I was hoping someone could help me better understand the location in which I found my gg-grandfather's family (found thanks to Caroline Bradford - Charles W. Metcalfe, Charlotte, Charles H. and George T.) on the 1861 census. I've attached a jpeg image of the sheet.
Although it seems clear that the Parish is St. Bride, City of London, Municipal Ward of Farringdon Without, I'm not sure how those all relate to each other. I have five questions:
According to Ancestry, the county was Middlesex. But according to www.1861-census.co.uk
, the county was London. Wikipedia (of which I am often skeptical) said that London was in Middlesex until 1889, when London became a county itself, which would put the London of 1861 in Middlesex. What’s correct??
Can anyone make out the street name on the sheet? I think it is Harp Alley, but I'm really not sure.
I'm confused about how to express the location in my records. Of course, I’m used to the method of listing locations from smaller division to larger, so with U.S. locations it’s [city or town], [county], [state], [country]. I’m just not sure how that translates. Would it be Farringdon Without, London, Middlesex, England? Or would it be St. Bride, London, Middlesex, England? Or something completely different?
Can anyone recommend any reliable resources (online or otherwise) for when I have these questions in the future? I’m ordering civil birth and marriage records for this family, so I see further confusion ahead.
This has nothing to do with the location: I'm trying to read the occupations for Charles and Charlotte Metcalfe & I can't make out the 3rd word of his and the 2nd & 3rd of hers. His is Book Binder [ ] and hers looks like Infant [ maybe "School"? ] [ ]. Also, just to double check, I read Charles W. and George T.'s birthplace as Middlesex St. Marlylebone, Charlotte's as Nottingham [ ], Charles H.'s as Surrey Brixton.
Whew! That's a long one! But I appreciate any help you can provide.