The posting of a random photo taken around Shoreditch turned out to be the key to finding out more about Noran's mum's family background in the East End. The photo in a previous post shows St Leonards Church on Shoreditch High Street. After seeing this on the blog Noran's Aunty Janet emailed us to say that this is where their mum's and grandmother's family (Settree and Morrow) were married and baptised.
So inspired by this coincidence and information provided to us by Janet before we left, revealing that James Settree (N's Great Great Grandfather) lived in Hosier Lane near Smithfield Meat Markets and his wife Ann Morrow lived in Worship Court, we set off to discover what these areas now looked like. The first stop was Smithfield Meat Markets,
and then onto Hosier Lane just around the corner. Unfortunately, the street is now lined with office blocks but still we walked down street it and took photos much to the concern of passers by.
and some street art at the other end of Hosier Lane.
As we walked on toward Worship Street the rain began to fall. Whilst trying to find shelter down Worship street we saw no evidence of Worship Court. However, Worship Street does lead onto the beginning of Curtain Road where Noran and I first stayed in Shoreditch, little did we know. At this point the rain turned to sleet bringing a prompt end to our history walk back on Curtain Road.
This is the first of a few journey's into the past. We plan to step into Shoreditch Church to unearth some parish records on James Settree, then off to West Ham to see where my Grandmother was born, also a quick trip to North Colchester to visit dad's cousin and a trip to the Lakes District to find out more about the Settree's.
Hope you are all having a fun easter break.