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Names in the wood

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Location: Wolverton, Buckinghamshiremap
Surnames/tags: hickson power arnold
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Names have been found written /etched into the wood of a railway carriage which is currently being restored. The coach was built by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) at their coach works in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire.

Research began in the LNWR records held on Ancestry, and the first name of "Arnold" proved successful. The name and details in the records were corroborated by the 1911 census. This also provided wider family details. These were further researched as the hope for this project is to identify any living relatives and invite them to the launch of the coach when fully restored.

Further research using this method soon identified significant gaps in the railway employment records, and so the 1911 census became the primary source. Working through the names has found the families of the coach-builders and carpenters, sadly very few had children and so the chances of finding direct descendants is much reduced.

This page has been created to link all the family members to the project, to allow further working others if desired, to record the rationale behind the research and to note links found between the families.

  • Arnold -
  • Hickson
  • Biddle = no trace in 1911 Wolverton census that is a possible match
  • Cashmore: Thomas James 1865, Thomas Herbert 1893, Thomas Charles 1870
  • Foulks = no trace in 1911 Wolverton census that is a possible match
  • Power: Frederick William 1863, Arthur Edward 1861
  • Scott: Thomas 1860, Barnabus 1845
  • Roberts: Robert 1858, Leonard George 1868

Details of the Arnold family have been found while looking for the carpenter/joiner/coachbuilder who left the name "Arnold" in a railway carriage currently under restoration. Previous research has identified that the coach was built and refurbished at the London and North Western Railway works at Wolverton, Buckinghamshire.

Using the UK, Railway Employment Records, 1833-1956 available via ancestry.co.uk and searching simply on "Arnold" and "Wolverton" the record of S Arnold, Clerk was found and a tantalising comment of "father carpenter here in 1903" and so the search for Mr Arnold senior began.

As this research soon found significant gaps in the railway employment records, the first search has been in the 1911 census for Wolverton; searching by surname and occupation

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