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Anne Frost - 5th August 2003 - 0:00

I wondered if anyone could help me with information about the second world war and its effect on Badsey?

I work for the Defence of Worcestershire Project based in the County Archaeology Service. We are always on the lookout for references to WW2 sites in the county. We are particularly interested in sites that were used by the military or civil defence during WW2.

The sites we are interested in include:

  • Home Guard bases, road blocks, observation posts and training grounds;
  • Air Raid Precautions posts, first aid posts and air raid shelters (if any);
  • Any military sites or billets including searchlight sites;
  • Women's Land Army hostels - apparently there was one at Littleton but we do not know its location.

We are looking for all sites that were involved in the war effort and so this list should not be regarded as inclusive. Any information will be much appreciated as, so far, we have nothing listed for the Badsey parish. Thanks.

Colin Jones, Defence of Worcestershire Project County Archaeology Service

Barry M. Watson - 1st July 2003 - 0:00

During researching into my Watson family history, I came across the Will of John Watson, of my family (Badsey/Bretforton/Bengeworth), who was Bishop of Winchester (died 1580). In this Will, he mentioned a farm at Auton ? Being from North Yorkshire, this had me baffled, until I later read that this was in fact Aldington! I have attached a couple of pages of my transcript of the Will.

My Watson family lived in Badsey in the 1500's, and also in Bretforton and Bengeworth (in the house that is now the Evesham Hotel). I would be most interested to hear from any other Watson family reseachers or any connected families.

Yours sincerely, Barry M. Watson, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Mike Wells - 20th June 2003 - 0:00

My wife found this site by accident while chasing family tree links.

I attended Badsey School for three years 1953 to 1955 and was Head Boy in my last year. In your feature on School Outing to Cheddar Caves and Cardiff in 1954 I am fourth from the right in the picture with mostly boys. I am afraid I do not remember the other faces, though I remember the name of David Ellison.

I remember the trip mostly for the walk through the Gorge and the Caves.

Mr Hunt was our Master, and Mr Harvey the Head. Mr Binyon always held a General Knowledge quiz each year for the top class, and I remember this as it was the only prize I won at Badsey.

We used to play all our sports down on the rec and had to walk there in crocodile once a week. No exceptions. Games in the school playground were enjoyed, marble, spinning tops, football, cricket. And if you lost the ball over the fence into the market gardeners yard next to the playground, you had to fetch it. Much against the rules. I remember doing this more than once.

The senior class performed in the Worcestershire Schools Choir concert at Blackminster school. I remember that in my year the whole choir fluffed one chorus, and stood like dummies for several seconds. We did pick up again in the next verse. Happy times.

I went on to Prince Henry's from there, and met and married my wife and we now live in Bidford, having moved to Corby and Reading beforehand.

Mike Wells, Bidford-on-Avon

Thomas A Knurek - 5th June 2003 - 0:00

My son happened upon your survey of monumental inscriptions in Badsey churchyard while tracking our surname on the internet. My name is Thomas Adam Knurek and my son Jeff was surprised to find an Adam Knurek buried in Badsey. My father came to the U.S. from Poland in 1914 (He as born in l896) He enlisted in the Army during the WWI and received his citizensship upon his discharge. He never kept up any communication with his family so we have very little information to track our relatives. We doubt that any of his direct family is still living: however, we still would like to know more about people by that name. It is not common even in the U.S. with its large Polish population arriving at the turn of the century. I would be interested to know if any Knurek's still live in Badsey and if you have any way of knowing.

Sincerely, Thomas A Knurek

Peter Stewart who conducted the churchyard survey replies: During the survey of Badsey I met many people including many Poles who still live in the area. I was also closely associated with a close friend of Adam Knurek; he was Walter Olender. Both Walter and Adam Knurek married Italian girls and then moved to the village of Badsey. Mrs Knurek still lives in the village. Walter Olender died in September 2002, and his funeral was attended by many Poles, including the Knurek family. I will try to contact this family for you ... I have spoken to the Knurek family on the phone today and sent them your message to me. They will be contacting you via e-mail. I sincerely hope that you are indeed related to the Badsey Knureks. My best wishes to you and your family.

