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The life of Ryley – Part 3

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< Back to Part 2. The 1870s brought huge changes for the family of Edward Ryley and his wife Mary Ellen, née Atcherley. The family increased in size as more children were added. After a decade or so as a horse hair manufacturer, Edward abandoned this business and, having previously had a partnership with his brother Thomas Heath Ryley, entered… Read more »

The life of Ryley – Part 2

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< Back to Part 1. The 1871 census provides evidence of many changes to the Ryley family of Market Drayton occurring after the previous decennial record of the population (and since the conclusion of the first part of this story). Edward Ryley senior and his wife Mary Ann had both died. All four of their children had married, three had… Read more »

The life of Ryley – Part 1

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MARRIED […] On Tuesday last, at St. George’s, Hanover-square, London, by the Rev. H. J. Atcherley, uncle of the bride, E. Ryley, Esq., Oakley Park, second son of E. Ryley, Esq., Victoria Works, Market Drayton, to Mary, second daughter of J. Atcherley, Esq., of the Moretown, Shropshire. — Aris’s Birmingham Gazette, Monday 4 April 1859. Don’t believe everything you read… Read more »

Roger Atcherley and Victorian grocery – Part 1

The Grocers’! oh the Grocers’! nearly closed, with perhaps two shutters down, or one; but through those gaps such glimpses! It was not alone that the scales descending on the counter made a merry sound, or that the twine and roller parted company so briskly, or that the canisters were rattled up and down like juggling tricks, or even that… Read more »

The Rev Thomas Atcherley and the Pamphlet Club of Ely – Part 1

The eighteenth century has been described by one author as “a great age of pamphleteering”, with the subjects of those pamphlets “legion”, their authors “innumerable”, and “[every] question of substance – and many of none – [attracting] writers” to an extraordinary degree. Alongside the proliferation of pamphlets came a boom in books, particularly in the second half of the 1700s…. Read more »

Peter, his parents, and his progeny – the Atcherleys who Petered out

Peter Atcherley was the fourth and youngest son, and the sixth and youngest child, of Thomas Atcherley and Sarah (née Williams) of Twyford in the Shropshire parish of West Felton. Baptised at West Felton on 8 September 1699 he went on to marry and have children of his own, just like his older brothers and sisters. However, while I have… Read more »