This year the AGM will be held on 24th September at the usual location, Southview, Copsale Road, Maplehurst, Horsham RH13 6QY. As always, we invite members to join us at the White Horse pub (3 minutes walk from my house) for lunch beforehand, and the formal meeting will commence at 3pm.
Please ask if you need directions, the phone number is 01403 864389 or my mobile is 07484 606006. It would be helpful to know in advance if you are coming so that we can organise a big enough cake for the end of the meeting!
The Lin(d)field One Name Group would like to contact any descendants of Robert Linfield who emigrated to Twillingate from Marnhull, Dorset in 1793. We have a lot of information about the descendants, but are still seeking clues as to the English origins of the family.
I am trying to contact anyone with connections to this couple who married in 1727 in Bath, Somerset, England. We believe that Robert may have been born in about 1707 in Trull, Somerset, but cannot find where he came from. Any information gratefully received. We can supply fairly complete data on his descendants.
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
One of the many places that we can find surnames of interest, is in the wording of printed advertising and business stationery. The first of these tends to have a better survival rate as the magazines and newspapers in which they appear may be preserved for historical interest and for the articles they contain. There is a very active market in old pages from newspapers, and they are often found framed and used as decoration, particularly in public houses where there is a historical theme. We have acquired a number of such items, including the page about Lily Lindfield, the dancer, described later in this issue. 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.