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 […]
31st October 2013

P is for ….

….Plaques, generally blue in colour, which record the history and events of London, the capital city of England. Official plaques are nowadays administered by English Heritage […]
30th October 2013

O is for….

…. Order of the British Empire. How many of your ancestors have been awarded medals in a manner other than fighting for their country? From my […]
29th October 2013

N is for….

…. John Norden. Norden was born in Somerset. He entered Hart Hall, Oxford, in 1564 and graduated BA in 1568 and MA in 1573. He subsequently led […]
28th October 2013

M is for….

….Measles. Generally a children’s disease, measles often led to pneumonia and death before it was controlled in the twentieth century. The illness is unpleasant, but most […]
27th October 2013

L is for….

…. Lighthouses…. amongst the most unusual structures in Britain. When man began to travel by sea, one of the earliest obstacles encountered was safe night time […]
26th October 2013

K is for ….

…. Knocknobbler. Back in Victorian times, this wonderful title was given to a churchwarden who was in charge of turning unruly dogs out of church! The […]
25th October 2013

J is for….

….Justice. Crime, and how to deal with it, was one of the great issues of Victorian Britain. With an increase from about 5,000 recorded crimes per […]
24th October 2013

I is for….

…. illegitimacy. Back when we have only parish registers to rely on for our family and local history research, comments such as ‘base’, ‘bastard’, or simply […]