Three generations of my mother’s family were married at St. Anne’s, Limehouse. John Blanch and Keziah Holdsworth were married there on 5th July 1827. Twenty-one years later, on 30th October 1848, their daughter Mary Ann married Daniel Roe in the same church. Another thirty-five years passed before the youngest son of Daniel and Mary Ann, my great grandfather Joseph Priestley Roe, married Eliza Bailey at St. Anne’s, on 25th November 1883. Joseph and Eliza were living in nearby Church Row at the time of their marriage.

St. Anne's church, Limehouse

St. Anne's church, Limehouse

There are Limehouse connections on my father’s side too, via the family of his mother, Mary (Polly) Emily Elizabeth Webb. My grandmother was the daughter of George Webb, whose family appear to have lived in the Wapping/Shadwell area, and Mary French. The father of Mary French, Frederick French, was born in Limehouse in 1847: coincidentally, like John Blanch and Daniel Roe, he too was a shoemaker.

Part of Limehouse, showing St. Anne's church and Church Row (Horwood 1792)

Part of Limehouse, showing St. Anne's church and Church Row (Horwood 1792)

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