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Bankfield Museum

Bankfield Museum is a grade II listed historic house museum, incorporating a regimental museum and textiles gallery in Boothtown, England. It is notable for its past ownership and development by Colonel Edward Akroyd, MP, its grand interior; when Edward Akroyd bought this building in 1838, on his engagement to Elizabeth Fearby of York, it was a much smaller eight-roomed house, built ca 1800. He and his brother Henry were working for their father Jonathan Akroyd, a rich worsted mill owner, living at Woodside Mansion in Boothtown. Jonathan died in 1848, it was Edward's inheritance which paid for the development of Bankfield which began around this time. Edward encased the 18th century building in fairfaced stone and added two loggias, a dining room, Anglican chapel and kitchens. By 1867 Akroyd was obliged to entertain on a grand scale; when the future Edward VII visited Halifax to open the town hall in 1863, the royal party ate lunch and dinner with the mayor who had more space at Manor Heath, although the prince did visit the Akroyd family business at Haley Hill Mills.

For this reason, the 1867 wing, designed by John Bownas Atkinson of York at a cost of £20,000, was spacious and decorated to impress. It had a porte-cochere, drawing rooms and billiard room. At its busiest, the mansion had 25 servants. Akroyd extended his influence beyond Haley Mills and Bankfield by building Akroydon close by: a model village of gothic terraced houses, park, cooperative and All Souls Church, all designed by George Gilbert Scott. By 1887 the business was in decline and Akroyd was dying, he sold the building to Halifax Corporation for £6,000 and retired to St Leonards-on-Sea where he died. The house was turned into a museum and branch library, but over time the original features were neglected, some elements were lost; the building has now been restored as far as possible. Calderdale Council has done this because "Together Akroydon and Bankfield symbolise the importance of the textile industry to Victorian Britain and the central role that Halifax played in this story." Meanwhile 25,000 natural history specimens were transferred to Leeds City Museums in 1990 and the archaeology collections loaned to Kirklees Museums in 1979.

A number of collections, in particular a large textile collection, were listed in 1999. The museum was closed for phase one of a refurbishment in 2005, was reopened on 22 October 2005 by Lady Jane Wellesley the daughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington, it was again closed to complete phase two in 2008 and reopened on 11 November 2008, after receiving further Heritage Lottery Fund grants. The museum shows the history of the regiment from its beginnings in 1702 as the Earl of Huntingdon's Regiment of Foot to its demise, when it was amalgamated with the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire and The Green Howards to form the Yorkshire Regiment on 6 June 2009, using accounts from serving soldiers and interactive displays; the regiment comprised the combined 33rd and 76th foot Regiments, which were linked in 1881, as the 1st and 2nd battalions and based at Wellesley Barracks. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington was colonel of the 33rd, named after him; the 76th served in India and carried two stands of Queens and Regimental colours, one, an honorary stand awarded by the East India Company, so the combined regiment carried four colours on parade.

The regiment's headquarters and archives are at Wellesley Park in Halifax. In 1860 Edward Akroyd paid for and recruited the 4th Yorkshire West Riding Rifle Volunteers, absorbing the 7th battalion formed in 1959. In 1883 the title of the regiment changed to the First Volunteer Battalion West Riding Regiment. A further change took place in 1908. In 1938 it changed role once more to the 58th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery. Following several more mergers of battalions in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment it became part of the 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers. In 2006 they became part of 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment; as MP he supported the establishment of the Regimental Depot in Halifax. The Bankfield Museum assists with research and educational activities in connection with this department. "The Regiments’ Battle Honours range from the Battle of Dettingen to the Battle of the Hook, Korea and to a Theatre Honour in the Iraq War, together with many other unrecognised actions. Twenty one Battalions served during the First World War and during the Second World War men from twelve Battalions served as tank crews, artillery men and engineers in addition to their traditional role as infantryman.

