Welcome to the parishregister January newsletter. What goodies have we got for you this month? Well, our latest compendium, our sixth, and three new databases are now also on-line and searchable. Also we have two more CDs in the Thames and Medway series, as well as one more apprenticeship bindings index and an update of the Doggett's Coat & Badge CD.
St Mary Stratford 1771-1813
St Mary Stratford 1813-1831
All Saints Poplar 1789-1805
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More about Stratford:
It may surprise latterday residents of Bow that their town was the original Stratford. How the name came and went is a tale of fords, bridges and a queen getting a ducking in the River Lea.
A thousand years ago, the banks of the Lea were remote. Miles from London, the hamlet that grew up there was even far-flung from its home parish of Stepney.
The settlement became known as Stratford, a name derived from the street or paved way to a ford. But it was far from a safe crossing, with the river often being in flood.
One early victim was Queen Matilda, the wife of Henry I. Legend has it that Matilda fell into the Lea, while crossing the dangerous ‘old ford’, and was nearly swept away by flood waters. So in 1110 she ordered the bridge to be built. The design was most untypical of an English bridge, being in a pronounced bow shape. Now, the two parts of Stratford were distinguished as Stratford Langthorne on the eastern, Essex bank. And Stratford-atte-Bow (‘at the Bow’) on the Middlesex side.
In 1538, the king’s antiquary Leland wrote that Matilda ‘caused two bridges to be built in a place one mile distant from the old ford, of which one was situated over the Lea, at the head of the town of Stratford, nowe called Bowe, because the bridge was arched like unto a bowe, a rare piece of work, for before that time the like had never been seen in England’.
But though villagers now had a safe crossing over the Lea, the marshlands around Stratford flooded as much as ever.
So bad was it that in 1311, the Bishop of London gave the inhabitants of Stratford Bow permission ‘to build a chapel for being so far distant from the parish church and the roads in winter being impassable by reason of the floods’. Edward III granted the villagers a parcel of land, on the proviso that they attend Stepney Church on all great holidays, using their ‘chapel of ease’ at other times. (From
Merchant Taylors 1530-1928 - to search click here Merchant Taylors
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Volume 67 St Dunstan Stepney 1837-1848
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Our latest compendium includes the following CDs, (including three not yet released on single CDs):
The parishes included are;
vol 61 St Anne Limehouse 1854-1877
vol 62 St Dunstan Stepney 1835-1837
vol 63 St Mary Whitechapel 1774-1792
vol 64 Christ Church, Spitalfield 1729-1763
vol 65 Christ Church Spitalfield 1763-1795
vol 66 St George in the East 1861-1877
vol 67 St Dunstan Stepney 1837-1848
vol 68 St George in the East 1848-1861
vol 69 St John Wapping 1665-1707
vol 70 St John Wapping 1734-1780 (sorry about the space here; I've struggled away for ages to delete it, now I'm giving up!)
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St Matthew Bethnal Green 1799-1819
St George in the East 1877-1893
St John Wapping 1617-1665
St John Wapping 1707-1734
Other selected products
Thames & River Medway Series
New CDs out now!
Vol 83 St Pauls Deptford 1880-1895 Baptisms and Marriages £7.95
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Vol 84 St Philip and St James Upnor 1878-1903 Baptisms and Marriages £4.95
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1950-1959 bindings index £4.95
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My ancestors rowed for Doggett's Coat & Badge 1715-2009 updated with proof of the the name of the first winner of the wager. A complete list of every known competitor, including those who failed in heats.
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SS. Mary and Joseph, Poplar Roman Catholic Chapel.
Marriages and Baptisms 1818 - 1856
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Misc Catholic London District Baptism, Marriages and Burials Vol 1
27 indexed transcriptions of Catholic Parish Registers from churches, chapels and missions in the county of Middlesex
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The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London, 1772 - 1841(Church of SS Anselm and Cecilia in Holborn). This comprises indexed transcriptions of over 22000 baptisms hitherto unpublished, a work which has taken them about 10 years to produce!!In total there are 60000 odd entries on this CD, a bargian at £7.95!
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The Merchant Taylors 1520-1929 (36000 entries-Exclusive to Docklands Ancestors!) The index gives the name, date of feedom, method of admission (apprenticeship, patrimony, or redemption), name of master if by apprenticeship, date of election to livery, and 'Remarks'.
To purchase this CD please click here: Merchant Taylors
Watermen & Lightermen
Company of Watermen Compilation CD 1
This CD comprises the following titles:
1.Company of Watermen & Lightermen Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes 1692-1949
2.Register of licences granted by Corportation of Trinity House to ex-mariners to ply their trade as watermen working on the River Thames 1829-1864
3. Thames Watermen & Lightermen (also wives and widows) pensioners admitted for relief 1794-1837
4. Watermen & Lightermen reassigned to another master during their apprenticeship period 1688-1908
Price if bought separately: £57.80
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Devastated London - The Bombed City As Seen From A Barrage Balloon
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Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903
A Map of the Ecclesiastical Divisions within the County of London 1903. The map shows all Church of England parish boundaries in the London County Council area on a scale of 2 miles to the inch. Facsimile, printed in colour and folded in a case with brief introduction by Simon Morris. Approximate extent: Highgate to Streatham; Hammersmith to Isle of Dogs. Publication no 155 (1999).
Price: £5.00 To buy this map please click here
London and Its Environs 1813
Price: £3.95 To buy this map and for more information please click here
Rocque's 1745 Survey of London
Price: £7.95 To buy this map and for more information please click here
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Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs (67 CDs now to choose from)
Waterman & Parish Register Special Offer Price: £129.93
St George in the East Parish Registers Part I 1729-1826 Price: £29.95
Southwark Parish Registers Price: £19.95
Isle of Dogs Parish Registers Price: £15.95
Limehouse Parish Registers Price: £15.95
Stepney Parish Registers Price: £15.95
Wapping Parish Registers Price: £15.95