After Part 6, let us recap on what we know of the identities of the letter-writers ….
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). His father’s surname (and presumably his surname) was Fletcher, a well-known local Wesleyan preacher
Need we say more ?
From his letters Bath Street seems to confirm that he is older than the other correspondents. And his knowledge of the residents of Bath Street together with his nom-de-plume seem to reveal his domestic location.
Although Pilgrim has joined the ‘writers’ circle’, he is a resident of Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.
We are now into April 1892 and letter 25 is published.
A few days later Letter 26, penned by John Cartwright, reached the Pioneer.
It was almost two weeks before Enquirer replied with a brief note, aka Letter 27.
And finally, another pictorial question based on this map c1880. Who built the lace factory shown here ?
Who do you think they are ??
Now, with the application of a little maths and some simple searching on this website, you should be able to identify who Enquirer was. (Assuming his memories are accurate).
Ready for Part 8 ?