Tag: Devon

Lower Holditch – A proper farm

Around 1956 my parents were looking for a new farm, and they found what they were looking for at Lower Holditch. Lower Holditch was situated 20 miles to the east, on the border of Devon and Dorset. It was in…

Devon Update

In issue 12 of the HFHS Journal I pinpointed those areas of research significant in carrying forward the story of the Devon Holditches. I could hardly have hoped for a speedier breakthrough in one of those areas, the origins of…

Who are these Devon Holditches?

During 1996, spasmodic researches into the Devon wing of the family, by different members of our Society, became a more concerted effort. But it is the way of family research, that as exciting discoveries are made, new puzzles are thrown…

A Journey through some Wills

Initially, Holdich research looked deceptively easy: a distinctive name. Later it became apparent that its bearers, or those who recorded them, employed a series of variations. Thus the name can easily be missed, especially when it is illegibly written in…

A Gentle Wartime Childhood

Our family were Londoners and that is where all those not serving in the armed forces spent World War Two. Grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins; my mother was the only exception. My parents had separated and mother decided to…

Proof of Age

If I need to know exactly when one of my grandparents was born, I only have to visit St. Catherine’s House in London. There, on open shelves, are alphabetically ordered volumes, listing year by year all the births, marriages and…