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06-07-2008, 11:11 PM
hi, i have stonemasons in my familytree ,with the surname guppy . I have found that a few of them moved from where they were born in hardington somerset to swansea any sugestion as to why ? they seem to have gone between 1891 and 1901 sometime . also could someone explain what a trade list is and how it can be of use . thank you .
06-07-2008, 11:17 PM
As Britain becaime more industrialized and people learned to read/write they started migrating to the cities where the jobs and money was. Others followed family members. I don't know about trade lists - if that would help you. As far as I know it is a list of occupations and/or apprenticeships and I don't know if a stonemason would fall into that category. Someone else with greater wisdom will surely enlighten us!:D
06-07-2008, 11:24 PM
Apparently, there was a lot of rebuilding work going on in Swansea about this time - especially with the churches.
The Victorians were quite good at building new facades for churches and cathedrals. St Albans Abbey had a facelift between 1880 and 1885, for instance.
In Swansea, St Mary's (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/adavies55/) was almost rebuilt in the 1890s. Click on "History" when you hit the webpage.
07-07-2008, 4:17 PM
thank you for you info !
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