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1939 and all that

Findmypast exhorts me to find out about my family on the eve of war. This is mainly not mysterious as I did a junior school project in the late 1960s. 1,446 more words

Family History

John I: Chapter IV (now and then)

Some time back I found a black and white photograph of coal-laden boats at Anglesey Wharf, one of the places from where Cannock Chase Collieries shipped out their coal. 323 more words

Family History

Stories of place - Brave men and boys, lost in the earth.

The valley of the River Yarrow has suffered much under the march of modernity. Greenbelt erosion from the north has extended Chorley’s suburbs over meadows I’d once thought sacrosanct. 1,173 more words

My Notes

50 years since closure of Albion Colliery brings back memories for former pit surveyor

When Keith Jones started work at Albion Colliery in 1965, he had little idea that less than a year later the pit would be closed and his first taste of life in the mining industry would sadly be cut short. 867 more words


The blue plaque and the unmanned lectern

Peter Foden  identifies those tilted tables that tell you about the history or wildlife of the place you are looking at as lecterns, apparently preaching at us.  592 more words

Family History

Following the Seam

The brothers Dennies, William, Joseph and second great grandfather Henry all lived at Bagworth, Leicestershire in 1851. They had moved from Moira, another mining village, but just when and why? 290 more words


Labour Movement

Today’s high levels of home ownership have reduced elasticity in the jobs market. That is to say that people who have mortgages, especially in negative equity, are less able to move to other parts of the country than the overwhelming majority of working class people in the nineteenth century, who rented overcrowded housing (by modern standards). 490 more words

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