Some Oddities of London

Here are a few strange things you may or may not know about London, from a 1951 Guide Book that I have. I have added some extra info in Pink for you……. The statue of George IV in Trafalgar Square shows the king without boots or spurs, riding […]

The Tragic Tale of Martha Brown

When we went away to Cornwall recently we stopped to do a bit shopping in Devon, and had a mouch around a couple of Charity shops, where in one I picked up another book by Nicola Thorne, I had just finished reading ‘Daughters of the House’ and this […]

London Tells Her Story. Part 3.

Part 3…. this is the last part of the last Chapter in Book, hope you have enjoyed it…. The London County Council thus created had a distinguished first chairman, the Earl of Rosebery. Later he became Prime Minister, and the English public, always liking a sporting politician, shouted […]

London Tells Her Story. Part 2.

Thought I would leave you with Part 2…. before we go off in the Motorhome for a couple weeks to Cornwall to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, Part 3 when we come back………………. Continued……………………. Yet it is little more than a century since the chief roads into London […]

London Tells Her Story 1837-1937

Part One…I came across this lovely book at a Car Boot sale (where else?)   ‘London Tells Her Story’ by Walter G. Bell. This book was first published in October 1938…… whatever would Walter think of London now I wonder? The last chapter in the Book is titled […]

Purley..My Early Years

Purley Was A Wonderful Place to Grow up I have been thinking about writing a Blog telling & showing you something of  Purley, Berkshire (now known as Purley on Thames) for quite a while now, since chatting to @old postcards on Twitter about it. So here goes…This is […]

The Chiddicks Family Tree

Every Family has a story to tell..........Welcome to mine

Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal

a journal about my experiences becoming a certified genealogist

Somerset & Dorset Family History Society

The SDFHS helps people, wherever they live, to research their family history and to help add local context and connections to the basic information they may already have found. Website:

Beaminster Museum

Our visitor information site

the rescued photo

discovering the story it tells


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