Originally published in London 1909 by MacMillan & Co., Ltd., this first edition of the Highways and Byways in Middlesex, is republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom. Macmillan began publishing the Highways & Byways series in 1899 and by 1909 had completed almost twenty publications in the series, which extended across the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, with one publication on Normandy and and another on Ireland. This highly popular series continued until the beginning of the Second World War. In May 2009 Pan Macmillan reissued a one-volume collection of the best of the Highways and Byways series offering a glimpse of the very best of Britain.
The original publication of the Highways and Byways in Middlesex contains more than 400 printed pages, including a map of of the county, but alas not the route of the author, Walter Jerrold, who chose to take many short trips from a central point, and almost 120 pen and ink illustrations by Hugh Thomson, providing as with all of the Highways and Byways series a wonderful mix of topography, local history and folklore, which perhaps more than ever allows the reader to rediscover parts of Britain that have long disappeared under a morass of concrete, which is perhaps more the case with Middlesex than any other county in the series.
Walter Jerrold undertook only eleven 'tours' on which he reported in the Highways and Byways in Middlesex, perhaps because he chose to tarry for so long at his first stop, Hampton Court. The remainder of Jerrold's tours are recorded as follows: Twickenham, Teddington and the River Side; the County Capital and thereabouts; The Hamptons and the Riverside to Laleham; The Staines Corner; Uxbridge and the Bucks Border; Edmonton, Enfield and the Chase; the Northern Suburbs concluding with the Southern Suburbs.
Much of the charm a vigour of the Highways and Byways series which has stood the test of time is down to the travellers and in the case of Middlesex this is no exception. Walter Jerrold (1865-1929) was born in Liverpool, but spent most of his life in London. Beginning life as a clerk in a newspaper counting house, he became deputy editor of the Observer newspaper and acted as editor for many classics of literature for the newly-founded Everyman's Library. He also wrote many biographies, including those on Charles Lamb and Thomas Hunt and under the pseudonym Walter Copeland published the best-known collection of nursery rhymes of the early 20th century in addition to writing a number of works for Macmillan's Highways and Byways series. The Highways and Byways in Middlesex are replete with more than 120 pen and ink sketches by Hugh Thomson. Born in Coleraine in 1860, by 1883 Thomson had moved to London and had begun working as the illustrator for Macmillan. Amongst his many credits are the illustrations for more than 70 novels, including those of Jane Austen and by the time he drew the illustrations for the Highways and Byways in Middlesex Thomson was the most popular and successful illustrator of his time. Much of Thomson's work was purchased by Derry City Council and when originals of his pen and ink sketches come up for sale they command high prices and for this reason alone the many books in the Highways and Byways series illustrated by Thomson - which are the majority - are well worth purchasing and this edition for Middlesex is no exception.
"The Place Names of Middlesex Including those parts of the County of London formerly Contained with the Boundaries of the Old County" was compiled by J. E. B. Gover and published by Longmans, Green & Co., in London in 1922.
The title of this publication provides the geographical boundaries of his survey, although a few liberties are taken, such as including Aldgate, which even at the time of writing was part of the City of London proper. Having said this, as the author rightly notes, that although Middlesex is the second to smallest county in Britain, it like the rest of the home counties was heartily under represented both in the field of county studies in general and more especially etymological publications such as this and for this reason alone was recommend to the general public.
The form of the publication is based on the standard form etymology study. Using a plethora of published and manuscript sources the compiler gathered together all the recorded spellings for each place name and placed these in chronological order. Having done this, the meaning of each place name is interpreted paying particular attention to sound laws and topographical locations of each place. Grove has included in his study names that could no longer be found on a standard Ordnance Survey map, which were thus deemed to be extinct, but had once existed. Beginning with Abchurch, which is first noted in written sources in 1198 and ending with Yiewsley, which first appear in 1383, the author's stated aim in 1922 was add to the then list of county monographs and wherever possible to compare these to those present in other English counties.
Republished here in fully-searchable digital format, the 133 printed pages of the Place Names of Middlesex must appeal to anyone interested in the root of any of the place names in the county.
The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
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This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
Published in 1909 this is a wonderful history of the county of Middlesex from ancient times.
It contains details of the origin and evolution of the towns, folklore and customs, Middlesex schools, old county families and changes in land ownership and much more.
A continuation of the earlier works by the Middlesex Record Society. Unique accounts of criminal and civil proceedings in London and Middlesex which involve people from all over the country
A superb and incredibly detailed historical and topographical study of this ancient parish with wonderful maps, illustrations and photographs to illustrate the world in which your ancestors lived.
Published in four volumes by the Middlesex Record Society. Printed transcripts of Middlesex Sessions' Rolls from 1549 to 1603, including indictments, coroner's inquests post mortem and recognizances.
