Parish church of St. John of the Beverly, main street,Whatton-in-the-vale.
Built in the 11th and 12th Centuries the church was extensively renovated
in the late 19th century by TD Hall
1. Graves of Thomas and Sophia at the Parish Church of St John, Whatton
(The grave stones on the left are of their son Cecil and note that a grave stone has been erected on Sophia's grave since this photo)
2.Letter written by T.D.Hall on Monday December 14, 1840. This letter was sold on ebay (item number 290136742212) on 16 July 2007
for a winning bid of 67.21 pounds. The stamp on the letter is a 1840 Penny Black considered scarce.
........... ............ ................
I should be at home anytime
before 10'clock on Wednesday
morning next. So that your clerk
must come over by the early
coach on that morning, ....... ......
I shall not be at home. And I can
...... appriciate another day, as I
am going out for a few days.
I am sorry to hear Cambell
is so very dilatory in clearing
up the title to the Whatton
Mill as I am very anxcious
to have it. I am sorry ...........
to hear that ........... ............
money is not forthcoming
as the money is ................
and believe me I ..................
Yours very truly
T D Hall
Monday Dec. 14th
Received Wednesday 16th
3. Old family Bible
On 27 April 2016 Peter Hall received this email from Gabriel Gillick
Are you the Dickinson Hall's I'm looking for?
I bought a box of old books at an auction in Louth, Lincolnshire for about £2 a few years ago, mainly because one of the books was an early-mid 19th century family bible with a lot of family information listed in handwriting in the front. I felt at the time that such an important family record should not be cast away, as was about to happen.
It notes in the front that the book first belonged to Sophia E. Hall (May 1840) and was given to Frederick Dickinson Hall (Nov. 29th 1879)... and then a list of other holders of the book up to 1945.
There is also a great list of births, deaths, dates of both and causes of deaths, location of burial, baptism place, vicar and godparents, etcetera, between the years of 1879 and 1955.
I'd love to return the book to the family to whom it belongs... Is this you?
In correspondence with Gabriel he promised to send me scans of the entries in the bible, these I received on 13 July 2016. The one scan was a list of recipients of the bible the first owner being: Sophia E Hall May 1840 . She then handed it down as follows.
Frederick Dickinson Hall 29 November 1879
Arthur Kenrick Dickinson Hall March 1930
Jeffrey Penrose Dickinson Hall March 1945 (the last known family member to have the bible).
Adrian Michael Dickinson Hall is the next family member who should have got the bible, the son of JPD Hall. He is at present corresponding with Gabriel Gillick to try and get the bible.
These scans were very valuable to me because I could check and add updates to the website pages.