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W. E. TAYLOR, Music Teacher at Clarence School
published by Pat Hase on Sat, 05/02/2022 - 22:21

In 2008 I wrote an article for Buckets & Spades which finished with a request for help in finding more about W. E. TAYLOR, who apparently was teaching music at Clarence School in 1895  See  Weston-super-Mare & District Family History Society (wsmfhs.org.uk 

I am now in the process of sending the baton to Canford School in Dorset and still want to know more about W E TAYLOR as I know very little.  The entry in the newspaper at the end is possibly is about a concert in December 1895 at which the baton may have been presented to Mr TAYLOR, but someone else was conducting a concert by the pupils of Clarence School the following year so he may not have stayed very long.

The school thinks he may have been

"W E Taylor FRCO who went on to become the organist at St Thomas Church, Manchester (c1912-1925) before going to St Sidwells Wesleyan Chapel, Exeter and then to St Mary Major, Exeter which he left in 1939. From 1926 he was the secretary of the Exeter Organists Association. He is not the William Edward Taylor FRCO (1867-1911) who was organists at Dunedin Cathedral in New Zealand for many years"

But, they are not sure about this and think that he may have been a  peripatetic music teacher 

The Royal College of Organists have this information about this man:

"William Edwin Taylor

Date of entry: 17 July 1925

Address (at entry?): 6 Clinton Ave, Exeter

Post (at entry?): St Sidwell's Wesleyan Church, Exeter

ARCO: Jan 1935

Resigned: 30 June 1968"

There are more resources online since 2008 so I am hoping that someone can help me identify him this time.

I am toying with the idea that he might be a William TAYLOR born in 1857 in Kidderminster where his father, Samuel TAYLOR was a Musician and music teacher and William is also a musician in Bristol in 1891.  

Any suggestions will be welcome!

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SPERRIN/G or SPIRING in West Harptree
published by Pat Hase on Tue, 01/02/2022 - 18:05

My gg grandmother, Lavinia SPERRIN/G was born in 1825 in West Harptree, the d/o John & Ann SPERRING nee OGBORN, John being a shoemaker.  Her mother died when she was about 6 months old.  I believe that her parents were married on the 31st May 1813 at St Peter's Church in Bristol.  As the Church records of St Peter's were damaged during the Blitz this has been taken from the Bishop's Transcripts and a transcription made after the War from the charred records.  Interestingly the surname is entered as SPERING on one and SPIRING on the other.  From the pages of the transcription.

John and Ann's first child was christened at West Harptree in Nov 1813 which  does suggest that the bride might have been pregnant but I have no proof that this was the correct marriage.  Can anyone help clarify?  

John, the shoemaker, was born in about 1778 in West Harptree and his parents were another John & Anne SPERRING but I have yet to identify this Anne, or her death.   John senior died in 1814, aged 65 and was buried in West Harptree.  

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St John's School 1929/30
published by Pat Hase on Mon, 24/01/2022 - 23:02

I have received this Research Query from member Suzanne Rowley. Can anyone help her?  Suzanne - perhaps you could post the photograph in a comment to this Query?

Hello All,

My dads name - George GILL

Just wondering if anybody can help, my father was a member of the St Johns School football team 1929/30 I have a photo. If anybody has a relative who was a member and would like a copy of the team photo just let me know,

I was also wondering if anybody had a photo or know where I can find a photo of the school before it was demolished

If you know where I can also obtain school records - teachers names etc. I would be very grateful for the help.

Many thanks

Suzanne Rowley

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Cremation Records
published by JulieAPayne on Mon, 03/01/2022 - 13:58

Does anybody know if there are any cremation records for Milton Road Cemetery. I have been unable to find the resting place of my great grandmother who died at the end of 1956. I know Ebdon Road didn't open until 1966, but I've read that the practice was common from 1950's onwards. 

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Weston-super-Mare Temperance Hall. 1859
published by jenniem on Sat, 25/12/2021 - 23:02

Hello. I am seeking information on the WSM Temperance Hall.

In 1859, my 3 x gr grandfather George SUMMERS once gave a lecture on emigration to Australia, the gold rush and Australian aboriginals in this hall. I would love to know its 1859 location and if it is still standing today.  Thanks for any help.


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History of Buildings
published by Sandra D on Mon, 13/12/2021 - 4:02

I was wondering if someone could tell me how to research the history of a pub in Nailsea. The Butchers Arms was apparently so named because a Butchery operated out of part of the pub.

My Great Grandfather Henry Durbin was a Butcher and I was wondering if he ever worked there. In addition his maternal Aunt Louisa White nee Hill was married to a Butcher John White and I think he may have taken over from her in 1881 according to the census Henry and wife Annie are listed as Lodgers. The address is Kingshill.

Would there be a directory of the area that may give some clues. I have spent some time researching newspapers but so far no luck?

Any help as to where I could look would be very welcome. 


Many Thanks


Sandra Davis

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