Tales from the Derbyshire Dales

Trip Start Dec 30, 2012
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Trip End Jun 27, 2013


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

So you may be wondering why we would go to the little known town of Wirksworth in the midlands of England. The main reason was for me to do some family research. My grandmother was born in Derby, about 30 minutes from where we stayed. I'm glad we came out to this part of England. As many people we met told us, London won't let you get to know the British people. The 99% live in towns and cities like Wirksworth. Everyone we met was so very nice and helpful. I was able to visit and take pictures.

I came with Derbyshire trying to keep my expectations realistic. I had no idea if we would be able to find out anything about my grandmother's past or if it had all faded away. We spent a day and a half going through old records and maps at the Derbyshire Public Records office, and the best part is I was able to find the present day location of my grandmother's birthplace, and the cottage is still there. The lady who's father bought it from my great great grandfather still lives there with her daughter Hillary. Hillary made us a cup of tea and we talked a little bit about the story of my great grandmother whose unfortunate death happened not far from the home when my grandmother was just two years old. The feeling to come to this place is indescribable, especially since my grandmother was such a special part of my life. And to be treated with such hospitality by a total stranger made me feel like the world smiled on me that day.

Even if we hadn't found anything I would have still been pleased with our visit here. The English countryside is so picturesque, although driving on narrow country roads on the "other side" sometimes left us breathless. Afternoon tea, a proper Sunday roast, one flat "tyre", a handful of pints, some Chinese take away, scones with clotted cream and one slice of chocolate Guinness cake rounded out the days of research and exploring.
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Anne Wood on

Rachel,
I've been enjoying your travel blog - I am just fascinated with all of your pictures and journaling. It's wonderful you could dig into your family history. It's wonderful! I am living it all through your travel blog. We all miss you!
Anne

stellarachaella
stellarachaella on

Thank you Anne! =D

Olive Biggin on

Thank you for all your research! I am living through your blog too. I look forward to every entry and they are all so interesting and fun to read.

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