Index of suggested searches

Here is and index of many of the events, people and places mentioned that you can use to copy and paste into the search bar – just click on the magnifying glass symbol to the right of the menu to bring the search bar up. I have completed a few searches and linked them and Read More …

On Combe Down

1764 to the early 1800s Before 1710 when Ralph Allen came to Bath, it was a small place. It is said that when Samuel Pepys visited in 1668 Bath’s population was less than 1,200 and there were only about 150 houses. By 1750 it was about 7,000 which reached 35,000 by 1801[1] making it one of 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 …

On Combe Down from 1800 – 1805

1st Viscount Hawarden’s will Cornwallis Maude 1st Viscount Hawarden died in August 1803. His executors were Charles Stanley Monck, Baron Monck of Ballytramon and John Monck Mason who were both his brothers in law. He also appointed George Edward Allen who was the grandson of Ralph Allen’s brother Philip Allen. His will[1] of 16th of February 1799 amended 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 …

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 …

Hadley family papers held at Lewisham

Property in Somerset Attested Copy Reconveyance.  A91/18/57 27 Nov. 1804 Lands in Monckton Combe, Lyncombe and Widcomb and Walcot and in Bath. William Phillamore Esq. Anne, Viscountess of Harwarden. Thomas, Viscount Harwarden, the Hon. Sophia Maude, William Ralph Esq., the Hon. Emma Cartwright. Viscount Lord Glisden and the Rt. Honble. John Monck Mason. The Rt. Read More …

More family trees for Owners & Occupants 1850 to 1900

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 1850 – 1900. Interesting points Amongst them are some interesting discoveries.  Sabrina Poole Bernard (1799 – 1829) owned slaves. The likely father of Henry Grahame Montagu (1829 – 1916), also Read More …

Prior Park sale

When Gertrude Stafford Smith (née Tucker, previously Warburton), Ralph Allen’s niece and heir died in 1796, the estate passed to Cornwallis Maude, 1st Viscount Hawarden by reason of his marriage to Mary Allen, another niece of Ralph Allen, even though she had died in 1775, as they had a son Thomas Ralph Maude. I indicated previously that 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 …

Combe Down development timeline

This page is here to help to make it a bit easier to understand where to goon the site to find something and to find out more about the Combe Down development timeline. There’s quite a lot on site and even with sub menus it’s, sometimes, not easy to decide! If you’re interested in seeing the timeline Read More …

Isabella Place

As well as tidying up some issues with navigation I have spent some time finding out more about Isabella Place. About building Isabella Place and its builders William Harrold (1750 – 1817), a carpenter, and William Butler (1756 – 1846), a victualler. Isabella Place, like Claremont House, 113 – 117 Church Road and Hopecote (originally 1 – 3 Read More …

The history of the Combe Down surgery

PRESENTED TO THE COMBE DOWN PRACTICE BY DAVID CARR ON HIS RETIREMENT WRITTEN AND COMPILED HIS WIFE JACKIE IN THE HOPE THAT SOMEBODY WILL ALWAYS BE INTERESTED ENOUGH TO CONTINUE RECORDING THE HISTORY OF A SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY PRACTICE August, 1997 © Jackie Carr 1997 Cherish the old, to understand the new – Chinese Proverb Read More …

Family trees on Prior to Now

I have introduced a Family Trees Centre to Prior to Now to help to sort out who was who and their relationships one to another. Some of the more important families and people in the story of Combe Down from 1700 – 1900 have been added so far and a list of the trees and some of Read More …

Isabella Place 1800 – 1900

Isabella Place, like Claremont House, 113 – 117 Church Road and Hopecote (originally 1 – 3 Claremont Buildings) was built about 1805. Claremont House, 113 – 117 Church Road and 1 – 3 Claremont Buildings were all, originally 2 storeys and ‘2up 2down’. You can find out more about the Building of Isabella Place. 1805 – Mrs Bonner’s initiatory academy Read More …

The Will and the Missing Earl

A number of sources I have consulted refer to “Allen’s heir, Earl de Montalt” or use a similar phrase. However, it soon became obvious that there was no Earl de Montalt in Allen’s time or for quite a while thereafter. This intrigued me as it seemed unlikely that an Earl could just ‘disappear’ – even though 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 …

The Parsonage later The Vicarage later The Old Vicarage

Holy Trinity church was consecrated on 29th June 1835 but there was nowhere for the vicar to live. An appeal to build a Parsonage was launched in 1836 in The Bath Chronicle but there was enough confidence that funds would be raised to proceed with tasking Henry Edmund Goodridge (1797 – 1864) to draw up plans Read More …

Combe Down cousin coincidence

It was the sort of strange coincidence that seems to call for an alliterative mass market magazine headline, something like “Mattingley makes Maria match” or “Strange Scammell story sensation” but ‘Combe Down cousin coincidence’ got the vote. You may be wondering what I’m on about, or, even, what I’m on? Actually, it’s quite simple but a bit Read More …

Prior Park after Ralph Allen

Ralph Allen (1693 – 1764) left his estate to his wife Elizabeth Holder but she died in 1766. By his will the estate then passed to his niece Gertrude Tucker (abt 1727 – 1796 ), who lived there for some years. However, after Ralph Allen’s death his postal contracts had been called in and thus the family income Read More …