Church Road Villas, a Viking and Directories

This month the Church Road Villas, a Viking and Directories are what it’s about. The Victorian villas on Church Road, Combe Down have, now, been covered: Combe Lodge – which was used by Monkton Combe School and also occupied by Lady Selina Octavia Stewart (1851 – 1938) a grand daughter of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781 – 1826) FRS Read More …

Church Road villas

Cotterell’s map makes it clear that before 1852 the Church Road villas that existed at the East end of Church Road were The Brow (and Brow Lodge which is said to have been. originally, a chapel for The Brow), probably built about 1830; and Combe Lodge, Welford and Combe Villa (now Scott House) none of which Read More …

Owners and occupants of 109, 113, 115 & 117 Church Road, Combe Down

The deeds of Hopecote Lodge refer to a 500 year lease from 1805[1] granted to Chas. Perks and Benjamin Wingrove for £4 4s annually. An advertisement in the Bath Chronicle from Thursday 7th April 1836 offers for sale Claremont House, No. 1 & 2 Paradise Place (now 113 Church Road) and No. 1 & 2 (now 115 and 117 Church Read More …

Family trees for the owners and occupants of Claremont House and 113 – 117 Church Road in the period 1900 – 1950

I continue to add family trees. Here are more family trees for the owners and occupants of Claremont House and 113 – 117 Church Road in the period 1900 – 1950. List of family trees Dolling family Miller family Robinson family Ross family Steart family Wicks family Wisdom family As usual the families are all Read More …

More family trees for the owners and occupants of Claremont House and 113 – 117 Church Road in the period 1900 – 1950

I have added more family trees for the owners and occupants of Claremont House and 113 – 117 Church Road in the period 1900 – 1950. The families are: Chapman family Cruse family Fale family Haxell family Jordan family Richards family Webb family Westlake family There is one very interesting snippett and that is that Francis Read More …

Owners & Occupants of 109, 113, 115 & 117 Church Road, Combe Down since 1950

Miss M. Cousins – 113  A Miss M. Cousins (or Cousens) was living at 113, according to directories, from at least 1955 to 1963. Isobel Cousins, Henry Montague Jnr.’s wife had a sister called Margaret and she appears to have died in December 1963, so this may have been her, but no more has been discovered Read More …

Owners of 109, 113, 115 & 117 Church Road, Combe Down before 1850

Almost everything we know about the owners and occupants of 109 – 117 Church Road comes from the deeds, but there are very useful additions from other sources. Certainly 115 and 117 were both initially owned or mortgaged, probably in 1805 – 1806, by Joseph Ponting, Benjamin Wingrove & John Gabriel. This is known from the recitation Read More …

Occupants of 109, 113, 115 & 117 Church Road, Combe Down from 1805 to 1850

Margaretta – 115 & 117 Margaretta – (Bull, Taylor) (1784 – 1869) lived at what is now 115 Church Road for at least 35 years from at least 1827 until 1862. She has been the most frustrating of all the occupants to unravel of all. It’s still not complete, as her first husband remains a mystery, thus her Read More …

Owners and Occupants of 109, 113, 115 & 117 Church Road, Combe Down from 1850 to 1900

Included among the owners and occupants of 109, 113, 115 & 117 Church Road from 1850 to 1900 are the following. Nathan Atherton – 109 and 113 We have already touched on Atherton and Gabriel of Calne, the solicitors, when looking at John Gabriel. A deed, about the sale of the freehold ground rents in 1919, mentions Read More …

Summaries of the early Deeds for 115 and 117 Church Road, Combe Down

  Dated 8th day of August 1862 Mr. Edward Palethorp to Mr. John Taylor | Demise of a small Strip of Ground and Release of use of a Well on Coombe Down near Bath Signed Sealed and Delivered by the within named Edward Palethorp in the presence of Thos. Murray Sol. Bath Signed Sealed and Delivered Read More …

Owners and Occupants of 109, 113, 115 & 117 Church Road, Combe Down from 1900 to 1950

Alfred Wicks – 109 Alfred Wicks (1829 – 1906) was born in Colerne and was a hurdle maker who became a farmer out at Marshfield. He married Martha Vezey (1829 – 1866). They had five children. By 1880 he was farming 250 acres from Church farm in Monkton Combe, employing 3 men and 2 boys and Read More …

The rest of Combe Down and Monkton Combe

Our block covers the Owners and occupants of 109, 113, 115 & 117 Church Road, Combe Down. The rest of Combe Down and Monkton Combe does what it says on the tin! If you’ve read the Introduction then you will know that when I started this, the idea was just to find out when our house Read More …

Listed buildings

I have just added a page for Listed Buildings on Combe Down and in Midford and Monkton Combe divided into 15 areas which are in a rough circle as follows: Prior Park North Road The Avenue Church Road Belmont Road Summer Lane Combe Road Bradford Road Entry Hill Midford Castle Tucking Mill Monkton Combe Brassknocker Hill Read More …

More family trees for mortgagees

In December 2015 I added Family Trees on Prior to Now and I have now added more family trees. The first ones were of the gentry who owned the large houses in the area – Prior Park, Combe Grove, Midford Castle and the other early movers in the development of Combe Down. This batch are for Read More …

More sections and more family trees

I have started to add more sections and more family trees. The new sections are and will be about our historical houses on Combe Down. The first section is for Isabella Place and covers the building of Isabella Place and some of the things going on in Isabella Place from 1800 – 1900. In these new Read More …

More pages and infills about Combe Down

I have added more pages and infills about Combe Down by filling in some obvious gaps. There’s some old adverts mentioning Combe Down or Monkton Combe – none very exciting it has to be said, but hopefully further research will find some that are. Having said that, even if the adverts themselves don’t excite they can Read More …

Bryan, Daubeney, Gore, Howard, Montagu and Richardson families

Recently I have added a family tree for the Bryan, Daubeney, Gore, Howard, Montagu and Richardson families. A fascinating insight into the relationships of leading families on Combe Down. Follow this if you can! The Rev Reginald Guy Bryan (1819 – 1912) Principal at Monkton Combe School from 1875 until 1894. The Bryan family were related Read More …

Street furniture

Street furniture is objects placed or fixed in the street for public use, such as post boxes, phone boxes, benches, fountains, watering troughs, memorials and everything else. Although it’s now something with which we are all familiar, it’s really only in the last 200 years or so that it has become common such that now there are Read More …

Listed buildings on Combe Down and in Midford and Monkton Combe

This is, obviously, a list of (hopefully) all the listed buildings on Combe Down and in Midford and Monkton Combe – the area that I have taken as Combe Down and shown on the map. Essentially, is the hill itself. Almost all the area has, at one time or another or by one authority or another, been Read More …

Combe Grove area and Summer Lane

Recently I added information about the Combe Grove area and Summer Lane. By the Combe Grove area I mean Shaft Road and Brassknocker Hill. On Brassknocker Hill that means that Combe Hill House and Combe Grove Lodge are covered and on Shaft Road that means that Lodge Style, Combe Grove Farm, Combe Grange and Ivy Cottages. In Summer Lane Read More …