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Teresa Malin - 15th August 2009 - 0:00

 I am currently researching for my family tree and it appears that my Great Grandmother, ETHEL MAY MALIN, lived in Cow Honeybourne when the 1901 Census was completed, as a Boarder. She gave birth to my Grandfather, GEORGE SYDNEY NORIS MALIN, on the 7th April 1911. I believe her mother was MARY MALIN. ETHEL MAY MALIN later married THOMAS HOLTOM and their marriage was registered in Evesham.

Can anyone help me with trying to get some background for them? I hope someone can shed some light on the history.

Kind Regards
Teresa Malin, Broadway, Worcestershire

Editor - 15th August 2009 - 0:00

In reply to by Teresa Malin

We guess your great grandmother is the same lady who was baptised at Badsey on 15 Jan 1893. So Ethel May Malin was a Badsey girl, as in fact was her mother before her. You will find records of her and her family on the Badsey website (start with the name index). Maureen Spinks has also written some notes on this family which we will forward these to you. Good luck with your search.

Sarah Hunt - 20th April 2009 - 0:00

 I hope you do not mind me contacting you but my partner and I have been searching Badsey high and low for something which he spotted about seventeen years ago but now can no longer find! It is really perplexing. We are looking for a grave which was right by the roadside in a little triangular plot with a small headstone and had some sort of fencing around it? My partner first spotted it all those years ago and seems to recall it was situated somewhere near a hauliers yard? If anyone could throw any light on this I would be extremely grateful, even if it is no longer there, as it has sat in my partners head all these years and now he lives back in the area it would be nice to put this to rest!

Many Thanks,
Sarah Hunt

Mystery solved! It turns out it is not Badsey at all. Sarah wrote: Just to let you know that we have now finally detected the mystery grave and it is located at Pebworth .It is just off the Long Marsdon Road and you need to look out for a Windmill Farm on the left hand side. About five yards past this there is a ditch with two wooden planks running over it into a very dense overgrown area. If you walk over these planks into this area you will just see from the road a very large piece of stone in a misformed triangle shape. This is on top of what we believe to be a grave. The brass plaque which has been molded into the stone reads 'Bonner Shekell' and the dates 1864 - 1932. It is all very, very strange!! If you could throw some light on this I would be very grateful again. We are aware the the Bonner Shekells were very wealthy landowners around this area but which one the dates relate to remain a mystery and why they are buried in such a dense piece of woodland is also something of a mystery.

See also Andrew Shekell's letter received January 2010.

Susan Wardle - 4th April 2009 - 0:00

 My name is Susan Wardle (née Lunn). I have been sharing some of the comments and photographs on your website with my mother. Her name is Iris Lunn (née Poynton) and she is the niece of Fred Tandy. We were delighted to read some comments made by my aunt Pam Cotton who now lives in Australia. We all have some lovely memories of family visits to Badsey and of the Tandy family visits to our home in Midway, Derbyshire.

Kind regards
Susan Wardle, Griffydam, Leicestershire

Karen Lynas - 31st March 2009 - 0:00

 I am the great great granddaughter of William and Lavinia Harris, who are mentioned in the website. My grandfather is Albert Harris who went to school in Badsey 1903 - 1910. In the 1901 census the family are living in Bretforton.

My particular interest is with William. Family legend has it that he fell on a hay knife and died from his injuries in 1910, but I can find no record of this. Does anyone have any information or records about William and Lavinia? I do not think they lived in Badsey for very long, but Lavinia was born in Bourton, and in 1911 was living with her mother Harriet in Moreton. Harriet was married to William Mustoe, born in Chedworth, and sentenced to transportation for "carnally knowing" Fanny Shill in 1866! I notice both Mustoe and Shill families listed on your site, I wonder if there are connections?

Thank you for this most informative site, I have furthered my knowledge about grandfather Albert's early years, and look forward to learning more!

Karen Lynas

William Harris died in 1909, not 1910, which was why you were unable to find the correct death certificate. He was buried at Badsey on 7th October 1909. Smith’s Household Almanack for 1909 lists a William Harris as a Hay Trusser. Hopefully, the death certificate will give sufficient information to back up the family legend!

