The Basket

Blue plaques are no longer confined to City Streets.  Here’s the latest to appear in West Leake, commemorating the arrival of basketmaking as a new cottage industry two centuries ago.  You may remember I wrote a few months ago about our friend Ed visiting and discovering that his ancestor (another Ed) had been that entrepreneur….

Home again

Open for business after all the diversions of the summer period, I find myself reflecting once again on ‘home’. Working at home is a great privilege. This week I read a short obituary of a famously pioneering archivist, Freddie Stitt, who lived with his family ‘over the shop’ at the William Salt Library in Stafford,…