Since 1945, the Dukes have served with United Nations Forces in several operations, in addition to their tours of duty in Northern Ireland." The wide eaves and fairfaced stone give the building an Italianate appearance. The pillared and enclosed entrance lobby was an open porte-cochere, or covered entrance-way for carriages, which would drive under the stone canopy for the passengers to disembark; the forecourt has a bowed screen wall. The stone mansion has an irregular shape due to various extensions, it consists of two arcaded storeys above a basement in the 1867 wing. There are great eaves below a hipped and slated roof, it is designed in the style of 14th to 15th century Italy; the basement is rusticated. From the back the low belvedere tower which lights the back staircase is visible; the arcaded loggias open to the air, are now enclosed and

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is the only road across the Santa Lucia Range in the Central Coast of California, connecting California State Route 1 and the Big Sur coast to U. S. Route 101 and the Salinas Valley; the road is well-paved and maintained over its length, but has precipitous drops. It is regarded as one of the best motorcycling roads in central California due to its ocean views and forest setting. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road connects California State Route 1 at the south end of the Kirk Creek Bridge with Jolon 24.5 miles to the east. It is the only route across the Santa Lucia Mountains between San Luis Obispo; the western terminus is located 35 miles north of Hearst Castle. Climbing up the steep flanks of the mountains, the western part of the road near the coast has more than 100 turns before it reaches the summit 7 miles from the coast at an altitude of 2,780 feet, where it crosses the unpaved Old Coast Road. From the summit, the road descends through hillside chaparral and dense oak groves on the eastern side of the ridge, which offer few views, passes through the U.

S. Army's Fort Hunter Liggett; because the road passes through sections of Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base, you may need to show valid car registration and proof of insurance. The road is steep, sometimes only wide enough for one vehicle, has precipitous drops at every turn unprotected by guard rails. At the eastern end, drivers can access the road via either from the north on Jolon Road on U. S. Route 101 near King City, or from the south on Jolon Road at U. S. Route 101 near Bradley; the road may be closed during tank and other firing exercises on the surrounding Fort Hunter Liggett. Two campgrounds along the road, Nacimiento Campground and Ponderosa Campground, are situated on the eastern slope of the Santa Lucia range within Los Padres National Forest; the Nacimiento Campground, nestled beneath Douglas fir trees alongside the Nacimiento River, is adjacent to Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and provides less privacy. Ponderosa Campground, known on some maps as "Camp Nacimiento", provides a private setting within a valley off the main road along the Negro Fork of the Nacimiento River.

Due to the history of wildfires in the area, campfires are only permitted in established campgrounds. It is illegal to camp such as road side pullouts. Illegal camping or campfires can result in a $5,000 fine. Mano Seca Bench on Nacimiento-Ferguson Road

Richard William Howard Gorges

Richard William Howard Gorges came from an Irish family of Norman descent. He served in the Boer War and was implicated in the theft of the Irish Crown Jewels, he was never prosecuted for this offence, but was found guilty of shooting a policeman and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Richard William Howard Gorges was from the Irish branch of the Gorges family that had settled in England from Normandy in the 12th century, his great-great-grandfather was Gorges Edmond Howard, his great-grandfather was Captain Hamilton Gorges of Kilbrew and Ballygowley M. P. and his father was Major John Arthur Howard Gorges. His mother, Mary Kelly, was a published author and poet, descended from Arthur French of French Park, County Roscommon. Gorges was born in Boyle, County Roscommon in 1876 and in about 1888 moved to South Africa, where he had family connections, he fought in the Second Matabele War and joined the Cape police force in 1897. He next fought in the Boer War, first as a trooper with Thorneycroft’s Mounted Infantry from November 1899, but was dishonourably discharged in March 1900 for alleged sodomy.

