Update from Titchmarsh History Association

27 September:  Ian met Peter and Denise West from Australia.  They are researching the history of an ancestor born in the village in the 1780s who later received a ‘fourteen year holiday paid for by the British taxpayer’  i.e. he was deported.  We had a look round the village and the church and searched – sadly fruitlessly – for the graves of any relatives.

4 October:  Ian has received an enquiry – again from Australia – for information on the Pickering family.  As the Pickerings were the lords of the manor for a couple of centuries, this could be a significant contact.  We are hoping that the contact will perhaps cast light on the precise location of the Pickering manor house.

The following passage appeared in the October/November edition of the Titchmarsh Times:

Titchmarsh History Association

We are currently planning an exhibition to illustrate the work that we have been doing over the year.  It will also give us an opportunity to launch the two books, Titchmarsh House Histories and Titchmarsh Voices, and to show the film that was made of the village in Jubilee Year.  The PCC is kindly allowing us to use the church for the exhibition which will be open initially from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 30th November.

Our grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund runs out at the end of the year, but we will be continuing with the work and are already planning our programme for next year.   Details will be posted in the Titchmarsh Times.

Sylvia Prestwich, Terry Higgins, Ian Curtis

Robert Morris, Headmaster of Titchmarsh School, 1862

Ian received an email from Phillipa Morris in Australia whose ancestor, Robert Morris was the headmaster at Titchmarsh School in 1862/63.

It seems that in 1865 Robert, his wife and five children sailed for 78 days on the Great Victoria, arriving at Moreton Bay on the last day of the year.  In February 1866 he was the headteacher at Laidley, a small community 83 km west of Brisbane but within a month was dead, dying sometime around the 3rd March.  His wife Mary Ann apparently took over the headship before later moving to Brisbane where she opened a boarding house.  Several of their children also became teachers.
Phillipa has tried to trace Robert’s last resting place but the likely graveyard has been flooded – probably more than once – in the intervening years and there is no stone remaining to mark his passing.
Phillipa has provided many more details about this very sad story and if you are interested in following it up, please contact Ian