Saturday, February 17, 2018

BATTEN and St Leonards Church, Shoreditch

In 2002 asked me why her Hertfordshire Batten relatives might have married at St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch - and and I described why many Hertfordshire people chose to be married in London Churches.

Now Beryl has contacted the site to supply a link to pictures of this interesting London Church.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Talk 15th February: The Spiritualism of Ebenezer Howard




Following my post last month about Edward Arthur (Evacustes) Phipson this talk could be interesting as the Evacustes and Ebenezer clearly were closely associated in the 1890s, and both were interested in setting up socialist communities. Did they share an interest in spiritualism?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Drunk in Charge in 1867

Drunken driving was a problem before the invention of the motor car, and the Victorian local papers often contain accounts such as the following, where Thomas Waldock apparently fell asleep while in charge of a donkey cart, leaving it blocking the road, to the annoyance of the Rev. John Johnson Tuck, of Wymondley. The resulting court case was reported in the Hertfordshire Express and General Advertiser of 11th May, 1867.

CORRECTION: Patricia has kindly drawn my attention to an error in my 2012 answer to a question about the Rev. John Johnson Tuck's school in Little Wymondley, where I incorrectly recorded the name of his mother. This has now been corrected.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Query about a trade union banner (dated 1 August 1920)


All good things eventually come to an end, and I am currently working on the Genealogy in Hertfordshire web site to get it into a form where it can safely and usefully be archived. There is a long backlog of Hertfordshire postcards waiting to be loaded onto the site - and there is an embargo on purchasing more (although I am always happy to receive digital images which augment existing pages).

Even if I am not buying I occasionally see interesting cards on ebay - and one has just caught my eye. It shows a procession, photographed by Albert Arthur Durrah (1890-1973) of Rickmansworth. A group of men are carrying the above banner. Can anyone suggest the full name of the trades union (which is unfortunately obscured)?

Changing Comic Post Cards when the First World War started

When the First World War broke out there was a rush of new post cards which showed our soldiers in a good light. 

But there was a problem in that in the years before the war there were "comic" post cards which painted a less favourable view of our armed forces. 

The answer was to redraw and reissue the cards to show things as they were now that our gallant men were fighting at the front.


Note - If you could only afford one domestic servant she did all the jobs around the house and was often referred to as "The General."

Upgrading Pictures of Little Gaddesden

The Rectory, Little Gaddesden
I have upgraded the Little Gaddesden pages so that now you get a larger image if you click on any of the early 20th century post card images.
I have also added new pictures of The Rectory

Saturday, December 30, 2017

My New Year Resolution: Don't Panic, Be Realistic, Keep Fit

See other 100 year old post cards by "F S"
I am currently making plans for 2018 as I clearly did not get as much done in 2017 as I had hoped. My Must do list is as follows:
  1. Don't Panic - I don't have time to put the world to rights - and if I get depressed about things I can't control I will achieve nothing.
  2. Be realistic - as I am almost 80 and old age has a limiting effect on what can be done.
  3. Keep fit - both mentally and physically so that I am in a position to do what needs to be done

That's it. There is no long list of specific tasks which are awaiting action - as such a list would be so long that I would panic at its size, I would fail by unrealistically trying to take on an impossible work load, and I would make myself too ill to achieve anything useful.

So I intend to relax, enjoy life, and do no more that I can comfortably do ....

Monday, December 18, 2017

Book: A Place in the Country: Three Counties Asylum 1860-1999

I few months ago I mentioned that this book had been published, and having now read and enjoyed it I have published a review on the main web site.