Tag Archives: Book of Days

The Gloucester Miser

Snippets 214. 184 years ago today, the “richest commoner” in Britain died.  James (Jemmy) Wood made his money in banking, and had wealth of around £900,000.  Calculating the value of that money in today’s terms is notoriously difficult, and depending … Continue reading

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The Clog Almanac

Snippets 164.  An early form of calendar used in England, amongst other countries, was the “clog almanac”.  It was described in detail in The Book of Days (1864) by Robert Chambers, one of the great pioneers of the trivia book.  … Continue reading

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Thirteen O’Clock

Snippets 163. One of the great pioneers of the trivia book was Scottish Author Robert Chambers (1802-1871), who edited The Book of Days, from 1864. His work is packed full of fascinating information, and the following quote is taken from the … Continue reading

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