Exciting morning working on the vouchers project today.  Not only did we get the project blog up and running, we also found some graffiti.  The Uttoxeter overseers’ vouchers have been rather text-heavy so far, but we are always on the look-out for images, perhaps embedded in tradespeople’s headed notepaper or ink doodles in the margins.


SRO D3891/6/37 Uttoxeter overseers’ vouchers 1831

This little house was found, appropriately enough, in a tightly-folded bundle of papers relating to lodging.  All of the papers confirmed the costs of providing one or two nights of accommodation to paupers, who had presumably travelled from Uttoxeter in search of work.  The bills concerned lodgings in Manchester, and were sent back to the parish for payment by one James Mills.  Sadly, a search for people called Mills in Manchester is fraught with confusion.  There were eleven men with this name listed in Pigot & Slater’s trade directory of Manchester for 1841, for example, none of whom was either a lodging-house keeper or an obvious candidate for correspondence with distant parishes (such as an attorney).  Does anyone out there know more?