Changing occupations, 1861-1911, North Walls and Brims

Here I’m comparing employment in the 1911 census with the situation in the 1861 census. The usual caveats apply: some people were visiting on census night, others might have been away, it’s a snapshot on a particular night. First a few general changes to note: Population down from 597 to 401. Male and female numbers  |  more…

Call up for three sons – WW2

This is one of the most poignant pieces of family history I possess. A tiny scrap of paper with granny’s beautiful handwriting that somehow survived a few flittings and clearances. The first three lines above are eloquent in their brevity, fitting for this the anniversary of VE Day. Those three boys, Freddie, Walter and Jim,  |  more…