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How to study Family History ... find your way around - 

john p (1939-) was a beer drinker and a saxophone player.

Edward Hindley (1885-1935) - our maternal great grandfather left a legacy of investments in chemicals and the inspiration 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 -

Deep History of Folk & Cows in Rural Cheshire - cows and the Brits, Romans, English, Danes & Normans; emerging Anglo Saxon culture, markets, fairs & the Gandys of Great Budworth

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, horses, potatoes, cordwainers, tanners, coopers and, of course, blacksmiths and the Old Hindleys of Farnworth/Bedford/Astley 

Billy Gibson & George Hormbrey - friends, businessmen, Methodists, Whigs, educators & wealth creators ... ordinary folk of rural Cheshire with wit & nous, who discussed & challenged everything but knew little about the economics of comparative advantage at Crewood Hall?

These guys probably didn't even know the name of Adam the Smith and would have struggled to cope with the biology of moral sentiments & synergies of specialisation & scale that he had hammered out at his forge ... nevertheless they were all survivors and coped well ...

Industrial RevolutionWeaver Refining Co Ltd - our very own family yarns about nous, wit and hard work, honesty & thrift -

Merchants of Liverpool - Liverpool Port, River Weaver, triangular trade and competition from Warrington and Bristol ... and the Industrial Revolution in the North West

Early Industrialists in Flintshire - lead in Gadlys, copper & cotton in The Greenfield Valley, iron in Bersham, zinc in Greenfield and new investment capital from John Freame.

Chemical Manufactories in Cheshire - nitre beds, Northwich salt, Le Blanc, Brunner Mond & ICI and valuable resources, Cattle Products & the tricky issue of Animal Slaughter & Regulation.

in partnership with three remarkable families the Neills & the Grimditches & the Galloways

and building on the important legacies of -

Nathaniel Milner - Georgian Gentlemen, Salt Proprietors & Brunner Mond & Co ... and Yorkshire Wool from the merchants of Leeds

Thomas Baylies - Acton Forge & Vale Royal Company ... and the Quakers of Baptist Mills & Coalbrookdale

Daniel Whittaker - Northwich Mill & Cotton Twist Company of Holywell ... and Manchester Cotton & bankruptcy

Thomas Ryder - Marston Forge & Thomas Ryder & Co ... and Steam Engines & the production of money at Soho

William Sherratt - Salford Iron Works 

William Swift - Bolton Iron Founders     

John Budd - Zinc Works & Vivian & Sons ... and Cornish Tin & Swansea Coal

Richard Lloyd - Richard Lloyd & Co

William Edward Maude - W E Maude & Co

Tommy Astles - Manure Works

Lowwood Gunpowder - Saltpetre Works

There were some local competitors just down stream; the Runcorn Bone Works & the Leventons ... and on the Trent & Mersey Canal; the Rookery Bridge Refining Company & the Gortons & Terry Goodwin a young lad who learned how to process cows ... and the Tattenhall Bone Works & the Smiths on the River Irk in Manchester and the Shropshire Union Canal at Tattenhall ... 

British Glues & Chemicals - amalgamation & modernisation, adding value from manure, to glue, to edible gelatine and Tom Walton, Business Economist - and the legacies of -

Charles Massey & Son - Newcastle-under-Lyme

Meggitts - Sutton-in-Ashfield ... and the Browns 

Quibell Brothers - Newark-on-Trent ... and Vivian Suter Memories   

Grove Chemical Company - Appley Bridge ... and the Haworths of Oswaldwhistle

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 

Fustian Cutting - Congleton with the Knappers & in Middlewich with the Fletchers

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' ...

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