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date: 16 Oct
The Fire that Destroyed The Palace of Westminster     -  16th October 1834  -     There are concerns that the current Palace of Westminster is not only unfit for purpose but also falling down. There are talks about vast sums of money having to be spent to repair it and for Parliament to move to a new purpose built headquarters.   The current...
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  • 19th Century
  • Politics
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date: 12 Oct
The Brighton Bombing     -  12th October 1984  -     The early 1980s were a fascinating, concerning and divisive time in British politics. Margaret Thatcher had been in power since 1979 and had enjoyed popular success in the Falkland’s Conflict in 1982. After calling an election in 1983 she defeated Labour’s Michael Foot to win the most decisive...
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  • 20th Century
  • Politics
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date: 08 Oct
Robert Stephenson’s Locomotive, The Rocket, wins the Rainhill Trials     -  8th October 1829  -     The Stephenson family will be forever remembered as one of the key railway families in our Island’s history. George Stephenson is even known as the father of the railways and built the first intercity train line between Liverpool and Manchester. He...
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  • 19th Century
  • Inventors
  • Scientists
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date: 28 Sep
William, Duke of Normandy, Lands at Pevensey     -  28th September 1066  -       In history certain ‘inevitabilities’ are fashioned from events that happened some time ago due to the vagaries of hindsight and knowledge. William’s conquering of England and victory at Hastings, so famous, seems to many onlookers as also so inevitable. This episode...
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  • 11th Century
  • Kings & Queens
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date: 22 Sep
Sir Robert Walpole Moves in to 10 Downing Street     -  22nd September 1735  -     When you think of grand palaces and homes of the leaders of nations you think about the impressive White House in Washington, the Elysee Palace in Paris, the Kremlin in Russia or the Quirinal Palace in Rome. You don’t tend to think of a terraced house in a London...
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  • 18th Century
  • Politics
  • This week in history