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                                          CONTENTS                                                       PAGE
 NNWFHS Committee                                                                                        1
 NNWFHS Diary - A Report From The Chairman, Peter Lee.                                                   2
 Historic Abbey Green - By Peter Lee.                                                                    3
 Did Your Ancestor Appear In The Press - By Diane Fisher                                                 5
 The Goodall Family Of Atherstone - By Celia Parton                                                      6
 Visiting Graveyards, From Stones To Family Trees                                                        6
 The Druid Movement In Nuneaton - By Alan F cook                                                         7
 Old Medical Terminology - Submitted By Pat Boucher                                                      8
 Family Album - By Anne Paling-Lawson                                                                    10
 New Books, CDs Etc                                                                                      11
 Get Netted                                                                                              12
 Computer Corner                                                                                         13
 Noticeboard                                                                                             14
 New Members/ New Members’ Interests                                                                     15
 Publications                                                                                            17

                                        NNWFHS COMMITTEE
CHAIRMAN                                        PETER LEE, P O Box 2282, Nuneaton, Warwicks CV116ZT
                                                Tel: (024) 7638 1090 email

INDEXING PROJECTS CO-ORDINATOR                  CAROLYN BOSS, Nuneaton Library, Church Street, Nuneaton,
& VICE CHAIR                                    Warwickshire CV11 4DR Tel: (024) 7638 4027

SECRETARY &                                     ALVA KING, 26 Thirlmere Avenue, Nuneaton, Warwicks. CV11 6HS
BURIALS INDEXING PROJECT                        Tel: (024) 7638 3499 email:

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY                            JOHN PARTON, 6 Windmill Rd, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 1HP
                                                Tel: (01827) 713938 email

TREASURER &                                     CELIA PARTON, 6 Windmill Rd, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV91HP
NORTH WARWICKSHIRE CO-ORDINATOR                 Tel: (01827) 713938 email

JOURNAL & PUBLICATIONS EDITOR                   PAT BOUCHER, 33 Buttermere Ave, Nuneaton,Warwicks CV11 6ET
& MICROFICHE LENDING LIBRARIAN                  Tel: (024) 7638 3488 email

COMMITTEE MEMBER &                              RAY HALL, 4 Thornhill Drive, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 6TD
BURIALS INDEXING PROJECT                        Tel: (024) 76 744647 email

PUBLICATIONS MANAGER                            ROBERT BUTLER, 16 Dovecote Close, Solihull, West Midlands
                                                B91 2EP Tel 0121 743 8526

WEBSITE MANAGER                                 BILL BOSWELL, 21 Randle Road, Stockingford, Nuneaton,Warwicks
                                                CV10 8HR Tel: (024) 7634 3596 email

COMMITTEE                                       ALAN F COOK
COMMITTEE                                       JACQUI SIMKINS Langley Mill Farm Sutton Coldfield W Midlands
                                                B75 7HR Tel: (0121) 311 0455 email

COMMITTEE                                       VAL PICKARD, 108 Lister Road, Atherstone, Warwicks CV9 3DF
                                                Tel: (01827) 711863 email:

NORTH AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE                   HARLOW G FARMER, 7101 Bay Front Dr. #124 Annapolis, MD
                                                21403 USA. E-mail
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                                                NnwFHs Diary
                                  A Report From The Chairman, Peter Lee
Autumn is always the busiest period for our Society as demonstrated at our last Library meeting (September) when we had lots of new
people turn up for our regular second Tuesday of the month research evening. The problem this poses is difficult to resolve because
everybody needs to take away from these evenings a feeling that they have made progress. Active committee members focused on
helping new participants are relatively few in number, especially if we try to give one to one assistance to newcomers. Therefore, this is
an appeal if there is anyone out there able to give some time to help newcomers please give me a call. You are very welcome if you can
come to our Nuneaton meetings on Tuesday evenings and help.

The reason the Society has not advertised more widely in the local press is due to the fact that when we have in the past, people have
gone home disappointed. We have so much to share. We have enormous resources of knowledge to give to people. Somehow we
cannot quite get that element right if we are unable to provide the personal help we so much wish to give.

Recently we learned that the library had to dramatically increase their fees. Warwickshire County Council is under great pressure to
balance the books. The Library has installed new technology, broadband connected PC’s and undergone a costly refurbishment. The
overall library service is becoming more commercially minded to pay for all the extra facilities, which are very much appreciated by
local users.

In the past library staff, particularly our very own library co-ordinator Carolyn Boss, have been very helpful, and the staff who now
work with us in the evenings are great, but the cost to us has probably doubled in the last couple of years. Despite this we have
managed to keep both the library meeting fees and our membership fees the same as they were when the society first started in 1994.
However, we may now have to make a small increase in the library meeting fees and membership fees will be reviewed for the next
membership year in august 2005. We will be discussing this at the AGM in November and I would appreciate your thoughts. Another
cost saving proposal discussed at the last committee meeting was whether to miss out one of our library meetings during the summer as
numbers attending our July and August meetings are often thin on the ground due to warm weather and holidays. Our December
meeting might also be reviewed. Being so near the Christmas holiday we thought we might hold a joint meeting with the Nuneaton

Our main programme during September includes the Mike Palladino Memorial Lecture. This year we were privileged to hear our guest
speaker – the well known actor - Norman Painting O.B.E. tell us about his school days in Nuneaton immediately before and during
World War II. To say Norman has had a glittering career is an understatement. Norman was educated at Leamington College, King
Edward VI Grammar School, Nuneaton; University of Birmingham (B.A. Hons.) Ch.Ch. Oxford; Anglo Saxon Tutor, Exeter College,
Oxford 1946-48. He started as a freelance writer with BBC radio in 1945, before appearing in the very first episode of the long running
radio series – The Archers in 1950. Cast as “Phil Archer” Norman has stayed with the programme ever since, and is still recording
episodes today. We hope that he will continue to do so for many more years to come. He appears in the Guinness Book of Records as
the World’s longest serving actor in a daily radio serial. He also wrote 1200 episodes of the Archers over a period of 15 years. As you
can imagine he gave us a great talk and a fascinating insight into his life as a schoolboy and Librarian in Nuneaton as well as how he
got started in the Archers. It was a magnificent evening.

