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One more day at the archives looking for Blythes


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One last day tomorrow and Sheffield Archives shuts down to next year, but today was amazing. I found a map in 1777 that clearly has Coltyard. Unfortunately it doesn't call it Bishops House or say who owns it.

I also proved that Meersbrook Hall was not built by Benjamin Roebuck and that he bought the land in 1759 some 10 years before all the history books say. And that he was also selling land there that he already held.

I've seen the accounts from his architect and there is not enough materials to build a house, it is just putting in decorative arches on some windows and digging out a cellar.So that means there was a house already on the site before 1759 but whose was it, and when was it built?

However I can start writing a bit more of the story. Saturday I dress as Katherine Blythe in a publicity stunt. And after some rest and watching my son playing in Much Ado about Nothing I am going to go through as many journals and old books which list charters etc and look for Blythes and maybe I will be able to link it up properly. I've found a wonderful set of books which is the Hunterian Society abstracts, which has many historical articles about Sheffield and Derbyshire. It even has family trees of many families though haven't found a family tree of the Blythes.

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