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Welcome to the Sticks

The Sticks in snowThis is our family website which we first developed for providing news to friends and family when the kids were young. Now that we have been overtaken by social media we have refocused onto areas we think may be of more general interest.

If there is a theme to this site it is the connection between people and places over time; from the families who lived in our house before us to the gardeners who planted the trees we admire on our walks; from the current generation born here to to their ancestors from far and wide.  

We have given up writing our own templates and content management and adopted Joomla and we think the menu system should be self explanitory but please let us know if you find any broken or orphaned links or find yourself going round in circles.

fungi mediumOut and About

Ladymoor Gate is in the Staffordshire Moorlands near to the city of Stoke on Trent. It is a great place for running and walking and in this section we map some of our walking routes which are all accessible from convenient public car parks 

The walks have inspired our Walk and talk blogs which reflect both the countryside through which we are walking and some of the family, local and national events affecting our mood.

For anyone unlucky enough not to live in this part of the world we have also provide a page with links to local information.

LGF1972webThen and now

When we moved into Ladymoor Gate Farm the estate agent told us it was probably built about 1820. At first we didn't think about the people who may have lived here before us but as we found out more about the house - where extensions had been built and entrances moved, fittings like the enamelled cooking range and small things we found left behind like an old flat iron and small bottles or broken crockery in the garden, we began to wonder about the history of the house and what it might have seen. In this section we dig into the story of Ladymoor gate from 1800 through to the present day by way of the occupants and the property transactions. Interesting historical documents show how the land holding changed over the years until it is the small holding of today.

Alice and daughtersGenealogy

We have been researching our family trees for over 15 years and here you can see the results. You can search our webtrees database (with over 800 surnames and nearly 5000 individuals) and check our collection of birth, marriage and death certificates. If you find any of your ancestors or connection to us we would love to hear from you.

Our Family Tree Databases

Search our BMD certificates

One thousand years of family history 



Transcription of travel diaries, including India and Nepal 1981 and South Africa 2014 together with photographs


An Indian Journey (August-September 1981) - popular with many of my Indian colleagues who were just toddlers or not even born when I made my trip.

South Africa 2014

Syria and Jordan 1993

South America 2000


Knypersley WalkWalk and Talk Blogs

The Worker used to be a keen runner, but like the Old Dog, has had to slow down due to creaky joints. The Webmaster loves his two dogs and every morning takes them for a walk round Marshes Hill. When she is on holiday from work, the Worker accompanies him, and then the walks may be longer. Sometimes the Students goes too. Of course it depends on the weather.

Besides the morning walk with the dogs the Webmaster and the Worker also take an evening stroll. The length of which depends on when the Worker gets back from the office, the time of year and the weather. In their otherwise busy schedules it is a time for chatting and putting the world to rights. Where better to do it than in the beautiful local countryside

The Worker has used these walks as a theme for a collection of Walk and Talk Blogs