Case Study F – Accrington

Lesson at a glance

Suitable for: Key stage 2

Curriculum topics: Local Histories

Potential activities: Explore the questions relating to Park Road in Accrington.

68 Park Road


Tasks

  1. Look at Source One and answer these questions.

Source one- 1921 Census record- The National Archives (RG15/20131)

  • What do you William and Thamer’s jobs involved?
  • What do you notice about Allan’s birthplace?
  • What types of fruit and vegetables do you think would have been sold at the grocers in the 1920s? Why did people have to buy fresh fruit and veg very often?
  • Who is doing the job ‘home duties’? Why does house work take a long time in the 1920s?
  • What else can you learn about this family?
  1. What questions do you have about this family that are not answered by the census record? Write these down and keep them.
  1. Study Sources Two to Five and answer these questions.

Source Two- List of births on the ship ‘Lusitania’ travelling from New York- The National Archives (BT 26/333 4-6)

  • Can you find any family members on this document? What more do you learn about them?

Source Three- Information booklet for the ship ‘Lusitania’ – Lancashire Archives (DDDA/ACC5185/BOX5I/31)

  • What does this reveal about the ship’s voyage?

Source Four- Plan for houses to be built on Park road- Lancashire Archives (MBAC 30/2745)

  • What does this tell you about the house this family lived in?

Source Five- Trade directory Accrington (list of names and jobs)

  • Can you find the employer of William and Thamer? What can you learn about other jobs in Accrington?
  1. Look at the questions you wrote earlier. Check which ones have been answered by the other sources. What further questions do you have about the family or life in the 1920s?


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Lesson at a glance

Suitable for: Key stage 2

Curriculum topics: Local Histories

Potential activities: Explore the questions relating to Park Road in Accrington.