I had a few people who enquired whether I might add an index to “We Shall Remember Them” book so they could easily track down their Brislington and St Anne’s ancestor in World war I. After many hours and with the help of my husband George, I have done it! Find it here: We Shall Remember Them – Index of names – Brislington & St Anne’s WW1
Years ago when researching my paternal family I came upon hitherto unsuspected connections with an ancient industrial history. From that time I became obsessed (not too strong a word) with the lives of coalminers,...
I have been researching the social history of the West Country for 45 years. During this time I have collated information on a wide range of people living and working in the West Country including miners, ethnic minorities, petty criminals, sailors, tommies, benefactors, brassmakers and many more.
The thing that I find amazing is that ordinary people always lived extraordinary lives. I hope you like my blog that brings together my lifetime of research.
16 October 1788. Black History Month. Alexander Falconbridge & Anna Maria Horwood were married at Pill, Somerset. #bristolhistory.co.uk/2021/01/25/black-bristolians-of-the-18th-19th-centuries/#bristolhistory.co.uk/2021/06/04/anna-maria-falconbridge
Celebrating Black History Month: 'Zulu Chief dies a soldier's death', at Southmead, of wounds rec'd on WW1 battlefield. Pte Madhlala Mrogoy Tshikwase, buried Arno's Vale Brislington, August 1917. # https://bristolhistory.co.uk
Thomas Shillitoe and Ann Fry, Quakers,spent a month visiting coalmining families in Kingswood. "In the 1st cottage we found 3 small children alone, the father killed in the pit, their mother gone to a day's work...but we met more pitiable cases". https://www.bristolhistory.co.uk/the-annals-of-kingswood-vol-4-1796-1820/
Oct. 1738. Kingswood Colliers' wages cut from 7p to 5p a day. 'Riots' & 'Violent Commotions' in Bristol for 6 wks. Full story & aftermath