Martha Brown Hanging 160 years on

On this date 160 years ago at just a few minutes after 8am Elizabeth Martha Brown was hanged at the entrance to Dorchester Gaol…. I wrote this blog back in 2011, after a book I had just read about Martha Brown, by Nicola Thorne (Rosemary Ellerback) Martha was the last woman to be publicly hanged…

William Richmond Dickens and Family

I found this lovely Wedding photo recently, and tucked inside was a local Christchurch newspaper clipping about the marriage..What luck !Have found the marriage in the records… 1) William R Dickens to Margaret N E Morgan in December 1955 at Christchurch Priory, a beautiful place to get married….We used to live fairly close by and…

Edward Symonds and Family

UPDATE. 31 Jan 2020. This beautiful photo is now on its way back to family in New South Wales, Australia. Bridport is a lovely market town not far from us, and about a mile from West Bay in Dorset. They have markets there in the streets on a Wednesday and Saturday, and apart from selling…

Dame Flora MacLeod, Clan MacLeod,Dunvegan Castle

I’m just getting back into scanning my four piles of old photos waiting on my desk, after being away touring in our Motorhome, mainly around Yorkshire. As I’m scanning as always I’m looking out for any names or writing of any kind to research. Then these two pictures came to the top of the pile…

William Henry EAGLAND and family

This amazing and wonderful old photo we found just after moving to Beaminster, in a fabulous old antique shop down near the coast, it was mostly full of ‘junk’ but I love places like that, lots of dirt and dust, stuff all piled up, such a treasure trove !! You just never know what you’ll…

George Henry Chubb and Family plus the Rice Family

We have just recently moved from Shaftesbury to Beaminster, still in Dorset, but down nearer to the coast. Moving gives us the opportunity to explore different places locally, and of course different car boot sales and fairs.This old photo is a very recent find, the lady had the picture in a very nice silver frame. So I…

John Anthony Mackrell Birth Certificate 1923

Not an old photo this time, but a Birth Certificate…Can you help ?? When we went to a local car boot sale over May Bank Holiday, I came across this Birth Certificate. I am assuming it was thrown out with everything else as a house clearance after someone had passed away. But I couldn’t just…

UPDATE on Frances Phillip Bedingfeld

UPDATE 2nd June 2016 A few weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely chap called Mark from Burke’s Peerage, he had spotted my blog about Francis Phillip Bedingfeld and knew the descendants.  Link here to Burke’s Peerage website   http://www.burkespeerage.com/  So after several emails back and forth, and direct correspondence with Sir Alastair, this…

Fanny Elizabeth Davis.Some Old Photos

Here’s four old Postcard photos that I bought together from a seller at the Bath and West Showground Fleamarket earlier this year. Its lovely when I find a name written on the back…….But there are a few possibilities for this lady, nothing conclusive as yet ! What a fabulous photo this is….!!! Front view 1 Back…

My Charles Dickens Victorian Album

I thought you may like to see an addition to my collection of old photos and Albums…. This is such a fabulously decorated Leather Victorian Album, and one of the few that I have bought privately, and not found at a Car Boot sale !! I just had to have it !It looks very plain…

Julian Strode, an Articled Clerk and Articles of Clerkship

Just back from a good ten days away, wandering along the south coast in Motorhome, and found rather a lot of fantastic ‪#OldPhotos‬ from various sources, Ford Car boot, fleamarkets and various antique arcades with kind sellers who let me buy odd pics from their job lots, for great prices, plus even one Victorian Album…

William Kemble (Policeman) and family

These named old photos were among a box of cabinet cards and CDV’s all from one seller. He said they had come from different sources and what he had had left, he just put in this box. My husband done his usual haggling and we got the whole lot for a great price! Over 80…

The Yule Log

With just a couple of days to go before Christmas, I thought it would be nice to show you again this post (wrote in 2011) about a lovely little book I found titled “The Yule Log”.  It was sold by H and C Treacher, Booksellers and Stationers,  The Royal Library, Brighton. The Book is in…