15th September 2014

Inaugural Rocket journey

Together with several others built to the same design, the Rocket – a steam locomotive produced by George Stephenson (1781-1848) and his son, Robert (1803-1859) – took part […]
14th September 2014

#37 Thomas Baker of Semley, Wiltshire (1795-1857)

Imagine my delight when I discovered a Baker line in my ancestry and to make it even better, Sarah Alice Baker was born of Thomas Baker […]
13th September 2014

Who lives in a house like this?

Taking some time out of the office, a visit to Poole and Sandbanks, I was almost so relaxed that I forgot to blog today…. good heavens! […]
12th September 2014

Dog rescue – a job for a policewoman?

Blogging every day means we often learn something new. And today, we certainly have! On 12 September 1940, four boys went searching for their dog which […]
10th September 2014

First person charged with drink driving

On this day in 1897, London taxi driver George Smith, an employee of the Electric Cab Company, drove into the frontage of a building on Bond […]
9th September 2014

Extradited to Belgium

In 1987, the headlines reported ‘Liverpool fans to stand trial in Belgium‘. Twenty-five English football fans involved in the Heysel stadium disaster were extradited to Belgium, following […]
8th September 2014

What is a Lady Wimborne Cottage?

Growing up in the village of Canford Magna, many things intrigued me about its history. The main residence, Canford Manor was sold in 1923 and became […]
7th September 2014

Who would call their son Lord?

The short answer is, my great-great-grandparents! Henry (sometimes Harry, otherwise Harry Timothy, occasionally Timothy Henry) Kitcher and his wife, Eleanor Ann (nee Beavis) had nine children […]
6th September 2014

Farnborough Air Show 1952

Today in 1952, a DH.110 crashed at the Farnborough Air Show killing thirty-one people, including the pilot, John Derry and onboard flight test observer, Anthony Richards. […]