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The largest and most detailed study of an English Parish on the Internet. Wirksworth Parish, in Derbyshire, is near the centre of England. 1600-1900 is covered. Over 450,000 records from: Parish Registers, Census, Surnames, Ince, Pedigrees, MIs, Old Photos, Tradesmen, Wills, Crime, Maps, Placenames, Witnesses, Letters, Buildings, Church, Histories, Churchwardens' Accounts, Articles, 2,200 pages and 2,800 pictures of people, places, houses and church.
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The One-Place-Studies website

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Website for those conducting a ONE-PLACE-STUDY in Genealogy and Local History, listing and indexing the original records, and making these freely available on the Internet.
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Full Census records 1841-91 for a small village in Northamptonshire, England. Statistics and Analysis.
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Diary of Stonecrop Wood

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The diary of a small English Woodland owned by the Woodland Trust, written by the wardens 1985-2001, together with a photo gallery.
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The most famous living tree in the world whose hollow once may have sheltered Robin Hood and his band of Merrie Men. History plus gallery of 150 different images back to 1790.
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Bear Mead on the Dorset Stour

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Bear Mead private Nature Reserve:
History of land on the banks of the Dorset Stour, Flooding of the pastures, Field boundaries and owners in 1813, Location of the vanished Lake Mill, Wildlife seen, Aerial photos, Old maps, root of names. Features: Bird boxes, Botany, Bridleway, Deerfence, Field History, Lake Mill, Mill Stream, Monolith New Hedge, New Willows, Oak maze, Oak plantation, Pipescale, Poplars, Sanctuary, Scarecrow, Scrape, Seats, Sleeper & Cairns, Sweet Track, Trespassers W, Well, Willow Wood
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Daily records of Rainfall, Watertable and River Levels at Bear Mead on the Dorset Stour 2 miles West (upstream) of Wimborne Minster. Warning of likely flooding during Flood season (Nov-Mar). Analysis of past floods from 2003, Library of Peaks, Location, Averages, Statistics, Flood panorama
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Restore a meander arm of the River Stour in Dorset, England and reintroduce running water over 1.75 miles. Aerial photos and old maps, Roman fortress, local history, official response.
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"A new Sherwood in Dorset", the unfolding story of an attempt to plant a new Oak Wood, using acorns from the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, believed to be 1,000 years old.
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Remarkable Oaks

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My transcription of "Remarkable Oaks in Welbeck Park", published in 1790 by Major Hayman Rooke, with 10 engravings.
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The Diary of an attempt to plant a new oakwood in Dorset, England using acorns from the famous 1,000 year old Major Oak in Sherwood Forest.
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Freda Mead of Wool

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Five poems by Freda Mead, who was a red-head and lived in the middle of a wood in Dorset, in a caravan aged 97.
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The webmaster is now a Great Uncle, welcome to young Morgan and congratulations to Sue and Dave.
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Rosie's travels

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Rosie's travels in far-away places, Scottish island-bagging, Yellowstone Park, across France to the Med and back (all on a bike) and across Siberia (by train).
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In 3 years, with 3 different buddies, the webmaster cycled 3 sides of the USA, covering 9,000 miles in 140 days. See MAP of USA The routes were Oregon-Virginia, Florida-Virginia and California-Florida. Photos and transcribed diaries are given here, recording the strange sights and strange events in a strange country. See Pete's diary for Oregon-Virginia.
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New Experiments on Electricity

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My transcription of "New Experiments on Electricity", published in 1789 by Rev. Abraham Bennet FRS, with 5 engravings.
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RGS was my Alma Mater from 1951-1958. Here are photos of the school 1904-1969, photos of all 360 pupils and 24 teachers and staff for 1947, 1954, 1957 and a history of the school 1318-2002. Also School Buildings since 1851. RGS was nearly 700 years old when it closed. Scans of 28 "Retfordians" (school magazine) 1947-60 reviewed here, are available on CD. Also Exam papers 1949 and 1958 are on CD.
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Memoranda Miscelanea

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My transcription of "Memoranda Miscelanea", the private notebook of Rev. Abraham Bennet FRS 1749-1799, containing his view of the World.
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159 letters, written 1940-1944 and kept by his sweetheart for 60 years. Born in Carsington (Derbyshire), schooled at Wirksworth, Reg trained in Lincoln, Scotland and N.Ireland before fighting in the Middle East, and was killed in action on the Garigliano crossing in Italy in 1944.
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Crime in Broadstone

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Monthly Crime Bulletin of my Community, which is very law abiding in comparison with other places nearby.
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My transcription of Sotheby's catalogue for the 1989 Auction of the contents of Hopton Hall, home for 500 years of the GELLs, Wirksworth's oldest and wealthiest family.
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Vermont chalet for rent

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3 bedroom chalet in year-round holiday area near Wilmington, Southern Vermont, USA, for RENT.
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A 5-mile circular walk near Wimborne in Dorset, combined with a quiz about what you see. Places to park, along a river, few people, spot an otter, a wooden footbridge, along a greenway, a bluebell wood, watch a cricket match, eat at the Vine Inn.
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Problem Can-u-help?

