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Pete Moore - 24th June 2008 - 0:00

Pete attended Badsey School and sent this email to Maureen Spinks about her book Heads and Tales: a History of Badsey Schools.

I picked up the book last night after coming home from work, and I can honestly say I couldn't put it down! It was so interesting to read about John Sheppard, Elizabeth Seward (and all the other Sewards), The Reverend Thomas Hunt, and The National Society. It especially gripped me because I am familiar with almost all of the referenced locations without previously having any idea about the history. I find it so amazing how quickly things moved on when I read about the Forster's Act only becoming law in 1870, and to think I was at Badsey school in 1982, only 112 years later. Amazing to think it is only in very recent history that the mass population has been educated.

Anyway, I wanted to drop you a line to say it has been an undeniable pleasure reading your book, and so wonderful that you put so much effort into researching all the history, to make it easy for people like myself to delve into it my own local history so easily. I had no idea why Seward Road or Seward house was named so, and I had no idea about the roots of the school that I attended as a child. I'm looking forward to continuing my education this evening after work! It really is in a very readable format, and it helps to explain the current situation so well. It explains a lot of things that I almost feel ashamed for not knowing before.

My grandmother (Doreen Moore, nee Ballard) had an ancestral line tracing back to the brother of the last Abbott of Evesham. We have a copy of this family tree back to around 1500. Amazingly, like you mention in your book, it seems the whole family stayed in the same area for hundreds of years (back in 1500 they were still in Evesham, although I don't know at what point the family had settlers in Badsey). I will hunt down the family tree again, and as I read the book, I can see which members of my family were around at the time!

So many thanks again, and good luck with any future publications!

Pete Moore, Düsseldorf, Germany

Sue and Tony Lock - 1st June 2008 - 0:00

We visited many of your gardens this afternoon and we just want to thank you all so much for such an enjoyable afternoon. We were made very welcome and the tea and cakes were lovely. You have a lovely village and some beautiful gardens.

See you next year - so we can visit the gardens we missed today.

Sue and Tony Lock, Birmingham

Badsey held its first open gardens weekend on 14 & 15 June 2008. More than 20 gardens were open. Both days had fine weather, and despite several competing local events, attendances were good. The event was organised by Liz Cudd in aid of St James Church.

Mrs Susan Howell - 15th May 2008 - 0:00

I have just been reading your web site and found it very interesting .You have an Albert Haines on it who I think may be a relative of mine .The Albert I am looking for was born in Gloucestershire in about 1891. He became I am told a market gardener and had a son Charles and two daughters .

I know they lived for a time at Penarth near Cardiff in Wales but may have moved .What may be just a coincidence is that on the page of 1933 children's letters there is one from a Charles Haines and his address is 'Penarth' Blackminster, Evesham; and he mentions South Wales. I maybe completely off track here but I wonder if there is anyone who I could get in touch with that may remember the family?

Kind Regards
Mrs Susan Howell

Sue, It is a strange coincidence that I have been writing up notes this week for Albert George Haines and his wife Florence Elizabeth for an updated book on the Monumental Inscriptions of Badsey. George & his wife are buried in the churchyard in Section C, No.35.

According to the census returns Albert was born in 1892 in Aldington, the son of William & Harriett. William died in 1898, aged 39, and buried in an unmarked grave in Badsey churchyard. He married Harriett Hopkins in 1898 [Evesham District]. Harriett is in the 1901 census for Aldington with three of her children. Norris, Florence & Edith. Albert is staying with relatives at Salford Priors during the 1901 census. They were Frederick Aldington & Mary Ann (nee Hopkins) who were married in 1874 [Alcester District]. Albert married Florence Elizabeth Williams in 1918 [Newent District]. As you can see from her obituary in the Parish Magazine she was nicknamed “Welshie”. Their son Charles William, the writer of the school letter, was born in 1920 [Cardiff District]. There are other children, both male and female registered in Cardiff where the mother’s maiden name is Williams. Some of these may be the other children of Albert & Florence. Albert’s brother Norris married Florence Harris in Badsey church in 1910. I trust these are the relatives you are seeking.

