A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

Baptisms (Christenings) at St Mary’s Church, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, 1684-1812

1. Thornbury Baptism Register (1684-1768)   With thanks to Richard Byrd for transcribing the Baptism Registers for the Parish of St Mary, Thornbury. Press links for access: Baptisms 1684-1737 Registers … Continue reading

January 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Family Portraits of the Blount Family of Mapledurham

The original collection of fourteen Family Portraits once hung in the drawing room belonging to the solicitor, Alfred Francis Blount (elder brother of the architect Gilbert Blount) who died at … Continue reading

December 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Building a Church for Bussage by Patricia Main

Building a Church for Bussage: The History of St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Bussage by Patricia Main   In the early 19th century Bussage and the whole of the … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daylesford – The Grisewood Rector and his Convert Cousin

Daylesford – The Grisewood Rector and his Convert Cousin One dreary wet afternoon, a couple of years ago, I revisited Daylesford Church, one of Pearson’s early works, and was disappointed … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thomas Meyrick and his Fonts

Thomas Meyrick M.A. With thanks to Julian Orbach for kindly supplying the photographs In 1860, William Henry Lowder was appointed as curate of Bisley. He had previously worked as an … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · 3 Comments

The Reverend James Russell Madan, M.A.

The Reverend James Russell Madan M.A. (1841-1905) by Joan C. Gorham Written in 1994 for Journal 24 of the Gloucestershire and North Avon Catholic History Society James Russell Madan, the … Continue reading

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Slimbridge Romance – The Love Letters of Percy and Florence Barton (1910-1913)

LETTERS FROM PERCY BARTON TO FLORENCE NOAD These letters form a fascinating ‘diary’ of everyday events in the Village of Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, during the years leading up to the First … Continue reading

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Middleton – Victorian Provincial Architect

ISBN 978-953-99762-5-3  (2008) Publisher: Accent d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia A few new copies of this book are still available at £15.00 each (plus postage and package). For more details please email … Continue reading

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

‘Convert, Scholar, Bishop’ by Giles Mercer

I can only commend this excellent and beautifully published biography of William Brownlow produced by Dr. Giles Mercer back in 2016. Before he was received into full communion with the … Continue reading

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Walter Norton alias Santley alias Wynne

WALTER NORTON alias SANTLEY alias WYNNE FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, TO LLANELLY, CARMARTHENSHIRE, VIA LONDON, RHYL AND ABERYSTWYTH On 7th September 1911 James John Parrish, a thirty-nine-year-old Master Billposter, married an … Continue reading

November 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

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