2012 - road trip starter - the Swan
Coach and Royal Mail Inn, Thorowfare, Harleston. Apart
from the cars and sealed road, this friendly streetscape is
essentially the same as it was in the 1850s when James
Aldous' son William Poole Aldous was the licensee for 10
years, and other members of the Aldous and Whiting families lived and made their livings
here in the first half of the 1800s, though they worshipped
at Starston and Redenhall.
Church of St Peter & St Paul, Fressingfield, Suffolk -
William Aldous c1450-1531 (81),
12xgrt grandfather and the earliest Aldous we know of tracked
down, was buried here in January 1531, having
earlier been a church warden in the 1490s.
Homersfield (aka South Elmham St Mary) (Suffolk) where Yeoman John
Whiting (1688 - 1729), husband of Abigail below, was buried on 29 May
1729 aged just 40. His father,
Yeoman James (c1656 - 1728/29), was buried here on 9 February 1728/29
aged 72 , and his mother Anne (Neech) in January 1729/30
aged 63. Looks like there was a serious bug going
around Homersfield in 1729
The top of the St
Margaret Starston grave of Abigail Whiting (Musk) (1698
- 1752 (54)),
Adrian's 6xgrt grandmother, who was buried here on 7 April
1752 near the
graves of her sons Charles and John, and beside the grand
sarcophagus containing her grand-daughter Martha Aldous (Whiting).
Below is an extract from the well written and preserved Starston Parish
Register of 260 years' ago, with Abigail's burial top right.
generations earlier Elizabeth Whiting, Adrian's 8xgrt grandmother
and Yeoman James' mother, was buried in South Elmham St
Suffolk, right at the end of the 1600s. These little
figures from a contemporary local vault slab illustrate how she
and hubbie Yeoman William might have dressed. Due to
the kind helpfulness of the Norfolk Record Office, we have
been able to photograph their original wills and probate
inventories, and the original wills of their descendants.
Elizabeth did not write, but still had a way with sealing
wax (though you would have thought that this was why proper
seals were made!).
round-tower parish church of St Andrew,
Weybread (Suffolk), where Adrian's 4xgrt grandfather John
Poole, draper of Mendham (Suffolk), was buried on 27 January
1812. After this 2012 visit we solved the mystery of
why Weybread? .... it was because John's first wife
Elizabeth (Bond) was buried here on 13 August 1773.
Their church was the chapel of St John the Baptist in
Harleston, but this had no graveyard and Weybread was a more
accessible proposition than the "father church" of St Mary,
Redenhall. It is possible their grave / MI is still
there - in fact we later discovered that its original
location was a slab abutting the Chancel wall on the west
side of the priest's door. John eventually lived
in Mendham (as stated on his burial record) and his 15ish
children were christened there and earlier at Harleston. His
second wife Sarah Poole (Strutt) from Diss was buried in St Mary
Redenhall in December 1836, followed by sons Thomas and Zachariah,
and daughters Harriette Aldous and Martha Abel plus Harriette's husband James (Adrian's 3xGrt Grandfather) and
And elsewhere in Norfolk,
something completely different. Adrian's grandfather Rex
Fletcher sent his mum this postcard money appeal from Long
Stratton in 1909 when he was 19 year old medical student at
London Hospital. Noone could have imagined
the unbypassed nightmare that this street was to become 100
years' later when Rex's grandson popped over for a look !
Old Bell House,
Somerton, for a few years in the late 1940s our childhood home
Barnstaple Guildhall -
portraits painted by Thomas Hudson c1739. Top row 3rd
in from the left is Mayor Alexander Webber 1685-1739 (54), a
pewterer of note and Adrian's 6xgrt
Adam 'n Eve in the
restored 1620 ceiling of the Spanish Merchants' Company
guild house in
Barnstaple (now a fun bistro)
And a little to the
west in the church of St Brannock, Braunton, Major General Henry Webber
(grandson of Mayor Alexander Webber above)
never came clean about his early son (also Henry Webber and to be
Adrian's 3xgrt grandfather) by a pre-Lucie
Henry jnr's adult (he was 30 years' old) christening record ("mother unknown") is
so sad ....
a couple of years' before this Henry Snr and new wife Lucie
had made things worse by naming their first born Henry, and maybe this played a
part in the real Henry Jnr's decision to go public about his father.
One wonders what the logistics of his upbringing were.
MORE ABOUT THE WEBBERS IN FAMILY
The centuries old
font in the Bodmin church of St Petroc has been very
successfully relocated to the centre west of the church.
