15th Century 1400-1499
The Owain Glyn Dwr Rebellion 1400-1408
Temple Church London 1185-2012
The spirtual centre in the UK for the Knights Templar, how much is fable and what are the facts? From Temple to the Inns of Court, the significance of the Round, the importance of the effigies and a most extraordinary knight William Marshall together with the reason and consequence for Heraclius’s presence in London…Read More
Vagabonds and Beggars Act 1494
Set in the stocks for even being suspected of being idle, puts in context ‘we don’t know just how lucky we are, part of the sequence of the Old Poor Law and certainly gives some insight into the plight of the poor and the conditions imposed on them by the ruling elite…Read More
Old Poor Law
The Old Poor Law was the codified series of statutes that predated the draconian Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, the timeline of this law casts some light on the origins of welfare and the plight of the poor in England for many years. If you have any reason to want to better understand the basis of society during the 19th century then some reference to these legal orgins will be helpful.Read More
Voyages of Discovery,Tentative Reaches into an Unknown World
The early days of exploration, those voyages of discovery. Did Magellan or one of his ships become the first to reach the Falkland Islands? We will probably never know but he certainly forged the way to the Pacific and beyondRead More
Leadenhall Market an historic marketplace dating back to the 1st century
Leadenhall a place of gathering and social connection since the first century…still going today with the distinctive wrought ironwork and glass building designed by Sir Horace Jones…Read More
The closure of the Royal Dockyard at Portsmouth would bring to an end over 5oo years of Royal Naval ship building history in HampshireRead More
Crondall Gazetteer and Historic placename mapping
Use the Old Hants Gazetter and learn about our old place name and maps ideas….this snippet is for CrondallRead More
Silk Weavers in your family?
The romance of silk weaving, it must have been incredible to produce such a thing of beauty out of the poverty stricken areas of East London. Do you have silk weavers in your family history?Read More
What is a Militia List or Muster Roll?
Militia lists and books or muster rolls, have their origins in Anglo Saxon times, when it became necessary to be able to call on a group of men, who, at a moments notice, could act as a local defence unit. This was particularly important when the ‘army’ was engaged in battle away from home. Recruitment…
- Doppler Effect Discovered 1842 In 1842, Austrian Christian Doppler reveals his discovery that the frequency of waves emitted by a moving source changes when the source moves relative to the observer. This called the Doppler Effect….
- Removal Act 1795 The Removal Act 1795, was an amendment to the Settlement Act of 1662 and stated that a ‘non settled’ person could not be removed from a parish unless they applied for relief. This would possibly, have given people greater opportunities for seeking work in other parishes. An examination in the parish archives of settlement and……