In September 2012 we were contacted by Claire Sparks (nee Haines) who wrote:

I am trying to do a family tree and stumbled onto your site (which is fabulous by the way and provided me with quite a lot to work from). I found Sue's query from 2008 but have been unable to contact her as her email address no longer works. If these details are all correct I am the grand-daughter of the late Charles W Haines so I would really like to get in touch with the former writer. He married Miss Iris Annie Smith in 1941 St Andrews Church Hampton and they only had one son (the late Derek Charles Haines) – my dad. We moved to Cape Town, South Africa just after I was born. Any additional information and site references would be greatly appreciated.

Albert George Haines (1890-1957) was born at Hartpury, Gloucestershire, the second of three children of William and Annie Haines. He does not appear to be related to the other Haines families living in Badsey. Albert was still at home in Hartpury in 1911, working as a general labourer. Albert became a market gardener and started gardening in a large nursery in South Wales. He married Florence Elizabeth Williams in the Newent district in 1918. They had one son and two daughters, all born in the Cardiff district of South Wales: Charles William (1919-2005), Kathleen Maud (1921) and Muriel Florence (1922). They moved from Penarth to Blackminster in September 1932 and called their new home Penarth. The three children attended Badsey Council School. In Worcestershire, Albert had 7½ acres of land (according to the letter written in 1933 by his son). Albert died in 1957 and Florence in 1965. Florence was living at 42 Synehurst at the time of her death. Florence was known as Mrs “Welshie” Haines, to distinguish her from the other Haines family living in Badsey.

Charles William Haines (1919-2005) wrote one of the market gardening letters in April 1933 which was read on a BBC radio programme. Charles was a postman and lived in Hampton for a long time. He married Iris Annie Smith in 1941 at St Andrew’s Church, Hampton. They had one son, Derek Charles (1942). With another chap called Charlie Mills, Charles did a bit of entertaining on a Saturday night, “The Two Charlies”. Charles died in the Evesham district in June 2005.

You will note that Albert’s parentage differs from Peter’s suggestion of 2008. Since 2008, the 1911 census has come to light, which I believe places your Albert as living in Hartpury (which is in the Newent district of Gloucestershire where he subsequently married in 1918). This ties in with Sue Howell saying that her ancestor was born in Gloucestershire. The confusion was caused, I believe, because there was a William Albert Haines born at Aldington in the parish of Badsey in 1892. It would seem that both you and Sue share a common ancestor in your great-grandfather, Albert Haines, but unfortunately we have no details of her contact address.

Dick Knight - 26th April 2008 - 0:00

I saw your appeal for the names of head boys at Badsey School. I went through school a year ahead and was privileged to do the job for two years. So you can add these missing names:
1934-35 Kenneth Knight (Ken)
1936-37 and 1937-38 Richard Knight (Dick)

Besides the tasks mentioned on your webpage, there were other jobs I recall.

  • Monday morning: visiting each teacher for them to request various items e.g. chalk, exercise books, pencils etc. which were collected from the stock cupboard and delivered to the teacher.
  • Selling national saving stamps and then visiting the post office to buy new "stock".
  • Locking the school every evening and taking the keys to the head's house.
  • Collecting all the ink wells from the desks and filling them with home made ink (from a packet)
  • On Wednesdays the school opened in the evening for the changing of public library books when it was my job to prepare the room.

Happy days! Incidentally, a letter I wrote describing the life of a market gardener is also on your website.

Regards, Dick Knight, Lymington, Hampshire

Sarah Ganderton - 10th April 2008 - 0:00

When researching for Hartwell family history links I knew originated in Badsey, Worcestershire, I decided to try my luck and "google" the place name. Quite by chance I came across this invaluable resource. The website contains what look to be all the school registers, church records, parish magazines, censuses and electoral registers related to the village, all lovingly transcribed onto one incredibly useful site and carefully cross referenced to a large index of all individuals names.

Putting together my family tree couldn't have been easier. Even with limited experience I found it possible to link together relatives, to add dates (sometimes from ancestry.co.uk - free at the Worcester History Centre) and to add generation upon generation. A job that could have kept me busy for years and end with many mistakes and wrong turnings has been possible in just a few weeks - made even easier when I discovered the Hartwell family section on your site which confirmed much of what I had already pieced together. I love this site and I dip in and out of it regularly to check out what's new and to learn more about where my grandfather came from.

If there is any help I could provide in transcribing any further paperwork onto the site I would love to get involved, to help other people to learn more too: I am based in Worcester which is not too far away, and my data entry skills are fairly high and I think I would find it interesting to help out. Either way, please keep up the good work, I love the site and will continue to use it and to point it out to others I think will find it interesting too. It is certainly a blueprint of what a local site should be able to achieve.

