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, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
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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.
Published in 1863 this is a wonderful description of the notable places in the city and it's industries, institutions and famous people.
Includes over fifty illustrations as well as maps and plans.
By Joeseph Parker Minister of the City Temple, London.
"My business is mainly with a few Tyneside peasants..I know well many of the poor and middle classes and can speak with knowledge of their habits"
Joeseph Parker preached in all the villages in South Northumberland to struggling farmers, colliers and peasants. He values his congregation, "From a literary point of view they were uneducated but from the point of view of experience their minds were penetrating and appreciative."
In this book he describes the characters of The Oxleys of Horsefield, Nathan Oxley, Miss Black, John Morra, Jonas and his Church, Richy Hymers and Mary, Jimmy, Ralph Culver and Arthur Boyce, frequently using their own words. It's a great insight into the lives and characters of the Tyne before 1896. Parker describes the churches, homes and habits of these Tyne folk in a lively and engaging way.
First paragraph from the chapter on Nathan Oxeley;
" Nathan Oxley and his forerunners had farmed the great duke's land for quite a hundred years. Nathan was a quaint old man when I knew him, and so very silent that one's breathing made an objectionable noise when he was the only other member of the company. But Nathan talked with his eyes.
There was one day a week Nathan called the Sabb'day and that day he marked in many ways, most notably by never shaving upon it and never wearing a topcoat or putting up an umbrella within the rising and setting of it's sun. It was useless to reason with Nathan's habit, he got them from Nathan senior."
A superb history and description of a large part of Northumberland.
Originally published in London 1913 by MacMillan & Co., Ltd., this first edition of the Highways and Byways in the Border, is republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom. Macmillan began publishing the Highways & Byways series in 1899 and by 1909 had completed almost twenty publications in the series, which extended across the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, with one publication on Normandy and and another on Ireland. This highly popular series continued until the beginning of the Second World War. In May 2009 Pan Macmillan reissued a one-volume collection of the best of the Highways and Byways series offering a glimpse of the very best of Britain.
The original publication of the Highways and Byways in the Border contains more than 440 printed pages, including a map of of the English and Scottish borders, but alas not the route of the authors, brothers Andrew and John Lang, who chose, as other authors in the series did, to take many short trips from a number of central points. This edition also includes some 130 pen and ink illustrations by Hugh Thomson, providing as with all of the Highways and Byways series a wonderful mix of topography, local history and folklore, which perhaps more than ever allows the reader to rediscover parts of Britain that have long disappeared or have been forgotten.
Andrew and John Lang, together with Hugh Thomson undertook eighteen trips or excursion on which they reported in the Highways and Byways in the Border, the central points of which were: Berwick; Blackadder; Kelso; Jedburgh; Jed; Ale; Tweed; St. Boswells Green; Galashiels; Selkirk; The Etterick; Yarrow; Upper Tweed; Peebles; Broughton; Liddesdale; Kershopefoot and Bewcastle.
Much of the charm a vigour of the Highways and Byways series which has stood the test of time is down to the travellers and in the case of the Border this was no exception. Andrew Lang (1844-1912) was born at Selkirk and obtained a first in classics at Balliol College, Oxford; a prolific Scots man of letters, poet, novelist, literary critic and anthropologist, he is now best remembered as a collector of folk and fairy tales. Lang published in his lifetime more than seventy books and in the preface to this publication his brother wrote, that Andrew had perhaps an unrivalled knowledge of the memories, legends, ballads, and nature of the border, making him the ideal author for this contribution to the Highways and Byways series, which was published after his death. The Highways and Byways in the Border are replete with more than 130 pen and ink sketches by Hugh Thomson. Born in Coleraine in 1860, by 1883 Thomson had moved to London and had begun working as the illustrator for Macmillan. Amongst his many credits are the illustrations for more than 70 novels, including those of Jane Austen and by the time he drew the illustrations for the Highways and Byways in the Border Thomson was the most popular and successful illustrator of his time. Much of Thomson's work was purchased by Derry City Council and when originals of his pen and ink sketches come up for sale they command high prices and for this reason alone the many books in the Highways and Byways series illustrated by Thomson - which are the majority - are well worth purchasing and this edition is no exception, although Thomson was himself a little concerned about the accuracy of his work, writing that his sketches were taken in 1911 after a period of long drought when all of the rivers were exceptionally low.
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