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The Common Room / Re: External door curtains - Idle curiosity
« on: Sunday 21 November 21 13:39 GMT (UK)  »
I remember external door curtains - they were generally made of something like deckchair canvas in the area where my grandparents lived, so often brightly-coloured.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: hand writing at end of marriage cert 1891
« on: Thursday 14 October 21 22:26 BST (UK)  »
Here's a bit of it:

........................... for "Maria Anne"  read Mari Anne ............. as per deposition made before the presiding Justice at Belfast Petty Sessions this 15th May 1891 ...................


The Common Room / Re: Yeoman Farmers - Do They Own Land?
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 20:38 BST (UK)  »
The yeoman farmers in both my Suffolk and Durham family lines owned their own land.  Unfortunately, my Durham 11 x gt grandfather was sentenced to death by Elizabeth 1 for his part in The Rising of the North (1569).  As was fairly common, he and his neighbours were pardoned and his lands were confiscated. 


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Word on cert?
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 20:26 BST (UK)  »
My immediate thought was Lord but it's difficult without being able to see more of the writing. 


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: 1600s indenture
« on: Tuesday 14 September 21 16:15 BST (UK)  »
The first one I think is '... messuages and diverse Lands Tenements....'


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Needing help deciphering a Marriage Bond
« on: Monday 13 September 21 14:49 BST (UK)  »
I think the first two missing words are 'Licence specified' and the second 'Constitutions Ecclesiastical'.   


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Unknown person Talgarth Mill
« on: Saturday 11 September 21 20:36 BST (UK)  »
The date of 1880s-1890s is good for the story we are researching, because that would mean we have the right family working the mill at the time of the photo, since the Lewis family had the mill from a little before 1870 until at least 1920.   So with this time-frame we can be relatively certain that the photo was taken during their tenure.   I was wondering whether the photo could be of one of the local millwrights (there were a few since this area had lots of small mills) but I assume if they were working they would not have been wearing their best clothes.  This is obviously a posed photo.  Below is a photo showing what the scene looks like nowadays.

Thanks again Jim and Arthur for your interest.  For Groom and I, this research is a labour of love.  We started out just researching which families lived and worked at the mill, but their stories are amazing and help to bring the past alive.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Unknown person Talgarth Mill
« on: Saturday 11 September 21 17:09 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for your input, Arthur and Jim.  I am wondering if the person in the photo could be George Lewis Snr.  He was born 1833,  and the first record of him at Talgarth Mill was the 1871 census when he was 38.  That would mean that his age (30-40) would be right, and the clothing would be right.  I don't think it's John as we have a photo of him - below - and you'll see that he looked very different from the man in the photo.  I know that we'll never be absolutely certain who it was.  Would be rather a shame if it was some random passer-by who decided to pose by the mill wheel!

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Unknown person Talgarth Mill
« on: Friday 10 September 21 21:31 BST (UK)  »
The dating of the clothing is pretty critical because that could tell us which miller (if any) it is in the photo.  The family took over the mill in the 1860s as tenants of the Ashburnham Estate.  In 1913 following the death of Bertram, Lord Ashburnham, the estate was sold off and George John, the grandson of George Lewis Snr, bought the mill at auction.  We appreciate that the dating of men's clothing in that era - particularly with such a poor image - is  difficult, but any suggestions/comments would be very much appreciated.

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