I'm Sheridan Parsons, and I live with my husband Mike and my youngest son, by Glascote Locks in Tamworth, the ancient capital of Mercia. Fun fact: we're 9 miles from the UK's furthest point from the sea, and 13 miles from England's centre of gravity! I'm a bit quirky, in fact I'm quite public about the fact that I probably have Asperger’s, although I’ve never been officially diagnosed. Far from being a disadvantage, this gives me a no nonsense, straight talking, hyperfocused, honest approach, which some people find quite resfreshing!
Marketing on this website - £15
For £15 I will create a page on my website to advertise your property, and send out a mail-out to everyone on my mailing list. You or your estate agent will need to provide the photos and text.
Estate agency services - from £25
I provide freelance estate agency services, independently and via Viewber, usually within about 30 minutes' drive of Tamworth. Most of the work I do is for remote/online estate agents and 'fast sell' property companies. This includes:
- 360° Photos
- Floor Plans
- Accompanied Viewings
- Open Houses
- Video walkthroughs
- Reports for potential purchasers and investors
I am not a regulated estate agent, so I am not able to introduce or negotiate with buyers, and I cannot deal directly with your solicitor, broker, or lender.
I charge £25 per visit. If you are an estate agent or 'fast sell' property company, your first property visit is free.*
- Includes up to ten images (photos, video clips, floor plans, and 360° images)
- Add £1 per extra image
- No VAT to pay
- Maximum time on site 2 hours
- Maximum travel time 1 hour (there and back)
House history research
I am an experienced and qualified house history researcher with a PGDip in Local and Family History. I love local history and family history, and I have a particular interest in canal heritage and WW1. I have researched literally hundreds of houses and families. I am happy to help with genealogy and house history projects in my spare time. I charge £100 for 8 hours or £300 for 30 hours plus one site visit and one archive visit.
I'm well known for my passion for canals and canalside property. I used to volunteer as a 'greeter' on The Admiral, the Canal and River Trust's widebeam boat, moored at Caen Hill Locks in Devizes. Now that I have moved to Tamworth, I volunteer with the local Towpath Taskforce whenever I can, out and about in my CRT gear with a windlass, a litter picker, or a paintbrush.
My books include my mother's memoirs, Greenwich Girl, the series ‘Wootton Bassett 100 Years Ago’, the ‘Family History Record Book’, and the 'Narrowboat Log Book'. My husband Mike has written some murder mysteries based on the canals, which you'll find at the same link.
I'm considered to be the world expert on the history of teasmades. I used to have the world's biggest collection of teasmades - 172 of them!
I am currently working on my CeMAP, the industry standard qualification for Mortgage Advice.
I have an honours degree in Social Psychology, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Local and Family History which included the following modules:
- Skills And Sources for Family And Local History In England
- House History
- The Theory and Context of Recordkeeping
- Archive Management Principles And Practice
- English Palaeography And Diplomatic
- Public History
- Oral History
In the dim distant past I qualified as a Suzuki Violin Teacher and Shoe Fitter, and I have a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language!
I have previously worked professionally in archives, including several contracts for the Royal Voluntary Service Archives. Below are some examples of work I am proud to have undertaken:
- Archive Image Metadata Assistant, reviewing, entering and correcting metadata using Adobe Lightroom. I completed metatagging of 2884 images in all, corrected cataloguing errors, and wrote a guide for my successor.
- Archive Assistant Digitisation Officer, digitising approximately 7250 narrative reports.
- Research Assistant for a high profile national fundraising campaign, selecting archive content with strong media potential and obtaining clearances from copyright holders.
- Answering internal and external enquiries, accessioning and appraising new material, cataloguing using CALM, and developing a database for searching legacy catalogues and managing loans.
- All of these roles involved social media activity, with achievements ranging from increasing Twitter followers from 72 to over 1800, to filming a 'behind the scenes' video.
*N.B. Copyright applies to all my imagery. Paying customers can specify privacy changes, however, I reserve the right to share free photos publicly.