Sunday 21 January 2018

Sunday Snap – The Police Creator

We were looking at a statue of steam engineer for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked who the famous inventor was and the answer is

James Watt

Powering through with the right answer were Cheryl, Kara, Susan and Soma.

Our statue this week is of a 19th century Prime Minister. Not once but twice did this man run the country. Firstly for only four months between December 1834 and April 1835 before his minority government collapsed. During this time he was also the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He came back into power in 1841 and during his five years as Prime Ministers introduced a raft of notable laws. He reintroduced income tax at a rate of just under 3%. The Mines Act 1842 stopped the employment of children and women underground. The Factory Act 1844 limited the number of hours children and women could work and also introduced health and safety regulations for all factory workers. His final act as Prime Minister was to repeal the Corn Laws which despite the opposition from wealthy landowners and his own party was necessary to help more food get to Ireland where thousands were dying due to the potato famine.

When he was first a member of the cabinet as Home Secretary he was responsible for the creation of the modern police force. Until the Metropolitan Police was set up in London in 1829 crime prevention was dealt with by around 2,000 men employed by different parishes, local divisions or magistrates' courts. If there were any big uprisings or riots the government called in the army to deal with it. However by the turn of the 19th century crime in London had reached an alarmingly high and violent level. Hundreds of soldiers had returned from fighting against France and found themselves both battle scarred mentality and physically and also unemployed. This coupled with high food prices led to large occurrences of civil unrest. The influence that the then Home Secretary had on the creation and methods of the new police force led to the officers being nicknamed 'Bobbies' or 'Peelers' after him. This week's question is

Who was the 19th century politician?

We was joined last week by Lisa and her sporty birthday card creations. Cheryl has been capturing the very early sunset in Norway. For Kara a friendly robin made an appearance and celebrated a swimming gala medal haul. It's been back to work and school for Susan. A holiday for Soma has been a happy one. Finally, in the US Sue has been growing cotton plants.

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  1. I have no idea, but what a great history lesson. The man looks so proud in his statue x

  2. I was struggling to remember his name until you said Bobbies and Peelers :) of course it's Sir Robert Peel. Thanks for hosting x

  3. Sir Robert Peel. Love this idea of a quiz. Gets the brain going on a Sunday morning #SundaySnap

  4. Hazarding a guess - Sir Robert Peel.



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