Changes in the 20th century

Like previous centuries the 20th century was one of change, but this time, by standing on the shoulders of giants the change was to be extraordinary. Social Change The statistics tell some of the story: Some statistics for the 20th century   1900 2000 Population [1] 38.3 million 59.0 million Gross Domestic Product [2] £146.8 million Read More …

Summer Lane

De Montalt House was, apparently, built about 1848 and one of the first occupiers was a Col Mee. I have not been able to establish exactly who he was, but he sued his landlord for not providing the water that he had said he would.  By 1861 Maj John Sutton (1810 – 1891) and his 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 …

De Montalt Place from 1900

1901 – Rev Reginald Guy Bryan The Rev Reginald Guy Bryan (1819 – 1912) was living at 6 De Montalt Place in 1901, together with his third wife Caroline Letitia Gore (1843 – 1920) whome he married in 1896. She was the daughter of Mary Eliza Gore (née Hole) (1813 – 1891) who had lived there previously. Read More …

Bits and bobs

Frequently it’s the bits and bobs, the odds & ends, the mingle-mangle mishmash that bring a place to life. Old photos are, perhaps, the most evocative, we are very visual. Seeing a house or church as it used to be, or a street, perhaps with a horse and cart or children dressed in the fashions of Read More …

Now and Then

I’ve just reordered the site somewhat into Now and Then. The, slightly punning, title of the book was Prior to Now and that became the website title too. A thought that I always had, was that the site could include the history of Combe Down (Prior) and what’s going on now (Now). I have now put Read More …

Old deeds and indentures

I love old deeds. They are works of art. They were written by quill pen and iron gall ink in court hand, chancery hand or secretary hand on large squares of parchment. The heading and capital letter are often ornamented with scroll work. So much work went into them as they represented peoples’ wealth and Read More …

Open data maps and stats

The World Wide Web has changed the way we think and act. Massive amounts of data and information has gone online and the benefits seem obvious. For some time people have worked on the idea of open data i.e. data that anyone can use and share. Open data maps and stats are appearing more and more. Read More …

Pubs, inns, arms and crowns

A while ago I added a page about the pubs, inns, arms and crowns of Combe Down and Monkton Combe. In our small area there used to be at least fourteen but now there are five. When I first came to write this blog I thought it might be more about them, but I became Read More …

Local and family history links

Here are some links to local sites that cover some of the local history of other Bath villages and family history in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. If you know of any other local or family history orientated sites for Bath and its villages, or nearby towns and villages, that should be added to this list, 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 …

Original listing letter 1976

I have just been given the original listing letter 1976 from Bath City Council dated 2nd August 1976 and addressed to Mr R Wall making the property a Building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest or listed building from 5th August 1975 under the Town and Country Planning Act 1971. Last evening I was just preparing the evening Read More …

John Thomas – the forgotten man of Prior Park

One of the owners of Prior Park has been almost forgotten. Ralph Allen, Gertrude Tucker, Viscount Hawarden and Bishop Baines are all reasonably well known, but John Thomas (1752 – 1827) is not. Yet he was a Quaker who owned Prior Park for over 15 years between 1809 and 1827 and certainly deserves to be 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 …

Images, photos and postcards of Monkton Combe

 

Images, photos and postcards of Prior Park

 

Images, photos and postcards of Combe Down

 

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 …

Combe Down and Monkton Combe directories

Below are extracts, from Combe Down and Monkton Combe directories.They’re from the Bath Post Office Directory and Kelly’s directories for a range of years from 1864 – 1939. They give an interesting insight into the development of the area. Kelly’s Directory was a trade directory that listed businesses and tradespeople in a particular city or 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 …