The previous Mike Palladino Memorial Lectures
were on: the Stratford family of Nuneaton (the                                  Letter To the Editor
second richest family in England in the 17th century);    Dear Pat
Geoffrey De-Havilland and the plane company he
started (having lived in Nuneaton where he obtained       I was very interested to read Peter Lee's article on 'Nuneatons Inns,
his inspiration for flying); Ken Loach, the greatly
respected Nuneaton born film producer; and                Pubs and Taverns' in the July edition of the Journal.
Norman Painting, one of England’s best loved
character actors. Someone said to me on the night –       My grandfather, John Dewis, kept the Hare and Hounds Pub off
“Top that!” So next year I will have my work cut          Heath End Road and my Uncle, Sam Cooper, kept the Horse Shoes
                                                          (now the Lancet) in the same road. John Dewis married Hannah
As you know we share a joint meeting of talks, slide      Pickard in 1884 and ran the Hare and Hounds from about 1910 -
shows and other events with the local civic society,      1921 when Hannah died. They had four children, Arthur (1886),
the Nuneaton Society. There is no reason why we           Nellie (1891), Elsie (1893) and my father, Alfred, (1899). Sam
could not do this with other Societies and in different
venues. The reason we do this is to boost the             Cooper married my aunt Nellie in 1915 and had two children, Samuel
audience as some of these talks, particularly those on    (1915) and Hannah (1919). According to Peter's article Sam kept the
local history, natural history and topography are a       Horse Shoes in 1938/9. If anyone has any further information about
shared interest for both societies. Wearing my joint      John or Sam, or their families, I would appreciate a call or E-mail.
society’s hat here I am always looking for speaker
suggestions. Anyone you have seen who has given a
good presentation in the past please let me know.         Yours, Alf Dewis
Good speakers are very rare indeed.                       Email: Telephone: 01572 723161
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                                              Historic Abbey Green
                                                            By Peter Lee
 Abbey Green is a relatively modern, late         often part of a shop so you could go in        In the mid 19th century Manor Court Road
 19th century, name for a part of Nuneaton,       and buy a wicker basket of “spuds” and         was a narrow trackway that led to the
 which for several hundreds of years was          carrots, or a jar of pickled onions, and       remains of the Abbey, then across open
 known as Abbey End. As the name                  then while away a chin wag with your           fields to the Cock & Bear Bridge. Another
 suggests the local Abbey was at this end         neighbours around a scrubbed table on old      roadway leading off it was Navigation
 of town.                                         rickety chairs with a pot mug of “old ale”     Street, now Midland Road, as you left the
                                                  or “swick swack” or “stingo” which the         town to travel to Coleshill. An area of
 Two hundred years ago Nuneaton was               shopkeeper thoughtfully dispensed from         open country that lay just beyond the
 divided into three “ends”, Bond End,             spigot of wooden casks stacked on the          Green was named Barr Green, which was
 Church End, and Abbey End. The town              shop counter. Provided for a few coppers       a farmstead once owned by a family
 was laid out with one main street – Abbey        to keep his clientele loyal. After all there   called Barr. Beyond that the road was
 Street – which was where two thirds of           were plenty of grocers or bakers shops in      called Tuttle Hill.
 the population lived. Abbey Street petered       Nuneaton, so customer loyalty might
 out into the country at Abbey End.               depend on the quality of the “bush” or                      The Abbey
                                                  headache afterwards.                           The Abbey, or more correctly, the Priory
 Until the beginning of the 19 century,                                                          of Nuneaton was founded in the mid 12th
 within the living memory of at least one         Just off Abbey Green was a plot of             century (circa 1155-9) as a daughter
 old timer, alive in the 1870’s, Abbey End        scrubby grassland, called “Rose’s Patch”.      house of the great Abbey of Fontevraud in
 had remains of a Bull Ring with loops of         The Rose family owned this and built           western France near the town of Saumur.
 iron used to tether bulls. Bull baiting was      themselves two courtyards of cottages for      The owner of the manor and founder of
 a favourite pastime of our poverty stricken      their extended network of relatives to live    the Abbey was Robert le Bossu, Earl of
 ancestors, who gloried in all sorts of           in from the 1820’s onwards. These were         Leicester. The priory was originally
 rough sports. Bare knuckle fighting, cock        pulled down in the late 1920’s and             founded as a nunnery - hence the name
 fighting and street football (like the           1930’s.                                        Nun-eaton, Eaton meaning “Water Town”
 Atherstone Ball Game) amongst them.                                                             due to its propensity to flooding. The
                                                  Old Nuneaton names long associated with        Priory was instrumental in laying out the
 As far as I can tell the broadening at the       Abbey Green were Barr, Taberner,               “Abbey Street” terminating at the “Abbey
 top of Abbey Street was never Green              Daffern, and Vernon.
 since it was first officially referred to as                                                                          (Continued on page 4)
 Abbey Green about 1873. It might have
 been green one hundred or more years
 before tarmacadam was invented, but then
 it was known as Abbey End. It was quite
 densely populated even then with a
 number of courts and yards at the back of
 what were referred to as “Good Front
 The numbering system started at nr 1 on
 the left side looking along Abbey Street
 towards the Green. It went up to nr 15 and
 then down the right side from nr 16 to nr
 29. The gaps in the housing numbering
 system do not seem to have been totally
 filled in. The house next to nr 14 became
 nr 14½. There were several courts as well
 numbered 1-6.
 In addition there were three principle
 pubs. The Plough and Ball (formerly the
 Golden Ball until the 1840’s) – rebuilt in
 1904 as a modern pub, now The Town
 Talk. The Bowling Green, later the
 Midland Railway Inn, bombed in 1942.
 Also the “Three Tuns” which was
 probably older established than the others.
 All three were ancient buildings. The
 Plough and Ball, for example, had
 ceilings that varied in height from 5ft          Aerial view of Abbey Green circa 1965, from the Geoff Edmands collection. Where
 10ins to 6ft when people were commonly           the caravans are stored used to be Rose's Patch. The block of flats on the corner of
 of smaller stature than they are today.
                                                  Manor Court Road is where the Midland Railway Inn was (earlier called the
 There were other drinking establishments         Bowling Green Inn). This was demolished by the Luftwaffe in 1942 and its licence
 on the “Green”. The Abbey, a beer house          transferred to the Harcourt in Dugdale Street. Diagonally opposite, hidden behind
 originally, in later years an off license, has   pebbledash render, was (and still is) the Abbey beer house. The triangle of the
 now been put to other uses but the               Green is visible. Abbey Street national school bottom right. Midland Road to the
 premises are still there hidden behind a         right named after the Midland Railway station at the bottom of Tuttle Hill. Before
 new frontage.                                    the railway opened in 1864 it was called "Navigation Street" as it led up to the canal
 Beer houses were not proper pubs but             wharf.
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 (Continued from page 3)                        frontiers of the Wild West are a               His catch phrases: “Shut that door” “What
 End”. A gate was placed across the town        fascinating story. He fought Indians and       a gay day” “Seems like a nice boy” “Look
 end of Abbey Street, hence Abbey Gate”         survived the Sioux Wars and the                at the muck in here” “I love you all very
 to restrict townspeople from going into        American Civil War before returning to         much” will bring back memories of a
 Abbey Street where the town’s Abbey            England in 1866. Around about this time        great star who had Nuneaton at his heart.
 retainers and Burgesses lived. The             his brother Jacob Stanley and a relative -
 labouring people gained access to Abbey        Mr Broadbent, a Leicester businessman -        I will always remember a funny story told
 End by walking up a pathway on the edge        bought a brickworks at Stockingford            to me about Larry (or Billy as he was then
 of Abbey Street known then and today as        formerly owned by Handley & Wheway.            known) by an old chap now in his 80’s
 Burgage Walk. For two hundred years            After the deaths of the proprietors this had   who was a keen amateur theatrical in
 the Priory was a wealthy institution that      been bought by Stanley and Broadbent,          Nuneaton in the 40’s and 50’s.and
 controlled much of Nuneaton’s spiritual,       and then was taken over by Reginald            knocked around with “Bill” who was very
 commercial, and philanthropic life. In         Stanley as sole proprietor about 1871,         much a comic in those days. Billy still
 1441 its connection with Fontevraud was        although both families were shareholders       lived in an old court cottage in Abbey
 severed so the priory became an Abbey in       in the business. Reginald Stanley turned       Street during the war, and as the family
 its own right. Finally it was dissolved by     the business into a great success having       were poor all they could afford for
 edict of Henry VIII in 1539. The site was      five brickyards in Nuneaton, two               kindling was half an old railway sleeper
 then granted to Sir Marmaduke                  collieries, a brickyard at Burslem and         which they would put one end in the grate
 Constable, later passing to other lords of     another in Coventry. He was also owner         and when it had burned through “otch it
 the manor, the Caves, Knollys,                 of the Nuneaton Engineering Company,           up a bit”. Being saturated with gas tar, or
 Willoughbys, Pagets, Astons, before            which made colliery equipment and brick        whatever the compound is that the railway
 being broken up.                               making machinery.                              impregnated them with, it burnt well
                                                                                               although probably gave off a funny
 The Abbey obtained a grant of a weekly         Nuneaton produced clay products were in        “pong”! But when the sleeper was new it
 market in 1226, an annual fair of two days     great demand throughout the country and        was impossible to get it on the fire and
 in early May in 1239.            After the     abroad. Stanley Brothers Ltd were taken        shut the outside door as well. I guess
