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319) John Wooldridge 
Dudley, West Mids
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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:24 Write a comment

Hi, very interesting site. Lived in Woodmancote next to the garage, youngest daughter was born there. Moved to Springfields near the police station, left Dursley mid 60s, now live in Dudley.

p collins Monday, 21 September 2015 11:37
Hi, are you still scrambling?
who raced no. 68 , I was no.69, hope you are well ,pc

john wooldridge Thursday, 25 February 2016 19:48
Hi Pete no longer scrambling but still ride m/bikes think G Fry rode 68 did you ride the cotton star maker great to hear from you give me a ring 07977123199 hope your well JW
318) Thomas Mitchell 
Wyoming, USA
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Sunday, 12 June 2011 16:59 Write a comment

I found your site quite by accident while doing a search for Captain George Augustus Graham. I thoroughly enjoyed the article on this gentleman and look forward to returning to spend time perusing the rest of your wonderful site.
317) Joffre Trotman 
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011 17:44 Write a comment

I am looking for information about the original Almshouses in Woodmancote. I know that they were provided by the Vizard family. Are there any records left and if so can they be viewed?
My great Grandfather Walter Trotman and his wife Emily died in the houses. Walter in 1926 and Emily in 1928. The alms houses were provided for poor ‘single’ men and women of the parish. So, why would Walter and his wife, a married couple, be allocated a home? Can any one help?

Andy (dursleyglos admin) Tuesday, 17 May 2011 19:24
I’m not aware of any records but there may be some in the Gloucestershire Archives. It’s possible that your grandparents were there to oversee the premises, in a ‘warden’ like role. The almshouses were for three men and three women but I know the census at different dates shows more than 6 people.

Dave Tuesday, 17 May 2011 19:25
Hi Joffre, if you go to the home page and click on Woodmancote. At the bottom of the page there is a picture.

Jjoffre Trotman Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:24
Hi Guys,
Thank you for your comments. They are appreciated. My family seems to have had a long association with the Almshouses as Walter's mother Mary Trotman (nee Fisher), also lived in one of the houses.
316) Barbara Scott 
Melbourne, Australia
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Saturday, 14 May 2011 08:41 Write a comment

I was a student at Cam Infants,Woodfield Primary then Dursley Grammar School up until 1967, when my family emigrated. We returned for a brief trip in 1976 and visited Lionel Ayliffe, who lived for decades at The Hollies - opposite the Post Office in Dursley. Can anyone tell me if he is still alive ? If anyone reading this remembers me, I'd love to hear from you - especially Tina Nolder, Alison Hughes, John Fish(er?). I have an antiquated computer on dial-up, but this site still works really efficiently. The content is impressive enough, but the construction of it makes it quite remarkable. Thanks.

Andy (dursleyglos admin) Sunday, 15 May 2011 18:54
Hi Barbara
Thanks for visiting my website and your comments, I'm glad you enjoyed it. You'll be pleased to know that Lionel Ayliffe is still alive and still living at the Hollies - now in his 90's. Best Wishes
315) Ulrik Bruun Fanoe 
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Tuesday, 12 April 2011 01:07 Write a comment

I come from Denmark as did the inventor of the Dursley-Pedersen bicycle. You can be proud of this man who moved to Dursley in 1883 and until 1922 produced 30,000 bicycles. Somehow the Danes did not appreciate his work. I guess you all know him though. ;o)

I am very fascinated and have started a small company producing this Dursley-Pedersen bicycle.

Andy (dursleyglos admin) Wednesday, 13 July 2011 07:20
Hi Ulrik
Good to hear from you and thanks for the information about your company making Pedersen cycles. Good luck with it.
314) Mike Luckett 
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Saturday, 9 April 2011 14:09 Write a comment

I lived in Dursley from 1958 until 1970. My father,Ted Luckett,was manager of Smith Rogers shop at 32 Parsonage Street and later worked as a photographer for Baileys Newspapers. I went to Dursley Grammar School between 1961 and 1966 and then was a Pupil Public Health Inspector for Dursley Rural District Council before qualifying and moving to Devon in 1970. If anyone out there remembers me please make contact.
313) Paul Thomas (Taffy) 
Escucha, Spain
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Thursday, 24 March 2011 16:53 Write a comment

