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  • AMBRA BOOKS - SOMERSET Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    It is known as Norton under Ham Norton sub Hamdon and in some ancient documents Norlon juxta Hlamden and Norton juxta Montacute Hams or tons abound in the district as place names and have the same meaning that is inhabited place or manor Our family word home comes from ham If you require this work and cannot find a copy on the site SOMERSET Selection of Antiquarian and Secondhand Books

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    Nearly 500 people were rendered homeless and damage amounting to about 18 000 was done There were two fire engines in the town but not having been used for many years they were useless and the fire practically took its own course Only one life was lost that of a poor imbecile who one account states was chained up in the house At any rate he was so confined that it was difficult to effect his rescue Southey who visited Minehead not long after the fire recorded in his diary this incident of the one victim of the fire and says He might have been saved but his mother said Let un stay Let un stay What shall us do wi un if we do save un A heartless view to take of the situation but not unreasonable perhaps in the minds of folks of those days It is as well to record here that back in May of this year when trenches for gas mains were being dug in the centre of the town the workmen at a depth of about three feet cut through a strata of burnt matter It consisted of stone and other materials ran together in one mass and those lumps broken out with the pick were found to be bristling with the old fashioned brass pins It was suggested that a shop stood on this site and that the stock of pins had been melted into the debris of the building but it is believed that a pin factory of which there were one or two in Minehead might have stood at that spot It is more reasonable to suppose this as the pins existsd in this strata in very great numbers H W Kille JULY 6 OLD MIDSUMMER DAY KING JOHN at WEDMORE

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    289 stream workers reached 3 269 while the total output had practically risen to that of 1920 4 844 as against 4 900 tons representing some 2 361 tons of metal World production now exceeded consumption and the tonnage price by the end of 1929 had fallen by 50 from 227 to 177 Nevertheless this year witnessed the highest output since the World War 5 640 tons Employment however declined slightly and though certain developments were continued operations either ceased or were suspended at some mines e g Dolcoath on the Roslcear group World wide efforts were made to restrict production but the price fell rapidly in 1930 By the end of 1930 only one mine remained in production East Pool and Agar and the number of employed workers fell to an average of 1 878 for the year Despite this production for the year remained fairly high 4 146 tons of black tin with about 60 per cent metallic content Supply restrictions were agreed to by Bolivia the Netherlands East Indies Nigeria and Malaya in 1931 Siam joined in the agreement and a system of export quotas was arranged Surplus production thus came under the control of an International Tin Pool while a project for research to encourage future development was approved For Cornwall this was a very low year despite a controlled price and an average of only 426 miners reflects the magnitude of the slump further emphasised by a drop in the year s production to the lowest level since 1922 viz 684 tons black tin Vigorous action was taken by the International Tin Committee in 1932 Quotas were reduced and research directed towards meeting the threat to tin alloys presented by other minerals Output 2 026 tons and employment 739 workers rose largely as a result

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - Bristol Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    circumstances that will be hereafter mentioned to cut off the entail of the family estates with the intention of leaving them to two nephews named Foote and thus impoverishing the captain his heir presumptive The ill feeling of the latter was inflamed by this proceeding to deadly hatred and soon after his appointment to the command of the Ruby through the suicide of the previous captain at Kingroad in October 1740 he resolved on the murder of his brother and devised a plan for carrying it out Knowing that Sir John had business relations with Mr Jarrit Smith a solicitor in College Green the captain urged that gentleman to endeavour to bring about a reconciliation stating that it might be effected in an interview at Mr Smith s house The solicitor assented and prevailed upon Sir John to promise a meeting on the first day he should visit Bristol Subsequently upon Mr Smith being informed that the baronet would call upon him on the 13th January he acquainted the captain who lodged in Prince s Street of the fact whereupon the latter in pursuance of his deadly project brought up a number of sailors from the Ruby and hired some

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - Bristol Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    by Great Britain on Holland 2Oth December 1780 Latimer states that with two or three exceptions the owners of Bristol privateers sustained disastrous losses Only one important prize in fact was captured a richly laden French East Indiaman brought in by the Tartar and Alexander and which according to Bristol Journal had been insured by London underwriters for 100 000 This was the Ferme taken in 1778 The most notable event of that year took place on 6th December when the Lion Captain John Shaw and Vigilant Captain John Marshall engaged at night the line of battle ships Orient 74 guns and Artesien 64 guns quite as noteworth an exploit as the action between the London privateer King George Captain George Walker and the Spanish Glorioso 80 guns on 6th October 1747 though the latter is much better known The Vigilant was taken but the Lion arrived safely at Bristol In 1779 the Old England was taken by the French frigate Surveillante and the island of St Bartholomew was captured by five privateers which the Jackal of Bristol Captain McDavitt was one On 24th August the St Innis a rich Spanish ship was taken by the Amazon of Liverpool and

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - Bristol Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    and died on October 26th 1833 She was buried in St Augustine s Churchyard and nothing more was thought of her death until the autumn of 1834 when suspicions were aroused by statements made by Mary Ann Alien and by another girl named Charlotte Thomas who had been hired by Mrs Smith to attend on her It was then remembered that Mrs Burdock had appeared considerably wealthier since the old lady s death and the coroner gave orders for the exhumation and examination of the body This was carried out on December 22nd 1834 fourteen months after death in the presence of Dr Riley who a few months before had been elected Physician to the Infirmary Dr J A Symonds Physician to the General Hospital Dr Dick Mr Kelson Nathaniel Smith Surgeon to the Infirmary William Herapath and others The internal organs were taken to the Medical School where William Herapath conclusively demonstrated the presence in the stomach of large quantities of yellow arsenic or orpiment His experiments and the manner in which he gave evidence much increased his reputation as a man of science and led to the conviction of Mrs Burdock by Sir Charles Wetherell the Recorder She

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - Bristol Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    COLLEGE VICTORIA CROSS WINNERS COAST WATCHING THE REMOUNT DEPOT SHIREHAMPTON THE WOMEN S SERVICES WAR PENSIONS THE general war effort put forth by Bristol was in proportion to the size of the city of huge dimensions In many ways the chief of which are described in this volume Bristol played a vital part in bringing about the victorious conclusion of the war The most direct contribution to victory made by Bristol however was her actual military effort for Bristol men in large numbers participated not only in the titanic struggle on the Western Front but in all the far flung campaigns which eventually brought about the downfall of the Central Powers and their hangers on including the Turks It was fitting also that large numbers of men from this ancient and famous Port did splendid service in the Navy riot only at the Battle of Jutland and lesser sea fights but in carrying out the thousand and one humdrum but not less arduous tasks which the Senior Service was called upon to tackle Bristol has always provided recruits for the Royal Marines and during the war made handsome contributions to the amphibious service If you require this work and cannot

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  • AMBRA BOOKS - Bristol Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    membranes of Assize Roll No 271 preserved at the Record Office but completed and more or less perfected by reference to a contemporary roll known as Assize Roll No 272 Both of these rolls contain the Gloucestershire business of the eyre of 1221 but the first although somewhat mutilated is the better record It not only contains several enrolled instruments and a note of the election of the coroners which

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