Feb 24 2014

Warwickshire 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.


Feb 18 2014

Tessa Boffin exhibition

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).

Feb 12 2014

Myrtle Baughen Thanksgiving Service

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.

Feb 03 2014

Boffin/Baughan Charlbury, Oxon to India link

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.



Jan 10 2014

Sarasota, Florida

Here are a selection of photos from our holiday in Sarasota, Florida in December.

The musician is Dean Johanesen (Deanjohanesen.com) and well worth listening to.

Dec 20 2013

Xmas 2013 newsletter

Have a Happy Christmas and 2014.

I’ve just added our Xmas 2013 newsletter ; it can be found at www.baughen.co.uk/PDFs/Xmas 2013 letter.pdf


Cliff & Caryl

Oct 27 2013

John Baughan – convict in 1869

Yesterday I purchased ‘Oxford Gaol Prisoner Portraits 1870 – 1881 Volume 6 – Crimes in the Bicester area’ (published by the Oxfordshire Black Sheep Publications). On page 19 there is a description of a John Baughan who was convicted of Horse Stealing in 1869. What is particularly interesting is that it gives his photograph and signature.

At this point in time I haven’t identified who this John Baughan is. Many of the Baughan localities in Oxfordshire are mentioned but it indicates he came from London. Where he was before and afterwards in the various census is unclear as there is nothing that seems to tie up. I’ve attached a PDF with the conviction sentence and the article from the above publications. If you are able to help with any more information please let me know.

The PDF is at www.baughen.co.uk/PDFs/John BAUGHAN convict extract.pdf

(I think the ‘RW Well’ means Reads and Writes well)

Sep 26 2013

Rye, Sussex rambles

Last weekend we joined other ramblers from Reigate Ramblers for some walks around Rye, Sussex. Here are some photos taken in Rye and on some of the walks. The beach scenes are from Camber Sands (about 3 miles from Rye).


Sep 09 2013

Peebles Wedding Photographs

We were fortunate to be invited to the wedding of Katy Teo and David Siedlecki at Peebles, Scotland on 17th August 2013. Here are a few of the photographs I took. Apologies for the delay in posting but I didn’t want to publish them before the happy couple had a chance to see them first.


Sep 02 2013

Reigate Photo Walk

I have been accepted to lead a Photo walk around central Reigate on 5th October 2013 as part of the 6th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (there are over 700 walks this year). Details of my walk and further information about the Photo walks can be found by following the link on my page at www.baughen.co.uk/Photography.html . The event is free to enter but as numbers are limited it is necessary to register. If you like taking photographs (and you don’t need to have Digital SLR) please join me on 5th October.