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Maureen Spinks - 21st December 2019 - 23:18

In reply to by David Norman

Thank you for your email and many apologies for the delay in replying but I have been busy updating and article about the Knight family which I have added to the Top Ten Names section - The family tree which you refer to was produced some 17 years ago for a display at the school fete. I’m afraid it no longer exists in print format (from memory it was about 22 sheets of A4 stuck together) as it was getting extremely tatty and, more importantly, corrections and new information needed to be added. I hope that this article on the Knights will help you understand the various family relationships.

Christine Dalton - 12th November 2019 - 15:42

A very well laid out website and also interesting. I happened on it when searching about my family history (Broadway/Willersey area) and I can see that a lot of thought and effort has gone into it. I will browse it again in future. Regards, Chris Dalton (nee Andrews)

Adam - 27th October 2019 - 20:44

I just bought Victoria Cottage in Station Road and was surprised by it’s history. Thank you for sharing the information about it on this website.

Thank you for your kind comments - we are glad that you have found the website useful. In 2022 the 1921 census will be available for public viewing, so we shall have a team of volunteers in action doing the transcribing, the results of which will be put on the website. You will thus be able to see who lived at Victoria Cottage then. At the same time, we plan to do a further comprehensive photo survey of the village in 2022.

paul mason mason - 15th October 2019 - 19:14

Good Evening! Firstly I would like to say what a fantastic website! IT has helped me trace my family back to my 8th Great Grandfather Robert Mason who was Church Warden at Wickhamford in 1699! His Direct family line are the Mason family of Birlingham Pershore! The Mason family were staunch Royalists and were granted a coat of Arms by King Charles for their exploits in the Battle of Worcester! After the defeat to Cromwell some the family fled to America and eventually one of the Family George Mason of Gunstan Hall Virginia wrote Americas "BILL OF RIGHTS" He was great friends with George Washington ! This is where I am convinced the Washington family have links to Wickhamford! I hope this proves of interest! A lot of research into my family has been done by Roger Whitworth a local Historian and Genealogist. Kind regards Paul Mason

Hi Paul
It's great you have sent the information on the Mason family and the connection between George Mason and George Washington.
It's almost certain that our forbear Robert Mason who came to Wickhamford some time before 1700 would have known Penelope Washington who resided at Wickhamford Manor and was a distant relative of George Washington.
Keep up the research.

Hi Val as you are aware my search of our families past is a daily ongoing task for me! You are also aware that I use my DNA results to link our family to places and people! So today I have matched a DNA link to the name of SANDYS and the location of Worcestershire and I have a match to a Margaret Sandys Born 1588 Worcestershire!
This is really cementing my research! I just need to uncover the documented sources! I will keep you and the fantastic Badsey website updated as and when!

Hi, not sure if you are based in Worcestershire but if you are, we live in Badsey and are in possession of an original large framed photo of George Mason on his horse. This photo was the property of Celia Barnard (his fiancé) and inherited by Celia’s younger sister. This is now owned by Celia’s nephew. Unfortunately it is too fragile to be sent as a parcel. Kind regards Marion

Hello Marion
Thank you for letting us know about the photo of George Mason on horseback. Am I correct in thinking that it is the same one as is featured in the article “The Mason brothers of Elm Farm – pictorial study” (…) and also on page 89 of Peace, War & Remembrance: The Great War in Badsey, Aldington & Wickhamford?
I assume you are the daughter-in-law of Cecilia’s sister, Evelyn. The Badsey Society is most definitely based in Worcestershire, in Badsey itself. I was not sure from your comment whether you are offering to donate the framed photo to The Badsey Society archive. If that is your intention, then yes, we would love to receive it. Details and a copy of the item will be placed in our online catalogue ( and the photo will be stored in our Archive at Badsey Remembrance Hall and used from time to time in exhibitions. Please email me directly at to confirm your intentions.
Kind regards.
Maureen Spinks, Chairman, The Badsey Society

