Tag: personalities & stories

Marc Chagall in Kent

For centuries before the creation of the great city museums and art galleries – the Louvre Museum Paris 1793, National Gallery London 1831, Prado Madrid 1819, people of all classes, from richest to poorest, were daily exposed to some of…

SOME CORNER OF A FOREIGN FIELD………

At 20.20 hours on 10 August 1941, an RAF Liberator took off from Ayr Scotland, destination Gander Newfoundland. 20 minutes into its flight, the plane crashed into a ridge on Mullach Buidhe, just North of Goat Fell, the the highest…

Jewish Cemeteries of Devon by Helen Fry

A guide to burials in the five Jewish cemeteries of Plymouth, Exeter, and Torquay & Paignton   A catalogue of over 1,600 people buried in five Jewish cemeteries, dating from the mid-1700s onwards: the old burial ground in Magdalen Street,…

Finding Goodheim

On  Monday May 21 1900 Mrs Rebecca Levy (nee Goodheim) placed an advertisement in the personal column of The Staffordshire Sentinel: Did William Rowley respond to the advertisement?, Or any other members of his family, who can, indeed, be found…

Olympics – 100 years ago!

Taking part in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm was the son of a salesman, David Henry Jacobs. David was born in 1888 Cardiff, Wales to John and Sarah Jacobs. He was one of at least 6 children. In 1911 the…

Finding Lewis Gompertz

Guest Blog by Hannah Renier, Hannah has ghost-written several family histories, edited others and edited some nineteenth-century journals, besides ghost-writing books for a well-known historian. History and genealogy have become her passion and she’s writing a book about Leicester Square.…

Two Angels? fact or fiction

What are the chances of two sisters – Abigail and Sarah – both marrying someone  with the same, very distinctive name,  within one year of each other?  Pretty slim, you would think.  I certainly doubted it,  although both marriages appeared…