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Tagged With: London

William Capel Slaughter – family origins and early life

 My great-grandfather was a significant figure in the city of London as one of the founder members of the law firm, Slaughter and May. It still bears his name, though no family members have been associated with the running of it  since William died in 1917. Born on May 11th 1857, William was the youngest … Continue reading »

Categories: 19th Century, Men of God, and of Commerce, Miscellaneous | Tags: , | 6 Comments

London: Severe Winter Weather (1739-40) – Part 1

The British are well known for their obsession with the weather, but the current severe winter warnings seem over dramatic when compared ‘big freezes’ in the past.   Imagine the winter of 1739-40 that the two surviving van Aken brothers, Joseph and Alexander, lived through.    It started with the easterly winds that brought heavy frosts in … Continue reading »

Categories: 18th Century, How we write, Legacies | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment