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  • Nun Immured in Britain? April 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Nun Immured in Britain?

    In mid March 1846 the Hereford Philosophical and Antiquarian Association had a meeting at which the Dean of Hereford Cathedral spoke about some remarkable finds at Hill House, at Woolhope not eight miles from Hereford. He spoke with sadness and, yes, some occasional indignation as human bones had been uncovered there. This was, he suggested, […]

    History Roundup 815: Weird Customs April 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 815: Weird Customs

    Today’s links follow 1) Charged Bodies: UK 2) Ball Games: Mexico 3) Victorian Street Sweeping: UK 4) Crowd Sourcing Map: Portugal 5) Steppe Navigation: Mongols and from the archives 6) Rommel in the US?!? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Triumph Forsaken, Vietnam lecture

    Daily History Picture: In Perfect Harmony April 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: In Perfect Harmony

    All together now.

    Self Help as Magic April 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Self Help as Magic

    The literature on self help dates back to the book of Proverbs and Cicero, but in its modern multi-billion dollar form it has a particularly American imprint: Dale Carnegie, Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy and Napoleon Hill among the most interesting. Most self help coaches stress the science of self help: life changes are given as […]

    History Roundup 814: Archaeology April 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 814: Archaeology

      Today’s links follow 1) Roanoke Misunderstanding: US 2) Superb Mosaic: France 3) Sandstorm Uncovers Treasures? Iran 4) Ostrich Egg Trade: Eurasia 5) Future of Archaeology: ? and from the archives 6) Lactating Love Goddesses Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: This is your life, Laurel and Hardy!  

    Daily History Picture: Bull Attack April 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bull Attack

    Dangers of town dwelling in the early 1800s…

    Gulled at Hull April 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Gulled at Hull

    This is a uniquely charming Victorian confidence trick to add to our collection. Enjoy! Hull Fair is acknowledged to be one of the largest of its kind in the country. Thousands of excursionists flock into the city on October 11th, and the succeeding days, and every blackguard, thief, and confidence trickster in the North of […]

    Ghost Funeral in Liverpool April 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Funeral in Liverpool

    This is an unusually well written ghost account from Liverpool. It does not appear to come up in any of Tom Slemen’s work on Liverpool (though Beach waits to be contradicted!). This appeared in the Liverpool Post in 1891. Note that in Ireland (with which Liverpool has strong migrant links) this could almost be a […]

    History Roundup 813: Wonders and Magic April 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 813: Wonders and Magic

    Today’s links follow 1) Magnetic Girl: the stage 2) Color Doctor: US 3) Gold: Fort Knox 4) Bowie Shrines: London 5) Vanishing Crew: 7 Seas and from the archives 6) Neurology of Being Pixy-Led Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Amanda Knox video (best documentary on the case)

    Daily History Picture: Martyrdom April 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Martyrdom

    St Thomas and the divine sword…

    History Roundup 812: Castoffs April 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 812: Castoffs

    Today’s links follow 1) A Toy Boat: Vikings 2) Drawings: Italy (bit old but good) 3) Shopping List: UK 4) Orange Dresses: wardrobe 5) Clovis Heads: US and from the archives 6) Slaughter Hounds in Ireland Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Excellent Cadavers (the documentary not the film)

    Dumb Duels #8: Balloon Fights April 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dumb Duels #8: Balloon Fights

    Want to die? Try fighting a duel in a balloon with blunderbusses and ‘without a parachute’. Two aeronauts, recently arrived at New York, Messrs. John Lewis, from England, and Tarteifter, native of Prussia, met about three weeks ago at Johns Woods, where both intended to make public ascents, and at the end of a dispute […]

    Daily History Picture: Tilting Ground April 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tilting Ground

    From Cumbria, apparently a prehistoric ‘rath’ interpreted as a tilting ground…

    History Roundup 811: Supernatural April 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 811: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Vampires (lots of doubts here): Yorkshire 2) Wild Men: Wales 3) Fairy Familiars: Europe 4) Ghost Killing? US 5) Ghost Photo! France and from the archives 6) Johnny Norton the Electric Boy Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Nuclear bang video

    Daily History Picture: Keeping Fit on the Titanic April 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Keeping Fit on the Titanic

    Just in case you need to swim a long way…

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