Category Archives: Leicester

Richard III

Richard was in Nottingham when he heard Henry Tudor was on his way through Wales.  Richard set out to meet him and arrived in Leicester where he stayed at a local inn due to Leicester Castle being in a state … Continue reading

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Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook was born in Melbourne, Derbyshire, in 1808, the son of John Cook and Elizabeth Perkins.  He was only four years old when his father died in 1812 and later that year, his mother married James Smithard.  When his … Continue reading

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Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester

There is something special and atmospheric about cemeteries, especially Victorian ones with their gothic monuments.  Towns and cities grew rapidly during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with people migrating from the countryside, looking for work in the factories and industries. … Continue reading

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Measures Lumley

I have always loved rummaging around in shops full of old junk and curios so when I came across a shop named ‘Stuff’, it was heaven.  Although my house is already crammed with books and curios, it only took a … Continue reading

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Gem in the Parish Register

Every now and then you come across a gem in the parish registers.  I came across this entry in the registers of St Paul’s Church (Church of England), Leicester: Gertrude Vernon Harper ch. 1 Oct 1874; parents – Herbert and … Continue reading

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Overseers Accounts

Overseers Accounts can be full of information.  I came across the example below while researching a member of the GIBBS family for someone.  Thomas wasn’t a member of their family but the account below gives a fascinating insight into his … Continue reading

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