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Christopher O'Brien on Neville Cardus

Meeting on Wednesday 13th November at Tameside

 

Chris O'Brien came to talk to us about Neville Cardus, long time cricket commentator for the Manchester Guardian and also Music Critic.  His Book Cardus Uncovered: Neville Cardus: The Truth, The Untruth and The Higher Truth.

NC was born in Manchester the son of a prostitute and an unknown father - eventually receiving a knighthood in 1967. Chris availed himself of newly archived material here and in Australia to carefully create a timeline of Nevile's life, not helped that Neville went by 14 iterations of his name and pseudonyims and most of the other characters involved in his upringing also seemed to change their names at will. The story involves Breach of Promise, Divorce his favourite Aunt's assocciation with a Turkish consul and Neville's mistress.

Fascinating life and fascinating talk - Thank your Chris.

A perfect talk for Family Historians and Chris has agreed to be a speaker at any event the FHSC organises in 2020, conference, fair etc

New and Old St Georges Stalybridge

 Message from one of our members

For your information- we have updated our web site at stg.org.uk as part of the requirements of receiving a Lottery Grant. It now includes details of the registers of both New St George and Old St George and war grave details. Some of the results will be patched through to Lancashire Online Parish Clerks website

 Regards Alan Smith Webmaster for St Georges Church

Mr Duckenfield visits Dukinfield

Mr Duckenfield visits Dukinfield

On 1st and 2nd of July 2019 Thomas Duckenfield and his family visited Dukinfield. This was a long awaited visit. Tom and I have been friends and collaborators for around 12 years via the internet with our joint interest in the Dukinfield Family's ancestry, particularly their slave plantation interests in Jamaica and North Carolina.

This was a whistle stop tour visiting as many sites as possible connected with the Dukinfield Family and a Civic Reception at Dukinfield Town Hall, (photograph above. Thomas pictured with his ancestor Robert Duckenfield of Civil War fame).

Tom, a descendant from the Dukinfield Plantation in Jamaica, is a gracious, distinguished man with a lovely family which Dukinfield was delighted to entertain.

The main point of his visit was to meet with the Friends of Old Hall Chapel, Dukinfield to help further their ambition to preserve the Chapel as a Conserved Ruin. More on their website, http://www.oldhallchapel.org/

I have written a summation of my research into the Slave Connections in Jamaica and North Carolina.  Its an exciting story including slaves, pirates, the Lost Colony of Roankoe Island and the foundation of New Haven Connecticut by the Eaton family from Cheshire http://tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk/duckenfieldvisit.html

My webpage also contains a couple of videos I took on the day.

The Murphy Riots in Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge

About ten years ago, when I was at the National Archives I copied some of the Home Office papers relating to the Murphy Riots in Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge, meaning to write up the details at some future date. Its taken me a long time and it is mainly due to help from a colleague, David Mason, for transcribing the names of the special constables appointed to help deal with the riots and a list of petitioners of the residents of Ashton demanding an inquiry after the event.:
 
Please visit: tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk there is a link at the top of the page and another on the contents page
 
Very many thanks to David

Accreditation

Accreditation

Major Release - Tameside Local Studies Library and Archives Centre gains Full National accreditation

We are one of just 5% of Archive Centres that have been awarded the Archive Accreditation Award, where we had to meet national standards relating to management and resourcing, the care of our collections and what services we offer. Our staff were praised for their innovative and effective service and our volunteer programme was especially commended.accreditationstaff