 dissolution the Priory fell into dereliction   over by another specialised terracotta         cutting it in half again might have been
 before being carried away as a ready           firm – Red Bank Manufacturing Ltd of           beyond the scope of poor Billy and his
 source of building stone for local people.     Measham, Leicestershire in 1987 and            sisters, so they had to make do until
 As late as the 19th century there were         their old brickworks sites sold for building   sufficient had burnt through to “otch it
 buildings in Abbey Street that had             new houses and factory estates.                up” and close the door. So I could well
 incorporated within them recognisable          Reginald Stanley was a well like by his        imagine how Larry in later years coined
 bits of the Priory stonework.                  workmen, a great philanthropist and            the phrase “shut that door”. In fact there
                                                senior citizen in Nuneaton. He lived           was very much of Abbey Street court life
 Out of the ruins of the Abbey was              locally at the Manor Court House in            about his repertoire. As Billy played
 fashioned the Abbey Church of St. Mary         Manor Court Road.                              around the courts and listened to the old
 in 1876 due to a generous local benefactor                                                    housewives standing there in their hair
 Thomas Botterill who left money in his         LARRY GRAYSON (1923-1995)                      nets, head scarves and pinnies, inspecting
 will for this purpose.                         Larry Grayson was one of that great genre      each others kitchens over a cup of tea and
                                                of British camp comedians. (Kenneth            a fag I can hear them say furtively to each
   Famous Abbey Green People                    Williams and Frankie Howard perhaps            other “look at the muck in here”. Which
                                                took this to the extreme). With his risqué     there was in many court cottages of
 SIR GEOFFREY DE-HAVILLAND                      innuendo, which was never rude, and a          course. It was a mucky environment.
 (1883-1967)                                    coterie of imaginary chums – Everard,
 The man who gave his name to the               Slack Alice, Apricot Lil and Pop It In         A pervading memory of Larry as he lived
 famous aircraft company lived his              Pete – the Postman. Born in Banbury in         in Nuneaton was that I used to see him
 childhood years in Manor Court Road.           1923 he was only 10 days old when he           regularly walking into town with his
 His father Charles de-Havilland was vicar      moved to Abbey Street in Nuneaton to be        poodle under his arm, but when I say
 at St Mary’s Abbey Church, Manor Court         fostered by a local family. His real name      walk more often than not he was being
 Road between 1883 and 1897. His fifth          was William Sully White. When he was           waylaid by somebody who knew him,
 child, Geoffrey was born in 1882. He           six his foster mother died and his foster      after all everybody knew him, and I often
 went to Nuneaton Grammar School                sisters May and Fan, to whom he stayed         speculated how long it must have taken
 between 1891 and 1894. It is said that he      loyal throughout his life, brought him up.     him to walk the few hundred yards from
 first became interested in flying when he      His talent to entertain was recognised at      his flat in Dugdale Street into town -
 was looking skywards at the Abbey              the age of nine, but it was to be another 39   hours probably!
 vicarage, and saw a hot air balloon rise       years before he became a national
 into the air above Nuneaton. Geoffrey                                                         KEN LOACH (1937- )
                                                celebrity. During the early part of his        Ken Loach was born in Nuneaton in 1937
 went on to found the aircraft company          career he used the stage name “Billy
 that bore his name in 1920. His most                                                          and lived through his boyhood in Manor
                                                Breen” but when he hit the big time            Court Road. He attended King Edward
 famous planes were the Tiger Moth, the         changed it to “Larry Grayson”. His career
 Mosquito and the first jet airliner – the                                                     Grammar School and St Peter’s College
                                                finally took off in 1971 when he appeared      Oxford.
 Comet. His cousins were the Hollywood          in ATV’s “Saturday Variety” show. By
 film actresses – Olivia De-Havilland and       1972 he was topping the bill at the            Ken has become one of the most
 Joan Fontaine.                                 London Palladium. That year he had his         influential TV and film directors of his
                                                own show named after one of his famous         generation. Some of his films have
 REGINALD STANLEY (1838-1914)                   catchphrases “Shut That Door!” He was          become landmarks in film and television
 Brick making in Nuneaton is synonymous         voted TV’s funniest man of the year. In        history. The 1966 TV film “Cathy Come
 with the name of Stanley Brothers.             1978 he moved to BBC to host “The              Home” which dealt with homelessness in
 Reginald Stanley was a great                   Generation Game” This made him a               such a way that it promoted national
 entrepreneur. He had left home in 1857 to      superstar of British television. He never      awareness in a subject that was at the time
 seek his fortune out west in America. He       forgot his home town of Nuneaton and           played down by the government. It
 travelled to Montana in the “gold rush”        lived here nearly all his life and died here   exploded with tremendous force on a
 and staked his claim and built a log cabin     in 1995.
 in the gold camp that was to become the                                                                              (Continued on page 5)
 state capital, Helena. His exploits in the
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 (Continued from page 4)
 complacent society then in the midst of        Did Your ancestor Appear In The Press?
 the “swinging sixties”.                                                       By Diane Fisher
 His 1969 film “Kes” became a classic.
 He has won many awards including              Parish registers, census records, the IGI    19.8.1853. Mr. Samuel WINTERS of
 British Television Guild TV Director of       and St Catherine’s House Registers are       Atherstone, licensed to deal in game.
 the Year Award 1965, British Academy          all the foundations for tracing your
 of Film and Television Award 1967,            family tree. They are available at the       Coventry Herald & Observer dated
 Cannes Festival Special Jury Prize 1990.      records office or local studies              26.5.1854. Public house license transfer
 Ken has produced many films and TV            department and have been for many            to John BALLARD from John WYKES
 programmes, mostly in the style known as
 “Social Realist” or “British New Wave”,       years. However, family, social and           The Wheat Sheaf, Abbey Street,
 which often contained a radical message       local historians are increasingly turning    Nuneaton.
 that has touched the social consciousness     their attention to newspapers, realizing
 of the country.                               that they provide a great deal of            For those who could afford it there was
 THE NASONS                                    information. They can contain details        a ‘classified’ section to inform readers
 For one hundred years the name Nason          that cannot be obtained elsewhere, such      of births, marriages and deaths in their
 has been synonymous with medicine in          as coroners inquests or court                family. Although many of the births are
 Nuneaton. The Nason family came from          proceedings where official records are       confined to the gentry, many of the
 the south of Warwickshire originally, the     either unavailable or have not survived.     marriage and death entries contain extra
 first Dr Nason, was Edward Nason (1800-                                                    details such as ages and occupations.
 1868), followed by his son Richard Bird       Reports of local events, advertisements      They may also mention other family
 Nason (1829-1896), and his grandsons
 Edward Noel Nason (1860-1940) and             and public notices should not be             members - ‘only surviving child of’,
 William S Nason (1863- ). Their great         overlooked as an important                   ‘eldest son/ daughter of’ etc. Grooms
 contribution to local life cannot be          genealogical source. Also reading            married in the parish of the bride and
 undervalued. They struggled tirelessly to     through the pages gives you some idea        sometimes going to the seaside for “the
 alleviate the suffering of a town whose       of what was happening in the local           benefit of your health” did not always
 people were undernourished, died early        area. Advertisements informing the           have the desired effect and all these
 and often were subject to horrific work
 related injuries and diseases for which, at   public that their businesses were            strays can cause a genealogical
 the time there was no known cure, or          starting up, moving or closing down,         headache!
 means of eradicating their suffering. With    dwelling houses for let and appeals for
 this in mind Richard Bird Nason was           information about runaway                    So in practicing what I preach I have
 instrumental in founding the Nuneaton         apprentices - where else can                 spent the last six years indexing the
 Cottage Hospital (later the Manor             information like this be found?              births, marriages and deaths from
 Hospital), which opened in 1893 on land
 given by Reginald Stanley and James                                                        Coventry newspapers. The information
 Tomkinson of Willington Hall, Cheshire.       Coventry Mercury dated 19.4.1790. On         I have includes Nuneaton, Coleshill,
 Dr Nason persuaded many local people to       Tuesday morning a stable belonging to        Fillongley, Polesworth, Tamworth,
 contribute, particularly local businessmen    Mr. HALL of Griff was set on fire            Exhall, Atherstone, Attleborough,
 like Reginald Stanley, Edward Melly and       caused by a careless servant sticking a      Bedwoth, Coventry and Foleshill from
 Joseph Fielding Johnson. When the             candle to the wall and it fell onto straw.   1772 - 1840. I would be pleased to hear
 Manor Hospital on Manor Court Road                                                         from members if they think my
 closed a new ward was named Nason
 Ward in the new George Eliot Hospital         Coventry Herald & Observer dated             research could help. For further details
 that replaced it.                             7.5.1847. Mr. Gilbert MINION,                please contact Mrs. Diane Fisher, 10
                                               wharfinger of Atherstone, burgled.           Gretna Road, Green Lane, Coventry
                                               Coventry Herald & Observer dated             CV3 6DP enclosing a s.a.e. or email

