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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace