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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Farningham and Eynsford Local History Society. St. Martin of Tours, Eynsford, St. Peter & St. Paul, Farningham and St. Botolph, Lullingstone. Museum of English Rural Life. The Workhouse. Victorian Times.

Farningham and Eynsford Local History Society.

The Farningham and Eynsford LHS covers the ancient parishes of Eynsford (including Crockenhill), Farningham,  Lullingstone and Maplescombe, Kent. There is an outline illustrated history of each of the areas. Details of the archives of the Society that can be consulted. Bulletins of the Society can be downloaded either in PDF or DOC versions. There are also details of the many publications published by the Society.

The site gives a link to United Benefice of Eynsford, Farningham and Lullingstone at Eynsford, Farningham and Lullingstone Churches   There are many photographs and outline histories of the parish churches of St. Martin of Tours, Eynsford, St. Peter & St. Paul, Farningham and St. Botolph, Lullingstone and if any of your ancestors where baptised, married or buried at any of these churches it is worth looking at the site.

Museum of English Rural Life.

For most people an agricultural labourer of 'Ag Lab' will feature in their family tree. The The Museum of English Rural Life is a site that will give you a lot of information about their life, working conditions and much more. Their are photographs and details about farm workers and farmers, craftsmen, women and children as well as the home life of Ag Labs.  

At Archive and Museum Catalogue you can search the holdings of the museum which will give you a picture and a description. Yon can search clothing, tools, implements and more everyday items used on farms and by Ag Labs as well as farmers.

The Workhouse.

Another thing that many of us will share in our history is someone who will have been in the workhouse. At The Workhouse-Indoor Paupers there are several accounts from people who had to go into a workhouse. The accounts will give you a good idea of what they were really like. There is much more that you can find on this site. The rules people had to live by, medical provision and much more.

Victorian Times.

If you would like more detailed information about your Victorian Ancestors  1837 Victorian Times 1901 will give you a wealth of information about their life. The site contains reports and prints from Victorian times . To give a few examples:

London, Chatham and Dover Railway - accident at Beckenham (engraving) Author: Illustrated London News Published: 1866.

A view of the low moral and physical condition of the agricultural labourer. Author: Osborne, Sidney Godolphin, Lord. Pub 1844. Gives a detailed breakdown of the wages of an Agricultural Labourer, Francis Horlock, in the 1840's. It also gives details of what the wages was spent on and how much each item cost.

The moral and physical condition of the working classes employed in the cotton manufacture in Manchester. Author: Kay-Shuttleworth, James Phillips, Sir. Published: 1832. An account, by one of the leading social reformers, of general condition of the working classes in Manchester.

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