Posts Tagged ‘Kent’

A Brand New Old Magna Carta

February 12, 2015

A Brand New Old Magna Carta

A 1300 AD edition of Magna Carta has been found in a scrapbook in the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, Kent, UK and belongs to the town of Sandwich. The document is ripped and damaged, and a third of it is missing, but it was paired with the companion Charter of the Forest, and the two may be worth $15 million dollars (£10m).


Jane Austen, Teen Queen

June 21, 2012

Jane Austen, Teen Queen

New evidence suggests that a 1789 painting by Ozias Humphry is a portrait of a 13-year-old Jane Austen. Using digital photo analysis, Stephen Cole of Acume Forensics discovered faint written inscriptions on the canvas identifying the budding author and the artist.

Wealthy lawyer Francis Austen had his portrait painted by Ozias Humphry, and young Miss Austen probably sat for the artist while visiting great uncle Francis in Kent. Perhaps she snuck away from her uncle’s house to hang out with other teens at the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre food court.


250th Anniversary of the Sandwich

May 9, 2012

250th Anniversary of the Sandwich
John Montagu (1718– 1792), Fourth Earl of Sandwich, was Britain’s able but corrupt First Lord of the Admiralty during the period of the American Revolution. An avid promoter of exploration, Captain James Cook named the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) after him. Due to his other enthusiasm, gambling, he lent his name to something else. One evening the innovative Earl requested a meal of cold meat between bread slices so he could eat at the card table, and thus the “sandwich” was born. Nice story, anyway.

The incident is said to have occurred in 1762, so the town of Sandwich, Kent is celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Sandwich this weekend. Surely the Earl of Sandwich lived in Sandwich, right?


“Thank You Earl! England Toasts 250th Anniversary Of The Sandwich,” Tina Kaiser, Die Welt via Worldcrunch


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Image (“Coat of Arms of the Earl of Sandwich”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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