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Leicestershire / Re: Bastardy bonds for Leicestershire
« on: Sunday 28 April 19 09:35 BST (UK)  »
The website of Leicestershire Records Office mentions Bastardy Bonds. Although it is not possible to see actual names. Might be worth a email or phone call.

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The Lighter Side / Re: ancestry.co.uk - free access to records over Easter.
« on: Friday 19 April 19 09:28 BST (UK)  »
Thank you

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Hughes 1871 census Liverpool
« on: Monday 18 March 19 18:46 GMT (UK)  »
Mary Jane Roberts relative
Ruth Horne visitor
Andrew Horne son

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The Lighter Side / Re: World War Two. Plum Jam From Taunton, Somerset
« on: Sunday 30 December 18 21:47 GMT (UK)  »
The combination of apples and pears would give it a very distinctive flavour. Thank you.

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The Lighter Side / Re: World War Two. Plum Jam From Taunton, Somerset
« on: Sunday 30 December 18 16:12 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you Mike. I have also wondered if it was the homemade taste that made the difference. As they came from the centre of Portsmouth I suspect they had only tasted processed jam until then.

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The Lighter Side / Re: World War Two. Plum Jam From Taunton, Somerset
« on: Sunday 30 December 18 11:23 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you. That is a great help. I will look at the mixed fruit option. I suspect that the jam was made up of whatever was available. As you point out plums probably made up a significant amount of the mixed fruit. I will ask about the stones.

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The Lighter Side / Re: World War Two. Plum Jam From Taunton, Somerset
« on: Saturday 29 December 18 20:46 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you. We wondered if apples may have been added to the plums. Damsons sounds like a good idea and would produce a different taste.

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The Lighter Side / World War Two. Plum Jam From Taunton, Somerset
« on: Saturday 29 December 18 17:01 GMT (UK)  »
During the Blitz my late father's family moved from Portsmouth to Taunton having been bombed out twice in ten days. His only surviving brother has always had a liking for plum jam. I gave my uncle a jar of home made jam yesterday evening and he then started telling us about his quest. This is the first time we have heard this story. It seems that he has spent the best part of seventy-seven years trying to find a plum jam like that he tasted in Taunton. It seems every type he has tried has been lacking in the special taste. He cannot remember if the Taunton jam was bought in a shop. Although he does know that it was not rationed. Needless to say we sat there speculating as to what the hidden ingredient might have been or if it was produced by the Women's Institute.

So, are there any experts around who know about cooking at this time? Or, someone who is an expert on local cooking? If so, please could you suggest what the special taste was created by?

He has a significant birthday next year. It just might make it into the cake! Thank you.

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Technical Help / Re: find my past subscription confusion
« on: Thursday 18 October 18 09:52 BST (UK)  »
If you go to the website Genealogy Discount one month subs to FindMyPast are being advertised.

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