Parish Register Newsletter: April 2012


Welcome to the surprise April newsletter of parishregister Surpried it's early? Well, Yvonne is off on her holidays next week (yes I know she's already had one in the last 10 years!), and if any of you want to buy any goodies she needs to be around to get them off in the post to you. After that it will be down to me, but I'm not around the office (shed) every day, I've got kids to teach. This month we've got more marriage records for you having recently added the records for St Dunstan Stepney, 1632 up to 1672, that's another 10000 odd records for you to search; so what are you waiting for, there's nothing to lose!

To search the marriage records click here: Marriages

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

I just thought at this stage I would jog your memory and remind you of some of the main baptism records we now have:

St Mary Stratford 1771-1843
Christchurch Spitalfields 1729-1875
St Dunstan Stepney 1568-1848
St Anne Limehouse 1783-1877
St George in the East Stepney 1729-1893
St John Wapping 1618-1855
St Mary Whitechapel 1758-1865
St Paul Shadwell 1712-1881
There are loads more including some parishes in the Isle of Dogs, and also some south of the river

To search the Merchant Taylor records 1530-1928 click here: MT

Don't forget to visit our facebook page for updates on all our new uploads and products, and for more of my rambling!

New CD 

Last Month

Volume 90 St Matthew, Bethnal Green Baptism Registers 1790-1799
12605 entries

To buy this ever so popular CD please click here: St Matthew

Now In Transcription


St Matthew 1746-1790

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875


St Dunstan Stepney 1672-1686

St Thomas 1840-1850


Parish Register Shop 



We now have 90 single CDs available for you to buy and search at your leisure, click here to review them all: singles

Even better value are our compendium CDs which contain 10s of thousands of entries which represent incredible value, to view the collection please click here: compendiums

I think this St Dunstan CD is our jewel in the crown. It covers the years 1568-1730 (approximately 130,000 entries) and comprises 14 single CDs and so represents a massive saving! To buy this CD please click here: St Dunstan

Watermen and Lightermen

                                        Apprenticeship Bindings 1688-1692

                                        These are the earliest known surviving indexes from the original register at Waterman's Hall
AdmiraltyMuster1827 list of free watermen  Over 5000 names of watermen!
Apprenticeship Bindings Index 1692-1908

Company of Watermen & Lightermen; Pensioners Admitted for Relief 1794-1837

The Company of Watermen & Lightermen : Reassignment Index 1688-1908

This CD lists some 12,000 apprentices that were reassigned from their original master to another. In some cases to more than one other master

                                        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 Corporation 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 seperately: £57.80
Saving: £17.85 

truflare_watermen_genericRegister of Contract Licences 1865-1926

This index relates to over aged boys receiving a limited licence

Royal Asylum for Poor,Aged,Decayed and Maimed Freemen of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames and their Wives or Widows.Penge,Surrey 1899

Watermen in the Navy c1803-1809 and Watermen Killed in Action, or Invalided from the Service c1803-1809

Watermen Books
   under oars 2 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.

Tales of a Thames Lighterman, by Ernest G Murray.

When the last London Lighterman's as dead as a dodo, stuffed under glass in the new Dockland Museum, with his Waterman's badge, cloth cap and choker, tourists may wonder what he was, what he did, and where he went. This is his story - a tale of the Thames in days past: of its people, parties, wharves and docks, coffee shops and pubs, of dear Rosie, and other, different ways.

This book is incredibly rare and this is probably one of the only copies on the market

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

   Thomas Doggett Pictur'd by Walter Leon. 

   This is a rare first edition 

Other CDs Available

stmarystjosephCatholic recordsmerchant_taylors_image_for_shop

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

Misc Catholic London District Baptism, Marriages and Burials Vol1

                                                                    SS. Mary and Joseph, Poplar Roman Catholic Chapel

The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London 1772-1841

East of London Family History Society

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

hackney1891 2 Census 1891 Hackney Part 1.RG12/0179 - 0194.
Covering: Stoke Newington, Stamfod Hill, West Hackney and Hackney

Tower Hamlets Marriages & Banns (Vol 1)-Disc3  Holy Trinity Minories 1676 - 1754
Christ Church Spitalfields Banns 1833 - 1861 

Merchant Taylors   Merchant Taylors' Company Membership Index 1530 - 1928

Trueflare Thames and River Medway single CDs

Trueflare Thames and River Medway compendium CDs

Map Department

parishmap 2
Ecclestiastical  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

middlesex 2

Middlesex 1611 by John Norden and John Speed

This beautiful and highly illustrated map of Middlesex has 2 town plans. One of Westminster and the other of London being separate towns at that time. In the lower 2 corners of this map are drawings of Saint Peters or Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral with a set of notes on each. St Paul's is shown with the loss of its spire in 1561 before it was restored in the 1630s by Inigo Jones.

