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Jon Freeman Email

Ref Wimpole Hall Teacher Training College.

I was wondering if you have any details of my parents at the TTC, just after the War?

My father Norman Eric Freeman and mother Vera Mary Freeman.

My mother always said that ER Braithwaite (author of "To Sir With Love" was also at the college...can you confirm?

kind regards

Jon Freeman

Sally Westwood Email

I am a descendant of Samuel George (farmer) and Sarah Ann Youngman. The "Mr Youngman" married by Charles King's sister, Henrietta, was Thomas Haylock Youngman. Their father, Robert Youngman was a miller and farmer (later gent) in Waterbeach. Their mother (the first of his four wives!) was Mary Ann Cross. She was the daughter of Haylock Cross of Paxton and aunt of Charles King's wife, Emily Cross. 
What small circles they all moved in! Sadly, everyone mentioned here died young except for my ancestors. Sam slid down the social scale after selling his farm, becoming a land surveyor and grocer's porter before dropping "out of employment" altogether. He died in Wisbech in 1894, aged 82.

Stephen Blogg 


I've been doing some research on some of my ancestors, the Hagger family of Bourn. I've come to a standstill at William Hagger who was supposedly born/baptised in either Croydon Clopton or East Hatley in 1745/6. He was allegedly descended from the Hagger family who occupied Bourn Hall for some 200 years. If anybody has information on William and his ancestors, it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks.

Tara Abell (Williams Family) Email

Thankyou for such an informative site.  I have discovered some new information about the 'Presland' family. My GG Grandmother 'Rhoda Presland" married John Wright in Pitt Town Australia.  
Rhoda immigrated to Australia with her family in about 1844, she was 8 years old on the ship 'Templar'.

Andy McMenemy 

What a terrific resource this is. My mother's maternal line is Law, and the information regarding Croydon, and the insights into the Law families has helped bring the family story alive.

Ted Deller Email

Thank you so much for making this documentation available. It's an amazing
resource, and an invaluable aid in researching my family, which is connected
to the Blowes.

Chip Email

Hello, this is just wonderful! I have found my Endersbey ancestors. Thank you so much for making this available to all. 

Andrew Leonard Email


Fond memories of this book - as it was my sister who was involved in the original project and my mother who typed up the original copy.

You should extend the site to cover the rest of Croydon's history right up to present day.

Being a native Croydonian and my father one as well, between the two of us we could fill in the bit from the 1930s to 1980's.


Glen McLeod Email

This is a fascinating website.  I'm a great-great-great grandson of John Blowes, through his son Alfred Blowes, one of the two sons mentioned who immigrated to Manitoba, Canada (where our family still resides).  I appreciate the photo of John in our family's entry, and thank the person who submitted it.  This website provides an absolutely amazing view of everyday life in mid 19th-century rural agrarian England.  Keep up the great work! 

Susan Henn Email


Excellent site Steve!  I came across the Speculum Gregis a few years ago and then it kind of disappeared.  To happen upon your revamp was a great surprise.

I “evolved” from the chattering, canting old woman who relies too heavily on laudanum, Mary Storey. Hilarious; what a clan to come from!  I follow the line through William Storey, Anderson's son.


As an update, the Storey-Easy faction made it to Canada, increasing the brood by one daughter during the crossing and another son a few years later.  They settled in a small town called Cantley, Quebec just across the provincial border from Ottawa, Ontario. All I can say is their progeny did an admirable job populating the area; mostly “legitimately”.

Thank you for all of your efforts in making this snippet of a village come to life again almost 175 years later.

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