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357) Lyndal Turner 
Marrar, Australia
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 01:19 Write a comment

We're heading to Uley/Dursley in Sept 2013 to visit the area my husband's great great parents lived, before emmigrating to Aus. They married in St Giles (if it is the only C of E church in Uley) so will be visiting there. Is there someone involved in the historical society who we could contact for more information?
356) W J Baker 
Eschwege - Germany
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Monday, 25 March 2013 12:56 Write a comment

Never knew there was so many pubs in Dursley. Hello to all that know me, great site.
355) Neil Truelove 
40 Kingshill Road, Dursley
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Friday, 8 March 2013 11:54 Write a comment

Interesting site. Thank-you. I found it today whilst researching the cluster of Polish graves in the cemetery, which your site helped to identify as Listers' employees post the war. big grin
354) Dave Goldsmith 
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 20:50 Write a comment

I have loads of Lister link magazines, the earliest one I can find is 1975. Does anyone out there know when the first one came out?

Andy Thursday, 21 February 2013 21:02
The earliest Listerlink I have is dated September 1975. The very final one printed was Winter 1985. In 1986, after the Lister-Petter merger there were a couple of issues of a new magazine published called Link-Up. Prior to Lister Link the house magazine was the Lister Standard which started in the 1920s and continued through to at least the 1950s. During WW2 a flimsy newsletter magazine called the 'Gossip' was published for employees who were away.
353) Dave Goldsmith 
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 20:43 Write a comment

Just reading the article about Woodmancote house. I do remember climbing through the boarded up windows to gain access, also remember someone saying there was an underground tunnel leading out of the grounds, me and my mate Scotty went down into the cellar to check this out there was a heavy door there which we assumed was the entrance to the tunnel. We tried on many occasions to get through the door but we couldn't and gave up but do have many fond memories of playing in and around the house.
352) Sally Lister 
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Thursday, 17 January 2013 00:05 Write a comment

I am looking for an original lister engine advert.

Andy Friday, 18 January 2013 08:49
They quite often show up on eBay. Are you connected to the family?

Sally Friday, 18 January 2013 15:54
Thank you for getting back to me, I will have a look on eBay. I'm married to Edward Lister who is Sir Charles Percy's grandson.
The site is fantastic... It is clear to see that there is a wonderful community spirit in Dursley too. Amazing!
351) Chris Shrapnel 
Wells, Somerset
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:29 Write a comment

I was looking for the correct way to spell Mawdsley's when I chanced upon this site and the memories just flooded back. Especially when going through the photos of the Mawdsley factory and of Uley where I used, for a time, to be in digs. I did my HND at Mawdsley's between 1963 and 1967. I remember so well those photos of the inside of the factoy though I see there is only one in the old building - the one that was on the road. This was the drawing office where Percy, the office manager, made sure that come the end of my time I could produce a reasonable blueprint. My board was towards the far end of the line on the left hand side. Ray Flack tried to instill some idea of sales and Alan Forsyth, advertising. Then there was Bert in the development testing section and Mr Parsons who tried to teach me all about eddy-current couplings!
It was a joyful time for me.
Thanks for this trip down memory lane.
350) Kathryn Talboys 
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Saturday, 12 January 2013 13:02 Write a comment

After a recent stay back at home over xmas as a family we discussed our time at Whiteway Close (for me 63-82) and my memories of Rangers House, stables and the tunnel. Although much altered now we assumed the tunnel was linked to the house, with the gate house at Woodmancote (still there) with a bridge across to the house which as kids we called the four trees and led to the 'new' shop as was and a long grassed area (former house gardens?) we readily played in. Though the house and stables went when I was about ten I hear the tunnel is still there. just can't quite join up all the connections or not and was the tunnel really Roman as my great aunt told me as a child. Searched on the internet and found very little. Hoping someone knows more than me and can settle our discussion, Thanks.

Andy Saturday, 12 January 2013 13:35
Hi Kathryn. The tunnel was part of the estate gardens and landscaping and allowed an existing footpath to go underneath as the owner wanted his estate to remain private. It is definitely not Roman. The estate was sold in 1902 and included the 14 houses that make up Holywell cottages, still there on Woodmancote, on the left as you travel up Woodmancote beyond Nunnery lane. Rangers House was actually demolished in 1973 to make way for the current houses.

