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Meldreth migrants to Lambeth, Croydon
By Jon Casbon on 26/10/2018 at 02:43
By Nicky Whyte on 07/04/2018 at 20:13
My great grandfather was Charles Waldock, born in Meldreth about 1856, according to various later censuses. There seem to have been a lot of Waldock families in Meldreth at the time and I cannot work out who his parents were. He married Alice Eliza White in Chelmsford in 1879 but no parents appear to be entered on the marriage certificate. Any help would be gratefully received.
Re: Waldock family
By Carol Kefford Eshelman on 06/07/2017 at 20:46
John Casborn, Parish Clerk of Meldreth
By Jon Casbon on 17/02/2017 at 15:46
I’m trying to find out more about this man. I’ve found 2 references to him in FHL microfilm of parish registers: 18 May 1791 reference to a plot of land and occupation of a cottage, and 4 Jan 1796 burial record, age 75. Based on his age, I’m guessing this is John Casborn, baptised in Orwell 1721. I believe he might be the same man who married Ann Chamberlain 18 Jan 1742/3 in Wimpole. Are there any other records that might might indicate when he was appointed Parish Clerk, or give more insight into his activities? Thanks in advance!
Casbon/copyhold of Sheene Manor
By Jon Casbon on 23/01/2017 at 05:21
I noticed an allotment to James Casbourn “as and for copyhold of the Manor of Sheene (Heriotable)” in the 1820 Enclosure Award Book. How can I find out when copyhold was first granted to a member of the Casbon (& variants) family & who held it at various times?
Re: Casbon/copyhold of Sheene Manor
Agnes Ann Ellis
By Peter Cunnington on 20/12/2016 at 16:58
My great great grandfather, Rev. Edward Thomas Egg married Agnes Ann Ellis of Meldreth. I am interested to find out as much as possible about the wedding, where it was held and who the parents were of Agnes Ann. Any help would be much appreciated.
Re: Agnes Ann Ellis
Doris & Leonard Rodgers
By Chris Carey on 15/11/2016 at 13:17
Doris and Leonard Rodgers were the children of Frank Rodgers, who at the age of 15 murdered his mother in the Gables, High Street, Meldreth. Frank married Christiana Cross (a cousin of mine) and had Doris and Leonard. I cannot find any information about what happened to them. Does anyone have any information they could share with me? I would also love to know if Christiana knew of Frank’s past. Many thanks.
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By Reg Clements on 11/06/2016 at 18:24
By John Herrington on 02/03/2016 at 18:12
Many thanks Kathryn but it appears that your Muriel Nelson is not the author I am looking for, despite her being an author as well. According to newspapers from 1939 she was a playwright and authoress, whose play ‘Where’s there a will’ and other pieces were produced locally. The author I am after wrote a number of light number of light romances in the period 1920-1938. Which could not be someone one born in 1906. Muriel Louise Ranney was born in Chicago in 1906 and seems to have lived there until around 1923 when she left for France and later arrived in England where she married Henry Iredale Nelson in 1929 in Wycombe. By the late 1930s she is living in Meldreth but for how long I do not know as she was living in Royston, Herts when she died 4/4/1972. Her husband died in the Cambridge area in 1996. Regards John
By Patricia Robb on 09/10/2015 at 20:55
William Blott b. 1809 Haslingfield was my great great grandfather. He was a jobbing farmer and had a small plot of land. He married Elisabeth Hall in Meldreth 1841. They had William (1842) (my great grandfather), Martha, Emma, Polly & Daniel. He died in 1887 and was buried in Meldreth. His eldest son, William married Emily Farnham in 1866 in Meldreth. Wm was a farmer and stonecutter and I heard he worked in The Maltings in Meldreth and had very little land. Children: William James 1867, Bertha, Harry Charles, Arthur, Albert, Emily, Miriam. (Emily married F Course and they had Vida, Phyllis, Pat, and 2 others). William James m Alice Foreman of Chelsfield, in 1890. Wm James was a Corn Chandler in Bromley. He died in Feb 1906. Their children were Hilda (died young), Ethel (my mother) 1893, William 1900, Marjorie ? and Albert 1903.
The Casbon family
By Jon Casbon on 14/09/2015 at 22:14
Re: The Casbon family
Edie M. Abrey
By Jeff Watts on 09/08/2015 at 19:05
My mother left me a 1909 edition of “Mrs Beeton’s Family Cookery”. Inscribed in the cover is “Edie M. Abrey 1913”. As a nine year old I recall visiting her with my parents in Hackney, East London right after WWII. Are there any Meldreth Abreys who might be related? She was referred to as “aunt” and was elderly. I was born in Ilford, Essex in 1936.
Jeff Watts aka Godfrey James Watts Gualala, California 95445-1718 USA 1-707-884-3057
PS: You can read my “Reminiscences of an Evacuee” at the Chudleigh History website. JW.
