Much has been written about in the British media recently about benefits caps, with some families being forced to move away from the area where they have been living in order to take council accommodation in cheaper areas. Those receiving help from the state are regarded as having little say in where they live, regardless of where their friends and support networks are based.
Second only to the stunning discovery of the body of King Richard III in a Leicester car park, is the dating and identification a couple of months ago of a dismantled medieval bed found in the car park of the Redlands Hotel in Chester. The ornately carved dark oak bed was a wedding present to King Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York (m January 1486) and it is possible that their son, later King Henry VIII, was conceived in it. The find has highlighted just how fascinating this very central piece of domestic furniture can be to our understanding of our ancestors and the past
Acollection of over half a million unique parish records has been added at TheGenealogist.co.uk. These cover the counties of Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Monmouthshire and Worcestershire. The new online records offer invaluable records of baptisms, marriages and burials dating from the 1500s to the late 1800s from Anglican parish registers. The records are a great tool for those people looking to track down early ancestors before civil registration. The latest releases bring the total
The new BBC drama series The Crimson Field, which runs until 11 May and forms part of the broadcaster’s World War One Centenary Season, explores life from a nurse’s viewpoint through the horrors of the war. A high profile, talented cast has been recruited by writer Sarah Phelps and it turns out that a number of the cast playing roles in the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) have surprising connections to the actual war itself.
When reformer John Howard surveyed prisons in the 18th century he found that around half of inmates were debtors. Until 1869, being unable to repay debts was equated with criminality and considered a jailable offence. Before and after this date information about debtors was kept and published, and online bankruptcy records can be invaluable in investigating cases of forebears who fell foul of their creditors. There are two collections of these available at TheGenealogist.co.uk: the <em>1786–1806 List of Bankrupts with Their Dividends</em> and <em>1891 Perry’s Bankrupt and Insolvent Gazette</em>. Both are fully searchable by first name and surname, keyword and date.
On 6 December 1886, Arthur Foster leaves the Queen’s Theatre, Manchester with a pocket full of gold and a lady bedecked with diamonds on his arm. He hails a hansom cab unaware that a detective has been trailing him as he crisscrossed the streets of the city. As the cab pulls away, the detective slips inside and arrests the
Lincolnshire originally derived from the merging of the territory of the ancient Kingdom of Lindsey with that controlled by the Danelaw borough of Stamford. For some time the entire county was called 'Lindsey’, and it is recorded as such in the Domesday Book. Later, Lindsey was applied only the northern core, around Lincoln, and emerged as one of the three 'Parts of Lincolnshire’, along with the Parts of Holland in the south-east and Kesteven in the south west.
The humble apron has long been an essential item of workwear, used to protect the person and clothes underneath. From medieval times until the 20th century, generations of blacksmiths and farriers wore stout leather aprons that protected them from sparks, provided a lap for metal sheets and a pad for horses’ hooves, the skirt often fringed or split down the centre to cover each leg separately. Cobblers also used leather aprons and when worn by tanners and slaughtermen they guarded against splashes and knife injuries. In <em><em>London Labour and the London Poor</em></em> (1851), Henry Mayhew described how the women who sieved rubbish for salvage wore <q>a strong leather apron from their necks to the extremity of their petticoats, while over this was another leather apron, shorter, padded thickly…
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