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IN BRITAIN SEPTEMBER -
Finding more new (for us) places,
revisiting interesting old places and
tracking down lots of ancestor
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2009 road trip
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Finally, back to Long Melford in
West Suffolk for a taste of (post) Christmas. This alabaster
bas-relief dates from c1350 - 150 years before the present church -
and was discovered during later work on the nave in the 1700s.
The animals are kept almost out of sight, whilst the midwife plumps
the pillows in this luxury manger and Josph has a special rest for
his sleepy head!
Limpsfield - The Church Choir sings carols
whilst the bookshop offers wine enhanced browsing - Saturday 26
Now, sadly, it's time to start
Back with our recent Durham
photos, a Prince Bishop enjoys the winter sun and looks down on the
Cathedral's crossing from on high.
Whilst this interesting
combination of Asian goddess and innocent Luxuria lives just out of
easy eyeshot range above the choir.
Next phase of recording the
family photo albums - the Northern Irish side of the family (the
Sproules from Fintona, Co Tyrone).
Reunion holiday at Ballymore,
Donegal in August 1935.
What discipline - wearing sola
topees inside a train - whilst my uncle has brought his own loco.
After discovering a "new"
pic in the family photo albums, the Instow (Devon) visit is
rerun here ......
Below is possibly the
only heritage listed signal box around (though there are no
trains any more - they ended in the early 1980s).
my father was posted by the army to Instow (N Devon). Back then
Instow had a station served by a single track railway line.
The signalman used to come to the edge of the little
podium, and hand a large hoop or "key" to the
passing engine driver,
which confirmed that he had the right of way, and that there were no trains travelling in the
I can remember watching these
exchanges, and even had my own "key" (called a
"rat" by me - no idea why) made from used crown
cork and seal beer bottle tops with a hole punched in
the middle, so they could be threaded onto a loop of fencing wire.
Note also the
signal at the back left, which is in the down or go position. In those days horizontal
meant stop and down meant go. Someone twigged
after the first 100 years or so of this convention that down
could also mean cable link broken. So the convention
was changed to up means go.
Trawling through an old photo
album we identify and enlarge our first (little) photo of the whole Burton Family - on
holiday in 1910 in Walton on the Naze (SE Essex).
Cyril (16), Ethel (20 and
Adrian's grandmother), Surgeon Lt Col John Adolphus Burton (56 and just retired from the
Indian Medical Service),
Gem Burton (Middlecoat) (39) and Charlie (21).
Jimmy Fletcher was there as well in the role of Charlie's medical
rather than Ethel's future hubbie.
Mary Middlecoat (Locke)
(Gem's mother and Adrian's Grt Grt Grandmother) 1850 - 1928
appears in the same album visiting
the Burton Family in their house in Upper Norwood (London) in 1912
LINK TO A SPECIAL NEW PAGE
A DAY WITH THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF
13 NOVEMBER 2011 -
and TRIBUTE TO A BRAVE GRANDFATHER
St Peter's Church,
set of 7 Norman couples in the Church of St John the
Baptist, Armytage (Staffordshire)
more athletic approach to sex - capital in St Michael with
St Mary, Melbourne (Derbyshire)
Michele fights a fiery multi-headed dragon in the Norman
font in the Thorpe Arnold parish church of St Mary
also has capitals illustrating a toothy lion, a green man, a
mouth pulling male exhibitionist (below) and an acrobat doing something
More groinworks from Anthony Weir
Brignall Church - at the end of a long and very muddy walk
down into the Greta River valley near Barnard Castle.
There were a mill
and houses here when Robert Procter was Church Warden,
Overseer and Constable in the second half of the 1740s
The Procter men from
Barnard Castle, York and Scarborough
Adrian's 6x grt grandparents
Robert and Ann Procter, living at "Moorside", Staindrop
(possibly a tenant farm belonging to Raby Castle) .
Ann was buried in June 1733 in Staindrop after giving birth
to three or four children including the next Robert Procter.
Robert then married Mary Elizabeth Calvert in
Staindrop in February 1734 and started a new family.
It seems they moved to Old Brignall (above) in the early
1740s, and Robert was Overseer, Constable and Church Warden in
the 1740s. No burial records (yet) - possibly Old
Brignall though we did not find the Procter name on any of
the dozen or so grave-stones left there.
5x grt grandfather -
Robert Procter was ch July 1730 in St Mary Staindrop, married Elizabeth Hall in Old Brignall
in May 1758, but later seems to have been working at Rokeby
as three or four of their children were christened in the
1760s. Robert and Elizabeth were buried in St
Mary Barnard Castle in April 1799 (69) (him) and December 1805
His burial record states that he was a farmer. No
tombstone located yet.
