I draw your attention to to an interesting website on the
history of the totalisator invented by Sir George Julius
This can be found on Brian Colons web sitesite
World War I has dominated research for the last year and I
put together ’The Life and Death of Edward Gerald Palmer Fenn”.
It traces his short life of 24 years up to his death on the first day, of
his first action, against the enemy, the Turk. by snipers bullet on
the 19th Sept 1918. What surprised me was the amount of time the
Army spent processing those that died in action see it in under
the “Books” tab on the “Home Page” or on the blue button
In 1919 the eminent physican Dr Edward Liveing died after a
distinguished career. He had become Registrar of the Royal College of
Physicians in 1889. His brother Robert was a noted dermatologist
before the word was created, and brother George Professor of
Chemistry at Cambridge. See Edwards love letters on Of interest
perhaps is the catalogue for the sale of his home at 52 Queen Anne St
Cavendish Square London
Rowledge (Surrey) a Parish History: based on Florence Parker’s diary
by Roy Waight, a most interesting read, contact me for it.
Smethurst’s Luck by Peter Maggs, the Richmond poisoner look in your
bookshop and here under “Notable British Trails”
Assington Parochial Library endowed by Rev Thomas Alston 1690.
Added to the “Books” section is an inventory compliled by the Rev
Thomas Alston 1609 - 1690 Vicar of Assington Suffolk of his library.
It is a scholarly and valuable collection of 280 titles in the
ownership of a 17th C. country vicar, who was also an academic.
One might wonder about his sermon’s to the population of his small
village. He left the collection to succeeding Vicars of Assington.
The inventory below, is held by the Suffolk Records Office, Bury,
FL521/11/2 and the remnant of 191 volumes are now held by the
Suffolk Records Office, Ipswich.
Readers attention is drawn to the interesting collection of Alston
headstones, ledger stones and memorials.
Some of you may have noticed a disruption of this website as my
webhost moved to a new more secure “platform” where hopefully
updating will be easier. May 2015 - no such luck, 6 months of problems
Working with the site, as this was happening, I was reminded of the
lack of navigation devices in the Legacy generated section of the Tree
and the importantance of using Ctrl/Home to reach the top of a page
and Ctrl/End the bottom. Especially useful for some of the very long
pages in the Julius & Alston Descendant Trees and the Fenn
As time allows I am pressing on to put up more images and documents
under a persons “OTHER RECORDS” in panorama format - dble click
on them to view.
TheKingsCandlesticks continues to interest with hits on the site
averaging over 100,000 a month for 2014 a staggering number.
Images for individuals are being progressively linked in panorama
format under the heading OTHER RECORDS which follows after
a person’s notes, clicking once then again on these images enlarges
them dramatically. Clicking in the bottom left of Book PDF images
enables a Toolbar to enlarge/reduce/fit the image etc.
Contact me should you want a single image from a panorama.
New under the “Books” button
Moore’s Royal Prophetic Almanack.
In the mass of memorabilia here, I came across this rather
interesting 1840 publication of late Georgian superstitious prophesy,
a variation of the Horoscope. However it also contains other
information that a gentleman of the time might consider he be
informed on, such as, that Robin Hood died - Fri 17th Jan 1274.
We understand it was the property of Dr Frederick G Julius
See “The Spirit of the Public Journals for 1813” page 250.
Extracts from the Alston Law Practice Diary Nayland SFK 1777-1794
These show some of the day to day activity of a Village Law Practice
including commercial matters such as Edward Gusterson receiving
loads of muck on the 27th July 1778 and a bond being executed for
L230 @ 5 p.c. on the 31st.
Notes on Alston Court Nayland SFK by Dr Charles Fenn
Charlie inherited Alston Court and lived there between the Wars
with his family until his wife refused to spend another winter there!
These are his notes on the village, house, and particularly the stained
glass. See the magnificent presentation by Savills of Ipswich Suffolk
Court Knoll Nayland Suffolk
Thought to be an ancient fortified Manorial site this earthworks
is at the bottom of the garden of Alston Court, adjacent to the river
Stour. This is an interesting article on an archaeological excavation.
Sir and Sen a biography of Dick & Dossie Fenn who founded Oakwood
School West Sussex in 1912 see http://www.oakwoodschool.co.uk/
One of the most satisfying responses this year has been the
increasing number of readers asking for permission (always granted
with pleasure) to use images and data of family who served in WWI.
These are being used in commemorative activities for the
Centenary of this dreadful event in modern history.
Below just a few of those who have contributed, thank you to all
who have, and apologies where I have missed an acknowlegement.
Alston Court Nayland SFK is one of the most significant homes
owned by the family. 200+ yrs ago my Grandfather,
Dr Edward Fenn completed a major restoration of the house his
mother was raised in. News that would greatly please him is that the
old house has a new owner who is working with an Architectural
Historian to maintain and further research the fabric.
A book on timber framed houses in Nayland is planned. Alston Court
is a Grade I example.
The search is quickening for the correct ancestors of Col John
Alston of co Chowan Nth Carolina with Forrest King, Larry McClain
Hugh Wayne & Andrew Martin on the case, with Mary Terbrack.
