A personal view
|What you say about this site (8)
(from November 2005 onwards)
"Greetings from Medvode, Slovenia, to our friends in St Ives!" (Gregor Rozman)
"Looking into our family history in Hemmingfor Grey, it was interesting to read about the mill owner, Potto Brown, whose mother's maiden name was Potto. One of the women in our family history had that maiden name, also. In these small communities, in the late 1800s, it might be reasonable to assume a connection. In addition, the other stories and pictures shed a very informative light on St. Ives as viewed by one who has never been there. From a person with fingers crossed in hopes of a visit one day, many thanks!" (Keith Mercer)
"I promised you pictures of the sole (to date) statue of St Ivo. It is situated on the Karluv Most, or, Charles Bridge in Prague, next to the Old Town Bridge Tower. It may be a copy, as some of the originals had become too fragile, and are stored in the National Museum Lapidarium." (Nick Holmes)
Many thanks. I'm glad to have seen this, even if it isn't of the right St Ivo! This statue shows the St Ivo of Kilmarten in Britanny (also known as Yves, Yvo and Ives), who lived from 1253-1303 and became the patron saint of lawyers. Our St Ivo was reputed to have been a Persian bishop who died around 600 AD - if he ever lived! (PG)
"I think it is wonderfull. My ancestors were from Cambridgeshire in 1840. Henry Moulds my Great Grandfather was born their" (Margery Moulds Trible)
"I thought it was very good. I was born in St.Ives and lived there for about 15 years. Seeing all the pictures brings back a lot of memoirs." (Julie Massingham)
"Marvellous! I fell in love with St Ives on a visit a few months ago - so much so that I decided to move there (from Cambridge). Fingers crossed, I'll be there in a couple of months! This site has been invaluable to give family and friends an idea of what it's like. The american cousins can't wait to see the medieval bridge and the museum in its wonderful setting." (Diane Gough)
"It brought tears to my eyes to see photos of places that my great-grandparents would have known and loved. I am a descendant of Joseph Bull and Mary Ann Luff Bull of St. Ives. They were both born in 1860 and departed for America in 1887. I am trying to locate any information I can about their lives while in England. From my earliest memories, I've heard my grand mother speak of St. Ives and as a result, I feel a very special attachment. I visited St. Ives in 1983, but only for a very short time and did not have an opportunity to do any research while there. Any advice on how I can locate any possible relatives from either the Bull, Luff, Gates or Cannon families? I also would love to be able to provide my 85 year old mother with any information on her grand parents and their ancestors." (Mary Brennan-Taylor)
"My father was also stationed at RAF Alconbury 1966-1969. I was looking at the areal photos of RAF Molesworth where I went to school 4/5/6th grade in the "Officer's Quarters". From the Google Earth view I can not determine where that building is let alone where the Air Field went...... I did look at RAF Alconbury and fournd the house i lived in...that was cool. And the field we played sports. That was really a travel back into time. I would like to hear from anyone who was there. Thank you." (Kelly Carter)
Please contact me if you want the email addresses of either of the two above correspondents. (PG)
"I was wondering if you (or anyone reading the guestbook) have any tips on where to go in St Ives (or surrounding area) for genealogical research. I just found out through the 1861 census some of my ancestors are from 'your' St Ives (we always thought from St Ives in Cornwall) and would like to find out more. Is there something like a records office in St Ives? (E. Kwant, Holland)
Your best source of information would probably be the Genuki Huntingdon page at: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/HUN/ where you will also find the address of the Huntingdon Records Office and the Norris Museum, St Ives. (PG)
"An attractive site with excellent photographs, but I contact you for the purpose of asking if you can guide me to further information about the Revd Oscar Wade Wilde. All responses will be acknowledged with gratitude!" (D.C. Rose
Président, Société Oscar Wilde, 1 rue Gutenberg, 75015 Paris)
The most likely person who may be able to help you is Bob Burn Murdoch, Curator of the Norris Museum, St Ives. (PG)
"Very interesting and the pictures are lovely. There should be more sites like this." (Kathleen Pressley
"As a potential visitor to St Ives and local district I found a very useful and informative site. What superp pictures, I hope that I might obtain 1 or 2 nearly as good " (Edd Jarrett)
"My sister, Sarah Holtum, lives in Lammas Way, behind the church at the end of the waits, I just love your market town and I will arrive again for another visit, (7 weeks) on the 21 May, 2006" (Sue Holtum)
"Lovely pictures and well written. Will probably come back to this site to check up the updates. As for the riddle, there was no mention of the man and all the wifes and stuff coming BACK from St Ives. So the answer may also be either:
* 1: if the man went without his wifes.
