This week I'm a guest on the fabulous Austen Authors website! You can check out my blog post on the Ladies of Llangollen here, and there are lots more interesting articles for Janeites to explore on Austen Authors.
If you happen to be visiting North Wales, do take time to visit Plas Newydd - it reopens in April.
I hope you all had a fantastic break! I have got lots of work to do over the next few weeks, so there may be radio silence for a while. In the meantime, for the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death, I have a feature on Austen's life coming up in the Discover Your Ancestors 2017 bookazine.
On the family history front, the January issue of Your Family History has my article on researching small businesses. Sometime in April, my new book, Tracing Your Manchester and Salford Ancestors will be published by Pen & Sword.
Events are also being planned for the bicentenary of the Pentrich Rebellion this June, and you can read the story of the rebels and their fate in Regency Spies.
Image: ‘The late E.W. Roylance’. At least four generations of the Roylance family, grocers and importers, were engaged in the Irish and foreign butter trade in the Manchester area. H.B. Wilkinson, Old Hanging Ditch, Sherratt & Hughes, 1910.