West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 30 (2012)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in all four journals of 2012. The complete journals are also available to be viewed online or downloaded:

An Index covering the whole year is also available for view or download.

Littleton - Yvonne Woodbridge and Pat Johnston
An account of the parish of Littleton, updated from the original publication in the journal in September 1990.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(1) 6-9 (March 2012)

Black Jack's Tomb - Linda Lingham Taylor
The story of Francis Jack Needham, Earl of Kilmorey and his links with Twickenham in the 19th century.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(1) 10-12 (March 2012)

Coincidences and Kindnesses - Janice Kershaw
Some examples of family history connections made as a result of coincidences and kindnesses.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(1) 13 (March 2012)

Creative Writing - Valerie Walker
Following our Creative Writing meeting in October, Valerie tells a tale of her ancestor, Dorcas Walker (1823-1904).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(1) 14-16 (March 2012)

Fire at Mrs Elizabeth Turner's House at Sunbury, August 1724 - John Seaman
A short account of a case of arson in early 18th century Sunbury and the trial and execution of Julian, a servant of Mrs Turner.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(1) 17 (March 2012)

The Journal - Bridget Purr
A look back by the present editor on over 33 years of the Society's journal.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(1) 18-19 (March 2012)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Jane Moss of Creative Writers (October); Colin Chapman on Sin, Sex and Probate: Ecclesiatical Records (November); The Christmas Social, featuring Questors Theatre of Ealing (December).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(1) 20-23 (March 2012)

Paul Pry and Bo-Peep in Hayes, c. 1840 - Wendy Mott
Following the item in the June 2011 journal, some further extracts from the writings of Paul Pry and Bo-Peep, from the Hayes press, circa 1840.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(1) 24 (March 2012)

War Memorial, World War II, Ealing Town Hall
A listing of names from the war memorial at Ealing Town Hall.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(1) 26 (March 2012)

Hillingdon - Mavis Sibley
An account of the parish of Hillingdon, which originally appeared in the journal in December 1985.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(2) 4-8 (June 2012)

William Britton of Staines - Elizabeth Lindsay Britton
An account of John Britton of Henrico County, Virginia in the late 17th century and a evidence of a possible link with William Britton of Staines (PCC 1667).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(2) 9-14 (June 2012)

George Frederick Ashby, A Victorian Entrepreneur, 1828-1912. Part 1 - The Carpenter - Deirdre Marrable
The early life and family of George Frederick Ashby, carpenter, of St Luke, Chelsea.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(2) 15-17 (June 2012)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Steve Randall on The Ordnance Survey (January); Bill Dudman on Music That Found Me (February); Richard Harvey on Guild and Livery Companies (March).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(2) 23-30 (June 2012)

West London Local History Conference - Yvonne Masson
Notes from the 2012 conference, entitled Home Sweet Home: Suburban Housing in West London, with summaries of the main presentations.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(2) 31-33 (June 2012)

George Frederick Ashby, a Victorian Entrepeneur, 1828-1912. Part 2 - The Photographer and Electrical Engineer - Deirdre Marrable
A continuation of George Frederick Ashby's life, in which he makes his living as a photographer and as an electrical engineer.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(3) 4-9 (September 2012)

Solved - At last! - Mavis Sibley
Mavis describes her search for her BONNET ancestry which turns out to be a German descent.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(3) 10-12 (September 2012)

How long is long enough? - Eileen Prince
Eileen describes how she had a gravestone erected for her grandfather 104 years after he died.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(3) 13 (September 2012)

Bushy Park - Bridget Purr
An illustrated history of the events and buildings located in Bushy Park, Teddington.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(3) 14-19 (September 2012)

Don't believe all you read in the Censuses! - Margaret Watson
Margaret tells of several cases where her ancestors were economical with the truth when providing data for the censuses.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(3) 20-23 (September 2012)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes on the talks given at three recent meetings: Marie Alderman on Reading Old Handwriting (April); Stefan Dickers on The Adventures of the London Co-opoerative Society (May); Diane Clements on Freemasonry and Family History (June).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(3) 24-29 (September 2012)

A fatal barge accident near Hampton Court, November 1790 - John Seaman
John recalls the story of an accident on the River Thames on 24th November 1790.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(3) 31 (September 2012)

The Few who reached for the sky - Kevin Rookledge
2012 is the centenary year for the Royal Flying Corps. Kevin describes where some of the records of this organisation and the RAF can be found.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(3) 32 (September 2012)

Up my street - Glynice Smith
Glynice provides a nostalgic recollection of Church Road in Ashford in the 1950s to 1970s.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(4) 4-5 (December 2012)

D. Christopher Thomas Watts - Obituary
An obituary for Dr. Watts, founder member of the Society and our first Vice Chairman.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(4) 6-7 (December 2012)

A lost generation at Hounslow Gunpowder Mills - Chris Hern
An account of events, including several fatal accidents, which occurred at the Gunpowder Mills on the River Crane.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(4) 8-12 (December 2012)

The life of John Brazebridge - Janet Hobbs
An account of the colourful life and marriages of John Brazebridge 1816 - 1888.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(4) 13-15 (December 2012)

Found - Hiding in my Family History - Margaret Watson
Margaret finds a murderer and a dangerous driver in her mother's family history, and a Nobel prize winner in her father's.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(4) 16-18 (December 2012)

Lendy, a Sunbury family, Part 4 - John Seaman
John continues his family history describing the travels and military exploits of Edward Augustus William Lendy (1868 - 1894).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(4) 18-20 (December 2012)

Paul Pry and Bo-Peep in Hayes, c. 1840 - Wendy Mott
Wendy passes on a colourful account of living it up taken from the Hayes press of the 19th century.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(4) 21 (December 2012)

The 20 year rule - The editor
Bridget passes on FFHS advice that many government records currently on a 30 year release policy will from 2013 be released after 20 years.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(4) 23 (December 2012)

Monthly Talks - Yvonne Masson
Notes on the talks given at two recent meetings, and the July street party: The July meeting took the form of a street party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee; Ken Duval on Firemen's Records (August); Gordon Barnett on From Portugal and Jamaica to Staines and Farnham: living with horticulture in the family (September).
West Middlesex FHS Journal 30(4) 24-27 (December 2012)




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