Tagged with English history

Oxford comes to Stamford

Here’s a curious article from Highways and Byways of Leicestershire: “near the old St Paul’s Church schoolroom is a beautiful Early English gateway, which is all that remains of Brasenose College. ..Violent town and gown quarrels resulting even in murders, at Oxford, in 1260, had caused several students to migrate to Northampton, where Henry III directed … Continue reading

A Flute Playing Cobbler for Sale

My research into wife selling continues to turn up bizarre incidents. This is one of my favourites, from the Dundee evening Telegraph of 28 November 1903, claims to relate to Manchester at the end of the 18th century: “A woman, named Price, led her husband into the market place, and publicly proclaimed that she would … Continue reading

Heroic Women

Images we have of 18th century women are generally that they were frail well mannered, ala Jane Austen, but this was a world away from the realities of woken women, most of whom worked harder and longer than we can imagine. W H Pyne gave us an image of a family of mrickmakers, the arms … Continue reading

The Magic of Proper Names

Here’s another piece from the wonderful John O’London’s Unposted Letters: “Proper names have an interest and fascination all their own and delight in them is a sign of coming literary ability in boy or girl, just as, I am fairly sure, is a love of long words and a tendency to bombast. It shows a … Continue reading

Opposition To Henry

I was surprised at the apparent lack of opposition to the religious reforms in England, but opposing the king was treason, so few dared speak out. There were many clerics who argued in favour of traditional religion, some churches refused to take down shrines or put them back after hiding them. Pilgrimages continued in some … Continue reading

Life Up North

John Betjeman is perhaps best known for having been the Poet Laureate, but he was a man of many talents, with his record of The Liquorice Fields of Pontefract’ being a surprising hit in the charts back in the 1960s. He was also a passionate campaigner for the preservation of buildings, and for many years … Continue reading

A History of Everything

Well, not quite, but my book ‘The Big World of Mr Bridges’ Microcosm’ comes close. It is about an 18th century clock. But it is also about England’s rediscovery of information after the Reformation and Civil War. It is about education of the public, in particular of women, when the only people at universities were … Continue reading