With all the uproar about jabs and boosters in recent times, we could be forgiven for thinking that debates about the pros and cons of being vaccinated are very much a 21st century preoccupation. In fact, vaccination in history has always had its supporters and its detractors, and our very own Queen Victoria had some forthright opinions on the matter.
Public expectations ran high for Britain’s International Exhibition of 1862. However, this ‘World’s Fair’ was dogged by difficulties during its brief lifetime. Following the Great Exhibition of 1851’s phenomenal success, with its glittering Crystal Palace, the Society of Arts proposed a series of exhibitions every ten years.
Unclaimed insurance policies, forgotten bank accounts and unclaimed estates are some of the millions of pounds of unclaimed property accumulating every year in the UK waiting to be reunited with their rightful owner or their heirs. Perhaps you’ve been contacted by a probate firm informing you that one of your relatives died without a will and you may have a claim to their estate. Heir hunting has become a lucrative profession over the last 20 years, reuniting heirs with long-forgotten estates that are collectively worth millions of pounds. The popular BBC series Heir Hunters put this niche industry into the national spotlight, but long-forgotten riches are not the only reason for tracing heirs. Some of the online resources used by probate researchers can help family historians locate missing ancestors who may have died leaving unclaimed property or been party to a probate suit in Chancery.
In the heart of industrial East London is a tranquil spot that harks back to an earlier industrial heritage. Three Mills Island, hemmed in by the River Lea, is home to the mills that give it its name – now home to a variety of companies, including a film and television studio.
On 24 September 1901 a wine merchant and his daughter, while accompanied by a famous motorcar and aviation devotee and together with an experienced aeronaut in control, set off on a flight in a balloon. The ascent had begun from Crystal Palace and proceeded to fly over Sidcup. As they travelled overhead of this south-east area of Greater London, the wine merchant’s daughter, Vera, made a suggestion – that they should form an aero club within the established automobile club to which they belonged.
Silk – the last natural fibre, following on from wool, linen and cotton, which we’ve covered in previous articles here – is an animal fibre produced by certain insects and arachnids when building their webs and cocoons. Almost all commercial silk textiles derive from the cocoons of domesticated silkworms: the caterpillars (larvae) of moth species belonging to the genus bombyx
Fascinating English land tax records from the years before the First World War have been released by TheGenealogist. Researchers are now able to search 31,394 newly added records of owners and occupiers to discover their ancestors from Merton, Mitcham, Morden and the Wimbledon areas.
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