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Thank you, I didn’t know that, that’s really interesting to know. I’m trying to find out all I can about him and that is an unexpected bit of information, she’s a funny, brilliant actress. Thank you again.

Andrew Bird - 20th April 2020 - 20:03

Thank you for your prompt reply. How old did you have to be to vote back then. Also, as you are aware, Claybrook Villas is 77 Bretforton Rd. Many thanks

Admin - 20th April 2020 - 21:32

In reply to by Andrew Bird

Men aged 21 were able to vote.  If you look at the beginning of the section of each Electoral Register, it tells you who was able to vote at that particular time.

Andrew Bird - 20th April 2020 - 18:23

My grandad was John Henry Bird and i have found quite a lot on this excellent website. Except, after living at 29 Old Post Office Lane as a child, listed as as Harry, aged 6, he does not appear on the electoral roll of 1924 at 77 Bretforton Road. Only his brothers, Walter and Cyril and sister Ada listed. I thought he might have done (not married until 1928) Does anyone know where he lived?

Admin - 20th April 2020 - 18:42

In reply to by Andrew Bird

Glad to hear that you have found the website useful.  John Henry Bird was not old enough to vote in 1924 as he was aged only 20.  Only his parents are listed on the 1924 Electoral Register.  They were then living at 4 Claybrook Villas; it is most likely that John Henry was still living at home.  His siblings, Ada and Walter, are listed on the 1939 Electoral Register.

Peter Stewart - 21st April 2020 - 15:40

In reply to by Andrew Bird

During the1939 census John and his wife Alice were living at 94A Evesham Road, Stratford on Avon. This is where he died. He was working as a journalist for a newspaper at the time. I have researched this Bird family history back to the 1700s.

Thank you for this Mr Stewart. I knew his Stratford address but not when he moved (probably 1928 when he married) He died in Stratford hospital in March 1981. While researching the family history I have got as far as his siblings and parents, John and Albena. Is there an easier way of going back to the 1700's than just clicking on every 'Bird' ? Or did you use another website such as Finally, do you have a connection which prompted your research?

I started all the family trees I put together long before and others. In the old days I had access to the registers held by the local Vicars. Then of course I made many visits to the records offices, and obtained birth, marriage and death certificates. The Mormon IGI index then became available which provided much valuable information. Much easier now with so much information online including the huge amount available on our award winning Badsey web site. I am not related to any of the Bird family but one was my wife's god-mother which prompted me to put a tree together as a present. Havng now completed five family trees over the past few months, this correspondence has prompted me to update the Bird tree over the next week or so as I have much more information to add. I will get back to you.

Thank you very much. Is there a charge if I would like a copy? Do you need any more info from me? Also, who is/was your wife's Godmother and finally do you offer a service such as a family tree for my partner? Many thanks for your assistance.
Kind regards
Andy Bird

There will be no charge for the Bird family tree. If you look under Churchyard inscriptions you will find my email address. I think it best for us to continue this discussion via emails.

Alexandra Withnall - 17th April 2020 - 14:30

George and Julia Moisey were my grandparents. My mother, Margaret (1915 - 2012) their youngest child, often spoke about Theodore Hall and how he left Bredon View to her parents. However, after her mother’s death, the house wasn’t sold immediately but was left to her widowed elder sister, Maud James, who lived there for at least another 20 years. I remember visiting her there in 1962. My mother’s brother, William Moisey and his family also lived in one of the houses in Sands Lane.

sally Ingrem maiden name Johns. - 7th April 2020 - 16:56

Hello first of all what a wonderful site this is , so easy to use.
I have just found out that one of my gran fathers came from Badsey. Surname [ Johns born around 1855.]
are there any Johns still in this area, and how many church's are there. as it will not say at the moment any other info apart from the place of birth.
thank you for any one that might be able to help .

Hello Sally

Thank you for your kind comments.  There is just one church in Badsey, the Church of St James.  In the past there was also a chapel in Aldington and a Quaker Meeting House in Chapel Street, Badsey.

You don’t give the names of your great-great-grandfather, great-grandfather and grandfather.  Which is the Johns you refer to who was born about 1855?  If you can provide us with this information, we may be able to help you further.

Newman - 15th February 2020 - 21:16

My Grandparents owned Woodlands for most of the 20th Century. Very sad it wasn’t saved.

