Royal branches in Spalding man’s family tree

Former Spalding cinema projectionist David Webb has uncovered family links to the Tudors.
Former Spalding cinema projectionist David Webb has uncovered family links to the Tudors.
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A former Spalding cinema projectionist has found royal connections in his family tree, including ancestral links to the Tudor dynasty founded by Henry VII in 1485.

David (66) began researching his family history in 1999 but it wasn’t until last year that he began finding royal blood.

I have the family tree right back to 1050 now and a copy has been put in a vault in Salt Lake City for safe keeping.

David Webb

He can trace the Webb family back to the early 1700s but, before that time, the name disappears and it becomes “the duke of this and the duke of that”.

With the help of a researcher, David has managed to go back to a time before the Battle of Hastings and has more than 6,200 people named on his family tree.

David said: “I have the family tree right back to 1050 now and a copy has been put in a vault in Salt Lake City for safe keeping.”

Spalding-born David is the son of George and Sylvia Webb, who were window cleaners and decorators.

He attended Spalding Parish Day School and Gleed Boys’ School before starting work at the town’s Odeon cinema as a trainee projectionist, eventually becoming its chief operator. He left in 1983 when the cinema closed and then worked in emergency planning.

As well as being linked to the Tudors, David has also found family links to Queen Victoria and says the royal connections have made his research all the more interesting.

David, who now lives in Suffolk, says his ancestral research began as a hobby.

He said: “I just wanted to do something on the computer.

“I thought I would start a family tree as a hobby, which it still is, of course.”

Asked why he decided to put the history in a vault, he says he didn’t want his research to be lost.

He said: “It’s been quite a lot of hard work and quite a lot of cost over the years.”