The population of England began to rise dramatically in 1800, and so did the National Debt.
The country vicar James Woodforde managed to live comfortably on £300 a year in the 18th century. How did he manage?
If poor people lived mainly on bread, how much of their income did they spend on it?
It was impossible to drive a carriage faster than a man could walk before the turnpikes were built.
London's rivers carried away the sewage in the 17thC, but the streets still filled with stinking garbage. Enter the Borough Scavenger...
In the late 17thC Pall Mall needed its own sewer. The consequences were comic, smelly, and George II was marooned at Kensington Palace.
Gen Wagner signed the surrender in 1945. The official photographer was there.
People & businesses in 1820-1923 trade directories, plus maps, 1825-1903
How the family name of Hearfield came into existence in the 17th century.
Vestry meetings in the early 19th century were the beginnings of local government.
Everyone relied on coal gas for lighting, and to power factories. What happened when the workers decided to stop making it?
Population trends, a map, a flood, heckling, and the first railway engine in the world.
Why did Germany establish the world's first scheduled airline service in 1918?
Was the Weimar Republic promoting the swastika as a national symbol in 1919?
Swaledale's population fell drastically in the 19th century. Analysing the censuses led to many separate stories.
How were the newly-urban citizens of the 18thC supplied with fresh milk? A new industry evolved to supply them.
This research is divided into four main sections.
- a Stroud grocer, who bought some land for development in 1873. The research suddenly got much more local.