The Great Northern Railway opened in 1850, and Biggleswade was the third town in Bedfordshire to have a mainline station (on the East Coast Main Line) after Bedford & Dunstable.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill: The facists abhor freedom in their country, and they despise it in others Does a connection between moral confusion and ignorance of history exist ? Surveys also reveal that King Arthur existed and led a round table of knights at Camelot.
Some 25% of those surveyed in Great Britain (5 years ago), said World War II British prime minister Winston Churchill was a mythical figure who never lived. Winston Churchill never tried to warn the British people that Adolf Hitler was dangerous, and that appeasing him was wrong. Sherlock Holmes became a successful sleuth in foggy London.
Little wonder that some persons now-a-days have very funny views about terrorism, the welfare state, cultural heritage .. Moreover, Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest, robbing the rich to give to the poor; Eleanor Rigby was a real person, whom the Beatles chronicled.
see Cœnwulf lived from 796-821: Ruler of Mercia, East Anglia and Kent, he became Britain's the most powerful leader of the time.
A gold coin of this KING, lost 1,200 years ago on a river bank in Biggleswade, became the most valuable British coin when it was acquired in February 2006 by the British Museum for £357,832.
The coin carries his name, title and an image of him and, on the reverse, an intriguing inscription DE VICO LVNDONIAE (from the trading place of London).Gareth Williams, the museum's Anglo-Saxon coin curator, said that it was used as currency (and was not just a presentation piece) because of this unexpected inscription.The use of the word vicus, meaning a trading center, rather than civitas, the city seat of authority, furnishes a strong indication that the coin was actually used as a store of value in commercial transactions (money). The trading center of or place at London lay outside the city walls of the old Roman city.The coin was previously owned by an American, who bought the rarity at auction in 2005; however, British authorities prevented its export and eventually the estranger negotiated its sale.“The Cœnwulf gold coin is incredibly significant as a new source of information on Anglo-Saxon kingship in the early ninth century,” said Gareth Williams, Anglo-Saxon coin curator at the British Museum.