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57) Alan Gassor 
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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Sunday, 2 January 2005 23:01 Write a comment

smile Thank you for a sudden rush of memories! I lived in Elcombe from 1950 to 1970, went to Uley Cof E school & Dursley Grammar. Emigrated to Canada in 1976. It was thrilling to see the Uley turnpike area just as I remember it. Went into the King's Head a few times when I was, ahem, 16 !!
56) Scott Bugden 
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Saturday, 18 December 2004 13:14 Write a comment

I found this site by chance as my Nan, Mary Bugden nee. Bird, was born (in the early 30's) and brought up in Dursley. She lived at the end of May Lane and worked at the solicitors and my Grandad, Alan Bugden, worked at the Natwest bank (he can remember holding customers' horses for them while they did their banking!). They married in Dursley Methodist church where my Nan also played the piano. After finding the site, I found out that my Great Grandfather was killed in an accident in Lister's whilst servicing a drilling machine.
I was amazed to see that there was a website devoted to Dursley and even more impressed to see the quality of the website. I found it really interesting, even though I have never been to the town. I showed the site to my Nan briefly and she was almost moved to tears, just looking at the old photos (and telling at least one story about every one I showed her smile ) - she could have spent all day looking at the pictures!
If anybody knew her or my Grandad, I am sure she would love to hear from you (I will pass on any e-mails).
Lastly, thanks to Andy for all your help recently and keep up the good work on the site.
55) Graeme K Talboys 
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Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:49 Write a comment

A good site for the occasional return visit. It's a long time since I've been back to Dursley (trying to get up White Way on three cylinders in a very ancient vehicle - long since deceased). Home of my fathers (and aunts) I have memories of my grandfather's forge and the long climb up to his house which was well worth the effort as there were invariably apple donuts waiting.
54) Anthony Kolacz 
USA (currently in Iraq)
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Monday, 22 November 2004 20:56 Write a comment

I lived on the Jones Farm on Hill Rd, and on Frederick Thomas in Cam from 1955 to 1960. Dad and Mom both worked at Listers. Immigrated when I was 7, but have many fond memories of the area. I've visited a few times and brought my children there to see where I lived. They loved it as much as I did. I'd love to hear from any school mates or old friends. e-mail -
53) Paul Etheridge 
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Monday, 22 November 2004 17:41 Write a comment

Have only just discovered this site. I was born in Dursley (in Olive Grove) and my father (Harold) had his photography business in Silver Street for many years, from 1946. His old premises (Manchester House) appear in one of the photographs on the site.
52) Elaine Dursley Jackson 
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Wednesday, 3 November 2004 04:07 Write a comment

I am so glad to view this website since Dursley has been a sort of "legend" in my family since my maiden name was Dursley. My family is from Bristol and any information about the area is welcome to us. I hope to visit Dursley next June with some cousins who live nearby. These pictures are making me anxious to go!
51) Sarah 
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Wednesday, 27 October 2004 23:20 Write a comment

I had to come back for another look, great site.
50) Ken Barry 
Newport, South Wales
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Sunday, 24 October 2004 11:31 Write a comment

Since I retired I have been researching the DENNING, MOODY & HICKS families in Glos. Quite recently I found out that a family of DENNINGs lived in the Dursley area. Richard Denning passed away in 1807, no sign of his wife. Thomas Denning was their son (orphaned in 1807) so his mother must have died earlier. Have failed to locate which Church they are buried at. Can anyone help me with the DENNING Ancestors please.

Sincere thanks in anticipation of any help offered.


K T Barry
49) Thomas Hurcomb 
Middletown Spgs, Vermont, USA
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Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:10 Write a comment

I came upon your great site while researching my ancestors who come from the Uley area. Would appreciate any information on the HURCOMB /HURCOMBE family of Uley or from Newington-Bagpath from the 1700 and 1800's. Great depth and breath to your site. Congratulations. Thank you.

