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Poor Law Records make sad reading

My paternal grandfather and six of his brothers all migrated from their small Wiltshire village to London, probably to find work, during the second half of the 19th century. I was going through the Westminster Poor Law records to see if I could discover the fates of...

Almshouses

July 2009Housing the Nation The Manorial Holdens My Childhood Home Grandad Built Our House The Poor and Indigent Poor Law Records make sad reading Almshouses Beerhouse Keepers The Family Craft A Very Special Cabinet The County Town of Lewes Almshouses are European...

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...

The Family Craft

When I was younger my dad often mentioned how carpentry ran in his family. You’d never have guessed it from his efforts at assembling flat pack furniture, although I was told that two of the bookcases, as well as the cutlery box and a storage chest had been his...

A Very Special Cabinet

One of my mother’s most treasured possessions was a small wooden wall cabinet which her father, John, had made for her mother, Mary Ann. My grandmother was extremely proud of it and used it for storing her little private oddments. In her turn, my mother kept her own...

The County Town of Lewes

Lewes is situated on the South Downs in the gap where the River Ouse flows southwards. It rewards exploration (provided you are good at climbing hills), and, even having known the town for 30 years, I discover something new every time I visit. The huge hump of Caburn...