Wedding of Let and Percy


Wedding of parents,

Peggy and Norman


A Tome inside Bath Abbey


Merchant Navy War Memorial


Golden Hinde, London


Olympic Torch carrier running through Sutton 2012


Temple Bar Memorial


HRH Queen Elizabeth II in Epsom


Railway Permanent Way (Track) workers

at London Bridge remodelling


Golden Anniversary

Peter and Gloria 2009

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Messingham, Lincolnshire

The primary reason for starting to look into Massingham was the 1851 Census which includes Harold Huteson, one of my Wife's ancestors.

To try to locate his residence in 1851 I have so far spent a couple of weeks creating a spreadsheet of all the entries of the 1851 Census for the Parish of Messingham, to which is added additional information including location.

This is the point that I decided to separate the articles, to create a 'place article' for Maessingham.


What is the relevance of this current Google Maps image of a house, I hear you ask?

Fire Insurance Plans of London


Fire Insurance Plans of London

Part of a collection at the British Library.

However, it always takes me a long time to find the sheet I want so this is going to be a collection of the Key sheets to aid that process.

Insurance Plan of City of London Vol. I: Key Plan

Shelfmark: Maps 145.b.22.(.1)

Scale: Inches

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: [1:480]. 40 ft = 1 inch. and [1:2400]. 200 ft = 1 inch.

This "key plan" indicates coverage of the Goad 1886 series of fire insurance maps of London that were originally produced to aid insurance companies in assessing fire risks. The building footprints, their use (commercial, residential, educational, etc.), the number of floors and the height of the building, as well as construction materials (and thus risk of burning) and special fire hazards (chemicals, kilns, ovens) were documented in order to estimate premiums. Names of individual businesses, property lines, and addresses were also often recorded. Together these maps provide a rich historical shapshot of the commercial activity and urban landscape of towns and cities at the time. The British Library holds a comprehensive collection of fire insurance plans produced by the London-based firm Charles E. Goad Ltd. dating back to 1885. These plans were made for most important towns and cities of the British Isles at the scales of 1:480 (1 inch to 40 feet), as well as many foreign towns at 1:600 (1 inch to 50 feet).

South Stoneham Registration District


South Stoneham Registration District

  • Registration County : Hampshire.
  • Created : 1.7.1837.
  • Abolished : 1.4.1927 (to become part of Eastleigh registration district).
  • Sub-districts : Millbrook, St. Mary Extra, South Stoneham.
  • GRO volumes : VII (1837-51), 2c (1852-1927).

  Registration District South Stoneham



Sholing, Bitterne, Hampshire


Domesday Book

There appears to be no mention of Sholing in the Domesday Book, at least in that form of spelling. However there is an entry for Hound.

Domesday Book HoundHound was a settlement in Domesday Book, in the hundred of Mansbridge and the county of Hampshire.

It had a recorded population of 23 households in 1086, putting it in the largest 40% of settlements recorded in Domesday (NB: 23 households is an estimate, since multiple places are mentioned in the same entry).

The image is an extract of the Domesday Book, fortunately transcribed for us.

Land of Hugh of Port


Households: 31 villagers. 9 smallholders. 6 slaves.

St Mary's Church Southampton

St Mary's Church, Southampton

Situated in the angle of St Mary's Street and Chapel Road, St Mary's, although outside the town walls, is regarded as the mother church of Southampton. The original church dates back to the Saxon period, the minster at Wic (Hamwic), the forerunner of the medieval St Mary’s, being mentioned in Saxon charters of 713 and 776. St Mary’s was not directly named in the Domesday Book in 1086 but was probably one of the churches mentioned in connection with the manor of South Stoneham. John Leland writing in 1546 repeats a traditional story that the church was completely rebuilt in the 12th century thanks to the efforts of Queen Matilda.

89 Grove Street, Southampton


89 Grove Street, Southampton

Where is Grove Street?

It is in the Chapel area or St. Mary's area of what was the town of Southampton, Hampshire, England.

The Sotonpedia entry is;

Grove Street and Grove Court

Grove Street

Runs south/north from Chapel Road to Bevois Street in St Mary’s. It is part of the traditional road from Hamwic to Northam, though its predecessor, Golden Grove, followed a slightly different course.

Grove Street Cottages

In the 19th century these cottages were situated on the west side of Grove Street, south of Bevois Street.

Grove Court

A 19th century Court in Grove Street, on the west side to the north of James Street.



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