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Author Archives: Barbara Selby

Great-grandpa in Albion

Tracking the travels of my great-grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge, is proving difficult; in his adventures in sugar he hardly stayed anywhere long enough to leave a mark.  There are some photographs but most have a minimal description, with the plantation name rather than the country and no date.  But there are a few letters that … Continue reading »

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Great grandpa and the overture to war (part two)

In my last posting I introduced the International Review of Commerce and Industry to which my great grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge (AJL), submitted articles in December 1913 and January 1914 in an attempt to see if there was any intimation that the Great War was imminent. In the next issue, January 1914, the editor kicks … Continue reading »

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Great grandpa and the overture to war (part one)

As the “celebrations” of the Great War start to ramp up I found myself wondering if I could discover whether my great grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge (AJL) had any thoughts on the impending catastrophe. In December 1913 and January 1914 he published articles in The International Review of Commerce and Industry edited by T. Swinborne … Continue reading »

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Great grandpa visists the West Indies

In 1889 my great-grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge, moved from Watson, Laidlaw and Co to their associate company Mirrless, Watson and Co and at the same time the company took over Yaryan Co (with the exclusion of that company’s business in USA, Canada and Cuba) and became a limited liability company, Mirrlees, Watson & Yaryan Co … Continue reading »

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Great grandpa and The Great Stink

In 1884 my great grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge, left Victor Coates and Co in Belfast and moved to Messrs Watson, Laidlow and Co in Glasgow who made centrifugal drying and separating machinery.  Whilst working for them he visited London in 1885 as their representative at The International Inventions Exhibition.  In August I wrote a piece … Continue reading »

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The Paradise comes to Barnsley

Although to me my great grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge, is the epitome of the Victorian engineer his career could easily have taken another turn.  His first recorded employment was as a draper’s assistant and this would have been more in-line with the family tradition.  When he was growing up his father, John Arthur Liversedge, was … Continue reading »

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Great-grandpa in Belfast.

In May 1879 my great grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge, left both his job at Messers Hopkinson and Co and his home of Huddersfield to work in Belfast.  In October that year he returned to marry Charlotte Fanny Cook and in December 1880 their first child John Arthur was born, followed in July 1882 by my … Continue reading »

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Great-grandpa’s Huddersfield poem

My great-grandparents families, the Liversedges and Cooks were firmly rooted in the West Riding of Yorkshire, specifically Huddersfield.  Alfred John was born in Huddersfield and although the family moved for a while to Halifax they soon returned.  Charlotte Fanny was born in Fitzwilliam Street Huddersfield and her family lived there for many years although she … Continue reading »

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Great-grandpa and the cloak thief

At the moment my researches are focussing on my great-grandfather’s early life and trying to work out how the son of a tailor, whose first job was as a shop assistant in Huddersfield, made the leap to consulting engineer with an office off The Strand. I know he attended Huddersfield Mechanic’s Institute, I suspect evening … Continue reading »

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Great-grandpa and the centrifugal separator

It’s easy to forget that the Great Exhibition of 1851 was the first one of series of world’s fairs held in London under the patronage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  The International Inventions Exhibition held in 1885 was one of these, indeed Prince Albert was president of the organising committee. The Exhibition was held … Continue reading »

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