                                                  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2004
                                               The NNWFHS AGM will take place at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 9th
                                               November 2004 at Nuneaton library (before the usual research
                                               meeting). All of the current committee EXCEPT Ray Hall are
                                               standing for re-election. This leaves the committee one short of its
                                               minimum number allowed by the constitution. If you are a fully
                                               paid up member and would like to stand for the committee (it does
                                               not need to be in any specific role) your nomination should be
                                               submitted, in writing, to our Chairman, Peter Lee, by October 31st at
                                               the latest. Please mark the back of the envelope “Committee
                                               nominations”. If no nominations are received then the Chairman
       Dr Edward Noel Nason.                   may take nominations from the floor at the AGM. The committee
He became the driving force behind             meets at 7.30 - 9.00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at
the establishment of the hospital in           Nuneaton library. If you would like more details about what being
Nuneaton and did much of the early             on the committee involves please do not hesitate to contact Peter
                                               Lee or any of the other committee members.
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   The Goodall Family Of Atherstone                                                       Visiting Graveyards
                               By Celia Parton                                             From stones to family trees
 In the July issue of the journal Judy       wills having almost finished, I started     Fashions change over time – some come
 Vero wrote an article about the HART        the task, with others, of entering          full circle. The same is true in family
 project currently taking place in           information onto a database. Some 20        history: the Internet is the current fashion.
 Atherstone. I volunteered at the start of   years ago Marion with others from the       Once we had only the parish registers and
 the project back in November 2002 and       former Atherstone Local History             graveyards with an occasional foray into a
 joined the Tuesday afternoon group          Research Society had done work on           census held in some distant building.
 looking at probate documents under the      wills and other ancient documents           Burial areas are not now a fashionable
 leadership of Marion Alexander.             which Marion still had stored away in       source for genealogical research: some
 Marion is a very experienced local          her spare room. All the information         think reading the stones is “not how you
 historian having been a member for          extracted at the time had been put on to    do it”. Alone it isn’t, but some of these
 about 20years of the former Atherstone      index cards, a card having been raised      stones tell much of family relationships –
 Local History Research Group, which         for every name mentioned either on a        and the stones themselves are often worth
 was wound up about 10 years ago and         will or other document.          All this   a photograph!
 was succeeded by the “Friends of            information would be added to the
                                                                                         Within north Warwickshire we have some
 Atherstone Heritage”. Copies of wills       current research being done by the          well-kept churchyards and burial grounds,
 made by Atherstone people were              HART project and so Marion asked me         some less so. Some, unfortunately, are
 obtained from Lichfield Record office       to start by putting this information from   bereft of many of their original stones
 and our group transcribed them and          the index cards on to the Hart database.    (some deliberately “cleared”). However,
 extracted relevant information. We          When I came to surnames beginning           before you dash off to find gt-gt-gran’s
 concentrated mainly on wills from the       with the letter “G” I found many cards      grave, check that the church or burial
 17th century with a few from the late       for the name Goodall. I remembered          ground is still in use and that access is
 16th century and some from the 18th         Lonnie’s email and quickly got back to      possible.    There are churches where
 century up to 1740. Most wills up to        him. He was able to confirm that we         specific arrangements are required for
 that date also had an inventory. After      had the same family. Lonnie is one of a     visits and the following contact
 someone died two or more appraisers         group across America researching the        information may be of help to those
 were appointed and they went through        name Goodall.            They refer to      planning a churchyard trawling session.
 the deceased persons house, room by         themselves as a “Gaggle of Goodalls”,       Little Packington: the Church
 room, listing all the items found and       with a lady called Dottie Gibson as         Commissioners sold St Bartholomew’s
 giving them a monetary value. These         their “Mother Goose”. She is the            church along with its graveyard: it is now a
 inventories are very useful for gaining     compiler of their time line. They had       private residence. The graves were not
 information about how the people of         been trying to establish their English      moved – even though some were relatively
 Atherstone lived in the 17th century.       ancestry for some years and then in         “modern”. There is no casual access to the
 We can tell how large or small the          February of this year they had a            graves, however the church authorities did
 houses were by the number of rooms          breakthrough when they logged on to         include a clause in the property deeds,
 mentioned and learn about the lifestyle     the A2A (Access to Archives) website        which requires a sign to be displayed
 from the types of items found in each       and found there a will for Richard          advising how access may be arranged; the
 room, for instance some had out houses      Goodall of Atherstone made in 1593          authorities say that ‘reasonable access’
 called a brewhouse or buttery which         which they were able to download.           should be possible. You need to write to:
 contained equipment for brewing beer.       This was the same will that I had found     The occupier, Bartholomews, Little
 All this information will be contained      whilst inputting data from the index        Packington, Meriden, CV7 7NH seeking a
 in a book to be published at the end of     cards. I also found that we had a copy      mutually convenient time to visit.
 the project.                                of a will that Lonnie did not have. This    Great Packington: St James’ church lies
                                             was for John Goodall who died in            within the deer park of Packington Hall
 I little thought when I first started       1543. I scanned our copy and sent this      and is accessed only via the private estate
 working on the HART project that I          to Lo nnie toge ther wi th the              roads: Packington Hall is not open to the
 would actually make contact with            transcription done by Marion. He was        public. The church is a fascinating
 living descendents of one of these          very pleased with this and believed that    building and Pevsner is reputed to have
 ancient Atherstone families, but I          John was the father of Richard and          recorded it as being one the most
 reckoned without the Goodalls. Back         therefore we had taken the Goodalls         important and impressive churches built in
 in April I received an email via the        back a further generation.                  the late eighteenth century. To visit the
 NNWFHS website from a man called                                                        church you should contact the Estate
 Lonnie Goodall from Iowa, USA. He           Work will continue on the HART              Office, Packington Hall, Meriden CV7
 had traced his ancestors back to            project until October 2005. All the         7NF. The estate office staff will advise on
 Atherstone and wanted to know if there      information should by then have been        the best access route to take, or if there are
 was anyone locally who was                  put on to a huge database and this          events on that may need to be avoided.
 researching the Goodalls with whom he       information will be made available to       A third church affected is that at No
 could share information. At that time I     the general public. It will be wonderful    Man’s Heath which has been
 had not come across any Goodalls            resource for anyone with ancestors who      deconsecrated and is believed to now be in
 myself and there was no one in our          came from Atherstone. Who knows we          hands of a trust to become a community
 member’s interests lists doing Goodall.     may find someone else able to trace         facility. There are gravestones at this
 So I replied saying that I was unable to    their family back to the 16th century       churchyard and we will advise members
 help. A few weeks later, work on the        like the Goodalls?                          about access in a future Journal.
Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal                                                                  Page 7