Geoff Kite - 10th April 2003 - 0:00

My name is Geoff Kite and my 19th century ancestors come from the Worcester/Kempsey/Norton juxta Kempsey area. One of the earlier Kite ancestors is William Kite, born 19/10/1834 in Norton who married Mary Anne Melin born 1836 in Offenham or Badsey. I have been unable to find any information on her family. Another deadend is Harriet Bendall, born 1850 place unknown, who married George Kite. The earliest I have been able to get back to with any certainty is John Kite, born 1799 NjK died 1881 Kempsey, married Frances Jones, born 1805 NjK died 1871 NjK. If anyone has any information on the Kite, Melin, Bendall or Jones families that could help me, I would appreciate it.

Thanks, Geoff Kite
(or phone 01352 741625 or write to Geoff Kite, Bryn Eithin, Cefn Bychan Road, Pantymwyn, Flintshire CH7 5EN)

Your ancestors were William and Mary A Kite who were living at Kempsey, Worcester, at the time of the 1881 census, with their seven children. There does not appear to be any close connection with the Badsey Kites.  However, here is some information about the Kites and Malins, which might help you in your researches.

There were Kites in Aldington, for a short period in the 1830s (Sarah Sophia Kite, baptised 1832, and Harriet Kite, baptised 1833, the daughters of Richard and Frances Kite). However, the name does not become prominent in the village until several decades later. The Kyte family (descendants of whom still live in the Badsey/Evesham area) moved to Badsey some time in the late 1870s. John and Ellen Kyte had been born in Childswickham about 1824 and 1831 respectively. They had at least six children, all born in Childswickham: Herbert (about 1849), Charles (about 1856), William (about 1858), John (about 1862), Elizabeth (about 1869) and Annie (about 1874). The name appears variously as KYTE or KEYTE, rather than KITE. As your ancestor, William Kite, was born in Norton in 1834, there would appear to be no connection. I see from the IGI that your ancestor was one of ten children of John and Frances Kite, and also that John and Frances, and their sons, William and George, were married at Norton. The 1881 census reveals that George's wife, Harriet, was born at Kempsey (which was where they were living in 1881). A day spent at the Family History Centre in Worcester should easily solve most of your problems.

As far as Mary Ann Melin is concerned, it is possible that she may have been related to the Malin family that moved to Badsey in the late 1850s. Thomas Malin had been born in Broadway in 1814. He married Louisa from Offenham and they lived in Offenham where most of their children were born. Around 1857, they moved to Badsey with their nine children: Thomas (born 1841), Dinah (1844), Harriet (1846), Eliza (1848), Giles (1850), John (about 1853), Betsy (about 1856), Prudence (1857) and Charles (1860). Thomas and Louisa also had a daughter, Mary Ann, born in 1843, but she did not move with them to Badsey; presumably she had a job in service.

It is possible that this Mary Ann may have been the Mary Ann Malin who married William Kite, although this would make her about 38, rather than the 46 given in the 1881 census. However, errors sometimes occurred, either on the part of the census enumerator or the transcriber. But, presumably if you have the marriage certificate for Mary Ann and William Kite, this gives an indication of age. If it appears she was born in 1836, you will need to check the Offenham records thoroughly for all occurrences of the name MALIN (or MALINS, MALING, MEALIN, MEALING, as it variously appears), and the early census returns. You say, however, that she may have been born in Badsey, but there is certainly no record of a Mary Ann Malin being baptised there. What source of information led you to believe that to be the case? If your Mary Ann Malin turns out to be the daughter of Thomas and Louisa Malin, then you have longevity in your genes! See the report on Louisa Malin's death in the Parish Magazine in 1910.

