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FK4 and SE16

I knew FK was in Scotland, so I’d guessed Falkirk, and found I was correct. If I ever need a second specialist subject for Mastermind this could be it.

It contains Bonnybridge, Allandale, Banknock, Dennyloanhead,Greenhill, Haggs, High Bonnybridge and Longcroft. As it’s first in the list I will select Bonnybridge. Wiki is not particularly helpful and, to be frank, I may not send them my customary donation next time they ask.

The Falkirk Local History Society does it better. Bonnybridge had a Roman Fort, just like Caerphilly and, in 1820 was the scene of a cavalry charge when a group of Hussars charged a radical demonstration.

I was interested to hear that because civil unrest of the 19th Century is an interest of mine. If I was to have another life apart from the grumpy shop assistant/world class procrastinator existence I am currently living I’d like to be a history lecturer at a reasonably rural university specialising in civil unrest from the Peasants Revolt to the Tithe Wars of the 1930s. Even with this interest in the subject, I hadn’t heard of the Scottish Insurrection of 1820 until I started researching this post.

I will now pass on to SE16. It’s Rotherhithe. I haven’t been to London for over 25 years so it’s a bit of a mystery to me. I know there’s a tunnel there, but I didn’t know it was where the Brunels built their Thames Tunnel – the first underwater tunnel in the world. Nor did I realise there had been two attempts before the Brunels succeeded.

It just goes to show how much I still have to learn.


Some Scottish stamps to remember Falkirk by…