Unique accounts of criminal and civil proceedings in London and Middlesex which involve people from all over the country. A superb index in each volume helps to locate both names and places.
Ancient records of land and property ownership in London and Middlesex from 1189 to 1569 which often have important genealogical information within them.
These types of documents, along with taxation records and wills are the only way to obtain valuable clues and so they are incredibly important to historians and genealogists alike.
A random example;
Michelmas 1510. William Lowthe, James Spencer and Robert Sayles 'and' Edmund Wotton and Matilda, his wife, one of the daughters and heirs of William Palmer. Premises in Harowe and Pynnore.
The full set of this incredibly rare and expensive set of books. This is probably one of the most useful London history books ever written and has been an invaluable reference tool for generations of eminent London historians.
Superb historical account of towns, villages and hamlets within twelve miles of the capital with numerous references to family names, extract from registers and dozens of beautifull illustrations. Each volume carries its own excellent index.
Originally published in 1791, this set has been bound into six books with the contents as follows:
Volume one - part one: The county of Surrey.
Volume one - part two: The counties of Kent, Essex and Herts.
Volume two - part one: The county of Middlesex. Acton - Heston.
Volume two - part two: The county of Middlesex. Hornsey - Wilsdon.
Volume three: Those parishes in the county of Middlesex which are not described in The Environs of London.
Volume four: The counties of Herts, Essex and Kent.
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by the London Borough of Barnet Archives.
This little book is bursting full of information. It contains essays on the problems of unemployment; the charitable work carried out for the poor and destitute, children, animals, insane and more, which provide an insight into views at the time. It also has details such as the postage regulations, local adverts, lists of official persons, voting and population statistics and notes about the state of Middlesex county compared to the rest of the country, such as; "next to the West Riding of Yorkshire Middlesex has the least pauperism in the country." There is a section on salaries listing the earnings of every government employee from Gardeners to Clerks. Lists of societies, sports teams and other entertainment. It also contains a large "Historical Notes" section.
This is a handbook explaining the whole workings, services and expenditure of government in Middlesex in 1911. A great way to piece together what it was really like to live in Middlesex at this time.
Includes a fold out map of the long gone tramway system.
Published in 1912 this is an excellent historical and topographical portrait of this once rural Middlesex village which is now a part of Greater London.
This book has been extremely well researched and contains dozens of illustrations and photographs of Acton throughout the ages.
First published in 1906 this guide book is indeed 'little' in size but contains an enormous amount of information about the whole of the county. Each place is described in great detail and there are lots of photographs and plates of towns and villages in Middlesex. General information about the county includes situation and boundaries, extent and population, physical features and scenery, geology, rainfall, woods and commons, history, agriculture and industries, rivers and waterways, roads and green lanes, railways and antiquities. There is also an incredibly detailed map of Middlesex.
The following is a list of all of the places covered:
Acton, Alperton, Bedfont, Bedford Park, Brentford, Brent Street, Brondesbury, Bushey Park, Childs Hill, Chiswick, Collin Dale, Colnbrook, Colney Hatch, Cowley, Cranford, Cricklewood, Crouch End, Dollis, Ealing, Eastcote, Edgeware, Edmonton, Enfield, Feltham, Finchley, Friern Barnet, Golders Green, Greenford, Gunnersbury, Hadley, Halliford, Hampton, Hampton Court, Hanwell, Hanworth, Harefield, Harlesden, Harlington, Harmondsworth, Harringay, Harrow on the Hill, Hayes, Headstone Manor, Hendon, Heston, Highgate, Hillingdon, Hornsey, Horsendon Hill, Hounslow, Ickenham, Isleworth, Kenton, Kilburn, Kingsbury, Laleham, Littleton, Mill Hill, Neasden, New Southgate, Northolt, Northwood, Norwood, Osterley House, Page Street, Perivale, Pinner, Ponder's End, Preston, Roxeth, Ruislip, Shepherd's Bush, Shepperton, Southall, Southgate, South Mimms, Staines, Stanmore, Stanwell, Strand on the Green, Stroud Green, Sudbury, Sunbury, Syon House, Teddington, The Hyde, Tottenham, Turnham Green, Twickenham, Twyford, Uxbridge, Wembley, West Drayton, Whetstone, Whitchurch, Whitton, Willesden, Winchmore Hill,Wood Green and Yiewsley.
A historical, commercial and descriptive survey of the metropolis of Great Britain including sketches of it's environs and a topographical account of the most remarkable places in Middlesex.
Illustrated with engravings this book by Norris Brewer gives a historical description of every place in Middlesex. Very detailed and fully searchable, including a place and name index, this CD will prove intriguing to those with Middlesex ancestors who want to know more than just their names and dates.
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by the Institute of Heraldic & Genalogical Studies.
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