Re: Edie M. Abrey
By Trevor Hamilton on 20/07/2015 at 04:35
Hi. I have been researching the Wing family in Meldreth. My grandmother was Minnie Wing (a descendant of Susannah Wing of Meldreth I believe) who emigrated to Australia in 1889. I visited Meldreth and Melbourn in 2013 and am interested in finding other people researching the Wing family.
Re: Wing Family
By Joan Fallon on 19/10/2015 at 14:26
My grandfather was William John WING born 10/3/1893 in Meldreth
His father was Henry John WING baptised 27/10/1867 in Meldreth, labourer and his mother was Louisa Jane Winters
Henry’s father was William WING baptised 10/4/1831 and his mother was Mary
William’s father was also William WING born 6/4/1814, baptised 6/2/1821 and his mother was Esther Carter
We think that this William’s father was James WING baptised 6/5/1781, publican and that his mother was Ann
James’ father was Thomas WING, baptised 26/10/1755 and his mother was Mary
Thomas’ father was James and his mother was Sarah
We got these from the Meldreth parish register of baptisms (available on FindMyPast or from Cambridgeshire Family History Society).
I hope this helps. William John WING’s daughter is still alive aged 92.
Re: Wing Family
By Ian Jackson on 05/05/2015 at 13:43
By Jayne Richardson on 16/04/2015 at 09:38
My grandfather was Harold Pepper and he owned Whitecroft Gables in Meldreth. He was a smallholder and was well known at Royston market. He died in 1964 at the age of 75. I’m trying to find out more about his family. I think he had a sister called Minnie. I am aware of Dennis Pepper and his family but, as far as I know, they are not related to me.
Re: Harold Pepper
I am searching for information on David Herne and his wife Doris Herne nee Hines. Until their deaths they lived in Melbourn. They married in Cambridge around 1961, whilst living at Flint Cross. I know that during this time David was a bus driver on the 108 bus Royston-Cambridge route and believe Doris worked in a restaurant. I have found out that David used to work as a driver for Don Weatherhead in Royston, and previously to this at the Atlas Stone Company in Meldreth. Doris was originally from Suffolk and used to work at Pie’s in Cherry Hinton. I would be so grateful to anyone who could tell me when and where David and Doris met, and if anyone has any photographs of David and Doris or any kind of information about their lives.
If you can help, please email me. Thank you.
from Natalie Kemp
Natalie, thank you for your enquiry. I have looked up David and Doris on the website FindMyPast and have found the following information:
Bernard D Herne married Doris E R Hines in Cambridge. The marriage was registered in the March quarter (January to March) 1961. If you ordered their marriage certificate it would give you their ages and address(es) at the time of marriage and from there you may be able to find the registration of their births if you wished. To order a certificate, you will need the above details plus the volume number (4A) and the page number (635). Hope this helps.
Do you have any information, please, regarding a pair (or row) of dwellings in Meldreth, known as Mills Cottages? Apparently they were still in existence in the 1950s. My great-great-grandfather, Thomas W Mills, was born in Meldreth in 1843 & spent his early years with his (single) mother at Mills Cottages. When his mother eventually married, Thomas, sick of the harsh treatment he received from his stepfather, ran away to London.
from Alison Hoskins
Alison, thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find any information about these cottages. Perhaps the name has been changed. If anyone can help further, please add a comment at the bottom of this page.
Please see the comment below, added in October 2012, which suggests that these may have been located in what is now Flambards Close, near Flambards Mill.
I am a descendant of Roger Honeychurch said to be the Clerk Vicar of Mildreth (Meldreth). His date of birth is 1554. Does anyone have any more information about him please?
from Carolyn Fitzgarrald
Carolyn, we have looked through our records but unfortunately have no record of Roger Honeychurch. There is a board in the church, but it lists only the vicars and not the clerk vicars. Can anyone else help?
Meldreth Park, Adelaide, South Australia
I am currently researching the name & suburb in which I live, in Adelaide, South Australia. Recently I discovered that my suburb, now named Brooklyn Park, was called Meldreth Park, with three streets, being Thanet, Whaddon & Lysle. This was a subdivision laid out by Arthur and Frances Sophia Walker in 1912, but changed names before 1936. From your website I have discovered that Whaddon is about 1.5km from Meldreth Village. Do you know of any links with Thanet & Lysle from your area?
I am a member of our local historical group, West Torrens Historical Soc, which can be located at www.wtcc.sa.gov.au & click on “Library” and then in the drop-down box “Library Web Catalogue”. This site has photos of West Torrens, etc. Our Society has just launched its own web page, but has no images there as yet, but links with the local council, which has been scanning images for us.
We are currently researching street names in the West Torrens Council area, hence my research questions, regarding Meldreth Park.
Hope you may be able to assist with some possible answers.
Bev, many thanks for your enquiry. We are not aware of any links with Thanet and Lyle but we believe that Meldreth Park may have been given its name via a connection with the Mortlock family. Please see our introduction to the family for more details.