Parish Register Newsletter: July 2010

Welcome to the parishregister  July newsletter. This month we've got another new CD in our Parish Register series; another St Mary Stratford; and another CD from Rob Cottrell, St Alphege Greenwich (baptisms, marriages and burials); and also a Tower Hamlets Marriages & Banns CD and a Tower Hamlets burials and MI CD.  Also we're knocking the price of our CDs volumes 60-69 down by a quid; taking £1.55 off our balloon map of London and also a pound of one of our latest books, Voices of Stepney. Oh yes, I've also got the answers to last month's quiz and the latest update on the sports bag!! (If the font is varying in size in the rest of the newsletter I'm sorry, it's driving me mad-as I write it, everything is the correct size but when I send it out it decides to muck around and change some text!!!!)

Searchable Databases

St Dunstan Stepney 1629-1641-another 10006 entries relentlessly and expertly transcribed by Jim! 

To search the site click here: search

New CD

This month:

Volume 72  St Mary, Stratford Bow 1813-1831

To buy this CD for a special price of £6.95 (for one month only) please click here: St M

Last Month:

Volume 71 St Mary Stratford 1771-1813

To buy this CD please click here: vol 71

To browse our other single CDs, especially volumes 60-69 with that quid off please click here: single CDs

Plus, here's another in Rob Cottrell's Thames and River Medway series:

Volume 85 St Alphege Church, Greenwich 1813-1825 Baptisms, Marriages and Burials

To buy this CD please click here: St Alph

I must say Rob is doing fantastically well; now having transcribed 85 CDs which in some cases contain baptisms, marriages and burials and which cover such a large geographical area ranging from Dartford, Woolwich, Greenwich and West Ham in the east to Ealing and Isleworth in the West. If you would like to have a look at the rest of his CDs please click here: Rob

AND, here's the latest in the apprenticeship series of CDs from Rob

Apprenticeship Bindings 1950-1959
A typical entry reads as follows:

with the first name being the apprentice and the latter his master. The first date is the binding date, the second the freedom date

To buy this CD please click here: AB

Merchant Taylors 1530-1928 - to search click here Merchant Taylors 

Find out more about the Merchant Taylors click here:

In transcription

St Matthew Bethnal Green 1799-1819

St George in the East 1877-1893  

St Anthony Globe Road 1879-1899

St Dunstan Stepney 1629-1637

Other selected products

East of London Family History Society

Tower Hamlets Rate Books (Vol 1)- Disc 1

Miscellaneous Rate Index covering various Areas between 1725-1875
Previous Society publication in fiche or book form now converted into CD.
To buy this product please click here: Ratevol1

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

Previous Society publication in fiche or book form now converted into CD.
Holy Trinity Minories 1676 - 1754
Christ Church Spitalfields Banns 1833 - 1861

To buy this product please click here: THM&B

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

Previous publication by The East of London Family History Society in fiche or book form now converted into CD.
All Saints Poplar Burial Dues 1824-38
Holy Trinity Mile End Old Town MI'S
Poplar Mortuary books 1911-1940
St Katherine by the Tower MI's
Burials & List of occupiers affected by demolition.
Stepney Meeting House Burials 1790-1853

To buy this CD please click here: THB

St Andrews

Burials & M.I. St. Andrews Church, Hornchurch. 1576-2000
Surname index of Monumental Inscriptions and Burials, of 17,195 names for the years of 1576 - 2000.
This month there's £2 off this product. To buy it please click here: St Andrew

Cockney Ancestors

Cockney Ancestor. The first 100.
Now £10, to buy this click here: Cockney


The Frogley Index and Manuscript (History of Barking)

This is also just £10, so once again, click here if you'd like to buy it: Frog

Other products in this series include:

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 

Watermen & Lightermen

You can browse all of the Watermen and Lightermen products by clicking here: W&L

Catholic Registers

SS. Mary and Joseph, Poplar Roman Catholic Chapel.

Marriages and Baptisms 1818 - 1856

To buy this CD please click here: SSMary

Misc Catholic London District Baptism, Marriages and Burials Vol 1

27 indexed transcriptions of Catholic Parish Registers from churches, chapels and missions in the county of Middlesex

To buy this CD please click here: Catholic 2

The Registers of the Sardinian Embassy Chapel, London, 1772 - 1841(Church of SS Anselm and Cecilia in Holborn). This comprises indexed transcriptions of over 22000 baptisms hitherto unpublished, a work which has taken them about 10 years to produce!!In total there are 60000 odd entries on this CD, a bargain at £7.95!

