Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday 18th November 2016 - Number 1063

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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 from our database, for today 18th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc
1804 - Christen: Hannah LAWS-4228, Rochester KEN UK

1805 - Birth: Sarah LAWES-12874, Bower Chalke WIL UK

                                                   Bower Chalke Holy Trinity
1832 - Baptism: Joseph LAWS-5186, Littleport CAM UK

                                                          Littleport St George

1838 - Baptism: John LAWS-14288, Finsbury MDX UK

1838 - Baptism: Henry LAWS-8614, Finsbury MDX UK

1867 - Birth: Alice LAWS-4326, Washbrook SFK UK

1872 - Birth: Harry Mead LAWS (Reverend)-13609, Bungay SFK UK

                                                          Bungay Suffolk

1877 - Baptism: Harry Augustus LAWES-35400, Walworth SRY UK

1893 - Birth: Charles Alfred LAWS (Clerk)-26405, Battersea SRY UK

1899 - Birth: Theodora Winifred LAWES-30920, New Cross SRY UK

1914 - Birth: Alfred C LAWES-38449, 

1914 - Birth: Alfred Charles LAWS-35759, 

1735 - Marriage: Jonathan LAWS-23997 and Mary CODLING-23998, Ponteland NBL UK

                                            Ponteland NBL St Mary

1790 - Marriage: James LAWES-2011 and Mary CLEAVER-2012, Northwood IOW UK

1833 - Marriage: John Kember LAWS-6920 and Harriet Watson WELLARD-6921, 
          St.Mary the Virgin  Dover KEN UK

                                                         Dover Castle

1843 - Marriage: John LAWS (Ag Lab) -13797 and Martha COBBEN-13836, 

1844 - Marriage: William LAWS-31252 and Salome PLANT-31253, Hoxne SFK UK

1860 - Marriage: Henry C LAWS-19817 and Madaline T MCLENNEN-19818, Placer Co ID                 USA

1919 - Marriage: Frederick William MUNRO (Soldier) -40407 and Kate Ellen LAWS-15977,                 Richmond on Thames SRY UK

1922 - Marriage: Robert HEDLEY-12765 and Elizabeth LAWS-12764, 
          Chester le Street DUR UK

1877 - Death: William LAWS (Farmer 40 acres) -27002, Bury HUN UK

1913 - Death: Annie Emma LAWS-8587, Langford, Filey NRY UK

1917 - Death: Edna May LAWES-28777, 

1938 - Death: Larry Wilson LAWS-17192, Rutherford County NC United States

1946 Death: Francis Frederick LAWS (Master Clerk at Gressenhall Workhouse) -10884, 
          East Dereham NFK but Buried Wells Next the Sea NFK UK

                                                       East Dereham NFK

1952 - Death: Derald Milton LAWS (Rancher)-19518, 

1954 - Death: Ernest Francis LAWS-9041, North Vancover BC CANADA

1957 - Death: George LAWS-12536, Port Alberni BC CANADA

1965 - Death: Clara Sophia LAWS (Spinster) -5516, Lothingland SFK UK

2013 - Death: Edgar Harold LAWS-39296, Bexley Heath KEN UK


1857 - Residence (family): William LAWS (Police Officer Ex 1st Dragoons) -43451 and                         Charlotte SKINNER-43452, Hulme LAN UK

1996 - Probate: Jane Margaret LAWS-41124, Winchester HAM UK

                                          Winchester St Swithun's Cathedral

1996 - Probate: Elsie Dorine LAWS (Spinster)-39099, Ipswich SFK UK

                                                  Ipswich SFK St Nicholas Street

1856 - Birth: James Verty ANDERSON (Auctioneer Valuer Funiture Removal) -37242,                         Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

                                                     Newcastle upon Tyne NBL

1874 - Birth: Lillie Maud POPPY (Dressmaker) -15848, Stepney MDX UK 

                                                   St Dunstans Stepney MDX

1874 - Birth: Robert Charles William BRANT (Gunsight Maker)-14263, Birmingham WAR UK

