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|The Gentleman's Magazine Library 1731-1868, Worcestershire & Yorkshire. The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces. In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, with a single common index.An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places. Ref 0805 Price £13.50.|
|The Complete Parish Officer 1772. This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer. It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen. Ref 0766wor Price £16.60.|
|Worcestershire - Cox's Magna Britannia 1721 with Morden map. What can we say? Almost three hundred years old, this book, written by Cox was published in 1721 describing the history of the county and its people from earliest times, and has descriptions and history of each of the places in the county.Superb scanned images of the original pages, which, although they are in the old type style of the period, are very readable, and most certainly fascinating. Superb early background information about the county for historians and genealogists. Unusually, the book still has its original map (1695) by Robert Morden, a collectors piece in its own right.The book arrived here from a book dealer in a very sad state, and therefore we had it professionally rebound and re-covered in a traditional style of the period, in half leather, with raised bands on the spine, an inset maroon title bar with real gold leaf lettering, and lovely hand made mottled paper covered boards. Perfect in every respect.This exceptionally rare book can now be seen by anyone. Ref 0140 Price £10.70.|
|Worcester in Olden Times. Noake. Published in 1849 A delightful and informative history of the city of Worcester, and its changing face throughout the ages. Excellent background information for family historians. Ref 0402 Price £10.70.|
|Memorials of Old Worcestershire - Francis Andrews 1911. Published in 1911 this is a wonderful history of the county of Worcestershire from ancient times.It contains details of the origin and evolution of the towns, folklore and customs, old county families and changes in land ownership and much more. Ref 0984 Price £16.60.|
|Cadbury Bournville, A Century of Progress 1831-1931. A complete history of Bournville, a new town created in 1831 for the workers at the famous chocolate factory. The aim, which was very successful, was to create a complete living environment with housing, recreational facilities, etc. The book contains lots of early drawings of early Birmingham, and through to photographs of Bournville and its workers. Ref 0061w Price £10.70.|
Maps - Vol 7 - Staffordshire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire. An incredibly useful resource! Really high quality digitised maps that you can zoom in and in to see the finest detail.
Staffordshire 1695, 1831, 1868, 1872, 1880, 1912
Warwickshire 1695, 1817, 1828, 1880, 1912, 1940,
Birmingham 1879, 1895, 1905, 1913
Worcestershire 1610, 1695, 1721, 1828, 1840, 1860, 1868, 1872, 1873, 1884, 1888, 1900, 1912, 1928, 1932, 1940.
Ref 0007-7 Price £11.90
|The Story of Some English Shires. Revd Mandell Creighton 1897. Wonderful historical accounts of seventeen English counties including:Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmoreland, Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire & Herefordshire. Ref 1028 Price £17.80|
Diocesan Histories: Worcester 1883
By Rev. I Gregory Smith and Rev. Phipps Onslow.
This book begins with the Princess of Wiccii's conversion to Christianity. The next fifteen chapters document the Diocese's history starting with the supremacy of the Kingdom of Mercia, the arrival of the Danes and later the Normans and the battles fought on the lands of the See of Worcester during the reigns of the Plantagenet Kings. Fully indexed.
Ref IE5046 Price £14.70
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