Today I found a copy of a letter I wrote in May 1987. I wrote it to the author of an unpublished book, the handwritten manuscript of which I had been shown by a librarian at the Public Library in Swadlincote. I’d gone into the library to ask if they had anything on the history of Newhall where my Gough family came from. I had noticed that there were no Goughs in the parish registers before the date of
So I had a possible place but I needed to know where Mr. Shaw found his information. He replied that he had found the information in an article in the Burton Chronicle he thought from about 25 years before, about some pieces of Gresley Blue Plate
Years later, once we had a computer, I decided to gradually type up the manuscript as I thought it should be more widely available. I had been in touch with the volunteers at The Magic Attic, in Swadlincote, who after lots of searching had found the article mentioned by Mr. Shaw. The china had been inherited by a Mr. Jabez Gough, former postman, of Newhall who was the great grandson of Thomas Gough. Unfortunately he had died in 1964. I gave my copy of the ‘History of Newhall’ to the Magic Attic plus a typed copy as I thought it should return to the area. I had been told that Mr. Shaw had died only a few weeks before; his book was never published. I still have the brick wall of whereabouts in The Forest of Dean Thomas Gough came from and I don’t suppose I will ever know, but I never give up hope as, after about 15 years of searching the newspaper article was found.
When I first visited the Magic Attic it was housed on the top floor of a smoky, dimly lit Snooker Hall in the town centre. It is now inside the Sharpe’s Pottery complex and is well worth a visit. We returned a few weeks ago to see how they were getting on. Here are a couple of photos.