The origin of the surname  “Wadbrook” is obscure.  It was found in Kingston upon Thames records as far back as 1660 and sometimes was associated with the malting industry.  There was a plethora of William Wadbrooksto consider.  Wadbrook Street in Kingston [KT1 1EY] was named after William Wadbrook, the elder, a prominent maltster who lived within walking distance of the street.  He was recorded in the 1851 Kingston Census, along with his son, William Wadbrook, the  younger, also a maltster,  and William Wadbrook, a Chelsea Pensioner, who appeared to be running a lodging house.  The latter’s grandson, Alfred  John Wadbrook, was the first of a line of travelling showmen. No persons with the surname “Wadbrook” were found in the 1871-1911 Kingston Censuses. Identification of a most recent common ancestor [MRCA] for the Kingston Wadbrooks is likely to be challenging.

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David A. Kennedy, PhD

About 20 years ago, I accompanied my late wife to some talks on the use of computers in historical research and began to help her with her genealogical studies. Later, I took part in a project, organised by the Centre for Local History Studies at Kingston University, to digitise the Enumerators’ Books for the Kingston Census of 1851-1891. This rekindled my interest in history, especially that of Kingston upon Thames, where I live. This website has been set up so that I can share my research findings, some based on digitised material, with others who may be interested in them.

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