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What I read in August 2020 (Part 1)

I bought The widow’s secret by Katharine Swartz from a local bookshop, which is currently opening in the mornings only.

I have read and reviewed the previous three books in the series, … 172 more words


"The Magic Mecca of Southern California": A Breezy Take on Los Angeles in "The Outlook", 5 August 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri

The stunning transformation of Los Angeles and its environs during the Homestead’s interpretive era of 1830 to 1930 can be viewed many ways, but one notable example is how rapidly the City of Angels came to be regarded by early 20th century as a major American city in the media. 1,816 more words

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Africans in Yorkshire

Gifty Burrows

Educator and Project Lead

Honorary Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute


To mark her appointment as Honorary Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute, Gifty Burrows, Project Lead, talks about the African Stories in Hull and East Yorkshire Project… 821 more words

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Middle Row mysteries ... and a Murder

For several centuries there was an additional line of shops in the centre of Market Deeping, known as Middle Row.  They stood in the Market Place, parallel with the current shops of  Private Kollection, Linfords Fish & Chips and the old Police Station near the roundabout.   524 more words

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The Iceni tribe lived in the area that is now called East Anglia – Norfolk, Suffolk and part of Cambridgeshire. Before the Romans came to conquer the island of Britain (they never completed the task and left Scotland largely alone) the Iceni had a distinctive coinage with a very unRoman decoration of animals and human faces. 796 more words

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Local History Quiz #9: Leeds Blue Plaques

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaques of Leeds and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site or on our photographic archive… 709 more words

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3 Sources for Offaly History and Society: the Methodist community in Offaly and the Birr Methodists 200th, 1820-2020

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Birr Methodist church in Emmet Street (formerly Cumberland Street) in Birr. 950 more words

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