8th March 1891: A derailment on England’s Great Western Railway. The locomotive is photographed after being caught in a blizzard in Cornwall, near Camborne.
This is the menu from the High Sheriff’s Dinner at the Royal Station Hotel in York, England. The dinner took place 160 years ago, on the 8th of March, 1858.
From the collection of the National Railway Museum.
Victorian-era Valentine’s Day card from the Museum of London.
This image of Burghley House in Cambridgeshire, England was taken on the 31st of January, 1887.
The sixteenth-century house has been featured in numerous movies.
On the 25th of January, 1896, the bearer of the shortest-lived title in the history of the English peerage died aged sixty-five.
Famous painter and sculptor Frederic Leighton, known as 1st Baron Leighton at the time of his death, succumbed to angina pectoris only one day after being awarded the title.
One of his most famous works, Flaming June, painted the year before his death.
Leighton was also an enthusiastic volunteer soldier, and his funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral in London was accompanied by a guard of honour.
Today marks ninety years since the death of Thomas Hardy, famed English novelist of the Victorian era.
However, when Dorset-born Hardy first came to London, he was not making money as a writer.
One of his jobs was to clear graves to make way for the massive new St Pancras railway station, which opened in 1868.
Headstones were moved for the build, and stacked together. Today, there is a famous spot called the “Hardy Tree“, where – for the past 1.5 centuries – a tree has grown around them.