Neal relations at Cuckoos Cup, The Wrekin

Category: Work

  • Expanding the retail experience Or: shop counter intelligence

    Expanding the retail experience Or: shop counter intelligence

    Over the last year, Cutlock & Co’s editor has been busy facilitating Zoom sessions for the local U3A family history group, plus creating and giving a variety of presentations for them. This website has proved a good source of material, but the creative process also works the other way. Preparations for a talk titled “The…

  • More than a musical footnote Joe Gregory, popular accordionist and band leader

    More than a musical footnote Joe Gregory, popular accordionist and band leader

    Joe Gregory’s name crops up online from time to time, usually as a mention in the history of “the oldest record shop” Spillers Records in Cardiff. An album launch by big name rock band The Pixies at the shop got it (and Joe) page 3 attention in The Guardian (14th September print edition) {1}. There’s…

  • Not quite teetotal Norwich ancestors A pub for every day of the year

    Not quite teetotal Norwich ancestors A pub for every day of the year

    One of the first stories to emerge when reviewing my initial family history research some years ago was the contrast between my Norwich born grandparents tendency to alcohol abstinence and the number of pubs managed by relatives. I made some notes at the time but never quite got round to turning them into an article.…

  • Squeals of delight The wheeling dealing Osbornes

    Another delightful occupational title has come to light, after a little gap filling and “new” records checking on the family tree {1}. Previously I had somehow identified 4x great grandfather Joseph Osborne as a (farm) labourer, supposedly per his son Robert’s marriage registration {5}. However, on making use of Ancestry’s Somerset collection, the original image…

  • The changing face of work Electric job generation

    The changing lines of work, along with developments in technology and society, come through clearly in searches on the September 1939 register {1}. Of course, many others continue to be employed in more traditional jobs of shop keeper, coal miner, metal worker, gardener, insurance agent, teacher, printer etc. {4} Some examples below, but this piece…

  • Pitching for a job Work is unclear, but wedding photo sorted

    Pitching for a job Work is unclear, but wedding photo sorted

    September 1939 is not so far away as to think that a work description, certainly one for an English job, could be difficult to understand. But what exactly might be involved in being a ‘Trinidad Pitch Pourer’, as seen in this 1939 register extract? After a little digging on Wikipedia, Trinidad Pitch must be the…