Parish Register Newsletter: March 2011

Welcome to parishregister, the home of Watermen and Lightermen, Docklands baptisms and the Merchant Taylors and the March edition of the parish Register newsletter! This month sees the release of  compendium 7, and another database in the epic St Dunstan series is now available to be searched.

Searchable Databases

St Dunstan Stepney 1668-1679

Another ten thousand odd entries. I had a few chuckles having a good look through this latest transcription that has been part of Jim's life for so long now. Once he's ploughed through the next 51 years then we'll have the whole lot from 1568 through to 1848! Why the chuckles? Well, it's the surnames, like Hurry, Late, Bird, Eggs, Quiet, Forducks and Schoolhouse. It's also interesting  looking at the development in the spelling of surnames. I noticed names like Preist where they have ei not ie; Jephcott, I have a friend with the surname Jefcott; Burridg with no e on the end; Poynt and Smyth with the y instead of an i; and Apleby with the single p and not the double p as you would expect. I could go on, but I won't!

To search our baptism records please click here: Good luck!

New CD 

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Last month:

Volume 79 St Anthony Globe Road, Stepney Baptism Registers 1879-1903 2886 entries

Volume 79 

To browse our other single CDs please click here: single CDs

This Month:



Now in stock and available for immediate despatch the latest in our very popular compendium series which consists of the following CDs

Vol 71 St Mary, Stratford 1771-1813

Vol 72 St Mary, Stratford 1813-1831

Vol 73 St John, Wapping 1618-1665

Vol 74 St John, Wapping 1707-1734

Vol 75 St Dunstan,Stepney 1568-1608

Vol 76 St Dunstan,Stepney 1608-1628

Vol 77 St Matthew, Bethnal Green 1799-1819

Vol 78 St Dunstan,Stepney 1629-1641

Vol 79 St Anthony, Globe Road, Stepney 1879-1903

Vol 80 St Dunstan,Stepney 1641-1652

 To buy this excellent value CD, with a saving of approximately £30, click here: Comp 7

If you think you may have a relative who was a merchant Taylor then don't forget to search our database, just click here: M.T  Or you can purchase the CD by clicking here:  MTCD

Now In Transcription

St George in the East 1877-1893

Christchurch Spitalfields 1843-1875  

St George in the East 1893-1904 Katharine Buildings

St Dunstan  1680-1689

Other selected products

Everything Watermen and Lightermen 

You can browse all of the Watermen and Lightermen products which are your essential resources for tracing your watermen or lightermen ancestors by clicking here: W&L
If you suspect one of your ancestors was a watermen then we have 9 volumes of the Apprenticeship Bindings covering the years 1692-1959  or you can buy all the records in one CD, to find out more click here:  APPBIND
 East of London Family History Society

Tower Hamlets Marriages & Banns (Vol 1)-Disc 3: THM&B

Tower Hamlets Burials & MI's (Vol 1) Disc 5:  THB

Crow Lane Burial index 1871-1953 listing 20,000 entries. 

Census 1851 West Ham.HO107/1768.

Census 1891 Hackney Part 1.RG12/0179 - 0194. 

Census 1891 West Ham Part 1 RG12/1310 - 1325

Census 1891 West Ham Part 2 RG12/1326 - 1342 




Catholic Registers

SS. Mary and Joseph, Poplar Roman Catholic Chapel.

Marriages and Baptisms 1818 - 1856:  SSMary

Misc Catholic London District Baptism, Marriages and Burials Vol 1

27 indexed transcriptions of Catholic Parish Registers  in the county of Middlesex: Catholic 2

The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London, 1772 - 1841(Church of SS Anselm and Cecilia in Holborn), a bargain at £7.95!   Catholic 3

Misc Catholic London District Transcriptions, Baptisms, Marriages,Confirmations Vol 2: Catholic 4

SPECIAL OFFER Compendium CDs 1-5 

Compendiums' Department

Single baptism CDs 

East of London FHS Publications Department 

'Thames & River Medway Series - Compilation CDs'

'Thames & River Medway Series - Single Parish CDs'  Rob's CDs include records of marriages, baptisms, burials and cemetery records, and include parishes such as Greenwich, Gravesend, Dartford, Northfleet, Tilbury, Lambeth, Charlton, East Ham, Deptford, and there are some burial records for St Dunstan Stepney and many, many more

Research Srevices: If you've come to a dead end in your research then give Esme an email  at


Map Department

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903: Parishmap (a bargain at £5)

Map of Middlesex 1611 by by John Norden and John Speed:  Middlesex

A Balloon View of London 1851


Devastated London - The Bombed City As Seen From A Barrage Balloon



London and Its Environs 1813



Rocque's 1745 Survey of London


To view our comprehensive Alan Godfrey maps collection please Alangodfrey  (still only £2.25)



Book Shop 

East Enders' Postcards (Archive Photographs: Images of London)by Brian Girling.

