Thursday, August 23, 2018

Blog closure

New room, new view
Just a quick note to say that I moved house this year, and am now based in mid-west Wales on the coast.  I have had a lot of fun writing this blog over the years, and met some really super people whilst doing so, both in person and by email.  My sincere thanks to all of you.

I will not be updating this site any more, as I have a new blog about my new home area but I will leave the site up so that the information contained can still be accessed.  In recent years many questions have been about ancestry, and I suggest that those of you looking for information about family members start with the nice people at the Southwark Local History Library and Archive, who should be able to advise you.

All the best

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Thames Discovery Programme - Rotherhithe Ethical foreshore exploration (10th March 2018) 
At previous Rotherhithe investigations by the Thames Discovery programme a large number of nautical timbers were recorded; these are likely to represent the remains of ship breaking on the foreshore during the 18th century. Other structures of interest include access features associated with the Mayflower PH, bargebeds and widespread artefact scatters of Delftware kiln waste and animal bone representing localised waterfront activity. The twice daily tide will have revealed a wide range of different artefacts for the participants to discover on this foreshore exploration. Although, in order to protect the historic nature of the foreshore we request that you take only photographs and memories with you.

Brunel Museum, Railway Ave, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4LF
Time: 11:00 GMT
Price: £10 per adult and £6 per child.
Booking is essential and limited to 30 people. Children must be accompanied by an adult (minimum age for children is 5 years). Maximum of 2 children per adult.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Presentation: The Last Days of Rotherhithe Shipbuilding: The Clipper Ships

The clipper Coonatto in Port Adelaide.  Built by Bilbe and Perry
at Nelson Dock, Rotherhithe, in 1863
Source: Trove PRG 1373-2-6
Many thanks to the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey History Society ( for a very warm welcome on one of the coldest days I can remember.  It was great to meet old friends, chat to some lovely people that I have only talked to on email before, and of course great say hello to a lot of new people.  I can only apologize for the late start - nothing to do with the weather, but because I was at the wrong venue!  My sincere thanks to Robert who was also at Time and Talents rather than Surrey Quays shopping centre, for doing such a good job of navigating us from one place to the other in double quick time.

If anyone who missed the talk last night would like to see the PowerPoint, or if anyone at the presentation would like a second shot at it, it is available for download for the next few weeks at:  I have saved it both as a PDF and as a PowerPoint presentation (for the latter you will need PowerPoint installed, or you can download the PowerPoint Viewer - the link for that is on the above page).

Shad Thames Trail and other booklets available to download

A new booklet entitled "The Shad Thames Trail" has been published, issued by the Shad Thames Area Management Partnership.  It’s an informative tour of the Shad Thames area, including a map and descriptions of the main attractions marked on the map. It was written by Janet Morris from information supplied by the late and much-missed Stephen Humphrey.  I don’t know where a hard copy can be collected, but it is available as a PDF download from  It’s the first link on the Resources tab.  If you want to enquire about the possibility of acquiring hard copies, the email address is

There are other trails in the series too (Bermondsey Street, London Bridge West, and London Bridge East), available from a different website at
They all look like an excellent way to spend a couple of hours one dry day.