Milestones, Boundary Markers, Historical Artifacts, Street Furniture, lost roads and buildings.

There are many traces of our ancestors scattered around our landscape. Mile Markers and Boundary stones are there too. The Milestone Society believes that there are approximately 9000 left in the United Kingdom. Some are cherished but others are hidden in hedgerows, some have been unwittingly destroyed by crashes, road equipment or even stolen. Roads have been straightened to make them safer. There are old gateposts still left in place, old buildings, and place names that declare an evocative past. The aim is to capture some of this information at least photographically before it disappears.

Although the Fylde Coast does not have ancient history, the Romans apparently struggled to Kirkham. There have been huge changes in the last two centuries from literally a a few fishermans' and agricultural dwellings, to a full blown tourist and light engineering industry.

More historical information can be found here about the Fylde coast.

It also seems that time has marched on and left what appears to be some very respectable buildings... which just should be used, but seem to have no worth.

Links from this Blog

Nearly-Midnight The genealogy website relating to the family. A tangled web of people all related to one another, explore!
Memorials Website dedicated to War Memorials - The majority in the North of England. Visits to churches, but also memorials in out of the way places.
Robert Clark The Father of Henry Martyn-Clark - A missionary out in the North-West Frontier of India. One of the first Europeans to set foot in Afganistan
Affetside Census
A small village north of Bury, Lancashire, I can trace many of my immediate ancesters from there. On the Roman Road, Watling Street
Andrew Martyn-Clark My Father and his part in my World. Also my mother and his parents too.
Henry Martyn-Clark My Great Grandfather, his roots and his achievements. Discusses malaria but also his confrontations with Islam.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The Stranded Rosaleen

In the same newspaper as the coroner's report into Jack Parkinson's death was little snippet.Of course not to diminish Jack in any way, but to point out that he was a member of the crew that tried to refloat the Rosaleen.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to refloat the SS “Rosaleen” at Fairhaven on Wednesday morning. The steamer which was stranded on the 6th Inst (January 1911), had been raised from the beach and shipways laid down. It was arranged to launch her when the tide permitted. On Wednesday the tide was at its height at 10:54 and a large crowd of persons was present to witness the launch, not withstanding the fact that the rain was streaming in torrents. Two powerful tugs were requisitioned and were attached to the stranded steamer by by means of a strong wire hawser. Anchors were also attached to the vessel, and the engine was set going. When the props that were holding the steamer up were removed, however the vessel dropped down a little and some of the shipways were misplaced. The tugs tried in vain to move the “Rosaleen” and the effort to relaunch her had to be abandoned for the present.
Published on Saturday December 23rd 1911
The SS Rosaleen was renamed the SS Kyle Prince and she ran aground and lost  in 8/10/1935

I am trying to find out more info about the Rosaleen but there does not seem to be any "out there" Still chipping away.

In the fortunate position of finding a picture of the SS Rosaleen.