So That's Where I Get It From

April 17, 2011

On The Street Where They Lived: 73 Weston Road, Aston Clinton

For this first post in my new topic theme of On The Street Where They Lived, I am focusing on the family of my great uncle Frederick Read who was born in 1866 at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire and died in 1908 at Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire.

I have mentioned great uncle Frederick before in the Tombstone Tuesday section.  He was a champion duck breeder and was the originator of the famous Aylesbury Duck.  (I have a pet duck, Demelza – her hubby Donny died last year), I wonder if great uncle Frederick is where I get my love of ducks from!!?

Great uncle Frederick married Annie Sophia Ridgway ( and it’s through her family that I have found a connection with the footballer David Beckham – but that’s another story)!!  Frederick and Annie (1868 – 1955) married 22nd February 1888 at Weston Turville, where Annie was from and went on to have ten children.

Here is a photo of Annie outside their house at 73 Weston Road, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire.

Copy of original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011


I know the house had the name of Roseheath, because that is the information supplied to me when I was also given a copy of this next photograph which is of the same house.  I don’t know the dates of either photographs but I am thinking that this second photo is a number of years earlier!

Copy of original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011


I’m not sure who the gentleman in the photograph is, but it is more than likely one of my Read ancestors.  I think he looks a little like George Read (1864 – 1949) who would be great uncle Frederick’s brother.

This next photo shows great uncle Frederick’s wife Annie with their children, after he had died.

Copy of original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011


This photo was taken about 1918.  I’m sorry that, as yet, I haven’t found a photograph of great uncle Frederick with his family.  But, it is good to see this – I just so love to see ancestor photos!!

Here is Frederick and Annie.

Copy of original photograph in my private collection – copyright 2011
Copy of original photograph in my private collection – copyright 2011
I hope this first of my new theme has been interesting.  I think it is good to see the same house at different times over the years.  I shall have to take a photo of it as it is now, when we next make the journey to Buckinghamshire.


  1. Oh what a find, your blog is like an Aladdin’s cave to me. My grandmother was Sarah Reid daughter of Albert James Reid and Emma Nottingham. Albert’s father was Thomas Reid of Aston Clinton. I have only just started tracking my ancestors but your site has given me a huge amount of information. I would love to obtain copies of your photos of Aston Clinton if you would be willing. I have some photos of the Reids mentioned above and their siblings.

    Comment by Genny Norris — May 9, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    • Hallo Cousin Genny, I’m delighted you found your way to my blog – it’s so good to hear from you. I love your description of what my blog is like for you!! 🙂 I think we have slightly different information from each other. I have that Albert James Reid was married to Emma Death (pronounced dee-ath) and that Albert’s father Thomas Reid was married to Eliza Nottingham.
      I will sort out some of the Aston Clinton photos – I don’t have very many – and will send them to you as an attachment by email. I would soooooooo love to see the Reid photo’s you have, it’s always so good to see our ancestors rather than just have their names and dates.

      Now we have found each other, please keep in touch. I’m thrilled, as I have found two new cousins through this blog in just the last four days. 🙂

      Kind regards,

      Cousin Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — May 9, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

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