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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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My great grandmother - Sarah ELLY born Bath 1839
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 21/11/2021 - 0:58

I have just realised that I have never found Sarah on the 1841 census.  Can anyone find her for me? She is reputed to have made the christening robe in which many of my family were christened including myself and two of my grandchildren.

She was born on the 4th June 1839 and registered as Sarah ELLEY, daughter of John & Elizabeth ELLEY formerly STEPHENS or STEVENS at 3, Mount Beacon Row, Walcot, Bath.  When she was christened at St Swithin's Church Walcot on the 30th June 1839 their surname was entered as EALEY.

In 1851 they were still at 3 Mount Beacon Row entered as ELLY.  So, where were they in June 1841?

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Baptist Church near Rowberrow
published by Pat Hase on Wed, 17/11/2021 - 23:20

I have had a query which asked if someone was a Baptist and lived in Rowberrow in the early 19th century - where was the nearest Baptist Church?  Could it have been Cheddar, Burnham, Weston or somewhere else? I believe the Lynch Chapel in Winscombe may have originally been Baptist - can anyone confirm this?

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Army Lists
published by Sandra D on Sat, 02/10/2021 - 0:55

Hi Pat you mentioned Army Lists in the latest newsletter. What information is available?

I have a few ancestors who were possibly in the Militia who lived in Somerset. Many Thanks Sandra Davis

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