To buy this CD please click here: Catholic 3

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

·       French Chapel Royal: Baptisms 1842-1911 and Marriages 1846-1910
·         Kentish Town, St Alexis: Baptisms 1849-1854
·         Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa and St Stanislaus Kostka Chapels, Central London: Baptisms 1863-1877
·         Soho St Patrick: Baptisms 1779-1851, Index to Baptisms 1793-1937, Confirmations 1818-1854 and Marriages 1809-1856
·         Southwark St George's Fields Chapel: Baptisms 1788-1823 and Marriages 1823-1837
·         St James, Spanish Place, Westminster: Baptisms 1732-1848 and Marriages 1732-1845
·         Standon, Old Hall Green, Herts.: Baptisms 1811-1831, Confirmations 1814-1849 and Marriages 1812-1848
·         Virginia Street Chapel, Wapping: Baptisms 1832-1840

If you would like this CD please click here: Catholic 4

Merchant Taylors

The Merchant Taylors 1520-1929 (36000 entries-Exclusive to Docklands Ancestors!) The index gives the name, date of freedom, method of admission (apprenticeship, patrimony, or redemption), name of master if by apprenticeship, date of election to livery, and 'Remarks'. 

To purchase this CD please click here:  Merchant Taylors

SPECIAL OFFER Compendium CDs 1-5

This is a very special offer price for customers who wish to buy our first five Compendium CDs.
Price if bought separately: 60 x £7.95 = £477
Price of individual Compendium CDs: £49.99 + £39.99 + £39.99 + £39.99 + £49.99 = £219.95
Special Offer price: £149.99

To take advantage of this special discount please click here: 1-5

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs - Compendiums' Department

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CD Department 

East of London FHS Publications Department 

Map Department

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903

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

To buy this really useful map (if you're not sure which parish is next to which and wish to search for neighbouring parishes) then click here: Parishmap (a bargain at £5)

Map of Middlesex 1611 by by John Norden and John Speed

The print shown is a copy of the original and so is in colour, the print we offer you is in black and white. The print measures 46cms x 58cms. 

To buy this map for £4.95 plus p&p please click here: Middlesex

A Balloon View of London 1851


To buy one for £6.95 (that's £1.55 off!) click here: Balloon

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


To buy this (folded) map for the bargain price of £4.50 click here: Devastated London

London and Its Environs 1813


Price: £3.95! To buy this map and for more information please click here

Rocque's 1745 Survey of London


Price: £7.95 To buy this map and for more information please click here

 To view our comprehensive Alan Godfrey maps collection please click here  

Waterman & Parish Register Special Offer Price: £129.93

Book Shop

             My Ancestors were Thames Watermen: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman and Lighterman (by James Legon)


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

London History

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Watermen and Lightermen

East End - History/Archive Photograph Books

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River Thames and Docklands 

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Rare Books

One-Off Books (used, all good condition)

Step By-Step Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors by D.M.Field (£3.50 plus p & p)

The chapels in the Tower of London (The chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula and the Chapel of St.John The Evangelist by The Reverend John F.M.Llewellyn (£3 plus p & p)

These second-hand titles are not on the site so if you would like to buy one please e-mail Yvonne at (first come first served!) and payment is by cheque only.

Interesting Sites


London Lives 1690-1800

London Life in the Eighteenth Century

What was it like to live in the world's first million person city? Crime, poverty, and illness; apprenticeship, work, politics and money; how people voted, lived and died; all this and more can be found on this site.

London Lives makes available, in a fully digitised and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners. This resource includes over 240,000 manuscript and printed pages from eight London archives and is supplemented by fifteen datasets created by other projects. It provides access to historical records containing over 3.35 million name instances. Facilities are provided to allow users to link together records relating to the same individual, and to compile biographies of the best documented individuals.

This is a great site, and well worth having a good look at. Not only is it interesting but I found loads of references to my family in it, once again in the courts!

I've had a few people email me recently asking about street names in Victorian times, as some have either disappeared or changed name. In trying to find answers I came across this site which is a good one to stick in your favourites London  It's also got a variety of other maps, including some of Australia.

Finally here are another couple of sites worth looking at if you've got a spare moment or two:

History of Stratford (an interesting site-especially if you are interested in pubs!)

and which is similar to the map site above and contains a complete listing of all the London streets in 1891

Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is an interesting site in its own right and also has a section on genealogy which is quite informative if you suspect you may have a relative who was a shipwright.

