Wednesday, 20 January 2010

The Great Great Aunts of Alderley

Today's scrap page features two wonderfully regal-looking ladies of the Salthouse family of Alderley (Nether Alderley in Cheshire). The Salthouse surname disappeared from the village in 1906 when another of the sisters, Annie Salthouse, died. I'll introduce you to Annie later.

These two great great aunts were sisters; before they married their names were Sophia Salthouse (on the left) and Lucy Salthouse. Sophia, born in 1842, was the first child of John Salthouse, a master boot and shoemaker, and Lucy Walters, of Nether Alderley. Lucy was the 10th and penultimate child of the family and was born in 1859. Sophia married Francis Worth in 1865 and Lucy married Edward Potts in 1896.

This photograph was taken in the spring of 1910 and records the wedding of Sophia's daughter, Sarah Ellen Worth, to William Henry Adshead. The wedding took place in the village Curch of St Mary and the wedding party was photographed on the swathe of green just outside Park Lodge, Alderley.

Sophia Salthouse was widowed by this time but still working as a laundress, mainly on her own account. No doubt she obtained much of her work from the Hall, but the Parish records also show that she was employed regularly to launder the choir's surplices.

Sarah Ellen Adshead, to give her married name, probably had a life that was quite different from that of her mother. Just one year after her marriage, the couple were living in a red brick terraced house in the nearby town of Stockport and her husband was employed as a foreman hatter - Stockport being famous for the manufacture of hats.

If you drive past Park Lodge today, on the road to Monks Heath, the road passes at the back of the Lodge whereas, in the days of Lord Stanley of Alderley, all vehicular traffic to Lord Stanley's residence would have stopped at the front of the Lodge for the gate to be opened. This postcard is a reasonable representation of how the road from Nether Alderley to Monks Heath would have looked when Sarah married William.

(C) Hilary Belton 2010

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Dad With Bella

This is a scrapbook page of my father, William Arthur Belton, more usually known as Bill, as a young man. He is photographed sitting in a deck chair and making a fuss of his dog, Bella, in the garden of the family home at 17 Wesley Road, Bwlchgwyn.

The original photo, inset, shows them sitting at the bottom of the garden; at the other side of the garden wall the land fell quite sharply down to the main road and the Hwntw public house before falling even further to the beautiful Nanat-y-Ffrith valley and rising again to form the Penllyn mountain. In those days (probably c1939) there were very few trees in Bwlchgwyn and the summit of Penllyn mountain would have been carpeted in purple heathers in the summer.

To create this page I have added a more recent photograph of the view from the garden; as this was photographed from the War Memorial on the hairpin bend the angle is slightly different and the Penllyn can now be seen - covered by a forestry commission plantation.

(C) Hilary Belton 2010

Sunset's Scrapbooking Site

I never intended to become a digital scrapbooker! I bought Serif's Digital Scrapbook Artist (DSA) on a whim when I decided to move away from Microsoft's Publisher program and try the more reasonably priced PagePlus from Serif, instead. In just one afternoon I was hooked!

DSA if perfect for recording family history. At long last I have a quick, easy and virtually foolproof way of showcasing an old photograph and telling the story behind it. All my pages are showcased on DSA's community website at and can also be exported as jpegs.

Another bonus of using a simple but sophisticated program such as DSA is that it also has a full range of drawing options available as well as photo-editing tools. At DaisyTrail (DT) we run weekly and monthly challenges and also create pages just for fun and enjoyment; these are wonderful opportunities to learn all those drawing and photo-editing techniques that also seemed so difficult and time-consuming before.

I don't know, yet, how I want this blog to continue, the direction it will take, but I shall use it to showcase some of my family history pages and it is intended to be a sister site to my main blog, Hilary's Family Research Pages, at and my main website, Hilary's Pages, at .

Best wishes,