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Clock for Brockwell Park

Clock in Brockwell Parkfrom the South London Press 3 July 1897

Mr Charles Edward Tritton, the deservedly popular member of Parliament for Norwood, has generously provided a clock for Brockwell Park, and has thereby earned the gratitude of all frequenters of the park. The clock has four dials, surmounting a turret of cast iron, the whole of which weighs two tons. It does not strike, but from its lofty position at the summit of the hill to the west of the bandstand can be easily seen from the cricket and football grounds and from other parts. The dials are white enamel, and the structure is prettily decorated in green and gold. A brass plate records the fact that the clock was “The Gift of Charles Edward Tritton, MP for Norwood, 1897”.

The clock was manufactured by the well-known firm of Gillett & Johnston, Croydon.

The formal presentation of the clock took place on Saturday afternoon, when, in addition to Mr and Mrs Tritton and Miss Tritton (of Bloomfield) there were present; Mr Wetenhall (chairman of the LCC Parks Committee), Mr Nathan Robinson (vice chairman), Colonel Campbell and Dr J. White (Norwood’s representatives on the Council), Rev R B Ransford MA, Rev F S Sanders and Mrs Sanders, Rev W Stott, Dr and Mrs Gattan, Mr J F Reid, Mr Davis, and others……

Mr Wetenhall, in a few appropriate remarks, called on Mr Tritton, who was warmly cheered.

Welcome to the History of the Tritton Families

Well, finally after two years with the site down, I have spent some time to get it operational again. Part of the reason it has been down is because, I have been looking for a suitable plugin for WordPress so that anyone can search the family database.

I have for many years used the program Legacy Family Tree and was hoping that someone would write a plugin for that genealogy package. As at February 2011 this is not the case and subsequently I am still looking! I am though experimenting with a program called phpgedview which I hope will come to fruition later this year.

In the meantime I have created sub-directories for all the main branches and these are available under the Tritton Families link on the right. Not ideal but hopefully Google should index them as they are just thousands of html pages. These have all been automated and as I have a policy of not publishing details of living people, I apologize in advance should you accidentally appear. If so, just let me know and I will manually remove the page.

The family trees are basically details of hatched, matched and despatched which can be a bit boring. Therefore I have decided that a blog format is a better concept where stories can be written about those of our ancestors that have left records. Much better than boring old genealogy data!

Many of these stories will initially be taken from back issues of Tritton Family History, the magazine edited by Paul Tritton from 1989 till the last issue in 2005. The project started back in 1988 when I met Paul (my fourth cousin) and his wife Pat and it is thanks to Paul’s editing and Pat’s tenacity that the project ever got going. My input was just a small part having gathered many of the records over the previous ten years and writing the very occasional article.

Anyway I have left commenting open so if you feel that you have more to contribute to any particular story, then please do. If you want to contribute yourself then email me. I will happily add your photos of the family if you wish.

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Lastly I hope you enjoy the stories