Sarah Ganderton, Worcester (descended from George and Letitia Hartwell of School Lane, Badsey)

Alan Bunting - 20th March 2008 - 0:00

Greetings again from Scotland.

I was intrigued to see the LBG photos courtesy of Les Grinnell. What a lot of memories seeing those pictures brought back - for example, I was at school with both Fred Steven's daughter and Phil Rose's son.

Most intriguing was the one with the cheque book - as the company accountant for over 40 years my father normally wrote all the cheques, until the momentous day he persuaded the committee to invest in one of the first cheque writing machines in the country (a bit like a big electric typewriter) which he took me to see and admire on the day it arrived!

These memories have led me to have a look through my archives but, sadly, of the dozens of photos I took of the LBG over the years, hardly any remain. One picture I have is a reminder that the LBG used to sell petrol (and at what prices!).

I remember the original herbery was looked after by, among others "Nucky" Grinnell and later Harry Rourke and (I think) Cecil Cox. I spent many hours as a youngster helping them turn the drying herbs on the kiln and feeding the dried material into the "mincer" for rubbing, separating and bagging in conditions which today's health and safety rules would never allow!

Sincerely,
Alan Bunting
Scotland

Mike Lovatt - 6th February 2008 - 0:00

I am doing some research into the history of Aldington watermill, which sadly was demolished in the 1930's.

Could I ask if anybody has any material associated with the mill - documents, photos articles, billheads or even just memories - which they might consider letting me borrow?

I can be contacted on 01386 830755 or by email at mike@clock-shop-winchcombe.co.uk

Many thanks,
Mike Lovatt, Aldington

Malins family - 17th November 2007 - 0:00

Malins family I

I have been looking through the Badsey site with much interest, particularly as I am doing a little research into the Malins family. My father-in-law is the son of Wilfred and Margaret Malins of Evesham (Badsey area) and I'm scratching around for info and not getting too far as yet. There is some confusion over spelling as on BMD records my father-in-law's name is entered as both Malin and Malins. His dad Wilfred was born in July/Sept 1904 and married a Margaret Mason in Evesham in Apr/Jun 1946.

If anyone has any info I'd love to hear it and thanks for a very informative website!

Cathy Malins

Malins family II

As I attended Badsey school in the 1950s, I am interested in tracing Richard Malin, born 1882, a son of Mr John Malin born 1852. He had brothers William and Charles, Sisters Flo, Agnes, Minnie, Mary and Ruby. I can find death certificates for everyone except Richard, who may have married my grandmother in Stanton in June 1903 under the name of Wilson Malins. Their son, my father Wilfrid Malins who was a market gardener, also had sisters / brothers named Flo, Minnie, Mary, Richard with others and lived in Evesham. I am curious as my middle name is Wilson and there was a family in Badsey of Edward Wilsons who were Lords of the manor. Could there be a connection? I look forward to hearing from you.

John Wilson Malins

Malins family III

My name is Paul Edward Malins, eldest son of John Wilson Malins, only son of Wilfrid Malins son of Wilson Malins and Alice Malin born in August 1904 in Stanton. Wilfrid was always told that he was the son of Richard Malin who died in 1907 - could it be that in fact Wilfrid was an illegitimate child of the last Edward Wilson who died in 1907 and Alice Malin who died in 1911, as it appears that Alice Malin was married to George Malin at the time of his birth. If this is the case does this mean that Wilson Malins was actually the last Edward Wilson as I can find no records of a Wilson Malins being born or dying. Your help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks, Paul Malins

Richard Phillips - 17th November 2007 - 0:00

In reply to by Malins family

Can anyone help with these Malins families? Can anyone explain 'Wilson' as a middle name? Edward Wilson 1820-1907 had four wives with three children from the first marriage to Sarah Roberts Taylor. I don't know of other children but it is possible that they existed. He would have to have conceived Wilfrid at the age of 83 which is biologically possible but perhaps a little unlikely.

