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Herne Bay

[amazon_carousel widget_type=”SearchAndAdd” width=”600″ height=”200″ title=”” market_place=”GB” shuffle_products=”False” show_border=”False” keywords=”herne+bay” browse_node=”” search_index=”Books” /] The town of Herne Bay took its name from the neighbouring village of Herne, two kilometres inland from the bay. The word herne, meaning a place on a corner of land, evolved from the Old English hyrne, meaning corner. The village was first […]

Bewdley, High St, 68-69 (Bailiff’s House)

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Great Floods of the English Towns

See also Great Fires of the English Towns. 1099 –  St Martin’s flood of London. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle ‘the sea flood sprung up to such a height and did so much harm as no man remembered that it ever did before’. 1236 – Great Flood in London. Possible to row boats into Westminster […]

Victorian Post Boxes

The first post box installed in an England town was in Carlisle in 1853 – the spot is now marked by a replica Victorian box.  The oldest still functioning in England are the pair in Framlingham in Suffolk. This pair were founded by Andrew Handyside & Co of Derby in 1856.  There is one in […]

Horley

[amazon_carousel widget_type=”SearchAndAdd” width=”600″ height=”200″ title=”” market_place=”GB” shuffle_products=”False” show_border=”False” keywords=”Horley Surrey” browse_node=”” search_index=”Books” /] Horley is a town in Surrey, England, situated south of the twin towns of Reigate and Redhill, and north of Gatwick Airport and Crawley. With fast links by train to London from Horley railway station, it has grown popular with commuters in […]

It’s Official – There is no definition of an English Town!

I am writing in response to your e-mail of 9 April asking for a complete list of towns in England – including those without a Town Council – and the criterion and date by which each became a town. Your request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act). I regret […]

Worcestershire

[amazon_carousel widget_type=”SearchAndAdd” width=”600″ height=”200″ title=”” market_place=”GB” shuffle_products=”False” show_border=”False” keywords=”Worcestershire” browse_node=”” search_index=”Books” /] Worcestershire (/ˈwʊstərʃər/ WUUS-tər-shər or /ˈwʊstərʃɪər/ WUUS-tər-sheer ; abbreviated Worcs) is a non-metropolitan county in the West Midlands of England. In 1974, it merged with the neighbouring county of Herefordshire to form Hereford and Worcester. This was divided in 1998, re-establishing Worcestershire as a county. […]

Poole

[amazon_carousel widget_type=”SearchAndAdd” width=”600″ height=”200″ title=”” market_place=”GB” shuffle_products=”False” show_border=”False” keywords=”Poole Dorset” browse_node=”” search_index=”Books” /] Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town is 33 kilometres (21 mi) east of Dorchester, and Bournemouth adjoins Poole to the east. The Borough of Poole was made a […]

Olney late 1970s

Olney, and Olney Floral Fiesta