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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.

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

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


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.


If you click on Churchyard Inscriptions, then Church Survey Books by Peter Stewart, then Bengeworth, Evesham. In that book you will a number of Minett burials in both the old Parish Church of Bengeworth, and a number of Minett burials in the index to burials in Bengeworth Cemetery, Evesham, which I have added to the rear of the book. As for the rest of Evesham, there is only one Minett burial in All Saints Churchyard, and that was James Minett who buried there in 1850. There is also a single burial in Waterside Cemetery, Evesham, a William Minett who was buried there in 1982.

John Bennett - 15th April 2019 - 16:38

Just been trying to trace a family connection with the Phillips Family and Evesham and your site proved extremely helpful leading me to the Riverside Hotel which was Haven Court in 1939

Josephine Lawrence - 3rd March 2019 - 4:55

This was such a delight to read about the Land Girls at Wickhamford Manor...and to see a picture of my my mum Irene Joan Galloways album was such a surprise:)

Valerie Harman - 7th March 2019 - 15:38

In reply to by Josephine Lawrence

I am so pleased that you have discovered the Badsey Society website and enjoyed the article on the Land Army Girls, including your mother, who were billeted in Wickhamford Manor in WW2.
It was an absolute pleasure for Tom and I to visit Joan Broscomb (nee Galloway) and see her wonderful collection of photos and for her to allow us include them on the website.
I wonder if by any chance you might have any photos or memorabilia relating to your mother's time at Wickhamford. If so we would love to see them and include them in the website.
Your help would be much appreciated.
Valerie Harman

Jo Lawrence - 16th March 2019 - 3:49

In reply to by Valerie Harman

I am fairly sure I have a few photos from my mum's will I get them to you?

Jo Lawrence - 16th March 2019 - 4:32

In reply to by Valerie Harman

I am fairly sure I have a few photos from my mum's will I get them to you?

Tom Locke - 18th March 2019 - 9:44

In reply to by Jo Lawrence

Hello Jo,
If you contact me via the Badsey Society email address ,then we can arrange how to make contact to look at your photos and get copies to us to put on the web-site.

Tom Locke

Mary Fielding - 25th January 2019 - 12:38

Further to my recent query, I have downloaded a copy of Anthony Jarrett's Will (1635) from the National Archives and he did indeed have property in Chipping Campden and Broad Campden as well as Evesham and Bengeworth. His children were Augustine and William, Elizabeth and Rebecca and he had grandchildren. Augustine and William Marten - Rebecca's children. If you are able to add anything else I would be grateful, particularly if you have any information about Anthony Jarrett's brother Augustine.

Mary Fielding - 23rd January 2019 - 12:40

As part of Chipping Campden History Society's Campden House project, I am researching the life of Sir Baptist Hicks (1551-1629) and there were a number of law suits between him and members of the Jarrett family about his acquisition of the Manor of Campden. I am wondering if there is any link between the Badsey/Aldington Jarretts and the Campden Jarretts? My Jarretts were Augustine, Anthony and Richard and their father was possibly Christopher. I don't have much information about them - Augustine was a malster and Anthony and Richard were dyers, but also landholders. Anthony is sometimes described as 'gentleman'. I have no dates of birth, marriage or death, although there is a will for Richard, probate granted 7th Feb 1633; his children were Clemens (d), Judith, Mary, Perkins, Margaret, Augustine, Richard and Elizabeth. Augustine is not a very common name, and neither is Jarrett, so I just thought there might be some connection. Can you help?

Thank you for your email. I am not aware of a connection between the Badsey Jarretts and Chipping Campden Jarretts, but that is not to say that there is not. Augustine Jarrett (1647-1685), whose memorial (along with his parents) is in Badsey Church, was the youngest son of William Jarrett (c1608-1681) and Jane Watson. If you go to the index of people,, on the Badsey Society website, you will see all the mentions of Jarretts. Summarised details of Augustine's will,, which will give you some idea of family relationships. I hope this helps.