1889 - Birth: Jane Ann PEARSON-21039, West Hartlepool DUR UK

                                HMS 'Trincomalee' at West Hartlepool DUR

1898 - Birth: Edith H SANDERS-35119, 

1899 - Birth: Elizabeth WATSON-22032, Sunderland DUR UK

                                          Sunderland Co Duham UK

1899 - Birth: Annie LEGGOTT-4304, Freiston by Boston LIN UK

1917 - Birth: Clifford Oliver DODSON-3320, Kaniva VIC AUSTRALIA


1789 - Death: Rachel K CANADY-30310, Mercer Co KY USA

1913 - Death: Annie Emma FEATHERSTON-2998, Langford, Filey NRY

1929 - Death: Amanda Emeline POOR-13894, OK USA

1989 - Death: Daisey May Dorethy Kathleen BOLTON-35517, Portsmouth HAM UK

2014 - Death: Caroline L TWILLEY-41051, 


A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008
Part 10 Education

Generally in the elementary school we did all our lessons in the same room but we did have a purpose built room for woodwork. This was well equipped with benches and hand tools and we got a useful grounding in using them. For me it was one of the most enjoyable lessons.
The other children at the elementary school were a very normal mix and a reasonable standard of behaviour was enforced anyway. In the playground our play was of course rowdy but there was little real fighting, there was more interest in playing ‘Flickhams’ with cigarette cards. These were in good supply as most men smoked and every packet of fags had a card in it. Later the interest changed to collecting the sets of cards and swapping them to make up sets which are now almost antiques.
Most of my classmates were friendly but although we visited each other’s houses to play, few friendships were long term, because of the need to change schools and move house. Just before I had to take the grammar school entrance exam we moved house from Harringay to Whinchmore Hill so I had to take the exam in the new area. Until my time at elementary school ran out a few months after we had moved, mother ferried me to and fro daily in her little car to carry on in the same school till the term was finished and the exam done.
The move to grammar school was a move to another world. After all we were in the thirties and 1929 and all that was slipping back behind us. The move to Southgate was a move into another world and meant that none of my friends moved on with me to the same school.
It was of course an elitist world and the grammar schools were reckoned next in line after the ‘Public’ schools though there was no guarantee that the boy who left the elementary school at the age of fourteen would not become a millionaire quicker than any of them. He would not become as bank clerk or a civil servant however he was saved from being a fighter pilot in the forties.
Within the schools, competition and achievement were what mattered and although the arts and manual skills were not ignored any more than games, there was never a thought that these had in any way the importance of the academic subjects.
The grammar school was based on a large house, or small mansion set in substantial grounds converted to playing fields. A purpose built extension doubled the number of rooms and included proper lab facilities. This also provided a large assembly hall with a good stage as well as a separate gymnasium and woodwork and domestic science rooms. The ‘old building’ as it was known would have been a wonderful home in its day. It dated from the early nineteenth century and sat in a high position looking out over the lower land of the Lea valley, a sea of houses by the thirties but a green and pleasant land in earlier days.

It was basically a two storey house but with a complete basement half sunk in the ground below it and an attic storey half in the roof above. The grand front door led into a circular foyer before giving access to the central hallway where the circular theme continued with a grand staircase to the first floor.  This did not go on up to the servants quarters above, which were served by a small spiral stone stairway which went from basement to attics. There were perhaps ten rooms large enough to serve as main classrooms with a number of others used as library, staff rooms, studies etc. The basement still contained a kitchen and its main area was used as a dining room for the twenty or thirty pupils who lived some miles away and were allowed the privilege of school dinners. This part of the basement also served as a music room if the main hall or stage were unavailable. A separate building near the main gate which had probably served as a stable block had been made into two physics labs with an art room above. There were no sign of the stables or coach house; their site may have been covered by the ample bike sheds, the school bus not having been invented. Alongside the bike sheds was a dovecot up on saddle stones, no longer the home of doves, it was probably used as a store by the two grounds men who kept the playing field as immaculate as the gardens, which no doubt kept by a team of gardeners before them. There was a walled large kitchen garden which had one wall removed and then had been desecrated with asphalt to provide a playground and tennis courts. Around its walls the beautifully trained espalier apple and pear trees had survived to bloom in the spring without the hope of ripening fruit in the autumn.

part 11 to be continued tomorrow

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 crypt

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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