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The Common Room / Stump windmill
« on: Wednesday 12 January 22 16:44 GMT (UK)  »
   I have just come across this term, which I have never heard before. The press cutting from 1930 relates to "the old stump windmill", (which was demolished about 1868), and says that the "stump was a very old one".
  I suspect it is another term for a post mill, but has anyone come across the term? All I found online were references to something rather different in Ireland; this one was in East Kent.

Technical Help / Using Irfanview to crop pictures
« on: Saturday 18 December 21 17:37 GMT (UK)  »
  I use Irfanview to resize pictures for use on this site, but I need to crop some pictures and can't see how to do it. Edit shows "crop selection" but it is in grey and does not work. Help please!

The Common Room / Old postcard album
« on: Thursday 16 December 21 13:37 GMT (UK)  »
  I may be asking the impossible, but this is my problem. I have two Edwardian postcard albums which belonged to my great aunt. One in particular is now very fragile, and I am considering what to do about it. The rather Art Nouveau cover is probably salvageable, but the pages are a sort of sugar paper with slots for the cards and are fragile and coming out of the cover. I would prefer not to use the modern type of postcard album.
   Does anyone know whether there is a supplier of the old style pages?

The Common Room / 1911 census, strange address
« on: Sunday 12 December 21 21:56 GMT (UK)  »
  Please could someone have a look at this census entry? The address in the transcription is quite peculiar and bears little relation to the address clearly written in the schedule. Could it have come from somewhere else? The name is Henry Ansell.

The Common Room / Help to read a name please
« on: Thursday 02 December 21 21:06 GMT (UK)  »
  I would like the first name in this clip to be John Craft, but I can't quite convince myself. The other names are for comparison, but probably not much help.

The Common Room / Chest tomb query
« on: Wednesday 17 November 21 23:15 GMT (UK)  »
   In a graveyard near here is a chest tomb with the names of an entire large family engraved on it, father, mother and 10 children, who all died in the first half of the 1800s. It occurred to me recently to wonder where they were actually buried. A printed list of the churchyard memorials calls it an altar tomb enclosed with iron railings. The railings are now gone, but I cannot imagine that they surrounded an area large enough for all those graves. Any thoughts please?

The Lighter Side / Some long-lived ancestors
« on: Wednesday 27 October 21 19:17 BST (UK)  »
   Being at a loss for a project recently, I went back to some of my early research done with Bishops Transcripts in the Cathedral Archives. I was mainly adding dates of burial, and found that in several entries, the parson added the person's age, presumably because it was unusual. The oldest was in 1769, and he died aged 93. Several others died in the early to mid 1800s, aged between 83 and 89, 3 men and 2 women. They were probably all agricultural workers, living in tiny villages in the North Downs.
   It was very useful in confirming years of birth so I knew I had the right people. There are altogether too many Atwoods in some of these places!

Kent / Problem with Findmypast Kent records
« on: Thursday 21 October 21 21:31 BST (UK)  »
  Not a big problem, just a niggle. When I search baptisms, including variants for both forename and surname, the list always includes 5 blank entries for Ash-next-Ridley. Is there a simple fix for this please?

Kent / Blackborne Hundred Hearth Tax
« on: Thursday 30 September 21 21:29 BST (UK)  »
   I have gone back to one of the more elusive Pays, and the notes I have for the Hearth Tax have him in Hailes Bridge borough, Blackborne Hundred. I have found the Hundred, but not the Borough. From what I know, he lived in Mersham, but that does not seem to be in that Hundred.
   I would also like to know how he came to be in Mersham!

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