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From Julia Mackintosh (nee YORK) October 2011:
I have been tracing my YORK family tree for some time and have found that the family settled in Dallington for a number of years. The children of Thomas YORK (1659?) and Susannah Blackman are all mentioned in a tenement analysis of the village:
Thomas YORK (1697-1761) lived in Graylings stores in 1726,
John YORK (1699-1748) (my direct ancestor) lived at Christmas Farm in 1745. I think that he was a bricklayer.
Benjamin YORK (1706-1747) is listed as living at the Old Manor 1740, following his father Thomas.
Does anyone know of any information about the bricklaying trade in the village or of any other information about the York family? Or about any of these buildings – do they all exist today?
I would love to hear from you.Many thanks, Julia (

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Photo of Tom Norman/NoakesThe National Fairground and Circus Archive have a fascinating article (by Vanessa Toulmin?) about Thomas Noakes aka Tom Norman  “Tom Norman was born on 7 May 1860 in Dallington, Sussex and was the eldest of 17 children. His real name was Noakes and his father Thomas was a butcher who resided at the Manor House in Dallington. According to his autobiography he left home at the age of fourteen to seek fame and fortune on the road ” He later became notorious through his association with the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick.  Here’s the link to the full article (highly recommended):

There is also a Wikipedia entry with more references at

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