I have taken a look at the school registers to try and find out when the Harris family left Badsey. The youngest son, Ernest George, last attended Badsey School on 9th October 1909, two days after the funeral. Interestingly, though, Albert Vernon, did not leave school until 21st February 2010. He was nearly 13 at the time of his father's death and so presumably it was not felt worth moving him to another school as he was so close to school-leaving age. Frederick William, the eldest brother, had already left school on 9th August 1909. The normal school-leaving age was 14, but children who passed an examination showing proficiency at Standard V were allowed to leave early. What happened to Florence, the little sister, born in 1901? She was never a pupil at Badsey.

As far as the Mustoe family is concerned, there does not appear to be a connection between Lavinia Sarah and the Mustoes of Badsey. Mustoe seems to have been a fairly common name in Gloucestershire. The William Mustoe of Badsey was born at Cirencester in 1841 and lived to the grand old age of 102! His parents were William and Hannah Mustoe of Siddington. But presumably your Lavinia, even though she bore the surname of Mustoe, was not actually a Mustoe by birth if William Mustoe had already been transported to Australia in 1866.

I have researched the local papers regarding William Harris and can find no reference to his death in 1909, not even a notice of his death. The fact that other accidental deaths are mentioned in the same year in the papers, would suggest that William did not die as a result of injuries received.

Gerald Heath - 9th March 2009 - 0:00

The Vale of Evesham Historical Society have just been given some old maps/plans of Evesham and the surrounding area one of which dated 1923 shows a Chocolate Factory in what we all know as LBG. Does anyone have any knowledge of this factory and if so could you please let me know?

Gerald Heath, Chairman of VEHS

There is a possible clue on the Blackminster Business Park website which gives some history of the site. They say the site was built in the early twentieth century by George Cadbury of the Cadbury's Chocolate family. His plan was to create a fruit canning factory. But there is no reference to chocolate being produced there. LBG took over the site from Cadburys. Is it possible the map just got it wrong, or is there more to discover?

I suspect that the chocolate factory was just an assumption on the part of Ordnance Survey. As far as we know, it was just a fruit canning factory. Graham Corbett (see below) tends to confirm it was probably just fruit canning. His mother, Molly, was born in 1911; she married Frank Corbett in 1934. I think she worked there in the 1920s and 1930s after leaving school and before getting married.

My mother did work at Cadburys at Blackminster and it was a fruit canning factory. I have a few photos of her their with her work colleagues. I don't know if they ever made chocolate there but I have a vague recollection of mother saying that she had chocolates there to eat. Perhaps they had an internal shop there for employees. I would not be confident enough to say that was so for sure ... I am sure that the Cadbury World history department would be able to give an answer.

Sue Daniels - 1st March 2009 - 0:00

I have just come across a newspaper cutting of my grandparents' wedding, and it states my Nan was a member of the Girls' Friendly Society. Does anyone know anything about this? The marriage was in 1933.

Appreciate all the work being done on the web site, could spend hours reading through it all.

Sue Daniels

There is some information about the Girls' Friendly Society on our website. See if this helps. Also, on page 111 of 'A Brief History of Badsey and Aldington' there is a photo with the caption 'The motor caravan of the Girls' Friendly Society parked outside Seward House whilst on a visit to Badsey in the 1920s.'

Susan Dron - 17th February 2009 - 0:00

I have just spent a very enjoyable two hours, whilst husband watching football, looking at pictures and news of Old Badsey. I found a photograph (not seen before) of my late father John Walker in school in 1924. There is also mention of my grandfather John Deighton killed in WW1 in the parish magazine, and a great Uncle Geoffrey Walker also killed in WW1.

Many thanks for such a good and enjoyable website,
Susan Dron (nee Walker) ... also born in Badsey in May 1949

Martin Clements - 26th January 2009 - 0:00

We have been looking through your fantastic web site a credit to all your contributors. Recently while researching our family tree on the 1911 census, much to our amazement, we found my father aged six years old was living with his parents and siblings at Tower View, Badsey. This was really exciting to find out as we only ever knew that his family lived in Bewdley Street, Evesham. His father Henry Samuel Clements was a master butcher and at one time worked for F Stratfords in Bridge Street, Evesham. We would like to know if the area of Tower View is still there or where it was once situated so that we could visit for a trip of nostalgia.