  The Druid Movement In Nuneaton
                                                      By Alan F Cook
 In the newspapers of 1870-1886 (usually      the Druids forced local tribes to pay dues,    Head. Crown Lodge met at the Railway
 the Nuneaton Observer and Chronicle)         By about 60AD according to official            Tavern, Estlin was a member.
 advertisements occasionally appeared         Roman history (Tacitus), there can not
 concerning the Druids. They were not         have been more than 10 Druid tribes            Nuneaton Observer 2 June 1882
 very informative but sometimes               worshipping in Britain. Their meeting          Druids dinner at Stoke Golding
 mentioned the members of the Druid           were held in Oak groves and the oak and        On Tuesday last the anniversary dinner of
 ruling council for the respective year. It   mistletoe were venerated by them. In           the United Ancient Order of Druids "Earl
 was interesting to note the absence of       parts of Ireland and N.Britain they            of Richmond Lodge" No 596, was held.
 Nuneaton people on that council. It          survived for a short while.                    The members headed by the Ashby
 consisted of business people from                                                           Volunteer Band paraded the village and
 Leamington, Ashby, Leicester, Coalville,     Perhaps the famous antiquarian William         went to the Old Swan public house where
 Coventry and Burton. In the early part of    Stukeley (1687-1765) was the key. He           a good dinner was provided. The
 this century a Ladies Druid Circle           studied Stonehenge in 1718 and                 company numbered 68. After dinner a
 advertised as a flower guild!                published his ill-founded theory that          number of toasts were proposed and a
                                              Stonehenge was: " a Temple of the white        statement of accounts was read showing
 The modern English Druids were               haired Druid Bard sublime"                     the Lodge to be in satisfactory condition
 founded in 1781 with a later mid 19thC                                                      financially.
 Order based on a friendly society system.    He attempted to link Druids with
 Because of the lack of information one       Christianity and God. He further stated        Observer Annual 1896 p 81
 can only assume that they were part of       that the avenues leading to Avebury and        Crown Lodge No 307 Trustees: W
 the national movement of Druids, whom        Stonehenge symbolised: "the snake              Smith, E Wade, A Woodcock Treasurer:
 today make claims to have ancient rites at   proceeding from a circle - the eternal         G Pallett; Secretary H Pipe, meetings at
 Stonehenge. I have checked with              procession of the Son from the First           the Railway Tavern. Pres & VP elected
 Libraries and County Record Offices, the     Cause".                                        annually. Prince of Wales; Lodge No
 United Ancient Order of Druids and the                                                      485; Trustees W Arnold, T Wright, T
 Registry of Friendly Societies, all of       His knowledge of Archaeology and the           Copson. Treasurer; J Moon; Secr G
 whom have no records for this Nuneaton       ancient origins of Stonehenge (2500BC)         Sharrod - meetings Granby Head
 Branch. It must therefore be assumed         was misinformed; he also added ancient         alternate Tuesday 7.30pm. Attleborough
 that no records have survived unless in      pagan ideas to Christian beliefs.              Lodge No 481; Trustees; J Kinder, T
 someone's personal papers.                                                                  Flowers, A Kinder. Secr W Oakey. Treas
                                              It is interesting to note that Stukeley        J T Webster. Meetings at the Fox Inn
 Most scholarly books on the subject are      visited Mancetter Roman site c 1725. and       alternate Mondays.
 quite clear that ancient Druids were a       this was reported years later in the
 subversive Celtic Priesthood active in       Nuneaton Observer as an historic event of      Nuneaton Chronicle 1915
 Europe about 100BC to 60AD. The              the time. The visit was accompanied by a       George Eliot Lodge met at a pub.
 Romans became actively interested in         large retinue of ardent fans and
 curbing this culture. In Anglesey a large    supporters. Was that when the seeds of         Midland Counties Tribune 1921
 community of fanatical Druids hated the      our local Druidism were sown?                  Druids went to see a film together
 Roman Empire. This group was heavily
 defeated by the Roman General                Nuneaton Chronicle 16 July 1870                Nuneaton Chronicle 1922
 Suetonius Paulus in 58-9 AD. However         Prince of Wales Lodge met at the Granby        60 Druids met at their Attleborough HQ
                                                                                             The Fox Inn.

