Hello and welcome to
the March ParishReg newsletter.
Firstly I must say thank you
for the feedback and response from the last Newsletter, all really
encouraging. I'm still wearing my lazy gardener's hat so it's been another
busy month for the site.
I know my passion for things Watermen
isn't shared by you all, but the highlight for me this month is the
completion of the 1648 Petition of the Watermen for the King. Holding the
original scroll in my hands at the House of Lords was the crowning
achievement in my career as a transcriber. Full details
I know that a lot of you are primarily interested in
our Parish Register transcriptions. Another 5,000 entries have been added
this month and a couple of new transcriptions have been
The BIG news is that we are now committed to
bringing you 5 times the previous quanity of entries over the next year.
It's taken us 5 years to complete the first 100,000 entries: We plan to
add 250,000 over the next year. ParishRegister.com WILL be the number one
source for quality London parish register transcriptions.
Many of you bought one of our featured item last month,
London Maps Through the Ages: I'd be grateful for any feedback as to how
useful/accurate my review of it was.
This is the progress of transcriptions
underway and uploaded to the online searchable databases:
Mary Whitechapel, baptisms, 1792-1812, approx 13,000 entries . 10,000
entries now completed. Expect completion during March. Jim Sheppard has
done an outstanding job on this transcription, our earliest parish
St Mary Newington, Southwark,1829-1837, 3700 entries
have been uploaded. Another quality job by Annemarie
Camden Church, Camberwell 1845-1885 is also now
underway. This is a neighbouring parish to St Mary's.
further All Saints Poplar 1858-1872 transcription has also been started,
by popular demand.
St George in the East
St Mary Newington 1837-1842
St Dunstan Stepney
St Anne Limehouse 1826-1835
St Paul Shadwell
As ever, Esme and I are at each other throats arguing
about what transcriptions are of most use to family historians. I believe
the period from 1837- 1881 is of most use, as most people start with their
grandparents and work backwards. Esme is convinced that the period before
civil registration in 1837 is more beneficial.
As ever too, I say let
the people speak! So, ( this is getting like Big Brother ), vote
Click here to search the databases
Featured Product of the month: John Stow's Survey of
absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to review this CD. Not so
delighted that half a day dissappeared, as I got completely engrossed in
It's another in the series produced by Jigrah Resources of old
books scanned onto CD. The image quality is excellent and the CD easy to
navigate. It comprises over 500 pages and there's Norden's 1593 map
Reading it, I felt transported back to Elizabethan
London. Stow's writing is so vivid and compelling. It was like being given
a guided tour here and now, but the guide is from 400 years ago. Take this
for example, from the section 'Suburbs without the Walls':
2nd of King Henry III. the forest of Middlesex,..were disafforested; since
the which time the suburbs about London hath been mightily increased with
buildings; for first, to begin in the East, by the Tower of London, is the
hospital of St Katherine, founded by Matilda the Queen, wife to King
Stephen, as is afore shown in Portsoken ward; from this precinct of St
Katherine to Wapping in the west, the usual place of execution for hanging
of pirates and sea rovers, at the low-water mark, and there to remain,
till three tides had overflowed them, was never a house standing within
these forty years; but since the gallows being after removed farthe off, a
continual street, or filthy passage, with alleys of small tenements, or
cottages, built, inhabited by sailors' victuallers, along by the river of
Thames, almost to Radcliff, a good mile from the Tower"
think we, 400 years later bemoan the loss of green belt land! He's
actually describing the part of Wapping where my waterman ancestors lived.
You can still see Execution Dock today, beside the Prospect of Whitby on
The whole book continues in this vein, with so
many references to the events of the previous 500 years. It's chock full
of names too.