There is now an index for the 1851 Worcestershire census (which I have not used, so cannot comment on, but should be available for perusal at the Worcestershire Record Office, and possibly some other Record Offices, or you may wish to buy it yourself) which should help you to find out more about William Kite and Mary Ann Melen.

I hope this is of some use to you. Please do let us know once you have sorted out the connection, so that we can keep our information up-to-date.

Peter Stewart added this postscript in November 2003: I have just read your April letter regarding William Kite and Mary Ann Malin. Maureen Spinks, with her usual thoroughness, has given you much useful information regarding the Malin family living in Badsey, and I feel I can further add to that information. Mary Ann, the daughter of Thomas and Louisa was born in Offenham, and baptised there 23 April 1843. She is the only Mary Ann to be baptised in Offenham, and I feel that she is most likely the Mary Ann who married your William Kite. Regarding ages in the census returns - I have a James Malin who was aged 40 in the 1881 census, 43 in the 1891 census and 58 in the 1901 census. He comes from the Hampton line of Malin. I am currently researching three lines of Malin, all unconnected. Your Mary Ann's line can be traced back to a Giles Malin (born abt. 1680) of Stanway, Glos. This family were also prominent in Broadway, with connections in Offenham and then Badsey.

Shirley Baynes - 15th March 2003 - 0:00

Can anyone help me locate a house called Ladbrooke Badsey Lane? It is stated as the address of Wilson Bedenham in his will dated 2.7.1937.I am trying to put together a family tree. Wilson Bedenham was my Gt.Grandfather

Best wishes for continued success with you fabulous site. Shirley Baynes

I don't know if you live locally and know the area, but this is what I can tell you.  Most of Badsey Lane is actually in Evesham.  If you look at the map on the website, you will see Badsey Lane going off the map to the left.  The land to the west of Badsey Brook is Evesham, that to the east is Badsey.  Badsey Lane is now bisected by the bypass (off the map left).  It is likely that Ladbrooke is one of the houses to the west of the bypass.  If you live in Worcestershire, Smith's Household Almanack (found at Worcestershire Record Office and Evesham Library) may assist you.   There are two people by the name of Bedenham buried in Badsey Churchyard (William Bedenham, died 1960, and Elsie Bedenham, died 1972), but other than that, Bedenham does not appear to have been a Badsey name.

Ian Major - 20th February 2003 - 0:00

Ian Major was one of those who successfully identified a mystery photograph showing an abandoned vehicle near Aldington ford. He writes -

Nice to know that my memory is still reasonable, I am not in a position to check the location since I live 120 miles away! John and Will no doubt remember the row of elm trees next to that old vehicle. Sadly they, plus the one that stood on the western horizon above Aldington, were victims of Dutch Elm Disease.

Bits of old vehicle are scattered all over the area. Following the brook downstream from Birmingham Road bridge in Blackminster to Cuckoo Eye bridge (under the railway) you will pass three other bridges. Two are brick humpbacked bridges, and carry public rights of way. The middle one is a flat concrete slab, which was used to get cattle between the fields. If you look under this one (assuming that it has not been removed) you will see that it is a small lorry chassis slung across the brook with a concrete slab on it. This was a source of problems during flooding, since branches would get caught up in the chassis then block the water flow.

An interesting item near there which you may not have seen is at the ford. The road from the ford up to Aldington has a slight hump next to the ford. If you look at the bank below the ford on the Aldington side of the brook, you will find mouth of the tunnel that carried water from the old mill wheel. As kids we used to crawl along inside it (frightening to think of it now), though the last time that I saw it, it was nearly closed up with silt.

Ian Major

Ian Sladden - 10th February 2003 - 0:00

Judging by my surname you will probably already know what my interest in Badsey is - my family. From family photos etc, I can establish a link with Seward House. I remember seeing and having recollections of photographs from my grandfather, Francis Sladden who died recently.

