This is the story of the love letters of my great great grandparents, Fred Shepherd and Janie Warburton. Fred was born in 1859 and was 19 when he met Janie. He lived in Darnall, Sheffield and at the beginning of their courtship worked as a Trade Clerk for Brown, Bayley & Dixon, Attercliffe – at the time one of the largest Steel Mills in the world. Janie was a publican’s daughter and lived in the Cross Keys, Handsworth, Sheffield (which is reputed to be the only public house on consecrated ground in the UK). She was born in 1860 and was 18 when she met Fred.
The letters have survived for over 135 years and during that time have been passed down from mother to daughter four times – which is how they came to me. This is my exploration of Fred & Janie’s story and I am aided and abetted by my mother, my sister and my cousin.
I am Ingrid Birchell Hughes @1ngi on twitter if you want to follow me. I’m tweeting my reactions about what I find out while I transcribe the letters (amongst other things).
You can email me at mydarlingjanie [dot] ideagarden [dot] uk.