The High Street had only been developed at the beginning of the 1900s, as the town’s population grew through the Edwardian era.
In this photograph, a group of sailors poses in Ulster, modern-day Northern Ireland, on the 21st of September, 1906.
Children in County Waterford, Ireland dance around a maypole on the 27th of April, 1909.
The 1908 Olympic Games were held in London, beginning on the 27th of April. While medals were awarded for many sports, some were labelled “associate sports” and were for display only.
Duelling was one of these. Historically, duels were fought between two people (usually men) to defend their honour, and frequently resulted in grave injury or death.
At the Olympics the bullets were made of wax, and the contestants wore protective outfits.
The Games were supposed to have been held in Rome, but were moved after a devastating Mount Vesuvius eruption.
Unlike today, the event ran for months, from April to their conclusion on the 31st of October.
Walter Tysall X
British Olympic gymnast Walter Tysall was born in Birmingham on the 3rd of April, 1880.
At the age of twenty-eight Tysall competed in the individual all around competition at the 1908 London Olympic Games. He won the silver medal, with Italian Alberto Braglia winning gold and French gymnast Louis Ségura taking bronze.
Italian gold medallist Alberto Braglia
Though the British women’s gymnasts would go on to reach the Olympic podium a few years later, Tysall’s silver was the only medal won by a British male gymnast until 2008.
Tysall died in Ashton-on-Ribble in 1955.