CREAM FLANNELS AND ICE CREAM

With the latest ‘War of the Worlds’ currently underway in that far-flung island on the opposite side of the world, much spiced with the pontificating and bragging exhibitions being exercised by each of the contenders, might I draw your attention to an England eleven who regularly swept aside all those who dared to pick up […]

SPANNING THE CENTURIES

“A level-crossing system …” In a recent blog – ‘Melton to Oakham’ – I outlined my account of the construction of Melton Mowbray’s railway road-bridge which today straddles the Leicester to Peterborough railway line and the River Eye – both are in close proximity – conveying the A606 road out of the town to our […]

A SOFT PEDUNCULATED GROWTH

DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH!     Action on Bladder Cancer I have recently discovered an article which was published in ‘The British Medical Journal’ of 1892 which I feel should be placed alongside my personal account of 21st Century surgery (see, ‘The Tale of a Tumour’).  I am cognisant of the fact that the […]

"TWOPENNY WOODEN HORSES"

A Wistful Contribution       Recently, I came across a passage of correspondence within a collection of ‘Letters to the Editor’ in an archived newspaper and was immediately struck by the nostalgic tone of its writer and especially, of the subject being addressed.  As I scanned the long newspaper column I discovered that it was […]

SEAMUS HEANEY R.I.P.

Blackberries and Prose There is nothing more likely to indicate to us folks in the temperate climate of middle England that Summer (if we have been lucky!) is coming to an end, than the arrival and full ripening of the wild blackberries (rubus) growing in public – usually neglected – spaces.  This particular Summer has borne […]

WERE AEROPLANES MADE IN MELTON MOWBRAY?

THE BUTCHER’S LAD, THE BARNSTORMER AND THE GRUBBER. Samuel Summerfield was one of eight siblings born in South Derbyshire in 1894 into a farming family. In 1900 when he was just six years of age, his family re-located a few miles south to the small market town of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire where his father […]

CLEARING THE DECKS

1 A fair chunk of Melton Mowbray has been missing from Burton Street for quite a while now and for a longer time than most of us might have wished it has remained an ugly and unwelcome blot on a very historic part of our old market town.  Like a front tooth missing from a […]

GONE AND ALMOST FORGOTTEN

Expatriates both. Having been an amateur student of Melton Mowbray local history for more of my mis-spent latter years than I would wish to admit to, I recently came across this rather attractive gentleman and his lady wife whilst searching for a other things in the American newspapers.  Expatriates both, William and Hannah Mowbray – how could […]

MELTON TO OAKHAM – 1900

TIME FOR A CHANGE I live within a stone’s throw of the railway bridge at Burton End in Melton Mowbray which serves to convey traffic and pedestrians across both the Midland railway line and the River Eye which passes underneath on its way to join the Wreake, then the Soar, the Trent and finally into […]

THE LANDING GROUNDS

Early Aviation around Melton Mowbray The small market town of Melton Mowbray was once an important link in the aerial defence of these Islands, detached as they are from the mainland of Europe, at a time when even the concept of an airfield or aerodrome as we understand it today was but a mere whim in the […]