Today The London Gazette celebrates its 350 year anniversary as the oldest surviving English newspaper, and the oldest continuously published newspaper in the UK.
The Gazette’s archives are free and easily accessible online, broken down by sector to help users quickly find what they are looking for. The content of The Gazette attracts a variety of different audiences, one of which is the genealogist and historian market. The Gazette is frequently used by those researching their family history, through military records and despatches from the front, as well as insolvency or deceased estates notices.
A resource created for The Gazette’s anniversary is a timeline detailing just a fraction of the type of events documented in its 350 year history. These memorable events in British history range from The Great Fire of London and the Bank of England being founded, to more recent events, such as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the birth of Princess Charlotte.
Following the outbreak of the plague in England in 1665, Charles II was forced to move his court out of London to Oxford. To allow the court to report the facts of the day, The Oxford Gazette was born, and when the court moved back to London, it became The London Gazette, and more recently The Gazette, incorporating both the Belfast and Edinburgh Gazette. As the first official journal of record and the newspaper to the Crown, The London Gazette became the authoritative source of news.
The Edinburgh Gazette was first produced in 1699 and was printed continuously after 1793. The Belfast Gazette has been in production since 1920 (its forerunner was The Dublin Gazette, which was in print from 1706).
The Gazette is also the official home of The Queen’s Birthday and New Year honours, as well as the weekly Ministry of Defence notifications, Company Law notices, statutory notices and legislation. Specific content is created for each sector and is available for all users to access. Specialists in their fields are also commissioned to write content, which is then accessible online and via social media.
Janine Eves, Business and Operations Director for The Gazette said: ‘There’s a vast range of history in The Gazette’s archive just waiting to be discovered. Since completing the digital transformation last year, finding information about individuals or historical events is easier than ever – and it’s free to access. I encourage you to take a look for yourself and see what you can discover.’
As the official public record, The Gazette will continue to record history, publishing online and for all to freely search and read.
Monday Matters for 26th October. On the evening in which the Lords debate and vote on cuts to tax credits in the House of Lords – we will bring you the latest live coverage and results. Peers have the power to block or delay the Conservative plans.
Also to mark the 600th anniversary of Agincourt, Jason speaks to the author and historian Ian Mortimer who wrote a book which covers the year 1415 including that now victory.
In our Night-Time News Report: Processed meat can cause bowel cancer – that’s according to the World Health Organisation which published a report today warning of the dangers of eating too much red & processed meat. We have a full report after 8.
Our featured group tonight is the Thompson Twins – as Peter Dodd, guitarist with the group has his birthday tomorrow.
In music news: Kyra has news on David Bowie; the MTV Europe Music Awards & Adele.
Also after 9pm – MC Jezza Fellows returns with his Downton Abbey update
If you are a fan of political history – you may be interested in this video that charts the final months of John Major’s government through the eyes of the shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown and his team, including Charlie Whelan, Ed Balls and Ed Miliband, following them through Labour’s election campaign and into government. This programme was broadcast on 30th September 1997.
2015 has been a year for anniversaries. As the World War One centenary commemorations continue, we’ve already had the bi-centenary of the Battle of Waterloo and the 800th Anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. The latest historic event reaching a significant birthday is the Battle of Agincourt, which sees its 600th Anniversary on the 25th October.
The battle was fought on a muddy field near Azincourt in northern France.
Jason McCrossan spoke to the author Dr. Ian Mortimer about his groundbreaking and ambitious book 1415 Henry V’s Year of Glory – which records the dramatic events of 1415 on a day-by-day basis, culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground designed not to advance Henry’s interests directly but to demonstrate God’s approval of Henry’s royal authority on both sides of the Channel.
On tonight’s Monday Matters Jason speaks to Affelia Wibisono who is a presenter at the Peter Harrison planetarium located in the Royal Museums Greenwich about Mars, Pluto and the new film that’s been released called The Martian.
The featured group this week is Ultravox as singer-songwriter Midge Ure celebrates his
In tonight’s music news Kyra brings us news about Glastonbury; news about Justin Biebier’s new album and why you might have heard a bit of slip not on Dr Who. this weekend.
In Not In The News – Kyra reveals which part of the UK has the biggest bra size as well as explaining to Jason the bra size system…with varying degrees of success.
In our Night-Time Report – the chancellor George Osborne has staked his political reputation on creating a Northern Powerhouse. He spoke at the conservative party conference in Manchester today – more after 8pm.
And in the final hour MC Jezza Fellows returns with his Downton Abbey update.
On Monday Matters tonight: Jason chats to the historian Chris Langdon from the #Southend museum about the 1st World War and the Battle of Loos – a battle which took place 100 years ago this month & where the British army used poisoned Gas for the first time.
In our Night-Time Report – The Prime Minister has confirmed that 2 British citizens fighting for Islamic state have been killed by an RAF drone in Syria. However, there are claims that it may not have been lawful – nor was it approved by parliament. More on this after 8pm.
Kyra has the latest music news including Kylie Minogue & Radiohead and she’ll delve into the latest new releases.
Our featured group tonight: The Pretenders. Lead singer Chrissie Hynde celebrates her birthday today.
In our Monday Matters tribute – Freddie Mercury would have celebrated his birthday on Saturday – he would have been 69 years old. We have music and interviews from him after 9pm.
Nigel Hawthorne is an actor whom I always adored as the sharp minded, yet petulant & slippery Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby in the Yes Minister/Prime Minister series.
Very sadly, he died on Boxing Day 2001 at the age of 72. He had just completed his exceptional autobiography about a life which had by no means taken a straight path. His ambitions to be an actor when a young man in South Africa were strongly discouraged by his father. He came to England alone and struggled for many years to make his name – eventually joining the Royal Court, starring in the West End, and finally having his great TV break in Yes, Minister.
He also struggled with his sexuality and it was not until meeting production manager Trevor Bentham in l977 that he finally found his life partner. A naturally private man, his media ‘outing’ in the run-up to the Oscar Ceremony for The Madness of King George was the source of much pain, although ultimately it became a liberation.
At the peak of his career he was struck by cancer and his battle with illness forms a moving final section of the book. Speaking of his death, his partner Trevor Bentham, still in the raw grip of mourning for the actor said ”The cancer that had plagued his pancreas for 18 months had recently moved to his lungs and finished the job quickly and with the greatest dignity,” Bentham recalls. ”No trace of pain, a quiet end in a shaft of winter sunlight.” At 9.30 on that Boxing Day morning Hawthorne had collapsed in a chair and ”simply ceased to live”.
“Party Games” is the twenty-second and final episode of the BBC comedy series Yes Minister. A one-hour Christmas special that was first broadcast 17 December 1984, its events lead into the sequel, Yes, Prime Minister. The episode was shown again at Christmas 1990, shortly after the fall of Margaret Thatcher. Hacker’s denials of interest in the party leadership were similar to those made by Michael Heseltine some six years later.
On 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com – Jason McCrossan presents Saturday Breakfast. The show was recorded 2 days after the 2015 general election and Jason pitted the wits of Kyra Cross and Bonnie Britain against each other. It was a monumental clash…if underachieving and arguing with the judge can ever be described as that. This is the results.
Henry V was born in the tower above the gatehouse of Monmouth Castle (and for that reason was sometimes called Henry of Monmouth).
He was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 35 in 1422. His military successes culminated in his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt (1415) and saw him come close to conquering France.
Jason McCrossan spoke with the historian, author and biographer Ian Mortimer who wrote a book called 1415 Henry V’s Year of Glory.