kattaddorra wrote:That is just so interesting Mysterio, thank you Kat
mysterio wrote:Another custom which has disappeared into the mists of time was that relating to the "Bidders". Bidders were men who went from door to door "bidding" people to attend the funeral of anyone in the neighbourhood who had died.
On the day of the funeral it was customary for the coffin to be placed on chairs, or some other support, outside the the home of the deceased and for a Minister to conduct the service in the street before proceding to the burial.
mysterio wrote:The story goes that the engine "Locomotion", which was to draw the first ever passenger train, was brought from Newcastle on a horse-drawn waggon and placed on the lines at Aycliffe (now Heighington station). Having filled the boiler and laid the fire ready for lighting it was discovered that no-one had flint, steel and tinder with which to light the fire. A navvy, one Robert Metcalf, saved the day by suggesting that his burning glass, which he regularly used to light his pipe, might be used to light the fire. His suggestion was carried out, soon the fire was burning, steam was raised and the rest is history.
(true or false? you decide)
Sir Geoff wrote:In a similar vein to the above I have been trying to find out how Sans Pareil was transported to the Rainhill Trials at Liverpool (1829).
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