* 2401: if all the wifes, sacks, cats and kits went, without the man.
* 2402: if all the wifes, sacks, cats and kits went, plus the man.
* or a multiple of wife+sack+cat+kits with or without the man.
* or etc... basically, no-one can know for sure!
Thank you, Beatrice" (Beatrice Rey)
"As my son and family lived in St Ives for several years before transferring to Sydney, Australia, I have visited the town many times from Newcastle upon Tyne, my home town - and still do, as my daughter-in-law's parents live there. I've spent a couple of hours looking at all the photos and reading the various narratives and can honestly say that this is one of the best sites I have come across in several years trawling of the net!" (Eileen Dougan)
"it gave good deal of imfo because we are thinking of visiting st ives" (Sandra Taylor)
"A very interesting site. I am particularly interested In St Ives as I have traced my family history to the area. My g g g Grandfather William Gibson lived there and worked as an agricultural labourer in the early 19th century. His son and my g g grandfather (also named William) worked and lived there. In later years, he worked as an hostler at the White Horse Tap around 1880. The White Horse used to be south of the river opposite the dolphin hotel. What remains of it today has been converted into private dwellings. William died at the age of 59 and is buried in the churchyard of St Peter and Paul Church in Fenstanton. His wife Sarah died in 1905 and is also buried there. Apparently, because they lived south of the Ouse, it fell within the parish of Fenstanton. St Ives is a delightful and picturesque town and I have visited it on numerous occasions." (John Gibson)
"Excellent site. Wondering if anyone could help me regarding War years. I with my family moved out to St Ives in the war years as my Father was in the RAF, I think it was Old Warden. However I remember we lived for a short while untill we could get accommodation in a large round boathouse where my father helped out working a small ferry across the river for the owners of the property where we were. Seems very strange now looking back and have no idea where it could have been. Would there be anyone out there that could shed some light on this as I would love to know as my parents are no longer around and I was very young. " (Charles Faithfull)
"I found it a very interesting and informative site. I plan to visit St. Ives in the near future." (Ruth Johnston)
"Im asking for some help if i am honest, i have lost touch with an old army friend named David Parsons, he lived in our home town of Wolverhampton and moved to St Ives about 20 years ago, is there anything you can think of how i could get in touch. Thank you" (Wayne Whitehouse)
There is no D Parsons in the St Ives, Cambs, telephone directory. Are you sure he didn't move to the lesser St Ives in Cornwall? (PG)
Thanks for the quick reply.positive it is cambridgeshire i came to visit him about 12 years ago he also has a son joseph, daughters clare and alison and wife margeret
Does anyone know him? If so, please email me. (PG)
"Good- I'm dying to get down in September and I am hoping that our bus tour will include a day in St. Ives. You are so lucky to live in such a pretty place." (Linda McGrath, Edinburgh)
Hope you are not confusing us with the St Ives in Cornwall! That sounds a rather more likely place for a bus tour to visit. (PG)
"Excellent site. We run the Quiet waters caravan park in hemingford abbots, should you decide to add accomodation to your site, we would be very grateful if you could give us a mention? we are located just round the corner from the Axe & Compass pub. Our details and photo's can be seen on www.quietwaterscaravanpark.co.uk . Many thanks" (Linda Coulson).
"Absolutely wonderful. Articulate descriptions, beautiful photography and very comprehensive. A joy to send to anyone especially friends abroad. Keep it up! Although I live locally (Holywell) I do like to drop in occasionally." (June York)
" Very nice, love to look at the pictures. Was stationed at RAF Alconbury in early 1980's, want to visit again some time in the future. Great times!" (Troy Evans)
"My GrtGrt Grandfather used to keep 'The Bell' public house in St Ives in the 1850s along the Waits, His granddaughter (my Grandmother was one of seven children born there, Six of these were boys, all but one served during WW1 One recieved the MM and three were killed, they were the Hurl Family, And my Grt Grt Grandfather was Samuel Mapperely, so you see i have a great fondness with this town and i am so glad i came across this site." (Wendy Dighton)
This was The Bell public house, next to the Methodist Church on The Waits. It is now a private house, but keeps the old pub name. (PG)
"I lived in St. Ives from 1967-72. (7th-11th grades) My father was in the Civil Service, retired already from the A.F., but worked at RAF Alconbury. My mother is from New Ferry, Cheshire,and I must say it was the best time of my life. I still am in touch with a friend from St. Ives, Pam Petriello (Pam Sanderson) and have visited there twice since we moved. The sight made me cry, because it brought back so many great memories. Thank-You" (Diana Navickas-Carr, Colorado")