The links I am trying to make are with Francis Nixon Sladden, brother of Sir Julius. Tracing this side of my family history has been very interesting. From what I can make out Francis Nixon Sladden is my great great grandfather. But this is not definite! What I am trying to find out at the moment is where he went, who he married etc.

Seward House is also of great interest me. As my grandfather only died recently, I have been unable to obtain some of the things I would like in terms of the photos he has of distant family so that I can match up what is what. Any information you can give me I would greatly appreciate. The generation of the family which I want to trace the link with takes me to Lacey Green in Buckinghamshire.

Any information or photos you may have would be greatly appreciated, in return I will supply you with other photos of Seward House as and when I receive them from my father. I hope this may be of interest to you, and if you can help in anyway I will greatly appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you.

(The Francis name still remains in the family, my father Michael Francis Sladden, my brother Mark Francis Sladden, and mine, Ian Francis Sladden.)

Yours, Ian Sladden

I was interested to read your e-mail about your interest in the Sladden family.  I don't know if you have seen the 1881 Census Index (you should be able to view at your local library or Record Office), but I had a quick look tonight, and see that in 1881, Francis Nixon Sladden was living with his wife, Edith, and their three children, Norah (6), Thomas C (5) and Edith A (4) at Ash near Sandwich in Kent.  With a bit of detective work at The Family Records Centre in London, you should be able to make the connection between your Grandfather and Francis Nixon Sladden.  

I am sure you will definitely find some clues, also, at Worcester Record Office.  There is an absolutely enormous collection of documents - letters, postcards, diaries, photographs, etc - relating to the Sladdens.  It would certainly take you a day or two to go through it in some detail, but it looks like a real treasure trove for anyone interested in the Sladden family.

Pat Kearns - 20th January 2003 - 0:00

I have just found an article regarding letters written by school children from Badsey. I was particularly interested in one that contained reference to the Beach Jam Manufacturing factory. I am researching my family history and one name I'm researching is the name of Beach. In particular the family of T W Beach in Evesham. I would love to receive any other information from any one else who had contact with the Beach family in Evesham.  

I look forward to hearing from you,
Pat Kearns

Nicola Tillier - 10th January 2003 - 0:00

My name is Ann Tillier (nee Newbury) from Evesham.  I have just started researching my family tree on my fathers side. My father was Richard  (Dick) Newbury born 1919.  I have just discovered this brilliant website and have managed to find some information but wonder if anybody could give me any more information.  On the 1901 census I have found my grandfather Wilson James Newbury living at 27 Old Post Office Lane with his uncle Richard Pendlebury father of my grandmother Maud Ellen Newbury (nee Pendlebury).  Next door at 29 Old Post Office Lane is James Newbury(my great-grandfather) , Hannah M. Newbury (my great-grandmother), John Bird (my great-uncle) and Albena Bird (nee Newbury, my great-aunt), Wilson Newbury's sister.

My great grandfather Richard Pendlebury came from Lancashire - I wondered if anybody knew how he came to be in Badsey and what the connection to the Newbury's was (other than he was Wilson's uncle).  If this helps I know Wilson and Albena Bird (nee Newbury) were born in Childswickham so at some point they came to live in Badsey but I don't know when.

Lastly I've found an entry on the 1924 electoral list showing Wilson & Maud Newbury living at 2 Orchard View, could anybody tell me where this is?.

I would love to hear from anybody who knows anything about any side of my family.

Nicola Tillier

Hilary Sharp - 20th December 2002 - 0:00

I have been researching my family for a while, with much assistance from your wonderful site.  The whole family seem to have worked on the land, and I cannot find any reference to them on the 1901 census.  Perhaps because George Henry Crane was allegedly illiterate.

I am stuck on several "Cranes" and wonder if anyone else is researching this rather prolific family?

I have attempted to get as much information from existing members of my family as possible, but my grandmother is now 93 and is one of three remaining of the twelve children of Amelia Louisa Perkins and George Henry Crane. (The three remaining of the 12 are Zena, Hilary and Vera)   I am particularly interested in their children Doll (Dorothy?) Crane who married Sidney Porter, William (Bill) Crane who married Edith ?.

