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date: 16 Aug
The Battle of the Spurs   -  16th August 1513  -     This particular foray of Henry VIII’s was one in a long line of adventures on the Continent. At a time when we are talking Brexit, Henry seemed very keen on Europe. This was four years into his Kingship and he was quick to establish alliances and look to spread his influence across the English...
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  • 16th Century
  • Battles
  • Kings & Queens
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date: 10 Aug
The foundations of Flamsteed House, The Royal Observatory, were laid     -  August 10th 1675  -     In the Seventeenth Century countries and their navies were increasingly sailing the seas in search of new lands, trade, exploration and mapping.  No country wanted to be left behind.  The problem lay in the safety of the sailors and ships as...
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  • 17th Century
  • Explorers
  • Scientists
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date: 05 Aug
The Mayflower Sets Sail for the New World  -  August 5th 1620  -     The religious turmoil of sixteenth century Britain, the split from Rome under Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy in 1535, the establishment of the Church of England under Henry, then completed under Elizabeth I and the leanings of the first Stuart King, James I, led to a group of...
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  • 17th Century
  • American History
  • Explorers
  • Religion
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date: 28 Jul
The Discovery of the Sutton Hoo Helmet  - 28th July 1939 -    "I think it’s fair to say that the Sutton Hoo helmet is the face of the Anglo-Saxons, perhaps even all of the early middle ages in Europe. It is shown on numerous book covers, got its own commemorative stamp for the 250th anniversary of the British Museum and features in countless...
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  • 20th Century
  • Anglo Saxon
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date: 18 Jul
The Ballot Act  - July 18th 1872 -    The foundations of electoral reform in the UK lay in the French Revolution in the last years of the 18th Century. This event led to an explosion of ideas and demands of democracy. The ruling classes in the UK were all too aware of what had occurred the other side of the English Channel and had no wish to see...
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  • 19th Century
  • Politics
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