Places associated with the Stowell family history

Angermünde, Land Brandenburg, Germany

Angermünde was the birthplace of Max DIETRICH (92). The town was founded in 1233 in what was then Mark Brandenburg, in the border area of the river Oder. The old town suffered little or no war damage, and is therefore one of the few almost completely preserved town centres in Brandenburg.

Aynsome, Cartmel

Aynsome, nowadays Aynsome Manor Hotel, is about 1 km north of Cartmel in what is nowadays Cumbria but was formerly Lancashire "over the water". At the moment I do not know when the house was built, but it was bought in 1745 by John Machell (1119), then of Hollow Oak in Colton. It remained in the Machell and then Remington family until sold around the beginning of the 20th century by the Rev. Thomas Machell Remington. The period of ownership by these two families is described by Cockerill 1989, which also contains a photograph of the house.

Backbarrow Iron Works,Haverthwaite

A charcoal fired blast furnace was in operation at this works between 1711-1963. The site was previously that of an iron forge and bloomery (making blooms, which were masses of puddled iron made into a thick bar either by squeezing or hammering, according to my dictionary) that operated from 1685-1711. The works finally closed in the 1970s, although an English Heritage website says that much of the equipment of the last survival of the charcoal furnaces of Great Britain is still in place. An aerial photograph is viewable on English Heritage. The works were long associated with the Machell family .

Ballastowell, Maughold, Isle of Man

This Ballastowell (or Ballastole as it was more usually spelt), has disappeared from modern maps, but is shown on the first edition of the County series of maps and probably also appears on early editions of the one-inch maps of the UK Ordnance Survey. One such one-inch map was probably the source of the frontispiece of the 1979 book by J W and C K Radcliffe, A History of Kirk Maughold, on which Ballastowell can be seen. The first Stowell entered in the Manorial Rolls for the farm is one John Stole in 1597. Thereafter, according to the Radcliffe book, the farm was continually in Stowell hands until the last owner, Edward Stowell, who succeeded in 1832. The farm would have been inherited by the oldest son. Younger sons and their families, again according to the Radcliffe book, settled in Ramsey, just a short distance to the north, and many went to sea.

Ballastowell is shown on the old Ordnance Survey County series maps and can be seen on the Oldmaps website.

Bennwil, Baselland, Switzerland.

Bennwil is a farming village or commune in the district of Waldenburg in the Canton of Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland. We think that John Holinger (17) was originally a citizen of Bennwil. There is a Wikipedia article on Bennwil with further details, at least for readers of German. Parish records have been microfilmed by the LDS church and are:
  • Births, marriages and deaths 1567-1629 and 1696-1819: Film 128149
  • Births 1820-1859, marriages and deaths 1820-1869: Film 128150

Bilborough, York.

Bilborough is a town about 5½ miles from York. The parish church of St. James has registers which start in 1695. My five times great grandparents John Briggs(11) and Mary Rawden(12) (Rawdon) were married here in 1755, and Mary's father, Christopher Rawdon(297) is said (Armitage 1967) to have been a brewer there.

Bitterne, Hampshire.

In the 19th century a village on the northern outskirts of Southampton, and nowadays part of Southampton. James Steward(123) lived there at a house called Hill Top for a while and later the house was taken over by his eldest son James Dick Steward(181)

Blythe Hall, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Blythe Hall is a listed Grade II building which was on the market in 2007 for 3.5 million, and there is a recent photograph of the house taken for the purposes of the sale. The house has a history possibly dating back to the 12th century. It was probably rebuilt and extended in the early 1800s. It was owned by the Hall family from 1693, (when the house and land were bought for 670) until sold to Thomas Langton(1289) in about 1804. The two younger Langton children, Thomas and John, were born there, and a preliminary sketch of the house was made by their elder sister Anne in 1834 after the house had been sold to Edward Bootle Wilbraham in 1826 for 8,424.16.5 1/2d, following the collapse of Thomas Langton's finances. The sketch is in the Ontario archives.

Bowden, Roxburghshire

Bowden was a parish in the county of Roxburgh. The village lies between the Bowden Burn, which runs into the Tweed by Newton-St-Boswells some 4 km to the NE, and the Eildon Hills.

According to the Old Parochial Records, Mungo Thorburn(1249) was born in Bowden on 15 Nov 1748, but baptized in Galashiels. He and his wife Isabel Redford(1250), together with three of their children, were also buried in the churchyard at Bowden, though at the time they died they were living at Birkenside in the parish of Legerwood, some 12 km to the north. The Borders Family History Society has published a CD of the gravestones in Bowden churchyard.

