Plymouth in 1914 – April

Welcome to Plymouth in 1914 and the monthly page for April from Doidges.

I scanned a page about the chemists and druggists available for you to visit at the time.

The photo is of an area just next to Plymouth Pier. Enjoy!






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A contract between the Conservative Party and dave garland

Bit of a different political blog rather than the usual !

For some reason David Cameron sent me an email, just before the last election. In it he made various promises about the things that he would, and would not do if he were elected. He invited me and all the other recipients to use it to hold him to account.

Here’s the text, the images that were with the email cannot be found any more, they just produce 404 not found errors when they are clicked…..

Just how many of these promises have been kept and how many have been broken ?

Dear dave,

At the start of this election campaign I invited you to join the government of Britain. My message was that we’re all in this together, and we’ve got to stop pretending that government is the answer to every problem.

So during this campaign I’ve been talking about the new, active part I hope people will play in making the country better and building the Big Society.

Now, as we get into the final week of the campaign, I want to set out our side of the bargain in a contract with you. This contract – as you can see below – is a no-frills, no-nonsense commitment to do some very specific things if you vote for us.

With trust in politics at an all time low and people tired of politicians breaking their promises, this contract couldn’t be clearer. If we don’t do the things it sets out, if we don’t deliver our side of the bargain: vote us out in five years time.


P.S. This is a contract between the Conservative Party and every person in the country – please do make sure your family and friends see it by sharing this email with them.




A contract between the Conservative Party
and dave garland

We go into the general election on 6 May with trust in politics and politicians at an all-time low. And I can understand why: the years of broken promises, the expenses scandal, the feeling that politicians have become too remote from the people – they’ve all taken their toll. That’s why I’m making this contract with you.

For too long, you’ve been lied to by politicians saying they can sort out all your problems. But it doesn’t work like that. Real change is not just about what the government does. Real change only comes when we understand that we are all in this together; that we all have a responsibility to help make our country better.

This contract sets out my side of the bargain: the things I want to do to change Britain. But it also makes clear that I cannot do it on my own. We will only get our economy moving, mend our broken society and reform our rotten political system if we all get involved, take responsibility, and work together.

So this is our contract with you. I want you to read it and – if we win the election – use it to hold us to account. If we don’t deliver our side of the bargain, vote us out in five years’ time.

We will change politics

Our political system needs to change. Politicians must be made more accountable, and we must take power away from Westminster and put it in the hands of people – individuals, families and neighbourhoods.

If you elect a Conservative government on 6 May, we will:

1. Give you the right to sack your MP, so you don’t have to wait for an election to get rid of politicians who are guilty of misconduct.

2. Cut the number of MPs by ten per cent, and cut the subsidies and perks for politicians.

3. Cut ministers’ pay by five per cent and freeze it for five years.

4. Give local communities the power to take charge of the local planning system and vote on excessive council tax rises.

5. Make government transparent, publishing every item of government spending over £25,000, all government contracts, and all local council spending over £500.

We will change the economy

Gordon Brown’s economic incompetence has doubled the national debt, given us record youth unemployment, and widened the gap between rich and poor. Unemployment is still rising, and this year we will spend more on debt interest than on schools. We need to get our economy moving.

If you elect a Conservative government on 6 May, we will:

1. Cut wasteful government spending so we can stop Labour’s jobs tax, which would kill the recovery.

2. Act now on the national debt, so we can keep mortgage rates lower for longer.

3. Reduce emissions and build a greener economy, with thousands of new jobs in green industries and advanced manufacturing.

4. Get Britain working by giving unemployed people support to get work, creating 400,000 new apprenticeships and training places over two years, and cutting benefits for those who refuse work.

5. Control immigration, reducing it to the levels of the 1990s – meaning tens of thousands a year, instead of the hundreds of thousands a year under Labour.

We will change society

We face big social problems in this country: family breakdown, educational failure, crime and deep poverty. Labour’s big government has failed; we will help build a Big Society where everyone plays their part in mending our broken society.

If you elect a Conservative government on 6 May, we will:

1. Increase spending on health every year, while cutting waste in the NHS, so that more goes to nurses and doctors on the frontline, and make sure you get access to the cancer drugs you need.

2. Support families, by giving married couples and civil partners a tax break, giving more people the right to request flexible working and helping young families with extra Sure Start health visitors.

3. Raise standards in schools, by giving teachers the power to restore discipline and by giving parents, charities and voluntary groups the power to start new smaller schools.

4. Increase the basic state pension, by relinking it to earnings, and protect the winter fuel allowance, free TV licences, free bus travel and other key benefits for older people.

5. Fight back against crime, cut paperwork to get police officers on the street, and make sure criminals serve the sentence given to them in court.

6. Create National Citizen Service for every 16 year old, to help bring the country together.

Some of these issues are devolved matters. For more information see the Conservative Party websites for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.




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Plymouth in 1914 – March

Welcome to Plymouth in 1914 and the monthly page for March from Doidges.

Some handy information about motor vehicle registrations and a picture of the new Tinside bathing houses too!




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Plymouth in 1914 – Steamships !

Steamships sailing from Plymouth and other ports, together with a picture of the Citadel Pool.





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Plymouth in 1914 – February

Welcome to Plymouth in 1914 and the monthly page for February from Doidges.

Information about postage and the Royal family this time too !



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Plymouth in 1914 – Places of worship in the three towns

This post from Doidge’s annual 1914 is of all of the places of public worship in Plymouth , Devonport and Stonehouse in 1914 together with the names of the various officiating clergy. The usual advertisements face each page and I have included a picture of an engraving of the Freemasons Hall in a very different looking Cornwall Street !





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Plymouth in 1914 – Registrars, Courts and Mount Wise pool opening!

A mixed bag from the 1914 Doidge’s annual: Information about Births, marriages and deaths – a schedule of the county courts and a photograph of the opening of what is referred to as Devonport Baths although I think it must be what we now call Mount Wise pool ! An interesting advertisement  for Walter Parson funeral services which said company is still in business today I believe! Image









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