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The Clothes Brush

Velma’s grandmother c1917 When I was growing up, a clothes brush used to sit on a small shelf underneath the mirror of a coat rack in our hall. In my mind, it was just a normal everyday item and I really took no notice of it. It wasn’t until I started...

Newhaven Fort

Newhaven Fort sits on the chalk cliff overlooking the entrance of Newhaven Harbour, awaiting an invasion which never came.  It was designed and built under the supervision of a Lieutenant John Charles Ardagh, on the site of a Bronze Age and later a Roman Fort, known...

Dr. Barnardo

Summer 2010Dr. Barnardo I Was a Barnardo Child Barnardo children We are related to Dr. Barnardo She was a pioneer in the open air treatment of tuberculosis Answers and Questions With a Little Help from My Friends Blacksmiths The Whiteinch Murder Thomas John Barnardo...

Historical Thrills and Spills

Spring 2010Towards a World War Wo kam er her? (Where did he come from?) A Family History in Central Europe My Shocking Discovery Historical Thrills and Spills Accidentally Killed Uncovering Uncomfortable Truths Destitute and Desperate Of Sparrow Hawk and Ladybirds...

In Life I Loved You Dearly

On 2nd December 1915 my great great uncle, Charles Sylvanus William Guilford, married his sweetheart Rebecca Fawcett at Woolwich Parish Church. The Great War had been raging for almost sixteen months, and whilst Charles was working as a chef at the Royal Arsenal in...