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Cambridgeshire / Re: Cambridgeshire Parish Records
« on: Monday 17 February 14 21:26 GMT (UK)  »
Have you looked at Wisbech and the Fenlands website:  ?

The Common Room / Re: Is Family History starting to sour?
« on: Tuesday 01 October 13 09:22 BST (UK)  »
Have definitely lost my fervour since I lost my inspiration for my research - my mother - 4 years ago.

And 3 house moves haven't helped either - everything is still packed in umpteen boxes and haven't been touched for last 3-4 years.  Still add info to Brother's Keeper as and when it comes my way, including my two new grandsons :) but that's about it these days.

Cambridgeshire / Re: Upwell Baptist registers - FOUND
« on: Wednesday 26 December 12 22:24 GMT (UK)  »
Hallo Jarsue,

Playing catchup as usual in a rare spare minute  :)

I have a page + photos about the Baptist Chapel on my website as many of my ancestors are buried there:

To obtain details of who is buried in your front garden, contact the Fenland Family History Society   as they were able to transcribe the remaining headstones before destruction.


Regards,  Ann.

Nothing to do with me, but just found this on

Large family bible in good condition.  Old and New Testament.  Gilt edged pages. 

The family register in the middle has been completed with details of the family of Joseph and Annie Fox, Derby.

Inscription inside front cover dated 1906. for Fox, Derby, 1906

Census and Resource Discussion / Re: FAMILYSEARCH - Old site vs New site
« on: Tuesday 31 January 12 17:24 GMT (UK)  »
And it's thanks from as well, Pels.  I've tried the new site and don't get on with it :(

The Common Room / Re: Collecting CDVs and cabinet cards
« on: Friday 11 November 11 10:40 GMT (UK)  »

- all have large selections of CDVs, etc. for sale.

I have to declare an interest as I list on all 3 sites, but *not* CDVs :)

My husband has 3 Christian names and is known by the 3rd one; I have 2 Christian names and am known by the 2nd one.

I was going to have just one name, the story goes, but when Dad registered my birth, he added his grandmother's name to it as a first name.

Have never used my first name, and it causes all sorts of problems   ;D

Norfolk / Re: The Rose and Crown - Upwell
« on: Saturday 04 December 10 08:08 GMT (UK)  »
That photo is not of The Crown at Christchurch.  The Crown stood on it's own at the top of Crown Drove by the 16ft Drain - my father remembers the building.

There is much confusion over a pub in Upwell itself called the Rose and Crown and the Crown at 16ft Bank, Christchurch. 

Christchurch [formerly Brimstone Hill], was part of the parish of Upwell until the church was built in 1865 when the parish was split from Upwell and the village renamed Christchurch.

Norfolk / Re: The Rose and Crown - Upwell
« on: Sunday 21 November 10 19:04 GMT (UK)  »
John & Tansley BERRY are my gt gt gt grandparents.

The pub was known as The Crown, not the Rose and Crown and stood at the junction of Crown Drove & the 16ft Bank, Christchurch (originally part of the parish of Upwell untill 1863).  It closed around 1886 after the death of Tansley Berry.  My father has told me a few tales about Tansley Berry, who was quite short in stature, but she could control the boatmen who frequented the 16ft drain in the course of carrying cargoes around the Fens.

There are no photos of the Crown to my knowledge.


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