Amelia and George also seem to have had a daughter Margaret Doris Crane in 1903 but as this child has never been mentioned by my grandmother (Irene Vera Crane, known as Vera) I suspect she did not survive infancy.

I am also interested in Amelia's sister Charlotte Perkins who married Amelia's husband's brother, Albert John Crane and had children Henrietta (married a Mr Padfield), Albert Crane, Jessie May Crane (also married a Mr Padfield) and Winifred Crane (married a Philip Smith). If anyone has any information about these Cranes, or any others from Badsey, or the surrounding area I would be delighted.

Many, many thanks. Hilary Sharp 0118 9678272

Diana Wallis - 15th December 2002 - 0:00

I was delighted by your web site. I was trying to research my ancestors who came from Wickhamford and found your web site.

This gave me all the information I needed about JUDITH SIMPSON and her ancestors. Judith married in Wickhamford and lived there for the rest of her life. Her youngest son married Louisa Hall, who was also living in Badsey by then.

They moved around a lot after that, Shenstone, Bonehill, both in Staffordshire, Then the hamlet of Wolverton, Hall, both Worcestershire before moving to Foxton, and Great Bowden, in Leicestershire. Your Census and Parish Register Transcriptions were a great help. I just wish other villages would do this.

Also regards to Cottage Garden Plants for their excellent stalls at the Malvern Shows.

Diana Wallis

Henry Knight - 12th December 2002 - 0:00

Thanks for a wonderful site. I am Henry Knight of Sydney Australia. I have traced my ancestors back to Joseph Knight who died in 1727. The tree goes via baptized  and b dates - Thomas 1686 (a twin), Henry 1712, James 1760, Thomas 1788, Charles 1814, Charles 1840 (emigrated to Brisbane on the Samarang 1865), Charles b1867 (a twin), Herbert b1913 to me b1940. I noticed you mentioned in one of your replies to Lucy Sweeting, Joseph marrying an Eleanor but can find only children from Henry 1699 to James 1715 in the records. His children Thomas 1686 to John 1695 show no mother. There was a death of a Joan Knight 1697 between the two groups of children. Was she connected?

Thanks again for a very helpful site.

Henry Knight, Sydney Australia

Tony & Lucy Sweeting - 10th December 2002 - 0:00

Since our last contact I have been trying to establish a connection  between Captain Valentine Knight who put forward plans for the rebuilding of the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666 and all our Valentine Knights.  Haven't had any success yet but I did receive two small documents from the PRO regarding Capt. Knight's imprisonment by King Charles the Second, they are in Old Legal Latin. Can you suggest anybody that might be able to translate them?  Does anyone know anything about a Sid Knight who went to South Africa and wrote a book of nostalgia called Cotswold Lad, published c 1960.  We think Sid Knight was born in Broadway around the mid 1890s and his father was A.E.Knight, he says in the book his Grandfather was Henry Knight.  

Thanks again for the wonderful website.  Happy Christmas and a successful 2003.

Tony & Lucy (nee Knight) Sweeting, Wales

Olga Hiern-Cookeon - 5th December 2002 - 0:00

Hallo from Australia!

As the last of the English born (1932) Hierns, I was thrilled to find your web site. I have been deep into genealogy since 1949 and have now, thanks to you, found yet more spellings of the name!  Don't know how to thank you for such an interesting site.  I wonder why the Badsey Hierns all died out. Perhaps the Plague had something to do with it? The family seems to have petered out completely in England now although there are a good many in Australia and America.

Thanks again and a Happy Christmas to you and all your volunteers.

Olga Hiern-Cookeon, Australia

Richard Phillips - 6th December 2002 - 0:00

In reply to by Olga Hiern-Cookeon

In our index the name appears under HYERNE. I had a look in our local phone book and could not see an entries for Hierns or its variants. There are plenty of Hines and Hearn, but I guess they are different. The family left Badsey about the time of the Civil War which was a time of great social upheaval. Perhaps someone else knows more.

