Wisdom Wednesday - Household work, Victorian-style - part 1

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

(From my gran's 1894 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book and Household Guide' - see this post for more information.)

Here's some sound advice given by Mrs Beeton to the mistress of the household! Next week, we shall see what she has to say to the servants...

Household Work
Illustration from the book.

WHETHER cottage or mansion, whether there are many servants or only one or two, in the way household duties are performed there need be but little difference.

Cleanliness, neatness and regularity should be the ruling qualities of the good housekeeper and her subordinates, and there can be as much comfort and order in homes where labour is scarce as in those where there is a full staff of servants.

A great deal, of course, hinges upon the management ; and if this is good there is always time for everything......Read more »

Site Updates - Surnames: Horn, Burdon, Bowden, Larkworthy, Parsons

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Relevant place names: Black Torrington, Sheepwash and Shebbear in Devon.

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Those Places Thursday - The M1 motorway - old photos

Category: Grandpa's Old Slides

Old signpost to the M1 Motorway

The M1 Motorway
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Most of the M1 motorway was opened between 1959 and 1968. These photographs were probably taken some time during that period. Look, no central reservation barrier! If only the traffic flow was still like this today.

I'd be very interested to know if anyone can tell me the exact location of this bridge.

(From my grandpa's collection of old slides - see this post for more information.)

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Ancestry.co.uk extends its free census access

Category: General

Due to some technical problems, Ancestry.co.uk is extending its free access to the censuses until midnight on Monday 28th March (UK time). (See this post for previous information.)

Family Recipe Friday: Nougat

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

(This recipe comes from my great-grandmother's 1909 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Every-Day Cookery' - see this post for more information.)

NOUGAT
INGREDIENTS.-¾ lb. of best castor sugar, ½ lb. of almonds, 1 dessertspoonful of lemon-juice.

METHOD.-Blanche and chop the almonds coarsely, dry them thoroughly in the oven, but do not let them brown. Place the sugar and lemon-juice in a copper sugar boiler or stewpan, stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until it acquires a pale brown colour, and add the prepared almonds. Turn on to an oiled slab, press it out with a hot wet knife, mark into small squares, and when cold break them apart.

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Follow Friday: Scottish 1911 Census arriving on 5th April

Category: General

The Registrar General for Scotland has announced that the 1911 census for Scotland will be released on Tuesday 5 April 2011. This will be available at ScotlandsPeople.

This census details information collected from more than 4.7 million Scots and the records will include the name, address, age, occupation, birthplace and marital status of everyone counted in the census, as well as details about their children. For the first time, the census data will be presented in full colour rather than black and white.

Unlike in England and Wales, the individual household schedules for the Scottish 1911 census have been destroyed so it will not be possible to view these. Instead the enumeration books have been digitised, similar to that for the 1901 census, except that the entries for each person go across a double page. This includes the 'fertility' questions for married women, that is years married, number of children and how many were still alive.

Payment will be by pay-per-view credits - there is no plan to introduce subscriptions. It will cost 1 credit to view an index entry for the 1911 census. An image will cost 5 credits. If you live in Scotland, you'll be able to obtain credits at a reduced price from your local library. There is a little publicised Scotlands People Voucher Scheme which allows public libraries to sell discounted vouchers directly to the public for non-commercial use. You have to visit the library in person.

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Thrifty Thursday: Free census access at Ancestry on 27th March

Category: General

Ancestry.co.uk are making their England, Wales and Scotland census index records available for free for 24 hours on the 27th March, which is the night that the 2011 census will be taken.

To view the original pages for England and Wales you'll need to select one of their membership options or pay-as-you-go. However, Ancestry do offer a 14 day free trial so you could always choose that option first.

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Wisdom Wednesday: How to clean wallpaper

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

(From my gran's 1894 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book and Household Guide' - see this post for more information.)

WALL PAPER, TO CLEAN.

If not very dirty, tie a soft clean cloth over a long soft broom and brush the walls with it in straight lines ; if, however, the paper be very much soiled, stale bread should be used to cleanse it. Cut a stale quartern loaf in thick slices and rub the paper very lightly with it, going always in one direction and discarding the bread when dirty. Dough may be used instead of bread ; and in either case it is best first to take off all the dust from the paper in the way described above with a broom.

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Wordless Wednesday - Avon Dam, near South Brent - old photos

Category: Grandpa's Old Slides

Avon Dam, near Brentor, Devon
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This photograph is of the Avon Dam on Dartmoor, not far from South Brent, and was taken in June 1966. There are more photos in the collection which were taken on the same day and it would appear to have been a family day out. I'm in some of the pictures, aged 3.

(From my grandpa's collection of old slides - see this post for more information.)

[Why Wordless Wednesday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]
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