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Sweet Charity..?

Family Tree Magazine, February 2012

Just a quick heads-up for the knitters and the genealogists.

This month’s ‘Family Tree Magazine’ is running one I made earlier; ‘Skills for Life’, an article about our charity school ancestors.  This is a fraction of the stuff I stumbled on, but has plenty of interest in it for both knitters and family historians; I looked at the records of knitting and spinning schools, as well as the famous farm-based Knitting Schools of the Dales. Whilst researching for the book – and this article – I stumbled on a few of my ancestors, in York Grey Coats School, and also realised that the records described not only the poverty stricken kids admitted to these schools, but those substantial folk who stood as ‘sureties’ to them, often giving professions and addresses.

‘Family Tree’ magazine did their usual brilliant job with the layout and images. Always look forward to seeing what they do with my words.

I will say no more. You don’t want my spoilers!


2 replies on “Sweet Charity..?”

Hi Penny! There’s not much in this article re. that – but a whole chapter in the forthcoming book, as I managed to track down a couple of the farms that were used as knitting schools in the late 18thC/early 19thC. I did an article on knitting ancestors (last year?) for ‘Family Tree Magazine’ and think there was a little more about the knitting schools in there. This article’s more about charity schools/industrial schools in workhouses, where kids were often set to knitting.


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