Life in Colonial America 1700-1790 - A Half-day Course on 27 October

We will look at the expansion of colonial life in the 1700s, the movement westward and southwards.  New migrants the Scots Irish, the Palatines from Germany and Switzerland and the Quakers, what influence did they have? Indentured servants, how was it organised?  We will learn more about the Great Wagon Road opened up the ‘Back country’ where many of the new colonists settled...

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Booze and Clues: Tracing my Publican Ancestry - A One-hour Lecture on 24 October

In this talk, Dr Gwyneth Wilkie draws on research done into some of her pub-keeping forebears. Most of them lived in Lancashire and Cheshire in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The research centres on the Fletcher and Hunt families, who ran the Griffin Inn in Bowdon, Cheshire. Gwyneth covers:

- The different kinds of records that proved useful;

- The varied role of the pub in the community;

- Attitudes to drink;

- Some of the attempts to tax and regulate the trade, which did not always bring about the desired results...

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