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Many thanks for letting us know the whereabouts of James Hall's diaries.  I'm so glad to learn that they have not been lost in the intervening years since Ron Sidwell wrote his articles in The Evesham Journal in the 1960s.  I have updated the James Hall article accordingly.  We are contacting the Vale Of Evesham Historical Society (who deposited many items in The Almonry) to see if we can gain access to the diaries. 

Keith Davis - 13th August 2020 - 15:01

Good afternoon, I have just found your very interesting research. I just wondered if you had anymore info or photos of where and what my ancestors did. Alot of history in The Bengeworth/Evesham area. My gt gt William Davis is laid to rest at Waterside. Obviously moved I think I recall All Saints. His wife is also laid to rest with him, 1877. William died in a good place, The Royal Oak Inn, Evesham. Witnessed by his son who was also a blacksmith and Landlord of The Inn. He also is laid to rest at Waterside. We have visited and found both graves. We could not find Williams other son Wilson who is supposed to be laid to rest also there. My gt grandfather Alfred Davis was born 1835 in Church St, that house still stands. He also lived at Port Street and trained as a master barber. Latter moving to Birmingham. William Davis Born 1804 lived and worked as a blacksmith at Castle St, Evesham. So Alot of family history there. A friend who is a distant relative lives in Camden, London. We share the same gt gt grandfather. Wilson is on her side of the family. I'd be extremely grateful if you could help with anymore info maybe photos. I have researched for over 10 yrs now. Only recently could I go back another generatio. Monumental inscriptions etc, or purchase your book. Or anyone with anymore info on my Davis ancestors. Kindest regards, Keith Davis.

Peter Stewart - 13th August 2020 - 21:01

In reply to by Keith Davis

Wilson Davis is buried in Waterside Cemetery in an unmarked plot A.102. He was buried there on April 5, 1890, Aged 52. The burial registers records he was a 'Blacksmith'
There are 79 individuals named Davis interred in Waterside Cemetery, 24 in Bengeworth Cemetery, 16 in Hampton Cemetery; so the Davis name well represented on our Evesham cemeteries. In addition there are 25 Davis individuals buried in Hampton churchyard.
Reading through your notes I can tell you that William who died in 1877 and was buried in Waterside Cemetery in Plot A.108. However his wife, Sarah, though mentioned on the headstone in not buried with him. Her name appears in the Old Bengeworth Church registers. She was buried in the St. Peter's Churchyard in Church Street, Evesham. She was buried there on June 22, 1844. There is no headstone for her. I have a photograph of William's headstone which is now badly deteriorated. You can contact me at my email address should you want a copy. I have produced a book on Waterside Cemetery but it is only available for viewing in our local Evesham Library.

Eric Kozlik - 7th July 2020 - 22:36


I've done quite a bit of online research and would like to connect with someone from your community regarding Lord Sandys and his role in developing Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire sauce. It seems very questionable that he was responsible in large part for its formulation (since he, according to your records, was never in Bengal), and I would very much like the opinion of someone who can comment with authority on his history.

Would someone be willing to reach out with me and perhaps even appear as a guest on my podcast?

Thank you in advance for your time.

Hello Eric
Thank you for your message on Marcus Sandys.
I wrote the article on his life that is on the Badsey Society website but the person you need to speak to is Martin Davis who is the keeper of the Sandys family archives and an authority on their history.
I have just sent an email to Martin asking if he is happy for me to give you his email address and as soon as he gets back to me I will be in touch.
Valerie Harman

Ken Zupan - 2nd July 2020 - 2:42

I am a descendant of the Rev. William Crump who served from 1575-1586 at St. James'. I would like to find out more about him and the Crump family in general if anyone can assist.

Ken Zupan
Vancouver, Canada

I'm afraid we have no information at all about William Crump, other than the fact that his name appears on a list of early Vicars.  You say that you are descended from William Crump.  Would it be possible for you to send us details of his wife and children, please, as we would be most interested to have further information about him; this would assist us in trying to find out more about him.  Please send directly to

Felicity - 27th June 2020 - 19:49

I have just read with interest the article about the Wickhamford Farm Students of 1911, as I have Siddorn connections with those mentioned, appearing (distantly) on my family tree.
I would love to hear from anyone with connections to the Siddorn's from Cheshire, particularly Astbury, Tarporley and Ox Heys Farm.
Thank you!

