The Ins and Outs of the United States (with images)

In March this year I had the pleasure of visiting Ellis Island – America’s former immigration portal and home to my great-grandparents (William and Alice) for seven weeks during 1926. Walking through the empty rooms and hallways, knowing that my ancestors had once done the same, was a surreal yet enlightening experience and one that I […]

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The Ins and Outs of the United States, Part 2

Part 2 is the concluding installment of my great-grandmother’s letter, The Ins and Outs of the United States, and our final journey with Alice.  I explained back in January to Anna King on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, that although I call these memoirs ‘letters’ they aren’t actually addressed to anyone in particular. However, it is clear […]

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The Ins and Outs of the United States, Part 1

Okay, now I know I said originally that I would post my great-grandmother’s second letter later on in the year, but it makes for a very interesting read and I’ve been dying to share it with you. So here it is. Original paperwork suggests that the main events of this letter took place between 1924-1926. […]

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Recollections of a Victorian Childhood, Part 4

This is the final installment of my great-grandmother’s letter, Recollections of a Victorian Childhood. It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to share these fascinating memories with you. I hope you’ve enjoyed experiencing Alice’s world as much as I have. All content written by Alice Grant (née Brinkworth), 1887 – 1961. Our groceries […]

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Recollections of a Victorian Childhood, Part 3

Part 3 is the penultimate installment of my great-grandmother’s letter, Recollections of a Victorian Childhood. If you’ve enjoyed a glimpse into life during the late nineteenth century, keep your eyes peeled for Alice’s second letter – a post-war account of her illegal stay in the United States – to be published on Bellyful Of Art […]

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Recollections of a Victorian Childhood, Part 2

Following on from my exciting interview with Anna King this morning on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, here is the second installment in the series A Life in Letters, a collection of writings by my great-grandmother, Alice Grant. Enjoy! All content written by Alice Grant (née Brinkworth), 1887 – 1961. In all our moves to new places […]

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Recollections of a Victorian Childhood, Part 1

I never met my great-grandmother. She died twenty-four years before I was born. Despite this sad, yet wholly inevitable fact, I can’t help but feel an affinity with her, a bond built by our love of words. Over the next few weeks, I intend to publish (in a series of short posts) the letters my […]

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