Welcome to Liz’s family history blog!

Hello! My name's Liz Plummer and I have a textile arts blog over at Dreaming Spirals. I have recently got into family history research and so I decided to start a blog about it, talking about my discoveries and journey along the way. Feel free to leave a comment, especially if you are also researching any of the same surnames.

Most of my ancestors lived in Staffordshire and the West Midlands in the UK; a few wandered over from Cheshire and perhaps Shropshire. The main surnames I'm researching are: Docksey, Meredith, Hopkins, Simpson, Cooke, Swetmore, Lunn, Cooper. I'll put a full list further down the sidebar.

A few Hopkins photos

After he read my blog posts about William and Hannah Hopkins, my brother Dave kindly sent me a few photos that I didn’t know existed.

This one is my great grandmother Minnie Hopkins in the doorway of one of the greengrocers’ shops.  Dave said it was the Market Street, Fenton shop, but I think it might be the one in Church Street (now Christchurch Street) because my mother told me she remembered the arcades outside it, and if you look carefully you can see them reflected in the shop windows, along with some of the buildings opposite.

Minnie Hopkins outside Fenton greengrocers shop

The following photo is one of the shops in London Road, Stoke, and I think it must be the one at 7 London Road because it says C Hopkins on the window, which would be William and Hannah’s son Charles who was at 7 London Road in the 1901 census.  

greengrocers in London Road, Stoke owned by Hopkins family

It is really nice to see photos of the shops – this is the sort of thing which brings family history to life!

2 comments to A few Hopkins photos

  • These old photos are a treasure! Not only do they tell many stories, they make us want to know more, don’t they?

    I have amassed a large photo collection, great fodder for my future blog. Although I would love to learn more about my gr-grandmother’s shop in 1900 Philadelphia, PA – I do have pics of 3 family businesses between 1915 and 1930. (Although I’m researching MY tree, 3 of the 6 pics are from my husband’s great-grandmother’s laundry in mulhouse, france!)

    Thank you for sharing,
    - vicki

  • LOVE these photos. They are such treasures, aren’t they?

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