We headed away from London, not very far into Surrey where Rosalie has ancestral history. We were very excited as it is always an adventure to find these places hidden away in tiny little hamlets and villages. Our expectations were exceeded!
Meeting up with our researcher in this area, Rosemary Morgan, Rosalie was presented with a book from a local Chipstead author Frances O'Donnell which I am sure she will treasure.
3 churches, 3 open churches, 3 open churches with someone who knew about the history of the church and one who knew the family. My guests experience an amazing feeling of connection with their past during these visits and it is what makes it all worthwhile.
One of these magnificent churches contained the bowl from the original font used to baptise Rosalie's ancestors and in another she was able to touch and read from the Bible that her ancestors also read from back in the 1830's to 1850's.
Having someone on hand to show us around a graveyard certainly makes it easier to locate the graves we are looking for and I would like to thank the verger at St Peter's church in Woodmansterne for his help.
Well, today we move on to Sussex and I expect to have similar success with Kerryn's ancestors in Seaford and Lewes. I'll let you know very soon.