Medieval cathedrals dominated the skyline of Medieval England. Cathedrals were far larger than castles - symbolic of their huge importance to medieval society where religion dominated the lives of all - be they rich or peasants. As the photo above of Canterbury Cathedral shows, cathedrals were huge buildings - they were major long term building projects and their cost was huge.
Operation Downfall was the name given to the planned invasion of Japan. Operation Downfall itself was divided into two parts - Operation Olympic and Operation Coronet. By mid-1945, it was apparent that the collapse of Japan was near and the Allies had to plan for the invasion of the Japanese mainland - something that they knew would be very costly in terms of lives lost.
Edward Seymour was the senior political figure in the reign of Edward VI before he was levered out of power by John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. Edward Seymour, regardless of his loyalty to the king, was executed for conspiracy in 1552. Edward Seymour is thought to have been born in 1505. Seymour was the eldest son of Sir John Seymour and brother to Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII.
September 15 th in known as 'Battle of Britain Day' and each September it is celebrated to commemorate the day in 1940 when the Luftwaffe attacked Fighter Command with all its might and lost. Throughout September 15 th 1940, Fighter Command had to use everything at its disposal to counter the two main attacks by the Luftwaffe but by the end of the day any threat that Fighter Command had faced had been repelled.
Eric Lock was the most successful British-born RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain. By the time of his death in 1941 'Sawn Off Lockie' Lock was a quadruple ace with 21 kills with the majority of these coming during the Battle of Britain -16. Eric Lock was born in 1920 near Shrewsbury. His family ran a quarry business and a farm and he had a comfortable middle class upbringing.
Evacuation meant that many schools in evacuated areas had to shut. Once children started to move back to their homes provision had to be made to re-start the education process in that area. Even in areas deemed safer from bombing, head teachers were given precise instructions as to their responsibilities while bombing raids were a potential threat.