Author Archives: James Rhodes - historian

About James Rhodes - historian

History and genealogy buff. Follow me on Twitter @rh0desy

“Come on 13, give them hell!”

On the morning of Sunday 1 July 1923, eminent Yorkshire solicitor and Conservative MP, Arthur Willey, was getting ready to attend church near his home in Roundhay, Leeds. He and his wife were marking a sombre anniversary which was also … Continue reading

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Joseph Rhodes – a blameless life?

(This is the second in a series of posts about my patrilineal Rhodes ancestors. The first post can be found here ) It is a feature of genealogical research that the better behaved one’s ancestors were, the fainter the footprint … Continue reading

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Miles ye bastard

The earliest of my Rhodes ancestors for whom I have documentary proof is Miles Rhodes (my 6th great-grandfather) and his first appearance in the historical record was an act of extra-marital sex. As a proud Yorkshireman, it is immensely gratifying … Continue reading

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“The Beestons of Beeston” by Jim Marsden

At the time of the Conquest, and in the period immediately after, it was a custom amongst Norman individuals for the principal families, having lands in any locality, to be known by the name of the district. Examples of this … Continue reading

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“The History of Beeston” by Jim Marsden

After my late grandfather retired from the Police force in the late 1970s, he began to extensively research the history of Beeston, South Leeds, where he was born. Over many years, he accumulated a vast amount of notes, documents and … Continue reading

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The tragedy of Malcolm Melhuish Yendell

One day in 1954, Mrs Joan Yendell, from Armley, called the Police in a highly agitated state to report that, in a telephone call, her estranged husband had just threatened to shoot her, her mother, their two young children and … Continue reading

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“Lost Two Sons in Two Wars”

I recently wrote about my great-uncles, Cyril and Lawrence Marvell , and their respective deaths in each of the World Wars. The original post included two newspaper stories reporting that Cyril was missing presumed dead and, eight months later, that … Continue reading

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