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The Day before Old Cuddy’s Birthday… 25 September, 2010

Posted by Molly Joyful in Cuthbert Collingwood, Events, Online articles, Royal Navy, things you don't need but probably want.
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… seems to be the perfect day to catch up with the long list of news items which haven’t posted during the last weeks. But first things first:


I hope they’ll throw a big birthday party there tomorrow, but for now, let’s have a look at the


Please always check out the diary at the Official  Collingwood 2010 Festival Website first; they have the latest news when it comes to events.

2nd October, 2010, 2.15pm, West Park United Reformed Church, Stockton Park, Sunderland


Friends of Sunderland Old Parish Church, The Rector Gray Society present Cuthbert Collingwood.  The North East’s Heart of Oak. A concert of Patriotic and North Country music to mark the Bi-Centenary of the death of Admiral Collingwood (Nelson’s second in command at Trafalger).

9th October, 2010, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, in association with the Collingwood 2010 Festival


The New Scorpion Band present songs, poetry, prose and music written to commemorate the great historical events in the time of Collingwood and Nelson and marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Collingwood.

There will be various events and activities for Trafalgar Day, but that will be covered in a separate entry.



We all know of Collingwood’s habit of planting acorns; this is an article about him and the “Trafalgar woods” planted in College Valley to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar (please scroll down the page).


have planted an oak in honour of Old Cuddy. They’ve already named their bar after Collingwood some months ago (see top of this page). This leaves us with one question: what about that Bounce Castle for the kids…?

Talking about hotels: there’s also beautiful Grade II Listed, Georgian


in Cornhill-On-Tweed, Northumberland. And yes, there’s a Collingwood-connection! I really think I’ll have to stay at the “HMS Sovereign” room one day. And oh, they welcome post horses!


(better known as Ted Tinling) wasn’t a relative of Admiral Collingwood and had no connection with him, but I thought this blog could do with a bit of fashion. Thanks so much for your designs, Ted; the tennis world owes you a lot.


The obvious link to the poet aside, it also has a distant connection with our dear admiral:

Reginald was succeeded by his son, also named Reginald, whose daughter married Cuthbert Collingwood, and their son was the famous Admiral Collingwood. Mrs. Collingwood sold the property to Richard Wordsworth, Attorney at Law, Clerk of the Peace for Westmorland and Steward at Lowther from 1723 to 1738.

So if you should have a spare £785,00 stored under your mattress: click the link above for further information.

That’s it for today, read you tomorrow!



1. Sue - 12 October, 2010

did anybody catch the New Scorpion Band show?

2. Jen - 13 October, 2010

I did. It was a good night, although they couldn’t keep from making a big fuss over Nelson and his dramatic death ;)

Granville was there too, but if anyone else was there who reads this, I don’t know them :)

3. ShipRat - 14 October, 2010

“We greatly lament that ill-judged, and over-weening popularity, which tends to make another Demi-god of Lord Nelson, at the expense of all other Officers in the Service, many of whom possess equal merit, and equal abilities, and equal gallantry with the Noble Admiral.”

– Naval Chronicle, AUGUST 1805

(all right, maybe they were going a bit far with “_many_ of whom possess equal abilities”)

I read somewhere that Roy (& Lesley) Adkins aimed to take the emphasis off Nelson in their excellent book, “Trafalgar: Biography of a Battle”. But wouldn’t you know it, the U.S. edition was entitled “Nelson’s Trafalgar”!

Wish I could have attended “That Noble Fellow” – traditional music is right up my alley.

Granville T., are you out there? What did you think of the show?

Jen - 14 October, 2010

Yes, exactly – although I probably tend to care too little for Nelson, since I never found obvious answers very interesting :)

Just in case there was someone else’s Trafalgar as well?
I didn’t know they’d written about Trafalgar – I loved The Keys of Egypt, and the one abour cuneiform whose name I’ve forgotten.

I never get to hear much English music, so it was good from that point of view – although it seemed like everyone except me knew all the songs.

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