24th November 2013

Mining for good resources

Until the middle of the eighteenth century, charcoal made from burnt wood had been the main fuel employed by industry. However, conserving timber supplies for use […]
23rd November 2013

23 November

…. 1910, saw the hanging of Hawley Harvey Crippen (born 11 September 1862), usually known as Dr. Crippen. An American homeopathic physician and salesman, Crippen was […]
22nd November 2013

Fifty years ago today

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as his presidential car travelled from the airport to downtown Dallas, Texas. He was forty six and had been in […]
21st November 2013

Unusual British Epitaphs

Britain’s churchyards are one of the nation’s priceless and unique heritages. Generations of our forebears are commemorated humorously, eccentrically and often anonymously. Epitaphs and inscriptions on […]
20th November 2013

Not a Royalist but ….

…. today in 1947, the 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth married her distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey. Created Duke of Edinburgh on the eve of the […]
19th November 2013

The strangest connections….

During my decade in the teaching profession, I have had the pleasure of working with dozens of talented educators who give their heart, soul, dedication, passion […]
18th November 2013

18 November

…. The King’s Cross fire broke out on 18 November 1987 at approximately 19:30 at King’s Cross St. Pancras tube station, a major interchange on the […]
17th November 2013

A little belatedly….

I think I mentioned quite early on in the Family Wise blogging days, that an extra few hours in the day, or an entire extra day […]
16th November 2013

November 15 and 16 …. two days at Kew

For the first time in a very long while, yesterday I actually managed to spend a day doing research at The National Archives. It was not […]