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A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

About the Site

Welcome to our site celebrating the life and work of Brian Torode, a man who was much loved, and is greatly missed, following his unexpected short illness and subsequent death in … Continue reading

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Let’s have your memories!

Brian’s former friends and colleagues are invited to leave comments about their memories of him. If you wish to, please also email any photographs or video that we can include on … Continue reading

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Eulogy

This is the text of the Eulogy given by Brian’s great friend, Richard Barton, at Brian’s funeral on Wednesday 19th March 2014 at Saint Stephen’s Church, Cheltenham: Banjour, (banzhoor) (Good Day) … Continue reading

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Hibbs and Cox Families – My Quaker Ancestors

HIBBS AND COX FAMILIES – MY QUAKER ANCESTORS William Hibbs (-1686) and Joane of Aylburton, Lydney, Gloucestershire   |   Jonathan Hibbs (1657-1698), Clothier of Aylburton, and Margaret Cox (-1708), … Continue reading

September 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Gilbert Blount trained with Salvin NOT Smirke

The architect, Gilbert Blount, actually trained with Salvin rather than Smirke … Many biographical dictionaries, including Wikipedia, state that Gilbert Blount trained in the office of Sidney Smirke. In fact, Blount … Continue reading

September 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Geary Family of Cuilleen, near Carna, County Galway

Geary Family of Cuilleen, near Carna, County Galway Researched by Richard Barton   Martin Geary, Farmer | Michael Geary (1867c-1927) of Cuilleen and Sarah Barrett (1874-1958) | Julia Geary (1912-1969) … Continue reading

August 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Coleman Family of Killererin, County Galway

Coleman of Killererin, County Galway Researched by Richard Barton   Walter (alias Edmond) Coleman (1837-1900) of Killererin and Honora (alias Norah) Elwood (1840-1915) | Michael Coleman of Coolreagh (1866-1937) and … Continue reading

August 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Donald Dougherty, Staff Sergeant U.S. Air Force

We are trying to discover relatives of Staff Sergeant Donald Dougherty who was stationed at the military hospital at RAF Wroughton, near Swindon, in Spring 1959. He was serving in … Continue reading

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

James and Maria Burke – From Athlone, Ireland, to Oakland, California, 1884

Are you able to help solve this mystery? James Burke and his sister Maria came from Athlone in Ireland and emigrated to Oakland in California sometime before the year 1884. … Continue reading

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Anthony Barton (1790-1834), alias Aaron Barton, native of the Vale of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, and later of Charleston, South Carolina

Anthony Barton (1790-1834), alias Aaron Barton, native of the Vale of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, and later of Charleston, South Carolina By Richard Barton and Richard Byrd (with thanks to William Baynard … Continue reading

April 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Barton Family of Thornbury – Parish Registers

I. Thornbury Parish Registers II. Bishop’s Transcripts for Thornbury III. Scribe’s Alcove Index for Thornbury and five other parishes I. Barton Family of Thornbury – Parish Registers Kindly contributed by … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Horcott – Property Log (1845 – 2003)

PROPERTY LOG ST. THOMAS OF CANTERBURY, FAIRFORD 1845- Date Work Donation 12th October 1845 Church was solemnly opened by Reverend John Mitchell. East window  by William Wailes of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1845. … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

St Mary’s Church, Cricklade – Property Log (1862 – 2004)

ST MARY’S CHURCH, CRICKLADE: LOG OF THE FABRIC  Timeline: 1862/3 Restoration of the Church. Architect: John Galpin of Oxford. Builder: Mr. Smith of Highworth. Church re-opened 7th January 1863 1882 … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 2 Comments