1 December 2023 Unused extracts from Margaret Meadows Preston Scrapbook together with hitherto unseen photos of Preston have been uploaded. Link:Meadows1 November 2023 Having purchased a Deed re: Preston’s Mission Room, I then had to find its location. Link:Mission Room11 October 2023 The discovery of Julian Gribble’s previously unknown daughter is described.Link:J Gribble1 October 2023 The history of the Temple Dinsley Lodges and their occupants is discussed. Link:TDLodgesAlso, the history of tennis at Preston is related. Link:Tennis1 September 2023 Preston in the news - 1919. Link:News1919Also, new information and photographs re Almina, Countess of Carnarvon and Ian Dennistoun have been uploaded - with some surprising news Link:Almina1 August 2023 The remarkable story of John and Anna Hadfield (who lived at Sadleirs End, Chequers Lane from 1940 until 1952) is chronicled. Link:Hadfields11 July 2023 Newspaper article re: History of Preston cricket from 1954. Link:Cricket 19541 July 2023 Preston in the News - 1936. An appraisal of news cutting re: Preston in local papers during 1936 Link:News19366 June 2023 The lives at Preston of my greatx3 and 2 grandparents, William and Mary (nee Humphreys) Ward and William and Ann (nee Bradden) Ward are described. Link: William Ward 1&21 June 2023 The story is told of my first ancestors, Joseph and Elizabeth Ward, to live at PrestonLink:Joseph Ward24 April 2023 An appraisal of the Hammond family at Sootfield Green, Preston in the 1930s.Link:Hammonds at Sootfield Green30 March 2023 Latest news from Preston Parish newsletter of the sale of Princess Helena College. Link:Newsphc23 March 2023 Stunning aerial photographs of Minsden Chapel Link:Minsden from the air1 March 2023 Preston in the News - 1935. An appraisal of news cutting re: Preston in its local paper, the Hertfordshire Express in 1935 Link:News193522 December 2022 The first known men from Preston who played cricket are revealed: Link: CricketAlso, four generations of the Fairey family of Preston are discussed in detail, including their origins in Hitchin. One descendant of the Faireys still resides in the village. Link: Faireys 12 November 2022 The story of a death along a ‘grassy lane’ at Preston in 1930 is recounted: Link: CropperAlso, my cousin, Charlie Wray (shoe repairer of Hitchin), is featured as well as his son, Rodney Wray, and his wife Judith of West Alley Arcade, Hitchin. Associated with Judith is Val Rivenell of Chequers Lane, Preston. Link:Charlie Wray16 October 2022 Photographs and comments regarding renovations of Minsden Chapel are included and updated. Link:Minsden Chapel8 October 2022 The results of my recent DNA test are discussed including their relevance to Preston and some Preston families.Link:DNA27 September 2022 Reasons for Douglas Vickers’ purchase of Temple Dinsley are discussed - and why he sold the mansion in 1929 Link:Vickers24 August 2022 An in-depth study of the gardens of Temple Dinsley is presented with supporting photographs, maps drawings and even an 18thC watercolour Link: TD Gardens9 August 2022 My thirteen uncles and aunts, the children of Alfred and Emily (nee Fairey) Wray of Chequers Cottages, Preston are discussed. Link: 13 uncles/auntsThe life of Thomas Currell, the husband of Mary Fairey, is reviewed in detail. Link:Thomas CurrellThe life of my great grandmother, Mary (nee Fairey) Currell is featured. Link: Mary Fairey10 June 2022 My grandparents, Alfred and Emily (nee Fairey) Wray of Chequers Cottages are discussed Link: Grandparents22 May 2022 The lives of my great grandparents, Charles and Elizabeth (nee Breed) Wray are examined and their home at Austage End near Preston is featured.Link: Charles Wray (1820 - 1884)29 March 2022 The details of the 1921 census for Preston and its environs were uploaded. Link: 1921 census1 January 2022 The early history of cricket at Preston has been reappraised and founding fathers are suggested. Link: Cricket1 December 2021 The tenancy at Temple Dinsley of Henry Brand from 1880 to 1889 is discussed Link: Henry Brand1 November 2021 The tenancy at Temple Dinsley of Sir Frederick and Lady Georgiana Macmillan is featured. Link: Frederick Macmillan13 October 2021 During the last six years, three books have been published that feature Preston and some of its past inhabitants. They are Helen Batten’s The Scarlet Sisters (2015) and The Improbable Adventures of Miss Emily Soldene: Actress, Writer, and Rebel Victorian (2021), and The Conscientious Objector’s Wife (2018) edited by Kate Macdonald. Link:Three new books1 October 2021 Sir Joseph Priestley and Tatmore Place are featured, together with details of his childen’s lives. Link: Sir Joseph Priestley15 September 2021 Red Lion, Preston’s CAMRA award Link:Red Lion1 August 2021 The lives of early owners of Temple Dinsley, Benedict Ithell and his daughter, Martha are discussed. Link: The Ithells of Temple DinsleyHow Thomas Harwood became Lord of the Manor after being a gentleman’s servant. Link: HarwoodThe Dartons, ‘Preston’s forgotten family’ are remembered - including, was Joseph Darton the secret son of Martha Ithell and Thomas Harwood? Links: The Darton family Pt 1; The Darton family Pt 25 July 2021 The overview of the history of Preston’s cottages has been re-written.Link: Cottages overview20 June 2021 The changing face of Temple Dinsley between 1714 and 1908 is explored and discussed using plans, drawings and photographs. Link:The changing face of Temple DinsleyAlso, the history of Temple Dinsley’s rose garden is traced. Link: The Rose Garden21 May 2021The life of Sidney Smith (police constable and soldier) together with his wife, Louisa, who lived at 4 Chequers Cottages, Preston from around 1950 is described Link: Sidney Smith6 March 2021Princess Helena College set to close on 31 August 2021Link: PHC10 December 2020 A chance discovery in a Hitchin newspaper revealed the true identity of my paternal great grandfather from Hitchin. My earlier belief as to his identity is discussed and the life of man himself is researched in detail. Link: My new ggfFollowing this are two articles about my new grtx2 and 3 grandparents. Links: My gx2gf and My gx3gfThis may be of particular interest to anyone with connections to the Currells of Preston. 1 December 2019 “The Preston Tumulus” (at Gosmore) is discussed.Link: Tumulus16 November 2019 The story of “Blind Bob” Thrussell (game-keeper, messenger and occasional boxer) is recounted. Link: Blind Bob1 November 2019 Did a Roman road pass through Preston? Link: Roman Road1 October 2019 More information about religion at Temple Dinsley and Preston over more than three centuries (1086 - 1539) is uploaded. Link: Nuns of Elstow1 September 2019 New discoveries re: the place-name Preston and their implications about the age of the village are published. Link: Place-name Preston29 July 2019 This is an account of an odd and somewhat revealing incident from around 1865 which was recounted by Reginald Hine. Link: The 1865c incidentTo contact me, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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