The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
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This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
"During the week of November 15th to 22nd, 1941, the men, women and children of West Bromwich, whose signatures appear in this book, saved and lent to help pay for the building of H.M. Warship Galatea, on which a metal plaque records for all to see, the efforts made at this memorable time.
It is the wish of those citizens that this book shall be carried on H.M.S. Galatea during her entire period of active service, and returned when victory is ours to West Bromwich with the commander and crew inscribed therein."
To compile this signature book was a huge task. Pages were distributed to schools, work places, libraries, etc. all over the town, where signatures were added, and then all the pages collected and compiled into this huge leather bound volume of almost 900 pages in two columns. The result is a fascinating record of the people of West Romwich, from the confident signatures of the well educated, to the simplistic hand of the school children.
Is your signature in this book? Or perhaps those of your parents and grand parents? Or those of your classmates?
Written by J. Aiken M.D. and published in 1795 there is only one word that is suitable to describe this book....... Stunning.
Highlights include street maps and plans of Manchester in 1650 and 1793, a plan of Liverpool (with street names), maps of Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, West and North Ridings of Yorkshire and the northern part of Staffordshire. There are also lots of beautiful engravings to illustrate the text.
On the title page the book is described as containing 'it's geography, natural and civil; principal productions; river and canal navigations; a particular account of its towns and chief villages; their history, population, commerce, and manufactures; buildings, government &c.
The superb descriptions of the principal places in Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, West and North Ridings of Yorkshire and the northern part of Staffordshire are *incredibly* detailed and will help you to build up a wonderful image of what life must have been like in the 18th century and before.
If your ancestors lived within forty miles of Manchester you will find this book absolutely fascinating.
One of the very best books ever written on the subject of the antiquities of Staffordshire. This book is incredibly rare and sought after (we have been looking for a copy for three years!) and is a must for anyone with interests in the history of the county.
Fully searchable in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
By Eliza Meteyard, published in 1865. 2 volumes, first edition.
The authoratitive biography of Josiah Wedgwood, and in Meteyard's own words of 1865 - "I am willing to believe, judging from many analogies and pregnant signs, that the rebirth of Wedgwood's fame is something more than the fashion of the hour".
Chapters in the volumes include: The earliest varieties of pettery, Pottery of the Middle Ages, Staffordshire and its pottery, Wedgwood's Predecessors and Their Work, The Staffordshire Potters, Wedgwood's Start in Life, The Master Potter, Thomas Bentley the Liverpool Merchant, Canal Navigation and Royal Patronage, Public, Scientific and Artistic Business, Ancient Art and Modern Etruria; Materials and Mechanical Aids, Art in its Spring, Ornamental Ware, Artistic Work and Workmen, Wedgwood's Freinds, The Russian Service, The New Composition and its Results, The Catalogues and their Contents, Greek Street and Bentley, Philosophy and Art, The Period of Artistic Perfection, The Final Works.
Lavishly illustrated and including some coloured prints of borders of enamelled ware.
All in all, a wonderful reference source about Wedgwood, his life and his work, and fascinating reading in its own right.
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