Site Notices

5 Year Anniversary Mug

To celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the Smallthorne History website I have ordered some mugs. Mugs are £3.00 each or 4 for £11.00, I can arrange local delivery/collection, please email me at You can also buy a mug online for UK... read more

Website Upgrade

The website has undergone a few changes, some slightly cosmetic but most of the work has been done behind the scenes to keep it up to date and the main change to make the size responsive so it is more mobile friendly.

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Merry Christmas Smallthorne

Merry Christmas to all website visitors past, present and future and to members of the Facebook group. A big Festive thank you to all those who’ve contributed and shared words, memories and photos.

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Are you a Holdcroft?

We’ve had a request from Dr Alan Holdcroft…

Are you a Holdcroft who is interested in genealogy, and with ancestors in Norton-in-the-Moors/Norton Green, or known to be one of the ‘descendants of Walter Holdcroft b ~1600 Norton-le-moors’.

I am a member of an international genetic genealogy group ‘U-106 haplogroup’ whose purpose is to carry out genealogical DNA testing on the Y (male) chromosome, with the purpose of identifying common ancestry in the more distant genealogical past (pre-surnames) and inferring their origins and migrations.

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Happy First Birthday – Commemorative Mug

To celebrate the first birthday of the Smallthorne History website we’ve had a mug specially designed. There is only a limited run of these so once they’ve gone they’ve gone. All profits will be donated to a local good cause yet to be decided, suggestions always welcome.

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For the love of the history

I recently has a few strange questions put to me so I would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few things:

I don’t make a penny out of running the Smallthorne History website, I fund it myself and it’s a joint effort with my nephew who takes care of the design and upkeep for which I am grateful.
What I ‘get out of it’ is a great deal of pleasure and enjoyment especially when I can help people.
By contributions I mean pics and words as it gives folk chance to publish something they wouldn’t normally have chance to, especially if they’re not PC literate.

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100,000 Visits

I said when the main website reached 100,000 visits I would make a £100 donation to a local good cause and I have just spoken with a lovely lady who will be willing to accept the donation on behalf of the Meet-a-Mum toddlers playgroup at Bradeley Community Hall. I... read more

50,000+ Visits

We would like to thank everyone who’s visited the site in the past 7 Months and take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas. We look forward to the New Year and we hope to add lots more content so you can keep coming... read more

Information Appeal – Thomas Brough / Thomas Bowyer

We’ve had request for help, if anyone has any relevent information could you please get in touch using one of the contact methods available. I have been having trouble trying to trace the birth certificate of someone in my tree. According to the census’s... read more

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