So forgive me if I rush off to the smallest room and don't get this finished ...
Last night I started to collate the collection of old newspaper cuttings I'd made over the weekend with my two days worth of subscription to the British Newspaper Archive. They tend to fall into three separate groups, cuttings related to my family history in Durham, mainly Sunderland, cuttings related to the OH's family history, mainly Barnsley and cuttings related to Nelson Street, Barnsley - because I became really interested in that street and its pubs last week.
Crossing over the collections are cuttings about deaths - these seem to be reported in old newspapers much more frequently than births and marriages - and of course any death of a gruesome or criminal nature is the very stuff of journalism, today as it was then no doubt.
Here's one, vaguely related to the OH and Nelson Street.
|Yorkshire Evening Post 15 May 1893 (from BNA)|
|The Brettoner stone in Barnsley Cemetery|
And what I am sure was a rather more unexpected death is reported in the same paper a few years later:-
|Yorkshire Evening Post 25 May 1897 (from BNA)|
|Barnsley Chronicle 20 May 1882|
Finally, before I have to get ready to go to my doom at the Northern General Hospital, here's a story that has nothing to do with my family history, but a lot to do with Barnsley and the history of coal mining and miners.
|Northern Echo 30 December 1875 (from 19th C Newspapers)|
Don't worry, I'll be back with more before you know it!