December 18th

On 18th December 1594, Katherine Johns, chambermaid to the Clifford family, on behalf of Lady Grissell, paid 2s to the Beverley waits, presumably for performing at Londesborough House.

On 18th December 1612, Sir Francis Clifford bought 30 young elm trees to enhance the woodland of the house; it took 3 men with a cart and 5 horses to transport them.

On 18th December 1745, Thomas Owst of Halsham, a ‘popish recusant’, was given licence to travel to Drax to see his wife, who was ill. Catholics were forbidden to travel more than 5 miles from home without permission.

On 18th December 1824, Sir John Hall was born in Hull. Emigrated aged 27 to New Zealand, where he became the 12thPrime Minister, and moved the Parliamentary Bill that gave women the vote in 1893. (d 25.6.1907, Christchurch NZ) see photo

On 18th December 1919, the Clerk to the Hull Local Profiteering Committee, wrote to the Board of Trade, suggesting that an inquiry be held into possible profiteering by Hammonds Ltd. They had sold to Mr E.R. Kidby of Plane Street, 4 knitting needles for 1s 01/2d, on which Hammonds said they made 1 1/2d profit. The complaint was not upheld, as the needles were bought before the Profiteering Act 1919 came into force, but the BoT suggested making another purchase, and they could then investigate.

Sir John Hall


November 17th

On 17th November 1407, Sir John Constable died at Halsham, and indicated in his will a wish to make amends to anyone he had swindled, and to return to their families goods and chattels belonging to his villeins, which he had kept after their death, ‘for the convenience of their sons’.

On 17th November 1868, novelist Anthony Trollope stood as a Liberal candidate and came 4thout of 4 candidates in the election; he referred to Beverley (where ‘political cleanliness was odious to the citizens’) as Percycross in his 1871 novel ‘Ralph the Heir’.

On 17th November 1907, Bokane, Kuarke, Mongonga, Mafutiminga, Matuka and Amuriape, pygmies from the Ituri Forest, Congo River Basin, sailed home from Hull after 30 months in England. 3,000 people paid to see them at Olympia and halls around the country. They also visited the House of Commons. They stayed with Colonel James Harrison at Brandesburton Hall and hunted in the parkland. Human rights activists had campaigned to stop the visit.

Brandesburton pygmies