I came to Berkeley after living away in about 1960 and went to school from then until 1964 in Neales coaches, driven by the large Aubrey Neale. I was not very good at school but enjoyed the varied sports played there. One teacher stands out and that was the maths master I believe called Mr West. Does anyone remember me?
312) Paul Thomas 
Escucha, Spain
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Thursday, 10 March 2011 15:03 Write a comment

I lived in Berkeley and was bused into school each day by Aubrey Neal on Neal's coaches. I attended the grammar school from 1960-64. I am now a retired Police officer and have moved to live in Spain.
311) Ken Browning 
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Friday, 4 March 2011 19:47 Write a comment

My grandfather, William Browning, was the last gardener at Norman Hill House, living in one of the cottages near the big house, and spent many hours in the grounds there. I remember Major Hague quite well. The 'castle' at the corner of the walled garden was a turreted tower, that had at one time been used as a small observatory. It didn't have the grand name of castle for anyone living there, it was just the tower.

Dave Friday, 4 March 2011 20:27
Ken, nice to hear someone else remembers the castle, Dave.

Rich Saturday, 5 March 2011 23:39
The tower is still there, only it ain't quite as tall as it used to be!!
310) Dave Goldsmith 
Dursley, Glos
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Saturday, 5 February 2011 17:22 Write a comment

Anyone have photos of what we used to call the old castle at Norman Hill in Cam, Glos?

Helen Sheppard (nee Gough) Monday, 14 February 2011 21:52
I remember the castle (more of a folly) in the grounds of Major Hague's manor house at Norman Hill. We lived at Kingsway in the 50s and 60s so could see it from our house. Me and my friends used to climb over the wall into the garden of the unoccupied house. There was one small room at the bottom and a spiral staircase which took you out onto the roof where we would look through the turrets at the view and imagine we were on a famous five adventure! I think the pond that was mentioned was in the field below the "castle" and was surrounded by trees. I seem to remember the house being on fire as part of its demolition probably in the 60s.

Dave Goldsmith Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:32
Thank you Helen, I thought I was going mad. No one else seems to remember the castle, it's got so many memories there. I've searched internet for old maps of the area and old photos of Dursley but no joy. I would just love to see a photo,
I used to play over there with Roger Hall, he lived in Kingsway. smile wink

Richard Hughes Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:40
Hi Dave, Is Roger a postman? If so it was him that told me about the pond and castle last month!

Dave Goldsmith Thursday, 17 February 2011 19:16
Richard Hughes, yes Roger is a postie. Do you know anything about the castle Dave?

Richard Hughes Thursday, 17 February 2011 20:17
Only what Roger told me, the estate belonged originally to Arthur Winterbotham (who built it). His daughter Emily married Hiram Hague and that's all I can find on the net. The castle was probably a garden feature to overlook Cam Mills (which belonged to the Winterbothams). When was it you used to play on the Castle? My Dad says he knows somebody that knows all about it and is going to find out for me.

Dave Goldsmith Thursday, 17 February 2011 21:03
I was about 13'ish when I used to play there, I am now 55. Do you remember the exact place it stood, someone somewhere must have a photo.

Richard Hughes Thursday, 17 February 2011 21:41
I will get my dad to find out more from his mate! According to David Evans (local historian) there's only one photo of the actual manor which I assume was in the garden that the castle stood in, but as you say somebody somewhere must have a photo, as the estate was built in 1888.

Richard Hughes Thursday, 17 February 2011 21:59
Just a thought, what was the castle made of? Was it red brick like the Manor House? I only ask because at the top of the orchard is much demolition rubble, mostly red brick!

Dave Goldsmith Friday, 18 February 2011 18:48
It was built from a light brown stone. I always thought it was a Norman look-out tower hence the name Norman Hill.

Richard Hughes Saturday, 19 February 2011 09:28
Speaking to a family member yesterday I found out that there was a cottage made of red brick that was possibly the gardener's who was said to work on the estate. Also it stood next to where the red brick and rubble is.

Dave Goldsmith Saturday, 19 February 2011 18:23
Richard, where exactly are you talking about?

