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Family History Beginners Board / Isherwood + Whiteley
« on: Tuesday 14 September 10 17:53 BST (UK)  »
Has anyone got any ideas where a middle name "Whiteley" is likely to have popped up in an Isherwood family? They seem to go back to Bolton, early 19th C; but I can't find any "Whiteley" married in... any brainwaves from the wonderful experts out there?

Lancashire / Re: Heaton Park Prefabs
« on: Saturday 11 September 10 14:27 BST (UK)  »
I'm afraid that I don't know anything about the Prefabs, but the "Parkside experimental Centre" off Sheepsfoot Lane was experimental ( in the early 1970s when I did a short stint there, at least ) in that groups of primary children were brought in each day from different Schools for a couple of weeks at a time, and worked with staff from the centre and their own schools together, as "Teams"on fairly free-form cross-subject projects round a basic theme, culminating in a display /exhibition at the end of the time, showing all the work. I seem to recall that parents may have been invited to this. Each team was based in one or two of the rooms grouped round courtyards. I seem to remember some flowerbeds, and a lot of use made of the Hall and Gardens. I think the Head then may have been called Miss Langden or Longden? I had the impression that the Schools invoved were deliberately socially diverse

Lancashire / Re: Preston Shop +Cummins
« on: Sunday 01 August 10 16:23 BST (UK)  »
Thank you, Duck and Posteria, I suspect that Bridget's family may not be the right ones. I've gone through this Cummins / Cummings thing with older family, and there's one who is adamant that they are from Scotland, but the rest of us think it's probably Irish connection. We think James is s. of Thomas and Elizabeth, who ran a grocers in Southport towards the end of the l800s... James is quoted as a saddler, and branched out, and at one point seemed to be in the money a bit, living in a decent area of Southport, and, as I say, we thought there was another similar establishment set up by him in Preston area. Could have been just a fruitless long shot.

Lancashire / Re: Preston Shop +Cummins
« on: Saturday 31 July 10 17:25 BST (UK)  »
Thank you very much for your efforts, no, the John Cummins is an unlikely one! Neither the Bridget nor the Margaret sound likely ladies, either... Thank you for the information about the gaps in the directories. I must get organised about working out how to use libraries in Lancashire online. It's just so much nicer handling real books, isn't it? Thanks again.

Lancashire / Preston Shop +Cummins
« on: Friday 30 July 10 18:26 BST (UK)  »
I have such faith in the magic powers of the experts here that before I slog all the way to Preston, can anyone think of an easy way to try to confirm / refute that a James Cummins had a sort of Army& Navy type store somewhere in Preston, Lancs, round about the time of WWI ( 1914 - 1918), please? It might give me somewhere to start from, if I knew there actually was such a shop...

Armed Forces / 13th/18th Hussars (Tank Regiment)
« on: Thursday 22 July 10 18:12 BST (UK)  »
Is there any sensible way that I can trace the operations this group were involved in during most of WW2? From about 1940 onwards? Or were they split up and serving all over? I have some idea of Egypt and Germany, but little beyond that. Guidance would be appreciated.

Lancashire / Re: Where is Lowhouse?
« on: Thursday 22 July 10 17:52 BST (UK)  »
It may not  be helpful, but I know there's an area called "Lowerhouse" in Burnley, Lancs....

Lancashire Lookup Requests / Re: Isherwood
« on: Tuesday 13 July 10 18:15 BST (UK)  »
Thank you for your interest. I was fairly sure that Robert and Jane were the parents, but actually in the Bolton area there are so many Roberts at about the correct generation to be parents of Robert m. Ann, that I have found it hard to get further - there are so many little villages and many family members seem to have moved just a short distance. I appreciate your advice.

Lancashire Lookup Requests / Re: Isherwood
« on: Thursday 08 July 10 23:14 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for that advice re getting the certificate. The issue is: not certain what his father's name was. Bolton seemed to be knee-deep in Robert Isherwoods at that time, I've found loads that "seem to fit", but nothing to guide which one may be which.

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