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Margaret McAlpine

Margaret McAlpine is a new author – but one who has always wanted to write more creatively than her various public service jobs allowed, where she drafted countless reports, funding bids, committee papers and such-like.

Her interest in family history began with her grandmother’s stories of lost wealth and status but had been laid aside for many years, awaiting time and perhaps that indispensible tool – the internet.

History, her degree subject, has been a life-long passion and in the past few years she has been delighted by the sheer number of books and television programmes that are both scholarly and popular.  If her family memoir provides readers with only a fraction of the pleasure she has had in researching and writing it, it will still repay her debt to that community – scholars, authors and publishers – who have made history so relevant and enjoyable for us all today.

Margaret’s Story
In Fire at Gomersal Mills: A Terrible Calamity, Margaret tells of a calamity in 1913 that severed the fifth generation of her family from their roots in the West Riding of Yorkshire.  Since 1750 their reputation and prosperity had been founded on manufacturing success and Christian evangelising.  What could be salvaged – for them and their enterprises?

Read Margaret’s posts.

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2 Responses to Margaret McAlpine

  1. Mark Devereux


    You may already have the answer to this, but I just stumbled on your photo of the car that you don’t know they type of (photo entitled ‘1940s But what is it?’)

    It is a Riley, and I’m 100% certain its a Riley Kestrel. A hugely elegant car.

    The Kestrel model was produced between 1934 and 1938 as far as I know.

    The model photographed is a slightly later one; possibly 1937.

    I hope this is of interest to you.

    I found the photo while doing a search for 1940s garages in Bournemouth which might be totally irrelevant to your article.
    I own a 1930s MG which I am searching the history of – I know it lived on the south coast from 1953 (possibly much earlier) until 1955

    Warmest Wishes,


    • Judith Platt

      Hi Margaret,
      came across your posts trawling the internet on the never ending search for my family history and suspect I may be related to Thomas Rhodes. You mentioned his will of 1804 with respect to his daughter Jane who married James Burnley and wondered if you could let me know where I could obtain a copy, or a list of his beneficiaries as it might help me determine if I am chasing the right family of Rhodes in Little Gomersal. Thanks Judith

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