This fascinating collection of over 250 archive postcards explores the communities of Stepney, Poplar and Bethnal Green in the East End of London, before they were amalgamated in 1965 to form the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Bethnal Green (Archive Photographs: Images of London ) by Gary Haines.

Under Oars: Reminiscences of a Thames Lighterman, 1894-1909, by Harry Harris.

An incredibly rare book, one of the only ones written by a Thames lighterman, about the arduous job of working on the river.

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My Ancestors were Thames Watermen: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman and Lighterman Ancestors,by James Legon. Foreword by Rob Cottrell.


Now in it’s 2nd edition, this book is the starting point for researching your waterman and lighterman ancestors.


If you'd like to browse the rest of the book shop we stock books in the following areas:

London History

East End - History/Archive Photograph Books

Rare Books  

If you are interested in buying a rare copy of Men of the Tideway then please email me or Yvonne 


Local artist Terry Scales has an exhibition including paintings of working life at King George V Dock, Pipers Boatyard, Lovells Quay, and includes some of Terry’s favourite boats like The Cable Innovator, The Invincible (with Massey Shaw in the foreground), Bert and James Prior and the Amerigo Vespucci. Attached is the full press release from The Old Royal Naval College and below the summary.   
Exhibition title:
Terry Scales – The Thames, our sleeping giant
Paintings and sketchbooks
Address and contact:
Discover Greenwich Temporary Gallery
The Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9LW
Tel 020 8269 4747
Fax 020 8269 4757,520,EV.html

30/4/11 to 05/06/11
Opening times and entry:
10am  – 5pm daily. Free.


Interesting Sites



The London Burial Grounds
- All you ever wanted to know about the burying of our ancestors in London!

2011 census  this site includes a Lighterman's story for which we supplied the picture! 

Cemetry Records Online

Find a grave



Ramblings from the Council Estate


Well, I can't believe it's the end  of March already. I expect you are wondering what the highlights of the month have been for me, apart from the clock springing forward an hour. I guess, without question, it must have been my birthday. Her indoors, who is laid out on the couch snivelling away at the moment (no, I haven't upset her-it's a cold!), brought out all the stops and treated me to front row seats to Phantom of the Opera. It was slightly inconvenient, as it broke my usual routine of laying on the sofa watching any sport that happens to be on, but I got over it! Further inconvenience was to follow though, which was a meal out at the Vietnamese, but I stayed strong, and forced it all down with the help of a nice red (it was a BYO).
Oh yes, another highlight has been the re-emergance of the sports bag! Yes folks, it's come out of retirement, and I kid you not, it's been treated to three visits to the gym in the last week. Don't ask me what's brought this on, but I'm all for it, although regular use of the scales could indicate a weight issue, shall we say. It seems to have paid off already because she was extremely happy when she announced she had lost 'a couple of pounds'. After her last visit to the scales I was foolishly temped to have a go myself. The evil contraption dared to tell me that I was pushing on towards 13 stone!!!! How can I run 25 miles a week and put on a stone??? I'm afraid there's only one culprit, and it's not me, so who does that leave, yes, you guessed it, her indoors! She keeps making cakes and not eating any of them, so that just leaves me to humanely dispose of them. So, I instigated a plan of action; run further and eat less cake. So after a week of this extremely tough regime I expect you'll want to know the astonishing, miraculous results; Ok, queue the drum roll, I'm now just shy of 13 stones!!!!! So, my new plan of action, run more and give the cake away to my colleagues at school, which will be tough, watching them scoff what should be mine! By the time you read my next newsletter I'll be a week away from the Sheffield half marathon, and hopefully at least half a stone lighter!
Life on the estate has generally been quieter with the mad person upstairs much quieter since my request to turn down what she laughably deems to be music. The roadworks people have moved further down the road now, although just when we started to relax, they nipped back with their drills a week ago just as we were about to go to bed and reminded us that we can never let our guard down.

Here's your recipe for this month-yum, yum!

Chocolate Marble Cake


  • 225g butter , softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  •  2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • Heat oven to 180C/gas 160C/gas 4. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the bottom with a circle of greaseproof paper. Put all the ingredients (except the cocoa powder) into a food processor and whizz for 1-2 mins until smooth. If you prefer to mix by hand, beat the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Fold through the flour, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.
  • Divide the mixture between 2 bowls. Stir the cocoa powder into the mixture in one of the bowls. Take 2 spoons and use them to dollop the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes into the tin alternately. When all the mixture has been used up tap the bottom on your work surface to ensure that there aren't any air bubbles. Take a skewer and swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect.
  •  Bake the cake for 45-55 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. Will keep for 3 days in an airtight container.

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All the best, have a good month


Jonathan and the gang!


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