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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Spray coal?
« on: Wednesday 17 February 21 14:40 GMT (UK)  »
Does this look like "spray coal" to you? (3rd line from the bottom). I can't think what else it might be. I don't have any more of the document to compare it with.

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The Stay Safe Board / Mixed messages
« on: Monday 19 October 20 17:34 BST (UK)  »
I know we're getting some very mixed messages at the moment but  I was amused to hear the spokesman for the Welsh assembly just now announcing that they were going to "implement a firebreak to turn back the tide".

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Occupation Interests / Shoemaking in Shropshire
« on: Sunday 26 July 20 22:45 BST (UK)  »
I have an ancestor who was a shoemaker in Treflach, a small village near Oswestry, in 1851.

I'm guessing it was a cottage industry at the time but if anyone can point me to resources about 19th Century shoemaking, particularly in Shropshire, I'd be grateful.

Thank you

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Unless my memory is much mistaken, there used to be a convention on this board that restorations were only carried out if requested by the original poster. I've noticed that this seems to have changed, and all photographs submitted for dating get worked on by some restorers, perhaps some of the more recent members of the community.

You might all disagree with me, but I think it is more polite to ask whether a restoration is required before jumping in and doing one.

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The Stay Safe Board / National Theatre streaming plays during lockdown
« on: Friday 03 April 20 08:48 BST (UK)  »
If anyone who is missing going out to the theatre and hasn't caught up with this yet, the National Theatre is streaming live recordings of plays.

Laat night was the fabulous comedy - "One man, two guvnors". We haven't laughed so much since I can't remember when, so much that it hurt.  It is still available for seven days.

Future offerings include Jane Eyre and Twelfth Night.   

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Where is this old house?
« on: Wednesday 01 April 20 09:23 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know where this is? It's not mine, it's from an old postcard being offered online.

Thanks

Mike

copyright image removed

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Shropshire / "Chapelry of Newtown"
« on: Saturday 29 February 20 14:55 GMT (UK)  »
An ancestor was baptised in "The parish of Wem in the Chapelry of Newtown".

My dictionary gives two different definitions of chapelry:

(Ecclesiastical Terms) the district legally assigned to and served by an Anglican chapel

and

a congregation of nonconformist chapel-goers

Does anyone know just what the chapelry of Newtown was - a subdivision of the Anglican church or a non-conformist grouping of chapels?



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The Common Room / Paupers and Parish Relief
« on: Thursday 27 February 20 19:48 GMT (UK)  »
I have a relative who is listed as a pauper on the 1861 census. She is not in the workhouse. Would this mean she was receiving parish relief, and are records of such relief available? She lived in Shropshire.

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Shropshire / Workhouse records, Oswestry
« on: Thursday 06 February 20 20:39 GMT (UK)  »
Has anyone any experience of checking workhouse records? I understand they are kept at Shrewsbury, in the archives, but what do they actually consist of?
I'm interested in someone who gave birth there in 1845 - is it likely there would be any more information about her?

Thanks in advance.

Mike

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