Category Royal visits

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 […]

The answers from last Friday’s Tudor challenge – and another 5 for this week

The answers to last week’s 5 True or False challenges are: 11. The statement that Tudors drank water with their meals was FALSE.  People knew that drinking water made them ill so they rarely drank any.  Most people – including children – drank ale or beer.  Ale had been the staple drink but was now […]

Fenland Monasteries and the height of their powers

For the established monasteries across Britain, the period between 1200 and the early thirteen hundreds was a time of expansion, stability and responsibility and also a time of ‘high farming’. The Fenland Monasteries built tithe and storage barns to hold their crops; vineyards were planted; gardens & orchards were created with cherry and pear trees […]