Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Brightling, Sussex


Photographs taken by me on Tuesday afternoon, 31 July 2007 of St. Thomas Becket in Brightling.


The steps leading up to the church

The path leading to the church


My Brightling Ancestors

Thomas Bourne was baptised on 26 December 1746 and buried on 18 August 1801.  He was my 5x Great Grandfather.

Sarah Bourne, nee French was buried on 16 July 1762.  She was my 6x Great Grandmother.

Thomas Bourne was buried on 22 November 1789.  He was my 6x Great Grandfather.

Ann Bourne, nee Gibson was buried on 6 September 1801.  She was my 5x Great Grandmother.

Charlotte Bourne was baptised on 11 July 1815.  She was my 3x Great Grandmother.

Mary Godfrey Bourne, nee Whiteman, was buried on 6 July 1848.  She was my 4x Great Grandmother.

John Bourne was buried on 1 January 1856.  He was my 4x Great Grandfather.


The font

Flower arrangement at the alter on 31 July 2007

Small pale pink flowers growing on Jack Fuller's tomb, as at 31 July 2007



Links to other sites

The Relf Families from Brightling

Brightling at

Brightling at GenUKI

Brightling at Wikipedia

Photographs from inside the church

Brightling photographs by Francis Frith

BBC Brightling Walk

The Argus Brightling Walk

Follies of Mad Jack Fuller

If you have found anything of help or interest in my web pages connected to Brightling, please send a donation to the church:

The Rectory,

Brightling, Robertsbridge

East Sussex

TN32 5HE



Please note, I have no connection with the church, although some of my ancestors are buried in the churchyard.