News Highlights 2021
Trustee of the Maison Dieu Museum Trust
I have recently become a Trustee of the Maison Dieu at Ospringe, just outside Faversham.
This was originally a sizeable mediaeval hospital foundation lying on the Roman Watling St between Dover and London and in the past would have catered for the many mediaeval pilgrims making their way to Becket's shrine at Canterbury.
The earliest records relate to grants of corn and building materials by Henry III in 1234 and were followed by a royal charter in 1246.
Today the main surviving building is in the care of English Heritage. It is on three floors and boasts a fine range of museum artefacts within the impressive upper rooms. It is open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2-5 until the end of October.
06 September 2021
Genealogists' Magazine Vol.33 No.11
City of Canterbury Consolidated Probate Index
by David Wright, MA, PhD, FSA, FSG, FHG
My new City of Canterbury Consolidated Probate Index includes wills and administrations for at least 1720 to 1858 and is sorted by surname, parish and occupation. Researchers may now wish to extract perhaps all bachelors; all inhabitants of a particular parish; or all members of the city's silkweaving fraternity.
A detailed article about the index appears in the September 2021 Genealogist's Magazine.
05 September 2021
Writing a parish history, Reculver
Having for years dreamt about writing a parish history I have at last settled on Reculver. Judicious purchasing of reference works has reminded me how much background reading to the sources is necessary before undertaking a venture of this nature, although at 67 I hope to have long enough to complete it, DV ! One plus point of course is that unlike most places whose recorded history might begin with Domesday Book at the earliest, here we start with the Roman fort of Regulbium and the important Anglo-Saxon church of St Augustine founded in A.D. 669. Thus there is much to consider between then and the intrusive and unsightly modern caravan site so horribly close to such venerable remains. It is just as well that the site is guarded by English Heritage for otherwise what would be left in a another generation? I have already witnessed partial destruction and losses since my own childhood. Sic transit gloria mundi.
25 April 2021