History Knitting Textile Arts

“Authoress and Designer”

I’m wondering if I have found the UK’s first ever fabulous person who, self-described as “Designer” on a Census? It’s fun to go hunting well known 19thC¬† knitting manual writers, on Censuses. Whether it is 1841 or 1881, you often find them as “Berlin Wool Dealer”, or next to an occupation described as “Berlin Wool […]

Genealogy History Leeds local history


This is my Great Uncle, William Boothman, Gunner X8 Battery of Trench Mortars in the Royal Field Artillery. His unit were nicknamed ‘the Suicide Squad’. Men joining it, reckoned their remaining lifespan in days or weeks. He survived several years… William ran away to join up and was fetched back home, at least once. This […]