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Norfolk Resources & Offers / Re: Norfolk Probate Online
« on: Monday 29 December 08 21:06 GMT (UK)  »
Many thanks for this link - it promises hours of fun!!!

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Norfolk Completed Look up Requests / Re: Ancestral Villages
« on: Monday 29 December 08 20:53 GMT (UK)  »
This site seems an absolute delight - thanks for the link.  I will definitely add my family to it.

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Yorkshire (North Riding) / Middlesbrough Junior Technical School
« on: Monday 29 December 08 19:52 GMT (UK)  »
My father (b. Middlesbrough 1911) attended the Middlesbrough Junior Technical School and  when he died some years ago, we found a copy of the school magazine, 'The Bridge' dated May 1925, amongst his papers.  I thought some of you might be interested in a v brief synopsis of the contents:

School Notes tells that the school had 'passed through a very serious epidemic of infectious disease', and then went on to give info about past pupils, eg:

S Johns came 1st in the Smith's Dock Drawing Office Examination; the Addlington family were about to set off for Australia whilst Gray was already there;   Weaver was in S Africa; Loadwick was training as a wireless operator in London, and C D Harris hoped to join the RAF.   J Plummer visited the school and apparently looked 'very much improved' in his RAF uniform, whilst F Goat was making a name for himself as actor/stage manager for 'The Players'.

The Debating Society had held a mock election:
"Four candidates .... Graham (Con), soppitt (Lib), Bainbridge (Lab), Adams (Ind).  The Independent candidate was unable to be present... but since no votes were polled in his favour, his absence can hardly be said to have been conspicuous."

If anyone might have had family members at the school at that time, I'd be happy to check through the mag to see if their names are listed.

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Reference Library / Re: Jones from Wales? Smith of England?
« on: Monday 29 December 08 10:45 GMT (UK)  »
In the villages round here (mid Wales) where most families are Jones, Davies or Morgan, people are known by their farm or house name.  Hence Owen Davies of Ty Mawr would be Owen Ty Mawr and as we lived at Bear House, my OH was known as  Mike the Bear.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Another local expression - do you have a variant?
« on: Monday 29 December 08 10:25 GMT (UK)  »
When I bothered my Suffolk grandmother for something, she would reply "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride!"

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The Lighter Side / Re: The History of Myddle by Richard Gough
« on: Monday 08 December 08 15:49 GMT (UK)  »
I love this book - I first read it years ago and now carry a dog-eared copy in my car so I can dip into it now and then.  I don't have family from that area but it is such a delightful read that really catches the atmosphere of  the times so well.  And whoever said that men don't gossip obviously hadn't read Mr Gough!

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Suffolk / Re: Bond Street- Ipswich
« on: Monday 01 December 08 13:59 GMT (UK)  »
Bond Street  runs at right-angles to the  Rope Walk, which was where the ropes for the docks were made.  My mother  told me that the Rope Walk area was very deprived and run-down before the houses were demolished in the 1960s to make way for Suffolk College and, later, Suffolk County Council HQ.  This area is fairly close to the old Ipswich Docks, so it must have been quite a 'lively' area.    By the time I left Ipswich in the 1980s,  Bond Street only had a few houses left, one of which in the 1970s was a wonderful old-fashioned junk shop where I spent many happy hours, browsing.  What was Ipswich Gaol is adjacent to Bond Street, with its entrance in St Helen's Street, so it is not unreasonable that the trap would have been heard, particularly  by those who lived on that side of the road, which is probably the case if the street was numbered from St Helen's Street.

All these thoughts of Ipswich are making me feel homesick.....!

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Suffolk / Re: Clutching at straws
« on: Sunday 16 November 08 20:19 GMT (UK)  »
Ah, Gralorn, I have a very small snippet for you which might (or might not) be of use.  Extracts from the Rattlesden parish registers can be found on the Fuller family history site (fullerfamilyhistory), as well as a huge amount of other data.  I had a rummage round in the Rattlesden  Baptisms and found: "10/10/1723 Thomas Allord base born of Elizabeth Allord".  Don't know if that has anything to do with your elusive family, but poor Lizzie might be its black sheep....  As the spelling is a bit haphazard it is quite possible that it is the same family.
Regards
Greensleeves

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Suffolk / Re: Clutching at straws
« on: Saturday 15 November 08 20:32 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Kabeja - I have looked in my tree but can't find any definite matches.  However, have you looked in the cosford-database (try googling it if you haven't visited it before).  I've just had a look under Chelsworth and can see Jeremiah Pearl and Mary Frost, so it might be a good idea trawling through the villages listed there.  I am sure that these Pearls are linked to mine, but as yet can't prove anything.  My Pearl(e)s (aka Purle) tended to cluster round Rattlesden, Brettenham and Hitcham since 1541 (my earliest record). My mother was born in Brettenham in 1917 so you can see the family didn't get about much!  Would be interested to hear if you find out any more.
Regards
Greensleeves

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