Tom Hurcomb, Middletown Springs, Vermont,U.S.A, smile
48) Ronni 
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Tuesday, 19 October 2004 22:13 Write a comment

Love the website, and really enjoyed the virtual tour. Was able to see houses we used to live in, would love a tour of Virtual Tour of Cam as well if you have the time. Moved here in 1986 & love it. smile
47) Alan (Spider) J Webb 
Vancouver. Canada.
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Thursday, 7 October 2004 02:39 Write a comment

Many thanks for pointing me to your site.
Although I was only there for a short period of time 1961-1967 as an imported apprentice from Cornwall at Listers, the experience was life shaping. To see so much history and the current town is wonderful.
You have made a marvelous contribution.
Thanks for the memories.
46) John Rose 
Moss Vale, NSW Australia
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Tuesday, 21 September 2004 03:38 Write a comment

Thanks Andy for such a good site. The various photos brought back many memories of my 5 years in Cam as an evacuee. We made 2 visits in the 90s and caught up with quite a few old friends. If any others see this message I would be pleased to hear from them.
I understand that you are working on a section about evacuees, looking forward to seeing it in the future.
John Rose
45) Steve 
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Tuesday, 7 September 2004 12:41 Write a comment

Excellent website, well put together. I particularly enjoyed the virtual tour, finding areas of Dursley I didn't know about despite living there! You even include a partial photo of a house I used to live in. smile Great stuff.
44) Hilary Storer (nee Stabbins) 
Johannesburg South Africa
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Wednesday, 1 September 2004 15:11 Write a comment

What a wonderful site!

I thoroughly enjoyed the history and related pictures and have sent the URL on to my sister Jennifer Blignaut (nee Stabbins).

I left Dursley in 1956 with my late parents Daniel and Mildred Stabbins and sister Jennifer (who also lives here in Johannesburg). We have the most fond memories of this beautful town and often get together to laugh and remember Dursley.

Thank you so much for your efforts in bringing back such a super time in our lives.

Hilary Storer and Jennifer Blignaut (nee Stabbins)
43) Sam Lowry 
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Wednesday, 25 August 2004 19:45 Write a comment

Anyone wanting to rate or review pubs in Dursley or get into contact with old drinking friends should try pubs galore, couldn't quite get the full link in the webpage box but sure you can work it out
42) Ron Towns 
Beaufort, South Carolina
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Wednesday, 25 August 2004 16:49 Write a comment

I know this is a long shot but there may be someone reading the guest book who can help me in my search for a long lost pal. Almost fifty years ago a young man with the family name THOMAS joined the Royal navy as an Artificer Apprentice. I remember that he came from Dursley. Our apprentice class has a fifty year reunion planned for 2006 and Tom is still missing.

Thanks, in advance
41) Jane Figg 
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Monday, 23 August 2004 10:24 Write a comment

Like some other visitors to the site, I found it whilst looking for something else! I have only hazy recollections of Dursley, not having been there for 30? years. My grandfather Mr F.W.Moore was the dentist in Dursley for some years and we have some photos of my aunt in fancy dress for the opening of the library. I certainly had measles in Dursley and was attended by Dr. Fayle.

I think you have made an excellent job of the web site.
40) Kim Mundy 
Ruislip, MIddlesex
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Thursday, 12 August 2004 15:10 Write a comment

Thank you this interesting website. My 'Gibbon & Cross' families lived on and around Bolton Lane until they moved across to Troedyrhiw in the mid 1850's. My G* Grandfather was killed on Bolton Lane when he was run over by a wagon in 1842! Look forward to visiting the Heritage Centre someday.
39) Jean Dickson (Shuttleworth) 
Moonta Australia
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Tuesday, 10 August 2004 00:25 Write a comment

Love to hear from any old evacuees from Harwich.

Sally Lord Sunday, 15 September 2013 15:03
Hi were you once known as Jean Proom?
38) Yvonne Pastolove 
Roslyn, NY, USA
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Saturday, 31 July 2004 10:26 Write a comment

Digging in some family archives, I came across a Hugenot branch of my family (Francillon, from Switzerland)) which emigrated from France at the same time, but to to England. Some descendants lived in Dursley: Henry-James Francillon(1842-1926), a lawyer in D. Among his 7 children was a Francis-Robert Francillon (1887-1962) who ran a tea plantation in Ceylon. He had 1 daughter, Phyllida who married Robert A.H. Soames in 1936. There is also a Francis Edward Francillon (b.1889) who supposedly lived in Dursley in 1939. Anyone know anything about them?????

Brian Fayle Saturday, 29 March 2008 20:19
Francis was a solicitor in Dursley for many years. His son was still alive in February '07 when I visited him in Uley. He was in his early 90s then. I think one of his sons is a lawyer somewhere.

Alex Livall Sunday, 17 May 2015 15:47
I grew up knowing John and his wife Cilla francillon he was a solicitor and they were both target rifle shooters and members of dursley rifle club
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