April 27th

On 27th April 1314, King Edward II stayed in Beverley on his way to fight the Scots at Bannockburn.

On 27th April 1681, John Baker, pewterer, known as ‘the Protestant tinker’ and a chamberlain of Hull, was working for the Ordnance Office to look into the misappropriation of lead, timber and other materials for use in Hull North Blockhouse. He alleged that materials had been delivered to the houses of the Governor (Bellasis) and the Lieutenant-Governor (Gilby). The Privy Council ordered Hull council to prosecute Baker for spreading false news.

On 27th April 1759, Mary Wollstonecraft was born in Spitalfields, London. Feminist writer and mother of Mary Shelley, she lived in Beverley for 6 years, aged 9-15.

On 27th April 1821, the Spurn lifeboat crew were assaulted while loading gravel for the Lord of the Manor, Francis Sheldon Constable, by local men who wanted to share the income from this work.

On 27th April 1918, former Reckitt’s employee Private Richard Wilson, 42, died on active service with 942ndArea Employment Co Labour Corps. He is buried in Rouen, France.

Mary Wollstonecraft

September 18th



Hull’s first blue plaque? On the wall of the Charterhouse.

On 18th September 1415, Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, died of disease at Harfleur during Henry V’s military campaign. (Dysentery was a frequent cause of death on military campaigns) He was succeeded by his son Michael, who died in battle at Agincourt.

On 18th September 1470, John de Ferriby in his will left 2 silver salt cellars to the parsons and vicars of Beverley, on condition that they pray every day for his soul.

On 18th September 1664, Theophilus Garlike was found by a Hull jury in the inquest into the death of Gervase Dighton to have killed him in a duel; both men were soldiers in Colonel Gilby’s Company (Dighton a corporal, Garlike a sergeant).

On 18th September 1789, George Thompson, BA, was ordained 27 years after serving as curate in Hollym, Withernsea, Sutton and Wawne, he finally became vicar of St Peter’s, Wawne. He brought in many changes to the music in the church, including the use of fiddles and a singing master to teach new hymns, possibly because of the advances the Methodists were making at this time.