Tag Archives: Local History

Mussolinism in Kingston: How the Italian dictator caused local controversy

After days of political and constitutional stalemate, Italy now has a new government, made up of two populist and controversial parties in an uneasy alliance: the Five-Star Movement and the League (formerly the Northern League). Both parties have referred to … Continue reading

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Wake Up! Invasion fears in Surrey during early World War One

By late 1914, it had become very apparent to people in Britain that the ‘great war’ would not be ‘over by Christmas’, as many had initially predicted and hoped. Moreover, as 1914 gave way to the new year of 1915, … Continue reading

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New Light on York House, Twickenham

Sometimes the history of a house can throw up all sorts of intriguing information about the past, including how a home can have both a ‘national’ history and also an ‘international’ dimension, drawing together politics, art and culture at various … Continue reading

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Volunteers and Vehicles: Surbiton and the General Strike of 1926

In May, 1926, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) called a General Strike in Britain and, for about nine days (from 3rd-12th May), it appeared to many people that the country’s industrial relations had reached a low-point. The Armed Forces were … Continue reading

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Land and Home: The campaign to encourage more land cultivation in Surrey in 1917

During the course of 1917, in a determined attempt to cut down on the amount of food imports and to alleviate pressure on Allied ships sailing across the Atlantic, the British government initiated a national campaign to encourage as much cultivation of … Continue reading

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The ‘Zep’ Zapper: Horatio Bottomley in Surbiton in 1917

One Monday evening in December, 1917, Surbiton in Surrey received a visit from Mr. Horatio Bottomley, a figure the wartime Daily Mirror newspaper had called ‘London’s Answer to the Zeps’ because of his powerful oratory at public meetings. With London now under attack … Continue reading

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