All in all, I highly recommend
Click here to purcase this CD in the
Thames & Medway Parish
Register Database Search Special Offer
The Parish Register
Database Search proved very popular last month. I think most people were
shocked at the speed of our response! Replying quickly to emails when
people have parted with cash is something we pride ourselves on. It's just
phones I hate :)
We've extended the format this month to the
340,000 entry Thames & River Medway series by my good friend Rob
We've split this into baptisms, marriages and burials and
also into some even smaller chunks.
re-engineered his 70 volume microfiche series into Access databases which
we can now manually search across.
This took about a month to do, but
the results are worth it. Whilst not quite as detailed as our
transcriptions, they do nevertheless represent your best chance of finding
an ancestor in a London parish register on the internet.
on the link for the full product details. It's the Saver Search within
each category that is the best value for money.
It's £7.95 to search
Click here for full details of this great
Featured Product : Rocque's 1745 Map of
Rocque was one of the earliest cartographers to accurately map London.
This 1745 map, based on a survey that took 2 years to complete, is an
absolute treasure chest. It's about 2 feet by 3 feet ( ideal for framing)
and the detail is superb.
It depicts Marylebone in the west to
Mile End in the east ( surrounded by countryside!), the far off parish of
Islington in the north to Southwark in the south.
to docklands, this is one of the last maps that shows the area before the
first docks were built.
A beautiful map and a bargain price
too! I'm expecting these to fly out of the Shed
Click here for more
Added this month:
East End Gangland by James
Exploring the East End (Walks Through History S.) by Rosemary
London Labour and the London Poor: Selection (Classics S.) by
Newgate: London's Prototype of Hell by Stephen
Old London Bridge: The Story of the Longest Inhabited
Bridge in Europe by Patricia Pierce.
The East End Then and Now,
Winston G. Ramsey (Editor).
The Thames about 1750 by Hugh
here to spend the afternoon browsing our
New Releases from
Another 4 titles from Jigrah released
Official Guide to Ilford, 1930
Kelly's Directory of Marylebone & St. John's Wood,
Morris & Co's Commercial Directory & Gazetteer of
Ashton-Under-Lyne & District 1878
Click here to check out these new releases
Company of Watermen transcription
The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen : Reassignment Index 1688-1908.
lists some 12,000 apprentices that were reassigned from their original
master to another. In some cases to more than one other
The entries were extracted from the Apprenticeship
Bindings Indexes that cover the same time period. A typical entry reads as
6687. LEGON GEORGE GAMBLES BOUND 1851 DEC 11 REASSIGNED 1858
JAN 14 TO JUDITH LEGON
(Whom I happen to know was his
CDROM in Adobe Acrobat format.
Published by Trueflare Ltd.
Click here to buy this
Watermen & Lightermen
1648 Petition of Watermen for the
This document, from the House of Lords Record Office,
lists the names of 2,026 watermen, petitioning Parliament for the cause of
King Charles I. It was probably instigated by the Royal Bargemaster,
Nowell Warner and written by Thomas Lowe, whom I believe to have been the
clerk to the Company in 1648, and not from 1656 as Henry Humpherus
believed. The handwriting is so similar to a later 1673 list of watermen
in the Tower of London, signed by Thomas Lowe, as to be
The significance of this document to family
historians is that it's the vital link between the beginnings of the
Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes in 1692 and my earlier transcription of
the 1628 Admiralty Muster.
I concur with the belief of
Christopher O'Riordan in Watermen in the Century of Revolution that this
Petition doesn't represent a complete listing of all the watermen. It's at
least 500 names short of that. Not all watermen were believers in the
Royalist cause, mirroring the split in the country during the civil war.
But, it is the most complete list of watermen from this period that
The CD contains an index to the names, as well as the
names as originally laid out, together with sample of the handwriting from
the Petition & the 1673 list and also my commentary on
Obviously, I highly recommend it to
Knolly's Rose Ceremony
snippet, courtesy of the church of All Hallows by the Tower, is to be
found on the W&L page. I'll say no more- go have a
Letter from Charles I to the Masters of the
This document, unearthed from the PRO, is written
by the King in 1631 to the Company ordering the impressment of watermen
for service abroad. You'll find my transcription and a copy of the
original image on the Waterman page. Cool stuff I
Licensed Thames Waterman &
Included in the Articles section of the W&L page
this month is the text of a talk given by Rob Cottrell in 2002. It makes a
fascinating read and I bow to Rob's superior knowledge on the subject.
