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Michael David Kent - 7th May 2024 - 15:11

I grew up in 'Mock Morris' (the last house on the left before the Bridge Inn at Offenham on Boat Lane) in the early seventies. As a boy, I was fascinated with the stories of a bridge once crossing the Avon at the bottom the road, and still am. David Ella's excellent work has revealed the importance of the crossing at Offenham, which clearly has an ancient provenance. I remember the dredging that took place in the 70's, when David mentions the bridge footings were revealed. A side scan sonar of the riverbed in that area would show the remains of the footings and the exact location and orientation of the bridge. J. Doharty's 1739 map, posted by David Ella on the Offenham Facebook page, clearly shows a bridge of considerable size. Undoubtably, there will still be a footprint under the Avon, probably running linear from the bottom of Boat Lane to the opposite bank. This would be a fascinating project to pursue from an archaeological perspective.

Jane Piper - 5th April 2024 - 14:16

Miss Lillian Cox was my Headmistress from 1958 until 1963 when she retired to Storrington. I am interested in tracing her background and I am aware that there are families of Cox’s in the Badsey area of Sussex. I found an Alice Lilian Annie Cox but she has been described in the archives as having lived at Pitchers Hill all her life whereas the Lillian I am searching for left to be a Missionary in China and then founded a school in Yorkshire before she retired to Storrington. I am wondering if anyone might know of any connection her name might have to other Cox’s in the Badsey area. I am assuming this would be her reason for retiring back there.

Thank you for your email.  I have had a look to see where Storrington is and see that it is nowhere near Badsey.  Storrington is in West Sussex, whereas Badsey is in Worcestershire (we are the only Badsey in the country).  The Alice Lilian Annie Cox you mention lived all her life in Wickhamford (the neighbouring village to Badsey), so I am afraid the Lillian Cox you are interested in has no connection with this area.

Catherine Foot - 5th April 2024 - 11:42

My Mum taught in the school during this year, and had many fond memories of her short time here. She cycled to work from Evesham , much later to the consternation of the headmaster as she was pregnant, and he worried she'd over balance, Happily she didn't and here I am. My parents moved to North Yorkshire at the end of the academic year. Mum talked about the school bell in a tower and how the smell of a cheese pie made her nauseous. Her name was Mrs Walker.

Linda Cheeseman - 24th March 2024 - 11:48

Arthur and Lily Charlwood were my Grandparents. What a joy to explore your website with all the history and my memories. Thank you
Linda nee Charlwood

Jenni Last - 26th January 2024 - 18:21

In recent years I have been working on my family tree, something my late father started way before the advent of the internet. I have had for many years a photograph of a drawing/etching of a Georgian House once in the family which my father said he was never able to find and he thought that it had probably been demolished.
Subsequent research revealed this not to be the case: the property still exists off Badesey Road and is Prospect House, as it was named in a copy of an advertisement of sale written out by my grandmother in 1918. . Finding photographs of its renovation online me to compare it with the original building.
The property was built by George Day, my grandmother's great-grandfather in the early 1800s and he appears on the Mayoral Boards in Evesham Town Hall in 1803, 1815 1nd 1826.

Assuming that this information is of interest to you I will be happy to give you copies of what information I have about George Day and his life.

Sadly, I am not in a position to buy the property which seems to be advertised for sale currently at well over £1000,000.!!! Far too large for a retired couple and two cats!
I look forward to hearing from you.

Admin - 26th January 2024 - 23:42

In reply to by Jenni Last

Many thanks for your email, Jenni.  I have written to you directly so that you have an email address to which you can send information about George Day.  

Ian Richardson - 26th January 2024 - 13:10

I came across this picture in the BT archives from 1909 and wondered if anyone can identify where this building was (or even is)?…
(Catalogue entry:… )
I can't find any reference to the historic (or current) telephone exchanges in your village, but hopefully this picture sits quite nicely with the directory entries you've collated from the trade directories of the time?

