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329) Alison Travers 
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Wednesday, 7 September 2011 21:18 Write a comment

I'm hoping you can help me, do you know of the address The Craypen, Woodford, Dursley and if it still exists?

Rich Hughes Thursday, 8 September 2011 04:27
Hello, If you mean the Crapen at Woodfields then yes it does.
328) Steve Delves 
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Monday, 5 September 2011 14:31 Write a comment

My dad was evacuated from Harwich and would love to hear from you. I am also looking for your memories and photos for my Harwich and Dovercourt web site.

Andy (dursleyglos admin) Monday, 5 September 2011 16:41
Hi Steve
I interviewed a number of evacuees from Harwich and wrote an article for our local history journal. Some of them never went back and still live around here. I think there may still be an annual reunion of evacuees (though now on a much reduced scale).
327) matthew gray 
Poole, Dorset
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Monday, 29 August 2011 07:23 Write a comment

Thanks, this is a great site. My father's family lived and still lives in Dursley and my father was a fireman on the donkey. Will up load some photos once he digs them out.
326) Hazel Harkness nee Stevenson 
Omagh, Northern Ireland
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Sunday, 21 August 2011 18:16 Write a comment

Interested in making contact with friends from Sion Mills Northern Ireland who lived in Dursley in 1960's. Avril Nicholl and Greta Morrow.
325) Paul Tidman 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Friday, 12 August 2011 20:50 Write a comment

smile I have enjoyed seeing Dursley. I have researched a family connection who lived there for several years in 1820-1860 era, maybe erlier. Joseph Edmonds and son George ran a livery, omnibus and fly carriage business at 3-5 Long Street. I had hoped to find the names among the church records but alas no files. Did the files not get created ?


Andy (dursleyglos admin) Saturday, 20 August 2011 11:53
Hello Paul
Some of the documents exist but unfortunately are not online yet and probably won't be for sometime due to other commitments I'm afraid.
324) Peter Mills 
Chilliwack, BC, Canada
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 15:31 Write a comment

Excellent site. I enjoyed browsing the pictures. I attended Dursley Secondary School from 1942 to 1945. Joined the RAF as an apprentice, left in 1954 and emigrated to Canada in 1955.
My daughter is in England right now, and has visited my birth place Crawley Hill, Uley and taken hundreds of pictures and video.
Would love to hear from lost friends, and school mates.
323) Mark Bunnell 
Adelaide, Australia
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Saturday, 23 July 2011 11:11 Write a comment

Whilst looking at canal narrowboats for sale recently I noticed one with reconditioned Lister 12/2 diesel engine for sale. This reminded me of when we lived in Wotton-under-Edge and was a keen young golfer at Stinchcombe Hill GC and got my first job at the Dursley Gazette. I was leaving the clubhouse one Sunday evening in 1974 when in the darkness I could see a grass fire out near the 9th hole on the coarse. I rode my motorbike up the road towards the Listers home when I was flagged down by an old gentleman who turned out to be Sir Percy Lister. He asked me for lift to go over to see the fire and proceeded to jump on the back of my bike. We carefully negotiated the rough and sand bunkers and visited the small grass fire before returning back to Sir Percys home. He thanked me profusely for the exciting pillion ride and invited me in to meet Lady Lister and have a pot of tea. I said I needed to get home and said goodbye but years later regretted not joining him for tea and getting to know a little more about this wonderful man. Perhaps we should buy that boat with one of his engines in when we semi retire and come back to England for the summers and explore the wonderful heritage of the inland waterways.
Regards, Mark Bunnell, Mount Barker, Adelaide, South Australia
322) Jacqui Antczak (nee Sanders) 
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Friday, 22 July 2011 11:17 Write a comment

Hi - I just stumbled on this site and have spent the last few hours just reading. I was at school in the 70's at Highfield's C of E with Mr Gale as Headmaster. Then went onto Rednock in 1975 - starting in set 'C' and in Berkeley House. Many teachers including Mrs Reynolds (sports) and another one called Gill - can't remember her surname!! Brilliant times in the 6th Form, so many fantastic memories of the parties, save the green crisp and boundary patrol as a sixth former. Anyone remember me, please contact x
321) Christine 
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 11:34 Write a comment

My mother's maiden name was Tippetts and I am trying to find out anything about the Tippetts who lived in Dursley and the surrounding area in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. I am visiting Dursley this weekend to have a look around.
320) John Wooldridge 
Dudley, West Mids
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Tuesday, 5 July 2011 17:47 Write a comment

Hi again, lived in Dursley in the early 60's in Woodmancote then moved to Springfields. Left Dursley and moved to Africa then the mid east. Worked for J H Grange Builders and civil engineers as the plant manager in their plant dept Dursley Plant. Great site, have shown the rest of the family. Thanks JW.
319) John Wooldridge 
Dudley, West Mids
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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 08:24 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 07:37
Hi, are you still scrambling?
who raced no. 68 , I was no.69, hope you are well ,pc

john wooldridge Thursday, 25 February 2016 14:48
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 12:59 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 13:44 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 15:24
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 15:25
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 07:24
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 04:41 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 14:54
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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Monday, 11 April 2011 21:07 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 03:20
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 10:09 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 12:53 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 10:03 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 14:47 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 15:27
Ken, nice to hear someone else remembers the castle, Dave.

Rich Saturday, 5 March 2011 18:39
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 12:22 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 16:52
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 14:32
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 14:40
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 14:16
Richard Hughes, yes Roger is a postie. Do you know anything about the castle Dave?

Richard Hughes Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:17
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 16:03
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 16:41
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 16:59
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 13:48
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 04:28
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 13:23
Richard, where exactly are you talking about?

Richard Hughes Saturday, 19 February 2011 14:53
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 15:08
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 06:54
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 12:58
Keep trying Richard I appreciate your help.

Andy (dursleyglos admin) Monday, 21 February 2011 16:53
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 04:32
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 06:28
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 15:06
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 15:10
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 14:47
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 15:08
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 12:32
Apparently the wall IS listed!!
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