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The Midland Revolt 1607

Midland Revolt 1607

The Midland Revolt 1607, a period of failed harvests, enclosure, famine and despondency. Shakespeare writes about this in his play Coriolanus and refers to other uprisings and tensions in his plays Henry IV and 2 Henry VI.

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The Mast Trade

The mast trade

The Mast Trade, of huge importance to the growth of the Royal Navy and the British Empire. Timber played a pivotal role in building a nation. Deforestation does not a nation make.

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Invention of the whippletree

The Chinese invented the whippletree, this allowed two oxen to pull a single cart together, this meant double the load, so halving the journey time. This invention probably dates between 190 – 209 AD. Related posts:Telford’s Menai Straits Bridge 1826 Thomas Telford’s Menai Straits Bridge opened on 30th January 1826. It was the first modern…

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  1. Telford’s Menai Straits Bridge 1826 Thomas Telford’s Menai Straits Bridge opened on 30th January 1826. It was the first modern suspension bridge. For some great pictures of the bridge and to read about Robert Stephenson’s rail bridge, follow the link….
  2. Who declared war on Britain in 1812? During the Napoleonic war, Britain was concerned with preventing France from trading with neutral countries, including America. The Navy sought out and intercepted American merchant vessels and sometimes removed the crew and ‘pressed’ them into serving the King’s Navy. Needless to say the Americans were not happy with this turn of events and on 12th……
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  5. Education Acts of 1870, 1873, 1876, tough on poor families? The affect of the Education Acts on poor families…
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