David Knight - 1st December 2002 - 0:00

Many congratulations on a marvelous web site!

I am David John Knight, now 50 years old and a Royal Naval officer living in East Cornwall. My father, who sadly died at the age of 77 a few years ago, was Albert Knight - born on 21 September 1921 in Badsey. Until joining the Army in WW2 he worked for a farmer called George Witts not far from Evesham, where he met my mother, then Patricia Jarvis, who was a Land Girl. Although Dad took a smallholding in Mum's home county of Essex when they married after the War, he remained a proud Worcestershire man all his life, so much so that I feel a decided pull to the right every time I pass Bredon Hill going north on the M5, and see the Cotswolds on the eastern horizon. He never lost the distinctive accent, and even this Essex-born Cornish "incomer" has been known to say "occud" instead of "awkward" (probably because it was a word Dad often used about me)!

I was delighted to learn that us Knights were so prolific in Badsey, but have no way of knowing whether I have more in common with those that still live there than just the surname. Regrettably, although Dad often told stories of his childhood and youth, I never thought to remember the names of his family and friends. He was an only child, although I believe he may have had a cousin called Dorothy (Dot), and my childhood memory of his mother reveals only a very kind white-haired lady who lived in Bengeworth Avenue in Evesham until she died (in the early 60s, at a guess). She must have remarried, because her surname was then Penson, and I have a very vague recollection of being told that Dad's father, her first husband, had died when he was young.

I'd be delighted to hear from anyone who could shed more light on my murky family history!

David Knight, Cornwall

Maureen Spinks - 2nd December 2002 - 0:00

In reply to by David Knight

I would like to be able to say I could present you with a family history going back several centuries, as has been true for some other Knight enquirers to the website, but unfortunately this does not appear to be the case for you. However, after a little detective work, I can reveal the following: Albert Knight enrolled at Badsey Council School on 12th January 1926, aged 4½. He lived at Brewers Lane, Badsey, and his father’s name was Joseph Knight. He transferred to the "Mixed Department" (as the Junior Department was known) on 1st October 1928, aged 7. His parent then was given as Minnie A Knight. He left Badsey School on 25th October 1929, the reason being "left the district".

The burial registers for the 1920s (not on the website) indicate that a Joseph Knight was buried on 22nd February 1927, aged 42. This Joseph Knight does not appear to have been born in Badsey. He would have been born about 1885 but, having checked the baptismal registers, there is no Joseph Knight baptised in Badsey at the appropriate time (this was at a time when most children were baptised); there is also no record of a Joseph Knight attending Badsey School. Smith’s Household Almanack lists a Joseph Knight for the years 1922-27 (the years (1920 and 1921 are missing), so it seems that the Knights moved to Badsey around the time of Albert’s birth, and then Minnie left the village after the death of her husband.

Having had a look at the 1901 Census website, when putting in an entry for Joseph Knight, who would have been around 16 at the time, it lists 68 Joseph Knights within a 2-year age-range of 16. The most likely person seems to be 15-year-old Joseph Knight, living at Broadway (about 5 miles from Badsey), whose occupation was "help on farm". His place of birth is given as Webheath, Worcestershire, now swallowed up by Redditch. The best thing would be to purchase a copy of the census page, to see if this will assist you in your researches, and whether this appears to be your grandfather.

Jean C Noble - 29th November 2002 - 0:00

What a lot of work has been carried out - gathering all these records and then publishing them. I run the Corbett One Name Study Group and found some Corbetts. They are from 2 families but who knows, they might be found to be connected. The witness at one was a Robson Corbett and the only man with this name that I have found lived up in Northumberland at that time so it is quite probably him but I haven't found the connection yet.

Thanks everyone from me who was involved in collecting these records and preparing them and the website for publication on the net.

