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The Common Room / Re: What did a stover do? *COMPLETED*
« on: Tuesday 23 October 18 10:11 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, Stan.  That seems to be the job my people were doing.

Sorry, Jamjar, both your suggestions seem unlikely here.  My stovers were involved in cloth productiion, not mining, and I think producing fibre from corn husks was rare in 19th century Yorkshire

Best wishes and thanks again

Malcolm Bull

The Common Room / What did a stover do?
« on: Tuesday 23 October 18 09:26 BST (UK)  »
I have several entries on my Calderdale Companion for people who worked in the textile industry as a stover / stuff stover / stover in a dye works.  Does anyone know what the process of stoving involved or how the process changed the stuff (ie cloth)?  Was it simply for drying the cloth?



Yorkshire (West Riding) / Re: Horsfall of Todmorden/ Stansfield
« on: Saturday 11 August 18 09:47 BST (UK)  »
You may find something useful at the Todmorden & Walsden website, which is now back online and can (currently) be found at

Cheshire / Re: John Grayshan of Stalybridge [1890]
« on: Tuesday 17 July 18 08:38 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, Heather.  That explains why John (junior) & brother Tom were living with their grandparents in 1901, and how in 1911 John came to be living with an aunt in Halifax, where he met his bride to be.

Cheshire / John Grayshan of Stalybridge [1890]
« on: Friday 13 July 18 18:29 BST (UK)  »
On my Calderdale Companion website,

I have a photograph of the wedding of Emma Whitaker [1890-1979] (of Halifax) to John Grayshan [1890-1962] (of Stalybridge).  I can identify some of the Whitaker members of the party, but I know less about the Grayshans.
Is there anybody who has John Grayshan and his father, also John [b 1854], on their family tree?  Perhaps you can add more details of the family, or even identify some of the unknown people in the photograph

The Common Room / Re: Belgian Croix de Guerre
« on: Thursday 17 May 18 08:13 BST (UK)  »
Thanks everyone.  That seems pretty conclusive

The Common Room / Belgian Croix de Guerre
« on: Tuesday 15 May 18 16:04 BST (UK)  »
Just one question (plus a bit more), and hopefully just one answer.

I know that someone awarded, say, the Military Medal could put MM after his/her name.

Questions: If someone was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre, could they put letters after their name? and what were the letters?

Thanks in advance

Technical Help / Re: Old hard drives *CLOSED*
« on: Wednesday 02 May 18 17:22 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, too, to Berlin-Bob.  I hadn't heard of these external cases, and they look like the ideal solution for my requirements.  Thanks also those with health & safety in mind, but I'm 77, not 7!

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