How to study Family History ... find your way around -
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 -
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
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 ...
Weaver Refining Co Ltd - our very own family yarns about nous, wit and hard work, honesty & thrift -
and building on the important legacies of -
William Sherratt - Acton Forge & Salford Iron Works
William Swift - Acton Forge
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 the river; the Runcorn Bone Works & the Leventons ... and on the Trent & Mersey Canal; the Rookery Bridge Refining Company & the Gortons ... and the Smiths on the Irk in Manchester and the Shropshire Union Canal at Tattenhall ...
Charles Massey & Son - Newcastle-under-Lyme
Meggitts - Sutton-in-Ashfield
Quibell Brothers - Newark-on-Trent
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 ...
The 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 - 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 - ghillie, 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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