THE WORLD’S OLDEST MAN
A British former university lecturer has inherited the title of the world’s oldest man after the previous Japanese holder died aged 112. Robert
Weighton was born in Hull on March 29th, 1908 and now lives in Alton. What a tree that will be.
Napoleon III, a nephew of Napoleon I, expected to be buried in the vault of the church of Saint-Leu in France, but the French rejected him in the
aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War and, like previous French exiles he preferred the free air of Britain to any other country as the place to live out his enforced retirement in exile. He died in
January 1873 and was buried in Chislehurst, Kent.
WHAT’S THE …………
The small peninsula called Point which shields the Camber from the waters of the Solent was beyond the fortifications of the old town of Portsmouth -
after 1867 it was reached through King James’ Gate - and was also outside the jurisdiction of the magistrates. It was a teeming area with a high density of public houses and brothels and earned
itself the nickname of Spice Island.
There are still several pubs on Point and it has retained some of the old atmosphere around Broad Street and the lanes leading off it. One interesting building to survive is
Quebec House in Bath Square. Now a private house it was built by public subscription in 1754 and is a very early example of a sea bathing establishment.
The sea defences of Point include the Round Tower, the Eighteen-Gun Battery, and Capstan Square which is on the north side of the Square Tower. And
from the top of Point there is a fascinating view of the harbour.
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha died at Windsor Castle on 14th December, 1861 aged 42. The cause of death was given as typhoid fever, but
chronic stomach cancer was more likely. He and Queen Victoria had nine children.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
24th January, 1905 Eastern Daily Press
Joseph Billings, fishmonger, appeared before Norwich magistrates charged with keeping a refreshment house open during prohibited hours. According to the Eastern Daily Express, a
police constable testified that he’s seen three youths ‘eating fried fish and chipped potatoes’ in Mr Billings’ shop at 11.15pm - just before the deadline. The magistrates dismissed the case on the
grounds that it couldn’t be proved that a fishmonger’s was a refreshment house.
THE FIRST SURGERY
In 1865 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman qualified to practise medicine, opened for business at 20, Upper Berkeley Street, London. She had
passed the examination set by the Society of Apothecaries, who then changed the rules to stop more women gaining a licence.
Beginning the need for poor women to receive medical help, Elizabeth set up the St Mary’s Dispensary for Women and Children in 1866.She still did not have a medical degree, however, as British
medical schools refused to admit her. She therefore learned French and applied to the Sorbonne in Paris, where, in 1870, she was at last awarded a doctorate of medicine.