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The Travel Industry

Summer 2009The Travel Industry Beside the Seaside Seaside Holiday ~ 1880s Seaside Holidays ~ 1930s Barry Island Childhood Holidays Happy Seaside Memories Memorable Summers My Seaside Connections Family Treasure: Ice Cream Wafer Maker Death and the Victorians Poems of...

Church related professions

Most of us when we imagine our 18th and 19th century ancestors see them as God-fearing, law abiding, peaceful people, living in a golden age when life was simpler and easier. Access to newspaper reports, transportation records and census returns with the local prison...

Butcher, Baker and Milliner

Our traditional image of a pretty village centre, inhabited by the butcher, baker, candlestick maker and perhaps a milliner for a Jane Austen character to buy a new bonnet from, evolved slowly from the middle ages and only really came into being in the 19th century....

Occupation: Domestic Servants

When we think of servants and the places they might have worked, we tend to imagine large households employing many servants as seen in popular television serials, such as “Upstairs Downstairs” or in films such as “Gosford Park”. In reality it was only a small...

The Metropolitan Police

A brief history from 1829-1900 The Metropolitan Police force was created in 1829 by Sir Robert Peel (from which the old nickname “Peelers” originated) to address the high levels of crime and disorder in London. The establishment had been worried about the Mob since...