Month: April 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Pets

This is the 17th challenge in a weekly series from GeneaBloggers called 52 weeks of personal genealogy and  history, suggested  by Amy Coffin,  that invite genealogists to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.  Week 17 – Pets.

The very first pet we had was a budgie called Dinky. We got him in about 1954 and for some reason my parents bought him from Clitheroe in Lancashire and had to take him back to Yorkshire where we lived. He was a really good talker but I don’t recall him having a Lancastrian accent – thank goodness.

My dad used to tell the story about eating his breakfast and Dinky walking across his plate and through his fried eggs. Hmm – not sure i’d be too keen myself.

Dinky went to live with my grandparents when my brother was born in 1958.

I mentioned in week 4 of this series that we lived in a pub for about 18 months when I was about 4 years old. It seems that most publicans have to own a dog – often a big one. My dad was no exception.

We had a German Shepherd called Rinty – named after Rin-Tin-Tin from the movies. I have some vague memories of Rinty – or perhaps they are stories told to me by my parents. After all it is fifty four years ago.

I guess that one of the reasons my parents got Rinty was for security and protection against unruly customers. He was also apparently a good guard dog especially when assigned to look after me! We had a large enclosed yard at the back of the pub and that is where I used to play.

I know from stories told to me that Rinty would often be out in the yard with me. One such tale is of me shouting for help and when my parents came out they saw me running on the spot with Rinty just sitting there firmly gripping the seat of my pants in his mouth.

Anyway, when we left the pub we moved to a much smaller house and my parents decided not to keep Rinty. My dad said that he went to train as a police dog but I was never too sure about that!

My sister had a rabbit called Snowy – I think he was white. I don’t recall much about Snowy apart from he came to a very sad end. He was found dead on the back lawn after being attacked by another animal – presumably a dog.

We also had a goldfish called Tinkerbell whose party trick was leaping out of the bowl and flopping around on the floor.

Jayne and I have had three Persian cats over the past seventeen years – Horlicks, Willow and Wellington. They gave us so much pleasure and fun but sadly they are no longer with us.

Wellington and Willow

Horlicks

Horlicks

Wellington passed away on 24 March this year – here’s his obituary on one of my other blogs.

I think we are going to be pet free for a while.

Ribble Valley Borough Council – thumbs up

I’ve got another week of my holiday before I go back to work so I had a research day sat at the computer.  I decided to concentrate on looking for my Musgrove ancestors in the National Buriel Index.

Unfotunately I drew a blank. There doesn’t seem to be much for Lancashire in the NBI – or perhaps it was just not much for the names and area I was searching.

Anyway I tried another route. I made an assumption that the people I wanted to find had been buried in the local cemetery – I know perhaps an obvious assumption, but there are also a number of churches in the area where they could be.

I emailed Ribble Valley Borough Council this morning about 10.00am with a list of names and dates of death. Just over an hour later I had a reply confirming that they had located burials for all the people on my list. By the end of the day I had received a full reply with plot numbers, a cemetery map and directions to each grave, and a list of all the people buried in those graves – including some people I wasn’t expecting and some I have never even heard of.

I wanted to post this for two reasons. First to record my thanks to Judith at Ribble Valley Borough Council for all the information she sent to me. Second to recommend local council cemetery services as a valuable and, in my experience, a very helpful resource for genealogists.

Addingham – Postcard #5

This is a postcard of St. Peter’s church in Addingham, West Yorkshire. The card is unused and the condition is not very good. In fact I would go so far as to say that all is not as it seems at first glance.

The front of the postcard says that it is published by the Skipton Stationery Co. The back of the card appears to be from something else all together. There is an inscription which says – No 4046 published by Portland Post Card Co., Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. (Made in Germany).

The Portland Post Card Co. (1908-1916) published many scenes from the American west coast including Alaska. They were the official publisher of postcards for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909. But I doubt very much that they ever published a postcard of St. Peter’s church, Addingham.

I haven’t yet been able to find an image of Portland Post Card No. 4046. If anyone else happens to spot one I would be interested to have a look.

So then I have a postcard that is almost certainly not in its original state. Nevertheless I got it for the picture of the church so it adequately meets that requirement.

St. Peters, Addingham has its own website with lots of history about Christian worship on the site in three millennia dating back to the 9th century.

My interest in Addingham is that it is the birth place of my 2x great grandfather, John Stowell (1828-1885) and some of his siblings. They didn’t stay there very long and certainly by the time of the 1851 census they had moved across the Pennines to Burnley in Lancashire.

I haven’t yet been to the records office to look for the baptism’s of my Stowell ancestors but I am guessing that they were probably baptised at St. Peter’s.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Restaurants

This is the 16th challenge in a weekly series from GeneaBloggers called 52 weeks of personal genealogy and  history, suggested  by Amy Coffin,  that invite genealogists to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.  Week 16 – Restaurants.

This is going to be a short post.

I don’t have any recollection of going to restaurants in my childhood. It was just something that we didn’t do in our family.

A regular and favourite meal however was fish and chips from the local chippie – it was called Berts. Take out fish and chips wrapped in newspaper – wonderful.

When I was in my teens and out in Leeds with my mates we would often eat at a Wimpy bar and we thought we were really cool!!

I didn’t start going out to restaurants until I was much more grown up!!