4x grt grandfather
Joseph Procter 1764 - 1847 (83) was christened at Rokeby in
January 1764. He ran a Chemyst / Druggist / Grocer
shop (now an optometrist) opposite the Barnard Castle Butter
Market. The shop is listed in the Pigot & Co 1828-29
Barnard Castle Directory. The
grave of Joseph's 3 wives and some infant children is in St Mary's
churchyard, and part of the sunken bit of the gravestone has
memorial to Robert - son of Joseph and first wife
Mary Harrison (1763 - 1797 (34)) (m March 1792).
There is more writing to uncover - quite possibly Joseph
himself is here!
3x grt grandfather
Robert Procter 1794 - 1842 (48), was christened in St Mary,
Barnard Castle, on 11 May 1794. He was described
later as a chemyst, though
more back-street than shopfront we think. He moved
to York in the first half of the 1810s, and married
Elizabeth Ashton (1801 - 1873 (72)) in All Saints (a posh
church in North St, York) in January 1819. She was the
daughter of Coachman John Ashton of Bubwith / York, who was
christened in the beautiful old York church of St Olave in
September 1801. She is buried with second husband
George Kettlewell in St Mary, Haxby (just north of York).
Robert and Elizabeth lived in the Fishergate end of George
St, Walmgate, one of the poorest slums in England - one can
only speculate as to what a Chemyst did - sell herbal
tobacco for the women's pipes and look after abortions?
He died suddenly from an apoplectic fit on 2 August 1842
aged only 48 (his dad had lived to 83 and his Procter
grandad to 69) and was buried with 9 strangers in a public
grave in York Cemetery (visited and photographed by us in
2x grt grandfather
Joseph Procter - 1831 - 1902 (71), Robert's only son, was
christened at the "Percy family church" of St Denys in
Walmgate on 14 August 1831. He is picked up in
Walmgate in the 1841 census, but has not yet been found in
1851. By the mid 1850s he had become a Master
Draper and set up shop in Scarborough, marrying a local girl
- Elizabeth Dobson - in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 8
March 1859. Elizabeth was a Milliner and joined the
business as well as having 6 sons and 2 daughters, one of
whom (another Elizabeth) became Adrian's grt grandmother
Fletcher. The Procters left behind an attractive shop
in the main drag Westborough (now a rare survivor in bland
post WWII bebuilt redbrick central Scarborough),
and a grave in
Scarborough's Manor Road Cemetery.
Procter's Chemyst shop in Barnard Castle was where the
opticians now is. Charles Dickens once stayed briefly
next door, but that can be said of lots of the houses in the
In the St
Mary Churchyard across the road, 2 hours (truly!) of
trowelling and brushing revealed the Robert Procter (d1842)
lines on the sunken base of Mary Procter et al's gravestone -
there is probably more (including Joseph himself d1847) but
the job needs a spade !
after our Durham day, back to a
comfy chair and pint in front of the fire (and 1946 J
Y Gilroy painted room) in the Dickens Bar in the Morritt Hotel at Greta Bridge - Paradiso
900 year old
Norman faces bathed in winter sun high high up in an arcade
ultimate English cathedral nave vista - the first nave in Europe to have a stone vaulted roof.
A day in Durham Cathedral with photographer permit - Paradiso
sowing in ?May, foot warming in ?February, and a
jack-in-the-box said to represent Acquaius - any ideas?
font of St Peters, Thorpe Salvin (South Yorkshire).
Saturday 30 October
- the Annual Lincoln Sausage Festival on the castle lawns in
the bright Autumn sun, a squiz at Lincoln Magna Carta in the
castle, the cathedral bells peal for two or three hours,
lots of being time inside our favourite English Cathedral
(including listening to an organ practice), footsore and
happily ex-aw-sted ..... then a couple of
ice cold Singha Beers and an excellent green curry ..... a
perfick day really.
LINK TO A SPECIAL NEW PAGE - A DAY
WITH THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF LINCOLN CATHEDRAL
facilitated this dusk photo of the Cathedral from the South
on the drive up to Lincoln on Friday evening
original wills of 7xGrt Grandfathers Robert Aldous (1709,
with an amazing mark !) (below) and John Whiting (1729)
a mermaid, an unspeakable act and (at last) the Burnham
Deepdale monthly activities font
Feast, November Pig Killing, October Wine Decanting,
September Corn Threshing. 1/3 of the Font of St Mary, Burnham Deepdale
(for concupiscence) in the porch of St Margaret's Church, Cley next
the Sea (Norfolk) - devils prepare to inflict infernal &
eternal rape ...
bench end - All Saints Church, Upper Sherrington (N Norfolk)
BACK IN HARLESTON
A stopover at
The Magpie on the way hopefully to some 1700s will originals
in Norwich - then a Saturday at leisure staying next to
On the left the
rainbow is pointing roughly at where James Aldous and his
family lived in the mid 1800s.
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Bellatrovata is the original "on
the road" site for Adrian (aka Adriano and Dom Paradox) Fletcher's
European explorations. Material relating to explorations in
Italy (including Tuscany, Rome and Venice), Spain, France and
Britain between 2004 and 2006 has now been transferred to Adrian's
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