Tagged with Northampton history

Cholera in Silson

Cholera arrived on the south coast of England in 1831, one of the prices paid for empire. It took decades for the discovery of how it was spread – by drinking water – and so means found to control it. This is again from ‘Old Oak’. There used to be a long line of graves … Continue reading

Uncle Simon

This is again from ‘Old Oak’. It is rare to find descriptions of old farmhouses as they fell into disuse as farming changed and labourers increasingly lived in their own cottages – or at least those that were not driven out. HIs sister Sall and he lived in a large, lone, thatched cottage that stood … Continue reading

Extreme Characters

This is from ‘Old Oak. It ¬†does seem there were more ‘characters’ in our distant past than t=in more recent times, so this does make sense, and it makes me wonder if Shakesepeare and other writers were using with as much imagination, rather than drawing from real life. : There seems to be a tendency … Continue reading