An Interesting history from Graham Brothwood
I asked my father what his grandfather was called but he could not remember. They
lived in quite a big house, I think, in north Shropshire called "Redponds" (presumably
the water was a red colour because of iron ore deposits in the ground). My paternal
As a possible matter of interest I was involved a few years ago in a project dealing
with the Waste collection and disposal for Shropshire County Council. As a property
lawyer my task was to investigate the Council's title to the landfill sites, some
of which were on old coal/iron ore mines. The original owners of the land were the
Lilleshall Iron and Coal Company (or something like this). A big, landed family owned
all the land and the mines and, from what my grandfather told me, pretty much the
people in the surrounding villages (in the late 1800s they were pretty feudal in
outlook). They were an unpleasant lot (apparently) and conditions in the mine were
Before he died I asked my grandfather of his early memories from childhood (like many of his generation he blocked out the First World War). He said his father had owned a number of houses (in Shropshire) and he used to go round with him to collect the rent. The tenants were very poor and in the end (from what I could gather) he sold the houses (or gifted them) to the occupiers so that by the time he died the family did not own any.
I can go back to about 1898 with my grandfather -
Grahamm Brothwood. Malmesbury, Wiltshire.