Category Car acident

The day that Eddie Cochran died

This year – 2017 – Easter Sunday falls on 16th April.    In 1960, Easter Sunday was on 17th April – the day this then teenager, and many others across Britain and beyond, remember as the day that Eddie Cochran died.  His death, in St. Martin’s Hospital, Bath, came as a result of injuries sustained in […]

Today in 1934 was the day that driving tests began in Britain

UK driving licences were introduced by the Motor Car Act of 1903 but no test was required! In the late 1920s and early 1930s the appalling number of deaths on the roads of Britain was causing considerable concern to the Government and the public. In January 1934, The Times newspaper reported on the ‘slaughter on […]

It’s best to drive carefully

Can you trust what you read?  No – don’t answer that!  I was reading through my Chambers Book of Days’ – dinner was a while yet – when I came across an entry that told me that, on  Saturday 25th February 1899,‘The first driver to die in a car accident was one F R Sewell, […]

The Prime Minister’s son is missing

It was on Tuesday 12th January 1982 that the BBC News announced that Mark Thatcher the British Prime Minister’s son had been reported missing in the Sahara desert while taking part in an international motor race.  The report said that Mark Thatcher, his co-driver Frenchwoman Charlotte Verney, and a mechanic, known simply as Jackie, were […]

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’ […]