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For Such is the Kingdom: Chapter 6

6. Many men simply become Guardians as a stepping-stone to the Town Council; they wish to gain confidence in speaking, and use the Board room as a practising ground . . . They are often ignorant and indifferent, and stand for other reasons than their knowledge of or interest in the poor. Report of the [...]

By |2022-08-08T18:56:37+00:00August 8th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

For Such is the Kingdom: Chapter 5

5. All the paupers in the workhouse, except those disabled by sickness or infirmity, persons of unsound mind, and children, shall rise, be set to work, leave off work, and go to bed at such times, and shall be allowed such intervals for their meals as the Board of Guardians shall, by any regulation approved [...]

By |2022-08-02T15:39:09+00:00August 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

For Such is the Kingdom: Chapter 4

4. CAPE OF GOOD HOPE COLONIAL MAIL LINE, carrying her Majesty’s mails. – DONALD CURRIE and Co.’s LONDON LINE of STEAMERS leave Dartmouth for Capetown every alternate Friday, and Capetown for Plymouth every alternate Tuesday. Loading in London at the South West India Dock. Apply to the Owners, 4, Fenchurch-street, London E.C. The London Daily [...]

By |2022-07-25T16:09:36+00:00July 25th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My top 15 favourite online historical research sites – and a new one

If you're working on any kind of historical book, fiction or otherwise, these are some of the most helpful places to find what you're looking for. Ancestry.com - An American genealogy company based in Lehi, Utah. The largest for-profit genealogy company in the world, it operates a network of genealogical, historical records, and related genetic [...]

By |2022-07-24T02:55:04+00:00July 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|2 Comments

For Such is the Kingdom: Chapter 3

3. To each class shall be assigned that ward or separate building and yard which may be best fitted for the reception of such class, and each class of paupers shall remain therein, without communication with those of any other class. Consolidated General Order (1847) Matron put down her pen. “Now here’s what’s what. It’s [...]

By |2022-07-30T00:07:35+00:00July 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

For Such is the Kingdom: Chapter 2

2. Remember, remember!/The fifth of November,/The Gunpowder treason and plot;/I know of no reason/Why the Gunpowder treason/Should ever be forgot! (English folk verse c. 1870) We were out gathering sticks for the bonfire. Vic had Teddy in her arms and I followed behind like always. William ran ahead looking for firecrackers. Vic said we should [...]

By |2022-07-11T15:18:53+00:00July 11th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Messy Bookshelf: Harrow Road sequel

Back in 2014, Gregory Rodriguez wrote an article on “How Genealogy Became Almost as Popular as Porn”. In it he traced the current obsession – or fascination, if obsession is a little too creepy – with tracing our family history to Alex Haley’s best-selling book Roots. As Rodriguez pointed out, some of us were always [...]

By |2022-07-03T22:29:44+00:00July 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

For Such is the Kingdom: Chapter 1

1. The care and training of children are matters which should receive the anxious attention of Guardians. Pauperism is in the blood, and there is no more effectual means of checking its hereditary nature than by doing all in our power to bring up our pauper children in such a manner as to make them [...]

By |2022-07-12T05:51:30+00:00July 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|2 Comments

My Messy Bookshelf: 10 Great Literary Anecdotes

Now that the stress of moving is behind me, and boxes have been unpacked, flattened, and recycled, one of my books that was previously buried under a pile of paperbacks has reappeared:  Robert Hendrickson's Book of Literary Anecdotes. When it came out in 1990, it claimed to be "one of the most extensive collections of [...]

By |2022-06-20T15:21:50+00:00June 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|5 Comments

My Messy Bookshelf: 7 Tips to Reduce the Stress of Moving

Moving is stressful. A recent survey found that forty-five percent of us find it more stressful than divorce, more stressful than having children, and more stressful than sending those children off to college. The packing, the sorting, finding a mover, figuring out how you're going to pay that mover - it's all just right up [...]

By |2022-05-23T16:37:15+00:00May 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|2 Comments
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