Woburn Rates Book 1802-1828

Woburn Rates Book 1802 - 1828


"Fellmongers Pitts" - No.56 Bedford Street - see http://www.sealedknot.org/knowbase/docs/0039_LivHistChar.htm and http://www.caerllion.net/archive/literature/glh/39fellmonger.htm.
The fellmonger's task is to extract from the skins of dead sheep, goats, lambs and even dogs, such articles of use as wool, pelts, skins, parchments, vellums and chamois leathers.

Pightie - The pightie (for example in 1825 No.12 Duck Lane) is a variation of 'pickle', a small enclosure near a house, a small piece of land 'picked off' from an open field. (see also http://www.croxleygreen.com/CGH-Page-07.asp)

John Farey, born in Woburn in 1766, was a geologist and mathematician. In 1802 he lived at No.1 George Street. John Farey - biography and on Wikipedia. See also FORD, T.D. & TORRENS, H.S. 1989. Biography of John Farey. In Facsimile edition of 'Survey of the Agriculture and Minerals of Derbyshire' (1811). Peak District Mines Historical Society, 42pp. (can be purchased from PDMHS - see www.pdmhs.org.uk)

Almshouses: The almshouses of Woburn survive intact and are among the best examples of such social provision for the elderly from past ages. More information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almshouse and in 'The book of Woburn' (Kenneth G Spavins and Anne Aplin), Baron Books, Buckingham, 200; £9.95.

The Free School. This school was established in 1582, intended originally to be a grammar school, to prepare its puils for university, but Woburn was too small to provide enough students of the necessary calibre, and the school became an ordinary charity school in the 17th-18th century. More information in 'The book of Woburn' (Kenneth G Spavins and Anne Aplin), Baron Books, Buckingham, 200; £9.95.

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