Can you Help?
I often receive requests from visitors to our village website looking for their family homes and connections to our village etc.
And below are some of the requests for information that we have not found an answer for yet!
If you can possibly enlighten us with any additional information it will be greatly appreciated.
Please mention this website when you contact them.
And I too would like a copy of your information to add to the website too if possible!!
Can you remember?
The Beacon fire on the top of
the Knoll in 1988
Alan Kerr of Bleadon is soon to publish a book about the
history of the Knoll.
And would really appreciate it if someone can confirm that a beacon was lit on
Does anyone remember seeing the Beacon
fire on the top of the Knoll in 1988
commemorating the 400th anniversary of
the sighting of the Armarda?
If so, please contact me by
or 01934 750274.
on 01934 812084
information on any of the following names. DURSTON, NORVIL,
of Edith Durston's illegitimate sons was apprenticed to a James
Norvel in Edingwoth. And Norvel/Norvil is a missing link in my
family. Edith’s grandfather James Durston married Mary Norvil in
1755 at Chapel Allerton.
James was classed as a “Day Labourer in the County of Somerset” and
Mary Norvil or Nowell as coming from Banwell but she was not
Does anyone know where she comes from? Similarly James son, George
Durston (father of the infamous Edith married a Sarah ?? and I have
never been able to find a relevant marriage which fits in the local
area ca. 1780 – there may have been children before Edith (b.1783).
is probably the son of Giles Durston and Hannah Toleman of Badgworth
and born 1723.
would be very grateful for this posting, in case someone else has
come across either of these two items. As my maiden name was
Durston, I am unable to research these Durstons with any certainty.
Any help would be greatly
appreciated. Jane Hussey
Please contact John (webmaster)
here And I can give you Jane's email address.
information on Roland Emery and his wife Anne Wildgoose
and later ran a shop at West Pennard Nr Glastonbury?
Adele Hocking seeks any information which
relates to the Emerys the shop or PO at w. Pennard, in order to create a
history of West Pennard.
Contact Adele at; 01458 833514
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
on CHAPPELL family of East Brent.
Early members were John CHAPPELL ,
churchwarden East Brent in 1678 and George CHAPPELL resident East Brent
Kym Adrian EDWARDS
9 Flotilla St, Seaford, South Australia 5169
Collings and a bag
would love to know is whether there is any record in East Brent of my
great-grandfather, Thomas Collings, the husband of Hannah Bunn. He is
supposed to have climbed the tower of the church carrying a sack of corn
for a bet and was injured or killed as a result.
Leaving Hannah as a young widow with two sons to support.
I am researching the Liants/Lients / Dibble
Phoebe Day from Banwell married James
Dibble senior in Bleadon 24/06/1815
I have their Burial dates as James age 65 25th September 1858
Phoebe age78 7th May 1871 Bleadon.
Can anyone tell me anything more about
Any information will be welcome
Seeking direct male ancestors of
John EDWARDS and Mary ESGER
married 21 March 1782 at East Brent.
Looking to establish
connections with older Edwards families in Wales. In that regard seeking
volunteers for Yline DNA tests (via familytreedna.com). Prepared to meet
test costs for suitable candidates. Edwards resident in East brent/Rooksbridge
area for other lines of descent will also be considered.
Kym Adrian Edwards
9 flotilla Street
Seaford, South Australia 5169
The 'Welly' Skittle team 1960's
How many can you name?
Who were the lady and infant outside the Post Office?
Who were these gentlemen and why were they posing in front of the Baptist
Can you answer any of these questions?
Who were these people?
Where are they now?
What was the occasion?
Do you have information or photographs of people or events of the past, that you feel we could share?
For instance, we know the Cheddar Valley Dairy was in Mendip Road from 1850's - 1993. And it was
a major employer for all those years.
Did you or your family work there?
Do have Photo's or facts and figures?
Do you have a tale to tell?
There must be lots of memorabilia and thoughts hidden away locally.
You tell me and I'll collate and publish the story of this important bit of our village history
on the website for future generations.
Check the progress so far here.
Do please contact me.
|Many people locally
and worldwide are interested in or are researching their family
history or ancestral homes.
While there is very little recorded information about Rooksbridge in existence,
in some cases we have been able to help in some small way.
And this is due to those of you who volunteer your local knowledge and
even that little thought or snippet of
info that you think might help.
I have been adding
the records from the
census for East Brent,
Rooksbridge and Edingworth to the name index. Among the images from
the enumerators records I've found the following place names somewhere
within the parish boundaries!!!
Where was the parish 'Poor
The Axbridge Poor Law Union came into being in 1836.
However we know from the census of 1841 and church records c 1857
that a parish 'Poor House' still existed located somewhere in
It must have been more than the average cottage at the time as several
families are listed as residing there?
The 'Lamb Inn'??? A
William BAKER was the "Publican" and lived there with his family!!
