Welcome to the parishregister November newsletter. 'Well what's in store this month?' I hear you ask. Ok, there's two new databases uploaded; St John Wapping x2 and a new CD out, St George in the East 1861-1877.
You'll never guess what, one of you ticked me off after last month's newsletter! I wonder how many of you noticed the apostrophe in 'London and it's Environs' (no don't look now, it's gone!), well obviously it shouldn't have been there, although there are mitigating circumstances; I cut and pasted it from elsewhere (and wasn't paying attention)! Funnily enough he didn't pick me up on the other spelling mistake in my ramblings section which was just a slip of the finger (yes, I only type with one finger).
Oh yes, finally, I was looking through the St Peter's database, like you do, and was struck by the amount of funny addresses there were; look, see what I mean: River near Dover, Atlas Chemical Works, Next door to Waterman's Arms, Hooper's Telegraph Works, Foundling Child (a pub?), Rajah of Cochin (a restaurant?), Pride of the Isle (another pub?), Regent's dry dock (seven children born in that), and Canal Ironworks!
Ok, enough rambling, that comes at the end!
St John Wapping 1734-1780 8180 entries
St John Wapping 1665-1707 7410 entries
I've just had a look at all the databases and just noticed that this is the oldest set of records we (or rather Jim) has transcribed to date. The two are interesting databases with lots of little gems, like for instance a child christened George Chicken! Also, in the addresses there are entries like 'At Mr Norris's' or 'The head of Red Maid Lane' or the 'Top of Artichoke Lane', and there is the odd sad entry in the notes saying a child was found in the street. Another interesting fact is it appears that some children were baptised before they were born! I thought Jim had made quite a few mistakes until he e-mailed back explaining that they were using the old calendar. If, like me, you are ignorant in this, then for a concise explanation click here: old calendar
Looking through various CDs I've noticed how easy it can be to miss out on finding a relative, let me explain. I've noticed that the person who records the baptism (what are their official name?) often spells a family's surname differently on different occasions, but I can tell that they are in fact children of the same mother and father because the address, occupation and mother and father are the same. However, when you put the surname in the search box it only gives you results for that exact name. It would make sense therefore, to buy the CD rather than carry out multiple searches using near variants on a surname.
St George in the East 1861-1877 6384 entries
St Dunstan Stepney 1837-1848 8679 entries
To search the site click here
Merchant Taylors 1530-1928 - to search click here Merchant Taylors
Fancy finding out more about the Merchant Taylors, then click here Merchanttaylors.net
Volume 64 Christ Church Spitalfields 1729-1763 9734 entries
To buy this CD please click here Vol 64
Volume 65 Christ Church Spitalfields 1763-1795 9747 entries
To buy this CD please click here Vol 65
Volume 66 St George in the East 1861-1877 6384 entries
To buy this CD please click here vol 66
Volume 67 St Dunstan Stepney 1837-1848
Keep your eye out for news of compendium 6 in next month's December newsletter!
St Matthew Bethnal Green 1799-1819
St Mary Stratford 1771-1813, 1813-1831
St George in the East 1877-1893
All Saints Poplar 1789-1805
More about St John Wapping:
WAPPING (St. John the Evangelist), a parish, adjoining the city of London on the east, in the union of Stepney, Tower division of the hundred of Ossulstone, county of Middlesex; containing 4108 inhabitants. This place, originally overflowed by the Thames, was recovered from inundation, and denominated Wapping Wash, in the time of Queen Elizabeth, under whose auspices it was inclosed and defended by walls. In the early part of the reign of Charles II. it comprised one street, which extended from within a quarter of a mile of the Tower, along the Thames, to the entrance of the present St. Katherine's Docks. In the reign of William and Mary it was made a parish, by act of parliament. About the end of the last century, upwards of 60 houses and other buildings were destroyed by fire, and several lives lost, from the explosion of some barrels of gunpowder; the damage sustained on which occasion was estimated at more than £200,000. The parish consists of several streets, paved, and lighted with gas; the main street has been widened in several places within the last few years, and the inhabitants are well supplied with water. The business transacted is chiefly of a maritime and commercial character, and the construction of the London Docks has materially contributed to its growth. The living is a rectory not in charge; net income, £258; patrons, the Principal and Fellows of Brasenose College, Oxford. The church contains a very fine monument by Roubilliac. There is a place of worship for Roman Catholics. A free school was established by subscription, in 1704; and in 1822, its funds were augmented by a bequest of £5000 from Samuel Troutbeck, of Madras, Esq. Thomas Dilworth, author of the spellingbook, and a system of arithmetic, was master of the school. On the abdication of James II., the notorious Judge Jeffreys, who had fled in order to escape the probable effects of popular rage, assumed the disguise of a sailor, and concealed himself for a short time in an obscure part of Wapping, but was at last discovered and committed to the Tower, where he died in a few days.
