Category Triditions

Saint Swithin – a belief in the weather and 15th July

15th July has a rhyme: St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain; Full forty days, it will remain; St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair; For forty days, t’will rain no more. Celebrated (or berated as the case may be!) on July 15th, weather sayings pertaining to St. Swithin’s Day are probably the most famous […]

Passports; Candlemas; a wind of change; a electric railway; the pips, Manchester United Munich air crash; a farmer’s wife

Monday 1st February 1915: British Passports had gone on general issue at the start of the First World War but proved to be subject to fraudulent use so, on this day, 1st February 1915, it became obligatory by law to include a photograph on the document. The passport was a one-page document folded into eight, […]