dev_lond 2Devastated London Map

Devastated London; the Bombed City as seen from a Barrage Balloon by Cecil Brown, 1945. With notes by Ralph Hyde. Single sheet, folded as a map.(1992)

london1813 2London and its Environs 1813

London and its Environs 1813.Reproduction map from an engraving by Henry Cooper, published by Sherwood, Neely and Jones.
This massive map, measuring 800mm x 480mm, shows London in 1813, from Hyde Park in the West to West Ham in the east, Finsbury Fields in the north to Kennington in the south.

rocques 2Rocque's 1745 Survey of London

This poster map shows London in 1745 in extraordinary detail. Jean Rocque was one of the first cartographers to accurately represent the City , both in scale and in detail.
London in 1745 is shown as stretching from Buckingham House in the west to the Tower in the east.At this time Stepney can be seen as a far off hamlet in the countryside to the east of London! Northwards, Hoxton is out of town and southwards only the riverside is inhabited. 

Brilliant Bargain Basement Book Shop 

    berm boy 2 Bermondsey Boy:Memories of a Forgotten World

Thirties Bermondsey was a thriving place, and it was in this Bustling London borough that THOMAS HICKS was born, this Bermondsey boy would become known as TOMMY STEELE.

worst street 4 The Worst street in London by Fiona rule. Foreword by Peter Ackroyd

Is Dorset Street, near Spitalfield, really the worst street in London??   

    children_of_bethnal_greenChildren of Bethnal Green by Doris M Bailey

    aroundplaistow  Around Plaistow by George Tayloreastenders_postcards

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

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 Plagues of London

In this absorbing history Stephen Porter uses the voices of stricken Londoners themselves to describe what life was like in the plague-riven capital.

Research Services

If you've come to a dead end, give Esme an email  at


Interesting Sites


The Wartime Memories Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The reference Library, Family Tree Forum

The Long, Long Trail

Historic Hospitals Admission Records Project

The archives of the House of Lords and House of Commons

Archives for London

East London Heritage Trails

Ramblings from the Estate

This tale may be familiar to some of you who live in the UK. Over the past few months I've been receiving phone calls offering to get me a refund of PPI insurance on loans I've taken out. Normally I just say no thanks and put the phone down. However they keep on calling, which really is jolly irritating! So, when they rang again a week or so ago I thought I'd waste their time for a change. Obviously I can't remember every word, but the conversation went along these lines:
Good afternoon sir, how are you? Are you Mr Legon (pronounced Leeegon)?
Fine thanks, who's calling?
We're calling you to help you get the money back on the loan you took out.
OK, just pop it in the post please
No sir, can you please first confirm you took out a loan and which bank it was with.
But you are calling me, you tell me how much it was.
Yes sir, it was £500, but can you tell me which bank it was?
How did you get my contact details?
Through the ministry of justice.
What right have they to give my name, bank and how much I borrowed to you? Could you give me their phone nuimber please?
Sir, we're trying to give you your money back.
And what's in it for you?
Nothing sir.
I find this hard to believe, you're going out of your way to get me my money back, all out of the goodness of your heart?
Yes sir, now can you please confirm how much you borrowed and from which bank.
Ok, I borrowed a million pounds from Lloyds bank.
Just a minute sir (goes off to discuss it with his friend, so I thought I'd end it there and put the phone down. However they then phoned back)
Hello sir, why did you put the phone down? (this time it was his friend)
I dropped the phone.
Sir, how much did you borrow? 
A million, but I've paid it all back now.
Are you a millionaire sir, how much money do you have?
I don't think that's any of your business, now be a good chap and let me know when I'm getting the PPI back.
Sir, you're a policeman aren't you?
I'm not telling you what I do.
You are, aren't you. You know what you can do with the money, you can take it and shove.......(at this point he was actually quite rude, and stopped calling me sir!) And once he had stopped calling me every name under the sun, he put the phone down! Funnily enough these calls have stopped now!

Ok, recipe time, this week it's....Cinnamon Currant Scones:

125g plain flour
125g Wholemeal flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
75g margarine (chilled)
70g currants
1 egg
150ml milk
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons caster sugar

Pre-heat oven to 220C/gas 7 Grease one baking tray
Combine the plain flour, wholemeal flour, caster sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Rub the margarine into the flour until crumbly and stir in the raisins. Make a well in the centre.
In a small bowl beat the egg until frothy, mix in the milk and pout into the well, stir to make a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead gently 8-10 times. Pat dough into two 15cm circles and transfer to the prepared baking tray, brush tops with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Score each top into 6 equal pie shaped wedges.
Bake for 15 minutes or until well risen and brown.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak

Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it


Jno and the gang!  


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