LAUNDON - A LITTLE FAMILY BACKGROUND
This is the Thomas W. Laundon Home at 307 West Avenue, in Elyria, Ohio, in the United States. Photograph © Brian Beckstein.
The name LAUNDON can be traced back long before the first one emigrated to America. A village in Lincolnshire, England called Threekingham was originally named Laundon back in the year 869 or 870 and only changed its name after a bloody battle there. There is a Laundon Road and Laundon Lane in Threekingham - also a Laundon Hall. Two towns In Leicestershire, in England, have streets named Laundon. There is Laundon Close and Laundon Way in Groby and Laundon Way in Whetstone. There's also a Laundon Street in Elyria, Ohio. Thanks to the kind people of Threekingham and the current owner of Laundon Hall, I have presented a few images of the village on this page.
This was the Laundon Home in 1904. In those days it was the residence of E.E.Williams. This is the Thomas W. Laundon Home at 307 West Avenue, in Elyria, Ohio, which is in the National Register of Historic Buildings in the United States.
My sincere thanks to the present owners of Laundon Hall for allowing me on to their property to take a series of photographs.
Another view of the front of Laundon Hall.
Laundon Hall from Laundon Road. You can just see, on the wall next to the gate, the Laundon Hall plaque which can also be viewed, in a slightly larger size, in the right hand column.
According to the Threekingham website, the original owners of Laundon Hall were the Cragg Family. The Whalebone Archway, at the entrance to the hall, was made from the jaw bone of a whale and was erected to commemorate a 19th Century whaling expedition by a member of the Cragg family.
The Parish Church of St. Peter in Laundon Road, Threekingham. The Cragg Family, the original owners of Laundon Hall, are buried in the church yard cemetery.
Another view of St. Peter's Church and, on the right, is the Laundon House Clinic in Sleaford which is run by the NHS. Years ago it used to be a nursing home and maternity unit. Photograph © Mick Lobb and used with thanks. By clicking on the images above you can view them in a slightly larger size.
Another view of the Laundon House Clinic which is just a few miles away from Threekingham in Sleaford.
Thanks to Brian Beckstein, of Elyria, Ohio for the photograph of the Laundon Home. You can enjoy more photographs from Brian on Flickr.
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