Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Battle of George Square 1919 31 January

The "Battle of George Square" was a violent confrontation in Glasgow, Scotland between Glasgow City Police and striking Glasgow workers, centred around George Square. The 'battle', also known as "Bloody Friday" or "Black Friday", took place on Friday 31 January 1919[1], 82 days after the end of the First World War. In its aftermath the leaders of the strike were arrested and British troops, supported by six tanks, were moved to key points in Glasgow and its surrounding areas[2]. There were no fatalities.[3]

50 years ago today - the Beatles rooftop concert

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A year since Mark E Smith died

Glossy photo sent out by the fanclub in the 90s

Saturday, January 19, 2019

First ever UK miners strike - Kingswood 1738

1738; Colliers strike against a cut in wages. A week of mayhem against Bristol. A regiment of foot march into Kingswood to break the strike. More here
and here
Dummy board of a redcoat in 1738

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Recruiting Party

A Recruiting Party (including infantry and light dragoons, drinking and smoking in a tavern)

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Tyning colliery Radstock

When my brother was down he bought me some negatives from Dustland Antiques a veritable treasure trove in Midsomer Norton. He knew it was a pit but that was all - I recognised the pics as of Tyning colliery Radstock (see map from 1906) and its spoil heap 'the batch' that took waste from other collieries. I gave them to Joe's Image Works a Norton picture restorer/digitising service and the results can be seen here.