Football Star in Victorian Lancashire, a tragedy and a mystery

John Richard Parker or Johnny Parker to give him his footballing or soccer playing name was my great grandfather. I knew him as a rather dapper gentleman, never appearing without a tie or his walking cane. He had a presence, a man who filled the room even though he was in his late 80’s whenContinue reading “Football Star in Victorian Lancashire, a tragedy and a mystery”

Football Star in Victorian Lancashire, a tragedy and a mystery

John Richard Parker or Johnny Parker to give him his footballing or soccer playing name was my great grandfather. I knew him as a rather dapper gentleman, never appearing without a tie or his walking cane. He had a presence, a man who filled the room even though he was in his late 80’s whenContinue reading “Football Star in Victorian Lancashire, a tragedy and a mystery”

Football Star in Victorian Lancashire, a tragedy and a mystery

John Richard Parker or Johnny Parker to give him his footballing or soccer playing name was my great grandfather. I knew him as a rather dapper gentleman, never appearing without a tie or his walking cane. He had a presence, a man who filled the room even though he was in his late 80’s whenContinue reading “Football Star in Victorian Lancashire, a tragedy and a mystery”

Estuary views Irish Sea Lytham Lancashire

One of our favourite areas of the country and one we lived close to for many years. It is also an area that my family comes from. They were Master mariners in Freckleton and worked out of that village and Preston. My great gg grandfather Joseph Sumner and his young son Joseph were lost onContinue reading “Estuary views Irish Sea Lytham Lancashire”

Discovering my family in Victorian Preston Lancashire

This photo always intrigued me. It was in a collection that once belonged to my great grandfather John Richard Parker who was from Preston. He was a notable footballer in the 1890’s and had a good career as a mill manager. He was an active participant in local life including the Preston guild. The photosContinue reading “Discovering my family in Victorian Preston Lancashire”

An Ancestry Story with a Beautiful Ending

Ancestry and Genealogy are so popular today and this is an inspiring story stretching over 200 years from a military perspective. When a bullet in the Great War actually turned out to be a life saving event and the family survived to tell this remarkable story. It travels from England to Spain and Ireland. WeContinue reading “An Ancestry Story with a Beautiful Ending”

An Ancestry Story with a Beautiful Ending

Ancestry and Genealogy are so popular today and this is an inspiring story stretching over 200 years from a military perspective. When a bullet in the Great War actually turned out to be a life saving event and the family survived to tell this remarkable story. It travels from England to Spain and Ireland. WeContinue reading “An Ancestry Story with a Beautiful Ending”

Discovering my family in Victorian Preston Lancashire

This photo always intrigued me. It was in a collection that once belonged to my great grandfather John Richard Parker who was from Preston. He was a notable footballer in the 1890’s and had a good career as a mill manager. He was an active participant in local life including the Preston guild. The photosContinue reading “Discovering my family in Victorian Preston Lancashire”

Memoir Writing of my Ancestry – A little girls journey starts the book

Finally, I have made a start on writing a memoir of my time growing up in the Lancashire Mill town of Darwen back in the 60s. It was a time that seems so long gone now, a town that is changed forever but some of that spirit is still there. I hope I can captureContinue reading “Memoir Writing of my Ancestry – A little girls journey starts the book”

Spanning the Generations back to Victorian Times – my Ancestry link to the past

This is quite a photograph in the context of my family history research. It is also notable this week in that the central characters, my parents, celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. In the current covid-19 situation it was not possible to travel north to see them but for them this was another happy milestone inContinue reading “Spanning the Generations back to Victorian Times – my Ancestry link to the past”