The tradition of militias in England, providing a reserve force of non-professional soldiers in times of crisis, dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. By the 16th century, the militia had become an important institution in English life. Now the largest collection of militia records available online has been released at www.thegenealogist.co.uk, and could help you explore your 18th century ancestors.
Petty sessions were, until 1971, the lowest level of the criminal justice system in the country. They evolved out of the increased workload of magistrates at Quarter Sessions during the 18th century, which led to extra sessions being held in the magistrates’ local area to deal with minor offences and local administration by way of summary jurisdiction – meaning that cases could be determined by two or more magistrates without a jury.
Lancashire - sometimes known as the County of Lancaster - was founded in the 12th century. During the Industrial Revolution it emerged from being a sparsely populated agricultural area as a major commercial and industrial region. The county encompassed several hundred mill towns and collieries.
Britain’s most well-known house historian investigates the stories behind our most famous streets and squares. An array of medieval lanes, Georgian crescents and Victorian squares make an appearance, together with the people famous, infamous and unfamiliar who designed, built and lived in them.
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