Category Archives: History

History – Protestation Return – 1641

A new History item: The Protestation Return – 1641. In 1641 all adult males were required to make a Protestation under oath in support of King and Parliament, defending the Protestant religion against all Popery . . . Read more … Continue reading

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New historical photographs

We have just added some new historical photographs, curtesy of Roly Smith. On the Gallery / History – Places page are photographs of Shull, Shull Lodge and St. Johns. On the Gallery / History – People page are new photographs … Continue reading

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Historic Hamsterley

Saturday 13 August 2011, 10am to 4pm Hamsterley Village Hall Old documents about Hamsterley & South Bedburn Maps, deeds, books and early postcards Local family stories, samplers and artefacts Research help with hands-on laptops – CDs – microfiche Bring a … Continue reading

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Domesday Reloaded

Do you remember the BBC Domesday Project in 1986 – an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life across the UK for future generations? Well now, 25 years later, the BBC has put the information on their website … Continue reading

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Anne Jackson – The Hopes

Anne wrote: “I am researching my family tree and am hoping to take photographs and document any information that I can find. The family tree has a record of: Joseph Hope, born 1789, brewer – Hamsterley. He married Hannah, born … Continue reading

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Edythe Scott – Robert Watson

Edythe wrote: “I write out of curiosity – nothing more! In Bishop Auckland cemetery there is a huge memorial to Robert Watson who was born in Hamsterley in 1819 and died in Bishop in 1891. Funds were raised for the … Continue reading

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Susan Lawrence (Nee Dennison) – William Dennison

Susan Lawrence (Nee Dennison) writes: “My Great great grandfather William Dennison was born in Bedburn, Hamsterley in 1828 (23 in 1851 census.) I know he lived at Bedburn Mill and was probably born there. He married Ann Mitchison from Kenton. … Continue reading

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War Memorial

Jonathan Peacock writes: “We have become aware that several names are missing from the War Memorial on the Village Green and are making enquiries concerning their possible inclusion. The names so far identified are: World War I: Joseph Hodgson, Gerard … Continue reading

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Iris Tinkler – John Joseph Burn

Iris Tinkler writes: “My g g grandfather was John Joseph Burn, born 1882 in Hamsterley. His mother was Jane Burn, born 1811. Her mother was Dorothy Burn, born 1771. Can you give me any information about them. I am researching … Continue reading

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Enid Bacon – John (Jack) Bacon

Enid Bacon writes: “Hello again, I found a photograph of my father John (Jack) Bacon taken at New Hall Farm,  summer 1959 or 60 with Mrs. Raine who was George and Arthur Raine’s mother. Could anyone tell me her d.o.b, … Continue reading

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Jayne Allaire – Elizabeth Anne Nicolson

Jayne Allaire writes: “My grandmother, Elizabeth Anne Nicolson, was born in Hamsterley on the 3 or 4 July 1914, would you be able to help me find her birth certificate. My grandmother left Hamsterley in the 1930′s to go to … Continue reading

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Enid Bacon – The Rivers Family

Enid  Bacon writes: “My father was John Bacon b1919. He had huts on George Raine’s farm at Newhall which we spent many a happy day on in summer. He had a friend called Albert Rivers who lived in Hamsterley Village, … Continue reading

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Ann Sansom (Lockey) – The Lockey Family

Ann Sansom (Lockey) writes: “I’m trying to track down records of my family although having some difficulty as I live in Australia. I know that my grandfather was baptised at the Church in Hamsterley on the 12th March 1911 and … Continue reading

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