Now, come here to me and have a listen...I've gone right back as far as 1313 with my English Grandfathers side of the family! That seems to be the end of the researchable line...and I found these people who are featured in a stained glass window in a small village church in Essex...





They are Thomas and Agnes FFitch...Thomas lived from 1465-1514 and they had twelve children who are all buried in the same church...Thomas and Agnes lived in Brazonhead Castle...and that was where they reared their family. Thomas's Grandfather, a William Fytche,

who lived from 1404-1466 is, or was, my...and wait for it 'cos it's long and obscure...the 3rd gt Grandfather of the wife of the 1st cousin 3x removed of the sister-in-law of the 1st gt Grand Uncle of the wife of the 1st cousin...I think it means we have a connection!

William was forever going to court over unpaid debts and petty squabbles about land...but he rose from being a Husbandman who grew corn and kept sheep and cows to being a Yeoman which was only one class down from a Gentleman...he had more land when he was a Yeoman you see...

Now there is another photograph of a house which was demolished in 1939...the estate is still there though and is run by a group of people who grow oil-seed rape, wheat and variable grain crops and are probably worth heaps of money...
This is Gawdy Hall in Norfolk where another vague ancestor spent his days when he wasn't in London sitting in Judges Chambers...it's odd how Norfolk, Ireland and Yorkshire are all interconnected...I used to live just a stones throw from this estate and had no remote idea at the time that the original owners were part of my family long ago...

No idea why the house was demolished...it seems rather like pure vandalism to me...apparently the huge walled garden is still there though whether it is accessible by the public I don't know...doubt it.