This Week in 1935: 24-30 March

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

24-30 March

A dismembered body was found in the Grand Union Canal at Brentford, was there any link to the ‘Legs in a Bag’ story from a few weeks before? The police at Scotland Yard thought so and they spent this week dragging the water and questioning local residents in the hope of identifying the murder victim(s). Two breakthroughs were made; a youth testified that he had seen a man acting strangely throwing a parcel into the canal, and analysis at the Yard discovered that the paper bag in which the legs had been found was from the Hanwell Mental Hospital. The plot thickened…


This Week in 1935: 17-23 March

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

17-23 March:

In the week that it was agreed the White Star Line should be closed two peers appeared before a judge charged with fraud. The Duke of Manchester, William Angus Drogo, was believed to have defrauded two men out of £400 and £250,while an engineer took Sir Thomas Lipton to court in order to retrieve £10,000 worth of an IOU for work he had done for the man.

Diary of a Housemaid #4


Diary March

March 1935:

The family have returned from London and guests are expected to arrive in a couple of days. Suddenly the whole house has come to life. The corridors are busy again with the clip clop of footsteps hurrying every which way, back and forth, to and from every corner of the great house. Miss Stringer calls this ‘The Great Spring Clean’ season. Each room has to be swept, every ornament dusted, and every piece of furniture polished. For the past week I have spent the afternoons making polish out of beeswax and turpentine. A horrid, smelly job, but one that has to be done since the household budget does not allow for the purchase of modern cleaning products.

It is not just the house that has sprung into life this week. Finally Spring has arrived! The sun is starting to get a little warmth to it and in the mornings I now wake up to the sounds of lambs playing in the fields. A few days before the party from London arrived I spent my half-day with my brother William. He had taken the afternoon off from his work as a bricklayer in the village and joined me for a walk around the estate. When I saw him waiting for me by the gates I could not help but laugh. He was covered from head to toe in brick dust. I was in a similar state after a day of dusting cobwebs and removing dust-sheets. We must have looked a right sight! Of course the little lambs did not care how we looked and we spent the afternoon watching as they skipped and jumped to their heart’s desire.

Rose Bailey

This Week in 1935: 10-16 March

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

10-16 March:

A week for motor news. On the 10th March an article appeared headlined, ‘Motorist Aged Four.’ In Portsmouth four-year-old Raymond Edmunds was missed by his mother after she left him in a pushcart. He was found later driving a motor car. Then, in France the police prided themselves on having caught alleged tobacco smugglers after a 30 mile pursuit in a police car – a long way from the days of the Bow Street Runners. Also it was in this week that a 30m/p/h speed limit was enforced on roads in built-up areas.

This Week in 1935: 3-9 March

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

3-9 March

As the ‘Legs on a Train’ investigation picks up pace another mystery enters the pages of The Times. Lady Young, wife of the Governor of North Rhodesia, disappeared after the light aircraft she was travelling in crashed. The search lasted six days until she was found, unharmed, with the pilot hundreds of miles from the crash site. Back in England another search was underway – the search for the inside of a mummy. For the first time in Great Britain an Egyptian mummy was x-rayed at Hull.