Archive for October, 2013

Halloween Party – Goblin Pie, Witch’s Brew, Hallow Fair Gingerbroad…

Posted on October 30th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We love all these old recipes for the perfect Halloween Party! Goblin Pie, Ghost Biscuits, Witch’s Brew, Midnight Cake, Hallow Fair Gingerbroad – yum! And here is a blog post that highlights some Halloween traditions and superstitions – as reported in 19th Century newspapers. Aberdeen Journal – Monday 30 October 1922 Image © D.C.Thomson & […]

John Keats – Born on 31 October 1795

Posted on October 30th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘You are always new. The last of your kisses were ever the sweetest, the last smile the brightest, the last movement the gracefullest…’ – John Keats in a letter to Fanny Brawne John Keats was born in Moorgate, London, on 31 October 1795. Included below is a newspaper story from 1891 about the sale of one […]

Our technology upgrade is almost complete

Posted on October 29th, 2013 by Ian

Dear BNA customers, We wanted to give you an update on progress with our new system for publishing newspaper pages on the BNA website. At the start of June 2013, we started to make a large scale upgrade to the way that we publish newspapers on the site. This is to prepare The British Newspaper […]

Terror in the Underground – 30 October 1883

Posted on October 29th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The BNA is very lucky to have the writer, historian and genealogist, Angela Buckley, as a guest blogger. Previously, Angela has written fascinating articles about the ‘real’ Sherlock Holmes, Detective Jerome Caminada, and the miracle cures of Reverend Silverton. Her third article for the BNA blog is about the terrorist explosion at Praed Street station […]

The Resignation of Prince Louis Alexander Mountbatten, the UK’s First Sea Lord – 29 October 1914

Posted on October 28th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Just 11 weeks after the outbreak of World War One, Prince Louis Alexander Mountbatten, First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy, was forced to resign. Although the 60-year-old Mountbatten had given over 40 years of loyal service to the UK, it was felt that, as he was born in Austria, there might be questions regarding […]

The clocks go back an hour – Sunday 27 October 2013, 2am

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

‘If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?’ Time’s winged chariot screeches to an emergency stop and slams into reverse gear for an hour tonight, as the clocks (in the northern hemisphere) do their weird time machine shtick before facing up to the arrival of winter. Hmm, it does all make us wonder if ol’ […]

The Sinking of the Empress of Britain – 28 October 1940

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

On 28 October 1940, RMS Empress of Britain was torpedoed in the Atlantic by U-32 and sank about 70 miles off County Donegal. The attack by U-32 was a follow-up attack after the ship had been bombed by German planes on 26 October – after which, most of the passengers and crew had been safely […]

Wallis Simpson is granted a divorce from her second husband – 27 October 1936

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

At the Ipswich Assizes on 27 October 1936, Wallis Simpson was granted a divorce from her second husband, Ernest Simpson, on the grounds of her husband’s adultery. Here is a very interesting contemporary nerwspaper report on the courst case, with the attention-grabbing headline, ‘Society Divorce Case’. The Courier and Advertiser – Wednesday 28 October 1936 […]

The Founding of the Football Association – The Freemasons’ Tavern, London, 26 October 1863

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

‘The following resolution was carried: That is is advisable a Football Association should be formed for the purpose of settling a code of rules for the regulation of the game of football.’ On 26 October 1863, 11 football clubs and schools from London met at The Freemasons’ Tavern to form the Football Association, and to […]

‘Charge of the Light Cavalry Brigade’ – the Battle of Balaclava, 25 October 1854

Posted on October 24th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 25 October 1854, Lord Cardigan led the charge of the Light Brigade againt the Russians in the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimea. The insane order to attack the gun positions arose due to a miscommunicated message somewhere along the chain of command. 156 men of the Light Brigade were killed in the charge and […]