Thursday, 31 May 2012

Maria Blomfield

Anna Maria Blomfield (nee Heath)’s only surviving child, Maria, married Henry Brown M.A., canon of Rochester, rector of Woolwich, and rural dean. They had 31 years marriage and (at least?) 9 children including using the family names: Henry Blomfield, Charles James and Maria.

28 Oct 1843 Marriage Allegation: Reverend Henry Brown Incumbent in St James's Curtain Road Shoreditch Age: 21 Maria Blomfield Spouse's Age:21 Spouse's Parish: Fulham Reference Number: Ms 10091/220 "and prayed a licence for the solemnisation of Marriage in the Parish of Fulham"
(note: 'age 21' means 'at least' 21 - viz: able to marry without parental consent)

Saturday 11 November 1843 Yorkshire Gazette (also syndicated) - On Thursday, the 2nd inst. the parish church of All Saints, Fulham, by the Rev. R. G. Baker, the Rev. Henry Brown, M.A., of Balliol College, Oxford, and Incumbent of St. James's, Curtain-road, to Maria, eldest daughter of the Right Hon. and Rev. the Lord Bishop of London.

1851 census: 49, Rectory Place, Woolwich, Greenwich age 37 with spouse 46 Henry Brown Rector Of Woolwich (b St Georges Middlesex 5 children (first 5 below) and 5 servants (nurse, nursery maid, footman cook housemaid)

ALICE MARGARET BROWN birth: c1845 (Reg Q1 1845 London v 2 p160) baptism 12 Jan 1845 Shoreditch St James father: clerk incumbent of this church 6 West street Finsbury Park
MARIA GEORGINA BROWN birth: 1846 b Boreham Essex baptism: 14 Apr 1846 Boreham St Andrew
CONSTANCE ISABELLA BROWN birth: c1848 b Boreham Essex baptism: 13 Feb 1848 Boreham St Andrew
HELEN MARY BROWN b 1850 Boreham Essex baptism 17 Jun 1849 Boreham St Andrew
HENRY BLOMFIELD BROWN birth: c1851 Reg Q1 1851 Chelmsford Volume: 12 Page: 51 baptism 16 Jan 1851 (age 2 months @1851 census)
ADA DOROTHY BROWN birth: 15 July 1852 baptism 7 Aug 1852 Woolwich St Mary Magdalene details as below
ETHEL LOUISA BROWN birth: 2 Nov 1854 baptism 5 Dec 1854 Woolwich St Mary Magdalene details as below
FREDERICK BALFOUR BROWN birth10 April 1856 baptism 13 May1856 Woolwich St Mary Magdalene details as below
CHARLES JAMES BROWN birth: 24 Jan 1859 Rectory House/Rectory Place baptism 2 Mar 1859 Woolwich St Mary Magdalene father clerk Rector of Woolwich

Saturday 08 May 1875 (syndicated extracts from various newspapers)
The Rev. Henry Brown, M.A., canon of Rochester, rector of Woolwich, and rural dean, died suddenly on Sunday morning at Woolwich Old Church, during Divine service. The rev. gentleman entered upon the service to all appearance in his usual health, but it was observed that he suddenly retired to the vestry, the Rev. F. Harrison, his curate, continuing the prayers. Ten minutes later Mr. Harrison was informed that the rector had expired in the vestry, and was so much overcome by the intelligence as to be unable to proceed further, and the congregation, hearing of the mournful cause, dispersed. ... The Church bells were tolling solemnly during the whole of the afternoon, and the sad event has caused the most profound regret in the locality. ... The deceased clergyman was son-in-law of the late Bishop Blomfield / The deceased clergyman had been married to a daughter of the late Bishop Bloomfield 31 years. (sic) .... For twenty-five years he had held his living at Woolwich with the universal esteem of his parishioners. He was previously incumbent of Boreham, Essex, having taken his degree at Balliol College, Oxford. He was 71 years of age.

?Deaths Mar 1884 BROWN Maria age 69 Woolwich 1d 699

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Anne Maria Heath

Anne Maria Heath - Birth: 29 Dec 1784 Hemblington, Norfolk, England - Christening: 01 Jan 1785 Hemblington, Norfolk, England
father's name: William Heath mother's name: Anne Johnson IGI Family Search indexing project (batch) number: C16304-1 source film number: 1526136

06/11/1810 Anne Maria married Reverend Chas. James Blomfield, future Bishop of London, Hemblington Hall, Norfolk England
groom's name: Revd. Charles James Blomfield of the parish of Great Chesterford Essex bride's name: Anna Maria Heath spinster - married by license by Philip Candler Minister place: Hemblington, Norfolk, England witnesses William Heath and Maria Heath signed F Howes curate Wm Heath Church Warden

23 April 1863; Morning Post: (on death of Blomfield) "...Bishop of Lincoln offered the private tutorship of his sons, with a salary of £400 and the promise of a living, to Blomfield, who, how-ever, declined the proposal, and, witb the curacy of Chesterford as his title for orders, was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Bristol in March, 1810, and priest in June. The Marquis of Bristol, a former pupil of his grandfather, and still warm friend of his father, presented him to the living of Quarrington (which lacked a parsonage) so he brought home (to Chesterford) his early chosen bride, Anne Maria, the daughter of Mr.W. Heath, of Hemblington, in Norfolk. This amiable lady had a brother whose manners, uncouth as contrasted with hers, obtained for him the cognomen of Erica vulgaris...."

