The Monks Gate Murder

For the British motorist of the 1990’s, it is relatively unusual to have to pay a toll to use a road. Indeed, virtually all the toll roads are now over bridges or through tunnels, though the government is threatening to introduce more toll roads in order to finance improvements to the road system. If they do so, they will be following what was normal practice in the 18th and 19th centuries. Two hundred years ago Sussex roads were notorious throughout England for their appalling condition; Horace Walpole wrote of one journey through the Weald in winter “The roads grow bad beyond badness, the night darker beyond all darkness, our guide frightened beyond all frightfulness.” One can well imagine the discomfort of an unheated and poorly sprung coach being compounded by the ruts and potholes in the roads. Continue reading

The Marnhull Letters

Genealogy! – an easy subject to talk about at parties, meetings or over lunch with a friend. Most people, I believe, are interested in their own family history and will listen politely to others’. A good number of people want their family tree all laid out for them, without providing any contribution. Then there are people like the founders, executives and officers of LONGSHOT who not only have done research on their families, but are dedicating much time and energy to encourage others to share their family records for the enjoyment and interest of all potentially related parties. To them, I offer my heartiest congratulations for their unselfishness, perseverence and outstanding work in making the Lin(d)field One Name Group a successful undertaking and publication. As a proud member (no. 46), a profound “hello” to other members and a warm welcome to all new members. Continue reading

Names in Database 1992

Relative Numbers

Mark Twain is generally credited with the assertion that there are three kinds of lies – lies, damned lies and statistics, and I have no doubt that a lot of people would agree with him. Certainly, for many people the mention of statistics seems to provoke something between cynical disbelief and uncomprehending boredom. This is unfortunate, for statistics provide a useful dimension to many subjects, and family history is one of them. By looking at the numbers in our database, we can examine trends such as birth rates and lifespans, and show the movement of the various families around the country, and indeed the world. This article sets out some of the statistics taken from the database as it exists at the end of September 1992. Continue reading

Family History from Old Newspapers – Part 2

In the first part of this article, I introduced Frederick Linfield, who was Mayor of Worthing from 1906 to 1908. Another story I came across in an issue of 1903 could very easily have ruined Frederick’s political career. The events described must, at the very least, have worried him considerably. They concern the antics of a certain Emily Frances Linfield, a middle aged spinster who had lived most of her life in Brighton, where she had helped her mother run a lodging house. Unfortunately, Emily Frances became a habitual drunkard, always pestering her aged mother for money. In desperation to get away from her, her mother came to Worthing in October 1902, where she took up lodgings in Warwick Road. Mary Emma Linfield was 90 years old on February 2nd 1903. Somehow or other, Emily eventually managed to track her down and continued to extract money from her to finance her squalid drinking binges. Continue reading

Longshot Vol 1, No. 2

Family History from old Newspapers, Part 2, by Malcolm Linfield
Relative Numbers, by Alan Lindfield
The Quaker Connection, by the Rev Derek Lindfield
The Marnhull Letters, by Jerald A Linfield
The Monks Gate Murder, by Alan Lindfield
Members Queries
How to get Hooked, by Peggy Champ
Starting a Picture Story of One’s Family, by Eric G Linfield
John & Elizabeth Lindfield of Keymer, by Dr Ken Gudmundsen
The Stanford Smith Papers, by Malcolm Linfield
Henry Linfield of Nuthurst, by Malcolm Linfield
Martha Lindfield of Stream Cottage Wivelsfield, by Mary Offer
The Bramber Castle Legend, by Malcolm Linfield
Lest We Forget
Trying to Connect You, by Alan Lindfield

Front Cover: Family tree showing possible descent of William Linfield of Bramber Castle fame, as suggested by Stanford Smith – see articles on pages 60 & 45