Peter Stewart - 18th November 2007 - 0:00

In reply to by Malins family

At present I can find no connection with the Malin family of Badsey with the Malins of Evesham or Stanton or indeed with Edward Wilson. The only way to resolve the issue is for the writers to obtain a birth certificate for Wilfred whose birth was registered in Evesham in the Jul - Sept quarter of 1904. Wilfred is buried with his wife in Waterside Cemetery. I have notes of two Wilson Malins, one who married Alice Stanley in 1903 (Winchcombe) and another who married Ellen Ballard in 1878 (Pershore). The latter pair, Wilson & Ellen had a son Wilson who was born in 1882 and died in 1905. He and his parent are buried in Waterside cemetery.

Cathy Malins - 15th October 2008 - 0:00

In reply to by Malins family

Just to clarify a few matters after some research...!

John Wilson Malins (my father in law) is the son of Wilfrid Malins who was the only son of Wilson Malins Jnr who unfortunately died shortly after Wilfrid's birth. His mother, Alice Malins (formerly Stanley) remarried to Henry Daniel and supplied Wilfrid with a number of step-siblings! Wilson Malins Jnr's death was registered by his father Wilson Malins Snr who was present at the time of his death in the Greenhill area of Evesham. His mother was Ellen Malins (formerly Ballard). I've gone back several more generations after this but hopefully this info will rule out any concerns about illegitimacy etc and explain John's middle name of Wilson.

Thanks, Cathy Malins Church Stretton, Shropshire

Lesley Wood - 6th October 2007 - 0:00

First, congratulations on your wonderful web site. I discovered it a few days ago and it is a fabulous resource, with all the photos and other features.

I am related to Eugenie Sladden, wife of Sir Julius. Not a descendent, but a distant cousin. Eugenie was the daughter of Mary Anna and John Mourilyan, who married in Tunbridge Wells, then lived in Sandwich before moving to Paris. Mary Anna was a Wood, a younger sister of my great-great grandfather Edmund Fowle Wood.

If any descendants of Eugenie and Julius Sladden are interested in information on Eugenie’s mother’s family, I would be happy to supply. I also have information about John Mourilyan, Eugenie’s father, that may be of interest.

Lesley Wood, Canada

Peter Stubbs - 25th September 2007 - 0:00

I found your website while searching for information about my Uncle Will Stubbs and Aunt Flo as part of my family history research programme. I am very impressed by the amount of information you have been able to amass there and I wondered whether someone in Badsey might just be able to help me.

They retired from Norwich to live in a house in Badsey in the 1950s, but the problem is that I have no address for them. They were both born in Birmingham but had no children and they were rather quiet, almost reclusive people, particularly Aunt Flo, so it is unlikely that many folk beyond their immediate neighbours would have known them. A couple more details I remember was that Uncle Will was a chartered surveyor and he always ran a Rover car, which was his pride and joy.

They moved from Badsey to Cheltenham in the late 1950s / early 1960s where they both eventually died.

That is all I know of them and I shall be most grateful for any information or further leads that you might be able to give me.

Peter Stubbs, Warwick

Spencer Hodgetts - 15th August 2007 - 0:00

I read with interest Evelyn Crane's own story of her childhood in Badsey and my attention was caught by her description of Harry Boswell from Jersey who helped escort German prisoners of war during World War One.

My great grandfather on my mother's side was "Harry the Jersey Guide". Other than an old photograph, showing Harry standing besides an open charabanc wearing his "Harry the Jersey Guide" sash I know very little about him. Mrs Crane's description of him with his rings and scented cards advertising Jersey Flowers is most interesting. The piece was most enjoyable and evocative of a bygone age. Is it possible that anyone has additional information on Harry?

Kind regards, Spencer Hodgetts

Sadly Evelyn Crane died in 2003 but can anyone else give Spencer more information about Harry?

P.S. John Etheridge friartuck01@ntlworld.com wrote to us in July 2008 to say: I was desperate to find out more about my grandfather so I typed in 'Harry the Jersey Guide' only to find that someone else was looking for him. It was an even bigger surprise when I realised that it was my third cousin Spencer. Having not seen him for something like thirty years I imediately got in touch by e-mail and we had a wonderfull reunion. We were able to combine our knowledge and fill in a few of the gaps in the family history. However, we are both still looking for information on our grandfather.

Dr Roy Thurston - 1st August 2007 - 0:00

I would be most grateful if you pass this on to all those kind people who mobilised themselves to help travellers stranded by the recent floods. While the stage in the village hall is not the most comfortable bed I have ever tried, it was infinitely better than trying to sleep in a car with several fellow travellers. This and the cups of tea, etc were most gratefully received.

