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‘They met at Term Tuesday fair’

The theme of our blog posts this month is ‘romance’. The problem for me, in writing about my ancestors in nineteenth and twentieth century Cumberland and Westmorland, is that ‘romance’ may have been thin on the ground! Life was hard and marriages sometimes a matter of expediency. This is not to say that my ancestors … Continue reading »

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A thought for Christmas Day

What was Christmas Day like over the past 400 years?   In 1644, the Puritans banned the celebration of Christmas.  They believed it was associated with disorder and debauchery.  It was only after the Restoration of Charles ll in 1660 that it was celebrated more openly, though it remained a working day, at least in part … Continue reading »

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