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Weston school and London refugees
published by daveerasmus on Mon, 27/05/2024 - 22:22

I am trying to find any information regarding 2 brothers who were evacuated to Weston during WW2. Their names were Terence (Terry) and Kevin (born Kevan) KELLEHER from Paddington. They were born in December 1927 and June 1930 respectively. All I know is that they were taken in by 2 (or possibly 3) elderly spinsters who ran a school. I know that Pat Hase has done a lot of research on private schools in Weston and wonder if this rings any kind of bell?


My grandparents took in refugees, but none by this name. However, the younger brother was the same age as my mother so there is an outside chance that the name will mean something to her. I will talk to her about this, but thought I would try this route first.


Both brothers have apparently died, but their records are still currently redacted on the 1939 Register.


Thanks for any help.

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Ancketyll's of Clapton-in-Gordano and Wraxall
published by Richard Manning on Thu, 16/05/2024 - 15:12

Hi All,

I've been sidetracked lately into looking at the Ancketyll family. There are a number of established lineages for them mainly in the visitations series or the major one in Hutchins history of Dorset. But I can't see how the Ancketyll's of Clapton-in-Gordano and Wraxall fit in. Edward the elder seems to appear from nowhere and the family seems to disappear again in the next couple of generations (see attached outline tree). There are references to the two Edwards in relation to persecution of quakers and to their religious careers, they were both Curates of Wraxall. But what I'm interested in is who Edward the elders parents were and what happened to the next generation.

Any suggestions for further research gratefully received


Richard Manning

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Murder of Thomas BECKET
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 19/04/2024 - 11:00

Has anyone researched the history of the knights who were involved in the assasination of Thomas a BECKET?  We have have had a query about William de TRACY 1133-1189.  One story says that he was buried on Brean Down.  A west country knight, there are several theories about his life and death and a possible descendent who lives in Bristol is keen to discover more.

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Austin Mitchell - 1869 - 1904
published by Kathryn Warner on Tue, 09/04/2024 - 10:59

Good morning, I am researching my Great Great Uncle Austin Mitchell, his death certificate states he died from drowning on yacht called Dorothy. I haven't been able to find out anything about the circumstances around the incident, there was an inquest carried out but haven't been able to find any of that information, I was hoping you may be able to help. Thank you Kathryn Warner

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Smalls Quarries Ltd
published by Peter de Dulin on Mon, 08/04/2024 - 14:23

Hi. Wondered if any of your members would have any information regarding a former company called 'Smalls Quarries Ltd' that operated out of Backwell Hill in the past. I came across an old 'Mines & Quarries Act 1954' completed form on a board that was issued to the company in March 1965 and would really like to add some provenance to it.
Best regards
Wayne Bennett (Felixstowe, Suffolk)

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Inebriated Women
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 31/03/2024 - 21:22

I have been approached by a student  who is researching inebriated women in Weston at the turn of the 20th century.  She has compiled a short list of women who appeared in the Weston Mercury or Gazette at that time.  If any of you recognise any of these or have come across them in your own research please let me know – either by posting a comment or by contacting me directly so that I can pass on any information.

  1. Elizabeth STAPLES – maiden name PALMER
  2. Georgina PODGER – maiden name YOUNG - may be Georgianna, Hannah or Anna
  3. Elizabeth Emma JONES  - probable maiden name RADFORD, born 1853, East Brent
  4. Annie MATTHEWS – probable maiden name STONE married to James MATTHEWS
  5. Sarah Ann COX – may be from Burtle
  6. Mary BENNETT – older than the rest?  see image of newspaper entry
  7. Emily GROVES – probable maiden name SHADDOCK, SHATTOCK, SHATTICK or SHADDICK born Bridgwater born 1873 and married to William GROVES
  8. Catherine McCARTHY – a pedlar, connections with South Wales?

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