Here are pictures I have taken of some of my ancestral places in Dorset and Hampshire.
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Greenlands Farm, near Studland, is now a site where the National Trust is undertaking one of the largest heathland restoration projects in the country. My 4-great grandfather John READ farmed and fished here in the 19th century...
Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, Dorset, where my ancestor Neri POOLE was a woodman…
My HAYES ancestors lived in the 19th century in the Baiter area of Poole. In those days this was the area where fishermen and their families lived, sometimes in rather crowded tenements. Now it is a leisure area...
The old town area of Poole was where my HAYES, STILES and EDMONDS ancestors lived in the 19th and 20th centuries - I also love visiting the place today...
Church of St Nicholas, Arne, near Poole, Dorset, August 2010. The little village of Arne is on heathland between Poole and Wareham in Dorset and is now the home of an RSPB nature reserve. My 4-great grandmother Honor KITCAT was christened in Arne
The Church of St Peter in the village of Pimperne, mid Dorset. The little village of Pimperne in Dorset is about 2½ miles north-east of Blandford Forum on the Salisbury. This is where I have found the earliest references to my GILES ancestors, in 1734.
St Nicholas Church in Studland - here some of my Purbeck ancestors going back to maybe 1615 were christened, with surnames including READ/REED, CORBIN/CORBAN, BRANNE, BAYLEY/BAILY, MOWLAM, RIGHTBRAD/RIGHTHEAD, PAYNE, TOMBS and CHATTOCK
The Church of St Mary the Virgin in the village of Sturminster Marshall, on the river Stour, four miles west of Wimborne in Dorset. Here I find my earliest AUSTIN ancestor, my 7-great grandfather William, born here around 1675.
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Swanage in Dorset. My mother's forebears with surnames READ, SAUNDERS, BARTER and EDMONDS lived in this little Purbeck port in the 18th and early 19th centuries before their descendants moved to Poole.
Over Wallop in Hampshire is one of my ancestral places. Here lived my maternal forebears with the surnames ROGERS, GRACE and WEBB. The earliest would be Edward Webb, born in Over Wallop around 1730. This is the Church of St Peter
Winchester in Hampshire is one of my ancestral places. Here lived my maternal forebears with the surnames JEFFERY, MARMAN and BRICKNELL. The JEFFERY family were mainly bricklayers, carpenters and other builders
Romsey in Hampshire is one of my ancestral places. Here lived my maternal forebears with the surnames WOOLS/WOOLLS, WITHERS/WITHARS and SINAT/SINNATT/SINNETT/SENNETT, going back to the 16th century
My PEREGRINE ancestors came from Llangendeirne, Carmarthenshire
My later PEREGRINE ancestors lived in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire
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