History Category

31/03/2020

The Great Train Robbery

Bruce Reynolds (1931-2013) and Gordon Goody (1930-2016) masterminded the audacious Great Train Robbery, which took place on…

11/03/2020

The Battle of Bannockburn

Of the many historic battles between the Scottish and English armies, the Battle of Bannockburn is the…

25/02/2020

The Picts

Some colourful portrayals of the Picts can be found in attempts to elaborate on their place in…

11/02/2020

Armistice Day

By September 1918, Germany realised it could not win the ‘Great War’ against the Allies and the…

03/02/2020

Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great (849-99) was the grandfather of the first King of England and did much himself…

18/01/2020

The Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815 finally crushed the self-styled French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s attempt…

10/01/2020

The Glorious Revolution

“And whereas it hath been found by experience that it is inconsistent with the safety and welfare…

04/01/2020

Amy Johnson, aviatrix

In the early days of aviation, Amy Johnson CBE (1903-41) was a typist working in London and…

17/12/2019

King Edward VI, the boy king

Like his second cousin, Lady Jane Grey, King Edward VI was born in 1537 and both their…

02/12/2019

Adventus Saxonum

Neighbours of the Angles, the Saxons’ own land, Old Saxony, was in north-east Germany. Their settlement of…

24/11/2019

Cheddar Man

Richard Cox Gough (1826-1902) discovered the cave, now named Gough’s Cave, which yielded many human remains, including…

12/11/2019

Feudalism

The feudal system prevailed in Britain between 800 and 1500, when a government with centralised control became…