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AN HONEST POLYGAMIST? A VIRTUOUS HUSBAND.
(Added September 22nd 2014)

This is the third of a series of articles about this family. It concentrates on two of the sons of Matthew Nosworthy who were separated in age by over 20 years but who shared a common destiny in an institution 120 miles away from home.
"THE NESSWORTHYS OF TYNESIDE: PART 3 THE BEVERLEY BROTHERS"

LIFE AND DEATH ON THE OPEN WAVE.
(Added September 1st 2014)

This is the first of a series of articles about this family. It opens with Matthew Nosworthy who came from Devon and settled in South Shields. He spawned a large brood who became shipwrights and mariners.
"THE NESSWORTHYS OF TYNESIDE: PART 1 MATTHEW THE MARINER"

TILLEY, A COTTINGHAM FAMILY.
(Added April 2nd 2013)

This three part article traces the history of the Tilley family from its roots in the Kibworth area of Leicestershire to Cottingham. Part 1 starts with their first appearance in the village and follows the two main branches to the opening of the 20th century.
"A HISTORY OF THE TILLEY FAMILY: PART 1"

SHOPPING AND COPYHOLDING IN COTTINGHAM.
(Added February 23rd 2013)

This article traces three generations of the Chamberlain family who provided grocery facilities in Cottingham. It will form part of a larger section about the Tilley family and provides links to other aspects of the village history.
"ELIZABETH TILLEY AND THE GROCERY CONNECTION"

A KNIGHT'S MOVE TO KETTERING.
(Added January 27th 2013)

We tell the story of two of the Holmes sisters in the first half of the twentieth century. Daughters of Sophia Knight, the family originated in Gretton and made the move from village to town.
"OLIVE'S STORY"

ANOTHER HELPING OF FRUIT AND VEG.
(Added January 1st 2013)

An offshoot of the Craxfords of Pentonville story, we trace the move the Hughes and Shardalow families made to Paddington. Includes tragedies from the Victorian era and both World Wars.
"PADDINGTON GREENS": PART 1: JOHN HUGHES' LEGACY
"PADDINGTON GREENS": PART 2: THE SHARDALOW INHERITANCE

"COME ALONG AND SEE ME RIDING IN THE T.T. RACE"
(Added August 1st 2012)

A descendant of the Britannia Theatre Craxfords and sharing the same confusion of spellings of the surname, Roy enjoyed a life of thrills and speed.
ROY VICTOR CRAXFORD

A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE FOR MARY
(Added April 28th 2012)

Our cousin, Mary, passed away on March 8th 2012. Services of Thanksgiving were carried out synchronously in her home village of Cottingham and in Vernet les Bains, Pyrénées, France.
IN MEMORIAM: MARY ANNE NEEDHAM

THE FAMILY ENTANGLEMENT GETS DENSER
(Added February 24th 2012)

In two parts, we trace the history of the Crane family from their appearance in the village at the end of the 18th century to their emigration to Leicester. This is augmented with a graphic account of the proceative career of Mary Ann Crane. We find a story of hardship, crime and disease set against a changing social, political and historical backdrop.
THE CRANE FAMILY OF COTTINGHAM
MARY ANN CRANE AND HER 'MISBEGOTTEN' CHILDREN

AN ENTANGLEMENT OF FAMILIES
(Added January 10th 2012)

One small, tightly enclosed, now demolished patch of Cottingham consisting of 10 cottages provides a microcosm of family relationships spanning several generations over the course of a century.
WE ARE THE BARRACK YARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY

PUTTING FACES TO THE NAMES
(Added December 16th 2011)

Presenting a photograph album of three Cottingham families who were entangled through marriage over several generations. Also contains the story of the murderess, Hannah Packwood.
A FAMILY ALBUM: BINLEYS, JACKSONS AND TANSLEYS

CLAYPOLE, THE CARRIERS OF COTTINGHAM
(Added December 2nd 2011)

Starting with a photograph taken in the countryside of Northamptonshire, we untangle with relationships around two branches of the Claypole family, tragedy at home and the horrors of France and Flanders.
THE SORROWS OF MARY ATKINS

A COLLECTION OF IN MEMORIAM NOTICES
(Added December 2nd 2011)

Culled from the pages of over 30 years of local newspapers, we present an album of clippings detailing the deaths of members and friends of the family in Cottingham.
THE COTTINGHAM DISPATCHES

A YOUNG LIFE OBLITERATED ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF FRANCE
(Added December 1st 2011)

