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William T Coombs. Londoner through and through.


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I think one of my ancestors who was a Londoner through and through was my great, great grandfather William Thomas Coombs born 5th February 1860 in St Pancras, London, near Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

He was born a few streets north of Oxford Street in a street called Colville Place. What makes him a Londoner through and through is both his parents were both born in pretty famous areas of London.

His father William Thomas Coombs was born in 1828 in Soho in the West End.
His mother Clara Emma Auber was born in 1835 in Shoreditch in the East End.
His mum was born within the sound of Bow Bells.

His parents were baptised at St James, Piccadilly and St Leonards Shoreditch.

After you go back to William's grandparents then he has some Norfolk, French Huguenot and Dorset/Somerset blood in him but at least he can lay claim to proper Londoner parents and a long line of East End ancestors on his mums side.