family history

Friday’s Faces From The Past

I kept in touch with my Great-Aunt Joy in Australia for many years via airmail. She also had penfriends in many different countries that she’d been corresponding with for many years. I’ve found quite a few photos of them in her albums so I thought I’d share a few via this blog. I have no information on any of her friends, other than what Joy … Continue reading Friday’s Faces From The Past

Wordless Wednesday

These are a few photos from my Great Aunt Joy’s photo albums. I think they date from around 1935-8. The comments in the brackets are mine Doris & Chummy   Chummy – Age 4 months. (How gorgeous is he?!)   Jean Grimes Grandma Pyne (Isabella nee Brown) Grandma (Isabella nee Brown) & Peggy     Grandpa Pyne (Harry) Uncle Granville (Pyne)   Grandma (Isabella nee Brown) & … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday

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