P. Clark - 3rd November 2023 - 22:28

Is it possible that there is any information about evacuees from Birmingham during WW11? Photos etc? My dad was evacuated to Badsey from Birmingham and he had many happy memories of his time there, especially at school. He stayed near a bakers shop. I remember him saying he could smell bread baking in the morning.
Any info appreciated.
P. Clark

Admin - 4th November 2023 - 14:16

In reply to by P. Clark

Thank you for your email.  Our publication, Heads and Tales: A History of Badsey Schools, has quite a large section in Chapter 6 about Badsey Council School during WWII.  

If you send your father’s name, we may be able to give you further information about when he entered the school and when he left and exactly where he stayed.

J - 31st October 2023 - 9:41

My 11th Great grandfather is Sir Thomas Hoby, to get to me, you go all the way through to George Hoby, the boot maker, One of his sons came to NZ in 1860s. So a majority of my family still carry the last name. I’m hoping to visit both the church and monemunt in the near future.

Thank you for your email.  Let us know if you have a date for visiting and, if available, one of us would be happy to meet you and show you around.

Jayne Willerton - 25th September 2023 - 16:59

I have just seen my grandfathers name on your site. You have some incorrect information attached to him. He was actually born in Sidbury, Worcester, and not Ledbury.

Graham Stow - 25th July 2023 - 9:18

Back in the 60s I played keyboards in a rock band called ‘Ebenezer Baylis’ (twas fashionable back then to name bands after historical characters, such as ‘Jethro Tull’). Whilst idly searching on Google today I came across this Curiously, my partner’s son, David Webster is a current Badsey resident and his mother was born in Shelton Mallet, as was your Ebenezer’s mother I think. Just one of life’s coincidences I guess.

Ivor Martin - 21st July 2023 - 10:15

NO comment on the tooth as shown to Shirley in her garden 1.ivor.

Will Dallimore - 29th September 2023 - 8:08

In reply to by Ivor Martin

Sounds like a subject we could have gotten our teeth into Ivor, but we may have bitten off more that we could chew!

Caroline Ferguson - 14th July 2023 - 15:05

I am posting from the Hive in Worcester; as you know there is an ancestry hub here - I found a page on your site after looking up George Augustus Sandys Hill who was married to 2 sisters . These 2 sisters were the daughters of Edward Austen Knight(1768-1822) and Elizabeth Bridges...Edward had a literary sister.

Admin - 16th July 2023 - 20:49

In reply to by Caroline Ferguson

Thank you for your email.  Just to point out that, although Knight was the commonest surname in Badsey for three centuries, Cassandra and Louisa Knight, who each married Lord George Hill, were not connected to the Badsey Knights at all.  They were the daughters of Edward Austen Knight who was the eldest brother of Jane Austen.

Melissa gardiner Buchanan - 12th July 2023 - 12:13

Sir Robert Septimus Gardiner is my great grandfather. His sister Caroline Florence Mourilyan. It is wonderful to hear family mentioned.

Violet Salter - 4th July 2023 - 20:59

My relative, who was blind, ran a grocer's shop in Badsey. Your website is wonderful. It is so comprehensive and I only found it a day or two ago.

Violet Salter - 3rd July 2023 - 19:57

I see that there was a William Clarence Salter living in Badsey. My father's name was Clarence Salter so I think there may be a connection between these two. My grandparents lived in Badsey with their baby son Frederick who was my father's brother. They also lived in Bretfortan and one of the members of the family was a blind man who ran a shop.
Violet Salter

Violet Salter

Thank you for your email.  Your grandfather, Charles Salter, was one of 11 children of John & Leah Salter.  Three of John & Leah’s grandchildren were given the name Clarence:

  • Clarence Edwin Frank, born at Llanfoist, Monmouthshire, in 1913, son of Samuel Salter
  • Clarence Vivian, born at Cardiff in 1914, son of Charles Salter
  • William Clarence, born at Badsey in 1918, son of Ernest Frederick Salter

So there were three cousins all with the name Clarence, all born at a similar time.  Clarence was quite a popular boys’ name at the beginning of the 20th century.


