Derbyshire is a County north of London. This county holds about 100 years (at least) of Platts history. It is a beautiful area, with many farms and rural areas. However, it was also swept up in the Industrial Revolution, with mining and the manufacturing of hosiery being major markets in this area.
From 1841 to 1880, the Platts lived in the following cities: Holloway, Lea, (including Lea Bridges, a part of Lea) and Ashover. All of these cities were very close to one another and were located in the Belper District of Derbyshire. Other cities in Derbyshire that are Platts-related are Criche (where censuses state Martha Stocks Platts was from) and Matlock (where Sarah Redfern Platts came from, according to censuses).
I'll be posting the census information for the Platts in the next few blogs, from 1841 through to 1930. This should lead us from Derbyshire back to the States. Along the way, I'll point out how the Platts were both influenced by and reflect the periods that they live in.
For more information on the history of Derbyshire, visit http://www.visitderbyshire.co.uk/default.ihtml