Best wishes, Jean C Noble, The Corbett Study Group, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, England

Richard Phillips - 30th November 2002 - 0:00

In reply to by Jean C Noble

Many thanks for your good wishes. William Corbett and his daughter Georgina appear to have lived at Harrington House at the time of the 1881 census. William died in 1886 and his headstone at Badsey also mentions his son 'CAPTAIN WILLIAM SMITH CORBETT ONLY SON OF THE ABOVE, WHO DIED AT SHANGHAI, CHINA AUGUST 22ND 1869, AGED 25 YEARS'. If you have not discovered it already our website also included a photo of this headstone and a short article on Harrington House.

Peter Lawrance - 20th November 2002 - 0:00

A great site, found courtesy of the Admag.

There must be lots of other poems in Badsey to rival "Grandad and Spud", which is excellent.

I'll keep checking back

Peter Lawrance, Ledbury

Teresa Rosina Fleming - 15th November 2002 - 0:00

I have found the web site very interesting and have visited it several times. I am researching my family tree and found that my gt. Gt. Gt. Gt. grandfather was married to Harriet Knight who was baptised 6th January 1811 and her parents were Joseph and Elizabeth. I have found a Joseph Knight in the records baptised 2nd Sept 1789 and his parents were John and Elizabeth. Does anyone know anything about them or are you descendants?  I would love to know more. Please email me if you can help.

Teresa Rosina Fleming (known as Rose), Bearwood, Birmingham

Maureen Spinks - 16th November 2002 - 0:00

In reply to by Teresa Rosina Fleming

I have transcribed all the parish records for the Badsey website and, because Knight was the commonest name in Badsey, I have produced a huge family tree of the family dating back to the 17th century.  As it's rather confusing, with so many Knights, I have listed what I believe to be your line of descent.

Jessica Goodman - 10th November 2002 - 0:00

Hello! I'm a pupil at St Benedict's RC High School, Alcester. I live in Badsey and I'm currently doing a project about Badsey for my GCSE coursework in geography. The website has been of great use, but I was just wondering if anyone else had any information which may help me with my studies. The title of my project is to do a comparative study between the village of Badsey and the village of Betws-y-coed in Wales. I'm looking for any information which could be of use e.g. old street maps? Although much of the information is on the wonderful Badsey website, I was just looking for extra information.

Jessica Goodman

Jenny Norman - 5th November 2002 - 0:00

My maiden name is Knight.  My father Cyril Knight was born in Badsey on November 17th, 1914, to Herbert and Annie Knight. Herbert was a market gardener.  Cyril had an older brother Ronald and a younger sister Dorothy Mary.

The family had to move to Wednesbury when Herbert became ill.  The children were quite young.  Herbert and Annie are both buried in the churchyard in Bretforton.  My father would love to hear from anyone who may have known him.  He is currently living in Staffordshire.

I do have some photos of Herbert and Annie, and of Ronald and Cyril when they were young.

Regards, Jenny Norman (nee Knight)

Maureen Spinks - 6th November 2002 - 0:00

In reply to by Jenny Norman

I have transcribed various parish records for the Badsey website.  Cyril and his siblings were not baptised at Badsey, but Cyril and Ronald do feature in the School Admissions Register.  Cyril started in the Infants Department on 6th January 1919, but was there for only a month and a half, leaving on 16th February, the reason given "left the village".  

Meanwhile, his elder brother, Ronald (born 7th August 1912) started in the Infants Department on 8th April 1918 and then transferred to the Mixed Department on 29th April 1919.  Ronald left on 6th June 1919, the reason given "left the district".  It seems, therefore, that Ronald remained in Badsey for a few months longer than Cyril, probably remaining there with his mother, Annie, as when he enrolled in the Mixed Department, his parent's name is given as Annie rather than Herbert.  

