West Middlesex FHS Journal, Volume 23 (2005)

This page provides a summary of the articles which appeared in all four journals of 2005. You may select an article and go straight to the right page in the journal, or use the links below to browse the journal from its cover.

If you are looking for specific surnames in articles you should use the facilities provided at the Journal Search page, but for place names or talks given by guest speakers you may find the Journal Index for 2005 helpful.

The Perils of Census Transcription - Yvonne Masson
Notes from a talk by Jeanne Bunting on the perils of census transcription.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(1) 15-16 (March 2005)

Your Victorian Ancestor - Yvonne Masson
Notes from a talk by George Smith on the social background against which our Victorian ancestors lived out their lives.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(1) 16-17 (March 2005)

The Will of James Self (1761-1826) of Hammersmith - David Self
An example of what can be obtained from probate records, based on the example of James Self of Wiltshire.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(1) 18-21 (March 2005)

Harlington Parish - Philip Sherwood
A history of the parish of Harlington.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(1) 22-26 (March 2005)

The Story of the Reed Family - Frances Reed
Research in 17th and 18th century Suffolk, leading to the conclusion that "Grace is my great grandmother and my great great grandmother!"
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(1) 28-32 (March 2005)

Stanwell Parish - Carol Sweetland
A history of the parish of Stanwell.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(2) 14-20 (June 2005)

A History of the Wild family - William Wild
The story of a family which has spent the greater part of their history in Harmondsworth.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(2) 22-30 (June 2005)

The 25th West London Local History Conference, March 2005 - Yvonne Masson
Notes from this year's conference, on the subject of transport in West Middlesex.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(2) 30-36(June 2005)

A Many-Intertwined Tree - Margaret Watson
Intermarriage between the Tilbury and Cole families in Chilbolton, Hampshire.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(3) 7-9 (September 2005)

Mystery Solved - Joan Scrivener
What became of Thomas Wright Scrivener? Australian research.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(3) 9-10 (September 2005)

Harmondsworth Parish - Philip Sherwood
An account of the parish of Harmondsworth.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(3) 11-17 (September 2005)

Brookwood Cemetery - Yvonne Masson
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(3) 18-20 (September 2005)

Forty Year Wait to Visit Brookwood Cemetery - Valerie Walker
How the Italian column memorial came to be erected at Brookwood.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(3) 21 (September 2005)

Was She a Murderess? - Richard Ratcliffe
Elizabeth Brandish (1857-1927) and her trials in 1897.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(3) 22-23 (September 2005)

What Have They Left Behind? - Joyce Finnemore
Diversions and curiosities originating from family history research. "The family historian's interest in death is what brings our ancestors to life."
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(3) 23-24 (September 2005)

Death of a Grocer - Gavin Meeser
A detailed report of the inquest on the death on 23 November 1839 of John Round, grocer of Old Brentford, published in the Times on 27 November 1839.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(3) 24-25 (September 2005)

Thomas Wild's 1871 List of Ratepayers in Harmondsworth - Malcolm Heyward
Thomas Wild (market gardener of Sipson) was Overseer of the Poor for Harmondsworth, probably on more than one occasion. This article describes documents he left and the context in which they were created.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(3) 26-28 (September 2005)

The Civil War in Hounslow - Andrea Cameron
An account of the talk by Andrea Cameron, formerly Local Studies Librarian at Hounslow.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(4) 7-8 (December 2005)

Using the Computer for Family History - Jeanne Bunting
Notes from a talk by Jeanne Bunting on using computers for family history.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(4) 8-10 (December 2005)

The Messenger Story - How it all began - Miss F M Reed
The descent of the author from her 9 x great-grandfather Leonard Messenger, who was baptised in 1560, married Cecelye Felow (or Pelow) of Thame and died in 1635.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(4) 12-15 (December 2005)

A Rose by Any Other Name (1850-1915) - Peter Jennings
An investigation into the origins of a curiously inscribed lace-maker's bobbin.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(4) 16-17 (December 2005)

WMFHS 2005 Conference - Yvonne Masson
Account of the second WMFHS Conference, on the theme "The Poor Are Always With Us", held at the National Archives, Kew in September 2005.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(4) 18-23 (December 2005)

Enclosure in the 19th Century (part 1) - William Wild
This article compares and contrasts two dissimilar parishes in different parts of the country. Both were enclosed within six years of each other, Thorington in 1813 and Harmondsworth in 1819 by Parliament Acts. Much of Thorington [Essex] consisted of heath land (The Great Heath and Tenpenny Heath), while Harmondsworth lying in the Thames Valley was made up of rich alluvial soil which was watered by four rivers (two natural and two dug). Both however had to go through many of the same processes to produce their Awards. Part 1 provides some background to enclosure and documents the process in Thorington.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(4) 24-30 (December 2005)

A Visit to the Fleet Air Arm Archive at Yeovilton - Valerie Walker
Notes on the archives of the Fleet Air Arm and how they may be accessed.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(4) 32-34 (December 2005)

The Practice of Pansy Plots - Margaret Kendall
A description of how farm hands in West Middlesex (Isleworth, Cranford, Heston and surrounding area) were allowed to cultivate small areas of land for their own use. In particular, they grew pansies, wallflowers, sweet william and gladioli for sale in London.
West Middlesex FHS Journal 23(4) 36-37 (December 2005)

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