and decrepit, and blocked river traffic. As a result, in 1799, a competition for designs to replace the bridge was held. […]

Britain and the European Community

As virtually everyone reading this post will be aware – Britain is currently embroiled in the decision to exit the European Community. Thinking back – it was on this day, Thursday 17th February 1972 – that the then Prime Minister Edward Heath narrowly won a vote in the House of Commons on whether they should, […]