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    Paxton & Agency Houses

    What Was An Agency House? by Fiona Spear, History Research Group William Paxton was a talented entrepreneur. He made his initial fortune running an agency house, Paxton, Cockerell and Trail, in Calcutta. By the late 18th Century, the British Government became increasingly concerned about corruption in The East India Company (EIC). Consequently, after The India […]

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    Ghostly Happenings on Middleton Estate

    Hello everyone! My name is Amelia, I am 221 years old and I am well, rather dead I’m afraid.  I am the imaginary friend of Eliza Paxton, William Paxton’s eldest daughter. Eliza and I used to have so much fun together and with the rest of her brothers and sisters. One of my favourite pastimes […]

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    Charles Cockerell – Paxton’s Business Partner.

    by Fiona Spear -member of the History Research Group, Regency Restoration Project  William Paxton and Charles Cockerell (1755 – 1837) both had an eye for a good business opportunity. The combination of their entrepreneurial talents made their agency house one of the most successful businesses in India in the late 18th Century. Charles Cockerell arrived […]

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    People’s Collection Wales & Middleton Memories

    We are delighted to welcome Gruffyd Jones, People’s Collection Wales Field Officer, National Library of Wales to share with us the experiences from our recent and ongoing collaboration regarding the collation of memories and stories from our Middleton Memories Event & Exhibition.  The People’s Collection Wales were very happy with an opportunity to support the […]

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    Middleton Memories

    In May of this year, to coincide with Local History Month, the Regency Restoration Project , in conjunction with People’s Collection Wales ran a month long event to capture  lots more stories and memories of those who used to live and work on the Middleton Hall Estate during the 1930s – 1990s. This built on […]

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    Rhagfyr – before the shortest day

    Jane Down reveals some surprising and forgotten festive traditions of Wales and beyond

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