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  1. Place of birth . . . . “on the sea”

    Census returns are crucial when undertaking nineteenth century family history research, particularly as they can provide detailed information regarding place of birth.  A town or parish in any given county can then lead to parish registers of that place to help research a family back in time.

    One of our researchers this week was researching a family where the place of birth of “on the sea” was given.

    Fair enough, we thought, perhaps the wife of a military ancestor was caught out by an untimely birth whilst crossing the Channel, or similar. However, it turns out his father was a publican, so who knows what the family were doing at sea – further research is clearly required!

  2. Lath and plaster work revealed

    Building work at our medieval premises this week has revealed the lath and plaster work from a ceiling in one of our ground floor offices.  This was a traditional method of building construction, used from the medieval period (replacing the use of wattle and daub) until the 1930s, when plasterboard was introduced.

    The oldest parts of our building date from the 14th century, when it was used as a pilgrims’ hostel for those visiting Canterbury Cathedral.  However, it is likely that the lath and plaster exposed here dates from Georgian times, when significant alternations were made to the building.

     

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