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Farming in Battle

13th August 2021

Heidi Souster:

Hi,

It’’s been awhile since my last post but I have been busy redoing my Family Tree. I wonder if anyone can suggest where I can get hold of old maps of the area? I am trying to get a visual idea of where the family were located from 1580 - 1841. Also I need some farming information. Am I right in thinking that many of the hamlets were built specifically for farm workers before they began to reach village status? Any books on this would be a help.

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Picture Frames

12th June 2021

Judith Stewart Stewart:

Various picture frames - about 8 - various sizes - largest approx 40cm x 30cm.

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Miss Constance Cane

6th June 2021

Darrell Kingsland:

Hello,

I met Constance several times when I was young. From age 5 up to 12ish. My mum and dad lived next door to her cousin, D.M. Cane. Dorothy. She lived until she was 96. A retired headmistress of de bohun school. I remember missing school one day at arounf age 8. DM Cane was to look after me. Constance was there. She greeted me with, "this is an unexpected pleasure" I stayed the day with them, Lots of tea and cakes. DM Cane used to make our dog milky tea. The dog loved it. Constance served in Malta, I believe as a nurse during the 2nd world war. She was a straight up no nonsense type. Her and her two comrades were, as was DM Cane. We visited Battle around the time. Was there a hotel called the non such? You are correct they did paint, and walk. My mum has a few of her paintings hanging still.
Very well rounded adults of an era now long gone.

Darrell

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Picture Frames

5th May 2021

Judith Stewart Stewart:

A box of assorted picture frames available. Will deliver locally.

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Swallows

29th April 2021

Jenny Green:

How can I find out about swallows nests in the Tower in the Square please?

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Venice Nicholas of Brightling

23rd April 2021

Andrew Venis:

Heidi,

A lot of people on Ancestry.com have Nicholas marrying Jane Wade on 1 July 1585 at Wisborough Green , this didn't happen as only Robert marrying Joan happened on this date and she was a widow so probably not a Wade . You can see this at the FamilySearch website which gives you access to the images for Wisborough Green (image 23 of 550 bottom left) .

I've never found any evidence of them arriving in a boat apart from the references to a large influx at Rye .

My discovery that Nicholas also went by the name Villaine makes me think that he was possibly born in Sussex to Peter Vyllan listed in my original message . Whether Villaine is his true surname and Venis is an alias or vice versa I've so far been unable to decypher . He could also have used the name Fennill but I'm still looking into that.

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Venice Nicholas of Brightling

16th April 2021

Heidi Souster:

I, too, have been following the de Venoix family. My records show that Nicholas de Venoix (of Venoix - a place name) and his brothers. Robert and Thomas arrived in Sussex during the late 1500s as all were married within the year 1585 - Nicholas to Jane Wade - Robert to Joanna Wade (presumably sister to Jane) - Thomas to Joane Jakman. Only Nicholas and Thomas's marriages produced children. I do believe these three young men came over in a boat and took up residency in Brightling Sussex. Their father is only known as Monsieur de Venoix and I have him born at 1535 in Basse-Normandie and his father in 1500. The name de Venoix did fade out quite quickly but I put this down to misspelling. All records are only as good as those who interpret them and the name is misspelt (according to my opinion) as Venes, Vines, Venus, Venns to name but a few. De Venoix does have a connection to the Marshalls who were connected to William I but that was many centuries ago so the boys had nothing to do with them. We all like to think that our ancestors are someone outstanding but in truth they were mere farmers who barely scratched a living off the land.

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Westfield Place

19th March 2021

Giles Blunden:

Dear Francesca, The wind has replied. I have just found your message whilst looking ofr information on Westfield place which has been our family home for 40 years. If you have any information i might follow up or Stories or best of all photographs I would be delighted to hear from you. Giles

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Westfield Place

19th March 2021

Giles Blunden:

Hello Jeremy, Seven and a half years later, I have just come across your message, whilst looking for historical information about Westfield Place that has been our family home for the last 40 years. If you have any information I could follow up or stories or best of all photographs I would be delighted to hear from you. Giles

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Westfield Place

19th March 2021

Giles Blunden:

Hello Amanda, I have just come across this message. Whilst searching for historical information about Westfield Place which my family have occupied for the last 40 years. If you get this message I would be delighted to hears from you if you have any information I might follow up or stories or best of all photographs.

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