Lionel Knight, who still lives in Badsey, is descended from the Knights of Bretforton, and appears to have connections with your side of the family.  Lionel was the son of Ernest Knight.  He believes that Herbert Knight may have been the uncle of his father, Ernest.  Certainly, there is some kind of family connection, because when Lionel and his family moved from Bretforton to Badsey, they moved into what is now known as 59 Bretforton Road, which is where Herbert and Annie Knight lived.  Lionel recalls that the family had to move to Wednesbury because of Herbert's illness, and that initially his mother paid rent to Herbert and Annie, before eventually buying the house from them. 

Jenny Norman - 7th November 2002 - 0:00

In reply to by Maureen Spinks

I have in fact met Lionel, when I went to Bretforton  looking for my father's family.  I subsequently took my father to meet Lionel later in the same year, when my father was 80 years old, and we visited the Inn at Bretforton for his birthday celebration.  I have printed much of the contents of the web site and sent it to my father, who does not have internet access either.  He was very interested.  They did have to leave the village when my father was very young, due to his father being ill.  His mother went to live near her family in Wednesbury.  It was always their ambition to return one day to Bretforton, but sadly they have not managed to do that.

Editor - 20th October 2002 - 0:00

[This letter was sent to Peter Stewart about his photographic survey of the churchyard.]

This morning, I printed a number of photos from your survey of the above Church (with great delight), as I will probably never have the opportunity to see this Church in person.  My interest is due to the fact that my direct ancestor (Charles Bloxham) was an Assistant Curate (1820) of this particular church, and together with his wife Mary Hope (Ouchterlony) and their 9 or 10 children (born in Badsey) have history in the area.  Mary is also buried there.  

Mr. Stewart, I wonder do you have a photo of the actual outside of the Church?  I haven't come across one amongst this group.  I would be interested in viewing one if possible.  

I must congratulate you on a tremendous work in displaying all the photographs and information on this wonderful history.  My research into the Bloxham Family has been long and tedious, but very rewarding.  An interesting family!   Many thanks in anticipation of your reply.  

Shirley King, Australia
October 2002

Elsewhere on the website is an article about the Bloxham family and some photographs of the exterior of the church.

Michelle - 10th October 2002 - 0:00

I would like to congratulate you on your website, and thank You for transcribing all of those records.  I have been lucky enough to find my gg-grandmother on your site.  Her name was Mary Ann HERBERT and you have her Christening and her parents' marriage:
HALFORD, Hannah (f) married 21 Nov 1833 to James HERBERT.
HERBERT, Mary Ann, baptised 24 Jun 1838, daughter of James and Hannah.

It's a great shame that Hannah HALFORD wasn't baptised at Badsey!

Thank you for your superb site, Michelle, Andover, Hants

Judy Cameron - 10th October 2002 - 0:00

I have just been looking at the most interesting webpage on Badsey School. In the school photograph "Class photo, Standard VI (1924)" on the back row, second from the left, is my father Frank Styles, well known in Wickhamford, for his piano playing, and sadly now deceased. His brother Jack, who died at Alamein was the friend mentioned by Fred Mason in his memoirs. My father lost his father with flu at the age of five, and from what I can gather Mr. Amos was a father figure to him, helping him with his natural gift of music, and discussing world affairs with him.

I would love to know if Mr. Mason has anything to add.

Congratulations on the web site, and best wishes, from Judy Cameron, nee Styles

Kathy Brooks - 15th September 2002 - 0:00

Hello, I am a teenager of Badsey and I think that the website is brilliant. It lets people from all over the world know what our village is like and the beauty of the village. I have lived in Badsey for 17 years and it is all at its best.

Kathy Brooks, Badsey

Barry Davies - 10th September 2002 - 0:00

My name is Barry Davies and as a young child I was from 19 Chapel Street, Badsey. My father Bill met Peggy of 19 Chapel Street during the war - they married during the war time years at the church in Badsey. My grandparents also lived at No 19 and most of my family.

Your Visitors Book is fascinating reading. My brother Brian has already sent a message to it.

I now live in a small village called Eastham on the Wirral.

Regards, Barry Davies, Eastham, England