Request From New Zealand

family-treeWe have recently been contacted by Sonia Wooding in Wanganui, New Zealand, who is doing some research on her husband’s ancestors. Sonia writes “Were there any large houses in the area who would have employed a coachman in the 1850s? My husband’s ancestor, Thomas Hardcastle, was one and lived in West Allington with his young family. I was interested to know for whom & where he might have been employed.”

We have provided Sonia with some basic details but she would be delighted to hear from anyone who thinks they may be able to help. You can contact her on


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