Study Update

January 2024 Update

Behind the scenes the people database is growing with more families connected via the parish records with additional people added that had died before the 1841 census or had left the parish. I’m starting to see those that would have been living in the parish at the time of the Swing Riots which is what I am looking for initially. Currently the database stands at 1451 people.

Since last month the parish record transcriptions have grown with all burials from 1813 – 1841 now transcribed with a few added, baptisms and marriages are going further back in time too. Transcribing the Overseers accounts has started with 1830, for some entries it should be simple to identify who it belongs to such as my 4 x Great Grandfather Isaac Goodyear, but for entries such as Gale’s child or Widow Allee it will take some searching. It is these accounts that are going to be especially helpful in gaining an insight into the financial status of those living in the parish as these are showing the support payments made to individuals within the parish. They break down into three areas, general payments, road work payments and extra payments. The road work payments give the number of days someone actually worked on the repairing the parish roads along with the payment they received.

Also with regards to the 1841 Census where I could work it out easily the entries have been matched to the tithe map (tithe records are still to be transcribed). This is very helpful to identify where people were actually living at the time. I have also started gathering the data for the 1851 Census and adding tithe details if possible as I go, so far with just part of the road from The Plough Inn staying on the left heading towards Stoke it is clear that many people were in the same property in 1841 as they are in 1851. As the pages I have looked at so far give a clearer indication of where exactly is being enumerated I am hoping that this will also aid finding the missing plot numbers in the earlier census especially if many people are still in the same place as they are in the first few pages.

Newspapers have featured in my research this month, I’ve been downloading entries for the years where the police are mentioned in articles in preparation for February’s One Place Study blog prompt on policing. I’m only into the 1860s at the moment and there are some interesting ones more about what’s been found to follow in the next few weeks.

Also in January I took advantage of some lovely sunny winter weather to pop out for a wander around the village to get some photos of the areas that flooded in the winter of 1927/28. It was clear that today there are still issues with flooding as there had been heavy rain a few days before. Whilst there my friend and I enjoyed a albeit muddy walk around the lake too, as it was a beautiful day.

St. Mary Bourne Lake, 6th Jan 2024

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