On Thursday, 5th May 1904 there were, I am sure, quite a few male children being born. One of them was born in Ivy Row – known to the locals as Potato Row – in Donnington Wood, Oakengates, just outside Telford in Shropshire. He was baptised Gordon, the son of Mr & Mrs Richards, and […]

So – what was it that justifies being here to day? It was  the day that the world’s first passenger carrying jet airliner, a BOAC De Havilland Comet, call sign G-ALYP, with 36 fare-paying passengers aboard, set off on its’ maiden, scheduled flight from London to Johannesburg. It was, in fact, a part of BOAC’s […]

It’s the second decade of the 20th century and the world continues to develop and change. At this time Great Britain was at the centre of the world’s largest empire, a beneficiary of colonial resources and trade.  It occupied territory on four different continents and was at the centre of a vast trading and commercial […]

There are times when history research can be extremely frustrating! For instance – the date for Francis Drake’s ‘singing of the King of Spain’s beard’ is quoted by some as Wednesday 19th April 1587 while others place it 10 days later on Saturday 29th April 1587. There is one thing that is clear though – […]

Zita, also written Citha or Sitha, lived between 1218 & 1272. Born in Monsagrati, she was a serving maid of the Fatinelli household from the age of 12 to the end of her life. She was often misunderstood and criticized by them but won their respect through her preserving devotion. It was in the later […]

26th April has been a key date in many events through history. For instance – William Shakespeare was baptized; Prince George, later King George VI of Britain married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and the US rocket Ranger IV landed on the moon but failed to send back pictures due to ‘a technical problem’. However, I have […]

Ragtime became central to the development of jazz in both America and Britain around the turn of the century.  The term ‘ragtime’ comes from the syncopated or ‘ragged’ rhythm and had its origins in the African-American communities in cities such as St. Louis. One of the first pioneers and composers of ragtime was Ernest Hogan. […]