Bowlalley Lane Chapel, Hull, Yorkshire

D H C Briggs (1972) writes that the Bowlalley Lane Unitarian Chapel was built around 1725. But the history section of the local Unitarian community's website says that the congregation was established in 1672 and that the first church was built by 1693 in Bowlalley Lane, copying its style from the London Merchants' Halls. A replacement was opened in August 1803, still in Bowlalley Lane in the heart of the city. The chapel was moved to a more suburban site in Park Street in 1881. The earliest known members of the Briggs branch of the family were members of this congregation, and the birth and baptism dates of the younger John Briggs(11) in 1727, and of his children over the period 1755 to 1772 are recorded in the chapel register.

The chapel records, deposited at the Public Record Office, Kew, have been microfilmed by the LDS church for the period 1705 to 1835 (FHL film 828133). The register contains births and baptisms only.

Bradford, Yorkshire, West Riding

The family connection with Bradford is the Church of England church of St. Stephen's, in St. Stephen's Road, West Bowling. This church was designed by James Mallinson (1819-1884), who from 1847 was in partnership with Thomas Healey in a local ecclesiastical architecture practice. St. Stephen's was completed in 1860 and my great-grandfather Thomas Alfred Stowell was appointed as the first incumbent (Perpetual Curate) and remained until 1865. The first three of his fourteen children were baptised there.

Cantsfield, Lancashire

Cantsfield is a township in the parish of Tunstall. There seem to have been both a Cantsfield House and a Cantsfield Hall. The township is only about 1 km west of Halfway House and another km west of Lowfields, which lies just over the border in Yorkshire. The location can be seen using the Ordnance Survey Getamap page and entering either the place name or the UK grid reference (SD 631 729).

The Carringtons lived at Cantsfield, and according to the current owners theirs was Cantsfield House, photographs of which can be seen on their website, and also a brief history of the house which I think is based on The Dated Buildings of South Lonsdale by Emmeline Garnett, a copy of which I have on order. Chippindall (1933) has an appendix to his paper on the Tathams dealing with the Carringtons of Cantsfield which is the basis of what I have written in the Carrington page.

Clapham, West Riding, Yorkshire

Clapham lies just off the road between Kirkby Lonsdale and Settle, and is 11 miles from the former and 6 miles NW of the latter. Its significance in this family is that my 4 times great-grandfather on my mother's side, the Rev. William Currer was Vicar of St. James' Church, Clapham, from 1755 to 1803 (according to the GENUK website for Yorkshire, West Riding. I also note that a Canon Rawdon Briggs was Vicar there from 1915 to 1925). Also, my 3 times great-grandmother Ann Currer, daughter of the above William, was baptised there on 27 May 1763, and later married my 3 times great-grandfather Rawdon Briggs there on 10 Dec 1791. The position of the village can be seen on Getamap pages of the UK Ordnance Survey.

The FHL have various films of the church records. Bishop's transcripts 1690-1845 include:

  • Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1690-1692, 1694-1699, 1703, 1701, 1704-1705, 1707-1711, 1713-1771, 1773, 1772, 1774-1794, 1796-1815. FHL BRITISH Film 207512
  • Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1816-1836. FHL BRITISH Film 207513.
  • Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1837-1843; Baptisms, burials, 1844-1845. FHL BRITISH Film 207514 Item 1.
  • Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1691, 1690, 1692, 1694-1699, 1701, 1703-1705, 1707-1711, 1713-1794, 1796-1820 (another filming). FHL BRITISH Film 1849278 Items 10 - 15.
  • Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1821-1843 (another filming); Baptisms, burials, 1844-1845 (another filming). FHL BRITISH Film 1849279 Items 1 - 2.
Other films are:
  • The parish register of Clapham, Co. York. pt. 1, 1595-1683. Transcription by John Charlesworth. FHL BRITISH Film 844557 Item 3.
  • Parish register transcripts, 1595-1812, originally by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, FHL BRITISH Film 98551 Item 3.
  • Parish register transcripts, 1596-1812, by John Foster of Horton in Ribblesdale, 1888. FHL BRITISH Film 894688.
  • Parish register transcripts, christenings and marriages, 1730-1800, Clapham, Yorkshire, England, Ms. (transcript, handwritten), by Bertram William Tuff Norman. Not filmed?.

According to GENUKI, the deposited registers are at the NYRO and cover

  • Baptisms: 1595-1892
  • Marriages: 1595-1959
  • Burials: 1595-1896

Corton Denham, Somerset, England

Corton Denham is a village and parish in east Somerset, close to the county boundary with Dorset, and was the birthplace of one of my thrice great grandfathers, John TEMPLEMAN (1796-1886). Some of the parish registers have been transcribed as part of the Somerset Online Parish Clerk project and are available through FreeREG. The transcribed registers for St Andrew, Corton Denham include:
  • Baptisms 1538-1913
  • Marriages 1538-1812, 1837-1913, 1813-1837 in progress
  • Burials 1559-1913
and the transcribed 1841 census information is also available.

