Saturday, July 16, 2016

LFR 16 July 2016 - Number 0937

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Your tombstone stands amongst the rest, neglected and alone
The names and dates are chiselled out on polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist, you died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, 
The place you filled one hundred years ago
Spreads out amongst the ones you left who would have loved you so,
I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you. 



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                       Family Events for today 16th July, from our database

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Family Events
1716 - Birth: Thomas LAWES-20334, Coombe Bissett WIL UK

1775 - Birth: Jenny LAWS-24110, Feltwell NFK UK
1783 - Marriage: Thomas LAWS-17772 and Susannah COOPER-17773, Cambridge CAM UK

1790 - Death: Jane LAWES-20328, Coombe Bissett WIL UK
1837 - Marriage: James LAWS-27035 and Jane LINDREDGE-27034, Appledore KEN UK
1843 - Birth: Alexander E LAWS-11208,
1844 - Birth: John P LAWS-13912,
1844 - Birth: George Washington LAWS-11234, NC United States
1849 - Marriage: John SEWELL-29826 and Audrey LAWS-29827,
1865 - Christen: George Stephenson LAWS (Grocer / Managing Director Fruit Preserve Company)               4243, Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

1865 - Birth: Martha LAWS-3792, Tivetshall St Mary NFK UK

1887 - Death: James Guess LAWS-11159, Marshall Calhoun MS United States
1889 - Marriage: R H LAWS-40047 and Lizzie LOFT-40048, Grayson Co TX USA
1893 - Birth: Martha LAWS-38277, Johnson, Kane Co. UT United States

1897 - Burial: Sarah LAWES-36655, Lyndoch South Australia
1897 - Birth: Matthew LAWS (PVT US Army) -16613,
1897 - Death: William LAWS (Brewer Retired) -8312, Tynemouth NBL UK

1901 - Birth: John Herbert LAWS-31891, West Hartlepool DUR UK

1907 - Death: Charlotte May LAWS-40370,
1910 - Birth: Ada B LAWS (Office Cleaner) -42480,
1913 - Marriage: William Austin LAWES-486 and Anne Janette FORREST OR HYNDMAN-                   12525, Agassiz BC CANADA
1931 - Death: Charles Henry LAWS (Police Constable) -5137, Ealing MIDX UK
1947 - Death: Dora E LAWS-19778, Harlan Co KY USA
1955 - Death: Cecil John William LAWS-38002, Chatteris CAM UK

1963 - Death: Victor William George LAWS-20784, Hillingdon MDX UK
1965 - Death: Walter Clifton LAWS (Railway Ticket Collector) -5513, York NRY UK
1970 - Death: Walter Gordon LAWES (Australian Army) -12983,
1974 - Death: Horace Kenneth LAWS-14563, Norfolk Island, late of Revesby NSW AUSTRALIA
1980 - Death: Walter Harry LAWES-23076, Penticton BC CANADA
1987 - Death: Dorethy Alma Lucy LAWES-14530, Penrith NSW AUSTRALIA
1994 - Death: John Harold James LAWS (Australian Army) -12571, Wauchope NSW AUSTRALIA
2002 - Death: Jean Norma LAWS-12569, Guildford NSW AUSTRALIA
2003 - Death: C Lawson LAWS-18246,
2009 - Death: Bryan Reginald LAWS-13223, Leigh on Sea ESS UK

2010 - Cremation: Cyril Nicholas Bulman LAWS (Postman) -33253, West Bromwich STS UK
2011 - Death: Charles Robert LAWS-41164, Orilla, Simcoe Co ONT CANADA

2014 - Death: David LAWS-40981, Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

1798 - Marriage: John LUTTRELL-4609 and Maria MORGAN-38336, 
1865 - Birth: Sarah CLEGG (Woollen Spinner) -14161, Liverpool LAN UK
1897 - Estate Value £: Sarah Lacey ALLEN-9208, 
1900 - Birth: William James NEWELL-36349, LONDON
1906 - Birth: Edward STURCH-42358,
1909 - Birth: Sylvia Ann PRIBBLE-20549, Georgetown IL USA
1974 - Burial: Margaret Mary DONOVAN-16779, Baltimore MD USA
1987 - Death: Dorethy SUTTON-24571, Penrith NSW AUSTRALIA


John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 18

He was the up-market brother , whereas my dad was the up-to-date brother and had a little folding roll film camera just for holiday snaps.         

