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Hope you will join the research group. Find out who's related to who--Where did the Childs family members come from---fascinating study. Karen Childs

Age I was given: 15 (yes I was 15 and that was in my passport)
Where I lived: Kingswinford, West Midlands
What I did: school, O levels. (errm no way I remember those now, think I did maths a year early), staying in watching TV, doing homework, being nerdy, and a bit geeky. reading anything to do with Star Wars (remember Starburst? - oh wow it's still going....
Dr Who, listening to Hitch-Hikers, avoiding parents.
What I drove: hah no way did I drive, I had a games console with a racing game on it, it was one of these:
Who had my heart: ooh that was probably Hilary or Pat ...from a distance

My age now 49
Where I live : Walsall....almost full circle
What I do: Consultant, education and technology, which is great because I get to work with lots of different people ( including the person who gave me the assignment, hi Beth), travel, and still have time to write or just lie-in in the morning
What I drive: an '06 reg Vauxhaul Astra with bits falling off it.
Who has my heart: Sira, Pasht & George ( the cats). Of humans: Sarah & Helen more than most :-)

Mark Childs..... February 2013

A member of the Childs family married into the Champ family

A member of the Childs family married into the Champ family
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Another into the Kelland family

Another into the Kelland family
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Dudley and Thora's wedding

Dudley and Thora's wedding

Maurice and Lilian's Wedding

Maurice and Lilian's Wedding
Maurice and Lilian married on 26th October 1935, Lilian stated on the certificate that her father was Harold Bird deceased Printer and Stationer. Who on earth did people think the gentleman standing far right on the photograph was? Presumably her uncle with his 'wife' Dorothy her widowed mother sitting at his feet. She was denying her own father. ' W Bird ' signed as a witness - this presumably was Harry using his psuedonym William after his stationery shop in Paddington.
Thora and Dudley had married the year before in the same Registry Office, the same Registrar and Superintedent Registrar, the same witnesses, therefore the same pretence had to be kept up.
We wonder whether Charles and Enid knew the truth - or were they going along with the fantasy of the deceased brother?
Family members feel they perhaps didn't know the truth for sometime as Maurice used to tease Gertrude about getting re-married presumably believing she was a widow. No one knows when and how the truth came out.....
From what my parents both said this Gertrude secret came out slowly to Maurice and Dudley. Probably unknown at the time of my parents marriage. Thalia
Other sons and daughters went on to marry in future years and he was alive and well.......


1. Nickname from Middle English Child 'child', 'infant' (Old English cild), in various possible applications. The word is found in Old English as a byname, and in Middle English as a widely used affectionate term of address. It was also used as a term of status for a young man of noble birth, although the exact meaning is not clear; in the 13th and 14th centuries it was a technical term used of a young noble awaiting elevation to the knighthood. In other cases it may have been applied as a byname to a youth considerably younger than his brothers or to one who was a minor on the death of his father.
2. Possibly a topographic name from Old English cielde 'spring (water)', a rare word derived from c(e)ald 'cold'.

The Childs family became radicals, Humanists and vegetarians, philosophies which carry on into the present generations. Charles Childs named his houses Kelmscott after the William Morris movement and two of Maurice Childs' houses were remaned 'Ideen'. after the romanticst school founded in Germany in the late 19th century
The spiritual atmosphere of this Romantik movement corresponded to the romanticism of poets and novelists (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats,Byron, Hawthorne, Poe, Whitman, Chateaubriand, deVigny, de Musset, and Hugo), of such painters as Delacroix and Géricault, and of composers (Schubert and Schumann, Berlioz and Chopin). But die Romantik, and post-Kantian romanticism in general, was distinctive in its attachment to emerging German nationalism, glorification of medieval traditions of folk stories and fairy tales, its special attention to "the voice of the heart" often heard in "forest solitude." To be sure some of the elements in this combination of themes were familiar to other romanticisms such as the gothic tradition in English fiction and the worship of nature in the Lake poets.

Shelley a hero of Gertrude Goldsmith and Lilian Childs
Most exciting .... This research really shows where Charles my grandfather's radicalism came from...He moved from being radical christian to humanist.... Maurice followed in his footsteps... It makes me Proud ....Kelmscott the name of Charles Childs houses ...It all fits!!! Also Ideen it was a radical German group ...House names proclaiming poiltics and philosophy... What a family..

Kidderminster Workhouse after 1834 - Workplace of Lillian Childs - Charles' Sister. Lillian married Tom Smith in the IOW and lived in Wakefield

Great Aunt of Current Generation of Childs

Kidderminster Poor Law Union was formed on 14th October 1836. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 21 in number, representing its 13 constituent parishes as listed below (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians if more than one):
County of Worcester: Bewdley (2), Chaddesley Corbett, Churchill, Kidderminster Borough (5), Kidderminster Foreign (2), Lower Mitton (2), Ribbesford, Rushock, Stone, Wolverley (2).
County of Stafford: Broome [Broom], Upper Arley.
County of Salop: Dowles.
Later Additions: Stourport (from 1928), Wribbenhall (from 1901).
The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 29,908 with parishes ranging in size from Dowles (population 62) to Kidderminster Borough (14,981). The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1833-35 had been £11,733 or 7s.10d. per head.
A new Union workhouse was erected in 1836-8 at the east side of Sutton Road in Kidderminster. It was designed by William Knight and J Nettleship. The Poor Law Commissioners authorised an expenditure of £5,650 on construction of the building which was to accommodate 400. It broadly followed the model cruciform plan published by the Commissioners in 1835. Additions in 1884 included a 66-bed men's hospital, a 50-bed women's hospital, a school, a bakery, a brewery, and a boiler-house.