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ralph sprague 

Appreciate the site. I am a descendent of John "Pap" and Sarah Blowes through son Arthur.

Rev Fulford was made Bishop of Montréal about 1850 when the diocese was created. He founded Bishop's College (now university) to provide candidates for the priesthood rather than going to the SPG in England

Howard King Email

I have been trying to access all of the Speculam Gregis pages - my interest is The King family - Particularly the family etc of MONTFORD KING

I have trying to read all the pages - by My browser anti-virus  software keeps stopping me....

Is it possible to get a paper copy of the pages?


David Allen Email

Very interesting document. It's been very helpful to us at Gamlingay History Society. We came across a couple of old photos from 1937 of Croydon Towers & having not heard of Croydon Wilds we wondered where it was & if it still stood. The Speculum Gregis answered our questions.
If you'd like a copy of the photos just email me.

Andrew Brooks Email

Visited Croydon this week to learn about my family roots and the churchwarden pointed me in the direction of this brilliant source. I am the great, great, great grandson of John and Bathsheba Hagger. I have yet to go though all this in detail but thought I would let people know I would be interested to hear about anything related to the Hagger family and willing to share anything from my end - though at this stage is limited, many thanks Andrew

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. westwoodfamilyhistory.co.uk

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.
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