Blundell diary to aid children.Byline: Chris Hannaway
THE squire of Little Crosby Little Crosby is a small village on Merseyside, North West England. Despite being within 8 miles of Liverpool it has retained its rural character by, for example, opting not to have street lights. has re-published a fascinating history of his famous ancestor and diarist di·a·rist
A person who keeps a diary.
a person who writes a diary that is subsequently published
Noun 1. Nicholas Blundell.
The book is one of the most important documents about early Lancashire life, say historians.
In 1702 Nicholas Blundell made the first entry in his `Great Diurnal' - a diary which he kept for the next 28 years.
He wrote of the growth of the port of Liverpool The Port of Liverpool is the name for the enclosed dock system that runs from Herculaneum Dock to Seaforth Dock, on the east side of the River Mersey, combined with the facilities built around the Great Float on the west side of the river. and the everyday celebrations and quarrels in the small village of Little Crosby.
In 1952 Margaret Blundell published a biography of her four times great grandfather, entitled A Lancashire Squire. She used material from the diary and other accounts and letters, to create a modern and fascinating insight into life in the Crosby area 300 years ago.
This week Mark Blundell, the present occupier of Crosby Hall, proudly unveiled a glossy new edition of his great aunt's book.
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He is hoping the new publication will reach a far wider audience than the first.
Mr Blundell, 51, said: ``I do not know if Margaret realised that her book was published exactly 250 years after Nicholas started the diary but, by happy chance, the year of the publication of this new edition is exactly 50 years after the first.
``This provided a good excuse for bringing the book out in print after all these years.
``The original diary would be quite hard work for the average reader but Margaret managed to tell the story in a fascinating and very readable way.
``The book will appeal to anyone who is interested in local history. I myself feel a great sense of pride to be part of this great family line and the knowledge that Nicholas probably sat in these rooms writing his diary is very special to me.''
The book was compiled with help from historical consultant David Brazendale.