Earlston,Berwickshire, Scotland

Earlston is a village and parish in the SW of Berwickshire, on the west side of the river Leader. One of my thrice great grandfathers William Lauder was minister of the Antiburgher concregation there from 1804 until his death in 1852. My twice great grandmother Jane Lauder was born there in 1820, and married Robert Riddel there in 1843.

Elland, W. R. Yorkshire

Elland was a township in the parish of Halifax, and about 4 km south of that town. It lay on the south (left) bank of the River Calder, between Halifax and Huddersfield. At some stage the ASHWORTHS moved there from near Rochdale, and Richard Johnson Daventry Ashworth was probably born there.

Farfield Hall, near Addingham, W. R. Yorkshire

Farfield Hall, built or rebuilt in around the 1720s, was for a few years from around 1802 to 1804 rented as the home of Thomas LANGTON and Ellen CURRER. It lies about 1.5 km north of Addingham, Yorkshire WR, and just off the road between Addingham and Bolton Abbey. When advertised for rent in 1805, when the Langtons left, the property was descrbed as:
The spacious and elegant mansion of Farfield, late the residence of John Masden, Esq., deceased, and now in the occupation of Thomas Langton, Esq., situate in a delightful healthy, and romantic country on the River Wharf, seven miles from the market-town of Skipton, ten from Otley, and seventeen from Harrogate. The gardens are well stocked with fruit trees in full bearing, with coach-house, stables, and out-buildings, in excellent repair, and the tenant may be accommodated with 40 or 50 acres of rich meadow and pasture surrounding the mansion. The River Wharf is celebrated for its trout streams, and the adjoining commons afford excellent grouse shooting.

The hall still exists, and is a Grade 1 listed building, with a facade unchanged from when it was drawn by Anne LANGTON, who was born there in 1804, and must have revisited it in later life. The hall is shown in a photograph from the mid-1950s.

Flockton, W. R. Yorkshire

Flockton is a village in parish of Thornhill. In the 19th century the church, dedicated to St. James, was a chapel of Thornhill, and a perpetual curacy (that is to say the curate was entitled to a share of the tithes). The church records are therefore part of the records of Thornhill. The records for the chapel of Flockton for 1713-1812 are part of vol. 40 of the transcripts published by the Yorkshire Parish Register Society, nowadays available on microfiche from their website. This volume is the basis for the IGI entries for Flockton (Batch no. P009791), and is on FHL microfilm 496812.
The village is connected with the Milnes branch of my family, and my great-great grandmother Marianne Milnes(8) was baptised there in 1801. Her father lived at Manor House, Flockton, and her eldest uncle John Milnes at Flockton Hall. In Langdale's Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire (1822)  R. Milnes Esq. is one of the patrons of the church.

Halifax, Yorkshire.

Hartburn, Northumberland.

Hartburn is a large parish west of Morpeth. From the GENUKI website the C. of E. church of St. Andrews has parish records of baptisms 1678-1893, marriages 1681-1903 and burials 1682-1900. There is therefore no chance of there being a record of the baptism of Catherine Loraine(274) who may have been born around 1620.

Hipperholme, Yorkshire.

Hipperholme is a village nowadays on the A58. It is immediately adjacent to Lightcliffe. It lay within the parish of Halifax, whose centre is some 3 km to the south west. At one time Robert Gibson lived there, who was buried in the parish church at Halifax in 1691.

Hollingside, nowadays Hollinside, Durham.

Hollinside was a manor house, now only ruins, located on the right side of the valley of the River Derwent. The UK Grid Reference is NZ 187 599. The house was in the parish of Whickham, where the original parts of the church were Late Norman. The Whickham Parish Register dates from 1575. For a while Hollinside was the seat of the Harding family of which relatively little is known. Some time around the middle of the 15th century, Elizabeth Harding(1263), daughter of John Harding of Hollingside, married Edward Loraine(1262). Two early 20th century articles are available through GENUKI, one on Hollinside and the Harding Family by J.F. Robinson, and the other on Hollinside Manor House from "Historic Places in the Derwent Valley".

Hull, Yorkshire ER

Hull, or Kingston upon Hull, is the earliest currently known home of the Briggs branch of my family.

Hulme, Manchester

Hulme is a district of Manchester, and 17 Mytton Street, Hulme is where John Holinger(17) and his family were living at the time of the 1861 census. Mytton Street no longer exists, but is shown on the 1848 edition of the old 25 inch county maps (Lancashire and Furness) viewable through Oldmaps at NGR 383405, 396197 (SJ 834 962). It was probably about where Abbeyville Walk is nowadays, between the B5218 Chorlton Road and the A5103 Princess Road.

Ilminster, Somerset

Ilminster is in Somerset, about 7 km NNE of Chard. It is where a possible 4 times great-grandfather Joseph TEMPLEMAN (1767-1857) was born in 1766/67. The location of Ilminster is shown on a map of the county.

