Brougham Family History Blog

Historic day for Leicester

May 16, 2021

15th May 2021 will go down as an historic and memorable day for Leicester.  It was the day the City won the Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup and £1.8 million pounds.  And what a day it was.  Historic because it was the first time that Leicester have won the cup.  Previously they had been in the final 4 times and 4 times they had failed.  2021 saw their successful 5th attempt.  On a wet cold day in May in the middle of a pandemic they won – they became the 45th name to be etched on the cup.

Leicester City now in the history books of the oldest running football cup competition in the world.  The pandemic limited 20,000+ people who attended yesterday can all say I was there.  It will have been a memorable day for half of them, the other 50% will go home with thoughts of what might have been, especially if that disallowed goal towards the end had been allowed.

For Leicester fans across the world, it will be a day of what was I doing when ‘we’ won the cup.  For me personally I was at home watching it on the tele’ with a lager in my hand.  It was a great feeling to see the Tielemans 63rd minute shot hit the top left hand corner of the goal.  As we jumped and cheered it was a great feeling and then an anxious watch till the final whistle.  There was disappointment when Chelsea scored but then relief as the goal was disallowed for being offside. The final whistle blew, and we were elated. Leicester had won the cup – what a great feeling of joy after so much misery over the last 18 months. 

The club of the town where I was born, Huddersfield, have won the cup once, in 1922.  The emotions of the day must have been as great for the players and fans at the time when Billy Smith scored the winning penalty against Preston North End in extra time.  Huddersfield like Leicester have been in the final 5 times and have won once. It was the last final to be played before the finals were regularly to be hosted at the FA’s national stadium in Wembley.

There will be as many facts and figures about Leicester’s win as there were for Huddersfield’s victory 99 years ago.  With the televised match now an historical record, every moment can be played back again and again.  Over time it will get summarised and Tieleman’s goal will become the highlight scene that sums up the match. After all, its goals that matter.  The emotions will be present while those who had a part to play in the day remain alive – after that it will be history looking back, mainly on stats.  The game may even appear in the Pandemic archives due to this being a large test crowd audience to see how large venues can cope as the country, hopefully, comes through the final stages of lockdown.

15th May 2021 was the day Leicester won the cup and an entry was made in the historical archive.  The emotions of the day went into our own personal archives – but how many of these will be remembered 100 years later?


A new milestone for family historians

May 4, 2021

With the change in marriage certificates today for England and Wales bringing it in line with Scotland and NI, it marks another step forward in family history research.

In my last blog I spoke about how historians would look back and view the pandemic of the early 2020's, and yet today we are living through it and know the answers.  I wonder how family historians, will research their family history in 100 or 200 years’ time?

With the mothers name on the wedding certificate, it provides ye...

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An incredible period in history

January 9, 2021


After an incredible year - time to revive the blog.

2020 will go down as the year that everyone was united in wanting to forget.  2021 offers hope and although there is light at the end of the tunnel, we are not sure how long the tunnel is before we leave the darkness behind.

With light there is optimism and with optimism there is hope of a better future.  We long for the tunnel to end and the new spring to arrive.

In the meantime, we remain stranded in the tunnel and must play our part in m...

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Behind the stats of infant mortality

November 27, 2011

For any parent, the death of their child is undoubtedly difficult to handle. Close friends of mine lost one of their premature twins after only a few precious days of life. I know the pain and grief that they went through. In the developed world, fortunately, we know how these occurrences are now quite rare - but for those that are impacted the grief is devastating, no matter what the stats say. Regrettably, as we all know too well, in some countries around the world, infant death rates r...

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The Railway Broughams

August 29, 2011
Having worked for a railway company for 10 years I've never really considered myself as coming from a Railway family.  Indeed no where have I found the Railway's mentioned in any of my research.

Searching through old Railway Employment papers 1833 - 1963 on I discovered only 7 mentions of Brougham - confirming that the Broughams are far from a Railway family.

Does anyone know these Railway men I wonder?
  • W Brougham worked at Six-Pit Junction in the Coaching department sometime be...

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Leaving our historical footprints for tomorrows generation

July 23, 2011
As I prepare to move house you start to think about the good memories and of course, some not so good.  22 years is a long time in one house - a quarter of the average life.  Yet in the reaches of history it isn't really a pin prick.  In 1901 the Census reveals that Alice King aged 31, lived in my house with her 2 daughters, Doris W, aged 6 and Gladys R, aged 4.  Although Mrs King is described as married, there is no record of her husband.  Where could he have been I wonder?  Mrs King was a s...
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How to pronounce Brougham

April 9, 2011
This always seems to be the big question - how to pronounce Brougham?  We have a rich and varied language that has evolved over time with many influences and accents from around the world.  We also know that in the 1800's there were many who could not read or write so many names were not accurately documented.  Authors may also have put their own slant on names from their own experiences so names that were not Brougham may have been transcribed as such if they were similar. Different regional...
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A Gathering of Broughams

January 9, 2011
Peter Brougham Wyly devoted his life to researching the Brougham family history.  Along with his trusted friend, Peggy Stacey, they spent many hours in libraries and archives collecting information, long before the computer made life a little easier for the family genealogist.  Peter pulled his research together into 'A Gathering of Broughams but not a clean sweep' but this was never actually published.  Although Peter did send copies to many fellow genealogists his invaluable research was ne...
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The Brougham Clergy.

November 2, 2010

In my research to uncover the Brougham story I came across a very interesting and well put together site - Clergy of the Church of England Database or CCED for short -  The database covers the years 1540 to 1835,and although not complete is getting there.  At the time of writing the database reveals just 8 Broughams who went into the Clergy:

Brougham, Bernard (1692 - 1751)
Brougham, Edmund (0 - 0)
Brougham, Henry (1728 - 1728)
Brougham, Henry (1689 - 1696)

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A gathering of the Taylor clan

August 29, 2010
Family History is gripping - once you get started you get hooked!

Next weekend we have the gathering of my father's cousins from his mother's side - Taylor.  My grandmother had 9 brothers and sisters so there were many cousins.  Over time the cousins have lost touch, and some have even moved to New Zealand.  It will be great to meet them all and I'm looking forward to capturing all their relatives in our family tree.

These Taylors all descend from Fred Taylor (1880 - 1944) and were initially ba...

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