He became an orderly with the Imperial Hospital Corps from May to September 1900 joining Scott’s Railway Guards as a lieutenant in April 1901, leaving in September 1901. His final posting in South Africa was as a lieutenant in the Border Scouts from November 1901 to May 1902. In November 1902 he was back in Britain, where he joined the 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, as an instructor in musketry with the rank of captain; the “Irish Crown Jewels” were a set of insignia comprising the jewelled Order of St Patrick and a diamond encrusted badge with chain. The precious stones that made up the pieces came from jewellery owned by Queen Charlotte and King George III; these items had ceremonial significance and were held in Dublin castle under the charge of Sir Arthur Vicars, the Ulster King of Arms. The jewels, kept in a safe in Sir Arthur’s office, were found to be missing on 6 July 1907, the circumstance led the police to believe that the robbery was an "inside job". Many theories were put forward as to, involved with the theft.

He was publicly named by the Irish Member of Parliament Laurence Ginnell in a speech he made in the House of Commons on 20 December 1912, under the protection of Parliamentary Privilege. He said of Gorges that while in South Africa he had been "a reckless bully, a robber, a murderer, a bugger, a sod", he intimated that Gorges was not being prosecuted in order "to conceal crimes much worse than theft". Gorges was never charged, the crime remains unsolved, he resigned his commission on 9 August 1908, leaving the army until the outbreak of World War I, when he joined the 9th Battalion, the Border Regiment, on 5 September 1914. However, he relinquished his commission on 20 January 1915 blaming headaches and a drinking problem. On 14 July 1915, Detective Sergeant Askew and Detective Constable Arthur Young went to serve a warrant on Gorges in his Mount Vernon, flat; the police had visited the flat when Gorges was out, had removed a revolver and 197 rounds of ammunition of two different calibres. They had been told by someone who knew Gorges of his threats to shoot any policeman who attempted to lay a hand on him.

When they confronted Gorges they asked if they could talk to him privately. Askew managed to wrestle Gorges to the floor, with help subdued him. A doctor pronounced Detective Young dead at the scene. At the murder trial, Gorges told of headaches he had been having from the sunstroke he had suffered while fighting in Matabeleland, he said that he had consumed large amounts of alcohol on the day of the shooting, a story confirmed by witnesses. The jury found him guilty of manslaughter, he was sentenced to twelve years’ imprisonment, being released from jail in 1925. In May 1941, Gorges was arrested and sent to jail for obtaining clothes from Simpsons of Piccadilly with a worthless cheque, he told the court at the trial that he was waiting for money from his brother, who had married an American millionairess. Although this seemed improbable, it was not far from the truth. Gorges' brother was Raymond Charles Howard Gorges, she was the widow of Norman White Dodge, who made his wealth from lumber, but was a member of the family that started Phelps, Dodge & Co. one of the largest copper producers in the world.

Her step-son was Marcellus Hartley Dodge Sr. who married Ethel Geraldine Rockefeller, both of them multi-millionaires. Raymond Gorges was a painter and lived with his wife in America, he compiled the history of the Gorges family, published in 1944. Richard William Howard Gorges died under the wheels of a London underground train in January 1944; the coroner recorded an open verdict. Although his brother, appears to have provided financial support during his life, Captain Richard Gorges' name has been removed from the family history and is no longer shown in Burke's Landed Gentry

Cuthbert Snowball Rewcastle

Cuthbert Snowball Rewcastle, was a British judge and Liberal Party politician. He was born the son of Cuthbert Rewcastle JP, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1918 he married Annie Evelyn Goddard who died in 1923. In 1926 he married Dr Attracta Genevieve Candon, who went on to become the first female commissioned officer in the Royal Navy, they had one daughter. In 1951, two months after his wife's death, Rewcastle's son, Sub Lieutenant Anthony Giles Candon Rewcastle was lost with the Submarine HMS Affray, his daughter, Rosalind Maskell, was a prominent microbiologist. In 1952 he was appointed a Judge of County Courts for Wandsworth, he was Liberal candidate for the Hallam division of Sheffield at the 1922 and 1923 General Elections. Hallam was a traditional Unionist seat that nearly went Liberal in 1906, it remained a marginal in both 1910 General Elections before being the vehicle that propelled Liberal H. A. L. Fisher into parliament as a supporter of the Lloyd George coalition.

