January 5th

On 5th January 1304, Sir John de Sutton was pardoned, because of his military service to King Edward II in Scotland, for taking hares in the King’s warren of Holderness.

On 5th January 1773, Mrs Bridget Briggs of Sproatley died and left money in her will to educate 10 poor boys and 10 poor girls in the village.

On 5th January 1824, the Port of Hull Society for the Religious Instruction of Seamen set up a nautical school for seamen and apprentices to receive practical and academic instruction, open several evenings a week. Many of the early students were illiterate.

On 5th January 1836, Captain James Clark Ross left Hull on an expedition to resupply 11 whaling vessels trapped in Arctic ice. About 600 men were in the overwintering ships.

On 5th January 1941, Amy Johnson, while flying for the Air Transport Auxiliary from Blackpool to RAF Kidlington, went off course in bad weather and bailed out as her aircraft crashed.  An attempt was made to rescue her, but she died and her body was never recovered. There is still, however, controversy surrounding the circumstances of her death in the Thames.

AmyJohnson death

November 22nd

On 22nd November 1865, William Stamp, Edward Rodmell, and John Lancaster, of Sutton, appeared at Sproatley Petty Sessions, charged with being drunk and riotous in Sutton. Lancaster was discharged, but Stamp and Rodmell were found guilty and fined 5s with costs of 7s6d.

On 22nd November 1869, Alfred Edward Matthews, known as A.E. Matthews was born in Bridlington. Character actor whose career started in silent films and continued to 1960 (d 25.7. 1960) Clip is from ‘This is Your Life’



On 22nd November 1907, Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, spoke to a large crowd of dock workers at Hull Fish Dock on the issue of women’s suffrage. Christopher Pickering invited her to talk to the men assembled indoors too. He said that he was Conservative, but his wife was a Radical.