Parish Register Newsletter: June 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another parishregister newsletter! This month we've got another St Jude baptism CD out, which covers the forty odd years before last month's St Jude, so that's 1846-1875. Also, there are great bargains to be had in our marriage CDs which are all going for less than a fiver each this month! I've also taken pounds off some of our books which you can find in the Bargain Books section. And at the end you can read tales of a burst ear drum and a sick, or not so sick, washing machine.

 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. 

This month's new CD is:

Volume 103 St Jude, Bethnal Green baptisms 1846-1875 4800 entries

Last month's new CD was:

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

This Month's Special Offers!!!!

As I've already mentioned all of these marriage CDs are going for a bargain £4.95! They are a mine of information, and some go back over 400 years! You can generally expect to find (but not always):
Entry No, marriage date, groom first name, groom surname, bride first name, bride surname, source Ref and any notes in the margin. In some entries the following may also be given: groom occupation, groom abode, groom parish, groom condition, bride parish, bride condition, bride occupation, bride abode and marriage type.

Vol 1 St Mary, Whitechapel Marriages 1558-1647 6153 entries

Vol 2 St Mary Whitechapel Marriages 1691-1733 4219 entries

Vol 3 St Mary Whitechapel Marriages 1647-1690 2655 entries

Vol 4 St Dunstan, Stepney Marriages 1616-1632 5050 entries

Vol 5 St Dunstan, Stepney Marriages 1568-1616 5029 entries

Vol 6 St Dunstan, Stepney Marriages 1632-1644 5047 entries

Vol 7 St John, Wapping  Marriages 1665-1707 1117 entries

Vol 8 St Dunstan, Stepney Marriages 1644-1672 5066 entries

Vol 9 St George in the East Marriages 1729-1754 1132 entries

Vol 10 St George in the East Marriages 1754-1784 3614 entries

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

Take a look at our exclusive prints of Thames Watermen!

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

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St Mary Whitechapel 1703 to 1758

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875

St John Bethnal Green 1837-1891

Interesting/Useful Sites
JewishGen  For those looking for Jewish Ancestors

Ancestor Hunt  Passenger lists and immigration records

Scotland's People For those researching possible Scottish connections

Watermen and Lightermen Section: selected CDs

Apprenticeship Bindings 1688-1692

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These are the earliest known surviving
indexes from the original register at Waterman's Hall, these records complete the coverage of the apprenticeship bindings.


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 and an excellent waterman book to add to your collection! 




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, and can only continue to go up in value!



Remembering Romford (In Old Photographs S.)by Brian Evans 

This photographic history of twentieth-century Romford has been compiled by well-known local historian Brian Evans. Focusing particularly on social change and the town’s development from quiet market town to today’s shopping and entertainment centre, it includes memories from older inhabitants as well as vivid impressions and descriptions of the town provided by many local schoolchildren. 
New shopping arcades together with pubs, bars and nightclubs are taking a renewed Romford into the twenty-first century. This book records much of what has been lost, but it also looks to the future.

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

Around Plaistow (Archive Photographs S.) by George Taylor

This collection of photographs represents a unique record of life in and around old Plaistow, principally but not entirely in the mid-1930s, which were taken by one man who grew up there, George Taylor. A very early interest in photography led him to make prints by sunlight in the school playground at ten years of age. Later, from his early 20s until he moved away in 1939, he recorded his home streets, his family, friends and neighbours on film, in a set of pictures that now form a remarkable archive of the district at that time.

The City Of London by Brian Girling

Excellent value at less than a fiver!!!

Hackney Memories by Alan Wilson.

Now a further £2 off this excellent read!

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

This month I've got tales of ears and washing machines; only one of each in actual fact. What shall I start with? I think ears are marginally more interesting than washing machines, don't you? I seem to remember when I was young I had ear aches, or am I making that up mum? Then I remember regularly going to see the doc and having my ears syringed and marveling at the size of the wax ball that would pop out into the dish (I hope you're not eating!) Then all of a sudden syringing went out of fashion. So, ever since then I've used ear drops and a cotton wool problem. However, the night England played their first group match I once again thought I'd have a good clear out of my lug-holes and after leaving the drops in for a while I had a dig around with the cotton bud. After pulling out some wax I noticed some bright red blood on the bud, then I used some tissue and the blood kept coming! By now the footie was almost on, so I thought I'd ignore the blood and watched England lose to Italy. Then it was very late so I went to bed, although not to sleep. As silence descended I was aware of a throbbing in my ear, a most annoying throbbing that wouldn't leave me alone, and wouldn't go away. By six in the morning and no sleep I confessed to Her Indoors about the blood and she ordered me to casualty, while she went back to bed! Fortunately at such a silly time in the morning on a Sunday it was deserted, and I was seen after just 30 minutes (must be a record!). The nurse took one look and said I had burst my eardrum! Then, without any sympathy, she told me I was a silly boy and shouldn't stick anything smaller than my elbow in my ear from now on! Then she hit me with the devastating swimming for 6-8 weeks!!!!! But I'm training for a triathlon in 7 weeks, I pleaded...still no sympathy. Anyway, after a few more sleepless nights I went to the doc, who said it was now infected and prescribed me penicillin (it cost over eight quid now!!!).
OK, on to the washing machine. It has been getting sicker and sicker for weeks and weeks, until a few weeks ago it wouldn't go past the wash cycle, and I was left with a machine full of clothes and dirty water! Didn't matter what I tried (mostly turning it off and on again) I couldn't persuade it to cooperate. Unwilling to pay a tradesman to come and look at it and charge me more than it's worth to repair it, I ordered another one which arrived a few days later. It took me three days to get hold of the right sized spanner  to get 4 bolts off the back but then I plumbed it in quick smart. Then I ran a cycle with no clothes in as instructed. Guess what happened then!? It stopped before the rinse cycle..the same problem as the old one! Then, I had a hunch and started pulling the pipes underneath the sink apart, without first turning the water supply off! After mopping up the mess I found the culprit....gunge! Loads of white stuff had clogged up loads of the pipework and so the water couldn't escape from the washing machine!!! So, now we've got a brand new washing machine and a perfectly good five year old one, with no-where to put it, so it's sitting outside the front door at the moment contemplating it's future!

This week I'm happily devouring a  lovely Fruity Teacake the recipe coming from the BBC Good Food page, lovely with a refreshing cuppa Rosy Lea!

Fancy watching some hungry cats enjoying their food? Then click here: Hungry cats

Jno and the gang!  


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