In 1918 Fisher chose not to defend this seat and a coalition supporting Unionist was returned unopposed. By the 1922 election, the Coalition Government had ended and in Hallam, the party political battle between Unionist and Liberal was resumed after 12 years. However, Rewcastle was only able to capture around 40% of the vote. In 1923 another general election was fought on the issue of free trade v tariffs. Rewcastle might have fancied his prospects of winning, however a Labour Party candidate intervened and split the anti-tariff vote, pushing Rewcastle into third place, he did not contest the 1924 general election. He was Honorary Secretary of the Eighty Club, a Liberal Party gentlemen's club in London, named after the year it was founded, he was Liberal candidate again, but this time for the Kettering division of Northamptonshire at the 1929 General Election. Kettering was a Unionist/Labour marginal seat that the Liberals last contested in 1923 when they came third. In 1929 he again came third, with a lower share.

He did not stand for parliament again. He served as Chairman of the Commission on Silicosis Legislation, Northern Rhodesia in 1949, he served as Chairman of the Commission on Pulmonary Disability in 1954

Andrea Di Luisa

Andrea Di Luisa is an Italian professional boxer who held the European Union super-middleweight title from 2013 to 2015. Di Luisa made his professional debut on 30 October 2008, scoring a fourth-round stoppage over Giuseppe Loffredo, who debuted. All of Di Luisa's next ten fights were won by knockout. On 20 May 2011, he won his first regional championship—the vacant WBC Silver International super-middleweight title—via unanimous decision over Ruben Eduardo Acosta. In his following fight, on 11 November 2011, Di Luisa suffered his first professional loss when he was stopped in the twelfth and final round by Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye; this would be Di Luisa's first of three attempts at winning the European Union super-middleweight title. His next attempt exactly a year on 23 November 2012, was unsuccessful: this time he lost via corner retirement to Christopher Rebrasse. On 20 December 2014, the third attempt would be the charm for Di Luisa, as he stopped Roberto Cocco in eleven rounds to win the vacant European Union super-middleweight title.

This was a rematch from their first bout, which took place on 9 April 2010. Having vacated the title, Di Luisa next fought former super-middleweight world champion Lucian Bute on 15 August 2015, but was stopped in four rounds. On 30 January 2016, Di Luisa was stopped in five rounds by George Groves. Professional boxing record for Andrea Di Luisa from BoxRec

Ryland King

Ryland King is the founder and executive director of Sprout Up, a 501 non-profit organization with the mission to bring supplementary youth-to-youth environmental education programs to the public school system free of charge, building more sustainable communities from the youngest members of society up. King was born in Pacifica and resides in Goleta, home to the Sprout Up headquarters. In the summer of 2009, King worked as a camp director at Surf Camp Pacifica. During the following academic school year, King became involved with an environmental club on campus, he combined his passions for the outdoors with the recognition of a need for progression in environmental sustainability, which fueled the idea behind his non-profit organization. King graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012 with a degree in environmental studies and professional writing. King attributes the beginning of Sprout Up, founded in 2009, to not one, but two big "thank you's." The first came from two parents, who were astonished to see their developmentally disabled son overcome his fear of waves at a summer surf camp because of King.

The second unforgettable "thank you" came from an inspired 2nd grade girl, for whom the highlight of each school week was King's science lesson when she got to "dance" like a bumblebee or nurture her own seed to grow tall and strong. Over the past four years, Sprout Up known as Environmental Education for the Next Generation, has expanded from 25 college students at UCSB in five different classrooms, to five other chapters: San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, New York City, Davis; the curriculum aligns with the California Department of Education’s content standards and uses a system of teaching called "flow learning" which engages the four types of 4MAT system learners. Lessons cover topics like water conservation, seed cultivation, sustainability and soil science, covering a broad range of environmental issues. King received $100,000 in 2011 for his work and was in the running to receive $1,000,000 in December, 2012. Yet, he still prides himself in his favorite activities—surfing and teaching.

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