I am not, as some people are, in the habit of writing to newspaper editors, but on reading the ‘News’ dated 9/1/2013 I just had to write.
Many years ago I found a 1799 half penny under a table in one of the rooms of my Stocksbridge house reputed to have been built in 1851.
I imagine it had been laid down by the man making the floor. I was going to put in a board floor and lifted up six layers of lino before coming to the quarry tiles.
I then went to my reference books to find out what was happening that year, 1799 and read that the first balloon flight- by Montgolfier, took place and that income tax was introduced at sixpence in the pound.
The Shot Tower in London was also built and three other things of note which I have now forgotten occurred, (I am 86 and forget too many things these days, which I learned as a schoolmaster aged 23-58).
I do not know which reference book, yours or mine, is more accurate but I thought the article was worthy of comment.
E W Stanton
ps I have just re-read the article and have realised it states 1793 - the first successful balloon flight in the US, which would be another item for consideration- France or USA?
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