West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 22 (2004)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in all four journals of 2004. You may select an article and go straight to the right page in the journal, or use the links below to browse the journal from its cover.

If you are looking for specific surnames in articles you should use the facilities provided at the Journal Search page, but for place names or talks given by guest speakers you may find the Journal Index for 2004 helpful.

Forster vs. Forster - 'A Very Melancholy Case' (Part 1) - Richard Chapman
An example where the records from a series of related court actions have been used to reconstruct a tale of marital breakdown from the late eighteenth century. Part 1 describes the background and the first action, in the Court of King's Bench.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(1) 8-14 (March 2004)

Postman's Park - Ted Hawkins
Postman's Park was opened in 1880 and comprises the churchyards of St Leonard's Foster Lane, St Botolph Aldersgate and Christchurch Newgate Street. In 1887, the artist G. F. Watts conceived the idea of celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee by creating a national memorial to heroic men and women. A wall in Postman's Park was thus dedicated to this cause in 1900.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(1) 17-21 (March 2004)

A Place in the Sun - Isobel Watson
Details of a project to index a run of volumes of the Sun Fire Office policy registers at Guildhall Library.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(1) 26-27 (March 2004)

Foster vs. Foster: 'A Very Melancholy Case' (Part 2) - Richard Chapman
Continuing the story of the marriage of John and Mary Forster of Egham.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(2) 21-26 (June 2004)

West London Local History Conference 13 March 2004
Account of the year's conference on the theme of Victorian and Edwardian West London.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(2) 28-32 (June 2004)

Foster vs. Foster: 'A Very Melancholy Case' (Part 3) - Richard Chapman
Conclusion of the story of the marriage of John and Mary Forster of Egham.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(3) 11-17 (September 2004)

Relatives Everywhere - Kathy Brooking
Account of how a colleague from Cookham, Berkshire proved to be a cousin - with connections in Sunbury.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(3) 18-19 (September 2004)

A Case of Embezzlement - Peter Lee
An incident involving the Countess of Huntingdon's charity 175 years ago. The story can be found in the charity's account book held in the London Metropolitan Archives (Piece DRO/123/083).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(3) 21-23 (September 2004)

I'm Glad it's Not Just Me! - Barbara Green
Some discoveries from monumental inscriptions in Heston.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(3) 27-28 (September 2004)

Hampton - Bridget Purr
A history of the parish of Hampton.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(4) 15-21 (December 2004)

Tracing a Merchant Seaman - Yvonne Masson
An account of a talk given by Chris Watts at our September 2004 meeting.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(4) 22-23(December 2004)

All at Sea - Stephen C. Randall
An account of a search for an ancestor born at sea before 1837.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(4) 24-25 (December 2004)

Chronicling the Cants - June Lines
Examples of how much care is needed when interpreting records in the context of information provided from within the family.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 22(4) 26-27 (December 2004)

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 20th December 2018 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. This is our Christmas Meeting. Food and drink will be provided and there will be a quiz.

Next Fair

No decision has yet been made by the committee on fairs scheduled for 2019.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 15th December from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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The Meetings page has been updated.


Digitised journals now go back to 1999, full copy of articles available.


See Baptisms Search. 10,300 baptisms have been added for All Saints, Isleworth 1566-1783.


New image (and tip) of the month.


Committee minutes for September 2018 added to Members Area.


The Memorial Inscriptions for St. Mary with St. Alban, Teddington are added.

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