Author Archives: Stephen van Dulken

No votes for women: an 1889 plea

In 1889 the journal Nineteenth century published a petition asking that women not be allowed the vote. All of the signatories were women. They appear in an appendix to the June 1889 issue as a “first installment” on pages 355-384. Aristocratic ladies headed the list. The text is available on Google Books. Headed A women’s […]

Some notes on the Olby family of Elmside, 30 Charles Road

I have often admired Elmside, the house at the corner of Charles Road and Brittany Road. Here are some notes on the history of this 1920s house. As we shall see, its first owner met with a horrific death. The Keep, the archives for East Sussex at Falmer, has three planning application documents. The first […]

The Censi family of 14 Eversfield Place

A big advantage of searching for people with unusual names is that they are easy to trace in databases. Here is one example, a family who fell upon hard times. Note that sometimes first names vary from record to record. I first came across the name of Censi in the catalogue entries at the National […]