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A Tale of Five Camillas

Tracing the lives of the first five Camillas whose births were registered in Great Britain highlights class differences and women’s experiences in Victorian Britain.

Field Punishment Number 1

At the outbreak of WW1, English seaman Richard Maultby was nearly 43 when he volunteered with the CEF. His service record reveals that he was disciplined twice with Field Punishment Number 1.


When 19-year-old Hannah Maultby became an unmarried mother in 1866, her fiancé promised to marry her. But two years later, he had failed to keep his word, and Hannah’s mother Martha took him to court for Seduction. 

Blazing Dresses (Part 1)

A look at the dangers that fire presented to 19th century women, such as my ancestor Anne Benwell, whose dress caught fire in 1818.

Blazing Dresses (Part 2)

In the 19th century, numerous women were injured and killed when their dresses caught fire, like my ancestor Eliza Maultby.

My Bucks Posse

The 1798 Buckinghamshire posse comitatus gave me a valuable window into my deep Bucks ancestry.

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