I spent this morning working in my garden and while I was out there, my mind wandered and I began to think about allotments. For the uninitiated, an allotment is an area of land which is subdivided into smaller sections which are then rented out to members of the public to use to grow fruit… Read More Did your ancestors have green fingers?
If you enjoyed my recent post about the Middles Ages, you might like to read about the work of Daniel of Beccles. In about* the 13th century, Daniel wrote Book of the Civilised Man, the first English book of social etiquette. Within it’s pages he went into great detail about the standard of behaviour expected… Read More Why one should never wee in the dining room
I have posted about the Presentment Bills of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham before, but only in passing. They are such a fascinating resource that I thought they really deserved a post of their own. What are they: The presentment bills are a collection of documents created by church wardens in the 16th and 17th centuries… Read More Presentment Bills of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham
I’ve just added a really useful link to the sidebar, Current Value of Old Money contains a wealth (sorry, bad pun) of useful information and resources for calculating the value of old money in modern terms. The resources provided include such things as average wages for specific jobs, prices of food and other essential items… Read More Money, then and now