What's Happening In September

The Tour of Britain is well under way – at these two riders at the back of the peloton? No carbon frames or derailleurs on Victorian bikes.

The harvest is now being gathered in – see the old-world ritual ‘cutting the neck’ below.

It’s back to school for the children – remember the old dark wood desks carved with initials?

Lunardi made the first balloon attempt across England on 15 September 1784, watched by 150,000 people.

Out in the hop gardens of Kent the pickers were hard at work.

And, sadly, the swallows, now as then, are lining up on telephone wires ready to leave for warmer climes.

Victorian picture showing a man up a ladder picking apples and throwing them into a woman’s apron.

Victorian picture showing a little boy saying goodbye to his mother.

Illustration to download showing a drawing of a swallow and a house martin family and their nest.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of two young men racing on penny-farthing bicycles.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of Vincenzo Lunardi making the first air balloon ascent in England in 1784.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of men, women and children picking hops.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of two men riding bicycles in a country lane.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of an old harvest custom, ‘cutting the neck’, the last patch of wheat.