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Those Bliddy Blythes

duckweed

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Found that Blythe is sometimes spelled Blid or Blida. Put that spelling into Google and a whole lot of Blythes showed up. There is a minstrel to the King, Richard who played trumpet. Roger who owns land in Stannage and is a clerk. Adam who is the Kings clerk and was in Hastings Castle, and ran the Marshallsea. There are some in the battle of Agincourt. There is William lay clerk to the Bishop of York. Are they related? Some definitely are. Blyth priory is also spelled Blida in some documents too.

Emailed someone in the Dinnington History society to see if they knew of Blythe interests in Dinnington. Got a lovely email from their secretary and an invitation to see their medieval church. So might go and have a look if I can persuade husband to take me. You meet such lovely people when you do historical research. The Archivists are joining in the fun. They are just as pleased when I find something I have been searching for as I am.

Found a lovely old map of Lees Hall. The hall unfortunately was demolished by the council amid protests in the 70s. There are a number of photographs of it and campaigners have managed to get the old pond restored. Anyway it was very fragile and I said to the Archivists that it was probably too fragile to copy. She said we can scan it and put it onto cd for you. I shall have to ask more often about copies. Anyway it arrived this morning and it is a perfect copy.

I have started writing a lecture to give to local history groups and try and raise more interest and more members for the Friends of Bishops House. I have never given a lecture in my life and know that I shouldn't use copious notes but I have to work out what I am going to put in and what I will leave out as there is so much and I can't cover everything. At the moment I have 6 pages. No idea how long it would take to say it all. I remember my father on a Saturday morning pacing up and down and speaking out loud his Sunday sermon. I will have to do that I think but not when the family are around as they will think Mum has finally cracked. My father used to write down keywords on a tiny piece of paper as his sermon notes. I don't think my memory is up to that but then by the time I remember my father preaching he had already been preaching for about 25 years as he started as a lay preacher at the age of 16.
 

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Well good on you Duckweed.
My advice for your lecture is to make an effort to speak abit slower than you usually do...when we are stressed or worried we tend to speed up and it becomes a babble that folk cant understand....its the bodies way of trying to get out of a stressfull situation in a hurry.
I for one enjoy your research on the Blythes and the work you are doing for Bishops House is admirable...
 

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Thanks I really appreciate your support. My family, although they are quite proud of me, get bored when I try and tell them of my discoveries. I hope to go to York Archive soon to see if I can pick info up on the Blythes who worked for the York bishopric and maybe some wills of the Doncaster branch. Haven't been to the York Archives at the Uni before.
 

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Hi

I know how I like to bore family with latest discoveries. Are you related to the Blythe's or is this just general research on them?

Ben
 

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No I am not related to them in the slightest. I got talked into researching Bishops House. and using my experience of family research have been looking at the family that built it and lived in it till 1756.

It is quite fun though I am going to see the Sheffield museums archives which is in a secret location which I cannot divulge to anyone or photograph. It makes it sound like Mission impossible.

There is a Turner painting there of the view from Derbyshire Lane, Norton Lees. Derbyshire Lane is just up the road from me and Bishops House. Although Sheffielders have always known it was a Turner it is nor in collections of his work. Apparently it has only recently been authenticated. Anyway they say they have all the photos of how it was before they removed the chipboard and revealed the old oak panelling and photos of the restoration work in 1973. And some tudor artefacts they have (not from the house as far as I know). I'm allowed to have copies of the photos and photograph artefacts. Hopefully husband is buying me new camera.
 

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