Edward was barely seventeen years of age at the outbreak of the first World War. He was killed in October 1917 at the front. His date of death is not known for certain and his body was never found. In two parts, this article commemorates his short life.
THE STORY OF EDWARD BRETLAND

VILLAGE LIFE IN THE WELLAND VALLEY
(Added September 19th 2011)

Cyril Loake penned and illustrated his memories of the village where he lived all his life. His recollections of the people, the wildlife, the environment - at war and at peace is reproduced here in two instalments.
ASPECTS OF COTTINGHAM: RECOLLECTIONS OF CYRIL LOAKE

FROM HUGUENOT REFUGEE TO WHITTLESEY, HUNTINGDONSHIRE
(Added July 2nd 2011)

The story of the origins of the Anker family and their brushes with the ecclesiastical courts of the 17th Century.
THE ORIGINS OF THE ANKER FAMILY

THE EMIGRATION OF THE COX FAMILY TO AUSTRALIA
(Added March 16th 2011)

More stories of emigration to the far side of the world - and the tragic death of a Northamptonshire village.
FROM FAXTON TO ADELAIDE

ARTHUR'S LETTERS TO ANNIE
(Added February 2nd 2011)

A fascinating insight into courtship, duty, work and separation from the pen of Arthur Unwin to his fiancée Annie Cook towards the end of World War I
LETTERS FROM TWO FRONTS

IN MEMORIAM
(Added January 23rd 2011)

A tribute to Pauline given by her brother, Terry Radford, in December 2010
PAULINE RADFORD CLARKE (1929 - 2010)

TAKING THE BAPTIST MINISTRY TO NEW ZEALAND
(Added January 1st 2011)

George David Cox was the eldest son of Joseph Cox and Louisa Craxford. He trained in London, and, after ministries in England, he and his family emigrated on medical advice to the far side of the world.
REV GEORGE D COX (1849 - 1929)

HOW THE CRAXFORDS CAME TO BE AT UXBRIDGE
(Added DECEMBER 1st 2010)

The children of John and Ann Craxford all migrated from the village to London and onwards to Uxbridge, South Wales and New Zealand. We chart multiple links to the surname Cox; and to the Wesleyan Methodist and Baptist churches.
THIS LINE TERMINATES AT UXBRIDGE PART 1: Southward Bound
THIS LINE TERMINATES AT UXBRIDGE PART 2: On to Uxbridge

AN ANKER WILL FROM NOTTINGHAM
(Added July 23rd 2010)

Elizabeth Hallam married George Anker and brought up her family in Nottinghamshire. Her will provides some intereting insights into her family connections.
THE WILL OF ELIZABETH ANKER, 1931

A FAMILY ACHIEVEMENT IN NOTTINGAM
(Added July 21st 2010)

July saw Simon graduate MB.BS., in a ceremony at the University of Nottingham. The family were on hand to see his graduation.
SIMON JOHN CRAXFORD, BM, BS, BMEDSCI.

ANOTHER ORPHANED BRANCH
(Added June 12th 2010)

Robert Craxford married, raised his family and lived in Huntingdon at the end of the eighteenth century. There is no record of where he came from.
THE CRAXFORDS OF HUNTINGDON

MEMORIES OF A CAMP (Added June 8th 2010)
In preparation for their transfer overseas to the front in France in World War I, Canada contructed a number of major camps for training their soldiers for the fight. Presented here is Percival Anker's souvenir.
CAMP SEWELL, MANITOBA, 1915

A CAMBRIDGESHIRE FAMILY HISTORY
(Added June 8th 2010)

The Anker family arrived in the fens of East Anglia from Holland during the reign of Charles I. In two parts, this is their story.
WHITTLESEY ANCESTORS: THE ANKER FAMILY (PT 1)
WHITTLESEY ANCESTORS: THE ANKER FAMILY (PT 2)

A WHITTLESEY WILL (Added June 8th 2010)
Abraham Anker died in 1886 leaving his estate which included his farm business to his wife Mary
THE WILL OF ABRAHAM ANKER

REMEMBERED IN TWO COUNTRIES
(Added May 11th 2010)

Percival Anker emigrated from Cambridgeshire to Canada in 1913. He enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was killed in the last weeks of the war
PERCIVAL JOSEPH ANKER, MM (1892 - 1918)

A FAMILY AND A VILLAGE AT WAR
(Added April 18th 2010)

Harold Walpole was one of at least ten cousins from a small Northamptonshire village who fought for King and Country. He died on the last day of the war.
BROTHERS IN ARMS: THE MOORES AND WALPOLES OF GEDDINGTON

IN MEMORIAM (Added December 10th 2009)
A tribute to Margaret who helped coordinate two reunions for the Naylor family documented in the TEAL pages.
MARGARET RADFORD: 1939-2009

Continued in column 2...

FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO EDWARDIAN LIFE
(Added November 18th 2009)

Jane Welch was given an album in which her family and friends sketched and painted the world around her.
THE WELCH FAMILY SKETCHBOOK

A FAMILY MYSTERY AND A WAR TRAGEDY
(Added October 26th 2009)

Stanley Griffin was brought up by his grandparents and died during World War I. There is still a mystery surrounding his mother.
THE SHORT LIFE OF STANLEY C. GRIFFIN (1896 - 1916)

A FAMILY WEDDING
(Added September 20th 2009)

Rob and Lindsey were married at the beginning of September in Royston. This is a pictorial record of their day.
THE MARRIAGE OF LINDSEY BURNS AND ROBERT ELDRIDGE

A CONUNDRUM FROM COTTINGHAM
(Added July 14th 2009)

We have obtained a will from Northamptonshire dated 1760. Although our conclusions are not yet absolute the terms of the will seem to place the Craxfords in Cottingham at least 40 years earlier than previously believed.
THE WILL OF JOHN CRAXFORD, LABOURER OF MIDDLETON, 1760

A FAMILY ACHIEVEMENT IN MID WALES
(Added July 5th 2009)

The beginning of the month saw Richard achieve his B.A. Honours degree at the University of Wales, Lampeter. The family were on hand to see his graduation.
RICHARD GAINS HIS DEGREE

GIVING NELLIE BACK HER BIRTHRIGHT
(Added February 17th 2009)

"We always knew that auntie Nellie was not really our auntie but the circumstances behind her inclusion into our tree have been shrouded in mystery - until now!"
AUNTIE NELLIE'S STORY: NELLIE YOULE SWANN (1894-1970)

A DERBYSHIRE WILL (Added January 31st 2009)
This is a transcription of John Naylor's (Newfloridian's maternal great grandfather) will from 1898.
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN NAYLOR

WE SAY FAREWELL TO AUNTIE EVA
(Added September 26th 2008)

Eva, our cousin and associate editor of the TEAL pages, died at the beginning of the month. This is an account of the moving service held in her memory.
EVA UNWIN: 1919 - 2008

A LIFETIME IN EDUCATION
(Added May 8th 2008)

Irene Simpson (Donald's wife) adds her triptych of articles about her training and experiences as a teacher on Tyneside. Of particular interest is her account of her stay at Wynyard Hall, County Durham, an emergency training college set up immediately after the second world war.
LESSONS IN EDUCATION 1: WYNYARD COLLEGE
LESSONS IN EDUCATION 2: BACKWORTH AND BEYOND
LESSONS IN EDUCATION 3: GETTING AHEAD OF MYSELF

KISSING COUSINS?
(Added April 25th 2008)

Research amongst the Victorian families of South Normanton, Derbyshire has thrown up a number of intermarriages and some unanswered conundrums
DID JOHN HENRY NAYLOR MARRY HIS COUSIN?

AMATEUR GENEALOGY FROM THE 1920s
(Added April 25th 2008)

This is the text in three parts of a fascinating letter which George Haywood wrote to his daughter in 1920 detailing his family history back to his own grandfather.
GEORGE'S FAMILY 1: EARLY DAYS TO LEAVING HOME
GEORGE'S FAMILY 2: GRANDFATHER HAYWOOD'S PROGENY
GEORGE'S FAMILY 3: STAFF AND DISTAFF

IN MEMORIAM: "DON THE MAN"
(Added March 24th 2008)

Irene Simpson's eulogy recalls her husband Donald.
DONALD McDONALD SIMPSON

TRAVELS OF MY AUNT
(Added March 14th 2008)

Eva Unwin completes her series of articles about her branch of the family and her travels from the North West to Humberside
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD FROM BARTON TO BARTON

THE MATERNAL SIDE OF THE FAMILY IN BIRMINGHAM
(Added December 20th 2007)

Derek Evans recounts the history, life and times of his Grandfather and family in the Aston district of Birmingham.
GRANDFATHER: CHARLES HENRY PHILLIPS

