Welcome to the Sticks
This 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.
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.
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
For anyone unlucky enough not to live in this part of the world we have also provide a page with links to local information.
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 Interesting historical documents show how the land holding changed over the years until it is the small holding of today.
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.
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.