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Saturday, 24 March 2007

Reminiscing already...

I had such a lovely time in Yorkshire! So many new cousins, so little time. I love Richmond - it must be one of the prettiest towns in England and I gather it's a very desirable place to live.

The last few days oop north were spent very comfortably with Brian and Trish in Birstall. Like many of the people I've been meeting up with, B & T were strangers to me except for e-mail contact, but we didn't stay strangers for long. They very kindly drove all the way up to Richmond to pick me up and then we went to visit the lovely village of Kilburn, where our ancestors of that name lived while they were working on the building of Byland Abbey. Job completed, they moved on to Reviaux (gee, have I spelt that right?) and then on down to Leeds to work on still another abbey. Our mutual ancestor Roger KILBURN probably moved from there to Dewsbury, although we can't prove that because we haven't found a baptism for Roger. However, Roger was a common name among the Leeds KILBURN tribe, so that's our lad's most likely town of origin.

The village of Kilburn is a delight. The old church and a pub nearly as old lend real character to the place, but probably best of all is the workshop of one Robert Thompson, known as the Mouse Man because he carved a mouse somewhere on every piece he crafted. The tradition continues today, with the workshop turning out small masterpieces for those lucky enough to be able to buy such fine works. I just bought a postcard:-)

Brian and Trish also took me to Dewsbury Minster, one of the most meaningful places for me because so many of my ancestors were hatched, matched and dispatched there. It is a beautiful building - marred, some might say, by modern innovations such as putting the altar in the west and removing the old pews to replace them with what look like kitchen chairs - but nothing can alter the fact that it is a superb old church with some Saxon stonework still visible. There has been a church on the site for well over a thousand years, and it is obviously still a vibrant place of worship. Volunteers run a refectory with an excellent menu and others were eager to show us around the church and make us welcome.

Have to go now as time on the rented computer is running out. Scuse mistakes, no time to check!

5 comments:

Imagine me said...

You do seem to be having a great time, Satima. Colour me green because the only chance I have of visiting my ancestral lands is by winning the Lotto. Don't laugh. It could happen. A few years back a workmate of my husband won $8,000,000 - and, yes, that figure is correct. So why not me?

Anonymous said...

Hallo Satima,
I am sure, you had a wonderful time in Northern England with all your cousins. I hope some energy is left for the time in Germany.
Your visit here is getting close. Today I felt free to book for you and me a day-trip by bus to Luxemburg. I hope you do not mind.
Waiting to meet you on Thursday
Elfriede

Anonymous said...

Hi Satima,
Hv sent you a separate e about a new publishing journal in WA which might be of interest. Good to hear you're having such an interesting time and there's more to come. Autumn here and it's cooler and darker. Love Nicola x

Anonymous said...

Hi again,

Glad everything is going well. Maybe we'll get to England too one day. Ray and I are going on holidays tomorrow - first time for a year. Maybe you'll be in Germany by the time we return.
Keep well, Pat

Satima Flavell said...

Hi guys - thanks for your good wishes. I'm sorry not to have been in touch more but I'm finding it hard to get internet access at the moment. Looking forward to Luxembourg, Elfriede!

I haven't bought any lottery tickets here but who knows? Maybe when I get back to Oz...

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