Swindon Fifty Years Ago (More or less), Reminiscences, Notes and Relics of the Old Wiltshire Town. 1885
Cat No.: GB1066:
This book contains reams of historical details about the people, places and lifestyles of those living in Swindon before 1885.
Chapters include cloth workers, the wool trade, workhouses, the smuggling trade, old Churches, Mills, Manors, Houses and popular amusements of our Grandfathers to mention just a few. Unusually there is an entire section devoted to Ghosts, have you heard the one about the ghost that defied the clergy? Another section is about the town's "characters", is your ancestor Jenny Simmonds, Old Tom and his wounds or nanny Kernal? An amusing book that will tell you everything you need to know about Swindon town in the 1800s
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