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The Common Room / Re: RUSH PEELER
« on: Monday 15 April 19 16:28 BST (UK)  »
The image of you doing that really amused me.

Once the canals were built, Heptonstall to Manchester would mean only a trek from Heptonstall down to the Calder valley, no problem on foot, and hitch a ride on a canal barge  through Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Littleborough, Rochdale to Manchester.
By the way, Heptonstall's in Yorkshire.

The Common Room / Re: RUSH PEELER
« on: Monday 15 April 19 16:19 BST (UK)  »
Yes, rush lights were made by peeling off the outer coating, so a long strand of pith was exposed, and then soaking it in fat, usually as Cassie said, mutton ("tallow") allowing to dry and then using as lighting. Far inferior to candles, mostly used by poor families.

Lancashire / Re: Joseph Stewart - tracing origin
« on: Wednesday 10 April 19 16:34 BST (UK)  »
Yes, we're pretty sure that's him. Can't get much further until we hear back from Shannon, can we? There are some trees with him featuring, on Ancestry, but some variations.

The Lighter Side / Re: A House Through Time - Newcastle
« on: Wednesday 10 April 19 16:26 BST (UK)  »
What a pity the earliest ownership, the Lewis Carol link, the use of the adjacent properties, etc was not followed up! All at least as interesting as the stuff that "made the cut".
We wondered if the slug illustrations had been done by the chap himself, or his spinster sister?

The Lighter Side / Re: A House Through Time - Newcastle
« on: Tuesday 09 April 19 14:15 BST (UK)  »
I watched this, as I watched the first series, hoping it would be good, it seemed such a good premise to build a programme or series around.
But I feel the same minor irritations with the presenter that others have mentioned ... and the jumping around .... and the tinkly music, with no real need or connection.... getting me just the same as the first time. I also was surprised the presenter was not as aware of the racial mix likely in a port area at that time. I also felt the "surgeon" came over as less than competent - wonder what his private practice was like?
I'm fascinated by the physical changes and structures of houses and the way they move up and down the social scale, and was really prepared to give this a go, but sadly  I can already feel my interest waning...

Lancashire / Re: Joseph Stewart - tracing origin
« on: Tuesday 09 April 19 14:00 BST (UK)  »
Pursuing some very odd thinking, and latching on to the "William Stringer Stewart" named as a son, and casting round the age he might have been, I've come up with a totally wild card that's almost certainly wrong, so few specifics to tie to, but, there's a very young William Stringer, parents Joseph Stringer and Ann Stringer, ( too young for Shannon's chap's birthdate, and not mariner,) in 1851 Yorkshire, with older siblings Elizabeth and Joseph. Obviously that's not the right chap, but it set me thinking: We've no information about young William's age/ B of B, have we, that may help us? Could a child's surname be carried over after a re-marriage as an additional or "middle" name do you think? Might that have been how William got his full name?What happened to Ann?
Does Shannon have more information on William's siblings that could help us get a handle on his wider family? Shannon says they have information from Joseph's son William, onwards....

Lancashire / Re: Joseph Stewart - tracing origin
« on: Tuesday 09 April 19 13:34 BST (UK)  »
I've been having a look, with variable ages - but still all at sea??

The Lighter Side / Re: Murder, Mystery and My Family
« on: Tuesday 09 April 19 13:30 BST (UK)  »
River Tyne Lass:- surely someone ought to make a television programme about this?

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