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The Ords of Guisborough
Richard Ord Todd was born in Guisborough.  His mother was Elizabeth Mary Poynter, the daughter of John Poynter and Ann Ord.  Here she is, with her husband Edward: Edward and Elizabeth Todd So the Revd Richard Ord Todd of Sydney was connected to the Ords of ...
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The family of the Revd Thomas Todd, Rector of Kildale
In February 2013 I mentioned the family of the Revd Thomas Todd, Rector of Kildale, and his wife Elizabeth Jackson.  She was born in Wilton, the eldest daughter of George Jackson of Lackenby and his wife Margaret Rowland. Widowed at the age of 52, Elizabeth...
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Alfred Edwin Sadler, manufacturing chemist of Ulverston
John Lamb of Ulverston has asked me if I have any information on Alfred Sadler, son of Samuel Sadler.  Alfred, who once owned John's house in Ulverston, Cumbria, ran a tar works in Ulverston. I will set down below the details about Alfred that I have found ...
John Lamb of Ulverston has asked me if I have any information on Alfred Sadler, son of Samuel Sadler.  Alfred, who once owned John's house in Ulverston, Cumbria, ran a tar works in Ulverston. I will set down below the details...
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Counting sheep in dialect
Further to my last, I've just had my attention drawn (thanks John!) to the  article on wikipedia  on the subject. (An appropriate photograph follows ...)
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I've been contacted by Scott and Keith Noddings with this appeal for information.  They would be very glad to hear from anyone who can help.    Appeal
for information on the Nodding(s) family from Hawnby, Hutton Rudby and Hartlepool A quick introduction, I’...
I've been contacted by Scott and Keith Noddings with this appeal for information.  They would be very glad to hear from anyone who can help.    Appeal for information on the Nodding(s) family from Hawnby, Hutton Rudby and H...
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Farming records of John Jackson of Lackenby, 1833-55
Record of the farming year kept by John Jackson, 1833-55 A very nice day yesterday at the University of Teesside/Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society Day School on Private Lives: Diaries in Local History , and I remembered that I meant some time ago t...
Record of the farming year kept by John Jackson, 1833-55 A very nice day yesterday at the University of Teesside/Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society Day School on Private Lives: Diaries in Local History, and I remember...
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Richard Ord Todd on the Isle of Man and in Australia
A glimpse of life on the Isle of Man in the 1880s.  Private theatricals were evidently all the rage! You may remember from the photograph in the last post, that Richard Ord Todd as a youth had delicate features – so it seems he was ideally suited to be put ...
A glimpse of life on the Isle of Man in the 1880s.  Private theatricals were evidently all the rage! You may remember from the photograph in the last post, that Richard Ord Todd as a youth had delicate features – so it seems ...
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Alfred Edwin Sadler of Sadler & Co, Middlesbrough and Ulverston
Here, with very many thanks to Ian Stubbs, who contacted me to offer the use of the photographs on   his flickr stream , are pictures of the Sadler family memorial in the churchyard at St Cuthbert's, Ormesby. This side of the obelisk commemorates Alfred: Al...
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Days of plenty in Redcar: a middle class household before the First World War
In old age, Mrs Katharine Isobel Ellis Hill (1905-2005) looked back to the golden times before the First World War broke out ... when she lived with her parents and her brothers in the little hamlet then called Nunthorpe Station, and they went to visit her ...
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Counting Sheep in the Bilsdale dialect
A note made in 1972 by Katharine Isobel Ellis Hill (1905-2005) of the old words for counting sheep. It was dictated to her by the grandson of Mr Featherstone, who was born & bred & farmed in Bilsdale; she thought he was probably born in the 1870s or early 1...
A note made in 1972 by Katharine Isobel Ellis Hill (1905-2005) of the old words for counting sheep. It was dictated to her by the grandson of Mr Featherstone, who was born & bred & farmed in Bilsdale; she thought he was proba...
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John Macfarlan Charlton, 21st Northumberland Fusiliers
I've recently been sent these details on the death of  Captain John Macfarlane Charlton .  They come from Dennis Tyerman, whose father, a private in the same battalion, was wounded in front of La Boiselle on the same day. Dennis wrote: After volunteering in...
I've recently been sent these details on the death of Captain John Macfarlane Charlton.  They come from Dennis Tyerman, whose father, a private in the same battalion, was wounded in front of La Boiselle on the same day. Denni...
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'The Man on a Donkey' by H.F.M. Prescott
With all the Tudor stuff on the BBC and the excellent dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, I thought blog readers might like to be reminded of a seriously good historical novel based on Tudor times, one that is often forgotten these days. The Man on ...
With all the Tudor stuff on the BBC and the excellent dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, I thought blog readers might like to be reminded of a seriously good historical novel based on Tudor times, one that is often f...
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