Andy Chestnut tree

Rooted to the Spot

Magazine style section with articles about life at the Sticks on a theme inspired by Brexit

Alice and daughters


15 years of family history research available in our webtrees database (over 800 surnames and nearly 5000 individuals) plus a collection of birth, marriage and death certificates.  


Then and now

Tracing the  history of the house from early 1800s to the present day using historical documents and idenitying people who lived here before us

fungi medium

Maps for local walks

Selection of our walking routes which are all accessible from convenient public car parks 


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 Interesting historical documents show how the land holding changed over the years until it is the small holding of today.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





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.

Page 1 of 4

TajMahalTranscription of travel diaries made during the last 36 years starting with India and Nepal 1981, and including,USA 1983, Syria 1993, South America 2000 and South Africa 2014 together with photographs. This is a work in progress as the diaries are transcribed, so check for updates.

RoutetotheSoulA romantic mixture of emotion and practical tips from two young students discovering themselves and life as they recount their adventures away from home. The Student and her boyfriend share their passion for each other, travel and their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.

phoca thumb l img 0203We aren't gardeners, we don't even listen to Gardeners' World very often, but we have a large garden with plenty of potential. We favour the wild, natural look and like the birds, butterflies, frogs and other small animals but we want it to be looked after and we want to revive our vegetable patch. This section is dedicated to reluctant gardeners in constant fight against the weeds. Solidarity among the nettled and scratched.