Valerie Harman - 17th February 2020 - 8:06

In reply to by Newman

I am helping to research the village of Wickhamford for the Badsey Society and was interested in your comment that your grandparents owned Woodlands for most of the 20th century.
I remember the Newman family living at Woodlands. Mr and Mrs Newman ran a clothing shop in Evesham next to the Methodist Church. They had two sons who attended Prince Henrys Grammar School as I did. I can't remember their names. I think I remember seeing them bike to school as I went by on the school bus from Wickhamford.
Are you one of the sons or are you a grandson of the owners?
We are always looking for memorabilia, photos etc to put on the website and wonder if you might have photos or memories of Woodlands that you would like to share.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Valerie Harman (nee Mason)

Valerie Harman - 17th February 2020 - 8:24

In reply to by Newman

Apologies I didn't read your message properly. I see you are a grandson of Mr and Mrs Newman who lived at Woodlands.
Valerie Harman

Newman - 3rd March 2020 - 23:21

In reply to by Valerie Harman

I found this email in my spam folder!
My name is Laura and I’m in the USA.
My mother is one of the Newmans daughters.
Her brothers were Paul and Terrence. Both have passed away.
We do have some pictures of the house from the time my Grandparents owned it.
I’ll have to look them out for you!

Valerie Harman - 4th March 2020 - 7:19

In reply to by Newman

Hi Laura
Many thanks for getting back to me.
I am shocked to hear that both your uncles, Paul and Terrence have passed away.
I never knew that Mr & Mrs Newman had daughters. Did they go the Prince Henry's Grammar School?
We would love to see the photos of Woodlands and hopefully use one or two of them for the website. I will get Tom Locke, who I am helping with the Wickhamford section of the Badsey website, to make contact with you. He is the person who deals with the photos.

Tom Locke - 4th March 2020 - 10:11

In reply to by Valerie Harman

Hello Laura,

If you have any photos that we could use on the web-site, you can send them to me, together with any background information, at the Society email address -

Tom Locke

Newman - 5th March 2020 - 21:49

In reply to by Valerie Harman

Hi Valerie,

I’ve asked my Mom and she said that they all went to Prince Henry’s Grammar School.

My Uncle Paul’s death was sudden. A tear in the heart. My Uncle Terry had COPD.

I’ve been sent the email address to send pictures of Woodlands. I’ll have to look some out at my Moms house as well.


Valerie Harman - 5th March 2020 - 23:37

In reply to by Newman

Hi Laura
We look forward to seeing the photos of Woodlands.
I spoke to Robert Hale yesterday. His father had the nursery on the Evesham side of Woodlands. He remembers the Newman family at Woodlands but didn't remember the children. He felt they were nearer to his older brother's age. I am sure your mother will remember the Hale family.
There is a photo on the internet showing lower Bridge Street, Evesham and it shows your grandparents shop. You can just make out the name. It is a Francis Frith photo and I put into my search engine 'Photo Evesham Bridge Street 1955'. Hope you can locate it.

Belinda Templeton - 13th February 2020 - 12:58

Thank you to Bronwen Reeve for all the hard work you have put into researching our family history.

Margaret O’Brien - 12th February 2020 - 11:50

Your site is a treasure trove for my research into the Brown Constable family. Thank you!

I am a descendant of David Constable 1725-1778, younger brother of George Constable, the purchaser of Wallace Craigie, and of Mathilda who married Laurence Brown.

Sue Daniels - 29th January 2020 - 13:47

Was Badsey affected by the Spanish flu. Researching my family tree of the Tovey family?

Admin - 29th January 2020 - 16:24

In reply to by Sue Daniels

Yes, very much so - see pages 147-148 of Peace, War & Remembrance:  The Great War in Badsey, Aldington & Wickhamford.  However, if you look at the Index of People on this website, you will see that there are no Tovey burials.  From what I can gather, there were just two Tovey families living in the village during the WWI period:  Charles & Mary Tovey, and Charles' brother, Richard, and family.  Richard had an adopted son, Alfred Webb, who died aged 12 in June 1920.  Wikipedia gives the pandemic as lasting from January 1918 to December 1920, so Alfred could possibly have died of flu, but you would need to purchase the death certificate in order to find out.

