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Latest stories

New to the website is The Atcherley family of Edgerley in Kinnerley – Part 1. This looks at the less than certain origins of a particular branch of the Atcherley family tree.

My previous Atcherley story – An Atcherley family’s English Civil War – Part 1 – was the 200th post to be added to this site. It looks at the impact of this turbulent time in English history on John Atcherley and his family in Shrewsbury.

The 100th page (pages are accessed through the menu above) has also been added to the site – see the featured photo below for more details.

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New here?

Welcome! First of all, I recommend you learn more about this site. Then, you can search for your Atcherley ancestors in the Atcherley Family Tree. Or why not check out the virtual Atcherley family albums in the Pictures section of the website? You can also read the stories of Atcherley family members, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to the 1900s: for a full list of 200 articles and stories see Contents – Stories and Articles.

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Featured photos

My latest ‘featured photo’ is from the 100th page to be added to the website, the Photos page for William and Lucy (Atcherley) Patterson. Lucy Patterson, née Atcherley (above), and her family seem to have been constantly on the move. Records show them living in various locations in Lancashire, Yorkshire and at one point Wales – before they made the biggest move of their lives. (Photos courtesy of Barbara Lang.)

I couldn’t resist adding a bonus featured photo after Dave Atcherley sent me this pic and gave me permission to use it on the website. The subject is a 1928 Alfa Romeo, with bodywork by Dave’s grandfather Robert Clifford (Cliff) and great uncle William Clive Atcherley. Dave now owns this amazing auto and it has been lovingly restored. At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the USA last weekend (25-26 August) the Alfa was awarded second place in Class J-4 (Italian Classic), losing to 1937 Alfa which went on to become Best of Show!

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From the archives

What to choose from an archive which now consists of 200 stories and articles? Let’s start with the very first post to appear on the Atcherley family history website: A good old Shropshire name. A very brief article in comparison to to those which have been added since, it is supplemented by two further articles which look at the possible origins of the Atcherley family and their surname.

Posted on 10 July 2013, Moving Half the Mountain was a departure from the norm for this website in that it featured an Atcherley who was at that time alive. The article featured Sir Harold Atcherley and a documentary film (later shown on BBC television) in which he appeared, the subject of which was the infamous Burma Railway during World War 2. I updated the page several times, to include Sir Harold’s meeting with Mikio Kinoshita in London in 2015, and then to mark Sir Harold’s passing at the beginning of 2017.

Sir Harold Atcherley as he appeared in ‘Moving Half The Mountain’.
Picture by kind permission of Helen Langridge Wells / HLA.

My final selection for this section of the Atcherley.org.uk home page is a more recent addition to the website (posted 9 September 2017), the first in a series of stories featuring three Atcherley sisters in Victorian Shrewsbury: The Misses Atcherley and their income from property.

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