Lovely Alston images from Audrey Hall. More good work has been
done on adding to the families of Evans/Fitzgerald/Long,Thurlow/Toller,
Sewell, Beek/Beke and Alston of course.
John Oliver has made a very important find concerning John Julius of
St Kitts the progenitor, a death in New York USA in 1671.
Jane Quinlan has sent some wonderful images of members of the
interesting Money family, Ann McLachlan has discovered more on
Rupert Luedecke. Dermot Elworthy adds to his family’s record.
John Oliver & Helem Macintosh have contributed greatly the
Northern Australian Julius line. Alan D’Orsay more on the Maertens
family. of Hawaii. Olwyn on the NZ family.
It’s been mixed fortunes for the Fenn’s of Suffolk, a great positive
was Mike Fenn’s completion of his Family History, a great piece of work.
But ongoing research has confounded a view taken on the Ancestors
of Simon Fenn/Fynn of Offton SFK, 1724, leaving a great many
unanswered questions, including who are the Fenn’s of Kenton
Wayne Franks and family added greatly to the Ayres line.
Lorraine Wilson has tracked down the dubious Dr William Drake
Of particular interest to my family is the transcription of my parents
1938/39 diaries recording their meeting on a trip from NZ to England
and eventually courting - they had a 30 year age gap, it is somewhat
lucky I am here.
Neither I nor Legacy, have yet solved the problem of various letters
numbers & symbols failing to upload to the website, a ? is substituted.
Please mail me if this is a problem, or if you wish to know the source
of data on this website. This I do not publish to protect privacy and
A glimpse of what has been happening recently.
Additions to the site include my copy of Stemmata Alstoniana which
was bought from Lionel Cresswell by my grandfather and namesake
New button for interesting books/booklets etc.:
The rare book Bygone Days by Fanny Torlesse about life in
Stoke-by Nayland Suffolk, and the Torlesse, Wakefield, Liveing,
Holland and other families.
Also two school boy (aged 11/13) diaries of Lancelot Giles 1889
& 1891. A fascinating peep into the world of an intelligent boy
of those days at school in Liege - Courtesy of Catherine Stewart.
The Latin phrase book belonging to Sam Alston 1739 and more.
Also my wonderful Fenn cousin Angela is moving and has sent me two
miniatures of Sam Alston of Nayland and Mary Vanderzee his wife
our 3 x Gt Grandparents painted by Roth in 1773. These are up on the
Recent Accessions button.
For Fenn family Mike Fenn has released part one of his excellent
Family History, contact me if you cannot access it.
More research from Alan D’Orsay into the descendants of the Deverall
brothers, who travelled to Hawaii to present a gift from Queen
Victoria and stayed, it is fascinating.
Judith Carter has done some excellent research into the Hearn
and Jackson families of Harwich & Ipswich. The Jackson family were
publishers of the Ipswich Journal in the 18thC.
Working with Mary Terbrack we have had a great tidy up of the
Bedfordshire Alstons with some surprises, namely eliminating
the John Alston of Pavenham as the ancestor of John Alston of
Chowan Nth Carolina.
More pictures have surfaced of Lewis Hopkins thank you Barbara
and Buddy Hopkins.
As well as working with many of you on your respective branches of
the family I have been making progress on transcribing and scanning
the many family letters in my possession.
Increasingly I am getting enquiry on family details, which I am
pleased to pass on to the family member whose research it is.
NOTICE BOARD - THEKINGSCANDLESTICKS.
Court Knoll Nayland will not open properly on Google Chrome, please
ignore a present problem of indiscriminate underlining - Gurrr.
To improve navigation I am progressively marking up the website
with an blue information mark dot which links to the relevent file,
or to data on the internet, for more information.
REMINDER - when looking at pictures in the 4 Family Tree’s, enlarge
them with a click, then click again for maximum effect, in most cases.
BUT - some images will only open fully in the “Family Pedigrees” Tree.
Unfortunately I have been recently mired in webhost and software
problems this has delayed getting new data up. There have been more
errors than usual, if you find an error of any sort please let me know.
I have just cross referenced the mailing list and the “Contributors” list
where I found some of you missing - my apologies and again thanks for
the magnificent support.
Work has again started on the very interesting Liveing Archive.
Grey Friars Colchester’s Forgotten Corner
Below I have mentioned an excellent history of this old house with
wonderful details of its life at the center of religious and educational
institutions as well as a family home.
Newly launched is a Facebook page with more information which if you
find of interest please reward it with a “like” and “share” with others.
Grey Friars Colchester’s Forgotten Corner (Sometimes slow)
An excellent new book by Joan Gurney & Alan Skinner traces this
historic corner of Colchester ESS from the 1st C to the 20th C.
Sprinkled with interesting pictures it is a wealth of information.
Dr Edward L Fenn owned the property for some 12 years at the turn
of last century, his occupation is described in chapter 5.
A new lease on life sees the house enter the 21st C beautifully
renovated as a luxury hotel after a century as an educational institution.