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Gateway to the North

Newark on Trent – Historic Market Town’, lies on the banks of the River Trent, and with the A1 and A46 running through it, is also know as ‘The Gateway to The North’. The A46 lies along the route of what was the Roman road from Lincoln to Exeter, the...

It looks like me

One Saturday, in late May 2002, Leonard paid an unexpected visit to his youngest daughter Vicky. As they sat on the sofa chatting and drinking tea, Vicky could sense that her dad had something on his mind, as he was toying with a brown envelope on his lap. She...

Not transported

One set of my mum’s great grandparents, William Liddiard and Ellen Cleeter, were both born illegitimate and have the unique distinction, in my experience, of each having their mother’s names listed in the father’s column on their marriage certificate. They were...

The truth is out there

Sometimes we look at information on official documents, the censuses for instance, trust it to be true and it turns out not to be so. At other times the information gives us only half the story but we feel instinctively that it is correct. In my quest for the whole...

Beerhouse Keepers

Frederick William Cox became the owner of the ‘Blue Man Inn’ in Newark in about August 1873, as recorded in the Register of Licenses (Pursuant to The Licensing Act 1872) at the Nottingham Archives. Although not the owner, Frederick was already the licensee...