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- Category: Genealogy
- Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 19:16
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This is a small list of further executions I have found from various sources and included in this section. There is NO further information on these names other than what is included here and I have no time to uncover any more facts than these. So please do not ask!
This type of file may help in tracing your family history as many records of the past are lost, unreliable or just not to be found. It only consists of around 45 names along with a year and the crime committed.
- Category: Genealogy
- Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 15:54
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Contains a list of executions from 1606 to 1895. Names, Dates & crimes.
The following list is extracted from the publication 'Haydn's Dictionary of dates' published in London in 1895. I have this book in my possession. The name's are as published, with forenames where found. The date is in reference to the day of execution. A reason for execution is noted if known and the last place of reference is the place of the trial. Also noted are the names of the victims, where known.
In The reign of Henry VIII. (38 Years) It is said that no less a number than 72,000 criminals were executed. In the ten years between 1820 and 1830, there were executed in England alone 797 criminals.The place of execution in London (formerly generally at Tyburn) was in front of Newgate from 1783 to 1868, when an act was passed directing executions to take place within the walls of the prisons. The dissection of the bodies of the executed persons was abolished in 1832.
- Category: Ghost Stories
- Created on Sunday, 09 November 2014 20:39
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This ghost story is close to home only in the fact that it was myself that saw the ghost.
Although not set in Sussex, I thought that a good ghost tale knows no borders or boundaries, so here it is in it's entirety.
For this tale we go back only to 2007. October that year was fair and my wife and I had decided to go on a small tour of Ireland and I thought this was long overdue as I had promised my deceased Brother-in-law, Ronald Woods, that I would go and see his birthplace, County Cork, before he passed.
So here we were driving up to Holyhead to take the ferry to Ireland and keep my promise to Ron. The Crossing was smooth and calm and took but a little time and we had ample chance to relax and get ready for the drive to the castle.
- Category: History of Brighton
- Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 22:54
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The Town Under The Sea
At a first hearing, the phrase " Unknown Brighton " sounds perilously like a contradiction in terms. How can anything about light-hearted, mushroom-grown Brighton be unknown ? Why, we all know Brighton, is the cry of the world at large.
We may not all think the same about it. But we all of us know about it. Brighton is too challenging to be ignored. Brighton is so well known that she has developed a personality. Nearly a hundred years ago a poet dubbed her " Queen of Watering Places," and henceforth Brighton has become feminized as " She." Thus made feminine, she has developed a very pretty conceit of herself, and has openly flaunted her varied charms.
Her air, her sunshine, her four-mile long sea front, her piers, her hotels, her bathing, her infinite variety of amusements - these things she makes known throughout the length and breadth of the land. The limelight is turned full on to her pleasures of to-day. The microscope is applied diligently to her scanty relics of the past. Yes, as you might expect when dealing with a lady of Brighton's reputation, she has a past.
- Category: Sussex People
- Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 22:46
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The Prince and the Pavillion.
The Pavilion was finished at last.......
Pipes had been laid from the sea to the King's private bathroom and, for the first time in sixteen years, he was able to indulge in salt-water baths.... A curious whim had been the construction, at great expense, of an underground passage running from the house to the stables.
Writers who have forgotten that at the time of its completion the King was over sixty, in frequent ill health, and so enormously stout that his weak ankles and knees could only just support his weight, have often stated that he used it for `nocturnal rambles': but a more probable explanation is that hostile demonstrations of the Brighton townspeople had shaken his nerve, and, firmly believing himself in personal danger, the tunnel was there to provide him an escape in the event of a rising.
Far from indulging in any wild adventures, the King seldom ventured farther than Lady Conyngham's house. But so long as he was safely within his walls, and free from gout, he felt exquisitely content; his magnificently ornate and exotic hot-house, his well-trained band of seventy musicians, and a plentiful supply of his favourite dishes - syllabubs, pastry and meringues - all consoled him for the vexations of State Affairs. He cried for joy, he told Lady Granville, when he reflected on the delights of the Pavilion.
- Category: Sussex People
- Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 22:43
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Mrs Fitzherbert & the Prince Regent
'The Muse here predicts, when your noddles are rotten,
And your party contentions despis'd or forgotten,
In the goodliest page of the Annals of Fame,
F___ZH_RB__T's will shine an illustrious name.'
Sussex Weekly Advertiser, Aug. 1789
In the summer of 1782 there was to be noticed, among the visitors promenading on the Steine, a lady dressed in deep mourning.
Undeniably pretty, with fair colouring and golden hair which she wore unpowdered, yet for perfect beauty her figure was, perhaps, a trifle overblown, her nose a little too aquiline. Nevertheless, as she passed through the frivolous, chattering crowd, its sibilant conversation sounding even above the French horns, something about her compelled attention and respect: nor was this due only to her black clothes, so distinguished among the light and flowery shades of summer which others affected, but to a certain gentle charm and serenity in her expression.
Portrait of Mrs Fitzherbert
- Category: Historic Houses
- Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:03
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The Historical Old Mint House at Pevensey - Page 1
Dating from 1342 A.D.
The Mint House at Pevensey
A quaint old half-timbered house, with over- hanging eaves and time-darkened red tiles, stands close to the Castle walls and opposite the Eastern Postern.
This is the Mint House, now nearly six hundred years old, and one of the most interesting buildings in the South of England.The site of the present structure is reputed to have been used as a Norman Mint as long ago as 1076 A.D. The Mint House was erected in 1342 A.D. to the size and shape as it now stands, but the interior was considerably altered in 1542 A.D. by Dr. Andrew Borde, then Court Physician to King Henry the Eighth. It contains twenty-eight rooms, all rich in oak beams of good preservation, one of these rooms being panelled with oak carvings of the Renaissance period.
- Category: Sussex People
- Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 20:47
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AN OLD SUSSEX KNIFE GRINDER.
Mr J. Herring, of Cross-in-Hand, writes :
I have had a photograph of old 'Tinker' Holmwood sent me by one of my daughters, enquiring if anyone that knew him would supply you with information about him. I knew him very well;
Old Sussex knife grinder
He lived in a small cottage at Cade Street, Heathfield, almost opposite to the memorial stone to Jack Cade, the rebel, who was slain by Alex Iden, Sheriff of Kent. 'Tinker' used to travel all the villages in this part of Sussex with his barrow and would often be from home nearly a week at a time. He would sit by the roadside working. My children often stood by him and watched him at work; and sometimes boys would be very annoying to him by throwing stones. But he was always a good tempered old chap. He often left his barrow here, and on several occasions I have seen some of our young men with it after 'Tinker' had gone home. They did no harm to it, but would have a little game on their own account and grind knives, etc.
On speaking to a Heathteld man today about him, he said as boys they always went to 'Tink's' little shop at Christmas to raffle for nuts, sweets, etc. The shop was kept by his wife, who was known to all about here as 'Old Loo Tink.' She used to attend the club anniversaries with her basket of nuts, etc. On the first of May 'Tink' used to come out wearing his knee breeches with a bunch of ribbon at the knees and his top hat. He was, in fact, a noted character.
The photograph in the S.C.M. was taken at Tilsmore Corner in front of a house occupied by Mr T. Blackman when I came to these parts about fifty years ago(approx 1882). I also knew Mr T. E. Varlet' Kirtlan (who took the photograph) very well, as we served as Parish Councillors together for the parish of Waldron. Mr T. E. V. Kirtlan went from here to Eastbourne as clerk To the Eastbourne Rural District Council."—J. HERRING (Cross-in-Hand).
"My daughter says 'Tink' was a wonderful old man, but he did not like snowballs!"
Article circa 1932.