Sandra Jewell Sunday, 13 January 2013 20:59
Hi Kathryn, I lived at 16 Whiteway Close in the 60s with my parents Derek & Kath Smart. Have memories of walking under the tunnel many times. Such a shame the house went.

Alan Webb Sunday, 30 June 2013 17:23
Hi to Kathryn John's now canadian friend ex motorcycle.
And Sandra hi to you I knew your Mum & Dad when I live in Whiteway close With Mrs E Smith.
Alan (Spider ) Webb
349) Jeanette Morrison 
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:43 Write a comment

Just found this website! - grew up in Dursley in the days of a Woolworths in Long Street and two cinemas! Attended Dursley Grammar School 1960-67 (so hello to Robert Excell and Chris Harris!) - Percy Woodland, Jo West, Nell Ranshaw etc.
Keep up the good work on the website.

Happy Days! smile
348) Paul Thomas 
Escucha, Spain
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Sunday, 18 November 2012 16:39 Write a comment

I am looking at the panoramic school picture of us all in 1962. I remember being collected from Berkeley by Neale's coaches with Aubrey Neale driving. Where did the last 50 years go?
347) Twila 
Little Badminton
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 14:16 Write a comment

So insightful, looking ahead to returning.
346) Gill Gazzard (nee Munslow) 
Tewkesbury, Glos.
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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 15:26 Write a comment

Hi there, just 'fell' upon this site by accident. Spent the last hour or so reading all the guestbook comments/memories. I moved to Dursley from London in January 1964, first to 14 Cedar Drive then to 41 Springfields. I went to Dursley Sec. Mod. till 1968. Worked at Lister's for about a year then went to Mawdsley's for another couple of years before marrying Les Gazzard from Elmwood House, Cambridge. Did a couple Saturday jobs, fresh fish shop on the corner of May Lane, then the bakers (made cakes on the premises; where I learned how to stuff the jam into doughnuts!!) next door or so to Baxters Butchers, this is where Les worked for a few years until we married in 1971 (41 years now, and yes, some said it wouldn't last, fooled ya!). We have two children, Ivan & Fay, Fay has two children, Dan 16 & Becky 13. Reading through this site and looking at old pictures brought back happy memories for me too. Thank you Andy and all who have donated their recollections.

Andy Wednesday, 24 October 2012 21:54
Thanks for visiting the site, Gill.
345) Chris Harris 
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Monday, 27 August 2012 17:42 Write a comment

Hi, born and brought up in Third Av Highfields, Dursley until 1967. Dursley County School (Boss Prosser, Miss Kingham, Mrs Whiteman?). Dursley Grammar (Percy Woodland, Jo West, Nellie Ranshaw). Good memeories, Percy Woodland made me pass out demonstrating fluidity of Ether, lol. 649 Squadron ATC.
Hi to those who remember me smile

JEAW Tuesday, 28 August 2012 16:58
Hi Chris,I knew a family from Third Ave...Ron,Barbara,Jean, Hazel,Doug, and David also known as Spank and perhaps a few more.
Old Dursleyan JEAW

Chris Harris Tuesday, 28 August 2012 20:10
Hi JEAW, yep that's my family, I am the youngest Chris

JEAW Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:32
Hi Chris again, what a small world. I used to hang out at your house and play with Hazel but I also knew Barb and Jean very well. Jean was married to my best friend's brother "Bill" I know Jean passed away many years ago and Barbara just a few years ago. My brother was very good friends with Doug, is he still around? The family lived in First Ave when we were kids before moving to Third Ave. Hope you are well.
Cheers for now Jeaw.

Chris Harris Wednesday, 29 August 2012 18:33
Doug lives in Stonehouse and Jill in Dursley. David in Wootton Bassett and Hazel has been in Oz since 1973. Ron died some years ago.