                                                                                            Licenced to Kill
                                                                          On recently working through part of the
                                                                          Tatenhill, near Burton on Trent, parish
                                                                          register I discovered that James BOND was
                          NNWFHS                                          not the bachelor all his films portrayed.
                                                                          In fact he was married on 30 August 1971 at
                          Peter Lee                                       Tatenhill to Ann Elizabeth HALSTEAD from
                       (024) 7638 1090                                    Tamworth, also in Staffordshire. He was
                        6.30 - 8.00pm                                     licenced to marry.       Now what would
                          Mon to Sat                                      Moneypenny have made of this?
                         Or email:                                        Sorry, just realised my notes for the year are
                                         not as clear as they should be....maybe it
                                                                          says 1791...
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                     Old Medical Terminology
                                               Submitted by Pat Boucher
 Note: I have an old photocopy of this         Canine madness - Rabies, hydrophobia         malaise, discharge from nose and throat,
 information which was given to me many        Canker - Ulceration of mouth or lips or      anorexia
 years ago by someone who had typed it         herpes simplex                               Dock fever - Yellow fever
 out, I believe, from a website. I do not      Catalepsy - Seizures / trances               Dropsy - Oedema (swelling), often
 know the origin and I do not know if the      Catarrhal - Nose and throat discharge        caused by kidney or heart disease
 information is entirely correct but it has    from cold or allergy                         Dropsy of the Brain - Encephalitis
 proved interesting and useful to me over      Cerebritis - Inflammation of cerebrum or     Dry Bellyache - Lead poisoning
 the years. Some of the spelling is not the    lead poisoning                               Dyscrasy - An abnormal body condition
 same as the modern spelling but I have        Chilblain - Swelling of extremities caused   Dysentery - Inflammation of colon with
 assumed this is the ‘old spelling’ rather     by exposure to cold                          frequent passage of mucous and blood
 than an error (although I think that there    Child bed fever - Infection following        Dysorexy - Reduced appetite
 may be some American spelling in there        birth of a child                             Dyspepsia - Indigestion and heartburn.
 too!) I hope that whoever the original        Chin cough - Whooping cough                  Heart attack symptoms
 author was, they do not mind my               Chlorosis - Iron deficiency anaemia          Dysury - Difficulty in urination
 reproducing their work here. Pat              Cholera - Acute severe contagious            Eclampsy - Symptoms of epilepsy,
 Boucher                                       diarrhoea with intestinal lining sloughing   convulsions during labour
                                               Cholera morbus - Characterized by            Ecstasy - A form of catalepsy
 Ablepsy - Blindness                           nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps,          characterized by loss of reason
 Ague - Malarial Fever                         elevated temperature, etc. Could be          Oedema - Nephrosis; swelling of tissues
 American plague - Yellow fever                appendicitis                                 Oedema of lungs - Congestive heart
 Anasarca - Generalized massive oedema         Cholecystitus - Inflammation of the gall     failure, a form of dropsy
 Aphonia - Laryngitis                          bladder                                      Eel thing - Erysipelas
 Aphtha - The infant disease "thrush"          Cholelithiasis - Gall stones                 Elephantiasis - A form of leprosy
 Apoplexy - Paralysis due to stroke            Chorea - Disease characterized by            Encephalitis - Swelling of brain; aka
 Asphycsia/Asphicsia - Cyanotic and lack       convulsions, contortions and dancing         sleeping sickness
 of oxygen                                     Cold plague - Ague which is                  Enteric fever - Typhoid fever
 Atrophy - Wasting away or diminishing         characterized by chills                      Enterocolitis - Inflammation of the
 in size.                                      Colic - An abdominal pain and cramping       intestines
 Bad Blood - Syphilis                          Congestive chills - Malaria                  Enteritis - Inflations of the bowels
 Bilious fever - Typhoid, malaria, hepatitis   Consumption - Tuberculosis                   Epitaxis - Nose bleed
 or elevated temperature and bile emesis       Congestion - Any collection of fluid in an   Erysipelas - Contagious skin disease, due
 Biliousness - Jaundice associated with        organ, like the lungs                        to Streptococci with vesicular and
 liver disease                                 Congestive chills - Malaria with             bulbous lesions
 Black plague or death - Bubonic plague        diarrhoea                                    Extravasted blood - Rupture of a blood
 Black fever - Acute infection with high       Congestive fever - Malaria                   vessel
 temperature and dark red skin lesions and     Corruption - Infection                       Falling sickness - Epilepsy
 high mortality rate                           Coryza - A cold                              Fatty Liver - Cirrhosis of liver
 Black pox - Black Small pox                   Costiveness - Constipation                   Fits - Sudden attack or seizure of muscle
 Black vomit - Vomiting old black blood        Cramp colic - Appendicitis                   activity
 due to ulcers or yellow fever                 Crop sickness - Overextended stomach         Flux - An excessive flow or discharge of
 Blackwater fever - Dark urine associated      Croup - Laryngitis, diphtheria, or strep     fluid like haemorrhage or diarrhoea
 with high temperature                         throat                                       Flux of humour - Circulation
 Bladder in throat - Diphtheria (Seen on       Cyanosis - Dark skin colour from lack of     French pox - Syphilis
 death certificates)                           oxygen in blood                              Gathering - A collection of pus
 Blood poisoning - Bacterial infection;        Cynanche - Diseases of throat                Glandular fever - Mononucleosis
 septicaemia                                   Cystitis - Inflammation of the bladder       Great pox - Syphilis
 Bloody flux - Bloody stools                   Day fever - Fever lasting one day;           Green fever / sickness - Anaemia
 Bloody sweat - Sweating sickness              sweating sickness                            Grippe/grip - Influenza like symptoms
 Bone shave - Sciatica                         Debility - Lack of movement or staying       Grocer's itch - Skin disease caused by
 Brain fever - Meningitis                      in bed                                       mites in sugar or flour
 Breakbone - Dengue fever                      Decrepitude - Feebleness due to old age      Heart sickness - Condition caused by loss
 Bright's disease - Chronic inflammatory       Delirium tremens - Hallucinations due to     of salt from body
 disease of kidneys                            alcoholism                                   Heat stroke - Body temperature elevates
 Bronze John - Yellow fever                    Dengue - Infectious fever endemic to         because of surrounding environment
 Bule - Boil, tumour or swelling               East Africa                                  temperature and body does not perspire to
 Cachexy - Malnutrition                        Dentition - Cutting of teeth                 reduce temperature. Coma and death
 Cacogastric - Upset stomach                   Deplumation - Tumour of the eyelids          result if not reversed
 Cacospysy - Irregular pulse                   which causes hair loss                       King's evil - Tuberculosis of neck and
 Caduceus - Subject to falling sickness or     Diary fever - A fever that lasts one day     lymph glands
 epilepsy                                      Diphtheria - Contagious disease of the       Hectical complaint - Recurrent fever
 Camp fever - Typhus; aka Camp                 throat                                       Hematemesis - Vomiting blood
 diarrhoea                                     Distemper - Usually animal disease with                            (Continued on page 9)
Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal                                                                 Page 9
 (Continued from page 8)                      as "Headache" was neuralgia in head            Siriasis - Inflammation of the brain due to
 Hematuria - Bloody urine                     Nostalgia - Homesickness                       sun exposure
 Hemiplegy - Paralysis of one side of         Palsy - Paralysis or uncontrolled              Sloes - Milk sickness
 body                                         movement of controlled muscles. It was         Small pox - Contagious disease with
 Hip gout - Osteomylitis                      listed as "Cause of death"                     fever and blisters
 Horrors - Delirium tremens                   Paroxysm - Convulsion                          Softening of brain - Result of stroke or
 Hydrocephalus - Enlarged head, water on      Pemphigus - Skin disease of watery             haemorrhage in the brain, with an end
 the brain                                    blisters                                       result of the tissue softening in that area
 Hydropericardium - Heart dropsy              Pericarditis - Inflammation of heart           Sore throat distemper - Diphtheria or
 Hydrophobia - Rabies                         Peripneumonia - Inflammation of lungs          quinsy
 Hydrothroax - Dropsy in chest                Peritonotis - Inflammation of abdominal        Spanish influenza - Epidemic influenza
 Hypertrophic - Enlargement of organ,         area                                           Spasms - Sudden involuntary contraction
 like the heart                               Petechial Fever - Fever characterized by       of muscle or group of muscles, like a
 Impetigo - Contagious skin disease           skin spotting                                  convulsion
 characterized by pustules                    Puerperal exhaustion - Death due to child      Spina bifida - Deformity of spine
 Inanition - Physical condition resulting     birth                                          Spotted fever - Either typhus or
 from lack of food                            Phthiriasis - Lice infestation                 meningitis
 Infantile paralysis - Polio                  Phthisis - Chronic wasting away or a           Sprue - Tropical disease characterized by
 Intestinal colic - Abdominal pain due to     name for tuberculosis                          intestinal disorders and sore throat
 improper diet                                Plague - An acute febrile highly               St. Anthony's fire - Also erysipelas, but
 Jail fever - Typhus                          infectious disease with a high fatality rate   named so because of affected skin areas
 Jaundice - Condition caused by blockage      Pleurisy - Any pain in the chest area with     are bright red in appearance
 of intestines                                each breath                                    St. Vitas dance - Ceaseless occurrence of
 Kruchhusten - Whooping cough                 Podagra - Gout                                 rapid complex jerking movements
 Lagrippe - Influenza                         Poliomyelitis - PolioPotter's asthma -         performed involuntary
 Lockjaw - Tetanus or infectious disease      Fibroid phthisis                               Stomatitis - Inflammation of the mouth
 affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw.   Pott's disease - Tuberculosis of spine         Stranger's fever - Yellow fever
 Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days             Puerperal exhaustion - Death due to            Strangery - Rupture
 Long sickness - Tuberculosis                 childbirth                                     Sudor anglicus - Sweating sickness
 Lues disease - Syphilis                      Puerperal fever - Elevated temperature         Summer complaint - Diarrhoea, usually
 Lues venera - Venereal disease               after giving birth to an infant                in infants caused by spoiled milk
 Lumbago - Back pain                          Puking fever - Milk sickness                   Sunstroke - Uncontrolled elevation of
 Lung fever - Pneumonia                       Putrid fever - Diphtheria.                     body temperature due to environment
 Lung sickness - Tuberculosis                 Quinsy - Tonsillitis.                          heat. Lack of sodium in the body is a
 Lying in - Time of delivery of infant        Remitting fever - Malaria                      predisposing cause
 Malignant sore throat - Diphtheria           Rheumatism - Any disorder associated           Swamp sickness - Could be malaria,
 Mania - Insanity                             with pain in joints                            typhoid or encephalitis
 Marasmus - Progressive wasting away of       Rickets - Disease of skeletal system           Sweating sickness - Infectious and fatal
 body, like malnutrition                      Rose cold - Hay fever or nasal symptoms        disease common to UK in 15th century
 Membranous Croup - Diphtheria                of an allergy                                  Tetanus - Infectious fever characterized
 Meningitis - Inflations of brain or spinal   Rotanny fever - (Child's disease) ???          by high fever, headache and dizziness
 cord                                         Rubeola - German measles                       Thrombosis - Blood clot inside blood
 Metritis - Inflammation of uterus or         Sanguineous crust - Scab                       vessel
 purulent vaginal discharge                   Scarlatina - Scarlet fever                     Thrush - Childhood disease characterized
 Miasma - Poisonous vapours thought to        Scarlet fever - A disease characterized by     by spots on mouth, lips and throat
 infect the air                               red rash                                       Tick fever - Rocky mountain spotted
 Milk fever - Disease from drinking           Scarlet rash - Roseola                         fever
 contaminated milk, like undulant fever or    Sciatica - Rheumatism in the hips              Toxemia of pregnancy - Eclampsia
 brucellosis                                  Scirrhus - Cancerous tumours                   Trench mouth - Painful ulcers found
 Milk leg - Post partum thrombophlebitis      Scotomy - Dizziness, nausea and dimness        along gum line, Caused by poor nutrition
 Milk sickness - Disease from milk of         of sight                                       and poor hygiene
 cattle which had eaten poisonous weeds       Scrivener's palsy - Writer's cramp             Tussis convulsiva - Whooping cough
 Mormal - Gangrene                            Screws - Rheumatism                            Typhus - Infectious fever characterized
 Morphew - Scurvy blisters on the body        Scrofula - Tuberculosis of neck lymph          high fever, headache, and dizziness
 Mortification - Gangrene of necrotic         glands. Progresses slowly with abscesses       Variola - Smallpox
 tissue                                       and pistulas develop. Young person's           Venesection - Bleeding
 Myelitis - Inflammation of the spine         disease                                        Viper's dance - St. Vitus Dance
 Myocarditis - Inflammation of heart          Scrumpox - Skin disease, impetigo              Water on brain - Enlarged head
 muscles                                      Scurvy - Lack of vitamin C. Symptoms           White swelling - Tuberculosis of the bone
 Necrosis - Mortification of bones or         of weakness, spongy gums and                   Winter fever - Pneumonia
 tissue                                       haemorrhages under skin                        Womb fever - Infection of the uterus.
 Nephrosis - Kidney degeneration              Septicaemia - Blood poisoning                  Worm fit - Convulsions associated with
 Nepritis - Inflammation of kidneys           Shakes - Delirium tremens                      teething, worms, elevated temperature or
 Nervous prostration - Extreme exhaustion     Shaking - Chills, ague                         diarrhoea
 from inability to control physical and       Shingles - Viral disease with skin blisters    Yellowjacket - Yellow fever
 mental activities                            Ship fever - Typhus
 Neuralgia - Described as discomfort, such
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                                             Family Album
               Anne Paling-Lawson has sent in more wonderful old photos.
 The 3 young girls are my aunts: Dorothy     called them Uncle and Aunt David
 (b.1911), Marjorie (b.1915) and Joan        Lester. The village people called him
 (b.1917) ROBINSON. The photo was            "Penny David" as they kept a drug shop
 taken by L Chettle of 88 Queen's Rd,        and they sold everything in penny’s
 Nuneaton, possibly circa 1925. The          worth. The chemist shop on the Square
 ROBINSON family moved to Heath End          is on the same spot. I should think the
 Road, Nuneaton, from Hinckley circa         shop must have been in Attleborough
 1920, when their father, Thomas, opened     100 years or longer. Uncle David was
 Abbey Hosiery Mills in the town. My         a relation to Lester's the chemist in
 mother, Ida PALING (nee ROBINSON)
                                             Nuneaton. Father told me once how
 thought the occasion commemorated was
 the George Eliot Centenary but I would      this came about but I forget but I do
 value readers’ thoughts on this.            know Mr. Henry Lester used to call
 Incidentally the dresses were probably      Dad, Alfred. That was when I was a
 hand-made by the eldest ROBINSON            little girl at home. Aunt David gave
 sister, Kate, (b.1899), who was a very      me this shawl when I was dressmaking
 accomplished dressmaker.                    in the little cottage next to Aunty
                                             Pem’s shop. Aunt David was wearing
 Dorothy married Max MARRIOTT in             it when she was married."
 1938 and Joan married Bill LANE in
 1940s. Marjorie sadly died unmarried in     I have not been able to determine the
 1938. Kate married Edgar AVINS,             exact relationship between the
 probably in 1930s.

