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Did you know that the world’s first commercially marketed powered lawnmower was built by Ransomes in Ipswich in 1902? A bit of a difference in scale between that and some of their other lines – combine harvesters, traction engines, and ploughs. The 1902 model, powered by a petrol engine, was not their first venture into lawn maintenance – in 1867 they produced a hand-powered mower.

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Cardinal Wolsey
Clara Reeve
Frank Leslie
Mervyn King
Ralph Fiennes
Thomas Cavendish
Trevor Nunn
V S Pritchett

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Now if the harvest is over, And the world cold, Give me the bonus of laughter, As I lose hold - John Betjeman
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Malt Tax Riots Begin - 1725, Battle of Plassey - 1757, First Regatta on the Thames - 1775, Deadly Laki Gas Fog Arrives - 1783, End of coal rationing announced - 1958, Darwin’s Tortoise Dies at 176 - 2006, Britain Votes Leave - 2016
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