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Good morning,

At most churches but by no means all, certain criteria applied to burials.

The wealthier you were the better your position in the graveyard, the most prestigous places were closest to the alter but outside. So a wealthy landowner could, like the Matchams at my local church, have the family graves against the east wall. The south wall would be second favourite.

Most burials would be south and east of the church and some to the west. Many churches were built towards the north and west of the site although later additions to the graveyard could alter that.

Ground to the north was often reserved for those not found deserving of a burial in consecrated ground. At many churches the consecrated ground boundary was close to the north wall, the devils side of the church. The north or devils door was often bricked up so he couldn't get in. Often seen in saxon churches where the south and north doors were opposite each other and very tall. This was so knights could ride in and outto pay obiesance to the alter.

There was a saxon habit of burying fetuses and infants close to the wall and this was carried over into later times. On the north side was good because they would fit between the wall and unconsecrated ground. The hieght of the memorial could also indicate that the burial was away from the wall.

John915

PS, the most notable of the Matchams was Catherine, Lord Nelson's sister but not certain whether she is in that grave.


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World War One / Re: Can anyone ID these Medals please ?
« on: Yesterday at 22:57 »
Good evening,

That would have to come after the other three in order of wear Ady.

The ribbon looks very dark but that could be the available light, age of the photo or some other effect. It has to be one of the 1900/1906 medals, KSA is most logical.

John915

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Good evening,

Welcome Amanda to what is probably the best genealogy site there is. You will soon get used to it all and get used to all the experts.

There are many of them all willing to give time to sorting out your problems. What date, what medals, where is the house (we are really good at that now) Who were the parents, children, ggggggrandparents. May take a while or a few minutes but you will get an answer from them.

John915

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The Common Room / Re: Location of picture
« on: Sunday 21 January 18 12:18 GMT (UK)  »
Good morning,

Spot on Gaffy, exact match even down to all the pipe work.

I think we already have a 1940s picture Jan or close to it but would be good to find something much earlier. Like when it was still seaside houses, two fronting on to the side rd then a row of five facing the sea.

John915

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Who lives in a House like this? Completed
« on: Saturday 20 January 18 17:28 GMT (UK)  »
Back again,

Wow, that was quick. Went to double check where I thought it was and find some pics. Typed in a reply and posted only to find it now says "completed".

John915

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Who lives in a House like this? Completed
« on: Saturday 20 January 18 17:24 GMT (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

West Wickham School for girls, near Croydon.

http://www.rootschat.com/links/01ldp/

Loads of pictures online.

John915

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London and Middlesex / Re: Silver Hall, Isleworth, Middlesex
« on: Saturday 20 January 18 16:47 GMT (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

This is where Silverhall stood on northside of North st; http://www.rootschat.com/links/01ldo/

I know it well as I used to park just outside the gate for lunch breaks when delivering around Isleworth and Hounslow.

John915

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The Common Room / Re: Location of picture
« on: Saturday 20 January 18 12:21 GMT (UK)  »
Good morning,

The bay windows and tiled covering tell us that is the front of the houses. You just don't get that on the rear of terraced houses.

The seafront/promanade is to the left where the lamp standard is.

The sign says "roast" can't read the other to the right.

The medals have me flummoxed at the moment. Not WW1, the stripes don't match any of the medals from that conflict or for WW2 either. Can't find any inter war medals to match as yet but not many of them anyway.

John915

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Back again,

Ignore my last, just looked at photo again and it is indeed Madiera Drive. I was going by the OPs statement that it was the coach station. The sign is just for a coach drop off point.

The coach station is now in Pool Valley which used to be the bus depot. The old coach station was off of Marine Parade a couple of turns up from Harry Ramsdens, can't remember the rd name.

The shop is what is now an art gallery.

John915

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