Parish Register Newsletter: October 2010

A hearty welcome to the parishregister  October newsletter. It's that void, nothingy period, between the heady heights of the summer holidays and the excitement of Christmas, wistfully wishing for the warmth we've just lost, but still being grateful that we're not trudging through ice and snow desperately trying to get to work without succumbing to frostbite; slight exaggeration I know, but I suddenly came over all poetic! OK, so this month what have I in store for you? Well, we've another CD out, volume 75 St Dunstan Stepney 1568-1608 and two new databases just uploaded, just cast your eyes down a bit and you'll see them! Also, check out the book section for a special offer! 

Searchable Databases

Last month: St Dunstan Stepney 1641-1652 10045 entries  

This month: St Dunstan Stepney 1652-1656 4797 entries  

                 St Anthony Globe Road Stepney 1879-1903 2886 entries (Whilst looking through this database I noticed few amusing entries. For example under first names I found Minnie, Job and Ettie, under surnames I found Uncle and Husband, under occupations I found a private detective and a bladder maker, and one husband and wife going by the name of Toseland waited until they had eight children before taking them all to the church to be baptised, and finally in the notes I found two odd comments; one simply said 'nil' and another said 'lady day'?

Anyway, to search these databases, or any other then click here: search 

St Anthony is a new one to me, so I thought I'd find a bit more out about it:

The church stood in the borough of Bethnal Green, but was part of the rural deanary of Stepney, which explains why I wa slightly confused at one stage, thinking there was one in Bethnal Green and one in Stepney. The church was funded by the sale of the building and site of All Hallows Staining in the City of London. The church was designed by Ewan Christian and consecrated in July 1879, which is obviously when our transcription started. A small parish was created in 1859 which was united with St Simon Zealotes in 1836, but demolished shortly after in 1937. 

New CD 

Last month:

Volume 74 St John Wapping 1707-1734 

To buy this CD please click here: Vol 74

This month:

Volume 75 St Dunstan Stepney 1568-1608 (8104 entries) 

To buy this CD please click here: Vol 75

To browse our other single CDs please click here: single CDs

If you think you may have a relative who was a merchant Taylor then don't forget to search our 36000 entry database (you've nothing to lose!)

Now In Transcription

St George in the East 1877-1893

Christchurch Spitalfields 1843-1865  

St Andrew Bethnal Green 1843-1875

St George in the East 1893-1904

St Dunstan Stepney 1656 onwards (it seems to be going on and on and on......!!!!)

Other selected products

East of London Family History Society

Tower Hamlets Rate Books (Vol 1)- Disc 1  1725-1875

To buy this product please click here: Ratevol1

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

To find out more about this CD or buy it please click here: THB

St Andrews

Burials & M.I. St. Andrews Church, Hornchurch. 1576-2000
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)

Please 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 but here's my selected CDs of interest in this department:

1648 Petition of Watermen for the King.

1648 petition.jpg

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.

Transcribed by James Legon. Published by Docklands Ancestors Ltd

or how about this:

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.

The entries were extracted from the Apprenticeship Bindings Indexes that cover the same time period.A typical entry reads as follows:
(Whom I happen to know was his mother).

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

If you would like more details about this CD or you would like to buy it 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

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs - Compendiums' Department

Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CD Department 

East of London FHS Publications Department 

'Thames & River Medway Series - Compilation CDs'

'Thames & River Medway Series - Single Parish CDs' Rob's now transcribed 85 of these!

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

Black and white 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 London

Rocque's 1745 Survey of London


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

To view our comprehensive Alan Godfrey maps collection please Alangodfrey  (still only £2.25)

Waterman & Parish Register Special Offer Price: £129.93

Book Shop

Book of the month:

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.

We're bringing you this limited run edition for the unrivaled price of £10.95 plus p & p so if you want one you'd better be quick!

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.

THis book is usually £12.99 but for this month only it's £7.99! If you want it please click here: C of L

Also back in stock is:

 Bethnal Green (Archive Photographs: Images of London) 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.

