At a Council meeting held on 23 April 1817, it was ordered that ‘the column in the centre of the New Square be taken down as low as the pedestal, and that a handsome gas light be replaced on the same.’
This month marks the anniversary of ‘the Great Escape’, which took place on 24 March 1944, from the German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III. An insider’s account of the escape was written by Paul Brickhill and published in 1950. Much of the book focused on Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, also known as ‘Big X’, including his capture, early escape attempts, and his master minding of the escape itself.
On 22 January 1901, Queen Victoria died after 63 years on the throne. She was 81 years old and had been on the throne more than six decades. She died after weeks of ill health, with her son and heir Edward VII, and her grandson Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany at her deathbed.