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The Multi-Tasking Victorian

29th May 2021 | Looking Back

Discover the multi-tasking Victorian. Looking at the ornate bill of sale, below, I was surprised to learn how versatile our ancestors actually were. They often turned their hand to almost any assignment. By the design of the letterhead, it would appear that this company tackled most projects that came their way. The businessman, Edward Mason, was based in Kibworth and a noted builder, contractor and monumental mason in the area.

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Growing up in Wartime

28th April 2021 | Looking Back

I was born at Horsforth near Leeds, West Yorkshire in the springtime of 1935 and lived in Menston-in-Wharfedale, near Ilkley. I was the younger of twin boys, weighing only 3 lbs (pounds) at birth and not expected to survive, relying on being wrapped in cotton wool in the absence of incubators. But survive I did!

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Leicestershires Link To The Cunard Pedigree

31st January 2021 | Looking Back

A few years ago my brother purchased a piece of local history on e-bay that records a time when the famous Cunard family resided here in the county. It was a page from the ‘Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News’, dated November 22nd 1884, under the heading ‘Hunting Centres – Sir Bache Cunard’s Hounds’.

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Keep the home fires burning

1st January 2021 | Looking Back

Just a few months after decimalisation, on 17 May 1971, 10cwt of coal was delivered to a customer in Council Street (now Stuart  Street), Kibworth Beauchamp. The coal merchants were Bromley Bros. and Sons, who were based at the old Kibworth railway station yard and could be contacted by telephone on Kibworth 407.

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