Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Here We Have It - the Teesside Home with Links to the Royal Bride-to-Be. Residents Share Their Shock at Connection

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Here We Have It - the Teesside Home with Links to the Royal Bride-to-Be. Residents Share Their Shock at Connection

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THE Gazette has tracked down the Teesside home of Kate Middleton's great-greatgrandfather Thomas Temple who was born in Guisborough, as revealed in yesterday's paper.

Millions throughout the UK were thrilled with the announcement that Prince William had popped the question to long-time girlfriend Kate on holiday in Kenya.

And with the help of Guisborough historian and estate agent Roger Darnton we can today reveal that Prince William's fiance's forebear lived at 39 Auckland Street.

While the current occupier of Number 39 declined to be interviewed, the Gazette did speak to some rather residents.

Becky Elgey, who has only lived in the street for two months, said: "I didn't know she had links around here. Who would have thought that she had distant relatives who lived on my street!" Another surprised resident said: "How amazing. I like the Royal Family so that is interesting to know."

Another added: "I have lived here for 25 years and would never have known.

"It is quite extraordinary really." It's now an intriguing possibility that the powers-that-be will in future put up a blue plaque on the unassuming property.

As reported, Thomas was born in Guisborough on May 23, 1871. In 1891, he became an ironstone miner, in 1894 a steelworker, in 1901 and 1903 a farm hand and in 1934 a gardener.

He was married at the parish church of Tudhoe, County Durham, on September 8, 1894.

After being contacted by the Gazette, expert Mr Darnton tracked down the Guisborough family home of Kate's ancestor from the 1881 census.

He said: "The family were living in Auckland Street, where many other ironstone miners had their homes. Thomas was living there with his parents and siblings.

"My forebears and Kate's forebears would have been living in Guisborough at the same time.

"The Darntons came to the town in the 18th century and were butchers, so it's entirely feasible my ancestors served hers with meat, as customers.

"I'm a great Royalist and went to see Princess Diana's wedding and many other royal occasions. At a time when the country is on the floor, this latest news is very good indeed -and to have a firm Guisborough connection is incredible."

Guisborough Town Mayor Peter Spencer is also pleased with the news. He said: "It's so interesting that Guisborough has close connections through the family of Kate Middleton, or Katherine as I believe she will now be known.

"When you delve through history, it's surprising how many of the past residents of the area have risen to national excellence - like Teesside's maritime explorer Captain Cook and Skelton's King of Scotland contender Robert de Brus.

"We'll be sending a letter of congratulation to Prince William and Katherine from the Town Council and hope they will visit the town some time in future. …

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