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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Claremont Buildings later Hopecote

For much of the information about the owners of Claremont Buildings later Hopecote I am indebted to Jean Nisbett and her book Hopecote, A History Of A Building. Prior to Hopecote there were three houses: 1 – 3 Claremont Buildings. Like Isabella Place, Claremont House and 113 – 117 Church Road they were built about 1805. Read More …

Historical maps treasure trove

I’ve found an historical maps treasure trove. There’s a lovely page at: A Vision of Britain through Time History of Combe Down in Bath and North East Somerset. which tells us that in 1870 – 72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Combe Down like this: “COMBE-DOWN, a chapelry in Combe-Monckton 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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

Changes in the 19th century

By 1800 the Scientific, Agricultural, Industrial, Communications, Transport and Financial Revolutions, referred to earlier, had set the scene for real change but, it had not yet happened to any great degree. More people were living an urban existence, but most peoples’ day to day lives were still substantially similar to those of their forbears – mechanisation had 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 …

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 …

Belmont villas

It is clear from Cotterel’s map of 1852 that no housing existed on Belmont at the time, though the line of what would become the road is clear. It is also clear that all the Belmont villas were built by 1904. In an article about Freshford & Limpley Stoke Cottagers’ Friend Society in the Bath 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 …

1817 Ordnance Survey map including Combe Down

Old maps are fascinating.  Just seeing what an area looked like 100 or more years ago on and Ordnance Survey map can give real insights into the place. Of course very old maps tend to be either somewhat inaccurate or have little detailed data because of their scale. Even so they can be interesting and Read More …

On Combe Down 1900 – 1950

Bath Tramways Bath had horse drawn trams from 1880. The reduced friction of rail tracks meant that horse drawn trams could carry more people on the flat in more comfort compared to horse drawn omnibuses. Slopes were a different matter. Another problem was that many horses were needed as regular changes had to be made. Read More …