Whenever my Grandmother was being a bit awkward or contrary my Grandfather would say, “oh, its the gypsy in you Lil”
I often wondered if there was perhaps any truth in the statement and my Grandmother’s skin, certainly on her forearms was always rather tanned. When I started my genealogical research I established that my four times Great Grandmother was Bethsheba Drakeley.
Bethsheba had been born in Nuneaton in 1797 and married William Matthews in 1818 in Nuneaton. Together they raised 9 children. Bethsheba died in 1878 in Newbold on Avon in Warwickshire.
|Old Arm Canal near Rugby circa 1915|
The name of Drakeley is fairly well known for involvement in fairgrounds and canal work, and this week’s prompt gave the inspiration I perhaps needed to seek some images of Drakeley fairgrounds. There are quite a few images on the website for the National Fairground Archive.
Taking part in Sepia Saturday