According to the records held in the National Archives there were six children of the marriage, of whom only one survived infancy Maria Blomfield.

Wednesday 18 February 1818 Bury and Norwich Post - "On Monday last, at Hildersham, Cambridgeshire, in the 32d year of her age, most truly and deservedly lamented, Mrs. Blomfield, wife of the Rev. Charles James Blomfield, Rector of Chesterford, Essex".

Monday 02 March 1818 Morning Post - DIED — On Monday 16th ult at Hildersham in Cambridgeshire. Anna Maria, wife of the Rev. C.J. Blomfield, Rector of Ohesterford, in Essex. Possessed with a singular serenity of mind, she bore a protracted illness with exemplary patience and pious resignation, and endowed with every social and Christian virtue that could adorn the woman, wife, or mother. she has left an inconsolable husband, with three small children, and a numerous circle of admiring friends, who deeply lament her loss, and will ever revere her memory.

According to Blomfield's biography (which was written by his son Alfred Blomfield M A). Anna Maria Blomfield was buried at Chesterford

Thursday 23 April 1863: Morning Post (further extract) "In 1817 he (Blomfield) was presented by the Marquis of Bristol to the valuable livings of Great and Little Chesterford, in Essex ; and Tuddenham, in Suffolk. He had thus to occupy, as rector, the dwelling in which he commenced his clerical life as curate. But he was scarcely settled in it when he lost his wife. Her naturally delicate constitution had been shaken by the birth of six children in less than seven years, of whom only one survived infancy."
Thanks Ray !

about her husband 

Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Erringtons of Great Yarmouth

The Erringtons of Great Yarmouth

  Old Meeting House, Gaol Street, Gt Yarmouth.

If you look back in the blog to 7th January 2012 you will see an advert about French tuition classes in Great Yarmouth.
 It was placed there by Jerome Nicholas Vlieland the Elder in 1821. 
The address is given as Chapel Street and opposite Mr Erringtons. 

Recently I have been doing research on the places the Vlieland family lived in Great Yarmouth. I thought it would be interesting to discover just where exactly this address was.
I have also been trying to discover why the family would choose Great Yarmouth for resettlement and more on this subject will be covered at a later date. 
While doing this research though, I have discovered facts about a very interesting family, who probably had a great influence on JNV’s own family during their early years here. 
This can’t be proven though and the blog only deals with fact. 
So you must come to your own conclusions.

George Errington is the Errington mentioned in this advert.
He was born into the family home of at least 40 years standing at the time of his birth 12 Oct 1761. It was on the corner of Row 113 (called Errington Row on a document dated 1714) also called Tilson’s South Row and Chapel Street, almost opposite St Georges Chapel itself. 
The full length of this Street was called King Street but by many it was called Chapel Street from St. George south side. 
He was the only surviving son of George Errington 1720-1795 and Elizabeth Colby died 1801 who were married Needham 9th Nov 1758. 
George the elder was one of 4 sons of Samuel Errington and Elizabeth Barker. 
Elizabeth father owned considerable fishing properties, which on his death passed into his son in laws family.
How much of this fortune passed to George the younger we do not know but from records of the time we know he and his family were land owners who were well respected and owned boats, curing houses and rope works in Great Yarmouth. 
We also know from church records the family were for many years Non-conformist who worshiped at the Old Meeting, Goal St. A Congregational Church built in1733 and demolished 1869.
 It was situated on Goal Street, a street parallel to Chapel Street but nearer the quay.

It would seem George the younger had more than one string to his bow. 
Perhaps because herring and mackerel fishing were seasonal as well as his curing houses. When the family were not so busy they also ran a prosperous rope works and after rope walks were banned from within the city walls they moved them to outside the walls which are show on maps as rope walks in abundance near to his home on the dunes, and many later Victorian roadways were to follow the lines of  these walks as the dunes were developed for housing and hotels In 1803 a deed mentions “the hemp house and ground, then late fish house of George Errington, rope maker of the East part”. 
He was a ship owner, curer and rope maker in Pigot’s directory of 1830.

George was to marry twice as far as I can tell. 
He married his first wife Hannah Howes in Yarmouth 21st April1789 and they produce at least 3 children together, 2 of which died very young. 
A daughter Emily born 1798 the only child to survive. 
Hannah died some time after this and George married again this time to a Harriet Notcutt of Ipswich, Suffolk. 
From this marriage 2 sons and 5 daughters were the result. Born between 1812 and 1822.

Emily (by his first marriage) married in 1820 Richard Cowling Taylor 1789-1851 who was worthy of an entre in Wikipedia as an English surveyor and geologist. 
In July 1830 he went to the USA and died Philadelphia.

