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Bishops and Popular Opinion in the Era of Catholic Emancipation and the Reform Bill

Today’s post is a guest blog from PhD candidate Nicholas Dixon of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. Nicholas shares this blog on the back of his paper from the… 1,171 more words


Poor law records: please, sir, I want some more

How did the past look after their poor? What would have happened to your ancestor if they couldn’t work? Records at Hampshire Record Office can often provide a revealing insight into the stories of the poor and how society treated them. 853 more words


Eleanor Hope: An 18th Century Single Mum

Eleanor Hope, 1767-1838

Single Mum and Garden Digger, Frittenden, Kent, and my 5th great grandmother

I wrote a little about Eleanor Hope when I told you about her son, Thomas Sharp Hope, the ancestor who took my genes to New York, Kalamazoo and beyond.  1,287 more words


25 December 1840, The London Evening Standard: A Report

Regular readers of my blog know that I often draw inspiration from the British Newspaper Archives. This does involve a small subscription, however, you can search and view a permitted three articles for free  767 more words


Noah Hiscock

Noah Hiscock and his wife, Emma Hinvest were the first set of three times great-grandparents in this part of my family tree. This is where they are situated in my family tree: 1,019 more words

Family History

The Regency View of the Poor. How much has changed?

There was no concern at all in Regency Britain about people being poor; it was considered a natural state. Poverty encouraged social order – it was believed that people could escape the worst of their condition by sobriety, obedience and constant hard work. 1,161 more words


Richard Oastler

Yesterday I visited Brighouse to spend some time with family.  We had a drink and a meal in the Wetherspoons pub there which was called “the Richard Oastler”.  590 more words