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The Common Room / Re: Source Maps on
« on: Saturday 01 May 21 12:51 BST (UK)  »
I know this is not exactly what you are looking for, but you can zoom in to get a closer look:

The Common Room / Re: Source Maps on
« on: Saturday 01 May 21 11:58 BST (UK)  »
I thought that the “1800” map looked familiar. When I manage to get onto my PC I will see if I have the 1799 Horwood map, though I know several of my links to old maps are broken.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary - Friday 30th April
« on: Saturday 01 May 21 10:39 BST (UK)  »
You’re the opposite of us Caroline. We like our trees big and shady to keep the sun out, especially in summer. We’ve managed to cultivate a microclimate - it is degrees cooler when you walk through our front gate. However having spent some years in the UK I understand that you crave that sun to thaw you out after the long cold winter.  :)

Your son’s pool house sounds wonderful. He must have inherited that creativity from someone.  ;) Yes, we have had a lot of rain, but it dries out quite quickly to the point that we really needed a good shower or two, which we had on Friday. I think some areas have had more than others. I had to put on the dog’s raincoat when I walked her in Friday afternoon (in the dark).

I’m looking forward to hearing about your progress with the portrait Roobarb, and of course we are all looking forward to seeing the finished work (your friend immortalised in acrylics).  ;D I have a feeling that you will do an amazing job with this and be very happy with the result. I know that there can be a bit of a knack when it comes to portraits. A slightly different skill set required perhaps.

Dog sitting again for me on Friday. Fairly non eventful. A little rain, and grey skies which made it feel cooler than it was. Probably around 24/25 degrees. Lovely.

Quite tired so an early (for me) night - about 11pm. Of course I was still wide awake at midnight.  :-\

The Common Room / Re: Source Maps on
« on: Friday 30 April 21 22:52 BST (UK)  »
Farmeroman, I have some maps in my “favourites” on my desktop PC which I will have a look at later to see if I can locate your detailed 1800s map.

You would expect the website to list sources though surely?

The Common Room / Re: Source Maps on
« on: Friday 30 April 21 02:29 BST (UK)  »
Cuffie has listed some of my “go to” maps.

I thought it seemed odd that the website has “rounded up” years such as 1800, 1830, 1860, when the actual dates of the maps as per cuffie’s list aren’t usually “full” numbers - rather 1862, 1863, 1868 ..... etc.

The maps you mention all  look familiar to me so without checking, I am sure that cuffie’s suggestions will be correct.

I’d never heard of “the underground map” so thanks for drawing it to my attention.  ;)

Is there anything specific you are looking for in the Shoreditch/Bethnal Green area?

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Wednesday 28th April
« on: Thursday 29 April 21 13:51 BST (UK)  »
Roobarb, I'm so pleased to hear that you feel able to get out more. I'm sure that will lift your spirits and give you more confidence, despite it only being a visit to the dentist and nurseries. Of course the added benefit is that it is giving your car a run too - good to keep it ticking over.

Caroline, it is so awful to hear about your friend's illness. It must be a worrying time for all of you. Lets hope the August wedding goes ahead as planned and you manage to catch up with family.

Still much talk here of blood clots after the covid vaccines. Once the scaremongers and news outlets get hold of these stories they grow legs and I'm sure will deter many people from getting vaccinated.

What with public holidays and working from home it's been a week since I was called on to dog sit. Today was the day. Dog fairly silly and a bit naughty - due to lots of pent up energy I suspect. I was pleased to see that the grass had been mowed and an edger purchased to neaten it all up. Looks a lot better. Front lawn still unkempt though. I suppose half a lawn cut is better than no lawn cut. Dog is on her special non allergic diet as the first step in determining what her problem is.

As the nights are drawing in, by the time we got home after taking my dog for a walk, it was getting quite dark. Of course she wanted to go for an extended walk when I was keen to get home.

Nice weather - about 25 degrees during the day with some grey clouds. No rain unfortunately. We need rain, we were promised rain, so disappointed not to get any. It shouldn't surprise me though - they are wrong more often than not.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: How do I find her??
« on: Thursday 29 April 21 05:06 BST (UK)  »
It might be worth contacting:

who seem to have Smyllum records. They may have details of admission or family.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: How do I find her??
« on: Thursday 29 April 21 04:44 BST (UK)  »
In 1901 it looks like Mary, age 11, a scholar, is in the Smyllum Orphanage, which it seems that you are aware of.

Sarah is there too, aged 15, a scullerymaid.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: How do I find her??
« on: Thursday 29 April 21 03:30 BST (UK)  »
I have no idea if this is relevant, but in the 1891 Scottish census there is a 3 year old Mary Burns born in Dundee, an inmate of the Dundee Combination Poorhouse.

There is also a 32 year old Mary Burns, who may or may not be related. This Mary Burns is born Ireland, occupation is “formerly millworker jute”. There is no Sarah with them. No Sarahs which fit the criteria are showing up in the 1891 Scottish census.

On Mary and Sarah’s birth certificates was their mother Mary’s occupation given?

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