Throughout Georgian and Victorian times, men and women have worked from home to bring in an income, in a variety of ways. In 18th century England, various regions had their own specialised industries. In Bedfordshire and its neighbouring counties, straw plaiting was a common job up to the beginning of the 20th century, and could be done from home. In other areas - from Lancashire and Yorkshire to Northamptonshire and Somerset – there was a dependence on yarn and wool.
The term 'Fleet marriages’ (named after London’s Fleet prison) has become synonymous with irregular or clandestine marriages, those taking place away the home parish of the spouses, without banns or licence, or outside of the normal hours. While they breached canon law, these marriages were still considered legally valid until 1754 for couples from all ranks of society
With the amount of documents and records available when researching your family history, it is easy to overlook family documents that may contain valuable information. One of those key documents often forgotten about is the will record of an ancestor. With will records available to access from 1384 at TheGenealogist, there’s a large selection to view.
The settlements that grew and merged to form Sheﬃeld date from the second half of the ﬁrst millennium, and are of Anglo-Saxon and Danish origin. In Anglo-Saxon times, the Sheﬃeld area straddled the border between the kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria. After the Norman conquest, Sheﬃeld Castle was built to protect the local settlements, and a small town developed that is the nucleus of the modern city.
February 1-8 sees the 14th National Storytelling Week. With both the centenary of World War One and the 75th anniversary of World War Two starting later this year, it’s a good time to think of our families’ amazing wartime stories – but are we overlooking them as a nation?
In May 1940, the armies of the Second World War were tearing through Central Europe and France had just fallen under German control. The British government made the decision to evacuate 200,000 children around the globe, leaving them alone and completely disconnected from their heartbroken parents.
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