Josephine Butler and spaces of reform in Winchester

There ought to be a word for the mixture of thrill and dread that comes with¬†hearing someone talk about your home town on the radio or TV. Coming from Winchester, it's usually dread that someone in red cords is suggesting feeding the poor to their rare-breed pheasants or something.¬†In fact (of course) the town is, …

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The good death of Lawrence Britcliffe, part three: crime and flight

Cliviger Valley, by Alan Rayner. The path Alan describes here includes some of the Burnley Way via Holme, the Ram Inn and Dodbottom Woods. This post is the third in a series on the unfortunate life of Lawrence Britcliffe, a distant ancestor of mine. The introduction is here; Lawrence's youth and young manhood are here. …

Talking ’bout my generations: Moses Stanbrook (1777-1868)

Longwood House, aka Rosehill, Owslebury, formerly a home of Lord Northesk, and his steward Moses Stanbrook.I'd suggest that quite a significant number of historians got into the business through starting off a family tree. I know that was part of the process for me - as soon as the links with the world beyond the …