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Newsletter – April 2014

Welcome to our spring newsletter.

Living at number 1 (or 12)

changing address

One of the challenges we face in tracing the history of a particular house is keeping track of its address. It is not at all unusual for a house to have been renamed several times in its history. During our research of a Georgian town house in Shrewsbury recently we discovered that it had begun life as number 1, then changed to number 12, then changed again back to number 1.
Another unusual feature of this property was the high turnover of tenants – perhaps because they couldn’t keep up with the changes of address. Their various occupations included a picture frame maker, auctioneer, civil engineer, brewer’s agent, grocer, printer, and three church ministers.

Victorian flamboyance

Another property we have been researching in Staffordshire was a delightful ‘gingerbread-style’ Victorian cottage, now extended, with fancy barge-boards and tall chimneys. We discovered that it stood on land ‘reclaimed’ from the highway, and its flamboyant appearance so close to the road was probably to impress passing visitors en route to the local Marquis. It’s first occupant was a gardener’s labourer – not quite what we were expecting.

Screen test

We have set up our own YouTube channel where you can view our first video recorded in a proper studio with lights and everything. I did have to do my own make-up and wardrobe though.

Tablet house histories now available

tablet house history

We are now able to offer clients an e-book version of their Full House History or Historical Highlights to view on their tablet or other device. E-books are available for iPad and iPhone, or in PDF format for display on other devices. Contact us for details.

Summer shows

We have booked our stand at this summer’s Shrewsbury Flower Show on 8-9 August and are looking forward to our seventh appearance at this great Shropshire event.

Blogging news

These are the topics we have been discussing on our blog recently: Looking for signs, advertising in 1895 and Victorian architecture – New Zealand style.

From the archives

Why use 5 words (‘Our glasses are the best’) when 142 will do?

Salopian Journal, 14 January 1835
spectaclesManufacturers of a certain Transparency for Spectacles – highly recommended by the Faculty in London, Paris, Edinburgh, and Dublin, as being of the greatest transparent refractive Quality; so constructed as to effect the greatest Relief, and preserving the Functions of the Eyes. These Spectacles will enable aged Persons to sit for any length of time at the minutest Employment, either by Day or Candle Light, and will not require the Change to greater magnifying Powers so frequently as the Glasses in common Use.

The Attention the Messrs S have paid to the nature and Physiology of the Eye, joined with the extensive Practice they have had in this Department of Science, render them capable, upon Examination and Inspection of the figure of the eye, to give the greatest Assistance that Art can accomplish in renovating and restoring the natural Brightness of visionary Sensations.

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