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Searching For my Roots

My paternal grandfather John Routledge was from little Bampton. He had a horse called Tam o' Shanter which was a sulky trotter named after the local pub. I would love to find out more about him.

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I Used to Live in Drumburgh

I used to live in Drumburgh, lived down the lane in a cottage called Hazeldene. I used to be the local decorator and worked in all the local villages. I used to play darts for the Highland Laddie pub, when Bernie ran it. I owned a WW2 Green Fire Tender which was parked in the garden. Would like to chat with anyone from Drumburgh or the villages.

Glasson in 1901

My father Willliam Harold Brown was born in Glasson on 2nd April 1921.  Those listed in l901 are:
Mary Barnes, Lodgings.
John Bell,Grocer.
Henry Cardwell.
Robert Gordon, vict., and cowkeeper Fish Inn.
Thomas Hewitt.
Thomas Joseph Pattinson, butcher.
John Sharp, joiner, Glasson Mill.
Mary Thompson, vict., grocer and bacon curer, Highland Laddie Inn.
Robert Wills, stone mason.
William Armstrong.
Irving Bell, Walker House.
William Bewsher,  (yeoman) Orchard House.
Joseph Foster.
George Graham, Low Flow.
Fanny Percival.
David Robson.
Mary Ann Saul, Kirkland House.
Betsy Sharp (owner) Aikshaw.
Sarah Sharp, owner, steam corn, sawmill, joiners shop.
Jacob Whitfield.
Joseph Wilson.

Great Orton

My father, Thomas James Armstrong, was living in Great Orton before he went to war in 1915 with the Border Regiment. He was awarded a gold Great Orton medal for his service. Does anyone know anymore information about him or his family or the story behind the medals? His father was James Armstrong, from Lanercost, & his mother Isabella Armstrong nee Storry/Story, from Thurstonfield.

Any information would be gratefully recieved.

Crofton Hall

Crofton Hall has wonderful memories for me, because that is where I started school.
The school was heated by a fire in the winter. We were allowed to play in the open spaces of the grounds, amongst the trees, and wild flowers. In the spring, I remember the ground at the front of the Hall covered by snowdrops and hyacinths.
Miss Banks was our infant and junior teacher (enough said) but she did teach the children to read write and spell. Mr. Fawcett taught the older children. The Hall was an imposing building, and we children were convinced it was haunted. I do remember climbing to the top of the roof - but don't think the grown ups ever found out!! It was also where I went to Sunday School, where Mr. Snowball taught the children. I have been been back to Crofton several times; but it is not the same without the Hall (I now... Read more

Thomas Palmer - Coachman at Crofton Hall

My wife's great great grandfather, was a Coachman at Crofton Hall. Thomas was born in 1826 in Wigton Parish. By 1841 he was in service at Dockray Hall. In 1850 Thomas married a Mary Robinson from Cumwhinton. The 1851 Census shows Thomas resident at his work in Crofton Hall, but Mary and their baby daughter at Greenwood House in Wigton. For the 1861 and 1871 Census, Thomas and his family are shown as being resident in Crofton Cottage. There were two residences which went under the title of Crofton Cottage. It's not clear where these were, but they could possibly have been two dwellings attached to the rear of the Crofton Hall Coach House. Thomas died in service in 1876 and is buried in the churchyard of St Andrews's at Thursby where a headstone marks his burial site. Mary is recorded in the 1881 and 1891 Census returns as still living at Crofton Cottage.

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