Rob Exell Sunday, 21 October 2012 16:00
Hi Chris, I come back to this site from time to time but rarely see anything from my group of friends from those days. I remember me, you and Johnny Williams walking to Dursley County School every day (Mrs Wiseman, by the way) and then later to Dursley Grammar together with ex Church School boy Roger Atkins whose mother kept him in short trousers long after we had all graduated to 'longs' smile Good times!
344) Ron Heslop 
Wythenshawe, Manchester
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Thursday, 2 August 2012 07:37 Write a comment

Have just read Roger Oxland's message! I too, was taught by Miss Kingham and had my haircut by her dad on Long Street! I left Dursley Grammar on Friday 21st July 1954 & enlisted into the army on 27th. July 1954!!. Unfortunately despite coincidences cannot remember Roger??
343) Richard 
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Monday, 30 July 2012 07:33 Write a comment

In about 1964/5 I visited Dursley at the invitation of a friend I met in London. The family were named Humby. The father worked for Lister's (no surprise there) and the daughter was called Marian (or maybe Marion). She was a dressmaker and worked for Hardy Amies, the designer, in London. I think they originated from Wales. I sometimes wonder what became of them. Perhaps someone who visits this Guestbook may remember the name. It was a long time ago, though.

Helen Sunday, 30 November 2014 17:33
Hi Richard I have only just come across this site and read your message. I believe you are talking about my mother...Marion her maiden name was Harwood. My grandfather worked in Lister and Mum was a dressmaker for Hardy Aimes. She had a brother Colin who sadly passed away nearly 6 years ago. Mum lives back in Caerphilly however we visit Dursley often. I will be seein Mum tonight so will pass on. Helen
342) Diane Northcott 
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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:38 Write a comment

Hello. I am doing my family history, and I have found out that my Gt.Gt Grandparents, Edmund Grace and Charlotte Williams, were from Dursley.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to trace their birth certificates.
The only information I have is they were born abt 1814/1817, and it states on their marriage certificate that their parents were James Grace and Samuel Wiiliams
0ne of the witnessess was a Selina Williams, so I am wondering if they are related.
I would be most grateful, if there is anyone related to either the Williams/Grace families would be able to help me please.

Andy Wednesday, 18 July 2012 19:34
Hi Diane. National registration of births, deaths and marriages only started in 1837 which is why you can't find a certificate. However the births should be recorded in the Parish registers if you can get access to them.

Diane Friday, 27 July 2012 13:29
Hi Andy, thanks for getting back.
Will take a look at the parish registers.
341) Ian Mackintosh 
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:45 Write a comment

I visited Dursley in July,1969, to see a couple, Brin and Peggy, who were on the S.S. Australis with me in May/June, 1969, on a voyage from Melbourne to Southhampton.
Stayed in a field for the weekend before driving to Dover to start a 3 month European trip.
Brin played the piano.
Are they still around?

Julie E. A. Smith Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:51
from JEAW, Hi Ian, I live in the U.S.A. but my very best friend is Peggy Norris who still lives in Dursley. Peg and Bryn are divorced now but both are alive and well. I talk to her by phone often and would be happy to forward a message. Peggy does not have a computer. My e-mail address is
340) Roger Oxland 
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:52 Write a comment

I was taught by Miss Kingham and had my hair cut by her father. I attended Dursley Grammar until 1956 and sang Joe’s returning. My father ran the clinics at R A Lister and we lived in Jubilee Road. After 50 years I plan a return visit, hence my arrival on this website. I guess there may be some changes!
339) Sharyne Brothers 
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Tuesday, 26 June 2012 02:18 Write a comment

Hi, my husband is related to The Brothers family from Dursley, c 1800-1890's. We know that they were undertakers in Long Street, as well as carpenters. His ancestor, Charles Thomas King Brothers came out to Australia in 1855 with his wife Hannah French, and their infant daughter Elizabeth Sarah Jane, who unfortunately died a month before landing in Australia. We will be their in September sometime, and was wondering if there is a historical society or organisation that can help us with research. We know that some of the family lived at Woodmancote. Any help would be great. Sharyne Brothers
338) Rachel Greiner nee Hill 
Burlington, ON Canada
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Friday, 25 May 2012 18:02 Write a comment

Andy - What a wonderful site to read through to learn about Dursley and the area! It certainly gives me a better perspective of what my ancestors would have seen or been part of in their day-to-day lives.

Been researching the family tree and have Hill, Crewe and Wintle starting in the late 1700's. If anyone has these names in their own trees I would love to exchange information.

Kindest regards.
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