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Perigoe Family History

20th March 2017

Peter Perigoe:

Hi Diana,

William was my 4 X grandfather married to (4th wife) Charlotte Ranger, son of Thomas Perigoe and Elizabeth Caunce.
my email is
there is a photo of old william on web from a picture belonging to Elizabeth Rigby nee Perigoe of Northiam.


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Volunteer Reading Helpers Needed for Local Schools

21st February 2017

Kate Rumsby:

Could you spare 90 minutes twice a week to make a difference to a child in your local area? Beanstalk is searching for members of the community in Northiam and the surrounding area to help children with reading in local primary schools.

Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that transforms children’s life chances by supporting volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

A Beanstalk volunteer will spend 30 minutes 1-to-1 with the child twice a week and try to bring the joy into reading, by reading fun books together, chatting and playing games. Very importantly, Beanstalk sessions are meant to be very different from normal school and are relaxed, informal and fun.

If you have a passion for reading and can share this with a child then do please contact us. Full training and support is provided.

To find out more about volunteering as a reading helper in primary schools call 01622 662026 or apply via the website

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Perigoe Family History

15th February 2017

Diana Hancock:

Please can anyone related to William Perigoe 1776-1858, married to Charlotte 1792 -1886 get in touch as I am tracing my family tree. Thanks,

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Local History - Frewens and Lords

10th November 2016

Mervyn Hayes:

Hi Peter, if you can contact me at I am the Chairman of Northiam Conservation Society

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Local History - Frewens and Lords

8th September 2016

Peter Lord:

Hello there. I'm a descendant of the Lord family who were rectors in Northiam for so many years, and I've heard with amusement of the long-standing feud between the Lords and the Frewens. I just wondered if by any chance any local history enthusiast could put any flesh on the bones of that story? A long shot, but I thought I'd ask. I'll be in the neighbourhood daily soon. Best wishes, Peter Lord (now of Bristol).

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Thomas Hicks

4th July 2016

Pat Weakley:

Above born abt 1770 daughter anna Hicks married James Rootes, trying to find birth death etc., of Thomas (not born of mary as that child died shortly after birth.
Any help appreciated.

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Looking for Cooper Family Relatives

29th June 2016

Susan Cole:

Sarah Cooper,1797-1837, daughter of William Cooper, Miller, of Northiam,1754?-1844) was my great great grandmother. Her siblings were Jane,Ann,Elizabeth,Joseph,James, William.

Sarah married George Cole and had 7 children The youngest, William George Cooper Cole, was my great grandfather.
Please contact me with any information
Susan Cole, retired teacher.

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Knelle Dower Studio B&B

22nd May 2016

Bettina Wells:


Bettina and Jonathan Wells, of Knelle Dower Studio B&B near the picturesque village of Northiam are delighted to announce their selection by AA Inspectors as finalists in the AA Friendliest Bed and Breakfast Award, May, 2016.

Knelle Dower B&B is amongst a select group of just 25 finalists to have reached the exacting standards established by AA Inspectors and has been chosen from over 2,300 B&Bs within the UK.

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Northiam Windmills

18th February 2016

Dan Ranger:

Hi, I am also realted to James as he is my great,great,great ... grandfather. I have been up to Northiam recently as still live in East Sussex after travelling the world.
A lot of the old houses from James era have long gone but I am reliably informed that they lived near Mill Corner and Ewhurst Lane.

They were originally Anabaptists so there is no birth records due to their beliefs.
From the digging I have done I think the Ranger's fled Holland in the 1500's because of this.

Remember the name probably sounded different because the great vowel shift was on the go.

Ranger was probably pronounced RAN-GAR . The written A changed sound.

My lot stayed in Northiam until my great x 3 moved to London for work.


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Well House Cottage

26th November 2015

Mervyn Hayes:

Jenny, if you can contact i have several old photos and history of Well House
01797 253443

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