Nancy Melrose (1853 – 1927)

A blog post in the series of people who are or were connected to my late father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire. Nancy’s husband William Thorpe purchased the two fields from Tom Coupe in 1902. Following William’s death later the same year, the land was held in trust on her behalf until 1920 by Robert Thorpe and James Melrose. Nancy was born in Derby in 1853 … Continue reading Nancy Melrose (1853 – 1927)

A junction of two roads, quite rural, two houses and a couple of caravans parked

Robert Thorpe (c1840 – 1924)

Another blog post in the series of people and families associated with my late father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire. Robert was the younger brother of William Thorpe. Following William’s death Robert held land in trust for William’s widow Nancy and their daughters. Robert Thorpe’s baptism took place at North Wingfield on the 2nd August 1840 in North Wingfield, Derbyshire, to parents William and Ann (née … Continue reading Robert Thorpe (c1840 – 1924)

St Lawrence's church North Wingfield

William Thorpe (1834-1902)

Another blog post in the series of people and families associated with my late father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire. William purchased the two fields from Tom Coupe in 1902. William Thorpe was baptised on the 14th December 1834 in North Wingfield to parents William and Ann (née Wheatcroft) from Woodthorpe. William Snr. noted as a farmer.1 In 1841 census, aged 6, he lived with his … Continue reading William Thorpe (1834-1902)

The newspaper logo

Tom Coupe (1851-1903)

A blog post in my series looking at the people and families that have a connection with my late-father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire. Carrying on from my previous post, Tom Coupe inherited the land and property (marked in red below) from his mother Matilda. Tom was baptised by his parents Matthew and Matilda on the 11th January 1852 at St Lawrence’s in North Wingfield, Derbyshire.1 … Continue reading Tom Coupe (1851-1903)

history

…to go a revolutioning…

In 2006 I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in History. I chose to research the so-called ‘Pentrich Revolution’ as it was local to me and I’d looked at it previously when I was at school. As it’s the 200th anniversary of this event today I thought I’d tweak my dissertation introduction and publish it on my blog. To give a bit of … Continue reading …to go a revolutioning…

Those Places Thursday – Woodyard Lane

  Woodyard Lane- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection. I recently came across a short article by the Nottingham Hidden History Team entitled “A Look around Wollaton in the Early 1900s“.  The article mentions Woodyard Lane, which brought back some memories of time spent along there when I was (much!) younger. Woodyard Lane runs across the back of my Grandparent’s home on Elstree Drive, crosses the … Continue reading Those Places Thursday – Woodyard Lane

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace

Last week I attended an event at Debbie Bryan’s shop in the Lace Market area of Nottingham. Called Communities Interrupted – Preserving Oral Histories of Laceworkers, it was an opportunity to record memories of lace workers & share family stories. I took along the beautiful Nottingham lace bedspread, which had been passed on to me by my Great Aunt Joy. The bedspread is around 100 … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace

Friday Funny – Sir T.W. White’s Ball

The (Old) Exchange With Christmas just around the corner, many of us will be shopping and cooking for family gatherings. and feeling pushed for time. Spare a thought then, for the people involved behind the scenes at Sir T.W. White’s ball in Nottingham in February 1849.   Held at The (Old) Exchange, Nottingham, it involved enormous floristry displays, lace draped to imitate a tent and … Continue reading Friday Funny – Sir T.W. White’s Ball

Those Places Thursday – The Elstree Drive Blues…

I came across this video by Nottingham blues singer Ryan Thomas a while ago – it’s good to see the street where my family lived mentioned. https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/WXKHD2StRMo&source=uds   Here’s a photo of me outside 75 Elstree Drive, aged two in 1967. I lived there until I was six, but my grandparents lived in this house all their married life, from 1939 to 2001. Happy memories! Continue reading Those Places Thursday – The Elstree Drive Blues…

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace Makers

If you have traced your ancestors back to Nottingham in the census years of 1841 to 1911, it is highly likely that you will have come across lace making as an occupation. My three main lace making families are the Oldhams, who worked in Calais during the 1860s as well as Nottingham, the Jowetts and the Bucknalls. Looking through the census returns for these families, … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace Makers