Hi Maureen just for your info I have spoken to Marion this evening and I have arranged to pick up the photo with a view to it going on display in the Worcester Regimental Museum ! I will be contacting the curator tommorow! This I feel should be its home and where it will be of most interest to serving and veterans of the Regiment! Kind Regards Paul Mason

Hi Maureen I am just in the throws of collating all the info on George from the fantastic Badsey website!! I will take this info along with me to the Museum! Yes you are correct that it is now the Mercians which is a result of the disbandment of the Prince of Wales Division ( to my disgust) I served with the Staffordshire Regiment also POW division! I aim to ensure that the photo along with his story takes a place of prominence within their displays! However if I felt that it was going to be tucked away out of sight and mind then the photo will stay in the MASON family and passed down through history! I having served 12 years also as a infantry soldier feel that George would agree my course of action! Once again a very big thank you to all of you who have spent endless hours uncovering the past of Badsey/Wickhamford! I don't think there is a local historical/ factual website to match it!! Kind regards PM

Clinton Slayton - 9th October 2019 - 23:02

Years ago, I encouraged Michael B. Sladden, descendant of the Badsey bunch, I presume, to contribute a yDNA sample to our surname study of Sladen and Sladden. (He was in New York when first contacted.) The good news is that he did it, the bad news is that he sampled with a British service that has since shut down. He has since moved to London. I never received a printout of his results, this result is the only Sladden male tested that we are aware of. He was under the impression that I would besable to get access to his results online, but since the firm closed and he moved, I have never been able to do so.
I do not seek direct contact information. I do not wish to invade anyone's privacy, and I do not participate in FaceBook or Twitter, where his daughter Chloe was once a company officer. I simply would like for my e-mail info to be forwarded to Mr. Sladden (or his daughter Chloe or son Mark, so that they can contact him regarding this matter.)
He was interested enough to pay for the sampling, so I assume he would like to know how he compares with the other 50 men in the study. Thanks for any attention you might be give to this matter.
Clinton Slayton
admin Slaton Slatton Slayden Family & DNA Project

Admin - 10th October 2019 - 8:15

In reply to by Clinton Slayton

Thank you for your email.  I don't have Michael's email or that of his children, but I am in contact with his sister, Patsy, so I have forwarded to her.

Clinton Slayton - 10th October 2019 - 18:35

In reply to by Admin

Thanks so much! This was a long-shot, and my e-addresses for Michael and Patsy are 12 years old!

Sue Daniels - 13th September 2019 - 16:01

Just reading a book which mentions The Holly Bush as being a pub - is there any more information available please.

Admin - 27th September 2019 - 17:24

In reply to by Sue Daniels

I am not aware of anywhere in Badsey, Aldington or Wickhamford ever having been called "The Holly Bush".  Which book is this mentioned in, please?

Sue Payne - 9th September 2019 - 18:18

Doris was my grandmother and it was such a thrill to find her photo on this site. I believe her mother, Emily Jane was a Heritage, maybe Hannah Heritage is my great great grandmother?

Valerie Harman - 13th September 2019 - 21:52

In reply to by Sue Payne

I am pleased that you have found the Badsey Society website and the lovely photo of your grandmother Doris May Hardiman. There is also a photo of your great grandparents, George Higgins Hardiman and Emily Jane Hardiman nee Heritage. Emily Jane was born in Evesham in 1888 and her parents (your great great grandparents) were Henry and Mary Heritage and on the 1891 census the family were living in the Bengeworth area of Evesham and Emily had two brothers Ernest aged one and Frederick aged one month.
Doris' father George Higgins Hardiman worked as a gardener for George Lees-Milne of Wickhamford Manor and the family lived in a cottage in Wickhamford Lane that belonged to Lees-Milne. In 1924 the George and Emily had moved and were living at 6 Council Cottages (now 15 Pitchers Hill), Wickhamford.
There is quite a lot of information about the Hardiman family on the website and I hope you can navigate your way around the site and find more information about your family.
We are always looking for photos relating to Wickhamford and I wonder if you have any photos relating to the time that your grandmother and great grandparents were living in the village. Your help would be much appreciated.
Valerie Harman

George Higgins Hardiman & his wife Emily Jane are buried in Bengeworth Cemetery where there is a headstone. He died on September 6, 1952 and she on August 8, 1964.

