Parish Register Newsletter: August 2014

Welcome everyone to the August parishregister newsletter! This month we've got another excellent baptism CD for you, volume 105 St Dunstan Stepney 1719-1725 more bargains on compendium CDs and lots of discounts on our books. Also there's all the usuals including me getting lost up in Sheffield in my ramblings!
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This month's new CD is:

Volume 105 St Dunstan baptism register, Stepney 1719-1725 10053 entries

Last month's new CDs were:

Vol 104 St Mary Whitechapel 1635-1665 9154 entries

Volume 97 St Alphege, Greenwich 1837-1851 Baptism, Marriage and Burials(including all pages missed in error when microfilmed)

This Month's Special Offers!!!!

My first special offer is on our first 5 compendium CDs which you can now pick up for just £100!!!! This works out at just £20 per compendium!!! To take advantage of this tremendous offer please click here  To see the baptism records on these first 5 compendiums click here

Also this month I'm offering two of our other compendium CDs at £20 below the normal price which is £49.99, so now they are only £29.99!
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The parishes included are; 
vol 61 St Anne Limehouse 1854-1877
vol 62 St Dunstan Stepney 1835-1837 
vol 63 St Mary Whitechapel 1774-1792 
vol 64 Christ Church, Spitalfield 1729-1763
vol 65 Christ Church Spitalfield 1763-1795 
vol 66 St George in the East 1861-1877 
vol 67 St Dunstan Stepney 1837-1848 
vol 68 St George in the East 1848-1861 
vol 69 St John Wapping 1665-1707
Vol 70 St John Wapping 1734-1780

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The Parishes included are:
Vol 71 St Mary, Stratford 1771-1813
Vol 72 St Mary, Stratford 1813-1831
Vol 73 St John, Wapping 1618-1665
Vol 74 St John, Wapping 1707-1734
Vol 75 St Dunstan,Stepney 1568-1608
Vol 76 St Dunstan,Stepney 1608-1628
Vol 77 St Matthew, Bethnal Green 1799-1819
Vol 78 St Dunstan,Stepney 1629-1641
Vol 79 St Anthony, Globe Road, Stepney 1879-1903
Vol 80 St Dunstan,Stepney 1641-1652

To search the marriage records click here: Marriages 

To search all our baptism records click hereGood luck! 

Take a look at our exclusive prints of Thames Watermen! These are excellent value at only £6 each and would look great in any room (with a nice frame) or would make an excellent present for those of you with waterman or lighterman friends!

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
A 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

General Register Office The GRO has records of every birth, marriage and death registered in England and Wales starting from July 1837

BBC family history For those of you new to family history this is worth a read!

Federation of Family History Societies

Watermen and Lightermen Section: selected CDs


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. 

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

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.
Hardback, published jointly with London Metropolitan Archives. Publication no 164 (2005) By London Topographical Society

WE HAVE ONLY GOT  1 IN STOCK, it is extremely rare, and can only continue to go up in value!



East End Murders:From Jack the Ripper to Ronnie Kray By Neil Storey. THIS BOOK IS NOW HALF PRICE AT LESS THAN £5!
True Crime History
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Tales of London's Docklands by Henry Bradford ALSO ONLY £4.99!!!!

"Tales of London's Docklands" is an anthology of true stories, drawn from Henry Bradford's personal experience as a Registered Docker in the Port of London - when traffic through the docks was at its peak

Voices of Stepney By DEE GORDON ALSO ONLY £4.99!!!!!

The book is the unique and fascinating result of many conversations with people who lived and worked in Stepney during 1950 and 1960. Vivid memories are recounted- focusing particularly on social change there is also memories of Stepney Green, the Royal London hospital, cable Street and Brick Lane.

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All of the following books are now ONLY £9.99!

Canning Town Voices (Chalford Oral History S.)by Howard Bloch

Newham Dockland (Images of England S.) by Howard Bloch.
A fascinating collection of 200 images, this book reveals a vanished world,which few people knew.

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

Spitalfields People Talk About The Evacuation

"Where's Your Horns?" Spitalfields People Talk About The Evacuation.

A Bethnal Green Memoir:Recollections of life in the 1930-1950

Memories of growing up in the East End between the wars by Derek Houghton

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.

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

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

Last month I started by telling you about my ear, which thankfully is still fully functional, possibly because I put ear plugs in them whenever I swim. Since the last newsletter I've had an operation on my conk, a septorhinoplasty in actual fact. The kind surgeon bashed it about a bit with his hammer and chisel to straighten it as it was 'deviated' a bit, then magiced up some cartilage from somewhere and inserted that on both sides, so now I'll be able to breathe properly!
Before said operation Her Indoors and I spent some time in Norfolk, then Sheffield. A good time was had at both venues, and one noteworthy 'incident' happened in the steel city, or just outside of it actually. Her Indoors very kindly offered to babysit while me and little brother Will paid a visit to a local hostelry, but rather than sup a few beers little bro instead preferred to go rock climbing, something I haven't done for quite some time. However, always up for a challenge, I didn't object. We drove a few miles out of Sheffield and after a while we turned left, driving alongside a reservoir and into a car park. A sign stated it would be closed at 7.30. Considering it was about that time already Will seemed remarkably confident that we would still be able to retrieve the car after our climb! We met up with a friend of Wills, then the three of us, plus Monty the dog, set off. After walking back along the reservoir we entered a wooded area and followed a path up, up and away. I was chatting away with Will's mate and basically took no notice of where we were going! Eventually we arrived at the rock face which was pretty scary, and I wasn't amused by the countless midges that seemed attracted to my now sweaty head! Once little bro had made it to the top it was my turn, GULP! Follow every bit of advice given I slowly but surely 'climbed' to the top, and was rewarded with a beautiful view and a feeling of euphoria! So far so what could go wrong now? Well, because of the car park worries, Will suggested I go ahead and check it was still open....'just follow the path' he know, the one I didn't pay any attention to! Not wishing to look a div, I set off down the path which very soon divided into two...which was left or right? I took right I think, which ever one I chose was the wrong 'un. I then came to a path that went left to right, not down. This time I turned left, then changed my mind, then retraced my steps, then I was totally lost! I shouted (no panic in my voice of course!) out to Will that I was lost; he simply shouted out 'OK'. I could hear cars in the distance so I decided to head for them. Unfortunately this involved going off the path and through thick bracken! The bracken got thicker and thicker and thicker, then I shouted out to Will again, but this time no answer! To make things worse it was now getting dark and I didn't have a torch! I had no choice but to keep going through the now thicker and taller bracken! At this point I must admit to being slightly worried...wouldn't you??? Eventually I managed to stumble into the road, and once again faced with a tricky choice, left or right! Once again, I chose the wrong 'un! After about a mile nothing looked familiar and there was no reservoir in sight and now it was just about dark! This time I ran back along the road to where I had emerged onto the road and back the other way. Much to my relief round the next corner I spotted the road to the car park, and Will and his mate had just about got to the car park, which much to everyone's relief was mercifully unlocked!

If you're like me and love nuts and Sultanas you'll love this (it didn't take me long to scoff this one!)
Walnut and Sultana Spice Cake

And here to see some great clips of animals and babies getting on!

Jno and the gang!  


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