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   This picture is in our local collection. It may be a Womens Institute outing. Could it be from 1947? I had thought earlier, but have found something in the records which points to 1947.

Kent / Dover area WW2
« on: Sunday 30 December 18 16:37 GMT (UK)  »
    I am sure someone here will know the answer to this - my searches on-line have been fruitless!
  I am trying to find out about the restricted area round Dover and probably much of East Kent in WW2. I have a reference in a local document that there was a checkpoint near the village of Bridge, and my mother told a tale about being stopped by a soldier at Snowdown station, because she was entering a restricted area. (She was a WAAF coming home, and I think she told him where to go!). I would like to know what area was covered by this and what it meant for the locals.

East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) / Peter White marriage
« on: Saturday 08 December 18 20:12 GMT (UK)  »
   I am trying to tidy up my Scottish ancestry, and I am hoping someone can find this marriage. Peter White and Margaret Wilson had 3 children baptised 1806/08/11, two in Spott and one in Innerwick, but I can't find the marriage.
   I have little experience of Scottish records and have only checked free sites, except FindMyPast.
   Thank you

The Common Room / Poor Law "pass"
« on: Wednesday 28 November 18 21:59 GMT (UK)  »
   I have a reference in a churchwardens accounts for 1818 - "Relieved 2 sailors with a pass". Would I be right in assuming this is something to do with the Poor Law and vagrancy? A pass to allow them to reach home?

The Common Room / Carnegie Library
« on: Sunday 28 October 18 20:58 GMT (UK)  »
   I have just found a reference to a Carnegie Library being set up in a local village in 1923. Books "may be obtained free every Monday evening". I have not heard of this before, and looking on line only brings up big city libraries. Any thoughts please?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Hard to read will
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 20:09 BST (UK)  »
   I downloaded this will from the PRO. It dates from the 1850s, and there are pages of it! Is this a style of writing used for this type of will at that time? I rather doubt that I shall ever be able to plough through it all, which is a pity.

Armed Forces / Royal Engineers? Date please
« on: Monday 03 September 18 22:33 BST (UK)  »
   This is a section of a bigger picture with the caption "Royal Engineers outside pub". I would like to know when it was taken. WW1 or earlier?

The Common Room / Parochiae exemptae
« on: Sunday 26 August 18 22:33 BST (UK)  »
   I am looking again at some notes I made years ago about the 1676 Compton census. Several of the parishes are listed under the above heading. Can anyone tell me what they were exempt from please?

The Common Room / Dress of a Georgian farmer
« on: Monday 23 July 18 16:30 BST (UK)  »
   Not sure if this should be on one of the other boards?
   I am putting together a piece for a history presentation about a wealthy tenant farmer in the area. He was here from about 1805 to 1840, and I thought I would include a picture of such a man, but have not found anything so far on line, or in any of my books. I don't want a nasty 18th century cartoon, of which there are many, but there must be portraits - I can almost see him. Any suggestions welcome.

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