Trinity Men’s Fellowship Eccleshall - Staffordshire

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A fascinating book from 1726, giving glimpses into tactics, battles & formations of the day, nearly 300 years ago.

A few pages are shown by way of illustration. As a former printer, I find the composition of the book interesting. As my project to renovate my old hand printing press reminds me, setting type & printing was a real skill, but hard work!

Incidentally, my old press is now finished, with the appropriate parts sourced, and ready to go to my daughter-in-law for its new life.

Bob Marsh shares with us his very old military tactics book - even older than our “Senior Correspondent”

“Guide Through London from 1808. It is packed full of useful information about where to catch the stage coach for York and elsewhere and a number of guides to conversion of currencies and measures.

Sadly the map of London is missing, as it was from copy in the British Museum when I visited on a school trip 60 years ago.

Fascinating read into yesteryear.”


Bob has  sent us the details of this book which is an historic guide to London

An object that may be of interest. I picked this up in the 60’s from Monotype, whilst working in the print.

Monotype made machines operated by a keyboard that set lines of matrices for type. Hot metal (lead, tin and antimony) was then injected to make individual items of type, ready set in a line.

This demonstration piece has the entire Lord’s Prayer on a 12 point quad. A point is one seventy-second of an inch, so the whole thing is 1/12” square.

The skill in engraving the matrix was fantastic then and casting a legible piece of type from it - well, a great demonstration of their product.



Bob is going to bring the block down to me and then I will try to get a close-up image of the block using the new macro lens for my camera. Once I have it I will publish it here.

Click here to see the machine which may have engraved the Lord’s Prayer onto the type block.

Bob’s tiny object!

We hope to get a clearer image later!

UPDATE Bob has brought the little object down to me and I have photographed it with my new Macro lens.

The photo on the left shows the little printing block on a pound coin to give you some idea of it’s size. The block is a square column and on one end you can just make out a sort of matt finish,

I fixed up the camera with the macro lens and put it on the tripod. Zooming in, I arranged it so that the end of the block just fitted the screen. The words were not all in focus so I took three shots from the same position but with slightly different parts of the block in focus. I then used software which “stacked” the three photos collecting the “in focus” parts from each and making a new photo.

The final photo shows part of the block at full magnification.

It is amazing to think how they would have engraved the original from which these little blocks were made. Each letter is .0065” high and the whole of the view below is only one thirty-sixth of a square inch.

The machine used to cut the original is shown on the right.  The third picture in the lower photograph of the leaflet which came with the block, sent by Bob above, shows a female worker sitting at the machine.

It is basically a pantograph. The operator moves the needle part of the long arm through a wax mould. You can see the “W”  mould in the photo on the right.  Then this movement is scaled right down by the levers and linkages of the pantograph arms and finally a rotating milling bit cuts a minute version of the original into soft steel

Eccleshall contains some rock from Mars!

NASA's Perseverance Rover

In July 2020 three  spacecraft set off on a 7 months voyage to Mars.

The first, launched from Japan, was the UAE's "Hope" Mars orbiter designed to observe the weather.

Next, China's more ambitious Tianwen-1 probe blasted off and will arrive at Mars in February 2021.It comprises an orbiter, lander and roll-off rover using radar to map down to a depth of 100m.

Finally, the most versatile mission so far - NASA's plutonium-powered 1 tonne Perseverance Rover will head for the 50km Jezero crater, close to an ancient river delta, to seek signs of life in the Martian rock record.

Perseverance is bristling with cameras - the most sensitive of which, "Sherloc", will detect organic compounds and will be calibrated using onboard references such as the Martian basalt meteorite SAU 008 and Stromatolites - fossilised remnants of microbial communities.

Perseverance is the first planned step in returning Mars soil and rock samples to planet Earth for study.


Tony’s sample of the SAU 008 (Oman) Mars Meteorite. A bit of Mars in Sheriff’s Way. The Rover will be carrying a similar piece to compare with rocks it finds on Mars.


Stromatolites - fossilised remnants of microbial communities.

The Rover will be searching for these on Mars.

The polish/don’t polish conflict between  falerists (Phalerists) continues.

As many of you know I collect military medals (Army) as well as other militaria, especially cap badges.  I fall into the “non-polish” group which think that the medals in collections should not be polished (unlike the medals worn by servicemen which must be polished!) The reason I don’t polish is that each time you do so a little of the metal will be removed and over time this will spoil the medal. The medal we are looking at today is one from the Crimea War of 1854. When I bought this medal back in 2006 it had been protected from tarnishing by a coat of shellac or something similar. It had not been well applied and there was a blob of it on Victoria's cheek (see photo)

I decided to clean this blemish off. So I sent off to good old Amazon for some Acetone and next day the delivery man dropped it off. Into the shed with it and the medal and a “stolen” cotton bud from Mrs S.  It only took a couple of minutes and the blemish disappeared.

The medal was awarded to Private George Roberts of the 71st Regiment of Foot. His Service Number was 2524. The medal has Queen Victoria’s diademed head and the date 1854 on the obverse and the standing figure of a roman warrior with shield and short sword being crowned with laurel by the winged figure of Victory on the reverse. The word CRIMEA is vertically positioned at 9 o'clock. There is a swivel mount and a bar with Sebastopol  above it. The ribbon is light blue with yellow borders.

The 71st were at the Siege of Sevastopol (Called Sebastopol by the British at the time)

To the left is a photograph of some of the 71st officers. This was one of the first wars in which there were official photographers.

Lower left we have a drawing of some officers and other ranks. Note their smart tartan “trews”

Above is the medal now minus it’s “blotch”.

To the left is the reverse of the medal


To Clean or Not to Clean

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