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Henry Mantell
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Earliest Farnborough Kent parish registers
The earliest entries for the parish of Farnborough are in fact found in the mother Church of Saint Martin of Tours at Chelsfield. This church which was separated from the village in the twentieth century served a very large area and Farnborough was original...
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Farnborough Kent Composite Register 1749-1812
My email correspondents have recently queried why their Downe ancestor was not buried in the churchyard at Downe;invariably my answer has included burials in nearby parishes and recent answers were found in the Churchyard at Farnborough. This lead me to the...
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Lieutenant Geoffrey Saxton White VC
Occasionally in my emails I receive thanks for some transcript entries made in recent years and published online at Kent Online Parish Clerks. Recently enquiries were made and research undertaken in order to establish a memorial plaque to Lieutenant White a...
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Cudham Kent Baptisms and Burials Composite register 1763-1800
Over the years as Downe Online Parish Clerks I have had regularcontact from frustrated searchers trying to locate entries in Cudham the adjacent parish to Downe. I soon encountered the anarchy of the preserved record prior to 1800. I have spent a good deal ...
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Christmas Day in the Bromley Union Workhouse
"And it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that truly be said of us,and all of us." -Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Any consideration of Christmas Day in the Workhouse of Bromley ...
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Charles William Gedney Part II Poor Law Guardian
Gedney was as I described in part I of this blog a pungent and outspoken critic of the decision by Bromley Union's Poor Law Guardians to exclude journalists from Board meetings held at the Union Workhouse. This coupled with criticism of the diet offered to ...
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Charles William Gedney:Part I Journalist and Author
Charles William Gedney was born at Aldwick Sussex and educated a private school. At the age of 14 he became a naval cadet and served with distinction as a Midshipman under the captaincy of  Captain William Peel V C  aboard HMS  Shannon 1855  when he formed ...
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The Bromley Mystery of an Abandoned Baby
The human condition changes little no matter which  century and abandoning children has an inherent mystery. As I have researched the population of children boarded out from the Bromley Kent Poor Law Union from 1885 onwards there is only one child whose nam...
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Miss Isabella Frances Akers of Warren Wood Hayes
The Church of Saint Mary The Virgin Hayes contains a black and white marble pavement in the sanctuary and an oak rail in memory of Mrs Frances Whitmore and her daughter Isabella. The work was donated by Aretas Akers Douglas and his sister Mrs Eleanor Mary N...
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Guidance on choice of Foster Home in the 1890's
The Bromley Poor Law Union handbook for Lady Visitors in 1894 see  previous blog  contains both national guidance and local Union guidance of choice of foster home. Article 4 of the Local Government Board guidance specifies that "not more than two children ...
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