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Black Country Irish: Oldbury

The 1881 census records just under 200 people living in the parish of Oldbury, then in Worcestershire, but having been born in Ireland. The census is of course a snapshot, and that’s particularly true of the newly-transient working class of … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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; … Continue reading

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The good death of Lawrence Britcliffe, part five: the end

This is the fifth post in a short series about Lawrence Britcliffe, a distant ancestor of mine and a murderer. You might want to read the introduction then the posts about Lawrence’s youth, crime and incarceration first, for a bit … Continue reading

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The good death of Lawrence Britcliffe, part one: the funeral

This is the first in a series about an episode in my own family history – apologies, but it’s a long way from the Black Country. One of the things that stuck with me most in Alison Light‘s description of … Continue reading

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