Richard Hughes Saturday, 19 February 2011 19:53
At the top of the Orchard (bordering Norman Hill playing fields) by the bench next to a mounted map. Behind that in undergrowth is red brick brown stone and lots of masonry, it's on top of mounds and the mounds are I think more bricks and rubble. I looked today while walking the dog.

Richard Hughes Saturday, 19 February 2011 20:08
A bit further across where the undergrowth is trampled down you can walk across the back of the undergrowth and bricks are strewn all over the place. In fact there are bricks and slabs and stones across the field by the stream as well.

Richard Hughes Sunday, 20 February 2011 11:54
Coincidentally I bumped into Peter Hall today while walking the dog. He's the youngest of the Hall bro's who I used to hang around with in the mid to late 70's. I will try to get the info you require from my dad's friend! I used to have what I thought were dreams about a castle tower till I spoke to Roger so maybe they weren't.

Dave Goldsmith Sunday, 20 February 2011 17:58
Keep trying Richard I appreciate your help.

Andy (dursleyglos admin) Monday, 21 February 2011 21:53
Hi Helen, Dave and Richard. Thanks for all the discussion here. I've added a photo of Norman Hill House on the site forum which you may like to look at. You can get to the forum from my home page and then go to the Dursley Local History/Old Photographs topic. Click on the photo to see it in full. By the way the forum is better for ongoing discussions as you can add photos, etc. You will need to register to post though to prevent spam. I'd be interested in what you have to say about the photo. Thanks

Richard Sean Hughes Tuesday, 22 February 2011 09:32
Thanks for that Andy, (bigger than I thought). I assume the row of trees is the drive from the main road? Have you any info on the history of the site? I think you're right, that is the elusive castle top right of pic!

Richard Hughes Tuesday, 22 February 2011 11:28
Dave, I have spoken to Dad's friend, unfortunately she was too young to remember much detail, hope the pic helps! I'm still trying to work out which way the Estate was facing! Which of the two buildings (top right) was the tower? The round small one or the square one? I only ask as I've been informed the tower was round!

Dave Goldsmith Tuesday, 22 February 2011 20:06
Andy, you're a star. Yes the castle is top right. If you walk to the bottom left of playing field it's there right at the end of Parklands road. The old wall is still there, it's brown stone. Do you have any more photos and where did you get this one from?
Dave smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile

Andy (dursleyglos admin) Tuesday, 22 February 2011 20:10
Hi Dave
I've just added another photo to the forum. I have 1000's of photos of old Dursley and Cam. Why don't you join the forum and we can continue this there. Cheers Andy

Dave Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:47
Still trying to find out the age of the castle, was it built at the same time as the house or was it nothing to do with it. I always thought it was medieval.

Andy (dursleyglos admin) Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:08
Could everyone add comments to the forum from now on please rather than this guestbook. The forum is intended for ongoing discussions and is easier to add to and administer. I will add more to the forum shortly. Thanks

Rich Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:32
Apparently the wall IS listed!!
309) Stephen Smith 
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Wednesday, 2 February 2011 16:13 Write a comment

I'm not from Dursley but took a pupil to a Lister Diesel course in 1972. The lad was suitably impressed and went on to become a mechanic. Still have instruction book for HR2-HR3 air cooled diesels price then 50p, parts list SW2M marine diesels price then 10/- and instruction manual SW2M propulsion and auxiliary marine diesel engines, price then 10/-!
Nice friendly site.
308) John & Diana Snelling 
Dereham, Norfolk since 2006
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011 15:09 Write a comment

We lived at 7 Nordown Road, Cam until 2002 when we moved to Eye near Peterborough and from there to 35 Swan Road Dereham NR19 1AG since Nov '06. We were members of the Congregational Church and played with Stinchcombe Silver Band until their disbandment when I played with Chalford. I was a member of the Cotswold Canals Trust and used to help out with pleasure boat trips at Stonehouse. We revisited Cam last year to meet old friends in Rowley.
John Snelling

Andy Thursday, 27 January 2011 20:02
Thanks for leaving the message in my guestbook. I did the opposite to you, moving to Dursley from Norfolk 12 years ago. I also do the boat trips for the Cotswold Canals Trust, but now at Saul!
307) Dave Goldsmith 
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Thursday, 6 January 2011 20:54 Write a comment

Does anyone remember what we used to call the castle on the Norman Hill estate?

