When the Queen came to Barnstaple

As the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, our Assistant Librarian looks back at her visit to Barnstaple in 1956. People always remember when they met the Queen or Prince Philip. When I was at Secondary School, we were taken to the Essex Schools Athletic Sports Championship. During the day three of us needed to go …

The 1921 Census and North Devon

The 1920’s were known as the “Roaring Twenties” with the “Bright Young Things” of the wealthy classes life had never been better with their hedonistic wild behaviour shocking society. A legacy from the First World War was that women were much more independent. For young women, known as “Flappers,” gone were the tight corseted, floor …

The Ghost of Days Past- What have we learnt from Past Pandemics – Part 2, The Spanish Flu

Assistant Librarian, Sandi, continues her look into past pandemics... My Great Uncle George Apps was a soldier in the 5th Middlesex Battalion in WW1 who survived the conflict only to die of Influenza, the “Spanish Flu”, in England on 25 February 1919. He is commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Memorial at the City of …

The Ghost of Days Past – What have we learnt from Past Pandemics (Part I: The Plague)

During Lockdown our Assistant Librarian, Sandi, has been looking into past pandemics... The Plague There were a number of waves of the Plague that periodically swept as epidemics but the most fatal pandemics were the Black Death 1346-53 and the Great Plague 1665-66 the last major outbreak in England. There were three type of plague …