                                                                                       LESTERs and the GREENs. Maybe
                                                                                       "aunt" was a courtesy title for near
                                                                                       neighbours on Attleborough Square?
                                                                                       "Aunty Pem's shop" featured on the
                                                                                       cover of the July 2004 edition
                                                                                       NNWFHS magazine.

                                                                                       Incidentally my mother always
                                                                                       r e cko ne d t h a t my a u n t K a t e
                                                                                       ROBINSON was a far bette r
                                                                                       dressmaker than her mother-in-law,
                                                                                       Margaret PALING. She reckoned that
                                                                                       Granny PALING skimped on material!!

                                                                                       I still have the shawl and would love to
                                                                                       find a good home for it before I die!

 The other photographs are of a pageant
 possibly in early 1900s? The Spanish
 lady to Britannia's left is my gran,
 Margaret PALING (nee GREEN 1876-
 1967), but I don't know who any of the
 other ladies are or the occasion that
 they are celebrating. In the photograph
 of my gran you can see the silk shawl,
 which she is wearing round her hips. It
 is made of coffee coloured watered silk
 splashed with red flowers. In a letter to
 me in 1959, my gran wrote: " …this
 beautiful shawl was made in Coventry
 about 1820, I should think. It was
 given to me by my father’s aunt (in
 law). Her name was Lester and we
Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal                                                             Page 11

