Wordless Wednesday – Grandpa Bucknall

Quite some years ago my Great Aunt Joy gave me a gorgeous Nottingham lace bedspread that had been designed by her Grandfather, William Bucknall (1861-1937). Joy thought it had been made for display at a London exhibition, but was unsure of any details and I haven’t yet been able to place it. I’ve since found out about as much as I can about him, all … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – Grandpa Bucknall

Thankful Thursday

I’m very thankful for a large parcel that arrived one day last week. I’ve posted before about my Great Aunt Joy who emigrated to Australia – she gave me a Nottingham lace bedspread some years ago, which was designed by her Grandfather William Bucknall. Sadly Auntie Joy passed away in July last year at the grand age of 90. She and her husband, Don, my … Continue reading Thankful Thursday

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace in Calais

I’ve recently been searching for my Oldham family in Calais, France. My 3xgreatgrandparents Thomas Oldham and Harriet (nee Winfield) and their sons William and Thomas are missing from the 1861 UK census, but reappear on the 1871 census with five more children, all born in Calais between 1861 and 1870. The Archives of Pas-de-Calais had already sent me copies of the birth registrations, which reveal … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace in Calais

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace Part II

Following on from my last post which mentioned my heirloom Nottingham lace bedspread, I have managed to find out a little more about William Bucknall, the man who designed it. The son of William Bucknall and Henrietta Litchfield, William Jnr was born in Radford, Nottingham in 1861. Both his father William Snr and his paternal grandfather George were lacemakers from Beeston. William Jnr’s early years … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace Part II

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

A Bit of a Rant……

Most of my immediate family are from Nottingham; I was born there & also went to Nottingham Trent University.  So I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years, most recently visiting the Archives and Angel Row library for genealogy research.  I’m proud of being from Nottingham & I love learning about the history associated with this city. So I was very sad when … Continue reading A Bit of a Rant……

The Oldham Family Business

I knew already from the Census returns that my Nottingham Oldhams were heavily involved in the machine lace making industry, both in Calais, France and at home in Nottingham. This cutting from the London Gazette shows a partnership between Gervase Oldham (1842-1914) and his nephew John Oldknow Oldham (1858-1913) being dissolved: Whilst flicking through the card indexes in the Nottingham Archives, I came across Gervase … Continue reading The Oldham Family Business

Back to the Nottingham Oldhams

I still haven’t been able to locate either William Henry Oldham or Thomas Oldknow Oldham in the local baptism records, although the Census records suggest they were both born in Nottingham. The next step will be to find the non-conformist registers and see if they are in there.  I know there are some at the Nottingham Archives, it’s a matter of finding the right one! … Continue reading Back to the Nottingham Oldhams