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Peterborough

The cathedral city of Peterborough is situated on the River Nene in the heart of Cambridgeshire, 80 miles north of London. Whilst it is self-governing, it forms part of the county of Cambridgeshire for ceremonial purposes. The area is flat and low lying, with the Fens...

Following in his father’s footsteps

On my dad’s side of the family there were definitely four generations of boot and shoemakers, and one of my great grandfather’s grandchildren knew the boot and shoemaking trade, although he didn’t take it on as a career, as he was a leather merchant until the...

Australian pioneer

My mum was born a Haylock and there were family tales that some of the Haylock family went to Australia during the gold rush of the mid 1850s. A while after I started my dad’s side of my family tree I hit a brick wall and moved onto my mum’s side. Whilst...

My Diamond Ring

From an early age I can remember my mother’s engagement ring. It wasn’t a big stone or really flashy, but different. It was always clean and polished and sparkling. The ring is gold and has a single diamond in the middle. It is tear drop shaped with a small heart cut...

Family reunited

After my dad died in 2006, my sister and I had to sort out his bungalow. While doing this we found an assortment of old photographs from the 1940s and 1950s, some of which had names and dates on the back. I knew from what my dad had said that some of the family were...