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 …

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 …

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 …

Changes in the 18th century

The changing world The period that had seen the start of building and the population of Combe Down in the 1730s was little different from previous centuries. The economy was based on agriculture for the vast majority and the way the world worked was still quite feudal. By feudal I mean that the large landowners and 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 …

Bath 1700 – 1764

In looking at the history of Combe Down one, inevitably, has to look at the history of Bath 1700 – 1764. Bath today is very well known, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its natural hot springs and 18th century Georgian architecture. Your browser does not support iframes. TripAdvisor describes it thus: “Known for Read More …

Update to ‘Our Block’

I have just updated the ‘Our Block‘ page after Ian & Susan Parsons at 121 Church Road kindly lent me the deeds that they have in their possession. Interestingly, most of them were for Claremont House, 109 Church Road but they also encompass Claremont Cottage, 107 Church Road, Claremont Lodge, 119 Church Road as well 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 …

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 …

Tucking great! I’m broke!

Things added recently include: An ‘upgrade’ to the history of Prior Park. This explains how it was, originally, the deer park for the Priors of Bath Abbey monastery. It was broken up after Henry VIII‘s Dissolution of the Monasteries and brought back together over a 30 year period by Ralph Allen. A section on the Tucking 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 …

Legal notices

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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 …

Combe Down Quarries

A brief history of stone Throughout history we have used stone in a wide variety of ways, we have gathered, quarried, cut, crushed and carved it and an appreciation of stone’s usefulness based on durability or colour is evident from earliest times. In prehistoric times hard stones provided durable primitive tools and rough shelters were 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 (1754 – 1802), Baron Monck of Ballytramon and John Monck Mason (1726–1809) who were both his brothers in law. He also appointed George Edward Allen (1766 – 1850) who was the grandson of Ralph Allen’s brother Philip Allen. 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 …