Blogs in May 2023

The Sixpenny Orphan 7th May 2023

‘Please, sir, take us both. We only have each other. We don’t know how to live apart.’ After the death of their parents, sisters Poppy and Rose are taken in by widow Nellie Harper. But whilst they have a...

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A Mother’s Christmas Wish 20th November 2022

‘I hope this Christmas is better than last year’s.’ Following a scandalous affair, wayward Emma Devaney is sent in disgrace from her home in Ireland to Ryhope, where she will live with her widowed aunt, Bessie Brogan, and help...

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The Miner’s Lass 12th May 2021

‘You’re a Dinsdale lass, Ruby. Nothing and no one keeps us lot down.’ A life of poverty in a cramped pit cottage is all that seventeen-year-old Ruby Dinsdale has known. Even with her father and younger brother working at...

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The Paper Mill Girl 18th May 2020

‘She’s just a paper mill girl.’ Seventeen-year-old Ruth Hardy works long hours at Grange Paper Works, with her younger sister Bea, and spends her free time caring for their ailing parents. Their meagre income barely covers their needs, so...

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The Tuppenny Child 18th May 2020

‘She’s not worth more than tuppence, that child!’ Those are the words that haunt Sadie Linthorpe. She is the talk of Ryhope when she arrives there, aged seventeen, alone, seeking work and a home in the pit village. But...

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