The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is the highest award of the honours system and it was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1856 in order to honour heroes of the Crimean War. Since then it has been awarded to over 1,300 individuals. One of the earliest recipients of the Victoria Cross was George…continue reading →

The 1837 Fire

It was Tuesday 7 November 1837. At about ten past eleven on that clear November night John Wren was getting ready for bed in his home on the corner of Gloucester Square and Southampton High Street. A window was open in an upstairs room and Wren thought he could smell…continue reading →