Before the building boom Southgate was largely an area of large mansions set in their own parks among farmland with a village of cottages and small shops where the new Underground station was now inserted.
 It has been well documented  by local historians and was in the final stages of suburbanisation when we moved there. I has scarcely know the area before moving there, but on at least one occasion had investigated the blackberries growing in the hedges of Osidge Lane at the bottom of which Pymmes brook was still a little stream edged with overgrown hawthorn.
There was a little farm in a small gentle valley opposite our new house, but within months the farm had become a large housing estate and, passing through the stages of a sea of mud became quite a pleasant suburban area.

A house got put up about one every three weeks with very little mechanical assistance, those houses were sold for about five or six hundred pounds, not cheap. A new house could be bought for a little as three hundred and seventy five pounds all around London.

Most houses were being built without garages but ours was one of a small development of half a dozen with a garage built in. Builders had not yet really decided that, a garage was an integral part of a house, so there was no upper storey over it.

Our enterprising builder had even put a radiator in the garage and this, together with a radiator in the hall and a towel rail in the bathroom made up his attempt at central heating. It was too bad that his knowledge of gravity circulation was weak and the garage was a bit lower than the rest of the house, so that its radiator was below the level of the ‘Ideal’ boiler in the kitchen and remained for ever stone cold.

The kitchen in the new house was a real update on what had gone before. There was still a built in dresser for the china with upper grooved shelves to stand up the dinner plates but the top was enclosed by doors, albeit panted a darkish brown. The larder alongside it was deep, giving a lot of space difficult to access.

For the first time there was a Refrigerator, a monstrous thing on legs with a big round cooling coil on top, to collect the dust where you could see it. It was however finished in white enamel and built like a tank. The black iron gas cooker was left behind and the new one was finished in mottled green vitreous enamel, all very solid.

We still had a deep white stoneware sink with a wooden draining board. The kitchen was of course a lot smaller than before and the old deal table used up a lot of the space so that there was little room to eat there.

A breakfast room lay alongside to eat in and this arrangement was a bit of a curate’s egg, handy when you needed an extra room but not so handy at breakfast time.

We were about half a mile from the new underground railway station, our move to the new house had been held back until it was completed. A bus route with single-decker buses ran down the road as far as the Chase Side Tavern. The bus stopped within a few yards of us on its way back and it cost a penny for the ride up the easy slope half a mile to the station. I had to be very late and actually see the bus coming, before money could be wasted in this profligate way.

The shops in Southgate were at that time in course of changing over from village to suburbia, a change which had been made in nearby Palmers Green a generation earlier probably when the railway arrived. The new tube station had a few new shops built around it but the old ones survived just a little longer, a tiny sweetshop run by a tiny old lady on the corner of Chase Side opposite the ‘Bell’ Public House, and a barbers beside the Bell, where boys got their hair cut for three pence. Next to that going north along Chase Side, Lees Stores survived a long time although the first moves towards supermarkets showed themselves in shops where you had to go from one counter to another to get your various goods instead of shop assistant fetching it all from far of places and piling it on the counter in front of you, before asking whether you would like it delivered.

Next to Lee’s was the paper shop and then an ancient toy shop which didn’t last long. The bike, and perhaps motorbike, repair shop was a hundred yards further on , more a single storey brick shed with a shop front than anything, but it survived  some years standing well proud of the new parade of shops built beside it which was set well back from the road with a very wide pavement.
Opposite was Collins the butchers, a purveyor of choice meat, complete with a slaughterhouse in the rear. Here Sam and his dad presided with straw hats and blue and white aprons and would chop away on their big wooden block to produce the chump chop you wanted out of half a sheep. They too would deliver if you liked in a little brown van, well known in the Southgate streets. No doubt you paid for the service in the prices but you still could buy a nice pork chop for four pence.

There were two garages locally, petrol cost the equivalent of six or seven new pence a gallon and you could buy a brand new Austin Seven for one hundred and five pounds if you were lucky enough to scrape that much together.  
My dad got a Chrysler saloon in place of the old bull-nosed Morris but didn’t have it long as he was neither the first, or the last, to drive straight on at one of the right-angled Essex lanes. I didn’t ride in it much anyway as he had given me a new bike which I liked much better. After the demise of the Chrysler came, a much more sedate Hillman which I feel nobody loved very much.      

 Part 20

Lord, help me dig into the past
and sift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine

Lord, help me trace the ancient roads,
On which my father's trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod.

Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dusty manuscript,
Thats's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypy.

Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul, when I can't find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine


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