My father was Clarence Vivian. I was not aware of the other two Clarences until now. I knew that some of the family moved to Llanfoist/Abergavenny, Monmouthshire in the early part of last century.

Thank you for the reply.

Violet Salter - 3rd July 2023 - 19:03

Hello, I have just found by chance the Badsey Society. My grandparents Charles and Agnes Salter lived there along with their baby son Frederick, my uncle. I will be looking more closely. I have done my family history and know there were other Salters living there. My Uncle Reginald was also born in Badsey who was the second son of Charles and Agnes. They were market gardeners.

John Collett - 21st March 2023 - 11:20

Hi Valerie, many thanks for all of the information that you have posted and I would be very interested in receiving the photos that you have of my dad & his brother. Sorry but I don't know how we can contact one another other than via the website.

Jonathan Moor - 18th March 2023 - 6:40

I have long intended to visit this beautiful little church - on account of the painted royal coat of arms of Charles II/James II, the medieval wall painting in the chancel, and the outstanding Jacobean/Carolean Sandys tombs. I did so yesterday and it was all well worth the visit.

Dawn Speller - 9th March 2023 - 12:55

My mother, Angela Reed, was the niece (through marriage) of Eva Mary Reed nee Keen and is a little intrigued as she was never aware that Eva's stepmother/aunt, Eva Kate, (stay with me!) was even alive whilst she was growing up in the 50s and 60s, let alone living in Badsey... and she was very close to Eva Mary, which makes it even more surprising. I wonder if anyone could throw any light on this at all, it may just have been a generational attitude to visiting relatives maybe?

My mother's father was Ronald James Reed (Jim or Ron) who was married to Maisie and then, following Maisie's death, to Betty. Mum's uncle was Archie and her grandparents were William and Mary Reed who lived in Chapel Street. If anyone has any stories or general history, that would be much appreciated, thank you.

Harry Keen and his second wife, Eva Kate, lived at the small house sandwiched between The Wheatsheaf and The Bell Inn.  They married in 1937.  Possibly Eva Mary, by now married to William Archibald Reed, did not get on with her new step-mother?  Eva Mary’s father, Harry, died in 1948 (you can see his obituary) so, perhaps Eva Mary just didn’t see much of her step-mother after Harry’s death.  Pure guesswork, but a possibility.

John Collett - 7th March 2023 - 14:06

Hi, I have read the article that my father wrote concerning Badsey School &, unfortunately, it needs a small correction. He was not born in Badsey but in Walthamstow, London & moved to Badsey when he was a young infant.

I have only just seen your message. My uncle Harry Mason was friendly with your father and his brother John. They all lived on Pitchers Hill, Wickhamford. When Harry died I inherited his collection of photographs and there are several taken with John and Peter when they were living in Wickhamford and also when they moved away. I have for some time been trying to find someone to pass them on to and I am wondering if you would be interested in them. I also have a Christmas card sent to my grandparents by John and they received it after he had been killed in WW2.
Please let me know if you would be interested in these photographs.
Valerie Harman

I have just realised since writing my earlier reply that there is an article about the Collett family written in October 2022. If you look on the Home Page and Recently Added Articles. Scroll down to October 2022 and you will find the article. Under Fredk. John Richard Collett, the first two photos are part of my collection. Under The Daniels Family the photo with George, Fred and Constance also belongs to me.
Hope you enjoy the article.
Valerie Harman

SUE DANIELS - 27th February 2023 - 18:20

Looking through the 1921 census I found my Great, Great Granny (Eliza Dore) living with the Gilberts at The Goren, Badsey, does anyone know where this was I would be interested to know.