Ireby, North Lancashire

This is the village from which one of the two Tatham branches in my family tree come. It is about 3 km north of Burton-in-Lonsdale. The nearest Church of England church is St. Peter's at Cowan Bridge, in Leck, just over a km NW of Ireby. St. Peter's is described as a chapelry in the Parish of Tunstall. The church of St. John the Baptist in Tunstall is 4.3 km SSW of Ireby. Ireby is only just over 3 km from the churches in Burton-in -Lonsdale, to the S, and Thornton-in-Lonsdale, to the SE. Ireby is actually in the parish of Thornton-in-Lonsdale. The UK grid reference of Ireby is SD 655 755.
In 1935, Col. W H Chippindall, in addition to having written about the Tathams, wrote a pamphlet for the Chetham Society of Manchester (Chetham Soc. Publications, New Series, Vol.95) on the History of the Township of Ireby, which contains pedigrees of two different branches of the Tatham family. One is the Tathams of Over Hall, with whom there is no known connection to my family. The other branch starts with Leonard Tatham (1604?-1669), from whom my great-grandmother Emma Tatham was descended.

Keith Chapel, Mayfair, London

The Keith Chapel, which was demolished in 1898, is described in the book “Old London Churches” (Elizabeth and Wayland Young, 1956) as follows:

This was a large plain proprietary. It became notorious when a Scottish Episcopalian parson called Alexander Keith, fresh from training in the Fleet Chapel, began to celebrate Fleet marriages there. The customers were more exalted than elsewhere, and Horace Walpole’s letters contain accounts of midnight ceremonies with curtain rings. Keith was excommunicated and imprisoned in 1742 but such was his fame that some other persons opened a marriage shop in his name, just opposite the chapel.

Kildwick Hall, West Riding, Yorkshire

The GENUKI pages for the West Riding of Yorkshire quote Langdale's (1822) Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire as follows:

The village, situated upon a hill on the road from Keighley to Skipton, was amongst the first donations to the Priory of Embsy, by Cecilia de Romille, the foundress. In that house it continued until the dissolution, when it was granted by Henry VIII to Robert Wilkinson and Thomas Drake, of the parish of Halifax. In the 2 Edward I (ca. 1274? or ca. 1549 if actually Edward VI) is a licence to Drake to alienate the Manor of Kildwick to John Garforth, of Farnhill, by whom, or his son, 1st of Elizabeth (1558/59), it was sold to Henry Currer, Esq., and from whom it has lineally descended to the present owner, Miss Currer.

The Currers who owned Kildwick Hall were not the branch to which my ancestors belong, who were of Skipton, though there is a common ancestor.

Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland

"KIRKWHELPINGTON is a parish, comprising the townships of Bavington (Great), Capheaton, Catcherside, Coldwell, Crogdean, Fawns, Hawick, Kirk Whelpington, and Whelpington (West). It is bounded by the parishes of Elsdon, Hartburn, Corsenside, and Thockrington, and comprises an area of 13,351 acres, The population in 1801, was 714; in 1811, 814; in 1821, 793; in 1831, 789; in 1841, 705; and in 1851, 679 souls. The township of Hawick was given to this parish in 1847, in exchange for the townships of Little Harle and West Harle, which were transferred to Kirk Harle parish. This extensive district consists principally of moorlands, which, however, afford excellent pasturage for sheep and cattle, and in some parts of the parish the soil is well suited for the purposes of the dairy The salubrity of the atmosphere in this part of the country is much celebrated, and instances of longevity are not at all uncommon." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855, quoted by GENUKI website].

Kirkwhelpington, St Bartholomew: Records of baptisms 1679-1895, marriages 1684-1983 and burials 1684-1885 are available at Northumberland Collections Service. Bishops' Transcripts for the period 1748-1749 and 1760-1853 are deposited at Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green, Durham City. The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1679-1812 and marriages 1684-1812 for this parish, and Boyd's Marriage Index includes marriages 1684-1812 and banns 1751-1812. Transcripts of baptisms 1679-1812 and marriages and burials 1684-1812 are available at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Dept. A transcript of monumental inscriptions at Kirkwhelpington (microfiche TN79) is published by Northumberland and Durham Family History Society and these records are also available in book form at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Department.[GENUKI website]

Legerwood, Berwickshire

The Gazetteer of Scotland published 1806, Edinburgh, describes it thus:
"A parish in Berwickshire, situated on the border betwixt Lauderdale and Lammermuir. It extends about 3 miles in length by 2 1/2 in breadth, comprehending an area of 8 miles. The surface consists of an assemblage of hills, rising gradually from the Leader, interspersed with deep mosses, in which are found large trunks of different kinds of trees, which renders it highly probable that the hills and glens, with the circumjacent country, were formerly a part of an immense forest. The soil of the arable land is chiefly a blackish mossy loam, intermixed with sand, and the gravel formed by the mouldering down of the adjacent rocks. It is tolerably fertile, and would be productive of heavy crops, were it not for the disadvantages of an exposed situation and a weeping climate. The hills afford pasture to 3770 sheep, 560 black cattle and 120 horses. Birkhillside, the seat of the family of Shillinglaw, is the only mansion of note. There are 3 ancient towers, one of which is very entire, and affords a striking monument of the taste of our ancestors. Population in 1801, 495."

