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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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(Re)visiting Life- the reason we write family history?

I came across an article recently which had been written earlier this year.  As part of my family history research, I also research economic and political themes to gain a perspective on where some (monetary and political) systems have originated and how they have evolved.  This is important in understanding the context of my family’s … Continue reading »

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My other Great Aunt Olive

My second great aunt named Olive was on my father’s side of the family. She was one of my paternal grandmother’s younger sisters. The family came from Gloucestershire, and my grandmother, Gladys Kate, was the second child of twelve children born to Edwin Thomas Drew [a butcher by trade] and his wife Kate Elizabeth[ nee … Continue reading »

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1566 And All That

On Sunday 3 November, I had one of those experiences where the past and present collide.  I attended a staged reading of a play: Supposes, A Comedy written in the Italian tongue by Ariosto, Englished by George Gascoigne of Grey’s Inn Esquire and there presented 1566.   That original presentation took place in Grays Inn … Continue reading »

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Two great aunts named Olive

Following recent themes of social mobility and divisions in families, I was reminded of my two great aunts, both named Olive. One was my mother’s aunt, and the other my father’s. They could not have been more different – one very distant, rather formidable, and the other warm and affectionate. Great Aunt Olive Sanders[nee Slaughter] … Continue reading »

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Wolfson Centre for Life Writing – Conference 20-22 September 2013

Notes from the conference organised by the Wolfson Centre for Life Writing, held at Wolfson College, Oxford, 20-22 September. I was disappointed that the organisers and presenters did not provide synopses of the papers presented, and there are are no plans to publish collectively. However, two of the three plenary lectures, one of the two … Continue reading »

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The Right to Bear Arms

One of the next things on my To Do list is to visit the College of Arms, having had abolutely no joy in e-mailing them or attempting a telephone conversation.   I want to know the full significance of three sealed documents which have come down my family from the early 19th century. The first … Continue reading »

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It is a horse’s hoof, mounted on a steel horseshoe, with a bronze ‘fetlock’, topped by a hinged lid on which one you can just decipher the name in capitals – DAISY. On lifting the lid, you discover a silver fitment containing a heavy glass inkwell. According to my mother, Peggy Wise[nee Slaughter], this came … Continue reading »

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My Grandfather’s Clock

Anyone who has followed my stories about my mother’s family could assume that my engineering genes are solely a Liversedge inheritance however my career path was closer to that of my father’s father, John Francis Day. Unfortunately Granny Day had none of the Liversedge hoarding gene and there are no tantalising tin boxes from her, … Continue reading »

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Following the Dogs of Joseph van Aken (Haecken)

Most days I receive updates from collective art auction online portals that give a tantalising glimpse of paintings recently sold, often carrying the frustrating attribution of ‘British School 18th century’. I have no idea how many paintings hanging on walls or stored in various museum and auction house facilities that have been lumped under this … Continue reading »

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