The other day I had a wander round Nantwich, Cheshire, to capture images of pub signs, with the intention of finding out a little about them. They are in no particular order, and my list may not be comprehensive.
Howdles Lane is named for George Howdle, who was proprietor of houses in in 1861. But who was George? Where did he come from? And how did he end up in an obscure lane off Watling Street, Brownhills? George is also related to my Dennis kindred.
Thanks to the General Register Office (GRO) continuing its trial for supplying PDF versions of entries of birth, marriage and death, I was able to solve a mystery, but not the one I expected. Continue reading “Mary, Mary, quite contrary”→
Well, there are 3,658 persons in Andrew’s Kindred, my family tree, or “hedgerow”, but none has a family name beginning with “Q”. Nor, even, a first name beginning with “Q”. And there is no royalty, so none of our queens is featured. Continue reading “Q is for …”→
Here is the last instalment of my exploration of the land upon which my old house stood in Howdles Lane, and the surrounding area. It all began here.
Except the earliest information about land ownership in the area is probably the Domesday survey of 1086 and its references to who owned land at the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066. The area is in the section about the manor of Lichfield, which was held in both 1086 and 1066 by the Bishop of Chester, see below. Continue reading “Domesday”→