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duckweed

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I have started a new blog called Bishops Mouse. It is aimed at school children unlike my other blog which is about my research on Bishops House and surrounding Norton. I have only done 2 posts yet but hope to put lots of things there for children to do and learn.

I was going to try and set up a proper website. But this is a cheap easy way to do things and I will just have to see what the response is.

I may set up a third local genealogy blog later on as a lot of adults looking at my blog seem to be looking for family data. When I have put together the census records trade directories and the Tithe and Enclosure maps I may be able to write the story of some families. That's my project for the winter. Just a matter of putting all the data into one searchable file.

Anyway have a look at the new blog and see what you think.

http://bishopsmouse.wordpress.com/
 

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I have just read your blog Duckweed and am very impressed with all the information About Bishops House. Daub ... not just any old poo surely? Cattle or horse dung? Is there less wood at the back of the house? I understand that there was likely to be more at the front to show the status of the family; Mary Arden's house near Stratford is a good example of this.

Good luck with your blog et cetera.:)
 

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As they were running a dairy farm I expect it would be cow muck. It smells better anyway than pig or horse but it is a children's site and I am hoping to leave a few questions unanswered in the hope that they will go and google the answer.

There is more stone at one side and the back but this seems to have come in post civil war time. Though it is very confusing at the back as there are loads of windows in the cellars which makes us think it might have been a different level at the back before they built the cellar. The walls are all different thicknesses too.

There is a suspicion that some of the stone which is quite obviously re-cycled is from Sheffield Castle though unfortunately there is no way of proving it, other than William Blythe who made some structural alterations about that time was in charge of knocking the castle down.
 

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As they were running a dairy farm I expect it would be cow muck. It smells better anyway than pig or horse but it is a children's site and I am hoping to leave a few questions unanswered in the hope that they will go and google the answer.

There is more stone at one side and the back but this seems to have come in post civil war time. Though it is very confusing at the back as there are loads of windows in the cellars which makes us think it might have been a different level at the back before they built the cellar. The walls are all different thicknesses too.

There is a suspicion that some of the stone which is quite obviously re-cycled is from Sheffield Castle though unfortunately there is no way of proving it, other than William Blythe who made some structural alterations about that time was in charge of knocking the castle down.
Any chance of some pictures of the back, it sounds really fascinating.:)
 

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