I’ve  found a number of Norman ancestors at one end of my family tree. But this is the first time I have discovered an Anglo-Saxon thane, who appears in the Exeter Domesday Book. 30. FLOYER

The family home of Floyers Hayes, on the west bank of the Exe, appears on maps of Exeter until the 19th century. It survives today in Flowerpot Lane, which derives from Floyers Plot.



I am also a keen family historian. I am researching my own family history, mosty 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.



In preparation: a new edition of the classic children’s fantasy Pangur Ban, including an ebook.