Thursday, 20 September 2018

Salisbury Cathedral

Happy birthday Salisbury Cathedral, consecrated 20 September 1258 

Wednesday, 19 September 2018


Today (19 September) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Altogether now: Ah! Jim Lad! Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum!

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Monday, 27 August 2018

Sunday, 26 August 2018

The Romans arrive in Britain

On 26 August 55 BC Julius Caesar arrived in Britain but he did not stay. He returned briefly in 54 BC. The Romans returned in 43 AD. This time they stayed.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Battle of Bosworth

On 22 August 1485 a decisive battle in English history was fought. Henry Tudor won and subsequently he became King Henry VII.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Leon Trotsky died on this day

Leon Trotsky died on 21 August 1940 one day after being hit in the head with an ice pick. In the words of the Stranglers he got an ice pick that made his ears burn. 

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Washing in the Middle Ages

Its a persistent myth that people in the Middle Ages were very dirty. All the evidence suggests they tried to keep themselves clean.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Boys cleaning chimneys

On 7 August 1840 the British parliament voted to ban boys from cleaning chimneys by climbing up them. But the act was often ignored. In 1875 a new law said chimney sweeps had to register with the authorities and be given a certificate, which they would lose if they were found to be breaking the law.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Louis Bleriot

On 25 July 1909 Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly across the English Channel. Well done Louis. 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Anne Askew

On 16 July 1546 a Protestant named Anne Askew was burned to death in London. She is the only woman on record as being tortured in the Tower of London

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018


Happy birthday Quebec. The great city was founded on 3 July 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Marston Moor

On 2 July 1644 during the English Civil War parliament won a decisive victory at Marston Moor. Is believed it was the largest battle ever fought on English soil. 

ELO Battle of Marston Moor 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

The Pillory

On 30 June 1837 the pillory (a wooden frame your head and arms were locked into) was abolished in Britain. 

Sunday, 24 June 2018


On 24 June 1314 the Scots won a decisive victory at Bannockburn. It ensured Scottish independence. 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The first English police

On 19 June 1829 Robert Peel founded the first modern English police force in London. They were named bobbies or peelers after him.

Monday, 18 June 2018