England has a number of Industrial Museums dedicated to showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit and creative engineering of the Industrial Revolution, especially the period 1750 to 1900. One of these is less than 75 miles from our home. The Black Country… Read More ›
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,… Read More ›
“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… Read More ›
Diving down into family history “rabbit holes” is a daily temptation, and one which many professional genealogists tell us to avoid. My recently posted family search strategy was designed to keep me out of rabbit holes …… but the flesh… Read More ›
Henry VIII got a bad press for his regular wife exchange and destruction of the monasteries, but he was on a more significant mission of systematically dismantling an autocratic rule from Europe and removing the scam of holy relics being used to con a gullible public into parting with their cash! A TV programme and a visit to Hailes Abbey brings it all to life.