Sunday, August 25, 2013

Identifying old photographs - 1. Richard Walker, identified by a direct link with the past

richard-walker.jpg
When you have an interest in genealogy an old photograph album is a treasure trove. Often one is dismayed to find that many of the photographs in it are unidentified. The compiler of the album knew the subjects perfectly well and saw no reason to label them. Unfortunately family history is an interest that tends to grip one later in life and so there are seldom family members surviving who are able to help.[Read More…]

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The first mountain bikers

Arthur Walker appears as a linking figure in Pawns in a Larger Game. He and his friends were among the earliest pioneers in long distance cycling over rough country and they did it on penny-farthing bicycles! This story, which does not appear in the book, is about some of their exploits, which took place more than 125 years ago.
The eighteen-eighties were the heydays of the penny-farthing bicycle, named for the relative sizes of front and back wheels which resembled the two coins of the day. highwhel.gif
[Read More…]

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Who was Marian Hart?

When Robert Hart Senior died in 1867 the very first legacy in his will was one hundred pounds left to “my niece” Marian Hart the wife of one Joseph Walker (see Pawns in a Larger Game p.348).[Read More…]