London was the Navy’s most important recruiting ground. As the principal port of the kingdom for long- and short-haul merchant vessels, London, if figures existing for 1779 are reliable and typical, provided approximately 30 per cent of all recruits into the Navy. Alongside the Thames, immediately
No discussion of Manchester’s history can avoid the central importance to the city’s fortunes of the textile trade. What began as a Roman Fort (Mamucium) and became a manorial township in medieval times saw a record-breaking transformation from the early 19th century, taking it to becoming the world’s first industrialised city – nicknamed Cottonopolis.
Death records are perhaps the most difﬁcult to locate, because there is an element of guesswork unless you have proof from some other source. On average, the lifespan in 1870 was around 40 years – by 1940 the average was 70 years. Census records may reveal clues – if a person 'disappears’ and a widow is found in the next census, you can be certain to ﬁnd a death within the intervening ten years. Similarly, if a person is absent from trade directories or electoral registers, a search can begin.
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