Edwardian Era (1900-1914 Life in Manchester/Salford UK)

As most of you know, I am somewhat obsessed with researching my family history.  My maternal ancestors were English, and my grandparents were born in Manchester during the Victorian Era. I have been transporting myself back to 1900-1914 in Salford where they lived before immigrating to Canada, through Roy Bullock’s book that I purchased on Amazon. The book is a compilation of interesting newspaper articles. Reading these accounts helped me glean information about life in the late Victorian times to the early Edwardian era. Some of what I learn, I put in my books. Salford, as a community, appeared to be a group of individuals who often celebrated, came together on social issues, (yet were often divided, too, with references to socialism), and suffered through unemployment, poverty, and smallpox during this era. Articles dated 1909 gave great insight into the economic climate before my grandparents left in 1910. The times Read More

1872 – What Constitutes Good Society?

What constitutes good society? Well, in 1872 England the requisites of good society are listed in “The Habits of Good Society: A Handbook for Ladies and Gentlemen.”  They are: Good breeding, which is acquired by being taught by nurses, parents, tutors, school fellows, and friends. Education not from just finishing schools, universities or boarding schools, but education that gives you mental powers and comprehension. Cultivation of taste, referring to the arts and music and being well versed in the subject. Reason so that you are able to reply as well as to attend to the opinions of others. The art of speech, expressing self by the written word and using proper grammar and syntax. A knowledge of English literature deemed important to be well rounded so you can converse expertly on history, politics, and every other subject or current interest. Moral character because without morality society will shun you. “Society itself Read More