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Feeding the Ironworkers

This is another excerpt from the wonderful At the Works by Lady Bell. She spent a lot of time interviewing families and the book includes a lot of detailed information on their incomes and lifestyles. I have just started a book which claims the industrial revolution was good for many people. Try this diet and see … Continue reading

Mixed Motives

People are complicated and I sometimes find people doing good for what seem like dubious reasons, as I recently stumbled upon an article in a newspaper describing a meeting of prominent campaigners soon after the slave trade was abolished. They were all businessmen who proposed ‘compensating’ African countries for having been preyed upon by slavery, … Continue reading

People Power

The years following war were always time of depressed wages and soaring costs as soldiers returned in search of work in an economy based on war production. The years following the Napoleonic Wars were famous for their unrest, which continued up to and beynd the Great Reform Act of 1832. But protests were not always … Continue reading

Stone Age Britons Imported Food

This is from the i newspaper last week, which throws new light on our hunter-gatherer ancestors: “English hunter-gatherers traded with continental wheat farmers at least 2,000 years before agriculture came to Britain, research suggests. Scientists made the discovery after analysing fragments of ancient DNA at an underwater site off the Isle of Wight. In the … Continue reading

Ignoring Brambles

I bought this honey from a farmer who told me it was made largely from bramble pollen, which surprised me as I’d never heard of it in honey before. But as he explained, BlackBerry flowers are common and around for a long time, so should be the commonest type. Why are they never named?

Evacuated Kids

Evacuated Kids

Here are some images from an old book on the Womens’ Institute, showing children who were evacuated to the countryside to escape the German bombs in the last war. This is a typical image of them with their meagre possessions heading off to an unknown destination. Sometimes they were not welcome, but the WI did … Continue reading

Cookery Class

Cookery Class

I love this picture. How old are the little girls? Dressed like nurses, I’m sure they were made to scrub up well before being let near the food. Cooking today seems to be more about celebrity chefs and showing off and the lack of cooking in school or home means that too many people lack … Continue reading

Education and Agriculture

Education and Agriculture

This is from a wonderful series of books I have been colllecting on British history, this is English Education by Kenneth Lindsay in 1941, descibing the involvement of, and the benefits to be gained from children in providing food for the nation during the last war: Education and Agriculture The presence of half a million … Continue reading

A Medieval Board

A Medieval Board

A while back I did a post on a rare piece of history – a structure in a Gloucester park called the board. Nobody seemed to be able to explain what this was beyond it being a place for the king to meet his supporters. Well, this image from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales shows one in … Continue reading

Peak Food

This is from yesterday’s i, by Tom Bawden Environment Editor: “The world has entered an era of “peak food” production, with a vast array of staples … slowing in growth. Research published in the journal Ecology and Society finds that the supply of 21 staples such as eggs, eat, vegetables and soybeans, is already beginnign … Continue reading