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This site contains my various interests/ obsessions - family and local history, photography and my various other gubbins. There are various bits of Zeffertt, Burgoyne and Young family history, a copy of my 1995 MA dissertation on Gedling House, and general ancient tittle-tattle..
If you would like a log in for the family history section then please email me. I've stopped allowing user requests to the main website as I've been getting too many spammers trying to get an account. Email me at torven (@) zeffertt (dot) co (dot) uk.
Let me know which family you are interested in. You can find a login request form by clicking on the Family History link above.
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I came across a 1919 report on Joseph Zeffert pending his release from Atlanta Penitentiary following an 18 month sentence for complicity in a conspiracy to sink the S.S. KIRKOSWALD by placing 'exploding cigars' on board. They were also accused of having done the same to the LUSITANIA and a number of others. Joseph's involvement was to deliver the 'cigar's' so the plotters could place them on board the ships. The leaders of the conspiracy were reportedly furious with the u-boat commander for stealing their thunder by sinking the Lusitania!
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For my MA Building Conservation dissertation written in 1995 I undertook a history of Gedling House. I recently had the files converted to a 'more modern' format by Malcolm of Luxsoft for which I'm extremely grateful. I thought there might be some interest in my dissertation as it shows the history and development of the house in the late eighteenth and earlier nineteenth centuries so I'm gradually uploading it here. Previously the house had only been studied from a stylistic perspective and I thought the archive material I'd looked at might be of interest to some. I've left off the pictures for now but hope to add most of them at a later date. When I have the time and inclination I'll add details of new studies as well. There is a copy of the original at the Local Studies Library, Angel Row, Nottingham.