Adam 'n Eve on the back
of the ancient Bishop's Chair in Bodmin
Demountfryart (here spelled de Mountfryart) (Adrian's 7xgrt grandfather) was Mayor of
Bodmin in 1691, 1694, 1700, 1712, & 1716 - in this
original document he signs off
with the rest of the Bodmin hierarchy on the poor rate
records in 1713. Wonderful to imagine him sitting
there and executing this great flourishing signature 300 years' ago.
Mount St Michael, near
RICK STEIN'S PADSTOW SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
descriptions from the menu
Shellfish with Parsley, Chilli, Olive Oil, Garlic and Lenon
Langoustines, oysters, clams, razor clam, scallops, winkles,
mussels, whelks, cockles and crab claws
Outstanding, says Adriano, and would have been perfect if
the olive oil had been a bit more Tuscan zingy.
by - Newlyn Fish Pie
lobster, prawns, monkfish and scallop in a seafood velouté
with truffle oil
Adriano has to say, the best hot fish thing he has ever
Adriano has nothing to add!
A double diocese
bishop parades two croziers on the font of St Faith (aka
Santa Fe / Sainte Foy), Overbury (Gloucestershire)
yokel Dragons, a huntin scene and a watchful Owl in the "Chapel des Penitants" opposite
the entry to Hailes Abbey (Cistercian of course),
bankrolled by King John's son Richard, Earl of Cornwall
(1209 - 1272 (63)), who was inter alia the only Englishman
to make it to the double eagle position of King of the
A brace of
fishes survive on the floor of the church.
Whilst in Aston
Somerville (Gloucestershire) the real dragon thing breathes fire from the tower of the church
of St Mary, and a well fed cornerman (below) keeps a 24/7
St Peter, Hook Norton
no prizes for recognizing Sagittarius on the right, but who
is on the left, and what's going on?
Swan at Pickering, Yorkshire - a favourite road trip overnighter
for team Paradox.
Scarborough Castle overlooks the medieval church of St Mary (tower
on the far
right and originally a Cistercian nunnery), and the cemeteries where Fletcher
and Procter great great grandparents and other ancestors were laid to rest.
In 2011 we
located Great Grandparents John & Maria Fletcher in the
Manor Road Cemetery, but failed to find Joseph &
Elizabeth Procter - though it turned out they were resting
here - near where the car was parked!
uncle Harrison spent a lot of his life in Scarborough, and
he and wife Fanny are buried in the adjacent Dean Road
In 1881 Fanny was probably staying with her
son Harrison, who was a vet with pony & trap in Newark.
owner of most things round Staindrop and wider afield, and
in 1730 the property of Gilbert Vane, 2nd Baron Barnard
Owners of Raby Castle
Parish Register: Record of the christening of Robert
Procter - Son to Robert & Ann Procter- Staindrop Moorside -
21 July 1730.
(near Barnard Castle) 1700s Accounts Book shows 5xgrt
grandfather Robert Procter as 1745 Village Constable 250
Castle - with full-on sun provided for once! To the
right of the tower can be found the grave of Adrian's 4xgrt
grandmother Mary Procter (Harrison) - 1763-1797 (34).
The two ends of
the St Mary chancel arch are anchored by the heads of
Edward IV (1442 -1483 (41)) (left) and his brother Richard
III. Richard III (1452-1483-1485 (32)) was a big
benefactor of Barnard Castle and its church. The King
hit the headlines in September 2012 when a Leicester
University team claimed a body they had dug up under a local
car park was probably his. Up till now Richard has
been the only crowned English King whose burial place (after
he was hacked to death at the Battle of Bosworth) was not
known - though there is also doubt about others including
who the body parts that went into Harold's grave belonged
the church, a partially obscured stone bas-relief propped up
against the north wall displays the double headed eagle of a
"King of the Romans".
King John's son Richard, Earl of
Cornwall, 1209 - 1272 (63), was inter alia the only Englishman to make
it to be elected as King of the Romans.
alongside a couple of medieval boars battle it out (or dance)
in front of St Anthony
Country - Ford, Northumberland
White Hart bedroom view ....... wow!
the little caricature head of one of the Cathedral's Master
Masons has not let up on shouting orders .....
Church, Ilam, Staffordshire Peak
in Little Ryton, Shropshire
morning over Sydney 2012 - a rare combination of the right sun
and seat, plus remembering the camera .... home again!