Historical Research

Scope and Content

This subseries comprises two small blue notebooks containing general historical research notes, including chronological tables of events, quotes from primary and secondary historical sources and other observations. The handwriting is at times very difficult to read but it is possible to discern several varied topics of national and local interest, including the Interregnum (1649-1660), Oliver Cromwell, the Peterloo Massacre of 16 August 1819, local government and law enforcement on the Isle of Man, Manx sports and customs, and the dioceses of Liverpool and Chester.


The two notebooks have been placed into the first subseries since it is likely they were created for research purposes, drawing together material for Harold Blundell's novels, the principal subject to which this collection relates, and in terms of scope cover a broader subject area than the local research notes in BLU/4/2. Since these notes have been written in two identical blue notebooks, which give no clues as to which was compiled first, the notebooks have simply been arranged in the order in which they appeared within the collection on arrival at the Library.