Tag Archives: Surbiton

Britain on the Brink? The long summer of unrest in 1919

There has been much talk about the potential damaging economic fallout and possible civil upheaval that might occur if Britain ends up with a ‘no-deal’ Brexit in the autumn. In fact, the summer of 2019 marks yet another period of … Continue reading

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When the Bombs fell: The impact of wartime air raids on Kingston

The recent discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on a building site near Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus was a good reminder of how the local area suffered some considerable attention from the German Luftwaffe during the years 1939-1941. Kingston University’s … 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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Committees, Queues and Christmas: The crisis over food supplies in Kingston and Surbiton in 1917

One hundred years ago, in December, 1917, as people on the home front in Surrey faced their fourth Christmas at war, it was evident that a major crisis had developed over food supplies, and many families, still determined to celebrate … Continue reading

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