"A man must keep his eyes to the
front and resist the pull of his ancestors.
They're the devil, those ancestors, always
trying to get you back into their own rut."
John Buchan, "The Gap in the Curtain", 1932
Part of the inspiration for this website came from a desire to publish what information
I have about my family, although with a greater emphasis on social history than on formal
genealogy. The amount of detail is rather uneven, concentrating mostly on my father's
The Manchesters were
my father's paternal ancestors and the
Renshaws were his
maternal forebears. They are depicted in some
old family photographs.
The Houghs were
my mother's family, about whom I have not so much information.
There is also information from
census returns as well as the registries of
births, marriages and deaths.