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From an email sent to me from Mrs. E. Lamb, 10 June, 2010.

Mrs E Lamb

26 Tintern Road

Wood Green

London N22 5LU

Tel:- 02088819982



I really enjoyed reading your website. My husband is Gerard Lamb and is the great, great, great, grandson of Charles Lamb (1779-1869), auctioneer and other things of 12 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent.

I am told by a cousin of my husband's that Charles Lamb had once owned half of Snargate Street and gambled the whole family fortune away on wine, women and song.

Two of Charles Lamb's children left Dover in the late 1840s and 1850s to settle a new life in London. Charles Lamb's sons Alfred and Osborne Lamb, my husband's great, great, grandfather left Dover for London with his family and children.

Charles Lamb is buried in Cowgate Cementry he died in 1869 at the age of 90 after walking into his house and died suddenly, probably found dead by servants. The Lamb family had been in Dover for at least 200 to 300 years.

My husband's great, grandfather Herbert Lamb was born in Russell Street in 1844 son of Osborne Lamb and Anne Griggs, whose father was Henry Griggs, river pilot.

Have you come across the Lamb name a lot in Dover?

Charles Lamb became a mayor of Dover council in 1852 introducing the mayors banquet.

I know two of Charles Lamb's sisters, Charlotte and Catherine Lamb as being blind, dying at old ages in 1852 and 1853. They were spinsters buried in the Lamb family vaults of St. Mary's Church, Dover.

I would be interested to know if Charles Lamb had or auctioned or kept any land for himself, but the family story is that he gambled it away on wine, women and song. Charles Lamb was an undertaker as well.

I have enjoyed reading your web pages.


With the kindest of regards and very best wishes,


Mrs E. Lamb.