Martin Clements and family

There are two houses called Tower View in Badsey and another one in Aldington. But only one these is old enough to appear on the 1911 census. Today it is numbers 33 & 35 Brewers Lane, Badsey. The house carries a date of 1903, built at a time when the market gardening boom led to lots of new housing in the village. The name is probably a reference to Broadway Tower which should be visible from the house. You will find more on the history of the plot on the website. It is likely that your family were the first occupants of the house. Can anyone add more information?

A bit more to add to the information. The School Admissions Register reveals that the Clements family lived in Badsey for a year, 1910-1911, Lily and William enrolling at Badsey Council School on 25th July 2010, having previously been at Evesham National School. They were there for exactly a year, leaving the previous summer. I don't know who the first occupants of Tower View were. I assume the owner was James Brewer (the baker, after whom the road is named) who had bought the land. Nos 27, 29, 31, 33 & 35 Brewers Lane (although of course they weren't numbered then, and I'm not sure when it actually started being called Brewers Lane) were all built within a few years of each other. The Brailsford family lived at No 33 from at least 1913. A member of the Brailsford family continued to live at No 33 until about 2001 when he moved into a Home and the house was sold to the owner of No 35 who has converted it into one residence. The houses on the opposite side of the road were not built until 1906 so, at the time of building in 1903, there would have been a clear view of Broadway Tower.

Siobhan Nelson - 12th January 2009 - 0:00

What a wonderful website! Thank you so much to all those who have made all this valuable information available - such a lot of work has gone into this website. Marvellous! Here is what led me to Badsey in my own research.

My paternal grandfather's family name was Kinchin, and he was born on the Isle of Dogs; his father was from Bengeworth. My great-great grandfather was George Kinchin/Kinchen from Bengeworth, who married Mary Houghton from Offenham. Mary was born in 1826 to William Houghton from Badsey (b. 1790) and Ann nee Bennett.

The Badsey site has given me lots more information about William Houghton's family. I would love to know where in Badsey William's family actually lived, and I am still working on tracking down where his parents Richard and Ann were born. I hope I manage to go even further back in this line of my family. I would love to hear from anyone else who shares these ancestors.

Thanks again - this is a site I will keep returning to... and I think a trip to Badsey will now be on my 'to do' list for 2009!

Best wishes
Siobhan Nelson

Whilst I don't know where William's family lived in Badsey, I DO know where his younger sister, Sarah, lived after her marriage. As you probably know already, Sarah Houghton married Valentine Knight at Badsey in 1823. They had ten children and remained living in Badsey until Valentine's death in 1849 and Sarah's in 1866. Sarah and Valentine lived in the house which is now Nos 46 & 48 High Street, which is at the junction with Mill Lane. At the time of the Badsey Enclosure Act of 1812, the house was owned by Valentine's father, Thomas Knight. It remained in the Knight family until the 1850s or 1860s when it was sold to Joseph Woodward. If you go to "Roads and Streets" on the Badsey website, and click on High Street, you will find a brief description of the house, and there is a photo on the left-hand side (six photos down after the sign saying "High Street" - a white cottage with Victorian extension, present-day No 50 High Street.

Pam Cotton - 31st October 2008 - 0:00

My name is Pam Cotton. I live in Gippsland Victoria, Australia. I have just browsed through your delightful website, and saw the pictures belonging to my cousin Ian Tandy.

I am looking at a picture of our little red Morgan three wheeler outside 10 Glebe Street, Swadlincote where I was brought up. In the car are my younger sister Rosie and my eldest sister Joyce's son John. We spent so many happy times with Uncle Fred, Auntie Kath, Ian and Kay. I'm 75 now, but can clearly remember Uncle Fred standing on the bridge over the Badsey Brook ... and threatening to drop me in. Also although there was only a privy, Uncle Fred used to tie a piece of string so that we could pretend to flush the toilet. Auntie Kath was the best cook ever, and I loved Ian's aviary!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane,
Pam Cotton, Australia

Julie Sutton - 11th October 2008 - 0:00

My great grandfather, Wilson EMMS was born in Aldington and baptised at Badsey in 1852. Wilson was unusual as a first name then, but I have noticed other births around this time with the same given name. Wilson appears in the area as a surname, and I wondered whether the name was taken from a local benefactor. Does anyone know the answer?

