Category History recalled

D-Day and Pegasus Bridge

One of the great films of my time is the 1955 story of ‘The Dam Busters’ – a British 2nd World War film that starred Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd. The film recreates the true story of 1943 when the RAF’s 617 Squadron attacked 3 German dams with Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb.  What is rarely […]

Samuel Pepys’ last written words

It was on Friday 31st May 1669 that Samuel Pepys wrote the final entry in his Diary. His nine-and-a-half-year diary keeping was, he said, at an end because his eyes were deteriorating.   His closing words were:- ‘And so I betake to that course, which is almost as much as to see myself go into my […]

Buster Crabb and a note of his past

It is interesting how one thing can lead to another – and that the ‘other’ can be in the past rather than the present. On Wednesday 19th April I posted the first part of the Buster Crabb story and promised that the next step would appear on Saturday 29th April.  That promise remains – however […]

John Readitt VC enlisted this day

This is the story of Private John Readitt VC – a member of The Duke of Lancaster Regiment in conflict; Manchester United football boots in business and Lancashire Infantry Museum in peace.  John Readitt was the Victoria Cross winner who looked after the football boots of Manchester United Football Club.  Born in Clayton, Manchester, in […]

The Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News was a weekly illustrated newspaper which was one of the earliest British tabloids. It featured sensational and melodramatic reports and illustrations of murders and hangings and was a direct descendant of the execution broadsheets of the 18th century.  First published in 1864 it was inspired by The Illustrated London News, which […]

Winston Churchill has problems with Coal

We have now looked at Winston Churchill’s end of life and his involvement in the First World War. He had not been offered a job when the new coalition was formed under David Lloyd George in December 1916 and it was some months before Lloyd George felt politically strong enough to appoint him as Minister […]

Katharine of Aragon’s last letter to her husband, King Henry VIII

On Friday last, 27th January 2017, the people of Peterborough and beyond came to remember the death and buriel of King Henry 8th’s first wife Katharine of Aragon. I saw little of the actual service because a group of us in appropriate costume guided some 360 chidren from St John’s Church to the Cathedral, and […]