Richard Hughes Wednesday, 19 January 2011 11:27
I moved to St Georges Rd in 1973 aged 2 while the estates were being built and have recently heard of the tower/castle, what was it? What was it for and when was it demolished? Also about a large pond, where were they? on Norman hill or Holywell orchard? As there is a lot of red bricks in the undergrowth!

Richard Hughes Wednesday, 19 January 2011 11:40
Could this be to do with the substantial Norman Hill House which once stood up by the Big Trees on Norman hill playing fields and was owned by the owner of Cam Mills?
306) Barbara Welsh 
Victoria, Australia
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Monday, 13 December 2010 22:45 Write a comment

I enjoyed visiting your site. My ancestors lived there many years ago and I wished I'd known before I left England in 1983, I would have enjoyed seeing where they lived.

Barbara Welsh Monday, 13 December 2010 22:52
Sorry, I should have given my family names. The Pegler and Batt families are recorded on a census as living at Rose Cottage, Dursley Fields. If anyone knows anything about these families, please contact me.
305) Jim Henderson 
Turenki, Finland
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Sunday, 12 December 2010 14:08 Write a comment

Very nice site, I was trying to find an old army friend from the area, Graham Scott.
Last heard of in Stepps Close, married to Lynne when they were both stationed in Cyprus.
If anyone knows of them or their whereabouts, please do not hesitate to contact me, I have been trying to find them for a few years now, any help would be greatly appreciated
304) David Jones 
Sunshine Coast, Qld. Australia
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Sunday, 21 November 2010 11:24 Write a comment

I was born at home in Roseberry Ave in 1942 and have lived in Australia since 1959 after a few stops on the way. I left Dursley at age 5 but visited my aunt and uncle and cousins at the Broadwell for several years. My father worked at Listers. You have a very good site as the virtual tour and maps (almost) brought back all the old memories. I can remember climbing Cam Peak and walking through Lister's with my father, etc.
Thanks for the memories.

David Jones Saturday, 11 December 2010 06:36
At my last visit to the site,I noticed a familiar name and made contact and yes it was my cousin who had left Dursley and settled in New Zealand. I have since made contact and now regularly correspond.
Thanks Dursleyglos.
303) Nigel 
Bath UK
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Saturday, 13 November 2010 21:27 Write a comment

I have just bought a Lister wooden, brass bound jardiniere on stand, stamped with the Lister stamp and numbered 35288. Would anyone have any information about this item? Thanks
302) Marilyn Connelly 
Western Australia
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Friday, 5 November 2010 15:42 Write a comment

My Gt. Grandmother came here from the Dursley area, about 1890. She left her parents and 6 siblings behind. Her maiden name was Pepworth. Her Father John Thomas Pepworth was a woodcutter and carter and her Mother, Hannah Kiturah Atkins worked in one of the cloth mills.

Mike Organ, Cam. Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:51
John and Hannah's son Reginald also emigrated to Western Australia in the 1920's. He married my Grandfather's sister Valma. I believe their daughter Audrey is still alive and I know a cousin is still in touch with their other daughter, Betty's, family. Mike Organ
301) Craig Camidge 
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Thursday, 30 September 2010 22:15 Write a comment

I was an apprentice from 66 to 70 and many friends including Graham Puddle, Alan Bateman, Pete Ashby, John Savage, Terry Williams, Bill Squidd, Dave Hammond, Dave Hawkins, Rod Sewell, John Dunn, Slippery Soaper, Tinker, Adrian, Colin Powell and many more. I hope they are all well and enjoying life.
300) Marion Davies nee Harwood 
Caerphilly, South Wales
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Sunday, 26 September 2010 17:13 Write a comment

Hi Andy,
What a great site, I grew up in Dursley and my father worked in Lister's for 42 years. On looking at the photos I found my father Bob Harwood in the front of "Grinding combs and cutters". He is on the right hand side wearing a trilby.
Thanks very much.
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