In the mid 1950s Britain woke up to the threat of an invasion. “American style” comics were accused of ruining the reading habits of vulnerable children across the country and even inciting racism and violence. Could Captain Marvel cause crime? In this podcast from the National Archihives see the comics condemned as harmful and find out what action the government took to stamp out the comics menace.
Born in Millwall, a twin, and the youngest of eleven children, Fred went to the Isle of Dogs School in London. In September 1939 Fred was evacuated to Wells with his twin sister and younger nephew. The forty children from the Isle of Dogs School shared Wells Blue School premises, so Fred was billeted in Wells. He and his sister returned to London in November 1939, but were bombed during the Blitz and so returned to Wells with their parents in 1940. Fred left school at fourteen and worked in W H Smith. After finishing his National Service Fred worked for Pauls the decorators for forty years.
The Parish, or strictly speaking thr Chapelry Registers of Holnest for this period consisted of six volumes and were transcribed by the Reverend Charles Herbert Mayo, M.A., Rural Dean and Vicar of Longburton with Holnest and published in 1894. The publication was digitized in 2007 by Google and may be read on-line or downloaded here.
The civil war in Weymouth is mostly remembered for an incredible plot which was hatched by one of its’ leading citizens and royalist sympathisers, Fabian Hodder.. Together with his wife, her friend Elizabeth Wall and several others, the plot, which has become known locally as the Crabchurch Conspiracy, was aimed at bringing the town once more, under the control of the Kings army, and, before its’ desperate conclusion would result in the deaths of many of the conspirators and the soldiers of both sides.
Charles Day became a butcher in 1926 when his father died. Charles and his mother ran the butchers in the village of Trull near Taunton. He began work at six o’clock in the morning and four o’clock in the summer, finishing at eight o’clock in the evening. He retired in 1971.
Stone from Dorset has graced buildings as impressive at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Cenotaph in London. And it has added beauty to many a farmhouse and cottage in the county.Geologist Jo Thomas, has written a highly readable yet scholarly study of Dorset’s rich variety of stones, how the rocks were formed and where they have been used for buildings.
In the 1880 edition of Kelly’s directory, John Brown is listed as organist to the parish church, bookseller, stationer, dealer in musical instruments and agent for R.R. Williams, bankers. Unless you look hard you may never notice that his main job was that of headmaster of the National School.
After leaving school in the late 1930s, Gladys Cunneber of Taunton completed a course in housecraft at the Battersea Polytechnic, London. She returned to Taunton and subsequently worked for the electricity department as a demonstrator of electric cookers, which were then comparatively new. Later she joined the Ministry of Agriculture in the Rural Domestic Economy Department and gave cookery demonstrations to a variety of organisations across Somerset.