This Week in 1935: 24 February – 2 March

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

24 February – 2 March

Heavy snow falls in the north of England and again the papers are filled with stories of intrigue and wonder. Perhaps the biggest mystery of the week was the case of ‘Legs on a Train’. Under this headline readers of The Times heard how a bag had been found in a third-class carriage at Waterloo Station. Inside the bag was a pair of man’s legs. It was not known who they belonged to and the investigations carried on for the rest of the month.

That was not the only humorous headline used in the week. An article titled ‘Cyclists Upset by a Policeman’s Shout’ reported how two Oxford students had been fined 2s 6d for both riding a bicycle at the same time and an editorial headlined ‘Fairy Rings: Fiction and Fungus’ went into a lengthy report on the history and science of mushrooms and fairy tales.


This Week in 1935: 18-23 February

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

18-23 February:

In the week when it was announced that civil servants no longer had to work a six-day week a lot of monkey-business went on. The London Zoo announced that a baby chimpanzee had been born and that mother and child were doing well. The chimp was named Jubilee, a tribute to the upcoming Silver Jubilee of King George V. On a less happy note a boy of sixteen was mauled to death by a bear at Mr. Tyrwhitt-Drake’s private zoo in Maidstone. The lad had his arm amputated and died from an infection to the wound.

Diary of a Housemaid #3

Feb DofHM pic

February 1935:

It has been snowing for four days now. The whole estate is engulfed in a white blanket of ice. It may be cold, but, my goodness, it is beautiful!

Yesterday afternoon some of the younger servants were given permission to venture out and enjoy the snow. The party included me, Florence, Harry, John and Millie, a new scullery maid. We wrapped up in as many layers as we could manage without falling over and stepped out into the cold. Jim, the odd man, made us a sledge from an old door, and John brought his pair of skates. The grand expedition took us past the church, through the walled garden, towards the Fairy Lake. The slope that leads from the church to the garden was so slippery that we thought it best to continue on the door-sledge. We all huddled together and Harry gave us a push to start moving. A brilliant idea to begin with and we did arrive at the chosen destination, but only after we crashed into a huge pile of snow and were scattered about like woollen rag dolls. We then took turns wearing John’s skates, for the Fairy Lake had iced over nicely. Harry, being Harry, skated on the ice in his boots and kept falling over. I saw him this morning and he looked ever so achy. I should imagine he is covered in bruises but I suppose that is the price to pay for such a moment of fun.

Rose Bailey

This Week in 1935: 10-16 February

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

10-16 February:

With 239,000 more people out of work tensions were running high and in Cumberland a mob of 500 men stoned a Relief Office and any police officers who stood in the way. With the hopes and joys of Christmas long in the past, the wintry weather was taking its toll on labourers and work was scarce.

It wasn’t just the economy that was refusing to move forward. Sir Ambrose Fleming, presiding at a crowded meeting at Essex Hall in the Strand, launched a public protest against, ‘the teaching of organic evolution as a scientific truth.’ The meeting was attended by many eminent people, including peers and MPs.

This Week in 1935: 3-9 February

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

3-9 February:

Not much news except for a crime that differed a little from the rest. In Finchley £10,000 was stolen from a house. The money was locked in a safe. On having failed to open it the burglars then lowered the safe from a bedroom window. They were caught, of course.