Sue Daniels - 12th February 2020 - 18:06

In reply to by Admin

Thank you for the information she was Ann Tovey who married Charles Jones - they both died in 1914.

Glenn Cox - 11th January 2020 - 18:55

This is another superb piece of research by the Badsey society. The levels of detail and accuracy indicate that considerable effort and great care must have been required. Congratulations and thanks to all concerned. Badsey and the neighbouring villages are very fortunate to have this excellent website containing so much valuable local history (not just this article of course). Badsey seems to be a leader in this field and sets a splendid example to other villages.

Mrs Janette Horton - 10th January 2020 - 23:10

I am researching Muzio Clementi and any links to Dr Johnson and trying to find out if ever they met.
I am interested in the article: “Miss Marjorie Clementi pianist seeks Muzio`s last home” which was published on 15th October 1955. (Badsey Society copy made 2003 of the 1955 document)
In this article it states that :
“At 28 he had taken London Society by storm with his conducting of the Italian opera at Covent Garden; and had stirred Dr Johnson.” Where did this quote come from? I really need to find the original source of this quote. I note that the provenance was an article from the Evesham Journal copied from file at Evesham Library. However where did this actual statement come from? Can anyone help me please?

Valerie Harman - 11th January 2020 - 8:54

In reply to by Mrs Janette Horton

I am a member of the Badsey Society as well as being a member of The Vale of Evesham Historical Society. I suggest you contact Richard Ball of the VEHS at
I am almost certain the society has done some research into Clementi so may be able to help you.
Val Harman

Mrs Janette Horton - 11th January 2020 - 22:15

In reply to by Valerie Harman

Thank you Val. I am most grateful to receive your suggestion and I will follow it up and contact Richard Ball.
Many thanks. Janette Horton of Lichfield Staffordshire.

Admin - 11th January 2020 - 11:27

In reply to by Mrs Janette Horton

If you log on to the British Newspaper Archive website, there are a lot of references to Muzio Clementi.  You might be able to track down from there the origin of the quote.

Sharon Beatty nee Cox - 10th January 2020 - 6:33

Wow I’ve been tracing my family back to Richard Cox and beyond and was amazed to read this thank you

Admin - 10th January 2020 - 11:08

In reply to by Sharon Beatty nee Cox

I'm impressed that you found the article so quickly - we only published it on the web yesterday!  I'm glad that the Cox family has been useful - it was quite a useful exercise in pulling together all the various references to Cox on our website.  If you have any Cox family photos etc that you think might be useful, we would love to see them.

Graham Woodman - 7th January 2020 - 15:02

I'd like to comment on the family of my 3x great grandparents Thomas Sharp & Harriet Knight (of Sharps Row in Badsey), in particular about Harriet's brother's line. He was Robert Knight born c1806 in Badsey and married to Mary Dowsil.

Of Robert & Mary's children I am currently looking for the whereabouts of their son William Knight who was born 1846, but my problem being that another William Knight was born the same year which had presented me with a dilema.

My reason for writing is because I have been looking at two persons named William Knight born at the same place & year and I have made a mistake in following my line which is in fact incorrect. I have made a common error in looking at the many trees on Ancestry and taking information without positive proof. I am usually very careful what to include in my tree and check as much as possible but in this case there are many tree's that were just showing incorrectly. Many people are in danger of adding 2 plus 2 and coming up with 5.

I'd like to thank Maureen Spinks & the Badsey Society for helping me with my Knight connections, especially proving that my William Knight was the son of Robert Knight & Mary Dowsil and the fact that this William was the one who emigrated to Ohio.

Many thanks for your kind comments, Graham.  As Knight was the commonest surname by far in Badsey for three centuries, it is inevitable that many names were duplicated, so it is a case of looking logically through all the baptism, marriage, burial and census records to confirm the correct line of descent.  It is extremely frustrating when we see incorrect family trees published on Ancestry.

A pivotal point regarding your William Knight came when I realised that a significant number of people from Badsey emigrated in the latter half of the 19th century to the small town of Auburn, Ohio, USA.  William Knight seemed to have "disappeared" from the UK census so, as other Badsey folks, including several members of the Knight family, had gone to America, I started looking for him in America - and, bingo, there he was in the 1870 census for Auburn!

Thank you for taking the time to write and hope that you continue to enjoy looking at the Badsey website - new articles are being added all the time.