A COMPANION TO GEORGE COOK'S ALBUM
(Added November 7th 2007)

David Lovell discovered a copy of the programme for the production of "HMS Pinafore" and "Trial by Jury" given by the Leicester Amateurs at the Royal Opera House, Leicester in March 1922.
'HMS PINAFORE' 1922

A CRAXFORD COAT OF ARMS
(Added September 5th 2007)

Have you got a plaque at home with a named coat of arms on it? Do you have a crest on your own website? Do you know whether you are entitled to bear arms? And what constitutes entitlement? After a long gestation period, Newfloridian can proudly unveil this new coat of arms. The full story of its design and background can be found here.
NO SUCH THING AS A CRAXFORD FAMILY COAT OF ARMS!

THE MATERNAL SIDE OF THE FAMILY
(Added August 15th 2007)

Donald Simpson completes his series of recollections with some observations and anecdotes from the maternal side of his family tree.
OF OFFENBERGS AND WELCHES

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO GENEALOGY
(Added August 14th 2007)

Based on a submission written for a consumer opinion site, Newfloridian has revised and illuminated his article on the hows, whys and wherefores of researching a family history and then presenting the fruits of those labours.
IF CIAO IS CAFFEINE THIS IS MY CRACK COCAINE

ME AND MY BROTHERS
(Added June 10th, July 20th and 28th, August 7th 2007)

This section showcases the five installments of Donald Simpson's autobiographical account of his family, childhood and a lifetime in teaching. His own education was disrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War and he gives a graphic account of his experiences as a ten year old evacuee.
CHAPTER 1: FORMATIVE YEARS
CHAPTER 2: EVACUEE!
CHAPTER 3: EDUCATION! EDUCATION!! EDUCATION!!!
CHAPTER 4: GRADUATION, SEPARATION, CONSOLIDATION
CHAPTER 5: WE ALL FALL OFF THE LADDER SOMETIME

A TRIBUTE TO WINIFRED ELDRIDGE
(Added May 25th 2007)

Richard's mother died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of the morning of her ninety fifth birthday. This is his tribute read at her funeral service.
WINIFRED MARY ELDRIDGE nee CURTIS (1912 - 2007) - MY MUM

THE TRAGIC SHORT LIFE OF THOMAS CHRISTOPHER CLAYPOLE (Added May 1st 2007)
"Not the most beautiful spots on earth can enjoy an immunity from crime." May 1st is the 132nd anniversary of a murder which cut short a young life in Cottingham, Northampton, and left a mystery in this branch of the family tree.
DEATH FOR THREEHA'P'ORTH OF SUCKERS

A CELEBRATED MURDER STORY FROM THE 1820s
(Added April 9th 2007)

The murder of Maria Martin by William Corder in the Red Barn at Polstead, Suffolk has generated an industry of written, stage and screen melodrama, a legacy of relics and a blight on a branch of the family for nearly two centuries.
THE MURDER OF MARIA: FROM RED BARN TO LINCOLN'S INN

THE STORY OF MATTHEW NESSWORTHY (1882 - 1916)
(Added February 21st 2007)

The Nessworthy family has a long association with the sea, whether as mariners or as boat builders. Many of their sons joined up and fought during the first World War and some died. Unable to sustain an engagement with the Royal Navy, Matthew Nessworthy joined the merchant fleet and made the ultimate sacrifice.
FOR THOSE IN PERIL ON THE SEA

STORIES FROM THE DERBYSHIRE COALFIELDS
(Added February 11th 2007)

Adding to our series of articles about the sons and daughters of John and Anne Naylor of South Normanton, Terence Radford gives his recollections of the family life of their third son, Edwin, in the first half of the twentieth century.
RECOLLECTIONS OF LIVING IN COAL MINING COMMUNITIES

A CRAXFORD BEFORE 1600?
(Added January 30th 2007)

Now into its third year, the magazine looks back across the centuries and considers the evidence. Just who was the earliest Craxford to bear the name?
WHO IS THE CRAXFORD ELDER STATESMAN?

