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”

Summer Thoughts in a cold winter lockdown

Just now it is snowing outside and it is bitterly cold as it has been all week. In fact the photo below was take on Thursday at Sand Bay, Somerset. It was so cold overnight that as the incoming tide hit the beach it froze and continued to build up until it seemed there wasContinue reading “Summer Thoughts in a cold winter lockdown”

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”