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Flour Mills and Bakeries
published by Sandra D on Thu, 17/02/2022 - 6:08

I am researching my Grandfather Francis Henry Durbin born 1883 in Nailsea. In the 1901 census he is aged 17 and listed as a Baker. So I was wondering where he may have worked. I did some research and found that George Yendole was a Baker in the area and was living at Steam Mills East End Terrace Silver Street Nailsea. I did a search in the newspapers and there was a mill located there but this reference was for its sale in 1882. So I am wondering if it was still operating in 1901. Do you have any suggestions as to how I might find out? Or does anyone know of other flour mills and bakeries that would be close by. Many Thanks for any suggestions.


Sandra Davis

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Submitted by Pat Hase on Thu, 17/02/2022 - 13:00

Have you tried the Nailsea and District History Group? There is an article about a Bakery in one of their Pennants. 

The Country Baker (ndlhs.org.uk)  There may be other references in their publications. 

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Submitted by Sandra D on Fri, 18/02/2022 - 4:27

Thanks Pat hadn't thought to look there, so many sources! its given me something else to research A & H Brain, Bakers! Yes there are other references but not in the online pennants that are available!

Many Thanks


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Submitted by gricharduk on Sat, 19/02/2022 - 4:00

There were two other bakers at Nailsea listed in Kelly's Directory in 1905:

  • Arthur Samuel James Humphries (1876-1966) who had a shop at 98 Silver Street

Humphries' Bakery, circa 1910

  • William John Thatcher (1857-1929) at Kingshill (possibly in North Street)

There is also a newspaper advertisement on page 2 of the Western Daily Press for 2 January 1905 connecting a Mrs Durbin (elderly widow) to Steam Mills:

"WORKING HOUSEKEEPER, by active, elderly Widow; gentleman or small business - Mrs Durbin, Steam Mills, Nailsea, Somerset."

I was wondering if this might be Francis's grandmother?


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Submitted by Sandra D on Sat, 19/02/2022 - 22:59

Thanks Richard some more leads to follow! Great pic of the Bakery!

I don't think this Mrs Durbin was my Grandmother she and husband Michael were living in Brislington according to the census in 1901 and in Kings Hill Nailsea according to the census in 1911. There were a couple of different Durbin families living in Nailsea at the time.

Thanks for helping Cheers Sandra

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