News Sheet Legacies
Our News Sheet Legacies offer a glimpse into the past life of your house .In the delightful details that embellish a person’s life, which somehow make it into the news, we get a tantalising taste of what life was like for the people who lived in our properties through the years.
In 1665 the first newspapers were printed in London; and they were heavily censored until 1695. In this year, the English government relaxed censorship, and newspapers truly began to flourish. The news was available for ordinary people.
In 1855, stamp duty required to be paid to the government was abolished, prices came down, and the news thrived.
Newspapers of this era covered local areas. People didn’t travel far from home and wanted to know what was happening in their own neighbourhoods. They knew the road names and the people involvedin the stories; this was news that directly impacted their lives. Reading newspapers became an important part of daily life.
Public libraries had rooms designated specially for people to read newspapers.
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Early advertisements were essentially text and could contain information about a persons business dealings. Debtors were named and shamed, and often, their addresses were published in the local news. Newspapers presented reports on court proceedings, particularly local ones, including the names of victims, defendants, witnesses and officials who were involved.
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Requests for information on lost pets, property or even residents might be found under personal notices. The names of people who made charitable donations were regularly printed in the press. The minutes of public meetings may mention a resident of your property. And let’s not forget about the births, marriages and deaths columns.
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House sale or To Let adverts were often very detailed, providing a glimpse of the householder’s lifestyle. Descriptions of house contents and elaborate representations of the house layouts were often printed.
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Then there are the extraordinary stories. Glimpses of lives recorded forever in print because fate or fortune dictated it so. The news archives are full of them, we use these clues all the time when we build a House History; they often lead to remarkable stories for our clients!
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