How to enjoy Family History ... find your way around the fun -
Edward Hindley (1885-1935) - our maternal great grandfather left a legacy of investments in chemicals and the inspiring legacy of 'education & compound interest'.
Edward Hindley - older yarns about nous, wit and hard work, honesty & thrift which touched all the economic happenings in Cheshire which led to, and were consequences of, the scientific & industrial revolutions ... discovering & accumulating business synergies ... mass production in factories -
17th century - freeholders, dissenters & cheese makers
18th century - feeding the cities & animal husbandry, Warrington grocers & cordwainers, Antrobus life & rivers of change
19th century - Victorian manufactories
Ancient Trades & Crafts of Rural Cheshire - cheese, shire horses, potatoes, cordwainers, tanners, coopers and blacksmiths -
the Old Hindleys of Farnworth/Bedford/Astley were blacksmiths ... and then a new crop arrived for the enterprising ...
the Greenways of Cliff Farm, Alvanley and the Mouldsworth farms down Mouldsworth Road were into spuds!
Billy Gibson & George Hormbrey - best friends, businessmen, Methodists, Whigs, educators & wealth creators ... ordinary folk of rural Cheshire with nous & wit, who discussed & challenged everything but knew little about the economics of comparative advantage and the rise & fall at Crewood Hall?
These guys probably didn't even know the name of Adam the Smith and would have struggled to cope with the biological notions of moral sentiments & synergies of specialisation & scale that he had hammered out at his forge ... nevertheless they were all survivors and coped well ...
Weaver Refining Co Ltd - our very own family yarns about nous, wit and hard work, honesty & thrift -
and building on the legacies of old entrepreneurs -
William Sherratt - Salford Iron Works
William Swift - Bolton Iron Founders
Richard Lloyd - Richard Lloyd & Co
William Edward Maude - W E Maude & Co
Tommy Astles - Manure Works
Lowwood Gunpowder - Saltpetre Works
There were local competitors just down stream; the Runcorn Bone Works driven by the Leventons ... and on the Trent & Mersey Canal; the Rookery Bridge Refining Company driven by the Gortons & a young lad who learned how to process cows Terry Goodwin ... and the Tattenhall Bone Works driven by the Smiths from the River Irk in Manchester to the Shropshire Union Canal at Tattenhall ...
Charles Massey & Son - Newcastle-under-Lyme
Williamson & Corder - Walker-on-Tyne
Weaver Refining Company - Acton Bridge
J & T Walker - Bestwood
Croda - synergies of specialisation & scale, and global speciality chemicals.
Clara Brocklehurst (1879-1967) - our maternal grandmother left an indelible mark for the good on our chaotic development ... thanks we remember it all ...
Brocklehurst Clan - prolific & influential family in our part of Cheshire ...
George W Birchall (1875-1960) - our paternal grandfather left a legacy of social nous, he was a craftsman, publican and the sire of a couple of brothers who were soaked in Northwich salt & the chemical industry and were both mean sportsmen and beer drinkers.
Birchall Brothers - East Cheshire industrialisation & the urban trek to the mills and to trades
Silk Throwing - Stockport, Macclesfield & Congleton
Early Cheshire Birchalls - of Wybunbury, delving back to Johannis Berchall of Winwick?
and there was Biological History ...
Birchall DNA - the deeper history of the Birchalls ... and what really really happened ... DNA didn't lie ...
John Howarth (1852-1922) - Carole's maternal great grandfather left a legacy in print, 'The Voyage of The Rangitiki' and 'The Padiham Advertiser' and the inspiration of 'pioneering endeavour' as he searched for betterment for his family in the Antipodes ... and through his daughter his genes met up with those of Thomas Telford.
John Howarth - publisher of 'The Voyage of The Rangitiki' and 'The Padiham Advertiser'
Rangitiki - immigrant sailing ship to New Zealand
Thomas Telford - Civil Engineer extraordinaire and builder of the industrial revolution ...
How do we trace our link back to Thomas Telford ... now that would be interesting!
and there were others ...
Birch Smith - distant cousin, who played Dixieland cornet with Turk Murphy and knew a thing or two about rhythms and medical physics.
Alf Gaskill - gillie, who also ran the Warrington Powders Factory and knew a thing or two about leadership and getting things done.
The Banjo Player - fettler, who also once actually played a banjo but loved his 'bone and knew a thing or two about team work and nous.
'Edley - beer drinker, who was also a Headmaster and knew a thing or two about having fun and playing hard.
Sir Winston helped to motivate our imagination -
'History with its flickering light stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echos and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days' ...
... but, although we had spent most of our time in the past, strange urges about the future preoccupied our efforts ... funny that ... sort of unfinished business?
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