Branch-ing out in Laxfield

#52Ancestors Post V: Branching Out Week Five of #52Ancestors brings us the theme ‘branching out’. The subsequent post has landed here because my One-Name Study includes a marriage between a John ’Walne’ and an Elizabeth Branch in Laxfield, Suffolk, in 1821.  In this post, I look at the Walne-Branch marriage and ask whether one party […]

100 years ago today: British Farmers’ Red Cross Fund

The British Farmers Red Cross Fund usually raised money through agricultural sales, with profits going towards various schemes – such as providing ambulances – and supporting hospitals. According to the Red Cross, the fund received a total of £1,024,808 19s 2d. One such sale took place in Harleston on 16 May, 1917. The local committee […]

One hundred years ago today: a WWI death confirmed

From the Framlingham Weekly News, 28 April, 1917: The death announced in our last issue of 2nd-Lieut. H.G.Walne, second son of Mr and Mrs Walne, Kettleburgh Hall [my Great Great Uncle], is officially confirmed. We are indebted to the bereaved parents for the following particulars of his career :- After finishing his education, Mr Walne entered […]

200 years ago today – The Hoxne Association

A meeting of the Hoxne Association was advertised to take place on 11 April, 1817. The Association was a private prosecution association – the idea being, in a time before a nationwide Police force, that members paid a subscription which allowed the association to help pay the expenses of apprehension and prosecution of suspected criminals […]

150 years ago: The Bath Bachelors’ Ball

Mr Alfred Septimus Walne and a little ‘flirting’. From the Western Daily Press (22 February 1867, Page 3): The biennial ball given by the bachelors of Bath took place last night at the Assembly Rooms. The whole of the magnificent suite of apartments was in use, and splendid, chaste, and costly ornaments gleamed from every nook […]

1911: Spelling

In 1911, eleven individuals appeared on their schedule as ‘Warnes Walne’, the others I read as ‘Walne’, although the transcription varies wildly. Were all of these people registered as such at birth (in the GRO index)? No, although the vast majority were. Of those born after the introduction of civil registration (all but one record […]

1911: Where born?

In the interests of surname research, only those men and women born Walnes and still being so in 1911 are in included in this graphic. In other words, women who took the name Walne on marriage are excluded, leaving 203 individuals. Of those, one gentleman is a puzzle and no birth record has been found. […]

1911: where?

Having achieved an estimate of the number of Walnes in the 1911 census, where exactly were they in England and Wales? The answer, for 63% of them, was Lancashire. By far the biggest chunk were in Alston/Dilworth/Longridge, the home of 41/263 individuals. There were also concentrations in Blackburn (25), Colne (16), Oldham (16), Burnley (15), […]