The images chronicle eras of hardship and extremity like that of the Second World War, and times of peace and prosperity. Altogether they combine to create a very special record of an area that has experienced a great change over the years, yet has always retained its famous character.

Bethnal Green provides a valuable account for the long-time resident, and brings the history of the area and its people alive for the interested newcomer.

Competitively priced at £12.99 don't miss out, click here if you want it! BG

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

London History

Watermen and Lightermen including my brother's excellent book:

My Ancestors were Thames Watermen: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman and Lighterman Ancestors, by James Legon. Foreword by Rob Cottrell.

East End - History/Archive Photograph Books

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


In case you missed them, here are the sites I've found the last few month:

The marriage registers of St. Dunstan's Stepney, in the County of Middlesex (1898)







AUSNZ Passenger lists

This month, on my trawls through the cyberworld I've come across this bevvy of beauties:

Localising you ancestor This article is on BBC Family History. If you are an expert in genealogy then this isn't for you! For the beginner, however, it is worth a read; after a brief introduction it has sections which include where to look for records, marriages, wills, migration and crafts and trades.

Royall Family and East London History

East London Churches with dates of consecration, including the churches of Bethnal Green, Poplar, and Stepney. There's also a list of the churches in Poplar and Stepney blitzed during the war. There's also an interesting page on the origins of street names in the east end, another fascinating article on St Katharine's by the Tower, and another on St George in the East.

Not even Hitler could prevent this church from rising from the ashes an article by John Rennie on St Matthew Bethnal Green and the night it was bombed during the blitz, and which explains why its rood figures are now 'up the road' in St John's church.   


This is a permanent web-accessible database of descriptions of the archives and manuscript collections of more than one hundred of London's higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and City livery companies. The website has been fully available since 2002. New partner institutions and records are added regularly with the objective of London-wide coverage of all the capital's archive holdings.

Have you ever wondered what a Commissioners church is, or a Waterloo church, or a Million Act church, or perhaps you've never heard of them. Well in my search for information on St Anthony's I came across the list of Commissioners churches, which are churches built with money voted by Parliament as a result of the Church Building Act 1818. I found this on Wikipedia    


Ramblings from the Council Estate

Up until the start of this week everything has been pretty quiet and unmemorable. Then, just as I'm getting to think there will be little of note for my Ramble something out of the ordinary pops up. What could it be, I can almost you collectively say, well, it all started last Thursday around about 1.03 p.m when I tried to buy some loo rolls in Tesco....I got caught short (no, not like that), I hadn't got any cash on me, so I thought I'd use my plastic. In went my PIN number, and nothing happened, so I stuck it in again, and once again, nothing. At this point the cashier gave me a sad look, thinking this old git hasn't got any cash, and not even £1.99 in his bank account. Now, I knew this not to be true, and I also knew that my fading memory could still retain four little numbers in the correct order. With an ever increasing queue building up behind me I tried once more, but in vain! I explained to her that there must be something wrong and made my escape. I headed back to the staffroom and quickly checked my bank account, and much to my relief, it was all there. I assumed there was something wrong with the card and ordered another on-line. The bank was very amenable and the screen said I would receive another in due course. Fast forward 4 days now. It's half term, so just to find an excuse to go for a walk I decided to take some of my pennies in bags to the bank. After 15 minutes I'm there and bingo, there was no queue! I paid in the coins then casually told him that my card wouldn't work in Tescos the other day. He tapped away on his computer and casually replied that there was a block on my card, to which I, still casually, said that it didn't matter as I had ordered another. No you haven't he said, yes I have I said, 'fraid you haven't he replied. I gave up with this game of word tennis and ambled across to the reception desk. I told him about my card and he asked me for some extra ID, which I didn't have. This bothered me and I begin to feel somewhat suspicious, although not sure about what. Then, I had to walk all the way home, and back again with my passport. By this time there was a new person on reception, so I told her all about it for the third time. She took a look at my passport then confirmed that there was a block on my card, and indeed my account. But, would she tell me why, well almost. She asked me whether I had set up a bill payment last Thursday, to which I replied no. She then wouldn't tell me any more than that and casually, they seem to do everything casually in banks, have you noticed, she said that they would write to me 'soon'. To cut a long story short, all the time I was in the bank, or walking backwards and forwards, someone was on the phone to them, pretending to be me, asking them to send thousands of pounds to another account! They did this not once, or twice, but four times! It turns out that the bank were suspicious of someone trying to use my current account, so they put a block on it, but they didn't then think of blocking my other deposit account with far more money in it, and they didn't get suspicious when 'I' phoned up asking for all of my money to be transferred out in lumps! Indeed they transferred the last lot out of my account while I was on the phone to them complaining that someone was taking all of my money! Although I lost a night's sleep thinking about the person who has all of my personal details, I didn't of course lose any money as they refunded it all to me the next day. I am sure they got my details from my computer, so I looked for something to check my computer and found something called prevx3.0 from Sainsburys bank, and lo and behold it found 6 viruses that could have been used to tap into my hard-drive!

