Saturday 20 December 2008

To all christian people to whome this present writing shall come Nicholas Spencer of Ramsgate

Gerald has finished transcribing the package of documents relating to The Rising Sun in Ramsgate. He told me that there have been minor corrections to the ones already published, so I am putting the first 3 up on the web again and will do the rest in the fullness of time.

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Deed 1: Nicholas Spencer granting land to his son and future daughter in law, 1641

I feel it is very important to put them onto the internet as this will help people trying to unravel their family’s history, as the search engines find the all important names.


  1. thanks Michael it is so interesting to read and you do us a great service cheers Mate

  2. I know I dont feel velly well but I have been with this one on and off for a couple of hours I love old documents Don

  3. I was just thinking about you when I was on the business link web site. I found a grant that might be available to help fund the work you are doing with old documents and putting them on-line. I only know as much as is on the page but I thought I should bring it to your attention.

    Here's the short cut.

  4. Glad you are enjoying the document, and Matt I have considered applying for a grant, the local history is something that I do for fun, rather than profit, this means that I only have to do it when I feel like it. My concern is that if I got a grant I would be obliged to do it whether I felt like it or not, I would also have to do my web publishing to a much higher standard. Instead of the various websites arranged like a rambling secondhand bookshop, which people can take or leave, it would all have to properly organised. No more clicking on a link and finding a few hundred pictures the you didn’t know were there.


Comments, since I started writing this blog in 2007 the way the internet works has changed a lot, comments and dialogue here were once viable in an open and anonymous sense. Now if you comment here I will only allow the comment if it seems to make sense and be related to what the post is about. I link the majority of my posts to the main local Facebook groups and to my Facebook account, “Michael Child” I guess the main Ramsgate Facebook group is We Love Ramsgate. For the most part the comments and dialogue related to the posts here goes on there. As for the rest of it, well this blog handles images better than Facebook, which is why I don’t post directly to my Facebook account, although if I take a lot of photos I am so lazy that I paste them directly from my camera card to my bookshop website and put a link on this blog.