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Historic Flood and Drought Study Day February 2018

We were full to capacity at the Staffordshire Record Office on the 10th February for our study day. Dr Neil Macdonald started off the day with an overview of the importance of research into historic weather extremes. Neil is Alice and Helen's main supervisor at the University of Liverpool. More about his research can be… Continue reading Historic Flood and Drought Study Day February 2018

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LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: 17th and early 18th century mill accounts

We are looking for one or two volunteers to examine two sets of eighteenth century mill accounts from Burton-on-Trent and Stafford to reconstruct expenses and grain prices over short (roughly five to ten year) periods. This will help the historic flooding and drought project, raise the profile of the accounts in the Record Office’s collection,… Continue reading LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: 17th and early 18th century mill accounts

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19th century flood gates in Trentham

I've attempted to enhance all the images used so that details are clearer (with mixed success), so colour saturation and contrast are not exactly as in the original documents. I've been on a couple of holidays on canals in narrow boats so am very familiar with operating lock gates - opening and closing the gates, and… Continue reading 19th century flood gates in Trentham

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August 2017 Project Update

We thought it would be a good time for another quick update on what we have been up to, and what we have planned in the next few months. Happily, our annual progression reviews at the university (which we mentioned in our last project update in May) went well, and we have the go ahead to… Continue reading August 2017 Project Update

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Helen’s visit to The National Archives, and 17th century problems with Hopwas Bridge

I went to The National Archives a few weeks ago, between the 13th and 16th of June. The purpose of my visit was to view assize records that might relate to issues with flooding and waterways in Staffordshire. Ironically it was an extremely hot, dry week, and a friend I met for dinner expressed bafflement… Continue reading Helen’s visit to The National Archives, and 17th century problems with Hopwas Bridge

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Mills project update: Leases from Rugeley

One of our volunteers, Richard, has been kindly looking through some leases for mills and the land surrounding them, and has just finished with a series of leases from Rugeley. The series (D603/E/3/1 to D603/E/3/319) consisted of leases for land in Cannock and Rugeley from the records of the Paget family, and from the series… Continue reading Mills project update: Leases from Rugeley

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Flooding project update: routine water management and mills

Rugeley Parish Officers accounts for the 1708 flood, SRO D3243/4/1 The more I've developed where I want this project to go, the more I've been thinking about ordinary routines. There are catastrophic examples of major floods from the period I'm studying (roughly 1550-1750) such as the Bristol Channel flooding in 1607, and I've found a… Continue reading Flooding project update: routine water management and mills