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From: "M True" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Bloody Foreigners: The History Of Immigration To Britain
Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 10:59:46 +0100
That's interesting Glen,
When you mentioned a Suffolk origin, and then seeing that the only places
where Bigelow was recorded in the 1881 census are in Lancashire and Durham,
it reminded me of one of the programs on family history on the BBC recently
called "Who Do You Think You Are" about Jeremy Paxman's family.
He'd always believed his paternal roots lay in Yorkshire. But what the
program discovered is that actually his Paxman roots lay in Framlingham,
Suffolk. Unfortunately the summary of the program in the link above misses
out the bit that is relevant to many families and that is that in the
early-mid 1800s there was a huge demand for labour from the industrial
cities (no surprise there), however, the bit I didn't know was that the
Industrialists actually often paid the fares (to go by barge etc) for people
to move from rural areas to the cities and this is how Jeremy's paternal
ancestor migrated to Bradford. Apparently at this stage for Suffolk the
main industrial "pull" was London, being much closer, however the other
option was to accept an offer from one of the northern industrialists and
this is what Jeremy's ancestor did, and how the Paxman's ended up in
I just thought I'd mention it because it highlights that the Industrial
Revolution has pulled families in odd directions across the UK not just in
the most obvious or direct ones.
> > Anyway, do you know the place of origin in England for your Bigelow
> > ancestor?
> What I have gives Wrentham, Suffolk, but no source for that information,
> I would consider it open to question.
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