8th November 2013

X is for….

….how exasperating the day appears to be today! Desperate not to do X for illiteracy or the obvious X for Xmas, there does still need to […]
7th November 2013

W is for….

…. well, it was going to be about Workhouses. Then I changed my mind and decided to make it about Women in War (one of my […]
6th November 2013

V is for….

…. Victorian Crime and Punishment. Sensational murder stories in the Victorian era sold newspapers and crime fiction in a way that had never been seen before […]
5th November 2013

Unbelievable continued….

OK, so I have become slightly obsessed with stupid names today, possibly to the detriment of the ‘to do’ list but it has certainly brought laughter […]
5th November 2013

U is for….

…. Unbelievable. Russell Ash comments in Potty, Fartwell and Knob, that ‘some are born with strange surnames, some are blessed, or cursed, with unusual first or […]
4th November 2013

T is for….

…. Turnpike roads. The first turnpike trust was established in 1663 to repair and maintain a particularly badly worn fifteen mile stretch of the Great North […]
3rd November 2013

S is for….

…. Societies. Across the globe, there are simply thousands of family history, local history, genealogical societies…. call them what you will. They are often charitable (or […]
2nd November 2013

R is for….

…. Relief of the poor. Until the early 1830s, individual parishes administered and paid for the welfare support for the poor and infirm. This began back […]
1st November 2013

Q is for….

…. quarters. Surprisingly, despite thinking that Q might well be one of the more challenging letters to write about, there were various quality topics which could […]