Christian Mayne

History

Stonehouse Heritage Trail 13, The Monster Skating Ring

Stonehouse Heritage Trail 13, The Monster Skating Ring

Here stood what was known as 'Albert Hall' built in 1871; soon after it was known as The Royal Albert Hall. It was said to be an ugly building on the outside but very pretty and tasteful on the inside. Originally intended for concerts it could seat 2800 people and 4000 standing. By 1875 Thomas Martin the owner following a skating craze decided to put together the 'Monster Rink' here in the hall. It was later said to be the largest in the Westcountry
Devonport Graffiti, 1993

Devonport Graffiti, 1993

Contender for the oldest tag in Plymouth and Devonport? REME 93

Roadside Burials of Suicide Victims

Until the passing of the Suicide Act 1961, Suicide was still a criminal offence in England and until 1882 suicides had to be buried on unconsecrated ground. In the seventeenth and eighteen century, those declared to have commited felo de se (the archaic term for suicide) were given a shameful burial, usually under cover of darkness with a stake driven through the body, and forfeited their estate to The Crown. This map shows the locations of documented cases as and when found Why were ...
Jacob Sallis of Littleport, Felo de Se, 1806

Jacob Sallis of Littleport, Felo de Se, 1806

Until the passing of the Suicide Act 1961, Suicide was still a criminal offence in England and until 1882 suicides had to be buried on unconsecrated ground. In the seventeenth and eighteen century, those declared to have commited felo de se (the archaic term for suicide) were given a shameful burial, usually under cover of darkness with a stake driven through the body, and forfeited their estate to The Crown. In 1806, the Oxford Journal reported the burial of Jacob Sallis of Littleport in ...
The Littleport Murder – Sarah Potts, 1863

The Littleport Murder – Sarah Potts, 1863

From Cambridge Independent Press, Saturday 23 March 1863
Destroyed Earthworks

Destroyed Earthworks

Trying to identify the location of this mid-Victorian photograph, inscribed on the reverse: "A very old amateur plate taken before old Latham destroyed ancient earthworks. A valuable picture found by chance amongst some old plates"
Face from a Littleport Pub, Early 1800s

Face from a Littleport Pub, Early 1800s

Whilst doing a bit of local history research today, I came across this newspaper clipping from the Ely Standard, dated 13th April 1972, and describing a mysterious face and message painted on the wall of the Black Bull pub in Littleport and which had come to light during demolition. The news story goes on to describe how a local collector had salvaged the face and had temporarily added it to his collection of Bygones. The inscription beneath the face reads "No Trust To Day Pay The ...