Category Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, Manchester and a Ship Canal

It was in October 1851that Manchester first welcomed Queen Victoria to the region – the first monarch for 150 or so years – and both Manchester and Salford went to great lengths to host a memorable event. The escort for the royal party included a Guard of Honour of the Yeoman Cavalry who accompanied them […]

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 […]

The Attempt on the Life of the Queen exactly as reported by The Graphic newspaper on 11th March 1882

INTENSE horror and alarm were created all over the country by the news that, on Thursday last week, an attempt had been made to shoot the Queen, but the assurance which was at the same time circulated that Her Majesty had escaped unhurt tended greatly to allay the excitement, and perhaps to lessen the universal […]

An Attempt on the Life of the Queen

Today, as I write this, it is Thursday 2nd March 2017.  What I want to do, though, is to take you back to Thursday, 2nd March 1882 because, on that day, one Roderick McLean attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria at Windsor with a pistol. Apparently McLean’s motive was a curt reply to some poetry that […]

Britain’s good and bad on December 14th

14th December has a strange place in the comparatively recent life of our British Royal Family and Britain itself. The Victorian era had two very distinctive ‘lives’ – the one during Prince Albert’s life and the one after his death at 10.45 on the evening of Saturday 14th December 1861. Inside the family there was […]

this week offers shergar; conscription; a royal marriage; murder; execution; working wounded; st valentine’s day

A varied collection of stories this week for events in 1554, 1828, 1840, 1859,1916, 1983 and one day every year. Horse theft is followed by consciption and objection; peoples varied celebrations of a Royal marriage is followed by murder for the benefit of health. We also have a story that follows the death of a king. We end this week with jobs for the wounded from the Crimea and end with a kiss – or similar.