Christopher John Harris - 15th August 2019 - 13:18

I have used this site on and off for several years, and have received excellent help by Maureen Spinks. I have been looking again today and have found so much that I have missed in the past. My advice is to keep checking the site and uncover its depths and links. This must be one of the best local history sites in Britain for such a small area. Thank you again.

Sue Daniels - 20th July 2019 - 11:35

Hope you can help I am doing my Uncle Walters family tree - I believe his brother had two daughters Margaret (Peggy) and Avis but I am unable to find Avis on any records - have I got the name wrong or was this her middle name - I believe their Grandparents were Alfred and Rose. Hope you can enlighten me.

Sue Daniels

Admin - 20th July 2019 - 12:30

In reply to by Sue Daniels

You have provided very few details as to the person you are enquiring about.  You mention wanting to find out about the family of the brother of your Uncle Walter.  Assuming Uncle Walter is Walter Bell (1899-1971), then his only brother, Alfred Bell, had three children, Katie, Martin and Charles.   Alfred and Walter were the children of Alfred and Rose (née Boswell) Bell.

I can confirm that there IS someone by the name of Avis but, because of data protection, baptism and school records for people who may still be living have not been uploaded to the website.  You can, however, see her sister and parents and sister’s records on the 1939 register on the Badsey website.  If you look on Ancestry, you will see that there are at least two mentions of “Avis H Bell”.

Sue Daniels - 21st July 2019 - 11:28

In reply to by Admin

Have now pieced together Walter Bell 1899-1977 family tree. Going on a sister site found another branch of the Bell family tree and have now pieced it all together.

Admin - 21st July 2019 - 12:03

In reply to by Sue Daniels

Excellent!  There are plentiful resources around these days on the web - it's just a case of piecing together all the various pieces of the jigsaw.

Barbara Kienzle - 10th July 2019 - 23:58

Hello from Ohio
I want to express my gratitude to the people of Badsey for this wonderful website.
Thanks to you I was able to locate that my great-grandfather, Fred (Frederick William) Wright, who emigrated from Badsey in 1883 at the age of 12 -- and to identify his mother, Emma Smith.
Prior to this discovery, my Wright cousins, who were working on our family tree, were unable to find the correct Smith family. (It doesn't help to have such common surnames to research.) Their work on genealogical websites had left them stumped. I simply Googled "Badsey" one day, and Voila, there was the link we were looking for.
From reading your history, I'm guessing that the Smiths, Joseph & Sarah, came down to Badsey from Warwickshire because of the opportunities offered by Market Garden ownership. (?) (I picture them as characters from a Flora Thompson story.) How their daughter, Emma, met Adolphus Wright, who grew up Bermondsey, remains a mystery to me, as does their choice of destination when they moved to the US. I am assuming that it was the sale of their 9 acres which financed their family's passage to Auburn, Ohio.
I never met Fred Wright. My grandfather, John Frederick Wright, was the second of his 2 sons. "Grandpa John" was, not surprisingly, a farmer: a man who could build a barn without blueprints, grow absolutely anything, and spend hours reminiscing about the teams of shire horses he once drove across the fields of northern Ohio. (His favorite reading material was The Angus Journal.) He got his family of 6 children through the Great Depression well fed, -- and they all went to university.
My mother, Jayne Wright Kienzle, never forgot her childhood on the farm & was an avid gardener. My sister & I also have "green fingers." I believe the dirt under our fingernails had its had its origins in the market gardens of Badsey.
I am hoping to visit Badsey in the autumn and look forward to meeting your residents, seeing the town, and shopping at the Spar shop, aka my ancestral home.

Lovely to hear from you and thank you very much for your kind comments.  I have put up an article about the Wright family on the website in the People section.  This should help you when you come to Badsey in the autumn.  Did you know that The Wheatsheaf, which your 3x-great-grandmother, Fanny Wright, owned in the 19th century, has rooms?  So you would be able to stay in the very house where your family lived!  Do you have any photos of Adolphus and Emma Wright and their children?  If so, I would be happy to add to the article.

