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    Virtual Reality Tour of Paxton’s Mansion

    Virtual Reality Tour of Paxton’s Mansion! Experience Middleton Hall like never before! The new Middleton Hall was commissioned by Sir William Paxton and built 1793 – 1795. One of the greatest tragedies of Middleton Estate is the burning down of Paxton’s New Middleton Hall in 1931. The mansion was all but gutted, with only some […]

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    The Fortunes of The Nabobs by Fiona Spear

    by Fiona Spear, member of the History Research Group  William Paxton is often described as a nabob. Not the most flattering of descriptions, the term nabob was used to describe ex-East India Company (EIC) servants, from modest backgrounds, who returned home to Britain very rich. The word had a pejorative connotation to it. Nabob was […]

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    Apothecary Anecdotes: Beechams Pills

    Bob reveals the 19th-century origins of this wonderdrug and finds some terrible poetry to illustrate its benefits

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    Apothecary Anecdotes: Acker Bilk and the Wooden Cash Register

    Even the wooden cash register has a story to tell.

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    Apothecary Anecdotes: Carmarthen, Enrico Caruso, and a modern Welsh singer

    A packet of cough lozenges leads Bob to discover a link between the Great Caruso and a pharmacy in Carmarthen.

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    Apothecary Anecdotes: Some Soap and a Castle in Wales

    Bob’s third anecdote links Pears soap to a Welsh icon

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