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Perhaps readers can help me solve some research problems on this temporary page?
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150 different photos of the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, England
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Monolith at Bear Mead

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A 1,000 kg standing stone (now fallen) at Bear Mead near Wimborne, UK. It may have been a hele stone for a vanished stone circle, and brought by sea and river.
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Photos and scientific names of 41 types of parasitic galls found on oak trees in England
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Oak Processionary Moth

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Photos and description of a strange moth that causes great damage to oak trees in England
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Photos and popular names of 57 types of wild flower that grow on pasture and riverbank on the Bear Mead reserve in Dorset in England.
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Ideas

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Ideas, starting with a rotating flag that follows the wind.
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Height and girth of 250 oak saplings, children of the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. Distribution graphs of sizes. Health check. Kestrel and Barn Owl solution for the problem of field voles, which eat the saplings.
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Overpopulation

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Articles about the ferocious increase in the World's population, the root cause of Global Warming, lack of water, oil, food and minerals. Lovelock's predictions
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Felling a 158 year oak using axe, wedge and 2-man saw. Cutting a full slice for study. Analysis of growth rings, chronology and extreme weather suffered. Drying and preserving the slice. Display for hire: "crystallized time"
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Making balage - Mowing, raking, baling, wrapping and transporting 20 acres of grass meadow on Bear Mead to produce 220 round bales in 2008 with math and aftermath.
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Poole's noble Fire Brigade using the rushing waters of the Dorset Stour to test their skills at rescue.
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Britannia class 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" at Swanage May 2009
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Electrofishing

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Electrofishing by the Environment Agency to conduct a Fish Census on the Dorset Stour - 3 men in a boat (not forgetting the two girls)
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Transcription of a little-known Epic for schoolboys in verse about Robin Hood, England's medieval hero, written in 1943 by P.E Hammond - an Art master at Retford Grammar School.
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34 butterflies with common names, useful to print in colour and laminate as an A5 quick recognition guide.
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THE CHALLENGE is to walk and swim AT SEA LEVEL from
Kimmeridge to Osmington Mills along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. The route, maps, photos and advice are given.
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A 70 metre trench excavated to re-join the River Stour to an old silted Mill Stream near Wimborne in Dorset. Strong two-directional flow now results, depending on relative levels of river and Mill Stream.
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Protection for a 300 year old oak, threatened by widening of the A31 in Corfe Mullen, is sort by requesting a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) from the Council
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Morgan & Joshua

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Two little boys from New Zealand, who listened to their Great Uncle John's stories about aeroplanes, and told him what they thought.
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The Funny Noise

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In 1962 in Hertfordshire, England, a tractor driver working on a tomato farm heard a funny noise behind him, and turned round to look. A photographer was going to photo the tractor but got a better shot....
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Spotting at Retford

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In 1953 my chief treasure was my Ian Allen spotters book, and my main activity spotting steam engines at Retford. Here are some pictures of them, and the Shed book too
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In 1961 I attempted to cycle the Circuit of Ireland with my brother, but we failed, only managing 2/3 the way round and 1,078 miles. Here is the logbook and some photos.
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In 1990 I cycled the Circuit of Ireland by myself, to put right a failed attempt in 1961. This time worked well, doing 1,500 miles in 28 days. Here's maps, photos and logbook.
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Some Irish and Scottish Youth Hostels I stayed at 1961-1996 while travelling by bicycle.
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Notable Trees in BH18

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Notable trees in the BH18 (Broadstone, Dorset) postcode region, including the famous Monkey Puzzle tree in the Broadway, and a tree in the Cemetery which is 146 Million years old, on the grave of a man who thought up the idea of Evolution.
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An archive about my father 1905-57. He worked for Eastern Telegraph and Cable & Wireless, as an operator at Carcevelos, Marseilles, Alexandria, and Electra House, London. During the War he worked on the "Blue Train" at Naples, Rome and Vienna. Scans of documents and letters from abroad are held privately.
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Burnand Special

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In the late 1930's a relative fitted a V12 14 litre RR Falcon aeroengine to a 1921 GP Sunbeam chassis, with original gearbox fitted back-to-front. He said it could "get up the Snake Pass in top". The car became known as the "Burnand Special".
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Recording stations

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Measuring the delay between rain falling and level peak arriving at different places along a river. Transit speeds calculated from distance along the river. Dorset Stour used over 26 miles. Data from Environment Agency Level recording stations, BBC weather radar records, and Google Earth tools.
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Stour Summer Flood

