Touring ’bout my generations: a photo-essay

One of the best bits about a holiday is the journey home. We had a few very happy days in the Lake District last week, camping amidst glorious mountainous scenery, allowing our Patterdale terrier Maude to get overexcited by sheep, and reading lots of books. The journey up was grim - a vehicle fire in …

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The good death of Lawrence Britcliffe: reflective microhistory

This is a summary of the last five posts on the life and death of Lawrence Britcliffe of Cliviger, Lancashire. You can read about the sources and inspiration for these posts here; about Lawrence's birth, life and religious trials here; about his murder of John Hindle and subsequent escape here; about his trial and incarceration …

The good death of Lawrence Britcliffe, part four: dark nights of the soul

This is the fourth part in a series about one of my long-distant ancestors. There's also been an introduction, a post on Lawrence Britcliffe's family and youth, and on the murder he committed in 1739. Much of the story in this post is found in the sermon preached at his funeral service at Bacup in …

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 …