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Yorkshire (West Riding) / Angel, Paddock, Huddersfield
« on: Wednesday 13 October 21 14:42 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know if the immediate area around the Angel pub Paddock at Paddock Head was/is referred to as Angel. In the way that locally even very small areas and neighbourhoods often have their own old names.
Haven't managed to see anything on online old maps.
I recall seeing reference to the Angel pub in 1855, maybe not the one we knew in more recent years, now closed.
I know there is one other old building nearby which has the angel name.
Thanks in advance for any info.

The Stay Safe Board / Radio4 program on 1919 flu
« on: Friday 15 May 20 18:14 BST (UK)  »
There was a program today on BBC radio 4 about the 1919 flu epidemic.
Not always comfortable listening but one thing that struck me:
There seemed to be a view that one reason why in that epidemic younger, working age people were fatally aflicted was that they had to struggle in to work to earn a living instead of staying in bed to recover.
I am not sure how relevant this is to our current situation but it has been surprising how little official instruction there has been about how to look after someone with covid at home: ie lots and lots of fluid, paracetamol, energy foods, complete rest, monitor temperature, and blood oxygen.

The Stay Safe Board / When to go to hospital
« on: Friday 17 April 20 19:18 BST (UK)  »
With ref the Virus, I am a bit concerned that the official  online and 111 screening/advice process in the Uk is too severe, perhaps with the original, justifiable intention of trying to avoid floods of folk going to hospital for treatment.
If, as we are told,  there are currently many empty ICU/Nightingale beds, at the same time as too many deaths, surely it implies that ill people are being put off going to hospital until they are too ill to be saved.
Certainly, in my household we will be seeking hospitalisation earlier rather than later, should we show symptoms of Corvid 19.

The Common Room / 1949 medical question
« on: Friday 06 December 19 15:25 GMT (UK)  »
Would a pregnant woman in 1949 ( and 1953 and 1959) have been routinely tested for gestational diabetes/ high sugar levels?
If so, what would the treatment have been?
I read this week about research which suggests a link between maternal  diabetes (types 1&2 and gestational) and severe early-onset cardiovascular issues in the offspring) Of course this link might not be causal, but the scenario may have relevance to some distant relatives.
Thanks in advance for any info.

Yorkshire (West Riding) / Leas childrens home, Holmfirth
« on: Monday 14 October 19 20:57 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone tell me when the Leas childrens home at Scholes, Holmfirth opened and when it was closed?
Thanks in advance.

World War Two / WW2 questions
« on: Monday 25 March 19 22:09 GMT (UK)  »
2 questions about WW2:
   - at what age could young men volunteer for the armed services, as opposed to waiting to be called up? 17 or 18?
   - what was the selection process for women who volunteered to be trained as nurses? 2 of OH's aunts were working in factories, no education after age 14, at the start of the war. Clearly intelligent, they qualified as nurses and then midwives and had excellent careers. The war offered them a great opportunity. Am interested to know how volunteers wth no educational qualifiications were screened for suitability for training.

The Common Room / WW2 women's pay
« on: Monday 11 March 19 12:04 GMT (UK)  »
During WW2 when the men went off to fight and women often took their places, doing their work, in factories, were the  women paid the same wages as the men had been paid or were they paid less ie normal women's wages?
(Not a feminist point I'm making, by the way.)
But I'd like to know how the factory owners were prevented from making extra profit out of the war by using cheaper labour.

The Common Room / Reserved occupation WW2
« on: Monday 04 February 19 22:23 GMT (UK)  »
Is there any way of finding out if a man was in a reserved occupation in WW2? Do records exist?
Or if he was excused military service on health grounds?
Also, how would the wages and financial situation of a serving soldier have compared with that of a man who was in a reserved occupation? One hopes that there would have been no financial advantage in not being on active service.
The mystery is why a relative aged 21 in 1939 did not serve in the military. Too late to ask him now, or course.

The Common Room / old age pension question
« on: Friday 18 January 19 21:00 GMT (UK)  »
Would a man have been eligible for a UK state old age pension on reaching the age of 65 in 1955 if, though having lived in England all his life and served jn WW1, he had no birth certificate and no record of paid employment?
Would his wife, when widowed in old age, have any entitlement to a pension?
Thanks in advance for replies.

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