Family in America say Harriet Emigrated to New York 10th Oct 1832 with her 4 daughters and one son . Whether her husband and sons went on before or after is unknown.
But they did also emigrate and George died 24th March 1839 in New York aged 78 years of age.
Harriet lived in Manhattan until 1850 when she moved to Staten Island.
Descendants of this American family claim that the family lost its livelihood in Great Yarmouth during the Great Storm of 1836. But we do not know the precise date. 
According to records at Great Yarmouth there was indeed a Great Storm that year on  29th November when 23 vessels were lost in and around the Town.
It would seem this George Errington wrote a Journal of Great Yarmouth Fishing Industry from 1787-1828.
 He won a number of awards for this and his contribution to the improvement of its industry. 
He is said to have been responsible for the improvement in the cure of white Herrings after the manner of the Dutch Pickled  Herring.
 He employed experienced Dutch fishermen who held the secret of their trade. 
Part of this being the use of the herring buss, a type of sea-going fishing vessel used by Dutch and Flemish herring fishermen in the 15th century through to early 19th century. 
The bus was first adapted for use as a fishing vessel in the Netherlands, after the invention of gibbing made it possible to preserve herring at sea. 
This made longer voyages feasible, and hence enabled Dutch fishermen to follow the herring shoals far from the coasts. 
The first herring buss was probably built in Hoorn around 1415. 
The last one was built in Vlaardingen in1841.

 map of Yarmouth 1905

Errington family tree thanks to Gilly !

We received more information
The old house at 135 King Street is being renovated and unique marble painted decorations have been found on the walls.

In the front first floor room plasterboard has been removed, which revealed Georgian panelling.  The panelling was removed in the search for asbestos revealing painted walls of a marble character.  It appears that there are two layers of paint.  It is thought that the decorative marbling had been painted in the early part of the 18th century.  In places it has been over-painted.  It is similar to the unique and expensive marble painting on the columns in St. George’s Church (c1715), but is less sophisticated. It is blue and pink.  The idea to paint the walls in this room might have come from the church or, maybe, from a Grand Tour.   Also in this room is wallpaper which pre-dates 1830.  It was nailed to the wall as wallpaper was expensive and nailing allowed it to be moved to another place.  This shows that the property was of high status and vied with South Quay in terms of grandeur.

Below is a gravestone in St Nicholas Church GY you might not be familiar with.  The gravestone miraculously survived the bombing and subsequent fire during the Second World War.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


In the Dutch Newspaper we find the measures taken by the government of malaya .
Secretaty of Defence is C.A.Vlieland.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Jan Vlieland

People who have volunteered to help and defend Antwerpen.

From this book which dated from 1846 we can learn that is if we speak Dutch what happened during the siege of Antwerpen.

Saturday, 12 May 2012


Catalogue of the Educational Division of the South Kensington Museum.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Monday, 7 May 2012

index to the London catalogue for J.N.

The classified index to the London catalogue of books published in Great Britain

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Charles Archibald

VLIELAND, Charles Archibald (1890-1974)
Identity Statement
Reference code(s) : GB 0099 KCLMA Vlieland
Held at : Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Full title : VLIELAND, Charles Archibald (1890-1974)
Date(s) : Created 1911, 1938, [1960-1965], 1967
Level of description : Collection (fonds)
Extent : 1 volume and 1 file
Name of creator(s) :
Administrative/Biographical history:
Born in 1890; educated at Exeter School and Balliol College, Oxford; held various appointments in the Malayan Civil Service, 1915-1926; appointed as District Officer, Batang Padang, 1927, and Kuala Selangor, 1929; Superintendent of Census, Malaya, 1930-1932; Economy Officer, Federated Malay States and Straits Settlements, Under Secretary, Straits Settlements and Financial Commissioner and Auditor General, Johore; Secretary for Defence, Malaya, 1938-1941; died in 1974.
Scope and content/abstract:
Papers relating to his life and career, 1911-1942, dated 1911, 1938, [1960-1965], 1967, principally comprising bound typescript entitled 'Disaster in the Far East, 1941-1942', an account of his work as Secretary for Defence, Malaya, 1938-1941, and his assessment of the events leading up to the fall of Singapore, 1942, written in [1960-1965], including a copy of his unofficial report on the defence of Malaya, 1940, and a census map of Malaya, 1931, with covering letter to the Centre and cutting of his article on 'Singapore: the legend and the facts' from the The Daily Telegraph, 1967.
Access & Use
Language/scripts of material:
System of arrangement:
1 volume and 1 file
Conditions governing access:
Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.
Finding aids:
Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.
Archival Information
Archival history:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Memoir and associated items presented to the Centre by Vlieland in 1965. Other papers presented to the Centre by Peter Elphick in 1994.
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Oct 1996
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Saturday, 5 May 2012

usus est magister optimus

The motto of Jerome

usus est magister optimus which means practice is the best teacher.
In other words, practice makes perfect.
Also sometimes translated "use makes master."
he starts all his books with it.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Places of public worship in London

A handbook to the places of public worship in London

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

London hospital

General state of the London hospital, for the reception and relief of sick ...
Door London Hospital (Whitechapel, London, England)