Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Earthquake in the Straits of Dover 1580

On April 6th 1580 there occurred an earthquake beneath the Straits of Dover that was one of the most severe recorded in the region. Fairly severe ones appear to occur there  about every two hundred years - the most recent being in 1950, so not too worrying at present.vLoss of life and damage was reported and shocks were experienced across southern England, in northern France and in Flanders, and even felt in Scotland. There is an online account of it at 1580 Dover Straits earthquake

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