Helen

Digging Up C17th Legislation on Dogs

Out of curiosity, Helen decided to investigate the law about dog ownership circa 1700. The Quarter Sessions at Staffordshire Record Office could easily take a huge amount of time to study looking for anything relevant to flooding, but I knew they were likely to be quite a rich source. I decided to create myself a… Continue reading Digging Up C17th Legislation on Dogs

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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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How things work (or not): measuring volumes of grain

One of the sources I've been interested in is the accounts of Burton mills, which a work experience placement was kind enough to begin working on for me last week. They cover about five years early in the 1700s and include week-by-week grain sales, wages, and expenses (particularly for horses). So far there has been… Continue reading How things work (or not): measuring volumes of grain

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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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How a Barometer Works

One of our volunteers, Nicky, mentioned a quote from the Elizabeth Hervey diaries which talks about “the bar lower than ever I saw it before” on November 9th 1800 (D6584/C/95/99) just before a hurricane. We presumed this mentioned a bar on a barometer, leading to a discussion of how barometers actually work. Barometers measure atmospheric… Continue reading How a Barometer Works

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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