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Shropshire / Re: A Shrewsbury novel
« on: Today at 01:40 »
I hope my ancestors were well behaved!!

My Great Aunt's husband grew up in Hills Lane, his Grandmother (Harriet Jones/Owen) was the inn keeper of the Bugle Inn in 1901.

It's possible that there may be a little truth in the Legionary migration to Britain in the Roman era.

A recent dig in York found remains of a person who had J2 L228 Y-DNA establishing that J2 was present during the Roman period in Britain. It is likely that they spent their childhood in a dry, arid area, possibly N Africa or Egypt, before being buried in Yorkshire. In a modern context this DNA is found in the Caucasus, Balkans and Italy. The dig was at Driffield Terrace in York and this particular sample is referred to as 3DRIF-26. More info at read Supplementary Note 2 paragraph 1.3. The abstract is at

I'm J2-L26 (J2a1) and my family seem to have been in the Shropshire/Denbighshire/Flintshire area as far as I can tell for several centuries, though there are very few (if any) Jones surnames on FTDNA with J2a1, the Montgomery surname is much more common. Probably an NPE or surname change I think.

Shropshire / Re: A Shrewsbury novel
« on: Thursday 02 May 24 22:19 BST (UK)  »
What period is the novel set in?

Went to the Wakeman School and married in the Abbey 45 years ago, so very familiar territory.

The Common Room / Re: Gentlemen Only Funerals in Wales - Why?
« on: Thursday 02 May 24 22:08 BST (UK)  »
Still quite common when I lived in Bargoed, Mid Glamorgan, Wales in 1980-1990.

World War Two / Re: RAF record of service
« on: Monday 15 April 24 13:30 BST (UK)  »
LTTB = Local Trade Test Board (an examination or review to check the competency of the individual in their RAF trade)


Wales Resources / Re: lead mines in Maeshafn north wales
« on: Sunday 14 April 24 01:55 BST (UK)  »
No much social history, but you may find something useful from the ongoing links.

Feature article about lead mining in the Mold area by the Mold Civic Society at

Basic map showing relationship of mines in Flintshire at

Info on Flintshire Lead mining (aimed at cavers etc.) at

There is material held by various archives but not online, a quick search revealed including a plan of Maeshafn Mine linked here

An 1890 geological overview of the area is available to download free. Page 191 for Maeshafn (Maes-y-safn) Link

Hope you may find something.

Could the word be 'draped'

Armed Forces / Re: regiment and rank, please
« on: Monday 04 March 24 23:16 GMT (UK)  »
If you allow some car talk.

I may be wrong, but I think the first car is a 'bitza' made from various re-used or unrelated body panels. The line of the scuttle from the windscreen to the bonnet is wrong, the louvred cowls are mis-matched in height and do not follow the line to the radiator - notice the square seam above the radiator grill with nowhere to go.

There is also 'feature' or seam at the bottom of the scuttle that is missing from the louvred cowls, the scuttle may have had a few inches removed from the bottom leaving a mismatch in height with the door kick plate. There is also evidence of a moved horn, windscreen or light bracket on the scuttle and the hand-brake is in a position that is virtually unusable.

Someone has taken a four seat tourer chassis and made themselves a two seat roadster by moving the seats, steering and door to the rear and filling in the gaps.

This tradition carried on into the 1960s with a lot of 'fake' Bentley 4 litre GP cars made from the sedate Bentley Mark VI saloon. I did something similar with a Ford Cortina transforming it into a Marlin Berlinetta.

The Common Room / Re: Mothers maiden name as surname.
« on: Friday 09 February 24 00:29 GMT (UK)  »
In my family in 1868, the son of John Wilkins & Emma Toplis was given the name Toplis Wilkins.

If it helps finding if this is a societal trend, John worked at Ibstock Colliery in Leicestershire as a colliery engine driver, a responsible job controlling the horizontal steam engine that winched the coal and men from the bottom of the pit. He did this job from 1871-1911.

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