Julie Sutton - 28th July 2007 - 0:00

My great grandfather Wilson EMMS was born in Aldington and baptised at Badsey in 1852. He was the last of six children born to John EMMS and Susan(nah) nee Hunting. They married at Bricklehampton in 1834. Wilson's siblings were Mary, born 1835 married Charles LOCKETT of Bretforton; Charles, born 1838; Ann, born 1843; Thomas, born 1845; Susannah, born 1848 married William Frederick TIMBRELL. Wilson married Eliza BROWN of Barton Mills Suffolk in London in 1879 and they had seven sons. They eventually settled in Richmond Surrey. John was one of five children baptised in Bretforton to Thomas and Elizabeth EMMS, he in 1804. I have yet to find Thomas and Elizabeth's marriage. Susannah HUNTING was born and baptised in Evesham in 1811. I have much more information than is listed here.

I would love to hear from anyone who thinks they are related to this family.

Helen Heath - 16th June 2007 - 0:00

I am writing to you on behalf of the Vale of Evesham Historical Society. In the Almonry in Evesham we have on display the Badsey Fire Service cart. On the 28th July 2007 the emergency services are holding an events day on the meadow in Evesham. The Historical Society have been invited to provide a display and show some items. We intend featuring the Badsey cart, but were wondering if you and your excellent site could give us any historical details about the Fire Service of Badsey, and perhaps some photographs. Maybe someone in the village remembers a relation involved with it. This request is probably a long shot but we feel if anyone has any information you will.

On a personal level many thanks for the very useful information you have provided with my family history quest to do with my Hartwell and Willoughby ancestors of Badsey.

Regards
Helen Heath

We have referred Helen to 'A Brief History of Badsey and Aldington' which has a section about 'A Village Fire Brigade'. Can anyone else help? Does anyone have photos?

Bob New - 9th May 2007 - 0:00

Your website was an invaluable source of information to shed light on two branches of my family tree. I have made a "family tree" created using this information. This is only about one of the HARRIS families in your village. There was another contemporary one; I don't know if or how the two might be related, nor their origins. Please use my information and pass it on in any way you wish to, and if any other information relevant to the HARRISes comes your way I'd love to hear of it!

Thank you and best wishes,
Bob New
Evesham born and bred, but now living in Leamington Spa

Marilyn Ditch - 23rd April 2007 - 0:00

 I have just read your site and have to tell you that I lived and worked in Badsey for twelve years without knowing my grandfather's background. The family have been living in Birmingham and I married and moved into Worcestershire, one time living at South Littleton and later Badsey. I worked at Seward House Nursing Home and lived at the top of Badsey. I decided to do family history only to find that my grandfather's family originated from Bretforton and Badsey and Bengeworth and Evesham, before moving onto Church Lench, Alcester and Great Alne, and eventually to Birmingham, down the centuries. My family name was Cormell or Cormoll and other different variants. The family are listed as living at Cormolls Yard next to the Squires House, and there is even a murder in the family! I sat in Evesham Library absolutely transfixed reading about the death of an Anne Cormell, the culprits were caught and one a Bretforton man actually hung up in Allens Barn for the villages to see.

There were Cormells for over 400 years there but they seem to have completely vanished. If there are any Cormells out there I would love to hear from you. My family starts with Issac Cormell who married Sarah Jelfs at Breforton in 1769. Amongst their siblings was Joseph my ancestor and he married Ann Percox at Offenham and their first son was called Issac and he was born at Bretforton. My ancestor however was born at Bengeworth and called Thomas Cormell in 1800 and he married Sarah Spiers at Church Lench. They in turn had Joseph my ancestor born at Alcester and he married Eliza Handy in Edgbaston, Birmingham. They were living at Great Alne with both families but Joseph who was a groom at Great Alne Mill decided to go Birmingham and work at a Mill in Edgbaston. I would love to hear from anyone connected with this family. Also born in Badsey was Hester Ainge to Samuel and Mary Ainge. (Hester was the mother of Sarah Spiers who married Thomas Cormell.) Hester married Joseph Spiers at Church Lench. If anyone has information on the Ainge family, I beleive one of Hester's sisters married a Mr.Bradley. I am enjoying my family history immensly and cannot beleive that I actually lived where some of my ancestors were born without knowing this, and also my son played for Badsey football team and his son, my grandson still plays in Badsey Rangers, how about that then ha ha.