This is pretty much what it must have looked like when Mungo Thorburn(1249) (1748-1825) and his wife Isabel Redford(1250) (1761-1826) were around, as they both died at Birkenside, adjacent to Birkhill. According to their Monumental Inscription at Bowden, Mungo Thorburn was a tenant, presumably tenant farmer, there.

Leigh Upon Mendip, Somerset

This was a parish and village at the east end of the Mendip Hills, 884 ft above sea level, according to the 1868 National Gazetteer. Church registers for the parish church of St Giles are available, and have been transcribed as part of the Somerset Online Parish Clerk project and can be searched on the FreeREG website.

Lightcliffe, Yorkshire

Lightliffe is described as a hamlet in the township of Hipperholme and therefore also lies within the parish of Halifax. From 1703 the FHL has records from a chapel of ease there: FHL film 1542105, items 1 and 2 contain: baptisms 1703-1812; marriages 1704-1746, 1838-1919; burials 1704-1914, 1927. The FHL also has records of monumental inscriptions; film 98521 contains: Monumental inscriptions of Lightcliffe cemetery. The film was taken in 1950, but there is no indication of who or when the listing was made. Another film, 215604, also contains Monumental inscriptions of Lightcliffe cemetery, this time taken from Monumental Inscriptions of England, 19th parish, by B. W. T. Norman, again undated. These are possibly the same document. Both Richard ASHWORTH and Ann ASHWORTH née Macaulay were buried in Lightcliffe churchyard.

Lilliesleaf, Roxburghhire

A Gazetteer of Scotland published in 1806 at Edinburgh and quoted on the GENUKI website describes it as a parish in the county of Roxburgh, 5 1/2 miles in length, and from 1 1/2 to 2 miles in breadth ... The village of Lillies-Leaf is situated on the great road from E. to W. through the S. of Scotland, and contains upwards of 400 inhabitants ... Population in 1801, 673.

The first nine of the eleven children of Mungo Thorburn(1249) and Isabel Redford(1250) were baptised at the parish church here between 1784 and 1803, after which the family seems to have moved to Legerwood, in Berwickshire.

Little Harle, Northumberland

Little Harle is a township about 1 km NNE of Kirkharle, the ancestral home of the Loraines since the marriage of Edward Loraine to Johanna Del Strother. Until 1847, when, together with the township of West Harle, it was joined to the parish of Kirkharle, it was part of the parish of Kirkwhelpington.

Lloyd Street Chapel

Long Horsley, nowadays Longhorsley, Northumberland

The parish of Long Horsley, St. Helen, abuts,amongst others, the parish of Mitford. Information on church records and their repositries ca,/an be found on the GENUKI website. The LDS church has microfilmed the original records in the Northumberland Record Office and the FHL film 252953 contains baptisms, marriages and burials 1668-1723, then baptisms 1723-1797, marriages 1723-1960, banns 1754-1815 and burials 1723-1797. Then FHL film 252954 contains baptisms 1798-1959 and burials 1798-1959. Longshaws is within the parish, so one would expect some Fenwick entries in the parish records, which begin in 1668, but none have turned up so far.

Long Preston, Yorkshire

Samuel Lewis's (1842) Gazetteer of England describes Long Preston as ...
The FHL has filmed Bishop's transcripts, 1600-1868, and list
  • Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1600-1601, 1631-1632, 1634-1640, 1661-1669, 1671-1673, 1675-1678, 1682-1683, 1688, 1689, 1691-1692, 1694, 1696-1711, 1713-1715, 1717-1837, 1839, 1841-1847 (Marriages to 1844 only). FHL BRITISH Film 919154 Item 1.
  • Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1840. Baptisms, burials, 1848-1868. FHL BRITISH Film 1849373 Items 5 - 6.

Longshaws, or Langshaws

Samuel Lewis's (1842) Gazetteer of England describes Longshaws as a township in the parish of Long Horsley, some 5½ miles WNW of Morpeth in Northumberland. I am not entirely sure that this is the place to which the pedigree of Fenwick of Langshaws and Nunriding refers, but it is not far from Nunriding (about a km and a half) even though in a different parish. The location is at NGR NZ120882.


Lowfields, together with Halfway House, was one of a number of farms owned by John Tatham (born in 1688) of Cantsfield and bequeathed to his youngest son Francis. However, Francis did not marry and on his death in 1780 bequeathed Lowfields and Halfway House to his sister Dorothy who married John Tatham of Ireby. Thus Lowfields came into that branch of the Tatham family from which my great grandmother Emma Tatham(69) was descended. The last Tatham owner of Lowfields was Leonard Tatham (137), Emma’s brother, who was a bachelor and whose portrait hung at the top of the stairs in my father’s house.

