Monthly Archives: March 2016

Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 April 1863

Wednesday 1st April Very busy sold a lot of meal. Thursday 2nd April A fine day and beautiful night. I gave my portrait to Miss Margt Gerrie. Friday 3rd April Very slack today. Saturday 4th April Miss M. Gerrie bought … Continue reading

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‘Shop-Coolness and Counter-Cleanliness’: The Legacy of the Maypole Dairy Co

Introduction Some of the most ornate and distinctive shopfronts created by British provision chains in the late 19th and early 20th centuries belonged to the Maypole Dairy Co. These are highly recognisable and well worth looking out for, though examples … Continue reading

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A Journey by Steamer and Train, 11-13 August 1884

Transcribed from 16-year-old Margaret Ann (Maggie Ann) Morrison’s manuscript record of a journey taken in the company of ‘Pa’ – her father, Charles Morrison. In later years Maggie Ann studied music on the Continent and played professionally. She married Alexander … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 15 to 31 March 1863

Sunday 15th March In the morning Mr Graham preached from 1st John 1st chapter 1st verse. In the afternoon Mr McKenzie from Hebrews 9th chapter 13 & 14th verses. In the evening Mr Graham preached his farewell sermon from Ephesians … Continue reading

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Identifying Hospital Huts of the Great War

One of my current preoccupations, which will contribute to a Historic England project about the home front during the First World War, is wartime hospitals. Specifically, hospitals created on home soil to care for the sick and wounded between 1914 … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Home & Colonial Stores

Introduction Decades have passed since large superstores asserted their dominance over the retail food market, yet attractive remnants of old grocery and provision chains can still be spotted on shopping streets throughout the UK. One of the most recognisable is … Continue reading

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