Issue 35

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Another Glimpse

Who am I?

Four weddings -and two funerals

Sir Ivan Stedeford

 

Our article in Issue 34 about William Stettaford's sale of property to Sir Francis Drake aroused quite a lot of interest including this photo sent in from the United States. It shows Roy Hayter - a Stentiford of course - in  a nice proprietorial pose on Stentiford Bridge, just outside South Zeal. It was taken on a Devon walking holiday in 2000.

Roy Hayter on Stentiford Bridge

Our first article in this Issue reveals more information about a family we first wrote about in Issue 6 - information we found in an unlikely place while searching for something quite different. 

Doreen Norton returns this month with a thought-provoking article which invites us to think about who we are. A line of descent isn't just about genetics - our physical make-up is just one manifestation of a complex palette of attributes that we inherit - and we don't seem to get them in equal quantities from each of the families who came before us. Two parents, four Grandparents, eight Great Grandparents and so on - how is it that many people feel drawn to one particular family group out of all those possibilities? When you've read about Doreen's meeting with her Stentiford cousin from across the world, spare a moment to ask yourself who you are.

The four weddings and two funerals all happened in the June Quarter of 1910 and show just how useful the GRO can be, especially after the role of the parish church diminished in the 20th century.

When we first began to prepare the article about Sir Ivan Stedeford, we could not believe that no photographs were available of a man , much of whose life was dedicated to public service. His appointments ranged from a governorship of the BBC to becoming Chairman of the first government committee set up to review the future of the railways in April 1960, before anyone had even heard of Dr. Richard Beeching. We do know that he was photographed on at least  one occasion by Philip Glass because his name appears in a catalogue of his works but the overall impression is of an unassuming and committed man who fought shy of publicity but who was seen, in his time, as an extremely safe pair of hands.

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard

 

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Another Glimpse

Who am I?

Four weddings -and two funerals

Sir Ivan Stedeford

 

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