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The Plague and the Borders

This is from Highways & Byways in The Border, Away back in the evil ties when the Plague ravaged through Scotland very many its victims were buried in a common grave in Linden churchyard. But the church was demolished after the Reformation and the churchyard gradually feel out of use as a pace of burial … Continue reading

Restrictions on Wife Sales

Here’s another piece of the article on wife sales in The Review of Behavioural Economics 2014 in which it raises an interesting point relating to wives being willing to be sold. I thought it was purely to do with the nature of the commercial contract, but the authors suggest another aspect which ties in with … Continue reading

30 MPH Speed Limit Sign

This is by Rhodri Marsden in last week’s i paper. This week in 1935 saw the introduction of 30mph speed limit signs i the built-up areas across the UK. Motorists weren’t happy about this, or indeed about any of the measures introduced by Leslie Hoe-Belisha, the Liberal minister for transport in Ramsay MacDonald’s National government. … Continue reading

Another Nelson’s Column

One of the best known and most visited monuments in Britain, if not the world, is Nelson’s column in the centre of Trafalgar Square, carved by E.H. Bailey, of 1840. But Dublin had its own, smaller, column 30 years earlier in the middle of O’Connell Street. Irish Nationalists tried to blow it up in 1938 … Continue reading

Women in Scripts

Here’s an article from the i newspaper which should date back several decades but is all too current: “Hollywood’s relationship with women has always been problematic, with regular accusations of sexism and agism. Now a US film producer is revealing just how ingrained the sexist culture is by exposing the lurid descriptions of women he … Continue reading

Soy Sauce Invented

Soy Sauce Invented

This is a subject few of us ever think about, as this condiment has become so ubiquitous. As a stir fry addict, I cannot imagine life without the stuff. This is from Samuel Muston, food reviewer in yesterday’s i newspaper: The imperial government long held a monopoly over salt sales; supply was kept short and … Continue reading

Birmingham Improvements

The Victorians often produced uncontrolled, unplanned towns in their rush towards industrialisation, which it took some time to remedy. In Georgian towns, they often just cleared a way through the slums and built fine new houses, or an indoor market. Where did the poor go? No idea, nor did they care. This is some more … Continue reading

Making Hay with Rent Arrearers

This is another excerpt from Richard Gough’s History of Myddle. Ale houses are venues for a lot of disputes in the book, often run by women: There was one Clarke, of Preston Gubballs, who had formerly been a tenent to Sir Edward Kinaston, of a tenement in Welsh Hampton and was indebted for arearages of … Continue reading

Exporting Problems

Observers of England noted in the early 17th century England noted a huge amount of hostility between rich and poor in England. A scot noted in 1614 commented “on the bitter and distrustful’ attitude of English common people towards the gentry and nobility. The poor were not allowed to bear arms due to the risk … Continue reading