Archive for August, 2013

Ed King talks about the wise, quirky and scary advice offered by UK vicars in the early 20th Century

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

In our previous blog post today, we highlighted some of the wonderful nuggets of wisdom that vicars in the early 20th century passed on to their flock. We also created a FREE page, in which one fiery vicar from Northumberland outlined his ‘Old Testament’ view of how to deal with drunken neighbours – ‘thrash them’, […]

Wonderful Advice Given by Vicars in the UK, From 1904 to 1939

Posted on August 26th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We do love the many wonderful advice columns that can be found in the British Newspaper Archive. Perhaps it was all the time we spent poring over the problem pages in teenage magazines when we were stroppy and spotty adolescents that led to our ongoing obsession with agony aunts, agony uncles and, er, agony vicars. […]

The Death of Lon Chaney, ‘The Man of 1,000 Faces’ – 26 August 1930

Posted on August 25th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Lon Chaney (aka Leonidas Frank Chaney), the silent film star famous for his roles in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, died from lung cancer in Los Angeles on 26 August 1930 – he was 47. To mark the day, here is a newspaper obituary of Chaney that was published […]

Poetry corner – ‘Gather ye rosebuds while ye may’

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Carpe diem and memonto mori… Robert Herrick was baptised in Cheapside, London, on 24 August 1591. To celebrate the day of his baptism/birthday (the exact date of Herrick’s birth is not clear), here is Herrick’s most famous poem: ‘To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time’. Leeds Times – Saturday 29 August 1846 Image © […]

Captain Matthew Webb Swims the Channel – 24 and 25 August 1875

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 24 and 25 August 1875, Captain Matthew Webb, a master mariner from Dawley in Shropshire, became the first person to swim the English Channel. He swam from Dover to Calais, and completed the swim in 21 hours and 45 minutes. Included below are two newspaper stories (published the day after his epic swim) that […]

Exhibition About the History of Football in England at the British Library – 21 August to 17 December 2013

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

If you’re in London between now and 17 December 2013, then you might like to visit the British Library to see this terrific exhibition about the history of football in England. The exhibition is to mark the 150th anniversary of The English Football Association. We especially like the sound of the 20 diagrams that are […]

The Newspaper Library at Colindale Closes in November 2013

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘The good news is that only the method of access will change…’ Over the last few months, several people have asked us about when the newspaper library at Colindale will be closing. It’s recently been confirmed that the Colindale Library will close in November. This excellent article by Alexander Barton on the ‘Digital Journal’ website […]

Tortoise Bling! The Wearing of Live, Bejewelled Tortoises in Paris in 1898

Posted on August 22nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The BNA is a cornucopia of weird and wonderful stories. Truly, the Archive leaves us open-mouthed with its never-ending supply of stories – it really is like having your own online Scheherazade. The latest story that made us shake our heads in wonder and amazement is this report about the craze for ‘tortoise bling’ in […]

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ – the Poaching Ancestor of Gary Lineker

Posted on August 22nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We really enjoyed watching last night’s episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, in which the family tree of Gary Lineker was explored. We were especially interested in the Victorian newspaper stories that contained court reports on James Pratt, Gary’s gggg-grandfather. We did a quick search for James Pratt in The Archive, and found […]