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St. James’ Church

St. James' Church

(Photograph loaned by Betty Jackson.)

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  1. Brian Richardson says:

    I am in the process of researching my family tree. I am trying to trace my great grandfather who I know lived in South Bedburn/Hamsterley in 1881. His name was Andrew Hood and he was employed as a gamekeeper I believe for the Surtees family but am unable to confirm this as yet. He was born in Scotland, lived in Suffolk for a while, where my grandmother Elizabeth was born. I know that he also had a son called Andrew and daughter Alice.
    My grandmother married William Richardson from Middleton-in-Teesdale and I can trace ancestors back to the 1780’s all of whom were lead miners or had connections with lead mining.
    I shall be very grateful for any information anyone can provide on the Hood or Richardson families.

    • Admin says:

      Jonathan Peacock sent us this message:


      In the 1881 census return Andrew Hood (born about 1857 in Cowling, Suffolk) was the householder. The address is unspecified, but “The Nest” was the gamekeepers cottage, and I have a photo of that house. His sister Mary (born Cowling about 1861) was his housekeeper, and his parents Andrew and Amy were there as well. They were both born in “Scotland” so, not much help there, in about 1824 and 1825 respectively. Father Andrew was also a gamekeeper.

      Hamsterley Website Team

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