My Ancestor was a
The final draft of my guide book has gone off to
the Society of Genealogists, together with a signed authors contract. I'm
waiting for Waterman's Hall to grant permission for the images I've
included; they're meeting on 7th March, so fingers crossed.
listed it in the Shop now with the pre-launch copies being signed and
inscribed by me ( my mother is killing herself laughing!). Seriously
though, buy one, it'll be worth a fortune on ebay in 10 years!
planning for the book launch at Waterman's Hall is well underway, with a
number of the great and good invited. I'm particularly keen on all our
Doggett's winners descendants being invited, so do please get in
The Waterman Tour
We had about 20
expressions of interest following the last Newsletter so we're definetley
going to do it. I did contact a tour guide, but had a purple fit when she
started talking about a £100 an hour! So I reckon I'll organise it myself
and we'll all save money, so long as you can put up with me doing the
The bits I've settled on are: Museum in Docklands, river
cruise, Prospect of Whitby for lunch, walk around St Katherines Dock and
hopefully a visit inside Waterman's Hall. The only bits that should cost
money are lunch and the river cruise and a modest booking fee. I would
stress though that a bit of walking is involved!
More details next
New section added: Sound & Video
section comprises links to the excellent PortCities website and features
short clips on the subject., including an interview with a
Coming up soon(ish)
I'm on the
trail of one of three documents of the Watermen's Company that survived
the Fire of London. It is a register of apprentices from 1656 to 1665 and
contains 2912 names. I know this because Henry Humpherus, writing in 1874,
quotes from it. It wasn't deposited at the Guildhall with all the other
pre 1908 material so I'm hoping it's still at Waterman's Hall somewhere.
I've also obtained an image of the oldest document that
mentions a waterman. It's from the period 1386-1486, but it's in Latin and
mine just isnt up to the job! So,
Click here to see more details of the Petition
We've added a new category of
memorabilia products this month. Included are mini campaign medals, coin
packs, thimbles and letter openers. The prices are outstanding and
excellent value for money.
I got fed up trying to open letters
covered in 3 miles of sellotape so bought a letter opener for myself and
thought you'd like these products too.
here to see the memorabilia
added: East of London FHS
Our chums from the EoL FHS have
added their publications to our Shop. The title I recommend is the Frogley
here for EoL FHS
Added this month:
John Broughton: 1730
The 1st Doggett's Coat & Badge Winner (
Waterman's Hall c1829
St Mary, Rotherhithe
Hiram John Gibbs,
link will take you to the Picture Gallery
“Yes please James ! I’ve ordered some
stuff, knock £2.00 off.
I’ve used my own scissors and cut this
bit out and sent it with my order. Obviously, I printed it off first ! Or,
I copied, pasted and printed it out ! ( Well done Mike!)
Alan Godfrey Maps and Special Offers and Waterman Affidavits. Minimum
Apparently more small print is
One voucher per customer! Or to put it simply, £2.00 is
all yer gonna get! Applies to payment via UK cheque only and to those who
can't resist a visit to my shed ( Hello Mrs
Click here to visit the
Using the website
Searching the online databases
you’re looking for a specific ancestor, use the forename search
If you find a match, don’t pay for that search! Pay for the
surname search. That way you get your specific ancestor, plus every other
person with that surname. You never know, they might be related.
shake my head every time I see someone paying for 3 or so searches by
forename in the same parish. Searching by surname is much better value for
the databases !
Best wishes & good luck with
James and the ParishRegister
The closing quote. This month inspired by what Henry
Humpherus included at the front of History of the Origin and Progress of
the Company of Watermen (which is what I'm reading at the
"Remember the days of old, consider the years of many