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Fishergate This area may have been the first settlement that can be thought of as 'Norwich', in its original forms NORTHWIC and NORVIC. Archaeological finds in Fishergate go back to the 8th century AD, and a coin of King Athelstan (reigned 924-939), which refers to NORVIC, is likely to have been minted in a defended area on the north bank of the River Wensum. In the 19th century a property here was known as 'Mint Yard' and may have commemorated the ancient mint.
21-15 Fishergate, Norwich, United Kingdom
Texas Historical Marker #8050
Historic Houston Street Victorian Cottage. Situated near ferry that brought riches to early Jefferson. First known owners (1851): John M. and Nancy Dollehite. A distinguished occupant: Mrs. Ernestine Sterne, 1872-1875 Jefferson postmaster. Restored by Mrs. Katherine R. Wise, owner since 1946. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1970 #8050
312 Houston St., Jefferson, TX, United States
Lower Halsdon Farm Stanley Long (1918-2001) gave the 44.5 hectares of farmland at Lower Halsdon to the National Trust in 1995. This generosity was considerably influenced by the wishes of his late wife, his parents and Sir James Garbutt Knott in resisting the pressures to sell the land for development. The land will be held by the National Trust to preserve the open views across the Exe Estuary in perpetuity. The farm is also an important area for over wintering migratory birds.
Lower Halsdon Farm, Exmouth, United Kingdom
On this spot, awaiting sepulture in Westminster Abbey. Rested, from May 26 to 28, 1898. The body of The Right Honourable William Ewart Gladstone. Four times Prime Minister.
This garden was planted by the residents of Portway Drive in fond memory of their good friend Frances Price April 1997
Portway Drive, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Maggie Dickson's Story In 1723 Margaret Dickson, a fish hawker in Edinburgh, left town to visit relatives after being deserted by her husband. On the way south she stopped off n Kelso at an Inn to break the journey. She stayed a while and worked in return for her board and lodgings. While she was there, Maggie formed a relationship wth the landlady's son and fell pregnant with his child. This was not n her contract of employment so she concealed the fact that she was expectng and in tme the child was born prematurely. When the baby died a few days later, she was determined to throw the body into the River Tweed. Losing her nerve, she laid the baby at the water's edge. The body was discoverd later that day and traced back to Maggie. Arrested and tried under the 1690 Concealment of Pregnancy Act, she was sentenced to be hanged n the Grassmarket Ednburgh on 2nd September 1724. Maggie was hanged and after her death was pronounced, the body was taken to Musselburgh for burial. On the way there, the funeral heard noises from Maggie's coffin, On opening the coffin they found Maggie to be very much alive. Recovering to full health, she was allowed to live as it was seen to be God's will that she survive. Living the rest of her days in Edinburgh she was known by all as the celebrated 'Half-Hangit Maggie'
92 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Dans cette maison François-Vincent Raspail, promoteur du suffrage universel, né à Carpentras le 24 janvier 1794, mort à Arcueil le 7 janvier 1878, donna gratuitement ses soins aux malades de 1840 à 1848.
In this house François-Vincent Raspail, promoter of universal suffrage, born in Carpentras on 24 Jan. 1794, died in Arcueil on 7 Jan. 1878, gave free care to the sick from 1840 to 1848. [AWS Translate]
5 rue de Sévigné, Paris, France
Texas Historical Marker #10660
First Airplane Flight Over Texas. The first documented flight of a heavier-than-air flying machine in Texas occurred over this site on February 18, 1910, two weeks before the first military airplane flight by Lt. benjamin Foulois at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The South Houston flight was part of a land development promotion sponsored by the Western Land Corporation and the Houston "Post." French aviator Louis Paulhan, on a coast-to-coast flying exhibition tour of America, was commissioned to demonstrate his flying skills. The promoters arranged for special excursion trains to transport spectators to the site from downtown Houston. Headlines in the "Post" proclaimed, "This is the first opportunity for Texans to see a real demonstration of man's ability to fly. Don't fail to come and see demonstrated the greatest invention of the present era." A crowd of more than 2,500 people gathered on Friday, February 18th, to witness Paulhan's first Texas flight in his Farman biplane. Because of high winds and inclement weather, the aviator was not able to perform some of his most spectacular stunts, but the crowd was thrilled with the aerial display. A second flying exhibition on the following day drew almost 6,000 people. #10660
58 Spencer, South Houston, TX, United States
Texas Historical Marker #11216
Richard (Dick) King and Rachel Ellis King. Richard (Dick) King (July 4, 1849 -- September 28, 1948) and Rachel Ellis (March 20, 1849 -- February 1, 1930), both born into slavery in Alabama, were brought to this area prior to the Civil War. Married in 1869, they were the parents of 10 children, 9 of whom lived to adulthood. Respected members of the Hopewell Community, the Kings operated a grist mill, a syrup mill, and a commissary. Am early pastor of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Mr. King also served on the school board. #11216
?, Crockett, TX, United States