Regards, Julie Sutton (nee Emms) Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

The name could be related to the WILSON family who were Lords of the Manor of Badsey from 1657 to 1866. Most of the men holding that title were called Edward Wilson. I have no evidence that the Wilsons were benefactors to the EMMS family but it is a possibility. If you read through the letters below about the Malins family, they also used Wilson as a first name.

The last Edward Wilson served as a churchwarden at Badsey from Easter 1849 to Easter 1851, but seems to have left the village soon after that as he is living in Birmingham on the 1851 census and appears to be absent from the village until about 1880. So it is unlikely he was around at the time of the 1852 baptism, but may have helped the Emms family a few years earlier perhaps.

Robin Parkes - 2nd October 2008 - 0:00

While chasing my Brittain ancestors I came across John Brittain who married Martha Adams in Offenham in 1766. They seem to have then lived in Badsey. They had 8 easy to find children which your wonderful website with Parish Records made very easy to confirm. I noticed that four were buried in 1785, in fact they were all buried between 13 September and 11 November.

I looked quickly at burials 1781 to 1789, there were an average of 11.7 burials per year and yet in 1785 it rose to 33 so I plotted the numbers for 1750 to 1805. This seems to have been a unique event so I assume the village archives may reveal what was the cause of this particular epidemic. Being a nosy retired GP I thought I would ask rather than speculate.

Robin Parkes, Henfield, West Sussex

The answer probably lies in an article "Badsey suffers from a volcanic eruption" by Maureen Spinks in the Badsey Society Newsletter No 19, January 2007. A shortened and edited version is reproduced here:

"The eruption of Laki (in Iceland) began on 8th June 1783 and lasted for eight months. Just over two weeks later, a deadly fog entered Britain. The naturalist, Gilbert White of Selborne, described it as "the peculiar haze or smokey fog that prevailed … unlike anything known within the memory of man." Local newspapers up and down the country reported the freak weather conditions. A very hot summer of 1783 was followed by record-breaking cold winters of 1783-4 and 1784-5, the severest Britain had seen for 250 years. In addition, millions of tons of toxic fumes were released, suffocating many in the process.

 The Icelandic eruption has been forgotten in all but its mother country, but the consequences were extreme. It is estimated that 23,000 people died in Britain as a result of the extreme weather conditions and the toxic haze which enveloped the land. This cloud was resident for two to three years after the eruption and led to, or accentuated, the extremes of heat and cold. The "Timewatch" scientists reported that parish records up and down the country tell the same story of increased mortality. I was intrigued to see whether this was paralleled in Badsey. Amazingly, this was the case.

In the decade preceding 1783, the number of burials in Badsey varied between one and four each year (remember, the population then was only about 300). But in 1783 there were 12 burials, in 1784 there were 18 and in 1785 there were 32. The number of burials then declined in the following years. ... We consider ourselves immune to natural disasters. But history warns us we that should not be so complacent."

Peter Stewart has kindly let us have the burial figures for the nearby villages of Bretforton and Offenham, and for the town of Evesham. He says that nothing relevant is mentioned in these registers.


Robin has added this comment: "Maureen's explanation fits very well. Infections were common and many diseases we regard as trivial now were lethal then. A population stressed by cold and starvation, for two years, becomes very susceptible to relatively trivial disease. Catch a cold, goes to chest, die of pneumonia. But in those days mumps, measles, scarlet fever, TB and many other infections were common. If you were rich you would do better but my family the 'Brittains' were probably at the very bottom of the socio-economic ladder so 4 out of 8 of their children died. Looking at the pattern of deaths I would imagine that an infection spread round killing people in sequence. There are no burials in April, May, and June 1785 and a new sequence starts in July with a peak of 10 in September. I wondered if somebody had travelled in and started an outbreak of something like smallpox."

For more on the Laki eruption see this Wikipedia article.

Don Barnard - 21st July 2008 - 0:00

I note the comments in your article on Vine Cottage that its early occupancy is difficult to establish. You may wish to add that the services record for Frederick Barnard (b 1897, son of James and Mary Ann) gives his address on enlistment on 9 July 1916 as Vine Cottage, Badsey. As he was only 19 at the time, it may be safe to assume that James and Mary Ann lived there too at that date.

