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London and Middlesex / Re: Jumped from the Savoy steps in 1900 ...
« on: Thursday 05 November 20 14:56 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for the info Mike - I used to live in London but moved away before Oyster Cards came into being - find it all a bit baffling now!  :D

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London and Middlesex / Re: Jumped from the Savoy steps in 1900 ...
« on: Wednesday 04 November 20 17:21 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks Dyingout - will do!

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London and Middlesex / Re: Jumped from the Savoy steps in 1900 ...
« on: Wednesday 04 November 20 17:01 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks Mike - yes, sounds right - were they old stone steps?  Nina

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London and Middlesex / Re: Jumped from the Savoy steps in 1900 ...
« on: Wednesday 04 November 20 16:33 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks Dyingout - that's very interesting! 

I have downloaded the 1746 map and located 'Savoy Stairs' on the map!  They seem to be under what is now the Embankment, which was constructed 1866-1869.  I assume that there were perhaps some new stairs into the Thames in front of this point which were still referred to as Savoy Steps/Stairs - where Waterloo Pier was sited in 1900. 

There appears to be a memorial plaque to Sir Walter Besant who died in 1901 at this site, erected in 1902 on a large concrete structure - perhaps this was built over the steps/stairs that my Grt Grt Aunt went to in 1900 ...

Thanks again for your help, Nina

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London and Middlesex / Re: Jumped from the Savoy steps in 1900 ...
« on: Wednesday 04 November 20 13:40 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Pauline - thanks for that - the Savoy doesn't actually meet the river as there is a garden area and a road inbetween so she wouldn't have been able to jump from there ... I feel it would be a set of steps actually leading off the Embankment into the water ...

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London and Middlesex / Jumped from the Savoy steps in 1900 ...
« on: Wednesday 04 November 20 13:21 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Everyone - I'm having a little trouble locating a place mentioned in the 1900 Inquest of the suicide of my Great Great Aunt. 

According to the article, she 'jumped from the Savoy steps of the Thames Embankment into the river.' 

I have looked at several old maps dated around 1900 and there are no steps of this name, but there is an alleyway called Savoy Steps which does not lead to the river and is further back from the Embankment.  The only 'steps' in the area appear to be those at Cleopatra's Needle.  Waterloo Pier is also in this area but I would have thought this Pier would have been mentioned by name if that was the said place. 

Can anyone help me locate where the 'Savoy steps' were/are that she jumped from??? 

Many thanks, Nina

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South Africa / Re: Two SMITH men in Durban ...
« on: Thursday 22 October 20 12:57 BST (UK)  »
Hi brigidmac - Beatrice died in Lewisham Hospital and was cremated at Hither Green Crematorium, London and her ashes scattered by close family at Hither Green Cemetery in one of the flower beds.  The 2 Johns are definitely not with her!  Good thinking though! 

Yes, it couldn't really be worse could it, looking for 2 John Smiths (and both were known as Jack to the family)!!!  Let's hope the middle names and certainly the DOBs are of help, but I've still had no luck for so long!

Nina

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South Africa / Re: Two SMITH men in Durban ...
« on: Thursday 22 October 20 12:14 BST (UK)  »
Hi Milliepede - would it be OK to leave his details in situ?  Then if a death is found we will know he is dead but if no death is found then we will know he hasn't died yet (or at least not in the Durban area) and not pursue his info any further?  If not, I will remove.  Let me know.  Many thanks, Nina

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South Africa / Re: Two SMITH men in Durban ...
« on: Thursday 22 October 20 12:14 BST (UK)  »
Hi pampoen - thanks for that but I already came across that info and it's not him!  He was still alive and well in 1964 and still living in Catford, London.  He didn't move to SA until after the death of his wife Beatrice in 1969.  The photo he sent us of him in the garden in Durban was dated 1974 so he would have died any time after that ... Nina

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