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Echoes of the past

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Yesterday I attended  Who Do You Think You Are? Live! in London, where I listened to an entertaining and educational talk given by Tony Robinson (best known as Baldrick in the BBC’s Black Adder and as the presenter of Time Team on Channel 4). Perhaps the most memorable quote was an alternative definition of genealogy which someone had given Tony:… Read more »

An Atcherley at Trafalgar

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When Captain James Atcherley [] of the Royal Marines set off from the Conqueror to take possession of a stricken enemy vessel during the Battle of Trafalgar, he could not have anticipated what awaited him aboard that ship. Amidst harrowing scenes and death and destruction, he came face to face with the commander-in-chief of the combined Franco-Spanish fleet, Admiral Pierre Villeneuve…. Read more »

A good old Shropshire name

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As I have mentioned on this site’s About page (and elsewhere), Atcherley has been described as a “good old Shropshire name.” But exactly where and when did the name in fact originate? According to the Internet Surname Database [1], Atcherley is likely to be one of several thousand surnames thought to originate from “lost villages” or settlements which no longer… Read more »