Barbara Smith - 14th January 2019 - 13:28

I have only recently found this ancestor and have been very interested to see his home and advertisement. He was the step-son of John Poole. His mother was Joyce Poole nee Jelfs. Now about to search for a photo of The Royal Oak, Badsey where John Poole was innkeeper and where Alfred George Kerr grew up.

Sue Daniels - 26th November 2018 - 11:12

They were Emanuel, Muriel and Will Butcher

Tom Locke - 26th November 2018 - 13:30

In reply to by Sue Daniels

Thank you for making contact, Sue. We would be delighted to receive some photographs of the Butcher family, so that I can add them to the WW1 section 'Wickhamford Goes to War'. As Muriel was the only Wickhamford woman who I found who had served, it would be especially nice to have a picture of her.

Sue Daniels - 26th November 2018 - 10:22

What a great book - both Dad and I enjoyed it - Dad recognised most of the names. Didn't realise you were mentioning my Great Grandad, Auntie and Uncle as we could have provided pictures.

Maureen Spinks - 18th November 2018 - 21:30

In reply to by Russell Lynn Drysdale

Glad you enjoyed the articles about the Drysdales. Are you descended from the family?

Roger S. Grove - 18th November 2018 - 10:04

What an amazing website - My grandfather was Samuel Grove who lived at ' Summerfields' - That was all I knew. To find a picture of the house and details of the address is remarkable. Are there any folk named Grove still living in Badsey?

John Haines - 11th November 2018 - 21:22


We just wanted to say well done, for firstly writing the book and for a very interesting evening.

From a personal point of view I met Terry Sparrow again after 38 years - Terry was secretary for a very strong Badsey Rangers team that I played in as a 15/16 year old ! He was brilliant in everything he did then and nothing has changed.

Brian Smith’s contribution was particularly poignant for me, as my Grandfather Norris also talked very little about his time in WW1 - preferring to forget the horrors that he witnessed.

I remember visiting him in hospital just before he passed and I will never forget those final moments.

Grandad thought he was in a field hospital on the front, all he kept saying was how wonderful the nurses and doctors were looking after “our poor boys”

Sixty years after the conflict at the age of 86 and having rarely spoken of WW1, he sadly ended his days with it firmly in his mind and unwittingly recalling it.

Great work Maureen

John,Claire and Ellyn Haines

Have a great day at Westminster

Felicity Kilpatrick - 8th November 2018 - 5:10

What a fantastic and inspiring website! I have visited hundreds of websites while researching former pupils of Christ College (the school attended by three of the Sladden brothers) but I can't think of one that shows such meticulous detail, while also making local history so accessible and digital resources so easily available. The site and its attendant research is an extraordinary achievement. Congratulations to all concerned.

Sue Fellows - 2nd November 2018 - 22:25

My family lived in Wickhamford in 1901 in the place that now has Whytebury and Oakenshaw cottages. They were the Farman family who moved to the Fleece Yard in Bridge Street, Evesham until the cottages were pulled down late twenties. They then moved to Laburnham Cottage in Orchard Walk, Evesham. In 1999 when my last relative there passed away I had to clear the cottage and found many amazing old items etc. Amongst them was a pencil and charcoal drawing of a cottage, dated 24th December 1908 signed by T or J Freeman. Years later, through your amazing site, I found exactly the same cottage amongst your photos! It was only then that I realised the significance of the drawing! I had it framed and it has hung in my house ever since. My question is, who was the artist? There's no one left to ask, but I'm so glad I kept the drawing at the time.

Thank you for your comments, Sue. I came across the photograph quite by accident when following up another line of research, but realised where the cottages were as Corner Cottage is in the background. I would like to add your drawing to the website if possible. If that is all right with you perhaps you could let me know and we can arrange matters.

Sue Daniels - 21st October 2018 - 11:15

Could you please tell me where the Roll of Honour is now situated it was at Badsey School and then at the British Legion. Thank you6

Maureen Spinks - 21st October 2018 - 22:24

In reply to by Sue Daniels

There is one war memorial in St James' Church, Badsey - see…. There is also a war memorial for former Badsey Council School boys who died which is still in the school hall at Badsey First School - see…. I am not aware of there having been a war memorial in the British Legion - I think the school memorial has always been held at the school.