Parish Register Newsletter: April 2011

Welcome to the April newsletter of parishregister and happy Easter! This month we have another new database uploaded, Christchurch 1843-1875, another CD (Volume 80 St Dunstans 1641-1652) and also two more CDs from Rob Cottrell; St Margaret, High Halstow,Kent 1813-1875 and All Saints Belvedere, Kent 1861-1900. Thank you once again, for so many appreciative emails after last month's newsletter, it makes all the difference!

Searchable Databases

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

New CD 

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Last month:

Compendium 7 A fantastic product representing excellent value!

This Month:

St Dunstan Stepney 1641-1652 10045 entries

To buy this latest St Dunstan CD please click here: St Dunnies

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

Volume 86 All Saints Belvedere,Kent 1861-1900
(includes St Augustines Mission Church & Abbey Wood)
Baptisms and Marriage

 Volume 87 St Margaret, High Halstow,Kent On the Hoo Peninsula 1813-1875
Baptism, Marriage and Burials

To buy either of these CDs please click here: Thames

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

St Matthews 1790-1799  

St George in the East 1893-1904

St Dunstan 1697-1710

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

Apprenticeship Bindings covering the years 1692-1959   APPBIND

Company of watermen compilation CD 1 - to buy this excellent, and very popular resource click here: CompCD1

My Ancestor Worked On The River Thames by Rob Cottrell.A guide
to help you find where they worked. Packed full of interesting facts!    Guide


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 Save £70!!!!!!!

Compendiums' Department 

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 

Voices of Stepney:Life in the Heart of East End

Dee Gordon’s new book is the unique and fascinating result of many conversations with people who lived and worked in Stepney during the 1950s and ’60s.  As well as school days, work and play, transport and entertainment, there are also memories of Stepney Green, the Royal London Hospital, Charrington’s Brewery, Wilton’s Music Hall, Cabel Street, and Brick Lane. To pick this book up for only £9.99 plus P&P (that's £2 off our normal price) just click on the title
Bethnal Green (Archive Photographs: Images of London) by Gary Haines.

This fascinating collection of over 200 archive photographs looks at the changes that have taken place in Bethnal Green from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

The images chronicle eras of hardship and extremity like that of the Second World War, and times of peace and prosperity. Altogether they combine to create a very special record of an area that has experienced a great change over the years, yet has always retained its famous character.

Bethnal Green provides a valuable account for the long-time resident, and brings the history of the area and its people alive for the interested newcomer.

I've knocked £3 off the price of this book too, also £9.99 plus P&P
Tales of London's Docklands

Tales of London's Docklands by Henry Bradford

"Tales of London's Docklands" is an anthology of true stories, drawn from Henry Bradford's personal experience as a Registered Docker in the Port of London - when traffic through the docks was at its peak.  

I've knocked £3 off the price of this book too, also £9.99 plus P&P

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.


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 




Interesting Sites


Museum of London Docklands-The River Thames

Esme and I get quite a few enquiries about dockers, and unfortunately we don't have databases of dock workers, and  neither does anyone else I believe. However, all is not lost. Apart from being an excellent museum which is well worth a visit, they are also willing to help you out in your search for your docker ancestors. If your ancestors worked in the Docks, they may have information about them in the records of the Port of London Authority. These are not available online but records can be seen by appointment in the Sainsbury Study Centre.  


Proceedings at the Old Bailey An old favourite of mine!

Summary of the 1828 and 1832 Madhouse Acts

Certainly is very interesting!

The London Burial Grounds
Cemetry Records Online

Find a grave



Ramblings from the Council Estate


'What's your weight?' I'm sure you're asking. Well, my cunning plan worked! I've gone from nearly 13 stone to just about exactly 12! During a long run recently had an excellent idea to copy James and write a book. I've got two outline chapters already-see what you think. Chapter 1, basically, eat less cakes (include some recipes of the cakes you shouldn't be eating) and chapter two, basically exercise more (anything from carrying your gym bag to the gym to doing an ultra-marathon.) I know it's a bit sparse at the moment, but considering people spend billions on diet products every year I think it will save everyone a fortune, what do you think? If you have any further revelations for chapters 3 to 10 please let me know! 
You know I'm one of those teachers who have an easy life with far too many holidays, (although the next half term is four whole weeks away-well two whole weeks and a couple of weeks with bank holidays in them), well I used my time constructively last week; I did a spot of spring cleaning! Firstly I tackled that curtain rail that's been threatening to come away from the wall and drop on our heads for the last year. I managed to bodge it by stuffing bits and bobs in the holes in the almost impenetrable concrete which enabled the wrong sized screws to grip, thus making it look almost semi-permanent. While I was up there I wiped away all of those cobwebs that our little eight legged creatures have been meticulously constructing over the last year (obviously with a touch of guilt). Her indoors was also feeling sorry for nature's little creatures too. She found one in the bath the other day, and after being reprimanded by me for killing these wonderful little creatures before, she thought she would remove it in a humane way. So, she got a flannel and attempted to flick it out of the bath. Guess what, though, she managed to flick it out of the bath successfully, but it flew through the air and landed in the toilet bowl, a slow death by drowning rather than being bludgeoned to death! 

Had a nice ruby murray down Brick Lane the other week with my big little brother William. We went for a jar down the boozer first, supping a tasty real ale (my round next Will), then had a not too hot ruby washed down with a cool lager or two, or three in the Aladdin (I highly recommend it-great food and excellent, friendly service)

OMG, as the youff of today say, you'll never guess what Her Indoors has done again, well she's gone and booked a trip to the theatre on FA cup final day! It's Woman in Black-is that good??? I really hope so, and I also hope that it's a rubbish nil-nil bore draw! 

Here's your recipe for this month-yum! Although if you're trying to lose weight, just enjoy reading the recipe, don't make it of course! It's a quickie which means you'll be spending less time in the kitchen and more time in the sunshine (depending on where you live). It's a no bake lemon tart-easy peasy!

397g condensed milk (light)
150ml double cream
Juice of 3/4 lemons
I sweet crust pastry case (Sainsburys)
You can add gelatin to help the setting process (1 sachet in 120ml of hot water)

Put condensed milk and cream in a bowl, pour in the juice of the lemons
Stir until well mixed, mixture will be smooth (add gelatin mixture)
Spoon into pastry base and leave in fridge for at least 3 hours

Her Indoors found for this for you: Mommy's nose is so scary

Jonathan and friends


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