Copies and originals of letters from 'Gertie' on a sea voyage from Southampton to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban

Scope and Content

There are also notes on the life of St Oswald, King of Northumbria and notes on the intended chapter structure of a history of Hessle with some further detailed notes on chapter 5 (the structural development of the Church) and chapter 6 (Medieval Hessle). The history of Hesslewood is given in a chronological table with details of the owners of Hesslewood. The notebook also contains notes on the de la Pole family and their connection with Hessle from the mercantile origins of the family at Spurn Point to the extinction of the male line in 1525, followed by a chronological table of events. There is an essay on trade and commerce which provides a very broad description of Britain's centrality to world trade at the time the notebook was written. There are also notes on the structure of 'Mr F.C. Heaven's Collection of Topographical Notes relating to Hessle and the neighbourhood' [U DX37/17-23] as well as notes on different aspects of the game of cricket and on the 'shipbuilding at Hessle in the olden days' with detail about particular ships launched from Hessle and the people who worked in the trade. Some pages have been cut or ripped out.

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