A surprise on the family history side:

I’ve been researching my family history for nearly twenty years, but only now have discovered that I have ancestors in the village where I live. From my study window I can see the farm where William Woodley lived in the fifteenth century.


I am also a keen family historian. I am researching my own family history, mostly in Devon and Kent, and my husband Jack Priestley’s ancestors, mainly in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Some lines go back more than 30 generations, from paupers to lords of the manor. I even know the village in Normandy one of my ancestors came from.



I am currently working on a book about the first English saints.