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The Common Room / Re: 1939 Register on Ancestry
« on: Wednesday 09 May 18 10:20 BST (UK)  »
My mother and father were there at the right address but not me!! aged 12 and don't know what day it was on as I could be being evacuated at the time....... too young for being 'up the pub'.

The Lighter Side / Re: A great find today
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 09:54 BST (UK)  »
Well done Erato.....   you deserve a break like that with all the help and assistance that you give to others ........ it's pleasing to know indeed.

Occupation Interests / Re: Wood Turner.
« on: Wednesday 02 May 18 09:49 BST (UK)  »
A big industry for wood turners was bannister rails and supports which were (the vertical support rails) turned by the hundreds according to the size of the building.
All done on a wood lathe ..... it was a good job particularly if you were able to afford a wood lathe.

Just got to agree with Jim and gadget.

Occupation Interests / Re: Pill coaters Assistant
« on: Saturday 31 March 18 11:12 BST (UK)  »
My first job at age 15 was as an 'improver' (?) with the Foster MacLellan Company who made 'Doan's Pills (for back ache).It was at the latter end of WW2.
My first job was in making the tablet prior to coating it.
Coating the tablet was done in a line of concrete type machines where the tablets where a talc solution was ladled on the product whilst the machine was revolving until the right quantity was  achieved then it was coloured with a brown beeswax solution.
At no time was sugar used.
The tablet machines (about 12) were all belt driven and each punched out one tablet per second now there are machines that are known as 'multiples' and there are no leather belts.

So long ago.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Westbourne Square
« on: Monday 15 January 18 07:42 GMT (UK)  »
You are right those buildings were multi occupied.
Commonwealth Graves Commission used to include civilian deaths but no longer seem to do this ... it seems to cover military deaths only unfortunately.
The steps at the entrance of the nunnery seemed to be a favoured place for leaving babies.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Westbourne Square
« on: Monday 15 January 18 05:23 GMT (UK)  »
Having now looked at the 1861 census I may have to eat my words about fashionability. There are some very large and apparently well-to-do households in Westbourne Square, some with 5, 6 or 7 servants - so it does look as though they must have been large and imposing residences.

You may be interested to know that 22 Westbourne Square was occupied in 1861 by John J Wynne, a 57 yr old Irish-born barrister, with his wife Marcia, four children and an Irish-born female servant.
I am 90 years old and now live in Australia but my memories of the area are quite vivid.
My family lived in Delamere Crescent which was below and parallel to Delamere Terrace which was opposite the canal from Blomfield Terrace.... I used to cross the canal bridge to go to Amberley Street school.
Between Delamere Terrace and Delamere Crescent was a Catholic school which I could see into from my home I could see class rooms and on my 'wag' days I could see children and teachers... I add this for historical purposes.In the same area was a nunnery............ it was quite narrow but seemed to accommodate quite a number of nuns.
most of this was destroyed by bombing I forget the date but Delamere Crescent was so damaged it was condemned and no doubt most,if not all,of the rest of the area was too.
As I said previously the area originally somewhat grand but at my time,in a two roomer,it was very moth eaten and ugly.
I will find the night of the bombing and add to the discussion

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Westbourne Square
« on: Saturday 13 January 18 08:44 GMT (UK)  »
You originally asked what the building would have looked like.
I lived in one in Paddington around 1936 and they were obviously originally very grand with servants quarters and wired pull bells from every room but time had taken its toll and they were reduced to one and two roomers.
The photo gives an idea.

Yorkshire (West Riding) / Re: William and Sarah Pickles
« on: Wednesday 25 October 17 11:32 BST (UK)  »
Best I can offer from my tree which may have a connection somewhere is that William Hirst married Abigail Pickels at Rothwell West Yorks  at 1790 and their first child named Sarah Hirst was born May 27 at Horbury and she married William Brown at Horbury 1827.

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