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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Pubs of Combe Down and Monkton Combe

The pub has long been one of the great institutions of British society and a centre for community life. Tabernae (originally shops and not just shops selling alcohol) were introduced by the Romans and the word eventually became corrupted to tavern. They continued after the Romans left and around 970 AD King Edgar, who was crowned Read More …

Ralph Allen and Prior Park

It is impossible to look at the development of Combe Down without reference to Ralph Allen (1693 – 1764) and to Prior Park – ‘the architectural jewel of Combe Down’. Prior Park and Ralph Allen’s stories are generally well known and there are a number of books[1] that give quite detailed accounts. However, it is worth covering the basics. Read More …

More family trees for Owners & Occupants to 1850

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 to 1850.  Unsurprisingly it’s not been possible to gain information for some of these people and it’s quite scant on some of the others. Or, maybe the families Read More …

Bibliography for Prior to Now

Enumerative bibliography 1822 Pigot’s Directory, Somerset and Bristol 1875 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries 2011 Census Ethnic Group, local authorities in the United Kingdom A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland edited by A. W. Skempton (2002) A biographical peerage of Ireland, in which are memoirs and characters of the most Read More …

The Avenue, Combe Down

From the extract from Ralph Allen‘s tithe map of 1761 – 1762 it’s simple to see that The Avenue is the oldest road in Combe Down village apart from Summer Lane. At the time it was the only road and carried his wooden railway for the transport of stone from his quarry. However, the first housing Read More …

Isabella Place from 1900

1901 – The Hadley Estate The Hadley Estate on Combe Down had come about when Edward Layton (abt 1730 – 1805) had bought some of the land being auctioned by Thomas Ralph Maude 2nd Viscount Hawarden (1767 – 1807), Mary Allen’s son and Ralph Allen’s great nephew after the death of his father Cornwallis Maude 1st Viscount Hawarden in 1803. Edward 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

Barrister, Businessmen, Composer, Sailor, Soldiers & Writers

A while ago I added Belmont to the site and, as usual, I’m doing a quick update about what I found out. It seems that the simplest way to give a flavour of Belmont, since Belmont House was constructed in the 1850s is to list some of the people who have lived in the houses Read More …

Combe Grove area

By the Combe Grove area I mean Shaft Road and Brassknocker Hill. The details from Thorpe’s map of 1742 give a clear idea of what was built at that time. Combe Hill House and the Brassknocker Inn can be seen on Brassknocker. Shaft Road is not quite so clear, though Ivy Cottages, Combe Grange 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 …