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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Drought, Flooding, Project Updates

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

Flooding, Helen, Project Updates

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

Helen, How things work, Volunteer Project

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

Flooding, Helen, Project Updates, Volunteer Project

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

Flooding, Helen, Project Updates

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

Flooding, Helen, Project Updates, Volunteer Project

Looking for volunteers: Mills c.1550-1750 project

As major users of water systems, mills seemed like an obvious place to look for evidence of water management and its problems. This project covers mills just before the industrial revolution, and is looking at their day to day running. I've got two main strands of the project I'd like to explore: - Leases: there… Continue reading Looking for volunteers: Mills c.1550-1750 project