By Bill Exley
The Oak, c1914
Now - 91 High Street, 2001
Landlords & Tenants Thomas Winters - buys The Oak for £100 - and also 1st. Licence 1849-1872 George Thomas, - now Simpsons of Baldock - Brewers 1872-1884 Thomas Winters - as records show , (again) - Son ? 1884-1899 Arthur James Nears . - Also recalled as 'The Generous Briton' by locals during my researches in th 1980's, - but unverified to date. 1899-1901 Charles Gamer 1901-1903 Geo. Battle (a one armed man) 1903-1907 Now a Blunham Population of 603 - Served by the 8 Pubs in - 1909 Geo. Henry Davey . now called The Oak, beerhouse record unproven, 1907-1910 Thom Stevens, now we have Wells & Winch / Brewers 1910-1914 Archibald and May Hull 1914-1924 Hector Rawlins 1924-1928 Annie & Harry - Henry Lovell - with daughter Betty - (born, Sheffield 1920) 1928-1958 Annie Lovell - widow 1957-1958 The Oak now calls - "Last orders please" and closes down 15/9/1958
Mr Mrs Jack White (nee Lovell) - later on they move into a large red bricked house he had built for them, along the High Street., opp. The Salutation Pub.
MORE MISC, or FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The Old Oak Tree, or the Tree of Knowledge, it can Live to over 1,200 to 1,500 years
- Or : - A little known fact, - Origin , a 'Mastermind' T.V. Prog, question (2/6/2022) : - re . Hedy Lamarr a Film Actress of the early Black and White film days, (c1930s / 40s) , and Samson and Delilah in 1949 . . Suprisingly, was also an Inventor and responsible for the 'Frequency-hopping / Spread-Spectrum' technology as used today. (she was b. in Austria 1914 & d. in Oct. 2000 at 85 yrs old) - It is now used within C.D.M.A. : Bluetooth, : Wi-Fi and our G.P.S. systems, and she holds 49% of the Patent. She had become interested in Torpedoes. and their Guidance Systems and detection in use. So working with the composer Geo. Antheil, they came up with a 'Freqency- Hopping / Changing' idea to make any enemy Jamming harder to repeat, or maintain.
- We see that America had turned all her ideas down until the mid 1960's , now in 2014 her Induction into The National Inventors Hall of Fame takes place. - * - Just one of those interesting, unusual or irrelevant Facts out there - For more refs to her background / origin, with other 'Snippets' visit - Ref 16 within my Misc & Mash - fm 1903 to Date : - 18/09 / 2022 / Mr Blex
Or : - 'The Likely Lads' - Origin , the term is from the Tyneside area in the N.E. of England, meaning 'he's got Potential ' - aso a Boxing term. - : 'The Likely Lads' was also a popular T.V. show starring Rodney Bewes as Bob Ferris and James Bolam as Terry Collier. It was written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clements, being aired over 18 episodes by the B.B.C. in 3 series during 1964 to '66. - with Humour around Home Lives or the work place.
In the early 1900's child labour was quite common, a Foreman would walk down a line of eager 10 to 15 yr olds and pick out healthy, strong looking lads to work in - Cotton Mills, a dangerous job crawling obout under the huge noisy Looms , Factories or down a Coal Mine alongside the men. He would say "he's a Likely Lad" . - Most of them taken on were enthralled / proud to be working with the men, doing any small jobs, as an 'equal'.
My Father, Luke (b. 13/8/1903) - was down a Coal Mine at 13 yrs of age - ( record to hand - Factories & Workshop Act form of 1901 ) - Records show he was at Monk Bretton Pit, in Barnsley, S. Yorkshire on menial jobs below. This was due to 'his' Father's Strict Yorkshire Dogma , - "He can work for his keep in the house now " , he was signed up at 12yrs old on the 2/08/1916. ! - (so eager) - this then authorised his lawful Schooling Excemption.
- St Stephen's Tower - in Westminste, London - is the home of the bell - ' Big Ben ' / The tower with Five names - / Big Ben, / The Clock Tower, / The East Tower, / St Stephen's and Elizabeth Tower - fm.2012 . . (ref 5 / Misc & Mash)
- Pandora's Box : ref. Greek Myth : The answers are varied such as , Hope, - without it you have Nothing left ! . The popular answer is 'The Evils of the World' , Horror or Problems & Woe etc. - but the 'Hope here can be Insidious', (false, lying and misleading) . - ref. / see my Misc & Mash and item - 6.
Last Revision made by Bill Exley on - 29th Mar -2023
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