Leonard Tatham died at Lowfields in November 1928, aged 86. According to my father, he left Lowfields to Alfred Stowell, the oldest brother of my grandfather Percy Stowell, but basically neither Alfred nor any of his brothers wanted the property, which was too far from Manchester for convenience, and the property was sold. Lowfields was a place which obviously featured greatly in the early lives of my father and his cousins and siblings.

Melling, Lancashire

My two gazetteers have litle to offer on Melling. It is a parish and village on the SE side of the Lune valley. Various houses in the village have associations with the Remington family, in particular Crow Trees which became the property of my thrice-great grandfather Reginald Remington (1770-1854) and so the birthplace of my great-great-grandmother Ellen Remington (1799-1881). The 1847 county series of Ordnance Survey maps shows both Crow Trees and Old Crow Trees. These, and various other dated buildings are described by Emmeline Garnett (1994).
The parish church is St. Wilfrid's. The FHL has microfilm of various records, including parish registers from 1625 (FHL film 1849660) and bishop's transcripts for 1677-1853 (FHL films 1502454 and 1502455).The film 1849660 (items 12-24) is of the original parish registers. Item 12 contains the records from 1625 to 1752 and being the oldest is in the worst condition and difficult to read. Most of it has however been transcribed and published by The Lancashire Parish Register Society, and this publication included baptisms 1625-1721, burials 1629-1721, and marriages 1636-1752, and is the basis for the IGI entries for this parish. Later records are relatively more legible and the remaining items are:
  • item 13 - baptisms 1720-1781 and 11 marriages 1752-1754
  • item 14 - baptisms 1781-1813
  • item 15 - baptisms 1813-1865 (a printed register now in use)
  • item 16 - marriages 1754-1787
  • item 17 - marriages 1787-1812
  • item 18 - marriages 1813-1837
  • item 19 - burials 1722-1786
  • item 20 - burials 1786-1812
  • item 21 - burials 1813-1907 (a printed register now in use)
  • item 22 - not yet reviewed
  • item 23 - not yet reviewed
  • item 24 - not yet reviewed

Mells, Somerset

Mells is a village about 5.5 km NW of Frome, and lies on a stream which rises at the east end of the Mendip Hills. In the parish church here, St. Andrew's, were baptised, in the 1820s and 30s, great great grandfather George TEMPLEMAN (born 1829) and seven of his siblings.

Baptisms, marriages and burials from the register of St Andrew's for the years 1565-1913 (burials to 1901) have been transcribed as part of the Somerset Online Parish Clerk project, and are also available on FreeREG.

A group of Somerset villages associated with the Templeman branch of the family is shown on a map scanned from the postwar one inch topo map of the area.

Mitford, Northumberland

A parish and village at the confluence of the rivers Font and Wansbeck. This is the parish to which Nunriding, where my Fenwick ancestors lived, belonged. Information on church records (St. Mary Magdalene, NGR NZ169856) and their repositries can be found on the GENUKI website. The LDS church has microfilmed the original records at the Northumberland Record Office and the FHL film 95003 contains the parish records of baptisms 1665-1812, marriages 1659-1812 and burials 1667-1812. FHL film 1564884 (items 2-3) contains marriages 1837-1901, and burials 1880-1903. The IGI batch no. for marriages is M000731 and for baptisms P000731.

Moorhouse, Wakefield, Yorkshire

Although in the record the birthplace, in 1869, of my grandfather Christopher Rawdon Briggs(3) is spelt as a single word, elsewhere it was also written Moor House. This is described in Langdale's 1822 Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire as being in the township of Stanley with Wrenthorpe, and parish of Wakefield, 4 miles from Wakefield. It is also described, then, as the seat of John Maude, Esq. In Briggs, A. S. (1917), Alice Sophia writes:
Soon after this (mid-1867) we moved to Moor House. Archie was helping his father in the management of the collieries, and Moor House was nearer than Outwood. We started modestly with two house servants, a nurse, Agnes, and a man, gardener and coachman combined, as we only had a gig for Archie to drive to Whitwood. Moor House was only a moderate-sized house. The frontage two bow-windows, which were carried to the bedrooms above. There was a smaller part, and older, of the same character, the lower bay window belonging to the breakfast room, which was papa's sitting-room, and the nursery was above. The night nursery was at the back, and thie wing was approached by three steps down from the principal floor.

