Newport – Life and Times on the Wentloog Levels (Mary Spencer-Jones)

On 30th October, our speaker started with a survey of the Wentloog Levels with mention of their history and topography,
with particular importance of the reens for flood prevention in wet months and water preservation in dry months. She then explained how closely knit was the farming population and hence the frequent family connections and also the role of villages such as Peterstone, St Brides and Marshfield.

Then she moved on to a detailed survey of one of her family tree branches- the Baker Family. It was a pleasure to hear a speaker dealing with traditional family history and showing how censuses, parish records and BMD registration can reveal so much about our ancestors. A subtitle to her talk was ‘A Baker’s Dozen’- reflecting the large number of children generated from the Baker line.

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