The 3rd August 2020 – 3rd August 2021 was Stephen and Yhana‘s first year on YouTube – To celebrate they are sharing one video a day across all of their favourite social media platforms – Facebook Page, Twitter and Website, as well as a daily shout out on their youtube community page. – So please check often incase you missed any of their videos during that first year.
They have also published their very first youtube almanac – Which was released 3rd august 2021.
The book will be available to buy via Amazon shortly – Although you can get a free signed copy by signing up and supporting their journey on Patreon
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Bone | An 18th Century True Murder Story From Fleet Street, London
Bone | 13 Terrifying True Stories For Halloween | Story Eleven
A True Story from 18th Century England / Murder on Fleet Street
1st April 1754, The inn known locally as the sign of the coach and horses was dimly lit. There was noise and chatter amongst the patrons that feasted and drank there. Lots of characters, some I wouldn’t want to meet down a dark alley, least not during the 18th century and so close to the notorious fleet street of London.
Elizabeth Solomon was not sitting alone, but tucked away in the corner with Hanah Brockhouse chatting and eating a meal that consisted of Beef. They both downed a pot of beer and spoke about the days events. The execution of highwayman Samuel Dean at Tyburn. This was not any execution either, Sam Dean was a close companion of Elizabeth’s husband Daniel Solomon, and her husband was distraught over the death of his friend.
Dean met his end just before 9am that morning, it was a Monday and two carts of condemned men made there way from Newgate Prison to Tyburn, Sam was in the second cart with a William Wilson and John Arnold. In total six men met their end. They prayed fervently and behaved well but unhappy and melancholy. They were off cause about to meet their maker.
Sam was indicted of highway robbery, against Richard Parham, of which he assaulted and stole one silver pocket watch.
That morning Elizabeth and her husband Daniel watched as he hanged.
But the night was not over, as the evening grew late, and the sun had set, just as the night did, the story grew darker.
Welcome to the 11th of our 13 terrifying stories for Halloween, today we are going to take a deep dive into the final days of Elizabeth Solomon (Nee: Bone), . This is a true story, and makes up just one of the dark and twisted tales that exist in my family history.
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Elizabeth Bone was baptised on the 23rd August 1711, in Holborn, London the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Bone.
The family was comfortable in means, but may have earnt a living in unscrupulous ways and had connections with many of the darkest characters in London at the time.
She married one such character on the 15th November 1733 in Shoreditch, A Daniel Solomon who had very dark beginnings. He was the grandson of John Bennett of Bagshot and great-grandson of the notorious William Davis, the Golden Farmer. It is believed that John Bennett was black, which would certainly account for the North African DNA that flows through my veins.
After finishing their meal in the inn, Hannah Brochouse accompanied her companion Elizabeth to her apartment in the Coach and horses Yard.
Whilst they awaited Daniel to arrive home, Elizabeth continued to drink.
She was often drunk, and her husband often said “she had knocked out her link”, it was one of his favourite terms for drunkedness.
An hour had passed and Daniel entered the apartment, he was still wrought with anger over the passing of his friend.
Hannah informed him she was probably lying down and bid him to not go and play the devil.
He was often regarded this way, he struck her on many occasions, and Hannah was afraid he would do the same tonight.
Daniel pushed her to the side and ascended the stairs.
He was not prepared for his wife’s drunkedness.
A brawl followed within minutes of him entering her apartment.
15 minutes later he returned.
“I should be hanged like Dean was today, go to my wife Hannah and see to her” he grunted “or she will bleed to death”
Daniel left and headed towards the public house, which sat on the bottom floor.
Hannah did as she was asked and entered Elizabeth’s room to see to her.
Elizabeth had been beaten badly with a broom and pushed hard to the ground. The fall had caused her to hit her head against a metal cullender. She hit the object so hard it had cracked her skull and caused a huge gash that would not stop bleeding.
As best as Hannah could, she tried to stop the bleeding, she used gin to clean the wound and loaf-soap to stop the blood. But neither worked.
Hannah braved Daniel once more, and asked him to fetch a surgeon. But he refused and said he had no money.