Northgate End Chapel, Halifax, Yorkshire

According to the now discontinued Malcolm Bull's Trivia Trail, this chapel was built originally in 1696 as a presbyterian chapel. Nathaniel Priestly gave land at Bell Croft, and was its first minister. The first sermon was given on 11 Nov 1696 by Oliver Heywood, a friend of the Priestleys. A second church was built some time in the 18th century, and in 1744 Samuel Threlkeld went to Halifax to become its minister. The congregation gradually moved towards Unitarianism. A third church was built in 1872, and finally closed in 1979. In the 18th century the church was reputed to have a larger congregation than Halifax Parish Church. The Briggs, Rawdons, and the Stansfields all were members of the congregation in the second half of the 18th century.

The Parish Registers were at the Public Record Office, and the records of births and baptisms for the period 1747-1837 have been microfilmed by the FHL (film 816622, items 15 and 16).

Various records are held by the John Goodchild Collection, below the Central Library in Wakefield.

The Halifax Orchestral Society was founded here in 1833, probably after my ancestors had moved elsewhere. The records of the Society are held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service in Halifax.


Nunriding is in Northumberland, 4 miles NW of Morpeth. Whellan (1855), given in the GENUKI website, describes it as a township in the parish of Mitford. Nunriding and Langshaws were where a branch of the Fenwick family lived. There is a Nunriding Hall (NGR NZ132876), but none of the gazetteers to which I have access say anything about the hall.

Outwood Hall, Stanley with Wrenthorpe, Parish of Wakefield

Outwood Hall was the residence of my great-great grandfather Henry Briggs(7), who moved there from Overton in 1857. It was the birthplace of my grandfather's elder brother, James Briggs. After Henry Briggs died (1868), according to the diary of Alice Sophia Briggs (1919), one of Henry's daughters-in-law, the house was broken up.

Prittlewell ,Essex

Prittlewell is nowadays part of Southend-on-Sea. The Anglican parish church is St. Mary the Virgin. The Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, holds microfiche of the parish registers on microfiche D/P 183 (baptisms 1649-1893, marriages 1645-1712 and 1729-1898, burials 1645-1852). The records up to 1812 have been copied by the LDS church (film/fiche 6035499). The village of Prittlewell as it was shown on the first (1880) edition 1:10,560 County Series of UK Ordnance Survey maps can be viewed at the Old Maps website.

Quetta, Staff College

The Quetta Staff College opened in 1905, but after the outbreak of WWI it closed down and was used as a Cadet College to train young men to be officers in the British and Indian armies. Robert Stowell PHILLIPS attended the college as a cadet.In 1919 the college reverted to being a Staff College.

Ryton, County Durham (nowadays part of Tyneside)

Ryton lies on the south bank of the Rive Tyne, some 15 km west of Newcastle. It was where the Rev. William Stowell (1825-1878) lived towards the end of his life, when he was the minister of the Independent chapel there, which had been built in 1862 [see a ]History of Ryton.

St. Aidan's Presbyterian Church

This Didsbury church, in which my parents were married in 1933, later burnt down and all the records were lost.

St. Mary's at Hill, Lovat Lane, London

The church of St Mary at Hill is described briefly in the touruk website.
Parish records exist both as originals held at the Guildhall Library, London, and as various sets of transcripts, and there are different microfilms of these sources available through the FHL of the LDS church.
  • Parish registers 1558-1850: FHL British film 20374485.
    • baptisms 1558-1805
    • marriages 1558-1754
    • baptisms 1805-1812
    • burials 1558-1812
    • marriages 754-1784
    • banns 1754-1813
    • marriages 1784-1837
    • burials 1813-1850
  • Parish register transcripts 1558-1805: FHL British film 574349 item 3.
    • christenings 1558-1750
    • marriages 1558-1702
    • burials 1558-1805
  • Transcript of parish registers by W H Challen, typescript 1932: FHL British film 41628. Contains marriages only, 1558-1754.
  • There are also other transcripts or more limited extent which I have not detailed here.
The church is connected to the Steward branch of the family, and Richard Steward(127), born about 1730, is said to have been of this parish.

Skipton , Yorkshire, West Riding

Skipton also known as Skipton-in-Craven, is near the River Aire and nowadayson the A65 north-west of Leeds. The parish church is Holy Trinity, and many of the Currer branch of the family were baptised there, particularly in the 17th and early 18th centuries. The IGI seems mainly to have used published transcripts, or excerpts, of the parish registers edited by W J Stavert between 1894 and 1896. These cover the period 1592 to 1812 (FHL British film 100098). Bishop's Transcripts also exist, and have been filmed by the LDS church for the period from 1600 to 1857 (FHL British Films 919155, 919156 and 184917).

Slead Hall, near Brighouse, Yorkshire

Slead Hall is described as a picturesque Elizabethan mansion .

Southchurch , Essex

Southchurch is nowadays part of Southend-on-Sea, Essex. The Anglican parish church is Holy Trinity and parish records are supposedly available on microfiche at the Essex records office for the period from 1695 to about 1945. At the time of her marriage, Sarah FIRMAN was said to be of Southchurch parish, but I have found no baptismal record between 1761 and 1770 (she was probably born around 1763). The name FIRMAN does appear in the burial records, an Edward FIRMAN being buried on 30 Nov 1785 and a John FIRMAN on 5 Feb 1792. I don't know what connection, if any, these have with Sarah.

