A walk through the past

This evening I happened to be in central London and found myself, quite fortuitously, passing by the end of Greville Street, Holborn, where my distant ancestor John Dickson had a baker’s shop; then a few minutes later walking past the Temple church, in whose grounds my great-great-great-grandfather Samuel Hurst Seager is buried, close to the Inns of Court where he worked as a porter; before turning past the church of St Clement Danes, where Samuel’s daughter Fanny was christened in 1814, and up Kingsway, noticing the church of St George the Martyr where she married my great-great-grandfather, law stationer William Robb, in 1836; and finally stopping for a meal at Strada in Great Queen Street, opposite the site of the Wesleyan Methodist chapel where their son, my great grandfather Charles Edward Robb, was christened in 1851.

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2 Responses to A walk through the past

  1. Michael Batchelor says:

    An interesting note Martin.
    In 1987, when in London with my wife we went to the Inns of Court, as any NZ lawyer would and, according to my wife, we saw the church and Samuel Hurst Seager’s grave, although to be honest, I do not recall that particular detail. It is interesting also,to note that his son (and my great grandfather Edward William Seager), after retiring from his pioneering work with the mentally disabled at Sunnyside in Christchurch,NZ became the Court crier in the Supreme Court at Christchurch.
    I will just add that although called the Supreme Court in those days, it was really the equivalent of the High Court now and inferior to the NZ Court of Appeal which in turn was inferior to the Privy Council in London. Nowadays the structure is different. We no longer have the Privy Council as NZ’s final appeal court and starting with the District Courts the next tier is the High Court of NZ and then the Supreme Court.
    Forgive this old lawyer’s irrelevant ramblings !

    Michael Batchelor.

  2. Martin says:

    Good to hear from you, Michael, and no need to apologise for the legal ‘ramblings’ – all very interesting. The law must be in the Seager blood. I hadn’t realised you could actually see Samuel’s grave: I’ll look more closely next time I’m passing.

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