Eventually he borrowed a shilling for coach travel and took Elizabeth to the charity ward at Bethlehem Hospital where he left her.
Elizabeth grew frail and vomited on many occasions, the wound to her head swelled drastically and within a fortnight 3 hours & a half she had died. It was the 16th: of april 1754
Daniel Solomon was tried for her death and received the lesser penalty of manslaughter
His punishment was branding and this ordeal happened at the end of his session. An iron rod with the letter M was heated until it was burning red, his hand was placed down and open and he the letter scolded onto his thumb. So no room was left for another conviction.
If convicted again, The Tyburn tree would await him and he would meet his fate by the same means as Samuel Dean had done. Hung until dead.
- Published: 29 October 2020
- Location: Fleet Street, London
- Duration: 8:59
- Photography – Stephen Robert Kuta / Yhana Kuta
- Written by – Stephen Robert Kuta
Bad Dreams by Mary Riddle
Stephen and Yhana – History and Adventure Hunters Almanac
On the 30th of January, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In the following weeks, the virus quickly spread worldwide, forcing the governments of affected countries to implement lockdown measures to decrease transmission rates and prevent the overload of hospital emergency rooms.
The United Kingdom implemented lockdown on the 16th of March, 2020 and from this date and up until the 3rd August, 2021 the UK had suffered three national lockdowns which all included Restrictive measures on border controls, closing of schools, markets, restaurants, nonessential shops, bars, entertainment and leisure facilities, as well as a ban on all public and private events and gatherings. In between these lockdowns we saw tier systems and heavy restrictions on how we all lived our lives.
We all decided on different approaches on how we spent that free time as many people were on Furlough as their businesses were shut, only key-workers carried out their working duties. Although I continued working as a key-worker, I still had a lot more free time as Yhana was not at school.
Both Yhana and I spent those first few months experimenting with tiktok and photography, we explored our home village of Great Leighs and took some incredible photographs as spring and eventually summer took hold.
Tiktok was a short-lived adventure for us, although we enjoyed it all the same — tiktok like so many Social Media platforms had exploded during the pandemic but none more so then YouTube.
In 2020 alone YouTube had more than 9 billion views globally
66% of people used YouTube to develop a new hobby in 2020, and a whopping 94% of people in India used YouTube to learn to do things themselves, Whilst Globally, 82% used YouTube to the same. What were they learning to do, exactly?
• Views of beauty tutorials increased nearly 50% in 2020.
• There was a 90% increase in bike maintenance and repair videos.
• Daily views of videos with “raising chickens” in the title increased 160%.
• Videos related to learning guitar saw 160 million views from mid-March to mid-April.
• Videos about container gardening saw 6 million views in the same period.
• There was a 215% increase in daily uploads of videos related to self-care.
• There was a 458% increase in daily views of videos about making sourdough bread and a 200% increase in daily views of recipe videos for bubble tea.
• Videos of how-to videos for home haircuts also spiked in April.
Even though these giant increases in YouTube views began as early as March 2020, it took Yhana and I up until August of that year to begin our own channel, and Yhana’s encouragement certainly helped on that matter.
So it began, 3 August 2020 – We went out and filmed our very first video. To be honest I wasn’t sure what our plan would be for our channel, I had a rough idea of what kind of content I would like Yhana and I to make and as a historian I looked at the channel as a way to record at least one year of our life, not just any year either, but our life during the Covid-19 Pandemic. So for me, it was a great way to record a piece of social history.
This book in front of you developed from that period of our lives also, and is a showcase / diary / almanac of all the videos we created, many of the photographs we took, the treasure hunts we went on and some of the incredible finds we discovered just a short walk from where we lived. In truth, those finds would never have been discovered if it wasn’t for lockdown.
So for prosperity, social history, a window into our lives during the Covid-19 pandemic and a transparent visual look at what its like to create a YouTube channel in that first year including channelytics, descriptions of videos, thumbnail artwork, viewer comments and more.
We have written this full guide, our first joint book –
Stephen and Yhana – History and Adventure Hunters Almanac.
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