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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 15 to 31 August 1864

Monday 15th August I had breakfast with Mr McMorland. Sir James & Lady Matheson away. Not much doing. I went home with Christina. Tuesday 16th August I called on Mrs Nicolson to see if she would let part of her house and … Continue reading

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A Spotter’s Guide to the High Street: Jewellers’ Clocks & Time Balls

Just as pawnbrokers signal their presence with three suspended balls, and barbers have their red and white striped poles, so jewellers, clockmakers and watchmakers have traditionally attracted attention with elaborate projecting clocks, turret clocks or time balls. Examples can be … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 August 1864

Monday 1st August I wrote father that I expected to be married soon. I was a good while with Robt Gerrie and spoke to him about Christina & I. At night I was up with Christina in the summer seat. … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, July 1864

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Star Supply Stores

Stumbling across the wonderful Star Supply Stores on Lowestoft’s historical High Street – now Raphael Crafts – prompted a bit of research into this retail business. Star was one of many chains of grocers and provision dealers that thrived in English towns during the late … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, June 1864

Wednesday 1st June I had a letter from Robert. Thursday 2nd June The fishing very light. Not much doing. Friday 3rd June Pretty busy today. A light fishing. Saturday 4th June A light fishing. I was very busy today. I … Continue reading

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Remnants of Victorian Stornoway: the Lews (now Lewis) Hotel

It is intriguing to imagine how the Hebridean town of Stornoway would have looked in the 1860s, when Charles Morrison was writing his diary. The Lews Hotel, located close to Macdonald & Morrison’s shop on North Beach Street, was Stornoway’s principal … Continue reading

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