History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Staffordshire: And the City and County of the City of Lichfield, Comprising ... a General Survey of the County of Stafford and the Diocese of Lichfield & Coventry; with Separate Historical, Statistical, & Topographical Descriptions of All the Boroughs, Towns, Parishes, Villages, Hamlets, Manors, and Liberties, in the Five Hundreds of the Shire ... by William White

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A most excellent snapshot of life in the in the Mid 1800's.If you are interested in Staffordshire history you must not miss this. Such wonderful detail as to who was doing what in the villages. The trades being carried on, even times of posting letters and the coaching routes. Although my name my hide my family history I am descended from the "Potteries" and have found two of my early family named in this very book. 

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Page 605 - ... a-piece for themselves and families, and so foreigners too that came to see it ; with which money the charge of the cakes and ale being defrayed) they not only repaired their church, but kept their poor too; which charge" are not now perhaps so cheerfully borne.
Page 529 - BASALTES, or black ware ; a black porcelain biscuit of nearly the same properties with the natural stone; striking fire with steel, receiving a high polish, serving as a touchstone for metals; resisting all the acids, and bearing, without injury, a strong fire, stronger indeed, than the basaltes itself.
Page 187 - Whose absolute contempt of riches and inimitable performances upon the violin, made him the admiration of all that knew him. He was born in Wales, made the tour of Europe, and, after the experience of both kinds of fortune, Died in 1732.
Page 605 - ... a hole in the bow, and stopping upon a shoulder it had in it, he made a snapping noise as he drew it to and fro. keeping time with the Music. With this Man danced...
Page 525 - Smithum, which is the smallest ore of all, beaten into dust, finely sifted," and strewed upon them ; which gives them the gloss, but not the colour; all the colours being chiefly given by the variety of slips, except the motley colour, which is procured by blending the Lead with Manganese, by the workmen call'd Magnus.
Page 18 - Gallico," says the Druids, (as the Gauls call their magicians or wisemen) inculcated the immortality and transmigration of the soul, and discoursed " with youth much about the heavenly bodies and their motion, the size of the heaven and the earth, the nature of things, and the influence and power of the immortal gods.
Page 112 - Stafford had betaken herself to the castle, removed her family, and some sa\ all her goods. Wee made as large our forces as possible, to induce my Ladye to admitte some of our men to secure the castle, and gave her assurance of all protection (wee were able to give) for her person, goods, servants, and tenants. Wee acquainted her with the miseries which would inevitably fall upon her house and estate ; and did most earnestly beseech her to bee so just to herself, and to those that were to succeed...
Page 170 - Fair-tun-e, and followed by the steward of the deanery manor, the peace officers, and many of the principal inhabitants. Tradition says this ceremony originated at the time when Wolverhampton was a great emporium of wool, and resorted to by merchants of the staple from all parts of England. The necessity of an armed force to keep peace...
Page 605 - Wells) depicted on the palms of them, with which they danced the hays and other country dances. To this Hobby-horse Dance there also belonged a pot, which was kept by turns by four or five of the chief of the town, whom they called...
Page 82 - ... who has lengthened, and one who has gladdened life ; with Dr. James, whose skill in physic will be long remembered ; and with David Garrick, whom I hoped to have gratified with this character of our common friend. But what are the hopes of man ? I am disappointed by that stroke of death which has eclipsed the gaiety of nations, and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure.

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