Southwold, Suffolk

Southwold was reportedly the birthplace of my great-grandfather Charles Anthony Bertram and his sister Alice Bertram round about the middle of the 19th century.

The town is described in a gazetteer of around that date as a sea port, market town and parish. The harbour was formed by the mouth of the river Blythe just to the south of the town, which itself is situated on a hill overlooking the North Sea.

The parish church is St. Edmund's, but there was also an Independent Church, and no doubt others. Church records filmed by the LDS include:
  • Parish register transcripts of Southwold (Suffolk), by Joseph Jackson Howard: Contains baptisms 1602-1750, marriages 1602-1753, burials 1602-1801. FHL BRITISH Film 1537561 Item 4:
  • Parish registers for Southwold, 1602-1901; Microfilm copy of original at the Suffolk Record Office in Ipswich, England. Contains Baptisms, burials, 1602-1801; marriages, 1602-1751. Baptisms, burials, 1802-1812. Marriages, 1754-1802. Marriages, 1802-1812; marriage banns, 1802-1821. Baptisms, 1813-1853. Burials, 1813-1860. Marriages, 1813-1881. Marriage banns, 1848-1873. FHL BRITISH Film 1658096 Items 7 - 15
  • Parish registers for Southwold, 1602-1901; Microfilm copy of original at the Suffolk Record Office in Ipswich, England. Contains Baptisms, 1853-1897. Burials, 1860-1901. Marriages, 1881-1901. Marriage banns, 1874-1901. Baptisms, 1897-1901. FHL BRITISH Film 1849152 Items 1 - 6
  • Independent Church, Southwold; Births and baptisms, 1730-1837. Microfilm of original records at the Public Record Office, London. FHL BRITISH Film 825408 Items 9-11.
The IGI has baptisms up to 1802, so does not cover the period of Charles Anthony's and Anne's births.

Summersgill, Lancashire

Summersgill (SD641633) is a farm in Wray (currently occupied by G R Batty), Lancashire LA2 8QX Tel: (01524 261342). In the 18th century it was the property of a branch of the Remington family. At that time Wray-with-Botton was a township in the parish of Melling, the present parish church, Holy Trinity, was only built in 1840.

Thornhill, W. R. Yorkshire

Thornhill is a parish town on the south side of the River Calder. Overton and Flockton are both within the parish.

Tunstall, Lancashire

Tunstall is a village and parish in NE Lancashire with which the Tathams, Carringtons, Fenwicks and Battysons are all associated. It lies about 1 km NE of the confluence of the rivers Lune and Greta. Within the parish are Cantsfield, Burrow with Burrow and Leck. The parish church, St. John the Baptist, lies a bit away from the village centre (at GR SD 614 739), and parish records start in 1625. Original parish records (Lancashire Record Office no. PR 3331/1/1-11) have been microfilmed by the LDS church (FHL British film 1517648, items 8-18) and contain baptisms 1625-1846, marriages 1625-1900, burials 1625-1884 and banns 1823-1900. Transcripts of the registers have also been published by the Lancashire Parish Registers Society (Vol.40,1911) and contain baptisms 1626-1812, burials 1627-1812 and weddings 1625-1812 (see also FHL British microfilm 844802 item 4, which is the source for the LDS batches P005331 and M005331 for this parish).

Wakefield, Yorkshire W.R.

Wakefield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, is where my grandfather Christopher Rawdon Briggs() was born, at Moorhouse. The town and its churches has various associations with my ancestors.
The St John's Church (C of E) is where two of my great- great-grandparents John Holinger(17) and Jane Townend (or Townsend) were married on 21 Jul 1849. The parish register has been microfilmed by the LDS church and marriages for the years 1845-1917 are on FHL British film 1542103.
The other church is the Westgate Presbyterian Chapel, with which the Briggs family has associations. There my great- grandfather Archibald Briggs(5) was baptised, as were also his older brothers Henry Currer Briggs (198) and William Briggs(200). The manuscript records of this church for the period 1761 to 1837 are on the LDS church FHL British film 828167, items 1-2, and the FHL batch no. for christenings is C087581.

West Riddlesden, Yorkshire W.R.

My Bartholemews Gazetteer (1943) describes Riddlesden as an ecclesastical district and village in Bingley parish. East and West Riddlesden are described in the GENUKI website, quoting descriptions from Langdale's Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire (1822), as single houses in the township of East Morton, and parish of Bingley. The deposited registers for the parish of Bingley start in 1577.

Whitwood Colliery, Yorkshire W.R.

One of the collieries belonging to the Briggs family, and the location of the head office.

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