Category Archives: History lessons

HISTORY LESSON – 6

I have always been interested in the history of words. Apparently, a long time ago, there was a Viking family that lived in Rye, in East Sussex; which isn’t that far from where I live now. The youngest son was a bit of a tearaway and used to disappear for days at a time in […]

HISTORY LESSON – 5

Post it notes. The first postage stamp was the Penny Black introduced in 1840. This stamp in pristine condition can be worth £2000. When left in a pocket of your jeans and put through a 40C wash it is then worth less than its original value. There remains an old statute from 1869 that if […]

HISTORY LESSON – 4

The Trojan Hearse. A lot of the fascinating parchments I inherited when moving into the Cliff Top Residence concern information about weird goings on with members of the clergy. For instance, one stained and dog-eared manuscript describes the Very Reverend Charletton Grimsbody, who was defrocked in 1738 by the then Bishop of Wainwright. By piecing […]

HISTORY LESSON – 3

I have been doing some intensive research into the history of the humble bicycle. I came across some very interesting references in the archives of the Dorset Council. One of the most famous attractions in Dorset is the river Piddle, and it was in the village of Little Piddle straddling this waterway that Mr and […]

HISTORY LESSON – 2

St. Fudges-in-the-marsh is a tiny church that nestles in a slight dip on the Romney marshes. In this remote church, a little known but cherished holy relic lies tucked away carefully, on a stone shelf. It sits in a crystal box. The artefact is less than 6 inches long, vaguely cylindrical in shape, brown and […]

HISTORY LESSON – 1

I have been researching various historical subjects. Some of the documentation is open to public scrutiny but I have recently discovered a lot under the floorboards of the Cliff Top Residence. There is a position in the Royal Family’s household called ‘The Royal Serf of the Swab’. This position is open to any nationality and […]