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The Stay Safe Board / And so, what happens when you find you've been infected...
« on: Thursday 22 October 20 22:52 BST (UK)  »
It seems likely that when my daughter was seriously ill in hospital in Feb/March she contracted the virus and I, in turn, picked it up when she came home, but at that time I was too busy coping with her illness to worry about what was happening to me.   However, we were isolating so not in contact with anyone else for most of the time.  But because of lung capacity problems, went  to GPs yesterday for bloods and to hospital today for chest x-ray & it seems that there were many cases on the ward where my daughter was.  So now a new and different adventure.  What a strange world we are living in currently.  Stay safe everyone x

GS

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The Common Room / 'Meteor' - ship working out of South Wales
« on: Sunday 04 October 20 22:00 BST (UK)  »
A friend of mine has a pair of  lamps - port and starboard - which he bought from a chandler in Penarth, South Wales in the late 1990s.  He knows that the name of the boat or ship they came from was Meteor and he thinks it might have been a tug but isn't sure. He's assuming the vessel was working out of one of the south Wales ports such as Newport, Penarth, Cardiff or Barry. Has anyone got any bright ideas where he would be likely to find details of vessels sailing out of these ports?

Regards
GS

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This post is on FB from Ipswich War Memorial & Cenotaph.  If anyone has a connection, they would be pleased to hear from you: 

"  We are seeking relatives of BASIL RAF GROOM a Second Lieutenant of the 2nd Battalion The Cambridgeshire Regiment.

Killed in action in 1942 while fighting the Japanese.

Residence: 165, Valley Road, Ipswich.
Employed: R. & W. Paul Ltd., Ipswich.

A member of the Old Grammarians Football Club, and of the Greyhound Cricket Club, and the Y.M.C.A.

Father: Frank Benjamin Joseph Groom, born May 1883, Kensington, Middlesex.
Mother: Blanche Beatrice Groom (nee Barker), born August 1887, Ipswich.

please share."


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The Common Room / Millers and Millwrights
« on: Sunday 12 July 20 11:54 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone tell us the difference between a Miller and a Millwright?   Jan Groom and I are researching the history of a Welsh water mill, and we're trying to establish how old it might be, and who were the millers who lived and worked there.  The current buildings are thought to date from the late 18th/early 19th century, although we have found evidence that there has been a mill there, or nearby, since at least 1308.

In the 1841 census we have Jonathan Williams, born about 1781, Breconshire and he is shown as being a Millwright. We know he was there in 1815 as he gives the Mill as his address for the baptism of his son.   He died in 1851 and the 1861 census shows a William Moore there, and he is a Miller.  We have also found other people shown as Millers or Millwrights in the village at various times who have not lived at the mill itself - although there were two other mills fairly close by.

So, would anyone like to explain to us the difference between a Miller and a Millwright - and would a Millwright live at a mill and run it, or would he be likely to employ a Miller as well?  Also, later on it seemed that millers sometimes advertised themselves as 'miller & engine driver' so we'd be interested to know what kind of engine that would be, and how the two are connected.

We'd be interested to hear from people who know more than we do about milling!

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The Stay Safe Board / Guardian article on how people cope with lockdown
« on: Wednesday 29 April 20 10:10 BST (UK)  »
Funny old world isn't it?  Here I am self-isolating with my daughter and I end up featuring in an article in today's Guardian (final para).   I do all sorts of stuff in my 'normal' life and remain fairly invisible; I stay at home and get featured in the national press.   ;D

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/apr/28/lost-henge-digging-archaeology-online-during-lockdown

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / A rather sad little entry in Non-Com Records
« on: Thursday 30 January 20 19:26 GMT (UK)  »
I found this rather sad little piece in the Non-Conformist Register for the area of Wales in which I live.  Presumably it was written by whoever had had charge of the records; I really feel for the poor man.  I can't read it all so any help with filling in the gaps would be appreciated.  So far I've got:

I ......... 
being sickly indolent and forgetfull am ........
sorry yt I have neglected to ........
Register ye names of those yt were .....
added to ye Church and were Buried
yn their proper order -
and I desire my
successor to follow ye example of my (good?)
predecessor therein.

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The Common Room / 'Brecknocks'
« on: Wednesday 01 January 20 18:41 GMT (UK)  »
Okay you clever lot - does anyone know what a 'brecknock' was?  I am researching the history of Talgarth Mill in Powys (formerly Brecknock/Breconshire).  The Cadw site says that it is thought to have originally been a weaving mill for the production of 'brecknocks' (their quotes).  Elsewhere it is recorded as having been a fulling mill at some point in its history.  So, what was a brecknock?  I have tried googling but have been unable to find anything.

Regards
GS

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Who is the Dutch artist?
« on: Tuesday 01 October 19 10:03 BST (UK)  »
I know we've had success in the past in identifying artists so I was wondering if RCers would like to have a go at this one.  This painting belonged to my father and all I know about it is that it's Dutch.  I don't even know how old it is but it was bought from an art dealer about 50 years ago and it was old then.

I've increased the size of the artist's signature to hopefully assist and would be very grateful for any suggestions.

Many thanks
GS

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The Common Room / Folger Shakespeare Library
« on: Friday 27 September 19 12:30 BST (UK)  »
For the past four years I and many others have been voluntary online transcribers for the above and this has been fascinating work.  We have transcribed official court letters and notes; personal letters; eye-witness accounts of events; remedies; recipes; bills for funerals or the purchase of clothing or food or carriages or anything else you can imagine - a huge range of topics from 16th -  18th century documents.  It has been an amazing experience having access to these digital papers and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself.  However after four years the project is coming to an end which is sad but satisfying.  On the other hand the really good news is that  the documents are now online for anyone to read.  Here's the link - enjoy!

https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/FOLGERCM1~6~6

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