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….


Remember the WDYTYA when Mark Gatiss discovered his ancestral home in Ireland? “Wonderful to find something as tangible as this… a homestead.” Don’t you think every family historian should have that ‘homestead moment’? We recently took a friend walkabout in our (non-identical) ‘twin’ villages of East and West Leake.  A little online research using Ancestry…