Category Archives: History

60 Years On…For the Record.

Some years ago I inexpertly scanned a lot of my dad’s slides, particularly from their/our time in Nigeria (1950s to early 60s) and have been part of a ‘Nigerian Nostalgia’ group on Facebook, sharing some of these. The images tend … Continue reading

Posted in family history, Houses & Gardens, Photography | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Choir!

Rootling among the old family photos I came across a little moment of glory for the Wesley Chapel Choir in 1924. From news reports at the time it seems they had a needle match with West End Congregational choir, singing … Continue reading

Posted in family history, History | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Great-grandfather Frank

Frank Marsden was born in 1871 to Jonathan Marsden (1843-1889) and Jane Marsden (Smithson, 1847-1913). In the 1871 census they were living at in 3 Church Gate, Brighouse, Yorkshire. In the 1891 census, Frank was a corn miller. He later … Continue reading

Posted in family history, People | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Difficult Times

I seem to have been in stasis a bit since the coronavirus lockdown, dabbling in this and that but not really getting on with any of my planned projects. Random by name, random by nature, then; I will not wait … Continue reading

Posted in family history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Injecting some colour into my life!

The other day I had a play with a couple of online colourising tools. It was coming up to what would have been my parents’ 70th wedding anniversary, so I played with a few photos to post elsewhere on the … Continue reading

Posted in family history, People, Photography | Leave a comment

Revisiting the past: ‘dame school’.

I occasionally search desultorily for some of my childhood memories in one form or another. A search for mentions of my ‘dame school’ in Bukuru, Nigeria, threw up a surprise result today, in the form of a book written by … Continue reading

Posted in family history, History, Random, Travel | 2 Comments

You can take the girl out of Halifax…

I managed to come over all decisive today and finish off the mixed-media piece I started a few weeks ago on a course at Malvern Hills College. It was acrylic-based and also I learned how to do gelli prints and … Continue reading

Posted in History, Locality, Photography, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Disappeared…

Looking through some Yorkshire directories on a genealogy hunt last night I found two wonderful, if rather niche, job categories – Strickle Makers and Scribbling and Fulling Millers. It set me off, not least as I think my last job … Continue reading

Posted in History, Language, Locality, People | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Centenary

It’s just 100 years since a 19-year-old lad from Halifax, Yorkshire, died from the gas that had wounded him on 5th September 1918. Read a little more about my great-uncle Leonard in a previous post here.

Posted in History, People | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

8 ways Yorkshire has changed the world

Just a few contributions from God’s Own County! Heritage Calling Our capital city, London, is the heart of the political system and where power, protest and progress converge to make change a reality in law. However, the great ideas and … Continue reading

Posted in History, Reblogged | Tagged | Leave a comment