With all the First World War centenary commemorations well under way, I wanted to tell everyone about a new website: ‘The Great War – West Sussex‘.
Financed with a lottery grant, this has been a joint project between the West Sussex Library Service and the West Sussex Record Office, who appealed for volunteers to research case studies on various topics of the war or on a particular serviceman or woman. Far more people came forward than expected – 150 rather than the estimated 80 or so – but the end result is a fantastic learning resource that I can thoroughly recommend. Continue reading
Another of the various items we have acquired through Internet trading sites, is a page from The Sketch. This was an illustrated weekly newspaper, mainly covering the aristocracy and high society. It was published from 1893 until 1959 by the same organisation that produced the Illustrated London News – itself another valuable source of articles for local and family history. It carried regular features on royalty and the aristocracy, theatre, cinema and the arts and was always well illustrated with photographs. Continue reading
My father once remarked, when reminiscing about the past that, “most families seemed to have a simple daughter, who was kept at home, to look after the house and care for the elderly parents”. However, despite this, the only unmarried women our researches had discovered so far had been qualified as seamstresses, milliners, and in one case as a teacher. Continue reading
My curiosity about the elaborate dresses in the old family photograph remained and, to find out more about these, it was necessary to dig deeper into the Miles family. Next to the headstones of Thomas and Rebekah Miles in the Wivelsfield graveyard, stands a memorial to Sarah Bridger which reads, formerly of Burgess Hill, died at Hove, November 28th 1895, aged 62 years. Continue reading
As we announced at the AGM, we feel that after 21 years of operation, we need to consider how to manage the Group in the future in the light of several factors:
- a steadily declining membership
- the general lack of contributions by members of material for publications (though with some honourable exceptions for which we are very grateful!)
- the lack of members who are willing to join the Committee or assist with the running of the Group
- the trend towards electronic exchange of information and the decline and cost of printed matter Continue reading
Lily Linfield, dancer from The Sketch August 2nd 1893
Editorial: The Future of LONG
The Lindfields of Chailey, by Belinda Baker
– Part 1 Hasted Lindfield
– Part 2 The Story of Sarah Bridger
– Part 3 Katherine – Saint or Sinner?
The Descendants of William Lindfield, by Alan Lindfield
A Lucky Escape, by Arthur Lindfield
Letterheads and Advertisements, by Alan Lindfield
Lily Linfield, Dancer, by Alan Lindfield
Early Public Records, by Alan Lindfield
A History of the Firm of AG Linfield of West Sussex, Fruit Growers,
Market Gardeners and Mushroom Producers, by Malcolm Linfield
Adoption, by Alan Lindfield
Front cover: Lorna Linfield carrying the Olympic torch through Fort William on June 9th. Lorna is the niece of our former Treasurer Melza Linfield and was selected as recognition of her work with children with special needs. Photograph reproduced by kind permission of Gavin Linfield.
Permission to Marry, by Alan Lindfield
The Worthing Glasshouse Industry, by Malcolm Linfield
Old Bailey Proceedings, by Alan Lindfield
Family Origin Name Survey, by Alan Lindfield
Front cover: Isaac Lindfield (1856-1933) and his wife Charity (Oden). Picture kindly donated by Helen Warburton.