Category The Law

Red Flag Day for Cars

I suspect that many of you reading the following story will have experienced a similar situation – or even committed it – travelling quicker than you should do on a public road. In the 19th century Britain posted many Acts as life changed – the Locomotives on Highways Act in 1861; the Locomotive Act in […]

A Snippet from 11th May

How often have you had your own thoughts on the actions and performance of parliamentarians at large and ministers in particular?  Fortunately this particular story has never been repeated! It was on this day – Monday 11th May 1812 – that Spencer Perceval, the Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was shot dead in […]

It’s in the Daily Sketch

The Daily Sketch newspaper was launched in 1909 and ran until 11th May 1971.  I have a selected copy of Monday 6th Februry 1928 – well it’s actually a photocopy of a few tatty pages and has some interesting stories and attitudes of the time.  I’ve used one piece from page 7 regarding ‘Mr Churchill […]

A thief, some trouble across the world, a new King and a Battle at sea; a new magazine and an advert for history plus Mr Pontin and St Crispen

Saturday 19th October 1861: The more I look at newspapers of the past, the more fascinating I find them. Take, for instance, page 5 of this Saturday’s London Evening Standard (some wording has been altered to make modern sense): Column 1 – This day’s Police report comes from Marlborough Street and reports a SALE-ROOM ROBBERY: […]

The Juror’s Excuse

Things happen in life – little things, but inconvenient things. In mid October 1833 William Harrison had such a happening – and inconvenient it was – BUT his way with words; light but to the point; well thought out AND persuasive would come to his rescue. This is made very clear here when an accident […]