A NORTHAMPTONSHIRE WILL
(Added January 20th 2007)

This is the first of two wills discovered in Northamptonshire of two William Craxfords born over 150 years apart. The will was prepared within the month of his death and despite providing for his youngest daughter, she died before him.
THE WILL OF WILLIAM CRAXFORD (1803)

MARRIED LIFE IN KENT.
(Added January 19th 2007)

This is the fourth and final part of the collection of articles and research penned by Winifred Curtis. Times have moved onwards to the years immediately after the second world war and include memories of early married life in Kent.
MARRIED LIFE

MEMORIES OF THE COOK FAMILY IN LEICESTER
(Added August 3rd 2006)

We have been exploring the maternal side of our family tree in recent months. We asked Eva if she had any memories of her aunts and uncles. She had been able to illustrate their stories with some interesting photographs from the time.
A COOK'S TOUR AROUND MY FAMILY

A DAUGHTER'S MEMORIES OF HER FATHER
(Added July 21st 2006)

Continuing a series of articles about the life and times of William Curtis and his family, we present the memories of his eldest daughter Mabel. This page is culled from her own writings about her childhood and growing into adulthood.
MY FATHER – WILLIAM CURTIS

Continued in column 3...

A MEMENTO FROM FRANCE
(Added June 15th 2006)

William Curtis was a driver in the Army during the first World War. He brought back an album of photographs of the destruction of the town of Arras in France, an area where he saw service.
A SOUVENIR FROM ARRAS

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS
(Added June 14th 2006)

For her twenty first birthday, our grandmother Miriam Naylor was given a photograph album in which she collected cabinet portraits of members of her own family and those of her future husband, George Cook. We have been able to identify some of the gallery but others remain shrouded in the mists of antiquity.
MIRIAM'S ALBUM

THE WAR DIARIES OF GEORGE CRAXFORD
(Added May 9th & June 9th 2006)

One of our father's treasured possessions was a series of diaries which he had kept during his years of service during the second World War. After his death these papers and other memorabilia were donated to the Imperial War Museum. He met Lew Blackwell at the railway station on their way to be enlisted in 1940. They became lifelong friends. This is their story. The second article details his experiences as a member of an anti-aircraft battery at the second battle of El-Alamein
1. COMRADES IN ARMS
2. EL-ALAMEIN

THE SOUTH NORMANTON NAYLORS
(Added May 26th 2006)

Our maternal grandmother was the youngest daughter of a coal mining family from the area of Alfreton in the Derbyshire coal fields. There were seven brothers and a sister. We have traced several of the branches of this family from the 1830s to the present day.
A RICH SEAM OF FAMILY HISTORY

A MYSTERY SOLVED
(Added April 21st 2006)

We had heard talk and rumours that our grandfather had an older sister but searches of the censuses and indexes and queries in the village of Cottingham had all drawn a blank. We learn the truth and discover a whole new dimension to the family tree.
IN SEARCH OF JAMES ERNEST'S OLDER SISTER

LIBERATION OF A POW CAMP 1945
(Added April 9th 2006)

John Nessworthy was a Prisoner of War in WWII. This account taken from his handwritten diary describes the hardship, cameraderie and the subsequent relief on liberation in March and April 1945.
THIRTY ONE DAYS IN STALAG IX - A

GROWING UP ON TYNESIDE
(Added April 2nd 2006)

Dorothy Simpson (nee Nessworthy), Judith's Mum, has written an account of what life what like as a child growing up in the now disappeared village world of Tyneside.
LIFE IN PRESTON VILLAGE

A TRIBUTE TO HILDA CRAXFORD (nee COOK)
(Added March 21st 2006)

It is already almost three years since our mother died. We have each penned an article to her memory. We have also added some more archive photographs to the database.
MEMORIES OF MY MOTHER
MAY YOU GAMBOL IN THE FIELDS OF PARADISE

OUR FIFTH COLOUR SUPPLEMENT. (Added March 19th 2006)
We are pleased to launch "The Brown Pages" which features the Eldridge, Curtis, Manooch and Cannings families from the south east corner of England. We also welcome Alex Curtis with links to his own family history site. The two previously published memories by Richard's Mum and Grandfather have been moved to their new positions and are joined by a report of some family research carried out during the 1970s.
ELIZABETH LANGFORD AND WILLIAM EWELL

ARTISTS, TEACHERS, PUBLISHERS AND PRINTERS
(Added March 16th 2006)

Andrew Wainwright has provided us with a second insightful article about his heritage - this time from his great grandmother's family. The storyline moves from the Cotswolds to the East Midlands, to Scotland and back again and touches on the birth of a iconic comic in the 1950s.
FROM HIGH ART TO DANE DARE