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Records of a great Flood on the Dorset Stour in July 2012, caused by the Jetstream moving too far South. Rain, river and groundwater values for May, June and July. Progress of peak water level along 57 miles of river. River heights over 48 hours from monitor stations at Gillingham, Hammoon, Blandford, Wimborne, Ensbury and Throop. Similarity to summer 2007.
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A 136-page autobiography of Gerald WALSH (1918-2010) up to 27 years old. Also recorded on CDs. He lived in Bircotes and Langold, studied at Retford Grammar School and Sheffield University, then served in the Navy. His father was a miner, who later ran a shop.
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Annapurna Circuit 1982

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Logbook of 20-Camp Trek made by webmaster in 1982 in Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit has been voted as "the best long distance trek in the world". Opened in 1977, now ruined because of roads built with Chinese help, which have changed the environment and way of life of villagers. With about 200 miles walking, using tents - no teahouses then. I saw Yeti tracks on the Throng La (18,000 ft).
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Huayhuash Circuit 1984

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Logbook of 16-Camp Trek made by webmaster in 1984 in Peru. The Huayhuash Circuit has been voted as "one of the best high altitude treks in the world". Most of the walking, and most of the campsites, are above the 4000 m tree line, so the landscape appears rugged and mountainous, affording views over very wide areas. With about 100 miles walking, using tents and mules. I saw Puma tracks on the Tapush Pass (15,700 ft).
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Roger Gillingham's Will 1695

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My transcript of the Will of Roger Gillingham dated 1695, born in Cowgrove, Dorset, became Treasurer of the Middle Temple, London. Will has a total of 687 lines with the Codicill. Describes Founding of School and Almshouse at Pamphill, duties of the schoolmaster, includes 'Rule of Three', books donated to the Chained Library at Wimborne, Million Act, Million Lottery Act, list of 103 names mentioned, and Diagram of Relations.
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Mark in Africa 1971

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Mark Smith travelled in Africa in 1971. He visited Capetown, Johannesburg, Rhodesia, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Victoria Falls and climbed Kilimanjaro, all on a shoestring. His wife Heather has transcribed the diary of his great adventure. Unfortunately, he is not well now. Mark and I have been good friends for 65 years, learned to read and write at the same desk, and played cricket together. He later flew an SE5a for many years.
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History of Portsmouth Anaesthetics

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A History of the Anaesthetics Dept of Portsmouth Hospitals 1948-1990, including a photo album, scanned documents and "Reflections on Portsmouth" by retired staff.
History of the Department | Elisabeth's Era | Photo Album | Opening of the Museum | Text by email |
(compiled by brother Robert, hand-coded and uploaded by me)
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In 1960 24 schoolboys went to Wales to climb Snowdon. Three fell to their deaths from Crib Goch arrete and were not found for 2 days. Here are given:
Snowdon | The Plan | An Account | The Search | Press cuttings | Timetable | and The Memorial Service | 50 years later.
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Finding Lake Mill

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Research to find and maybe dig the vanished Saxon Lake Mill, after which Corfe Mullen was named. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it is in the 5% highest value watermills in Dorset. Netherwood Lane was also found.
1811 map versions | Aerial view | Census | Domesday 1086 | Domesday value | Emails | Gillingham's Mill | Gillingham, Roger | Gillingham, William | Lakeford | Land owner | LIDAR | Location | Mill Stream Ditch | Mills | Mullens Mill | Netherwood Lane | Old Weir | Parish name | References | Roman mill | Stonework | Location (Geoff Moy) |
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Landing on a comet

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In 2014 a spacecraft launched 10 years ago will try to land on a comet beyond Mars. Called Philae, the lander is named after an obelisk in Kingston Lacy garden which helped decipher the famous Rosetta stone
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Broadstone's War Memorials

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Men who died in the Great War 1914-1918 and the Second World War 1939-1945 from my home town of Broadstone, Dorset to commemorate the Great War's 100th anniversary. WW2 Civilian Casualties are included.
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Charge of the Light Brigade

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The background to the infamous cavalry charge in 1854 in the Crimean War against Russia. Due to miscommunication in the chain of command, the Light Brigade was instead sent on a frontal assault against a different artillery battery, one well-prepared with excellent fields of defensive fire. The original ambiguous order given by Lord Raglan still survives.
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Robert's broken neck

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In 1979 Robert Palmer broke his neck while body surfing at Maroubra beach in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia (Maroubra is listed as a national surfing reserve). Thanks to 6 weeks of expert treatment at Prince Henry Hospital, he has since worked 35 years without sick leave.
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Raasay East Coast

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Rosie and I agreed that just about the best day's walk we had ever done was on the Isle of Raasay, Scotland in May 1995. About 8 miles, it took us 8 hours in good weather. Using our own maps, photos and logbooks, and providing links to 40 really good photos by other people on Geograph, this webpage has brought back a lot of good memories.
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Albania 1990

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A week's visit to Albania in 1990, the last Marxist-Stalinist country in Europe. Everything was about to change....
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