On Thursday 17th September the North Somerset Libraries team will be running a seminar on Zoom to showcase the North Somerset Studies Library.
The North Somerset Studies Library, in the Frederick Wood Room at Weston Library, is a separate reference collection for the history of our part of Somerset. Visitors are very welcome – if you visit in person bring your library card or proof of name and address. The library has:
Ordnance Survey sheets
tithe maps (digital) for North Somerset parishes
historical maps including street maps from the 19th century for Weston
thousands of photographs and postcards of local interest
Zoom tour: Thursday 17th September 11.00 – 11.45am
You will need to book your place on the Zoom session via the Eventbrite link below:
I wish to stand down as person looking after the library for the society (for heaven knows how many years) as I wish to free up some space in my garage. Would someone please take on this task? There are 12 storage boxes and I have taken one to the family history meetings we hold. Just a reminder that any of the books listed in the "library" section of this website can be requested and made available from my home at any time. I hold a list on computer and would let the new librarian have that.
If you are looking for a christening at Uphill between 1877-1918 it might be worth your while taking a look on Ancestry at the Bristol Non-Conformist Registers 1877-1923 because they contain the Registers for the Methodist Chapel in Regent Street Weston-super-Mare (where Barclays Bank now is). These include christenings which were at Uphill Wesleyan Chapel and at the George St Mission Rooms in Weston. To find them use the Card Catalogue - just enter Bristol under title and the Non-Conformist Registers are right at the top.
The National Archives (TNA) at Kew is currently closed to the public. While this continues, it is allowing people to download up to 50 digitised items per 30-day period free of charge. Usually the price is £3.50 per will. Only 10 items can be downloaded at a time, but when you have done so you can go back and collect some more (subject to the above limit).
Scanned PDF images of the office copies of wills proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury are available on this basis from the TNA site. There are over a million wills to choose from – you can search for those of interest on this page: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/wills- 1384-1858/
In order to use the service, you have to sign up for a free TNA account (or use your existing one). Setting up an account is easy. The link to do so is: https://secure.nationalarchives.gov.uk/login/Register
The Prerogative Court of Canterbury was the senior probate court for England and Wales until 1858.
I have uploaded a document which covers case studies of some of the inmates of Axbridge Workhouse. It includes names such as ADDICOTT, ALDERMAN, BAILEY, BROOKS, BURR, COOMBS, DAUNTON, FOGARTY and of course HASE! It was originally part of my thesis to show how the Workhouse impacted upon the lives of its residents. Many thanks to those who assisted me back in 1998 when this was put together. It can be found as the last entry under Axbridge Poor Law Union Scroll to the bottom of the page.
To commemorate VE Day, a document containing the memories of 25 Weston residents during WW2 has been uploaded. It can be found under Places, Weston-super-Mare. Scroll down to the bottom. With many thanks to those who contributed.