THE WESTERN FRONT 1916 (Added March 8th 2006)
This is the second "hand written" article from the archives of the Eldridge and Curtis family. Richard introduces a poignant diary kept by his grandfather who was assigned as a delivery driver in the vicinity of the Battle of the Somme
A WORLD WAR I JOURNAL - WILLIAM CURTIS

A FAMILY GATHERING (Added February 28th 2006)
Last weekend we celebrated our second family get together in a hotel in central London. Page 8 has a pictorial record of the event. We all agreed it was an enjoyable afternoon and we pledged to arrange a larger function early in 2007. We hope that this will ultimately lead to an annual Craxford family Convention.
THE SECOND ANNUAL CRAXFORD FAMILY LUNCH

A BRANCH OF THE FAMILY TRANSPLANTS FROM GRETTON (Added February 25th 2006)
Andrew Wainwright has penned the story of the movement of part of the family from Northamptonshire into the neighbouring county of Rutland and beyond. We also note the Baptist influence and the chapel at Barrowden.
"FROM GRETTON TO BARROWDEN - FROM CRAXFORD TO WAINWRIGHT"

MORE MEMORIES (Added February 17th 2006)
We are delighted to add another article containing memories of a bygone age this time featuring the years during and after the first world war. With it we can also introduce the Eldridge and Curtis names - Brenda's ancestral families by mnrriage.
MY EARLY YEARS: PERSONAL MEMORIES OF KENT

WARTIME MEMORIES (Added February 14th 2006)
After yours truly published his trilogy of personal Leicester memories other contributors and members of the family were invited to put pen to paper and scratch beneath the surface of their recollections. The first article in what we hope will be a series is added today.
"WARTIME IN BATH: SOME PERSONAL MEMORIES"

"HELP WANTED" (February 6th 2006)
Every so often even the most resolute and resourceful of researchers comes to a grinding halt it their quest to fill out the branches of the family tree. Our next addition to this site will be a "Missing Persons" page - one for each coloured section. We will list individuals of interest whose data is incomplete. If you can help with snippets of information. Please let us know. The first page has been added the the Blue supplement today.
"HAVE YOU FOUND OUR MISSING LINK?"

THE STORY OF GEORGE COOK (January 28th 2006)
Our fourth supplement (the Teal pages) is dominated by our maternal grandfather, George Cook. His profound interest and his performances in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan have been recounted and illustrated by annotated photographs of the time. We have now put all the various strands together and his story is told on a single page.
"A WAND'RING MINSTREL, I!"

THE TNG GENEALOGY COMMUNITY AND NETWORK
(December 31st 2005)

I have much to thank Darrin Lythgoe and his TNG Sitebuilding Software for in the construction of this web site. Without it we would no doubt have found ourselves a place somewhere in the vast reaches of the internet but with it we have found a brilliant vehicle for the design and presentation of our family's story. The TNG Network is a gathering together of genealogy sites powered by this software package. It gives us as authors a community to swap designs, ideas and advice - and you, as readers, a rapidly increasing pool of worldwide family history knowledge.
THE TNG GENEALOGY COMMUNITY AND BEYOND

THE FAMILY JEWELS: THE FAMILY JEWELLER
(DECEMBER 15th 2005)

I have mentioned my namesake and fourth cousin before and there is a note of his website lower down this page. I am very pleased to be able to reproduce a book of his quite exquisite work which was published in 1999 (currently out of print). He is always available to discuss commissions!.
ALAN CRAXFORD, JEWELLER

HMS PINAFORE: A LEICESTER AMATEURS PHOTO ALBUM (November 21st 2005)
George Cook, our grandfather, was a fine tenor and had a tremendous regard for the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. This love has passed down the generations to me and beyond. We recently discovered an album of photographs of him in various roles. I am pleased to be able to add these annotated photographic records of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas as they were enacted by the Leicester Amateur Dramatic Society in the 1920s.
"HMS PINAFORE" - 1922; by GEORGE COOK

THE NESWORTHY FAMILY TREE
(October 21st 2005)

The significance of this family is documented in the Blue supplement. However we have also run into a whole series of conundrums about this most fascinating of Surnames and you can see some of the evidence and the arguments behind our conclusions on these pages.
THE NESSWORTHY GENESIS

NEWFLORIDIAN'S TRILOGY (October 3rd 2005)
The last of the three articles about growing up, going to school, living and life around the Fosse Road North area of Leicester has now been completed. Today's posting features the now disappeared King Richard's Road. All three can be found on the Leicester Craxfords page.
A WALK DOWN KING DICK'S ROAD - AND BACK AGAIN

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