Eric Rose - 15th January 2007 - 0:00

 I have spent many hours absorbing the information presented on your wonderful website. I am attempting to find more information about my mother's childhood, Doris Winifred Jelfs, who was born in Badsey in 1906 and her family. She was the youngest child of Oliver and Fanny Jelfs, the other children being Frank (or "Lop Hop" of LBG fame), Mary (married Edmond Goldsmith in London), Edmond (lived at the cycle shop in Bretforton) and Eric ( married Elsie Keen and lived in Ivy House in Chapel Street).

My mother married Ernest Rose from Childswickham in 1942. She died in 1974. I was hoping to find her on the Badsey School photographs of the early 1900s but I think they may be a little too early. If anyone can shed some light on the Jelfs of this period it would be much appreciated.

Steve and Alison Clark - 15th December 2006 - 0:00

Just a quick note to thank you for such an excellent job with regard to the web site. It really is so very informative. We had visitors to The Old Farmhouse from Canada this Summer, who were researching an old relative who lived at our house at the turn of the last century. We copied a page of your web site and sent it to them to help with their research. I have given them your web address so you may receive correspondence from them. Congratulations for a job well done. The web site is actually more informative and well presented than the ones I have seen for many large towns.

Best regards and Merry Christmas,
Steve and Alison Clark
The Old Farmhouse, Birmingham Road, Blackminster.

Peter Hall - 10th December 2006 - 0:00

I have looked on the website a few times in the past but gave up when I saw a picture of me, centre stage, on the beach at Weston. Since then I have not been able to excuse my mother for allowing me out in such trousers!. Seriously it was a real memory jerker.

Last week I saw that Michael Wells had joined the Friends Reunited website and I read that he was one a several who attended Green Hill School in preparatory then on to Badsey and then to Prince Henry's GS. The point being that Michael Wells is the big guy leaning over me in the photo! I wish I had photos of the days but cannot help. Others who did the same were John Miller, Peter Allard, John Allard, and myself. There were some others but memory is bad. I suppose it is only 54 years ago!

I lived in Evesham on Cheltenham Road and would catch the bus every morning from outside the Clifton Cinema. My Dad worked at National Provincial bank in the Market Square. Often a few of us would walk home from school along Badsey Lane exchanging our bus money for sweets in the shop in Badsey: a triangular paper bag full of yellow 'cali' (never had to spell it!) or cinder toffee broken off a huge slab. I could write quite well when I left Greenhill but the keen way handwriting was taught at Badsey turned my own into a mess, which it remains to this day. The whole point of the handwriting was the annual test and Mr Binyon judging the styles. I never got showed, let alone won a prize.

Mrs Peat was one of my teachers. ( I was at Badsey between 1952 and 1956 or so, till now never really thought about it.) There was a gang of us who all went on the PHGS and through to universities of some form or another. My wife, Audrey, was from Offenham ( market garden Smiths). We now live in Devon, Two daughters and I for one want to retire. Well done with the website.

Regards, Peter Hall

Terry Singleton - 6th December 2006 - 0:00

 I have come across your website today and find the information very interesting and detailed.

My family lived in Badsey for approximately 7 years. My grandparents were George Edward and Fanny Osmond, living at 'Ruby House, Badsey Fields Lane, Badsey' from about 1914 until 1921. The children were: Muriel (b 1907 Birmingham), Reginald (b 1914 Badsey) and my mother Helen Mary (b 1920 Birmingham).

My evidence is taken from my mother's birth certificate, dated February 1920 I would be interested in any information you have on the house or the family during this period. My grandfather's occupation in 1920 was: 'Clerk at a preserve works'. My aunt Muriel did say to me some years ago that the family moved to Badsey as her father had got a job as "a manager of a canning factory that Cadbury's had opened in Evesham". Whether these comments refer to the same job I do not know.

We do not know of a Ruby House on Badsey Fields Lane, but there is certainly a house of that name on Bretforton Road, the present-day No 15. This house would have been not too far away from his job at the canning factory on the Birmingham Road. It is now a Business Park with a number of shops and businesses. A history of the site (including an audio-visual tour) can be seen at www.blackminsterbusinesspark.co.uk and click on "Blackminster Yesterday".