Having dutifully and thoroughly read the Grand Tour, and memorised all its details, you are now in a position to attempt the fiendishly difficult ‘Old Ilson Quiz’.
However, I suspect that most of you will have skipped much of the detail and concentrated only on those parts of the tour which affect your family history. In which case you can always cheat !!
Or don’t bother with this Quiz at all.
We will start by examining Ilkeston’s vibrant social media of 1891 … namely the correspondence pages of the Ilkeston Pioneer.
(I have numbered and clipped all the following letters, but have tried to avoid altering them in any other way).
Finally your ‘music starter for 10’ …
What musical instrument was Jonty Trot inextricably linked with ?
And finally finally, your picture starter, to continue the Quiz….
Who is this ? (Clue: In his later life he lived in a ‘Hall’ very close to where Ilkeston’s empty tomb now stands.)
Who do you think they are ??
These first three letters have introduced us to several characters, hiding under pseudonyms. But who were they ??
Enquirer was the first to post a letter in our ‘Old Ilson Quiz’ section and he gives us some clues, in his first letter, of his identity.
He has been away from Ilkeston ‘for many years’ but his (maternal) grandparents were born in Hunger-hill and his mother was also born there … all three are dead by 1891.
In his second letter he makes clear that he himself was not born in Hunger-hill, and that he now lives 8o miles from the town, in a seaport on the east coast of England. From the names of his school mates, he would appear to have been born in the early 1830’s ?
Kensington offers the first reply to Enquirer.
He was born in Kensington district.
O.P.Q. is mentioned by Kensington as being the master of an Academy perhaps within sight of the South Street Wesleyan Chapel, and there at the time that the chapel was built (1845).
Not a lot to go on so far, but any idea who they were ??
Shall we move on to Part 2 ??