Tom Locke - 28th June 2020 - 11:41

In reply to by Felicity

Thanks for your comments. I had no contact with anyone in Cheshire when preparing this article, so we will see if your request draws any response.

Tom Locke

Tony (Anthony) Osborne - 27th June 2020 - 14:34

What do you do during the lockdown...research your family tree and I have discovered that I am related to Rachael Whitfield Teal (Hall) through my father's Osborne line great to find your site and discover a bit more about the Hall / Teal family.
Thank You.

Excellent news.  Our members have also been busy during lockdown, with lots of new articles being regularly added to the website.  The Halls were a prominent family in Badsey in the 19th and 20th century.  If you get the chance, take a day trip to Badsey to see where some of your ancestors lived.

R.M. Burn - 27th May 2020 - 13:49

Well done, Maureen. I have enjoyed listening to each episode. I notified the wider family about the series and they were also interested.
I am looking forward to the third part of the series on Friday,

Sue Daniels - 27th May 2020 - 12:36

I have just come across the family photos of Fanny Marshalls family - and there is a photo which includes Mr & Mrs Barnard - I would love to know which Mr & Mrs Barnard they are, Hannah was a Barnard before marrying into the Addis family, are they her in laws?

Admin - 27th May 2020 - 13:01

In reply to by Sue Daniels

Please can you advise in which section of the website are the photos to which you are referring.

I assume the photo you are referring to is “1897c - Thomas & Fanny Marshall with family and friends”?  You mention a “Hannah”; I’m not quite sure what connection she has with the Marshall family.  Do you mean Hannah Glover who married Henry Barnard and then George Addis?  But they couldn’t be the Mr & Mrs Barnard in the photo as Henry, as I expect you know, died in 1860.  As the photo was taken about 1897, it could possibly be his son, George Barnard, and wife, Emma, but this couple look too old.  You will note from the description of the photo that the names on the back appear to have been written many decades after the event, so there is great scope for inaccuracies.

Sue Daniels - 19th May 2020 - 13:36

My Grandparent lived at No 3 (then changed to 40) my Mum was born there.

Admin - 19th May 2020 - 15:11

In reply to by Sue Daniels

Thank you for your email.  The Synehurst Avenue council houses were built in 1933, some 13 years after the Synehurst ones.  You don't give the names of your grandparents, but I assume they were Cecil and Georgina Haines who were living there at the time of the 1939 register.

Jacqueline - 17th May 2020 - 21:50

My grandad drew the drawing of the council house no 3 synehurst

Thank you for your email.  Did you know that it is the centenary of the Synehurst council houses this year?  I am in the processes of writing an article for the website about the occupants of all 24 houses which were built in 1920-21.  Do you have any photos of the Malin family, please, or any extra information?  If so, please contact me directly at

Robin Sharp - 16th May 2020 - 0:46

Edgar Kinghorn Myles was a fellow officer serving alongside Cyril Edgar Sladden in Mesopotamia. Like EK Myles, I was born in East Ham and also attended East Ham Secondary School (known as East Ham Grammar School for Boys when I attended in the 1960's/70's). I well remember gazing at Myles' name proudly displayed on the wall of the School hall followed by 'VC DSO'. A local hero!

David Clarke - 10th May 2020 - 10:39

My great uncle was George crisp and it’s been really interesting to read about his war activities and being awarded the military medal for bravery. So proud. I will carry on researching him. A wonderful site.

Peter Stewart - 11th May 2020 - 20:13

In reply to by David Clarke

Were you aware that your great uncle George is related to the famous actress Julie Walters? She is a second cousin twice removed.

Hi Peter

Yes thank you - she didn't mention us on the TV programme or in her autobiography - wonder why ? Doing one of the family trees and looks like alot of people were related in one way or another from Badsey.

I put the tree together for the TV programme. However, the programmer decided that the O'Brian side of her family from Ireland was of more interest, and to be honest I thought so after seeing the programme. I was hoping to get her to come and open a Badsey Flower Show, but she is sheltered by agents and it is very difficult to make personal contact with her. I do know she received the tree I put together.

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