Going back to the 1901 census, this Barnard family is just shown in 'Badsey Village' but their entry lies between Pool House and Vine Lodge (sic). Vine Lodge is occupied by two separate market gardeners' families, Charles Knight and his mother and a lodger and Edward Clevely and his wife and two infant children.

Could Vine Lodge have been renamed later as Vine Cottage and Rose Cottage, I wonder? This would be consistent with the idea that once it may have been a single dwelling moved from Evesham. If this is the case, the renaming must have taken place between 1901 and 1916.

Don Barnard, (born Badsey, son of Ted) Leamington Spa

Barry Cull - 3rd July 2008 - 0:00

I was very interested in reading your page about the Cull family. Do you know if any of the Cull sons moved to South Africa in the late 1800s? There is a strong family resemblance and we also have the names of Edward and Charles featuring in our family. I have not done any research but believe my grand father was a sweet maker who moved from England to the East London area of South Africa.

Hoping to hear from you. Regards,

Barry Cull, Durban, South Africa

Pete Moore - 24th June 2008 - 0:00

Pete attended Badsey School and sent this email to Maureen Spinks about her book Heads and Tales: a History of Badsey Schools.

I picked up the book last night after coming home from work, and I can honestly say I couldn't put it down! It was so interesting to read about John Sheppard, Elizabeth Seward (and all the other Sewards), The Reverend Thomas Hunt, and The National Society. It especially gripped me because I am familiar with almost all of the referenced locations without previously having any idea about the history. I find it so amazing how quickly things moved on when I read about the Forster's Act only becoming law in 1870, and to think I was at Badsey school in 1982, only 112 years later. Amazing to think it is only in very recent history that the mass population has been educated.

Anyway, I wanted to drop you a line to say it has been an undeniable pleasure reading your book, and so wonderful that you put so much effort into researching all the history, to make it easy for people like myself to delve into it my own local history so easily. I had no idea why Seward Road or Seward house was named so, and I had no idea about the roots of the school that I attended as a child. I'm looking forward to continuing my education this evening after work! It really is in a very readable format, and it helps to explain the current situation so well. It explains a lot of things that I almost feel ashamed for not knowing before.

My grandmother (Doreen Moore, nee Ballard) had an ancestral line tracing back to the brother of the last Abbott of Evesham. We have a copy of this family tree back to around 1500. Amazingly, like you mention in your book, it seems the whole family stayed in the same area for hundreds of years (back in 1500 they were still in Evesham, although I don't know at what point the family had settlers in Badsey). I will hunt down the family tree again, and as I read the book, I can see which members of my family were around at the time!

So many thanks again, and good luck with any future publications!

Pete Moore, Düsseldorf, Germany

Sue and Tony Lock - 1st June 2008 - 0:00

We visited many of your gardens this afternoon and we just want to thank you all so much for such an enjoyable afternoon. We were made very welcome and the tea and cakes were lovely. You have a lovely village and some beautiful gardens.

See you next year - so we can visit the gardens we missed today.

Sue and Tony Lock, Birmingham

Badsey held its first open gardens weekend on 14 & 15 June 2008. More than 20 gardens were open. Both days had fine weather, and despite several competing local events, attendances were good. The event was organised by Liz Cudd in aid of St James Church.

Mrs Susan Howell - 15th May 2008 - 0:00

I have just been reading your web site and found it very interesting .You have an Albert Haines on it who I think may be a relative of mine .The Albert I am looking for was born in Gloucestershire in about 1891. He became I am told a market gardener and had a son Charles and two daughters .

I know they lived for a time at Penarth near Cardiff in Wales but may have moved .What may be just a coincidence is that on the page of 1933 children's letters there is one from a Charles Haines and his address is 'Penarth' Blackminster, Evesham; and he mentions South Wales. I maybe completely off track here but I wonder if there is anyone who I could get in touch with that may remember the family?

Kind Regards
Mrs Susan Howell

Sue, It is a strange coincidence that I have been writing up notes this week for Albert George Haines and his wife Florence Elizabeth for an updated book on the Monumental Inscriptions of Badsey. George & his wife are buried in the churchyard in Section C, No.35.

