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Cross Writing.

May 22, 2023

Have you ever written a ‘cross’ letter? Perhaps you have a complaint about a product you’ve bought or some shoddy service or someone has just annoyed you ... Cross writing meant something very…

A Hurricane in England? You’ve got to be joking!

Apr 27, 2023

A Hurricane in England? You’ve got to be joking! Or so we thought when we read about it in a letter in the Browsholme Hall archives. The letter was written by Ellen Parker to her father, Thomas…

Staff Shortages and Servants Houses

Feb 22, 2023

I would never have expected staff shortages to be a problem in the 1800s, but apparently they were. You can’t say history doesn’t repeat itself! Reading through the enormous amount of letters…

A Foodie Adventure around the Ribble Valley

Jan 06, 2023

You didn't think we'd advertise a Foodie Weekend without trying and testing its main attraction first, do you? Without wanting to give too much away (we need to give you something to look forward…

The Origins of Lancashire Day

Nov 24, 2022

Happy Lancashire Day everyone! In a time where every day of the year seems to be dedicated to something; 'We Love Broccoli Day' is on March 22nd, 'International Lego Day' is on January 28th and…

Taxation, Poverty, Politics and Vagabonds

Oct 13, 2022

The headlines at the moment are very grim. It’s all about cutting taxes, raising taxes, political manoeuvring, cost of living going up and how people are struggling just to survive. Older people…

Flashers, Wagers and General Advice

Oct 03, 2022

As you know I am still studying the letters of Colonel Thomas Golbourne Parker (TGP), and probably will be for the rest of my life – he has got hundreds, if not thousands of letters! I’ve recently…