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413) Pat Jacobs (Smith) 
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Sunday, 19 June 2016 12:56 Write a comment

Hi I attended Dursley Grammar School 1956-1963 and would love to hear news of old school friends I am still in touch with, Susan Fisher, who also went to the Grammar School. Lots of happy memories of my school days.

Clive Moody Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:42
Hello Pat.Such along time to be out of touch. We now live in New Zealand.Our email is
Clive and Margaret
412) Emma Fletcher 
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Sunday, 22 May 2016 04:48 Write a comment

Just came across this website. Lovely to read all the history.
411) Julie Greenstreet 
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 14:17 Write a comment

Great site, really interesting.
410) Dave Webb 
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Thursday, 5 November 2015 09:50 Write a comment

Hello looking forward to contributing.
409) Rosemary Fowler 
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Monday, 12 October 2015 16:38 Write a comment

We were talking about the happy years we spent in Dursley and the many friends we made there. Then I found your site and I wanted to say how much pleasure it has given me to read the interesting articles and look at the photos on it. Dursley has somehow remained the same yet tried to keep up with the times without spoiling it. I think of all the places I have lived in England, Dursley is the one place I would call home.

I used to work in the Cotswold Care Charity Shop and spent many happy hours there and met some lovely people.
Thanks for the great memories and for the comprehensive and useful information given. Hopefully we can use it when we come to visit sometime.
Keep up the good work.
408) Sue Harris (Brinkworth) 
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Saturday, 22 August 2015 11:10 Write a comment

During the mid 1970/1980s there was a rather nice Pub/Restaurant in Long Street Dursley just down from Lister's Club. It was known for its Duck a l'Orange and it was the only place that us teenagers were able to do our 'courting'. The only thing is just recently we have been trying to remember the name of it. Can any one enlighten me?

Andy Wednesday, 10 August 2016 17:30
Hi Sue. Could it have been the Crown or maybe the Inn Place?
407) Maggie hogan 
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Sunday, 16 August 2015 09:04 Write a comment

Terrific website. My mother and grandparents lived in Dursley from 1911 to the 1980s. Does anyone remember The Mercury Cafe in Cam? It was run I believe by Alice Edith Williams or Rhodes in the 1940s. Would love to know its actual location (road) and any history etc. Many thanks.
406) Peter Davies 
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Sunday, 19 July 2015 15:15 Write a comment

Hi, bit of a random question........does anyone remember the cafe/bakery called The Forge in Silver Street? I used to buy what they called Buttered Buns for myself & colleagues at Mawdsleys & have never found them anywhere else, anyone any ideas?

Lynn James Wednesday, 2 January 2019 11:08
A gentleman called Sid King ran it. He was a renowned model plane flying expert too. Made gorgeous hot cross buns as well. Long retired but still lives on Whiteway estate if he is still with us.
405) John R Jones 
Lytham St Annes
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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:15 Write a comment

Very interesting website about the history of Dursley and surrounding areas. A lot of effort has gone into this website for its detail.

This part of The Cotswolds is beautiful and has a lot of interesting heritage as well as the nearby Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Slimbridge Wetlands and more.
404) Arthur Ayliffe Mellerup 
Cam Green
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Monday, 1 June 2015 06:07 Write a comment

Lived in the town for the last 90 years.
403) Alex Livall 
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Sunday, 17 May 2015 10:52 Write a comment

I have just come over a postcard dated Ju10 06 with a picture of Cam Longdown/Cam Peak. It says on the front The New Rifle Range Cam Peak Dursley I know my grandfather used to shoot there as I have a couple of silver spoons he won and I also think the cup they used to shoot for was the Dursley Lee Metford which is now shot for at Bisley Surrey in the first stage of the Gloucestershire full bore championship but my 17 year old would like to know what distance they shot there and when the range was opened and closed. I wondered if you had heard anything about it.

Andy Barton Sunday, 17 May 2015 15:30
Hi Alex
Cam Long Down rifle range was opened on Saturday 27th August 1898 by Miss Mary Wendon. The first shot was fired from the 500 yard range. The total length of the range was 800 yards and they also had 200, 300, 500 and 600 yard ranges. I know the range was still open in the 1920s but I don't have a closure date.
402) Geoff Whiley 
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Monday, 4 May 2015 19:12 Write a comment

I've just been listening to a programme "There's More Here Than I Thought" on BBC Radio 4 Extra, available online to early June. It's about the artist and social reformer Winifred Gill; I think it was made in 2009.

Presenter Kate Mosse and Dr Christopher Fletcher of the Bodleian Library, Oxford inspect some of Gill's papers. Around 25:29 the discussion moves on to her Second World War internee relations work and he says (I think I hear correctly):

"[Reading] Notes on the visit of the Bishop of Bristol to the Refugee Institute at [brief pause] Dursley on Monday November 4th 1946. [To Mosse] Has anyone else ever recorded that? Probably not."

