Parish Register Newsletter: August 2012


A very warm  welcome to the August newsletter of parishregister This month we've uploaded two new databases for you to search, St Matthew baptisms 1746-1790 and St Mary Whitechapel baptisms1558-1590. The St Matthew's database links up with the two databases already on the site 1790-1819 and is once again a very large set of records coming in at over 14000 entries, expertly transcribed by Beryl! The St Mary's database is another extremely old database transcribed, as usual, by Jim, and is in fact, the oldest baptism set of records we have......just imagine if you find a relative here!!! To search these two parishes now, just click here: search 

Well, summer is nearly over...if you can call it a summer! As usual, we had a couple of exotic far flung Norfolk and Sheffield, more of which in my ramblings. Apart from that I've been filling my time with the 3 Rs; reading, running and roaming around the East End on my trusty bicycle trying to discover the 'old East End'. Last week, for instance, I came across two old ships in Tobacco docks.....intrigued? Then find out more by having a look on our Facebook page

Last month my two discounted CDs went down well, so here are another two!

St George in the east Parish Registers Part I 1729-1826

This is a compilation of 7 CDs with approximately 53700 baptism entries, which if bought separately would cost nearly £60, but now it's going not for £29.95, but at an incredible £24.95

To buy this bargain, please click here: St George

Also, St Dunstan Stepney Parish Registers 1568-1730

In total there about 130,000 entries on this one CD. Normally, bought separately this would cost over £100, but for now it's going for £39.99, so this CD represents incredible value!

To buy this bargain, please click here: St Dunstan

To search the marriage records click here: Marriages

To search all our baptism records click hereGood luck!

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

Also, don't forget to visit our facebook page for updates on all our new uploads and products!

This Month 

St Mary Whitechapel Marriages 1647-1690

If you would like to buy this CD please click here: St Mary

Last Month

St Dunstan CD 1689-1697. This is another bumper CD with just over 10000 entries!

If you would like to buy this piece of history please click here: St Dunstan


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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.

To buy this CD please click here: Contracted Men

Now In Transcription


St Mary Whitechapel 1590 onward

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875

St Bartholomew Bethnal Green 1844-1872


Parish Register Shop 



93 single CDs  click here to review them all: singles

compendium CDs  to view the collection please click here: compendiums

Watermen and Lightermen CDs

Apprenticeship Bindings 1688-1692

AdmiraltyMuster1827 list of free watermen  A mini census of watermen diligently transcribed by yours truly!

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

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

Company of Watermen Compilation CD 1

1628 Admiralty Musterof Watermen

1648 Petition of Watermen for the King

To browse our entire collection of Watermen CDs 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. Now with £20 off!

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!

Thomas Doggett Pictur'd by Walter Leon. 

This is a rare first edition 



stmarystjosephCatholic records


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, Stamford 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

middlesex 2

Middlesex 1611 by John Norden and John Speed


dev_lond 2Devastated London Map

london1813 2London and its Environs 1813

rocques 2Rocque's 1745 Survey of London

 Book Shop 

East End Books 

My pick of these books is: 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

River Thames and Docklands

My pick of these books is: Dockland Apprentice by David Carpenter.

With 192 pages and 45 illustrations, Dockland Apprentice provides a fascinating insight into what life was like for an apprentice marine engineer within the London Docks during the 1950s. It was an area considered by most Londoners as mysterious and inaccessible, some parts enclosed and hidden from view by enormous walls and others bordered by marshland. The nearest that most people came was the sight of the ships' funnels and cranes that dominated the skyline as they traveled to work on the train.

The Docks were full of colourful and eccentric characters. Working conditions at the time were very different to today and the author describes both from an intimate knowledge

Research Services

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

Interesting Sites

Exploring East London

Tired of London, Tired of Life

Regent's Canal This is a Wikipedia article on the canal from Little Venice down to Limehouse basin, one of my favourite runs!

Glasnevin trust  Find your Irish Ancestor?

Old Occupation Names

Ramblings from the Estate

You know, I regard organising holidays as a real chore, which is why I can't be bothered with them! Over the last couple of decades the most I've stretched to is booking the ferry to go to France. Now mother has decamped from France to NZ I don't even have to bother with that! So, now our holidays are even closer to home; Norfolk, which comes in at 115 miles, and Sheffield, a mammoth 170 miles! Of course I still have to do some organising; what time to leave, what to pack, have I got enough diesel? But these are quite overcomeable and well within my capabilities. So, there's not a lot to go wrong really, is there?. I think you all know the answer to that one!!!! To be fair, our trip to Sheffield and my nephew, Patrick's, christening all went very well. It was in Norfolk that the fun and games happened. The journey there went without incident, the BBQ was great, as was the trip to Gorlestone, and we had a nice pub meal although when I asked for the bill I was quite shocked to be presented with a demand for £111! I kept my cool, and politely enquired (with only a hint of sarcasm) how a meal for 4, where each dish cost around £10 could possibly come to £111. 'Oooops, you've got the bill for the table next to your's' ,was the explanation, to which I called out to the rest of the room, 'Anyone else want me to pay for your bill? Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, nothing had gone wrong, until....the last morning. At this point, I'd stop reading this if you're about to eat, or have just eaten! The bedroom we stayed in has a very useful toilet attached to it, which is great if you get caught short in the middle of the night. I'm a regular kind of guy, and as usual, first thing in the morning I did a number 2. Then, it was Her Indoor's turn. After that we had breakfast, and I started loading the van with the cases. On my last trip to the bedroom, Her Indoors pointed out that the loo still had some number 2 in the bowl. No problem, I thought, just flush it again. (At this point I need to explain that this loo has a mulcher type thing and a 1 inch pipe through which everything has to pass) unfortunately as soon as I flushed it, the water level in the bowl started rising, and rising and rising, and then it was overflowing, and then it was also coming out of the mulching device, and not only that, it wasn't just water!!!!! It was also, you know what.....need I say it......I don't do I? The smell was shocking, Her Indoors was all in a panic, I shoved my arm down and round the bend, hoping to clear any blockage, but to no avail, the once beautiful bathroom was now a disgusting mess! There was nothing else to do but to call for uncle John and Margaret. When they arrived, you can imagine the scene! By now I had grabbed some towels and was trying to mop up the mess, as more and more of it swept over the floor! John got a plunger and we frantically tried to clear the blockage, plunger in one hand, the other covering our nose! After what seemed an eternity, I had mopped up the mess, and we had cleared the blockage! It turns out that the cause was old age, wear and tear, and they had to replace the mulching unit. 

Have you ever traveled on the tube before? After a hard day's work, it's hardly surprising that some people fall asleep, but this woman obviously thought she was at home! take a look at this sleepy lady, how embarrassing!

Walnut, date and honey cake

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175g softened butter
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • eggs , beaten
  • 2 medium, ripe bananas , about 250g/9oz total weight in their skins
  • 100g stoned dates
  • 50g pack walnut pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3/fan oven 140C. Line the base and long sides of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper, buttering the tin and paper.
  2. Tip the flour, cinnamon, butter, sugar, 2 tablespoons of the honey and the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mash the bananas and chop the dates (kitchen scissors are easiest for this) and add to the bowl. Beat the mixture for 2-3 minutes, using a wooden spoon or hand-held mixer, until well blended.
  3. Spoon into the prepared tin and level the top. Scatter the walnut pieces over. Bake for 1 hour, then lightly press the top - it will feel firm if cooked. If not, bake for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Cool for 15 minutes, then lift out of the tin using the paper. When cold, drizzle the remaining honey over. Cut into thick slices. (from BBC good food)


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