June 3, 2019

It is simply amazing how many non-alcoholic cocktail recipes are floating around on the interweb; one look at pinterest and my jaw slacked.

Strategically placed lemon slices, picture upon picture garnished with mint and blessed with abundant sunshine...

...And no idea wh...

May 21, 2019

Here are a couple of miscellaneous temperance fun facts for history buffs, ranging from the views of Thomas Cook to the origins of Vimto. 

Thomas Cook

The founder of the well known British holiday company was a committed abstainer.

On 5 July 1841, Cook arranged a rai...

May 17, 2019

From Halls to Hospitals, the Temperance movement prompted the construction of a variety of buildings, a lot of which stand today. Besides the infamous Alliance House, there are a number of notable buildings the movement is responsible for! Read more and click through i...

November 12, 2018

On this day in 1837 - Thomas Burt, acknowledged to be the first working class MP in Britain, was born in the North East of England.

He began his working life as a boy of ten years old – at a colliery -  his working day involved a four hour walk to and from work each day...

August 23, 2018

On this day, 186 years ago John King was passing Joseph Livesesy's shop in Church Street, Preston - Joseph Livesey invited him in and after a discussion  about the subject of moderation vs total absention from alcohol,  Livesey asked King if he would sign a pledge of t...

June 16, 2018

The 25th May 2018 marked the 80th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of Alliance House.  The building in Caxton Street, Westminster,  a new home for the Temperance Movement was financed by subscription and was the brain child of the inspirational Robert...

February 11, 2018

Peter Turner Winskill (1834-1912)

In any history of the Temperance Movement, Peter Turner Winskill stands proud as a historian, advocate, poet and songwriter.  It is through his historical writings that we have a cannon of Temperance biography. His work assists to illus...

July 1, 2017

The story of the 1851 Great Exhibition and its iconic venue, Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace, is well known. What is perhaps not so well known is the influence Temperance had on the ‘Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations’.

The idea of an international...

February 27, 2017

2017 marks the 185th anniversary of  the birth of the Total Abstinence movement or what in time came to be known as Teetotalism.

In the early years of the 19th Century a rising tide of concern about the levels of alcohol consumption and associated problems led to the fo...

December 12, 2016


2016 marks the 175th anniversary of, what is acknowledged to be, the first ever pleasure "excursion", organised by staunch Temperance supporter Thomas Cook.

On the 5th July 1841, Thomas Cook organised, with the Midland Railway, to convey over 500 Temperance supporters...

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