Parish Register Newsletter: May 2014

Yes folks, it's that time again, time for another parishregister newsletter! I hope you are all well and that you enjoy this latest offering! This month we've got another new baptism CD for you; Volume 102 St Jude,Bethnal Green 1875-1887 This is our first St Jude CD and there are over seven thousand entries on it! I've just been looking at it and some of the occupations are really interesting; what is a 'clicker'? How busy was a 'walking stick dresser'? And what was a 'laster-up'? Also I've got more offers for you, and of course I continue my usual ramblings at the end!

Last month my brother's book sold out within days, so if you tried and failed to get one last month, we've got some more in stock now!

 My Ancestors were Thames Watermen

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Don't forget you can keep up to date with new databases and products on our Facebook page, or indeed Twitter, if you like tweeting. We've now got 492 'likes' and on Twitter we've got over 1850 followers!

Last month's CDs were:

Marriages Compendium CD1: Vols 1-10

This is our first marriage CD and so comprises volumes 1-10 of the Docklands Ancestors series of Marriages transcriptions and approximately 39,000 entries

Volume 101 St Mary Whitachapel baptism CD 1605-1635 9216 entries

This month's new CD is:

Volume 102 St Jude Bethnal Green  baptisms 1875-1887  7199 entries

This Month's Special Offers!!!!

This month I'm selling my two watermen CDs for the knockdown price of £5 plus p & p

1827 List of Free Waterman

1827 list of Free Watermen which is a 'mini census' of watermen carried out in April 1827 which gives their names and ages. 
5461 entries

Birth Register of Contracted men 1865-1921

Birth Register of Contracted Men 1865-1921 (MS22360)

This database gives the first name and surname, the date of birth, or the baptism date, or both, the court session date on which the record was submitted and the place of the baptism or birth, of 1495 watermen between the years 1865 and 1921. The earliest recorded birth is 1816. Over the period there were many different individuals who recorded the entries so the handwriting over the years varied somewhat, however the majority of the entries were legible. The places of birth/baptism varied considerably; many were born in London, others in the home counties, but some were from as far afield as Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Dublin, Guernsey and even Norway and India

To take advantage of either of these offers just click on the red underlined titles!

To search the marriage records click here: Marriages

To search all our baptism records click hereGood luck!

To search the 36000 entry Merchant Taylor records 1530-1928 click hereMT

We've  got three new and exclusive prints of Thames watermen available for you to purchase

Waterman by London Bridge


Waterman by London Bridge
A hand painting by Grant Osman.

A waterman dressed in his trade mark red coat with his arm badge on his left shoulder

Lighterman on the River Thames

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Lighterman on the River Thames
Another stunning hand painting by Grant Osman at a great price!

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If you would like to buy any of these prints please click here: Prints

Now In Transcription


St Mary Whitechapel 1703 to 1758

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875

St John Bethnal Green 1837-1891

Interesting/Useful Sites

FamilySearch An excellent site, if you haven't visited it for a while it's changed a bit

Familyhistorydaily Always adding new articles

Family Tree Magazine 

GenealogyIn TimeMagazine
Watermen and Lightermen Section: selected CDs

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. 

1628 Admiralty Muster of Watermen

James has transcribed this document from the National Archives in Kew. On the searchable CD-Rom, there are some 2,393 names of Watermen. Information recorded is forename, surname, age in 1628/9, number of voyages made, location and notes (such as trumpeter, gunner, boatswain).
As you will have noticed, the earliest Company record is dated 1692, so this is a wonderful resource for possibly pushing your history further back in time.

1648 Petition of Watermen for the King.

This document, from the House of Lords, records the names of 2,026 watermen from the last year of the reign of Charles I. It was instigated by the Royal Bargemasters, Nowell Warner and Robert Bursey, and written by the clerk to the Company, Thomas Lowe.

The Petition is the vital link between the earlier 1628 Admiralty Muster and the beginnings of the Company's records in 1692.

Also included on the CD are an index to the names, commentary & analysis by James and image samples of the original 350 year old scroll together with a 1673 list of Watermen in the Tower of London.

To browse our entire collection of Watermen CDs, including our apprenticeship records, please click here: Watermen

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. I saw more than one on the internet the other day on sale for £120! 

Tales of a Thames Lighterman, by Ernest G Murray.

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

Thomas Doggett Pictur'd by Walter Leon. 
This is a rare first edition 




East of London Family History Society

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 


To buy the CD of the complete database (36000 records) click here: Merchant Taylors' Company Membership Index 1530 - 1928

To search the index click : MT Index


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To search the entire collection click below:

Trueflare Thames and River Medway single CDs

Trueflare Thames and River Medway compendium CDs


To browse all of our maps including the Alan Godfrey collection (still at the old price) click here: MAPS

This map remains our most popular, and at only a fiver plus postage, it's a real bargain!

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903

A Map of the Ecclesiastical Divisions within the County of London 1903 

The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–45.

Ann Saunders(editor) 

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Atlas of over 100 detailed maps printed in colour, with a 22 page introduction by Dr Robin Woolven. The maps cover an irregular area which extends roughly from Hammersmith to Woolwich and from Highgate to Sydenham.The book is large A3 format and consists of scans of OS maps coloured in at the time by the London County Council showing the levels of destruction in areas. Circles show V1 and V2 strikes.
Hardback, published jointly with London Metropolitan Archives. Publication no 164 (2005) By London Topographical Society

WE HAVE ONLY GOT THIS 1 IN STOCK and it is now extremely rare.



