Lording it in Bergh Apton – the variability of names

The spelling of surnames is a frequent problem for the family history researcher, for experienced hands as well as newbies. Usually this is put down to the poor literacy levels up to late 19th century, with those filling in the registers putting down how they think it out to be, based on what they hear.

Here’s a nice little story which came my way this week through a Norfolk connection on the Watts side of the family. » Continue reading “Lording it in Bergh Apton – the variability of names”

A fruitful life for a Norfolk accountant

All that I know on William John Cullum.

William John Cullum was born 1868 in Norwich, according to family birthday records 9th March, to William Bishop Cullum and Harriet Cutlock. He was the eldest offspring of the couple, but almost 10 years younger than his half-sister Ann Harriet Cutlock.

The 1891 census finds him as a “ledger clerk in manufacturer’s office”, living at Leiston Terrace, Lowestoft. (There is a rather small chance that this isn’t the correct entry for him.) » Continue reading “A fruitful life for a Norfolk accountant”

Norwich and Norfolk East Anglian Roots


Norwich was home for the Cutlock, Cullum and Neal families, and for a while Howes too. Also Lake, Laddiman, Andrews, Crompton, Curtis, Dashwood, Gunton, Neve, Rallison and others.

My rough and ready attempt at showing distribution (concentration) of families in Norwich, 1901 census to about 1920 is on Google Maps.

Guernsey Road – Number 7, 4th on right, home of Neal family. Perhaps early 1920s

St Augustines Norwich (residents association) Place Names page gives some helpful descriptions of roads or paths no longer in existence and also of Yards in the parish. » Continue reading Norwich and Norfolk East Anglian Roots