This Week in 1935

A few choice news stories that appeared in The Times this week in 1935…

27 January – 2 February:

A week of campaigns:

The government announces that Persia will now be called Iran.

Selfridges hosts an exhibition on pedestrian crossings and signals. Concerned by the increasing number of deaths caused in road accidents the government were keen make people aware of measures for improving safety on the roads.

In Yorkshire a collection of farmers banded together and waged war against a common enemy – wood pigeons. They had been plagued by the birds for several months and had had enough, shooting over 500 pigeons in just one night. There were gangs of armed men posted on every corner of the woods.


This Week in 1935: 20-26 January

A few choice news stories that appeared in The Times this week in 1935…

20-26 January:

With heavy snow on the ground and a lunar eclipse in the sky the news turned a little wild. At a proposal before the Court of Common Council the Lord Mayor discussed the possibility of building an airport in the City of London. Though this might not seem extraordinary to us today members of the council in 1935 thought the Lord Mayor’s proposal was absurd. A news story that made me smile centred on a government scheme to reduce the level of poverty that was introduced in the 1930s where unemployment centres provided the poor with allotments so they could breed rabbits. This week the British Rabbit Council issued a general call for assistance as they were finding it hard to provide enough rabbits to the unemployed stating that, ‘gifts of live rabbits suitable for breeding will be welcomed by the BRC through the honorary secretary, Mr. C. O. Sayers , 47 Wandle St, Morden, Surrey.’ How successful this appeal was I do not know.

Diary of a Housemaid #2

Jan DofHM

January 1935:

This month always proves to be one of the most difficult in the year. Without the anticipation of Christmas and the warmth of the sun just a distant memory, long hours of work in the cold dark corridors are monotonous and dull. It doesn’t help that the family are away in London and that they have taken some of the servants with them. The corridors are empty. My footsteps echo off the stone floors. Sometimes it sounds as though I have eight feet rather than two, or that I have a whole army of housemaids following at my heel. I wish there was, I don’t like big empty houses. I am used to my small over-crowded cottage in Chevington.

At least Florence and Miss Stringer are still here. Miss Stringer is the head housemaid. She is in control of us junior housemaids when Miss Edgeley is away in London and she does her best to keep our spirits up. Once she even managed to encourage the kitchen staff to bake the housemaids our own cake! It was a delicious sponge with jam and icing! The cooks said they appreciated the opportunity to practice a new recipe for when the family return in the Spring but I think they felt sorry for us. Work in the kitchens is very tough but at least it is warm.

Rose Bailey

This Week in 1935: January 13-19

A few choice news stories that appeared in The Times this week in 1935…

13-19 January:

A quiet week of news with just two items of possible interest. A nine-year-old girl was taken to court charged with shooting and killing her seventeen-year-old brother. The evidence brought forward suggested that the gun had gone off accidentally and, after a wordy warning from the judge about the dangers of children playing with guns, the girl was released. On a lighter note the London Zoo announced some new members to its bizarre family; a collection of chameleons. People flocked to see the new attraction.

This Week in 1935: January 6 – 12

A few choice news stories that appeared in The Times this week in 1935…

6-12 January:

After a mild Christmas it turned colder this week. Winter eventually arrived and with it, seemingly, a spate of crime. The police reported a series of armed bank robberies in the city of Manchester and in Buckinghamshire a strike was called at the Hyde Heath School. It was not the teachers, though, who called for action. Children who commuted in from surrounding villages demanded cheaper bus fares and refused to attend school, much to the dismay of truancy officers. The situation was resolved by the end of the week.

News from the warmer parts of the world: the Rev. Frederick L’Oste (Tasmania) turned 106 years old, officially becoming the world’s oldest man and the Duke and Duchess of Kent began their voyage to the West Indies

This Week in 1935: 30 December – 5 January

A few choice news stories that appeared in The Times this week in 1935…

30 December – 5 January

This week was one of excitement on many levels. Under a blanket of drizzle and set in, what had been so far, a mild winter, The Times celebrated its 150th birthday. The paper was filled with anecdotes by old journalists and tributes to the history of the prestigious paper. Selfridges opened its doors to the New Year sales, reporting a boom in trade in spite of the economic downturn. In Lewes and Thame parishioners of the Southease Church were delighted to discover a medieval wall painting hidden under layers of white-wash. But perhaps the most unusual story of excitement was headlined, ‘Ice-Cream for the Nation.’ The fifth National Dairy and Ice Cream Exhibition opened at Olympia. According to the reports in the middle of Empire Hall there was a ‘cascade of “milk” flowing down an illuminated staircase between grassy borders. [It] makes a striking centrepiece for the whole exhibition.’ And what was being exhibited in this Willy Wonka-type backdrop…the new electric powered milk delivery vans. The future of milk delivery!