20th January 2024
A History of West
Grimstead and the Read Family
was the 200th anniversary of our first Read ancestors arriving in
West Grimstead; for the last 40 years I have been researching our family history
and my village.
My interest was first sparked during a wander through my village churchyard.
I saw a set of large headstones
to the right of the church door and although the inscriptions were very worn I could see my surname on several of these stones. I returned the next day and 'rubbed' the stones in an effort to read more of the inscriptions and that was it - family history and the history of the places where my family lived became my hobby. Over the years I have gathered together many records of this village
and can now share these with you.