Ramblings from the Council Estate

Ok, where's the bag? If you didn't read last month's newsletter, tut-tut, but also you won't know what I'm talking about! Briefly 'her indoors' bought a nice pink sports bag in preparation for her impending visits to the gym in her noble efforts to get fit. Well, I'm pleased to say I was right! The bag has moved, but not quite as far as the gym, no, it's migrated to the bedroom, just behind the mirror in fact. I suppose this could be construed as progress as her gym kit is in the same room and obviously it took some effort carrying the bag upstairs!

My marathon is now only some six weeks away and I'm grinding out 30 plus miles a week (19 today until I hit the 'wall')-which is just as well 'cause if I didn't I'd definitely be putting on weight, what with all these cakes I've been eating! Oh yes, that reminds me, I've been roped in to this cake making lark now, I'm the official fairy cake icer, and getting quite expert at it, even if I say so myself!

Are any of you teachers, or is it just me? Well, even if you aren't, I'm sure you know that to balance out all the stress of planning, marking, dealing with challenging kids etc etc (none of which I do, although that's not relevant) we get 13 weeks holiday a year, including 6 weeks in the summer. I bet then, that you will understand my shock and disbelief when I learnt last friday that we haven't got six weeks off this summer! No, we've only got five weeks and two days! How am I going to survive without these three days? What I want to know is where have these three days gone...answers on a postcard to....

What am I doing in my less than 6 weeks then? Well apart from icing fairy cakes and running, and writing newsletters I've booked a cottage in Suffolk (a lovely place called Framlingham which has a castle and so disdinguishes it from the town of the same name in Norfolk)  for a week. We're meeting up with mother dear again to spend a week of quality time together before her return to N.Z. It's funny really, 25 years ago I was jetting off to exotic places like N.Z, Hong Kong, China, Macau, Thailand without a second's thought. Then over the last few years we've been crossing the channel to France, and now we're chugging up the A12 to Suffolk. Guess where we're going next year.....I'm pitching a tent on our balcony-no travel costs and a wonderful view of the Geffrye museum!

It's been a month since I gave you that devilish quiz. Did you not bother; have a stab at them, or Google them? Here's a reminder of the questions and the answers.

1) How long did the Hundred  Years War last? 116  years

2) Which country  makes Panama hats?  Ecuador

3) From which animal  do we get cat gut? Sheep and  Horses

4) In which month do  Russians celebrate the October Revolution?  November

5) What is a camel's  hair brush made of? Squirrel fur

6) The Canary Islands  in the Pacific are named after what animal?  Dogs

7) What was King  George VI's first name?  Albert

8) What color is a  purple finch?  Crimson

9) Where are Chinese  gooseberries from?New  Zealand

10) What is the color  of the black box in a commercial airplane?  Orange of course!

Don't ask me where this has come from but I thought I would share a money saving tip with you (unless you know it already of course). How many of you, I wonder, have to phone your bank sometimes, or your insurance broker.....and how often is it an 0845 number, or 0870? Well, next time you do visit this site first and hopefully you'll be making the call for free! The site is Saynoto0870

I also thought you might like to bake a cake, so here's a recipe for cherry and almond cake, one of my favourites! Let me know how you get on!

  • 250g (8oz) butter, softened
  • 250g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 250g (8oz) plain flour
  • A few drops of almond extract
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 200g carton glacé cherries, halved
  • 125g (4oz) ground almonds
  • 4tbsp milk
  • 50g (1¾oz) flaked almonds
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • 20cm (8in) round cake tin, lined with baking parchment
  • Set the oven to 160ºC (320F / gas mark 3). Place an oven shelf just below the centre of the oven, so that the cake will sit in the middle.
  • Beat together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time, along with a spoonful of flour with each egg and beat in the almond extract.
  • Sift the remaining flour and baking powder over the mixture and fold it in, then fold in the cherries, ground almonds and milk.
  • Spoon the mixture into the lined cake tin and level the surface. Sprinkle over the flaked almonds. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 1¼ -1½ hrs or until the cake has risen and is just firm to the touch in the centre.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and leave it to cool in the tin for at least 30 mins. When cool transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Dust the top of cake with icing sugar just before serving.

Ok, I'm worn out after my epic run this morning so that's your lot for another month.

All the best to all of you

Jonathan and the team


-A Passion For Family History-

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