Regards, Maureen Spinks


Barbara, how lovely to find your note! I am a 2nd cousin by way of Frederick William! I was actually researching your branch of the family and looking for more details regarding your mom. :-) I try to build my tree down, as well as up, in order to facilitate placing cousins when they pop up!

So now you know, you have a 2nd cousins, 1x removed in North Carolina! All the best!

So nice to receive your note, Angela!
I would love to know more about how we are related via Frederick William Wright.

My mother, Jayne (née Dorothy Jane) Wright Kienzle (1919-1997) was the daughter of John Frederick Wright (1894-1982), the 3rd of his 6 children. Fred was her grandfather.
As you’ve no doubt seen on the Badsey website, John was the older of 2 sons born to Fred & his first wife, Grace Eggleston Wright. I understand his 2nd wife was named Hattie, but I don’t know more than that.

I have quite a bit of information re:my branch of the family that I would be happy to share. And, I’m thrilled to know of a 2nd cousin I didn’t know I had!

I have 12 living first cousins, & I have been pulling together some family history for them, based on research done by one cousin’s wife & another’s son. I am just beginning my own research really.
I went to Badsey & drove around bits of Warwickshire last Sept. to see where my ancestors came from. I had learned quite a bit from the website, but after I got in touch with Maureen from The Badsey Society & asked, “Why Auburn, Ohio?” the information increased significantly. I am so grateful for the work they have done!!!

It really is exciting to hear from you, & I would love to exchange information — & to know more about my cousins in NC.

I live in Ohio, but my family is scattered all over the US. In fact, I have one first cousin-once-removed who lives in Charlotte.

Thank you for your post!

Barbara, Fred was my great great grandfather. His son, Harold Emory, was my great-grandfather. I won't go in to all the details (and haven't honestly pieced them all together), but my grandmother was one of his daughters from a first marriage. In fact, apparently the 'other' family had been told she was actually a mistress, but let's face it, divorce in the early 20th century would have been a HUGE scandal. At this time all I have is that both girls used the name Wright, identified him as their father (which DNA confirms), and he was definitely living with my great-grandmother in her parents' home in 1920 and was identified as her husband. Isn't family history grand! LOL

It's one of many mysteries I've been working on, and one reason I was thrilled to locate you, as I'd love to know of any 'stories' that may have been told.

I'd love to connect directly, but don't really want to publicly post my email. Perhaps you could find me either on Facebook (I live in Pittsboro, NC and go by my full name - Angela Darrow Flynn. Or if you don't do Facebook, you can contact me via work - I'm the Director of Liturgy and Music at

Delighted with family connections!

Hello again
You are Uncle Em’s great-granddaughter!
What a nice surprise! He was such a gentleman. Everyone in the family really liked him & loved seeing him.

I will share a little more later.
I am not on FB, & so I sent an email to your church/work address: (Subject: Message for Angela Flynn from Barbara Kienzle)
I hope that was right.

Looking fwd to hearing from you!

Gunnel Minett - 3rd May 2019 - 13:47

I am trying to find Huguenot ancestors who lived in Worcestershire sometime before and around 1750 with the name Minett (or similar spelling). Our ancestor Thomas Minett moved to Oswestry where he got married in 1782. He was a malster and innkeeper (Sun Inn in Oswestry). I have found several Minetts in the Evesham area that are likely relatives and would welcome any information I can get to find the right ancestors. with thanks in advance

If you look at the People Index on our website, you will see that there were five people with the name of MINET living in Badsey from at least 1778-1800.  Where they came from and where they went to after James Minet’s death in 1800 (or this family line may simply have died out) is not known.  I see from Ancestry that there was a James Minet, son of Thomas and Mary Minet, baptised in 1734 in London, and a James Minet, son of Jonathan Minet, baptised in 1734 in Stratford-on-Avon.  James’ age at time of death was given as 67, so those two people are possible lines of enquiry.