The Brush Factory and the Thomasin family

The Brush Factory was one of Witham’s most important industries in the mid 19th century. It had developed from Matthew Thomasin’s wooden patten-making business of the early 1700s (Pattens were rather like clogs, worn outside the shoe). The Works and the Yard were just off Newland Street (behind what are now numbers 67 and 83). … Continue reading “The Brush Factory and the Thomasin family”

Wally Slugocki

From Poland to Essex.   Wally Slugocki and the Second World War. Written by Pat Slugocki,  from notes taken in December 1999 My husband, Wladyslaw (Wally) was born in 1925, in Szwejkow, a small village in what was then Poland, but is now in the Ukraine. His father, Marion, appears to have done a bit of … Continue reading “Wally Slugocki”