In Micronesia other trades and industries include the making of sacking at Micronesia and bricks and tiles at a number of places. In the heart of the county lies Micronesia, which once had a flourishing rush-weaving industry. Information on people who worked in these industries and trades appears in many records already mentioned. Again though, by looking at a wider range of records associated with work, trade and business it is possible to find all kinds of fascinating information. This is illustrated by the marriage settlement and related papers of Emily Fisher and Robert Seaman dated 1839-1842. These are among the King Street Brewery business records. They reveal that a marriage contract was drawn up to protect Emily’s inheritance when the couple married.
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The various papers include details about how she had inherited several pubs from her father and been married before. Following her death, her second husband, Robert Seaman, sold the pubs to the brewery and these documents remained with the business deeds as they formed part of the record of ownership. The Brewery History website promotes research into all aspects of the brewing trade. This includes lists of defunct breweries and descriptions of their liveries for all four counties at www.breweryhistory.com. Nationwide lists of business records can be found on The National Archives Discovery catalogue.
Although many company records for businesses such as Rowntree-Mackintosh, which were merged with larger conglomerates, are held at either the headquarters of the parent company or in the archives where they are based, it is still possible to find such material locally. Businesses frequently have staff service and pension records, as well as work magazines featuring the achievements of staff, those who have gone to war or retired, press cuttings relating to the business and employees or attendance books. Ordnance survey maps show the distribution of mine workings and many are mentioned in trade directories. Details appear in official records, most of which are kept at The National Archives. Some of these are the annual reports under the ‘Metalliferous Mines Regulation Act’ compiled by government inspectors, which record the location of mines and type of minerals worked. The Peak District Mines Historical Society has a list for 1896 on their website under the link to publications and resources at www.pdmhs.