Yesterday the AGM of the Banbury Historical Society was held at Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire . Our host, The Lord Saye and Sele, very kindly gave the attendees a tour of the house after the AGM. This manor house dates from about 1300 AD. As you can see from the attached photos that I took yesterday it is well worth visiting if you are in the Banbury area.
FindMyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) have just released some RAF service records (1912 – 1939). I found my paternal grandfather’s records. He was in the Royal Navy Air Services in 1916 and this merged with the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 to become the Royal Air Force. He joined the RAF reserves in 1919 and this is the last entry.
For info the number of entries for these RAF service records for the one name study split as:
On Saturday we revisited Petworth House, Sussex (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house/) . Caryl’s mum is 87 today and we went with her and one of Caryl’s sisters and her husband. It was raining on and off and therefore we just went inside. The grounds are marvelous but there is plenty to see inside. Attached are some of the photos from the visit. It may look as though there were no other visitors but there were plenty (you just have to be patient and pick your moment – no tripods/monopods inside and therefore no long time exposures.).
All the volunteers and staff were extremely helpful, courteous and knowledgeable.
Caryl’s mum is the ‘kitchen maid’.
We went to the National Trust property called ‘Red House’ (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/red-house/) in Bexley today. This house was previously owned by William Morris (Arts and Crafts movement). Here are a photos from the visit:
Last week we had some days in Warwickshire. Here are some photos from the visit:
The first 7 are from Upton House (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house/),
the next 7 are of Stratford upon Avon and the remainder are of
Packwood House (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/packwood-house/).
The gardens at Upton House were closed (high winds) and Packwood House gardens were limited (too wet and boggy). We were fortunate that the rain stayed away although the fields were to wet and muddy for walks.
Tessa Boffin (1960 – 1993), the former University of the Creative Arts photography lecturer, who, before her death in 1993, produced work in response to the HIV and AIDS crisis. I’ve been told that an exhibition on ‘Cross dressing through the ages’ is being held until the end of February in Maidstone, Kent and includes some of her work. Details of the exhibition can be at
This is also a link to her archive catalogue
From the family history point of view her line can be traced back to Great Rollright, Oxfordshire (pre 1700).
Caryl and I were fortunate to attend the Thanksgiving Service for Myrtle Baughen at St James Clerkenwell, London last Saturday. Myrtle was the wife of Michael Baughen, the former Bishop of Chester, and passed away on 2nd January. The occasion was a joyful one and a celebration of an active and dedicated full life. A booklet for the service, which includes many photographs, was produced and is available by clicking here (thanks to Michael and Andrew Baughen for their permission). After the service there was an opportunity to meet and talk to Michael and his family.
FindMyPast have recently released some records associated with the British in India and linked areas e.g. Rangoon (Burma or Myanmar) is included. I’ve started to go through some of these and found the following link with the Charlbury Boffins/Baughans.
George Boffin (sometimes spelt Baughan) was baptised on 28 July 1820 in Charlbury, Oxfordshire. He was the first son of William Boffin and Sarah Burden; they had 6 children. Up until now I had no further information on George after the baptism.
On 11th December 1856 he married Rose Ann Duckworth at St Mary’s Church, Madras, India. Madras is called Chennai nowadays. I’ve found one baptism for this family – Sarah Rosa Boffin, born 21 December 1857 and baptised 26 May 1858 in Palaveram, Tamil Nadu, India. Rose Ann (the mother) died sometime before April 1865 because George remarried Margaret Louise Sherard (born about 1835) on 29 April 1865 in Vizianegareum, Bengal, India. George died on 5 March 1872 (buried 6 March) at Telicherry, Kerala, India – cause of death was smallpox. Sarah Rosa Boffin (the daughter of the first marriage) married, at age 16 years, Charles William Arnet on 1 July 1874 at the Madras Trinity Chapel in Madras.
When George was married for the first time he was 2nd Master Sergeant 37th Grenadiers and at the time of his death in 1874 he was a ‘Company’s Pensioner’. So far I haven’t found his Army Service records.
I have a document that lists Rose Boffin buried in the Old Protestant Cemetery in Agram, Bangalore, India (the cemetery was used from 1806 to 1866). The document doesn’t give any further information.
I haven’t found, so far, what happened to George’s second wife.