“Industrial Rides” as the ancestral Tour of England continues


“Industrial history is not primarily about machines, raw materials, processes and products. It is about the people who created, innovated, laboured, suffered, acquired, bought and enjoyed, became rich or died young, lived comfortably on the profits or were crushed by the harshness of it all. None of this would have happened without people …….” This … Continue reading “Industrial Rides” as the ancestral Tour of England continues

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Book Review: William Cobbett … the greatest Englishman, ever?


William Cobbett is best known as a political satirist, a champion of the working man especially agricultural labourers who he called his “chopsticks”. Born in 1763, across his life he was … a soldier, a pamphleteer, a convict, a journalist, a farmer and a member of Parliament before he died in 1835. He wrote many … Continue reading Book Review: William Cobbett … the greatest Englishman, ever?

Postcard from Cornwall: #2 Lands End and Geevor Tin Mine


"Still No Pasties!"Two visits across a long day yesterday in which we had rain, sunshine, and stormy winds! We also had two very different experiences, one lasted 20 mins and was a disappointing rip-off, the other lasted 3 hours and was an enlightening experience! The latter will feature in a subsequent post. Maybe you know … Continue reading Postcard from Cornwall: #2 Lands End and Geevor Tin Mine

Postcard from Cornwall: #1 St Agnes…. ancestors and Poldark


"Pasties & Places"It took 4 hours to drive from our Cotswolds home to the Newquay area yesterday, only 208 miles but lots of comfort breaks! First stop on this GenTravelling holiday was St Agnes, the small village on the West Cornwall coast, famed for its tin mines and expert miners, made famous by the Poldark … Continue reading Postcard from Cornwall: #1 St Agnes…. ancestors and Poldark

Imaginative Ancestry #5: A PEST in Cobbett’s England!


Imaginative ancestry means creating a picture in your mind’s eye of the conditions in which your ancestors, or a particular group of them, lived. But you won’t create this picture by looking at birth certificates, probate documents, old photographs, newspaper clippings; you need to get in amongst the historical context of the decade, century, era … Continue reading Imaginative Ancestry #5: A PEST in Cobbett’s England!