George and Jenny Binning suggest that this could have been located in
Church St East Brent.
'Harts Row or Bow'???
I have recently acquired the
transcript of the 1891 census for Rooksbridge and East Brent the entries
from which are now included on the website.
However some of the entries have
thrown up a few questions about the names and location of some of the
roads and places in our village! For instance...
Blind Pill Lane?
Is this what we now call Mudgley Lane which the 'Blind Pill Rhine runs
Is this either Mendip Rd (Known locally until the 1960's as 'Factory lane)
or is it Rooksbridge Road?
Where was Higges or Higgs Lane?
George and Hannah Emery are listed in Higges Lane and also a Cheese
factory. We know that George and Hannah Emery lived next to the Chapel in
Gills Lane in the late 1800's and early 1900's and it is believed there
was also a small dairy producing Cheese at or close to Bachelors Hall.
However an early 1900s photo shows Gills lane as
||Does anyone have any suggestions as to where these
cottages near a pond might have been?
The photo was among many taken
in our area by the
George Derrick who spent a lot of time living in East Brent.
Can anyone shed any light on these
places or offer any suggestions?
If your family, has links with Rooksbridge. Please
share with us.
We still have a number of names and places that are being researched.
I and others are particularly keen for information about any of the following names below:
I can put you in touch with the person researching a name or place.
Perhaps you are related, or know someone who is, or you
can tell us who lived where in Rooksbridge?
Do you have photo's or can you tell us anything at all about these
Now this is the moment I have to own up!
Apart from the satisfaction of helping in a small way, I get my
reward from the research these persons have
undertaken and are so willing to share with us! Which adds to the accumulation
of our knowledge of our village past. And I am indebted to
them and acknowledge them above.
do you know about the following local names?
Mike Jones seeks any information
relating to the above names, who were believed to have been evacuees at
'Acacia Farm' Tarnock in the 1940's
email Mike: here.
Sandy Hopper (nee) Ham. Seeks any
information relating to the Ham families of East Brent, Rooksbridge, Mark and surrounding
email Sandy here
Hello from Canada!!!
I noticed your web sit about surnames. My 2x great grandfather is James Sandford listed on your site. James Sandford married twice Ann Brown and
Mary Ann Young.
Is there a way to contact Chris Elam, who is shown related to James Sandford.
Todd Sandford email Todd. here
I have looked up your web site and must say how informative
it is, well done. My Gt.X4 Grandmother was Jane Emery who was born
1776 in Farmborough, Somerset. I have not yet researched this branch and
therefore have very little information. Can you please tell me if we
have a connection and does the name's Lewis and Read from Farmborough
show on your records. The Lewis family eventually moved to South
I look forward to hearing from you.
Ken Lewis. email Ken here
So far: This branch of the Emerys appears
not to have a close Rooksbridge connection and no reference can be found in
the Emery material I have. While I no doubt there are earlier Emery
connections. Can you add to this information? (JR)
Duckett ? Can you help?
From: Miles Stephenson Jnr (Georgia USA)
We have an old picture of the homestead of Hester Duckett,
Rooksbridge, Somerset that later became the Adam & Eves House in 1977. It
is unknown how old the picture is but it was a stately house. Our
understanding of the family is that they later came to Canada and settled in
the Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ont areas.
Also, try name of Mary Ann Cuff, married to
Albert Edward Duckett or Albert George Duckett sometime around 1889.
So far: We know only of a Miss Duckett living
in a cottage on the corner of Gills Lane ABT 1930's? And there is a mention in
the E. Brent P.C. minutes: of a Mr Duckett occupying land at Rooksbridge in
'Adam and Eve' House was the earlier name of the now 'Ashlawn Farm' Which was renamed in the early 1900's by Andrew Gillings Grandfather. JR.
email Miles here
Ron Greenman by email from I know not
where? Asks about the names Greenman, Grunniman or Gunniman in our area?
Also he mentions relations connected with.. East Dean? Parish Council at
Axbridge. I do not think there was a Parish of East Dean in our area or
at least I haven't heard of it! but would be delighted to be proved wrong.
Radford, Sandy, Mead and Sprakman.
(nee) Trego now living in Gloucester contacted me requesting
news of her family. Especially regards to her Grandparents, Ernest and
Edith Bishop (nee Curtis) of "The Lilac's" Burton Row East
Marlyn is particularly keen to find out The Maiden Name of her Great
Grandmother: Catherine Elizabeth Curtis. Catherine was married to William Curtis
and in the 1930's they were living at a farm in Middle Street, East Brent.
And she would also like to make contact with Pat Mead or her family. Pat was
bridesmaid to Marlyn's mother in1929.
Marlyn is keen to make contact with any members of the Curtis, Bishop,
Radford or Sandy families and also the following: Mead and Sprakman.
Update: Thanks to Bill Vile we have managed to put Marlyn in contact with Pat Mead.
Email Marlyn here