Posts Tagged ‘ Hamilton history ’

More to tell on Farmers Co-op

Dec 19th, 2012 | By

Hamilton Libraries Perry Rice takes one last look at the Farmers Co-op. Previous stories here and here. After the last meander along a somewhat weedy memory lane I had call from a charming gentleman who had further information on FAC. His brief story answers the question posed to our hostess by a questioning mind, ‘What

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The grand architecture of Bisleys

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By

A M Bisley & Co were, it seems, known (vaguely) as Bisleys Grain & Seed Merchants. That is the notation on the reverse of the photo index card in the library. This photograph shows that they were also insurance agents and land salesmen. They were more than that though and as the sign says, they

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Old-time carts carry the weight

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

Many people think the late-Victorian/Edwardian period romantic. In many ways those times were romantic (as seen now). Thing is though, I knew many folk in my younger days who had trudged through many years of those industrial times which lacked sophisticated technology we have today. I well recall a very elderly gentleman who had done

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A walk down old Victoria St

Jul 22nd, 2012 | By

‘What,’ some Steampunk enthusiasts are wont to ask, ‘would it be like to wander about in the old-time buildings of Hamilton?’ Don’t have to wonder – go and do it. There is a goodly number of old-time photos in the library collection. The thing is, that’s a relative remark and it’s relative to your own

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Hamilton’s first ever petrol tanker delivers

May 21st, 2012 | By

A grand day in the history of Hamilton – the first tanker delivery of petrol in the town. But I wonder, now that we know the effects of motor cars and the ever increasing demand for roads and car parks, and fossil fuel pollution, would we hail this as a red letter day? Probably not.

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A history told in horseshoes

Feb 27th, 2012 | By

At first glance I thought this a shot of the inside of Oakham Castle in Rutland. It is not. It is a marvellous sample board – just happens to be horseshoes. Such boards were commonplace in years gone by. Retailers and manufacturers used to display wares in this way (except heavy or bulky stuff) usually

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