Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Medieval Hospital Writing

I have researched and written an article about a Medieval Hospital that nursed people who were sick - and also cared for people afflicted with disabilities; the rules they had to obey were quite stern.
Nevertheless, it has been fascinating checking out the 'old records' and 'documents' from the late 1440s onwards.

Click here to read the piece.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Ancestry Research


Pictures above are of my Great-grandmother Elizabeth, and my Great-grandfather Charles.

I have been working on my Ancestry over the last year and have turned up some interesting facts.
I have to say researching your ‘family tree’ is a really addictive process - it draws you in like a frisky moth to a light - what with all the records and lines of enquiry your nosing around can uncover.

My Great-grandmother was called Elizabeth; she was born in St George in the East end, London, around 1880. Interestingly, her grandfather was a Police Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police in 1860.

Elizabeth married my Great-grandfather, Charles William Franks in 1908. Charles was born a cripple; this shows up on the Census Records from 1891, so it must have been really tough for him. Though he found a trade and worked as a Bootmaker. Both of them, as were their parents, and subsequently ‘their parents’ all East Enders.

My Great-grandparents lived in Stratford from the late 1880s up until my Great-grandfather’s death in 1929 at the young age of 50.


It has been fascinating researching this. I just wonder what other things I will manage to find out as my investigations continue.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Press Piece About Tabitha Bates

I contacted the East London And West Essex Guardian about my novel Tabitha Bates to see if they would like to do a piece about it.
They were very considerate - and wrote a nice feature about me and my book.

Tabitha Bates is set in east London and I grew up there as a kid so it all tied in nicely.

Click here to read the article.