The City Of London by Brian Girling

Nearly 200 black and white old photographs showing life in London from 1860 to 1960.
This book paints the fascinating pictures of the events and people shaped the city, including the building and wartime destruction wrought by the Blitz. Most of the images date from Edwardian period and slightly after. The images included great printing houses of Fleet Street to humble shops, such as the Temple wig makers, along with the people who worked in them. Contents: Around Fleet Street, The River Thames, St Paul's Cathedral and the Churches, City Transport.....Excellent value at less than a fiver!!!

Hackney Memories by Alan Wilson.

The 1930s were a troubled era, and England at this time was a land of contrasts. In Hackney Memories Alan Wilson gives us a vivid impression of growing up in a working-class family in the East End at this time. Trapped by poverty, his family lived in a world that seems very alien to us now: here it is vividly recalled, set against a backdrop of rapidly developing national events. Alan Wilson's informative text, together with a selection of well-chosen photographs, will make fascinating reading for anyone who remembers the interwar years, and anyone interested in London's social history.

Around Plaistow (Archive Photographs S.) by George Taylor

£2 off this excellent book, now ONLY  £7.99!!!!!

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

£2 off this book too, now at a rock bottom price of  £9.99

East End Murders:From Jack the Ripper to Ronnie Kray By Neil Storey. 
True Crime History

Now there's £3 off this book, and it's only £7.99!!!!!

Here are  three  excellent second hand books:

A History of Warfare by John Keegan (paperback) £4 plus £2.70 p&p (uk)

Military Blunders (The how and why of military failure) by Saul David (paperback) £4 plus £2.70 p&p (uk)

Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom 1788-1851 by Peter Padfield (paperback) £4 plus p&p (uk)

(If you are from outside the UK ask Yvonne about postage charges)

If you would like either of these then please email Yvonne (

Thames Books:

Liquid History:To Commemorate Fifty Years of the Port of London Authority 1909-1959, by Arthur Bryant. 

London from the Thames 

The Port of London 

Thames Shipping 

Thames: Sacred River (Hardcover)

Research Services: If you've come to a dead end, email Esme

Ramblings from the Estate

As you are aware,  I had to pull out of this year's annual torture event that is the London marathon (but I keep my place for next year) due to pulling various muscles in my aging legs. I then popped along to my G.P to ask to be referred to the Homerton Sports Injury Clinic as it sounds like it caters for people purporting to be sportsman, and I consider myself to be one! Well, she took a gander at my legs (no idea why as she hasn't, as far as I am aware, got x-ray vision) and agreed to refer me. Two months later and what have I heard, have I had a fantastic course of physio, scans and whatever else they may have on the menu? Nada, zilch, nothing, not even a letter saying when they might be able to squeeze me in for a quick chat over a Skinny Latte! I think I know what they are up to though; they believe time is a great healer and if they make me wait long enough I'll be better! And you know what, I think I'm cured, so who am I to question their methods? I'll pop round the G.P later and tell them a miracle has happened and that at the weekend I ran a personal best in the BUPA 10K! That's not, however, what I was going to write about this week, oh no, I was/am going to tell you about a new form of torture I've discovered. 'OOOOh, what's that?' I hear you say to yourself, what could be worse than running for mile after mile 'til you're out of breath and cramp up? Well, it's open water swimming! Some time this year I'm going to partake in my first triathlon (swim 1500m, cycle 40K and run 10K) and normally the swim bit is in a lake or a reservoir. Usually the water is freezing so a wetsuit is essential, so that's what I bought myself for my birthday. The first obstacle is getting in the thing; they are so tight, and I mean tight! The first time I put it on it took me 10 minutes to get in only to find I had put it on backwards, then another 10 minutes to get it off again, and another ten to peel it back on again! The zip is at the back attached to a long piece of string and you then pull it up to the top to complete the job! After practising this a few times, I signed up for my first open water swim in Stoke Newington Reservoir on a Sunday morning at 7.30!!!!! I got there early to give myself plenty of time to get in my suit, which I couldn't do without the help of a seasoned pro who was getting changed at the same time. I then walked outside feeling a bit like the Michelin man, arms sticking out and walking stiffly, tottering from side to side! The trainer gave us some welcoming chat, then invited us to get in the water. I took a first few tentative steps, and straight away questioned my sanity! The water wasn't just freezing, it was FREEZING!!!! And then I took the plunge! My hands and feet and face were numb with the cold, and the shock almost took my breath away! When I put my face in the water it was pitch black and there were millions of tiny particles floating about in the water which I didn't fancy ingesting, although you obviously have to open your mouth to breath! However, gradually I got used to the temperature and managed to swim three of the 400m circuits, and what's more the trainer said I had a good long stroke and was a 'natural' (probably because I'm a Pisces). The only criticism he had was that my head came too far out of the water! I've just taken a break and been for a swim at the lido, and guess what.....I forgot my towel!!! So, I used my T-shirt and socks to dry myself!

Fancy a bit of a laugh? here are some genuine quotes from courtrooms:
  • Lawyer: "What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?"
  • Witness: "He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'"
  • Lawyer: "And why did that upset you?"
  • Witness: "My name is Susan."
  • Lawyer: "This myasthenia gravis -- does it affect your memory at all?"
  • Witness: "Yes."
  • Lawyer: "And in what ways does it affect your memory?"
  • Witness: "I forget."
  • Lawyer: "You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?"
  • Lawyer: "What is your date of birth?"
  • Witness: "July 15th."
  • Lawyer: "What year?"
  • Witness: "Every year."

This week I'm eating a healthy(ish) chocolate orange cake-This delicious and deceptively light cake is both dairy and gluten free. 

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