From: 'Walwick - Wapping', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 457-461. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51375
Other selected products
Thames & River Medway Series
Vol 79 St Paul Deptford,1895-1910 Baptism and Marriage
To purchase this CD please click here
SS. Mary and Joseph, Poplar Roman Catholic Chapel.
Marriages and Baptisms 1818 - 1856
To buy this CD please click here: Catholic1
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 22,000 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
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
Watermen & Lightermen
My Ancestor Worked On The River Thames by Rob Cottrell. A guide
to help you find where they worked.
The CD covers both sides of the Thames and gives details of nearly every
wharf, creek, river buoys, watermens stairs, riverside taverns etc, plus
history and interesting facts.
Price: £9.95 To purchase this (Christmas present?) please click here: MyAncestors
Watermen in the Navy c1803-1809 and Watermen Killed in Action, or Invalided from the Service c1803-1809
This is a transcription by James from the Company of Watermen and Lightermen archives, kept at the Guildhall Library. The original was compiled in the early 19th century during the Napoleonic Wars. This was a time when many Watermen were Impressed into the Navy.
Watermen in the Navy lists the surname and forenames of some 525 Watermen, together with both the name of the ship they were serving in and how many guns it had. Additional notation sometimes included such details as their rank or the date they arrived on the ship.
Included also is an index to the ships. These provide a fascinating insight into the Fleet as a whole during the time of Nelson’s Navy.
It lists 233 ships, including 85 ships of the line. Some of these served at the Battle of Trafalgar. 7 of the Watermen in the Navy actually served on HMS Victory. Was your Ancestor one of them?
A typical entry reads as follows:
Hinkley,William, HMS Zealand, 64 guns, July 1808 Impressed at Gravesend and sent onboard.
Watermen Killed in Action, or Invalided from Service covers the same period and the original was compiled by the same clerk. It lists the details of 105 Watermen who were either killed in service, discharged invalided or held in prison in France.
A typical entry reads as follows:
Rogers, John killed 3rd February 1805 onboard HMS Foudroyant.
CD_ROM, in Adobe Acrobat format.
Published by Docklands Ancestors Ltd.
Price: £5.95 To purchase this little gem please click here: Navy
Devastated London - The Bombed City As Seen From A Barrage Balloon
To buy this (folded) map click here: Devastated London
Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903
Price: £5.00 To buy this map please click here
London and Its Environs 1813
Price: £3.95 To buy this map please click here
Rocque's 1745 Survey of London
Price: £7.95 To buy this map please click here
To view our comprehensive Alan Godfrey maps collection please click here
Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs (66 CDs now to choose from)
Docklands Ancestors Parish Register CDs - Compendiums
Special offer! Compedium 1, which is actually 20 volumes (1-20) is now on sale for an incredible £39.99, that's £10 off the original bargain price, and is equivalent to just £2 for each CD!
To snap up this bargain click here Comp1
St George in the East Parish Registers Part I 1729-1826
Southwark Parish Registers
Isle of Dogs Parish Registers
Limehouse Parish Registers
Stepney Parish Registers
Wapping Parish Registers
Docklands Ancestors Compendium CD2: Vols 21-30
Docklands Ancestors Compendium CD3: Vols 31-40
Docklands Ancestors Compendium CD4: Vols 41-50
Compendium CDs 1-4