As a follow on from this I realised that I have made a mistake by putting my date of birth on Facebook. So, I went in and changed it. As a joke I thought I would put in my year of birth as 2010! Guess what happened? A message came up saying that they noticed I was under the age of 13, I think, and that I should contact the administrator! Der!!! Do they really think that a child less than a year old could be logging on to Facebook, let alone contact the administrator. I then changed the year, and they were happy once again!

Tales from the chalk face (or should I say from the Interactive Whiteboard Face?):

Here's a question for you; what do you do when a child deposits a bogey on his book? I suppose you have a number of options. You could ignore it (pretty difficult as your eyes just keep getting drawn to it and you can't concentrate on teaching the dear little sprog), or you could rip out the page, (a bit dramatic and could scar him for life!) or you could ask the child to remove the offending article. Ok so, let's rewind a bit. I teach children on a one-to-one basis. Once I've input mathematical knowledge into one brain I then ask that child to send another victim to me and so on. Everything was going fine one day, a couple of weeks ago, until this 'incident' happened. I won't tell you his real name, but let's say I sent for 'Jimmy' and he skipped into the room and as he did so I noticed his hand dropping from his nasal region, but thought nothing of it. Then I gave him his book and he opened it and turned to a fresh, new, pristine page and put his hand on it in preparation for the imminent quadratic equation (only joking), then I noticed it, at the exact moment he did, a big bogey, right in the middle of the page! He looked at me, waiting to be instructed as to what to do. In sixteen years of teaching experience I have never come across this situation and was temporarily disabled! Then, once I had composed myself, the above three options occurred to me and opted for none of them! I turned the page, very calmly, and silently, and gently pressed the new page down onto the previous page, and carried on as if nothing had happened! Cool eh?

Oh yes, and last week another child came up with a good question (she happened to be the head teacher's daughter)-one I haven't heard for a while; out of the blue she asked; 'what's your real job?' to which I replied, 'I'm a gardener,' her face lit up and she simply exclaimed , 'Cool!' and off she went!

What's your ideal way of spending a Sunday morning? Well, recently ours has been to rustle up a new recipe together for our lunch. I can't say it's all bliss and harmony, but it's 'quality' time to 'bond' which is what your meant to do nowadays! Here's the last one we made;

Chicken with Tarragon Cream Sauce


For the sauce

Preparation method

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

In a roasting tin, brown the chicken breasts in a little oil. Season both sides, turn skin side up and pour over the honey.

 Roast until cooked through - about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm while you make the sauce.

Pour off any excess fat, add the wine and bring to the boil, scraping to make sure you include any of the juices from the chicken. Reduce until you're left with a couple of tablespoons of richly flavoured liquid.

Add the stock and the sprigs of tarragon, bring to the boil and reduce by a third.

Stir in the cream, bring to the boil and allow to reduce a little before removing the sprig of tarragon and adding the fresh chopped herb.

Adjust the seasoning and serve spooned over the chicken.


I've trawled through Youtube again and found this one which should give you a chuckle! Rollerskating babies!

I'll leave you with this:


Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you

(author unknown)

All the best to all of you!

Jonathan and the team


-A Passion For Family History-

© Docklands Ancestors Ltd.