Who was the elusive Frederick Sydney Eden? At first glance he was just an author/artist specialising in the study of stained glass church windows. In the middle part of the 20th century F.S. Eden was indeed carving a niche for himself as an author and illustrator of books on stained glass. Though he was becoming well known for his many submitted articles to magazines such as The Connoisseur, Apollo, Country Life, and The Burlington Magazine on his specialist subject, anyone who tries to trace Mr Eden before this period finds an intriguing blank in the records. A man who seems to have no past!
From early times, people have travelled to natural springs and temple baths to ‘take the waters’ either by bathing in them or drinking them to find a cure from various ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, bronchitis and asthma. Many ancient towns and cities were built around geothermal springs such as the picturesque town of Buxton, Derbyshire, where Mary Queen of Scots was allowed to take the waters to improve her health, and the famous Roman city of Bath, whose curative thermal waters have drawn visitors from afar for centuries. As physicians recognised the healing effects of warm springs, hospitals began to be constructed for the purposes of accommodation and treatment. These institutions sometimes left records which can be of interest and use to family and social historians.
Ihave spent the past year or so researching the careers of private detectives in Victorian and Edwardian England, firstly for a history of female private detectives which will be published by Pen & Sword in January 2021, and secondly, for a wider-ranging book on the development of the private investigation industry in the United Kingdom. Trying to construct a comprehensive biography for these necessarily shadowy men and women has been both complex and frustrating. In some cases, individuals took on different identities, either as part of their work, or as the result of shady practices that saw them having to lie low.
TheGenealogist has added to its Australian records a set of new resources which can be used to find ancestors who lived in this country in the past. These name rich resources are sourced from a diverse range of historical books and directories which can be useful for finding out information such as where ancestors lived and what their occupation was.
The settlement of Wolverhampton was founded in 985 by King Ethelred granting lands to a Lady Wulfrun, although it also appears to have been the site of a decisive battle between the Mercian Angles and West Saxons against the raiding Danes in 910. In 994, a monastery was consecrated in Wolverhampton for which Wulfrun granted land in the area.
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