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                   1901 Census Nuneaton                                  Local History: This is the place to start if you have an interest
 Data from the 1901 census for the Nuneaton area (approx                 in local history. Discover the wealth of sources TNA holds and
 26,000 entries) has been input by Alva King and made                    how the material can help you with local studies.
 available on NNWFHS website The      
 data is in adobe format. It is listed in street order (as it appeared
 on the original census) and in surname order. Alva has                  Family History: Are you interested in creating your family
 transcribed these records and made them available for                   tree? Want to know more? Then view the many different types
 researchers to use freely. However, she does not want others to         of documents you may encounter in The National Archives to
 profit commercially from her hard work and asks that you                trace your family history.
 respect this. Please DO NOT copy these files and/or distribute
 them for commercial gain.
  **************************************************                     And coming March 2005, a practical online tutorial to help read
                   The National Archives                                 old handwriting 1500-1800 Palaeography: Reading old
 The National Archives, still perhaps more widely known by its           handwriting.
 previous name of the Public Record Office, has launched some            **************************************************
 interesting background resources for those with access to the           The National Archivist's Record Recovery
 Internet. These sites are, by the way, free of charge. The              Service UK-based genealogy website The National
 following is extracted from their promotional leaflet.                  Archivist - has announced the
                                                                         launch of its new Record Recovery Service - designed to make
 Pathways To The Past is a series of sites for the TNA's web             locating Death Duty Records and Divorce files as pain free as
 resource for those who regard themselves as life-long learners          possible. The service which costs from £17.50 involves a
 that probably includes all those who wish to investigate their          personal visit from a dedicated family history researcher to The
 family's history - as opposed to those simply wanting to write a        National Archives (formerly The Public Record Office) in
 pedigree!                                                               Kew, who will locate and retrieve photocopies of original
                                                                         family history records and send them to you in 28 days.
 The First World War: Sources for History An exhibition on
 the web bringing the past to life through audio, documents and          Just download and fill in an application form from the website
 film footage of the Great War. The site holds a rich variety of         giving as much information as possible on the records you wish
 material from the unique collections of TNA and the Imperial            to locate. Currently, the records for which copies can be
 War Museum.                       obtained are Death Duty Register Entries 1796 - 1863 and
 firstworldwar                                                           Divorce & Matrimonial Case Notes 1858 - 1903 . Once the
 Black Presence: Asian and Black History in Britain 1500-                completed form and payment have been received, The National
 1850 Black and Asian people have lived in Britain for centuries.        Archivist will send one of its researchers to The National
 Explore the unique historical documents and images to reveal            Archives in Kew to begin the search for your required records.
 an essential – and often forgotten – part of Britain's history.                       The researcher will cross-reference the information provided on
                                                                         the application form in order to locate the actual documents.
 Citizenship: A History of People, Rights and Power in Britain           Once these have been identified, they then have to be retrieved
 What is citizenship? How was Parliament formed? Who were                for photocopying. Finally, The National Archivist will send you
 the Suffragettes? To find out, access the unique online                 copies of the original documents, along with a "How to
 collection of key documents from TNA and House of Lords                 Interpret Guide" to help explain the information and
 Record Office. Challenge yourself on the interactive games and          abbreviations used in the records.
 quizzes.               unavailable.
 Trafalgar to Korea: Five British Battles 1805-1951 Why was              The following website reviews were printed in Genuki News
 Britain involved in the battle at Trafalgar in 1805, the Crimea in      and are included herein with the kind permission of Rob
 1854, Egypt in 1882, D-Day in 1944 and Korea in 1951? Log               Thompson.
 on and explore the splendid primary source documents and
 learn about Britain's involvement.                                                        Website of Rowley Regis in Staffordshire. This is a nice
                                                                         website, weld designed and very pleasing on the eye. Most of
 1901: Living at the Time of the Census Search the wealth of             the information is modern, which could give you a flavour of
 original sources including images, film footage and documents           the place today, but there is historical information too. Not least
 to learn what life was like and how your ancestors lived in             is full information from the 1881 census, with a fantastic search
 1901.                       mechanism (surname only though). You can either search or
                                                                         browse the census. There is also a bit of historical information,
 Uniting the Kingdoms? 1066-1603 Learn through on-line                   and personal reminisces. Also important is the surnames
 sources how the governments and people of England, Scotland,            interest registry, so you can see if others are also researching
 Ireland and Wales and of England's territories in France,               your family.
 interacted in politics, warfare, religion, trade and everyday life.
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Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society - Journal                                                                  Page 13               growing quickly. The site is extremely easy to navigate, and the
 This is a sub-site of a general genealogy page. It gives a basic,     design is very professional and pleasing on the eye. I was not
 simple and easy to understand history of England, both political      asked for payment at any point (although of course there may
 and social, with information on Kings, major historical events,       be undiscovered parts that need payment!) This site is
 employment, money, health and transport, amongst many other           absolutely fantastic, and one of the best I have ever found. My
 things. If your UK history is sketchy and you want to know            advise is to visit straight away!
 more about the backgrounds to your ancestors’ lives then this
 really is an excellent site to visit.                       
                                                                       This excellent page will be a help to all those beginning family                     history research in Britain. The site details censuses, and how
 This is a nice online collection of useful contacts and addresses     they were taken, what information they held and how useful
 for UK repositories and registrars. Provided by a professional        they will be to family research. There is information on
 researcher (but with no obligation to log in so therefore no          registration districts, folios, and lots of other information that
 obligation to be contacted) this site could be a useful               will be extremely useful. Easy to navigate and well designed
 bookmarked site. It provides web links, addresses and phone           this is a site, certainly when starting out, you should have
 numbers for archives, record offices and registrars and is sorted     bookmarked. An excellent research help.
 by county. Was not my favourite design but the usefulness of
 having all this information together in one place far outweighs
 this!                                                                 This is a collection of thousands of images of Chester past.
                                                                       From buildings to people to railway engines, this collection                                  seems to have everything. If you are doing your family history,
 This site is an absolute brainwave, and has the potential to be       or compiling your family history website, and are looking for
 one of the best websites around. This site is basically a portal      images to compliment your research this is a great place to
 for freely available databases and records. Yes, a one-stop site      look. The search engine is ok, not the easiest to use, but not too
 where you can search a multitude of databases, with records           difficult, and you will quickly learn your way around. Images
 from many different sources. The search mechanism is easy to          are shown in thumbnail so the index is quick to load. A great
 use, a little slow at times but quick enough, and returning good      site – but do beware of just taking images, some of them may
 results which give a full explanation of source. There is already     be copyright!
 a vast amount of records on the site, and it appears to be

                                            Computer Corner
        GENEALOGY, COMPUTERS & INFECTIONS                              5. When fully loaded (it takes longer), run a full system virus scan
                                                                          in the usual way and follow its instructions for anything found.
 Do you connect to the Internet to use websites? Do you use            6. When completed, shut down computer and start up (wait at least
 email? Do you have a continuously up-dated software program to           10 seconds before restart).
 protect your machine against viruses and intrusion? If answer to      7. If your scan had found any infection, run system scan again to
 either of the first two questions is “yes” then your answer to the       check all is now clear.
 third had better be affirmative.                                      8. Go back to restore and check the button.
                                                                       9. Set a new restore point, as this process will have removed
 My household has Broadband, which enables father to use the              previous ones.
 phone, mother to search for dead people and teenagers to do, well,
 whatever teenagers do on the web – all at the same time! Our          The thinking is that “restore” holds in memory the files on your
 computers are networked, and run the same protection software,        system – that includes nasty ones you are trying to remove.
 Norton Internet Security Professional. So I was somewhat
 surprised to hear son cursing that his computer was going slow        All being well, your machine should now be virus free…but do
 and Norton had found a virus. Being a teenager he blamed              ensure you up-date virus definitions daily (automatically if you
 everything bar himself and was sent packing while I investigated.     spend much time on line) or at least every week. And ensure your
                                                                       firewall is up and running: if the icon disappears, immediately
 Firstly, Norton was not enabled – and it could not be enabled:        check the system as above.
 why? Secondly, a full system scan found a large number of
 Trojan and virus files, some of which could not be deleted. My                          USEFUL SOFTWARE - FREE!
 suspicion is that son had switched off the firewall for some reason   A number of family history programs make trees, but how do you
 which enabled a Trojan to enter which disabled Norton.                email one to a fellow researcher using alternative software? You
                                                                       want to share information but how do you do this in a form that can
 Some time ago, I heard that some viruses could lurk behind            be read, but not changed on your original? A piece of software
 Windows applications. On exploring the Norton instructions, it        freely available will enable you to convert a file into “portable
 advised as follows, and I would recommend anyone using                document format” (pdf) greatly reducing the file size for
 Windows XP who regularly uses the web to do this.                     transmission, and enabling your recipient to read the information.
                                                                       Go to and download WIN2PDF. You can
 1. Disable the Windows XP “Restore” facility: right-click My          use this with other documents to create a “snapshot” of it that can
    Computer, go to Properties and on the restore window uncheck       be read, but not altered.
    the little box.
 2. Shut down.                                                         To read a pdf file you need Adobe Acrobat Reader: it too is freely
 3. Start up your machine in safe-mode: usually in XP you hold         available (only the reader is free). Go to scroll
    down the F8 key while the machine starts up.                       down and click on the “Free Adobe Reader” button – and follow
 4. Use arrows to highlight “start in safe mode”                       the instructions.

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