According to the census returns Albert was born in 1892 in Aldington, the son of William & Harriett. William died in 1898, aged 39, and buried in an unmarked grave in Badsey churchyard. He married Harriett Hopkins in 1898 [Evesham District]. Harriett is in the 1901 census for Aldington with three of her children. Norris, Florence & Edith. Albert is staying with relatives at Salford Priors during the 1901 census. They were Frederick Aldington & Mary Ann (nee Hopkins) who were married in 1874 [Alcester District]. Albert married Florence Elizabeth Williams in 1918 [Newent District]. As you can see from her obituary in the Parish Magazine she was nicknamed “Welshie”. Their son Charles William, the writer of the school letter, was born in 1920 [Cardiff District]. There are other children, both male and female registered in Cardiff where the mother’s maiden name is Williams. Some of these may be the other children of Albert & Florence. Albert’s brother Norris married Florence Harris in Badsey church in 1910. I trust these are the relatives you are seeking.

In September 2012 we were contacted by Claire Sparks (nee Haines) who wrote:

I am trying to do a family tree and stumbled onto your site (which is fabulous by the way and provided me with quite a lot to work from). I found Sue's query from 2008 but have been unable to contact her as her email address no longer works. If these details are all correct I am the grand-daughter of the late Charles W Haines so I would really like to get in touch with the former writer. He married Miss Iris Annie Smith in 1941 St Andrews Church Hampton and they only had one son (the late Derek Charles Haines) – my dad. We moved to Cape Town, South Africa just after I was born. Any additional information and site references would be greatly appreciated.

Albert George Haines (1890-1957) was born at Hartpury, Gloucestershire, the second of three children of William and Annie Haines. He does not appear to be related to the other Haines families living in Badsey. Albert was still at home in Hartpury in 1911, working as a general labourer. Albert became a market gardener and started gardening in a large nursery in South Wales. He married Florence Elizabeth Williams in the Newent district in 1918. They had one son and two daughters, all born in the Cardiff district of South Wales: Charles William (1919-2005), Kathleen Maud (1921) and Muriel Florence (1922). They moved from Penarth to Blackminster in September 1932 and called their new home Penarth. The three children attended Badsey Council School. In Worcestershire, Albert had 7½ acres of land (according to the letter written in 1933 by his son). Albert died in 1957 and Florence in 1965. Florence was living at 42 Synehurst at the time of her death. Florence was known as Mrs “Welshie” Haines, to distinguish her from the other Haines family living in Badsey.

Charles William Haines (1919-2005) wrote one of the market gardening letters in April 1933 which was read on a BBC radio programme. Charles was a postman and lived in Hampton for a long time. He married Iris Annie Smith in 1941 at St Andrew’s Church, Hampton. They had one son, Derek Charles (1942). With another chap called Charlie Mills, Charles did a bit of entertaining on a Saturday night, “The Two Charlies”. Charles died in the Evesham district in June 2005.

You will note that Albert’s parentage differs from Peter’s suggestion of 2008. Since 2008, the 1911 census has come to light, which I believe places your Albert as living in Hartpury (which is in the Newent district of Gloucestershire where he subsequently married in 1918). This ties in with Sue Howell saying that her ancestor was born in Gloucestershire. The confusion was caused, I believe, because there was a William Albert Haines born at Aldington in the parish of Badsey in 1892. It would seem that both you and Sue share a common ancestor in your great-grandfather, Albert Haines, but unfortunately we have no details of her contact address.

Dick Knight - 26th April 2008 - 0:00

I saw your appeal for the names of head boys at Badsey School. I went through school a year ahead and was privileged to do the job for two years. So you can add these missing names:
1934-35 Kenneth Knight (Ken)
1936-37 and 1937-38 Richard Knight (Dick)

Besides the tasks mentioned on your webpage, there were other jobs I recall.

  • Monday morning: visiting each teacher for them to request various items e.g. chalk, exercise books, pencils etc. which were collected from the stock cupboard and delivered to the teacher.
  • Selling national saving stamps and then visiting the post office to buy new "stock".
  • Locking the school every evening and taking the keys to the head's house.
  • Collecting all the ink wells from the desks and filling them with home made ink (from a packet)
  • On Wednesdays the school opened in the evening for the changing of public library books when it was my job to prepare the room.

Happy days! Incidentally, a letter I wrote describing the life of a market gardener is also on your website.

Regards, Dick Knight, Lymington, Hampshire