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The Common Room / Re: British Newspaper Archive - offer of free access?
« on: Friday 08 April 22 17:57 BST (UK)  »
  There is a free to view section for newspapers on Findmypast, but I think it is fairly limited. I had noticed it was there, but never explored it, as I have a subscription. It seems to be mainly some local newspapers and small specialist publications, though I haven't looked in great detail.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Writing in a New Testament
« on: Thursday 07 April 22 21:51 BST (UK)  »
  Goodness! So you both think the rebinding was in 1815, which explains the old-fashioned figure 8? And what a strange thing about the Hebrew letters. John was a working man with many children, but they were members of the Baptist church, and I have just seen in the register that he witnessed many of the birth entries.
   Thank you all; I may be back with another page!

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Writing in a New Testament
« on: Thursday 07 April 22 19:55 BST (UK)  »
  I see what you mean about the seven. This battered little book seems to have quite a history, which I now want to sort out, including how it came to our part of the family.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Writing in a New Testament
« on: Thursday 07 April 22 16:05 BST (UK)  »
  Thank you - I can see Re Bound now. There is no more of the Hebrew included on my picture, so I will have to check with the current owner. It could have been trimmed when the book was rebound? Did they use the cross on the 7 back then?

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Writing in a New Testament
« on: Thursday 07 April 22 15:02 BST (UK)  »
   I need some help with what is written in the front of this book, which seems to have passed through several hands. I am pretty sure I know where John Pay fits in, but it is the rest of the page which is the puzzle. There is another page which I may come back with later. The book is very battered.

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The Common Room / Re: Your thoughts please
« on: Tuesday 05 April 22 16:20 BST (UK)  »
  Emily and Harry's mother could have been in service together. Women from all over got to know each other that way, and sometimes remained friends.

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   I asked a local expert on the construction and archaeology of such buildings for his opinion on Ileden. This is his reply.
 Picture of house at this website
https://picclick.co.uk Ileden-House-Kingstone-Kent-P...


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  I think you could be right. I have just sent an email to a historian who knows all there is to be known about old houses in the area, to see if he can help. Old timber-framed houses often came down in the world during the Georgian period, and became several farm workers cottages, before being restored much later. 
   I will tell you what he comes up with.

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The Lighter Side / Re: I challenge anyone to find a better BT page
« on: Thursday 31 March 22 19:56 BST (UK)  »
  I haven't seen his B.T.s, but the rector here for a few years in the early 1800s, in the baptism register gave both parents, previous name of mother, whether spinster or widow, and child's date of birth. The mother's maiden name was especially useful.

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