Through Google I've found only a passing reference in an Exeter PhD thesis (N Burkitt) to 'another refugee from Dursley, sixteen year old Klaere Loeb' but nothing as 'grand' as an Institute. That and the fact that Bristol, if the wrong diocese for Dursley is at least next door suggest to me that I heard correctly.

Does anyone please know any more?

Andy Barton Tuesday, 5 May 2015 16:00
Hello Geoff

Thanks for that, an interesting observation - you did hear it correctly.

The Dursley Institution was what was once Dursley Union Workhouse, in Union Street, built in 1834 and demolished in the 1950s.

At the start of WW2, many refugees were moved to Dursley from Bristol and the southern part of Gloucestershire as they were deemed “alien protected areas”. In June 1940 there were 120 German and Austrian refugees in residence at the Institution and it was run as a hostel. As “Category C” aliens they were all exempted from internment – for the most part they had all been victims of Nazi persecution. To make way for them, Dursley was given 24 hours to evacuate all patients and inmates from the Institution.

The refugees ran the hostel mostly themselves but Miss Winifred Gill organised many leisure time occupations including classes in history, geology, shorthand, musical appreciation, folk dancing and English conversation. The refugees also did knitting for the Red Cross and made toys for child air raid victims.

The Bishop of Bristol may have been the Roman Catholic Bishop as Dursley is in the Clifton (Bristol) diocese. Equally it could have been the C. of E. Bishop of Bristol as the refugees were all moved out from Bristol in the first place.

The refugees were all very appreciative of the assistance they received while in Dursley.

I hope that helps.
401) Margaret Beadley 
Somerset, England
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:06 Write a comment

I have been talking to Nev Taylor on Facebook. We attended Prince Rupert School in Wilhelmshaven, Germany at the same time and both knew Graham Shotter. I just wondered if it is the same person who posts here
400) Kevin Phillips 
Ottawa, Canada
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Saturday, 7 March 2015 23:41 Write a comment

What an enjoyable site! I would appreciate hearing from anyone with genealogical information relating to the family of George Phillips (born c. 1814), a shoemaker/cordwainer, and Elizabeth Phillips (born Poulton, c. 1816, in Dursley), who married in Dursley in 1833 and raised a family that included Arthur, who emigrated to the Ottawa valley in the early 1870s.
399) Rita Hitchins Anderson 
Alberta, Canada
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015 18:31 Write a comment

I am doing family research and it seems most of the ancestors are from Dursley, Bristol area. I am hoping there is a Hitchins who reads this. I am missing a generation or two, I need info before 1650 and most of the males are Richards, supposed to be a connection to Richard III, well, so the story goes.
Hope to hear from someone.
398) Pat Piercy 
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Monday, 23 February 2015 17:26 Write a comment

Hi can anyone help me please. I lived with foster parents in Dursley approx 1958. Foster parents called Mr & Mrs Blake, they had a daughter called Margaret. I would love to hear from anyone that would know of which local school I may have attended. Any contacts of Margaret would also be appreciated.

Margaret Sunday, 26 November 2017 13:55
Hi Pat, my parents fostered many children over the years, don't know how old you were in 1958 but you most probably attended Woodfield Primary School. Do you have a maiden name? I haven't visited this site for years and was so surprised - and pleased - to see this post.
397) Joanne Thomas 
United Kingdom
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Sunday, 8 February 2015 16:52 Write a comment

Hi, I am hoping someone will be able to help me. My mum, Christine, was born in Dursley and grew up there till her 20's. Her mum was Anne Pegler at the time but then married and become an Ormston. My mum was given some information on who her biological dad was and am trying to find him or information on him and hoping someone on here might be able to help. my mum was born in Nov 1960 and the dad would have been in his 20's. his name was Christopher Stevens/Stephens, unsure of which way it was spelt, he had a younger brother Andrew. eek!

Derek Morley Thursday, 12 March 2015 18:33
Not that I can help with your immediate question but having lived at Far Green in the 1960's, I suppose you know about Hetty Peglers Tump? If not do a search on same. wink
396) Denis Booth 
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:43 Write a comment

Hi to everyone.
395) Liz Turnbull 
Western Australia
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Sunday, 28 December 2014 00:34 Write a comment

Hello, I will be visiting Dursley & Wotton Under Edge in Feb/March 2015 to see where my family originated from. They were Tilleys who were farm labourers at Huntingford during the mid to late 1800's. I am looking forward to finding out about them!

Maggie Hogan Saturday, 24 January 2015 23:28
Hello, my Nan and Grandad used to live next door to the Tilleys! from 1940s to about 1980s - Woodfield Road. We used to spend our summer holidays retrieving our tennis balls from Mrs Tilley's garden. She didn't get grumpy! She had a great old house where the staircase was behind a door - absolutely fascinated by it as a 10 year old!! Enjoy your trip.

Sue Sinclair (Tilley) Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:33
I am also related to the Tilley's of Dursley & Uley would be great to combine our findings.
394) Eva 
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:27 Write a comment

Can anyone help please? I was in the children's home in 1948-49 in Nunnery Lane. I can't find anything about it - can anyone help please?
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