Broad Street Wrington Website
Schmoose Page 2007

The Schmoose page has run since the website began. See on Page 1 how the idea came about. Let us know where you are,  what you're doing, what you remember of your time in Wrington, and so on. Just e-mail copy to
It's the website's normal policy not to publish e-mail addresses of correspondents for security reasons.
If you wish to make contact, e-mail the website, and it will be passed on.
The most recent items appear first

Dawn Parsons - Bristol, 31st December

Thank you for the photographs. My aunt & uncle were Irene & Wilf Mitchell. I attach 2 photos, one of my grandfather with my 2 brothers taken at Wrington sometime before he died in 1954, and another of my aunt [outside] the cottage at Wrington.

Derek Richard Jones - Cardiff, 29th December

December 1954 - March 1965 [my] father was minister at the then Congregational (now URC) Church. Married Rosemary Marshall in April 1958.

Dawn Parsons - Bristol, 27th December

I was hoping to find out where Havyatt Cottage is or was, as my grandfather lived there in the 1950's. I can find Havyatt Road, Farm and Industrial Estate on maps, but no cottage. I guess it no longer exists.
[Replied that it does exist - and photographs sent - Ed]

Sue Tungate - 27th December

I am interested in John Vane who I believe ordered a medal to be awarded as a prize for the Wrington and Burrington Agricultural Society. It is a beautiful medal, and I have found it in the collection of medals produced by Matthew Boulton's Soho Mint which I am studying. I would like to know if you have any information on the medal. I will send you a photo of the medal if you would like to see it.
I am interested in John Vane who I believe ordered a medal to be awarded as a prize for the Wrington and Burrington Agricultural Society. It is a beautiful medal, and I have found it in the collection of medals produced by Matthew Boulton's Soho Mint which I am studying. I would like to know if you have any information on the medal. I will send you a photo of the medal if you would like to see it.

[Duly received and archived - Ed]

Suki d'Angremond (Osborne-Fear) - Belgium, 17 December

My Mother reminded me about the Wrington website. I will confess over the last few years I had completely forgotten about its existence but after my gentle matriarchal reminder I took another look. I have a few comments I would like to share:-

1. What a site! It really is impressive. Compliments to the team who make it possible.
    [A team is a nice thought - basically it's just me ! -Ed]

2. Congratulations to Richard Thorn for a very well deserved M.B.E. Its great to see all the hardwork and enthusiasm that Richard put into the creation of this village site rewarded. Wrington is now very much an International Community because of his contributions.

3. - And the closest to my heart as it was the initial reason I contacted Richard way back when - THE CHORAL SOCIETY! Its great to see that it is not only still there but "going from strength to strength". I still remember the exultation of finishing recitals conducted by John Gadsden and only letting out a couple "bum" notes (which I thought I had hidden really well but John always was always able to pick them out! )

I was delighted to read about Miss Perry's birthday celebrations and look at the photographs. I want to express belated birthday congratulations to my old soprano section leader. I remember that I was on the receiving end of many a stern glance from Miss Perry during choir practice and choral society rehearsals - I hasten to add that they were well deserved stern glances and immediately had the desired effect on me. Its great to read that a village legend (Miss Perry) is also still going strong!

I live in Belgium with my family at this moment (but we are that close to the Dutch border if you throw the cat out of the front door he lands in Holland - ask my Dad he's tried it a few times!) * No animals are hurt during this purely geographical experiment - and there is always a bowl full of "whiskers" in Holland waiting for Fatso when he lands as a reward *

Its a very relaxed country to live in and it is very "child friendly". There are fantastic places to visit and the native population have a habit of making everybody feel welcome.

The village where we live reminds me a lot of Wrington. It has a small but very dynamic community and there is always something going on from International Jazz and Art festivals to the largest corn maze in the world.

The Belgians may have a small country but they have large ambitions and I would heartily recommend a visit.

Good luck to you all in 2008.

Anne Fear - North Yorkshire, 11th December

[I] lived in Wrington 40 years. [I enjoy reading about] the bowling club, the Journal, artists, general news.

[I would] love to be able to access web addresses.

Anne - good to hear from you again. A number of people have understandably not wanted their e-mail addresses published for fear of receiving more spam. The website, therefore, early on adopted the policy of not giving out e-mail addresses without permission (some people actually give such permission when they write to the Schmoose page, for example).

When people ask about getting in touch with someone, we forward their e-mail to the other person, and leave it up to them. The only problem is they may have changed their e-mail address without letting the website know - so, if this applies to anyone reading this, please send your updated address, you may have an old friend wanting get in touch ! - Ed

Trevor Hopkins - Kettering, Northants, 5th December

My uncle JB Salmon's family lived in Farmborough and then in Wrington. The earliest record I have is Henry Salmon born about 1630 and his son Henry about 1651 and his son Henry born 6 August 1685. He must have been very hungry since he left Wrington for Farmborough.

If any person finding a lost Salmon living in your village from earliest -(usually 1536) until 1800 please send him or her to me. I would love to care for them in my tree.

Thank you.

[Reply from Ed]:
"I've found the following references to various Salmons on this website.

First, from the Wrington Village Records, "Payments to Thomas Salmon 1633 for work done" at:

and Joseph Salmon 1751 at:

Then Thos. Salmon of nearby East Harptree in the list of 'The 2nd Somerset Militia, 1803' at:

Finally, I hold a few of the 19C Parish Rate Books, and for 1840 there's the entry:

"George Salmon occupied house and garden in Lulsgate, owner CG Ashley, Esq."

Denise Smith - Australia, 29th November

[I came upon this website] by mistake while researching Parker family history. Is it possible to have a page just for names of families being researched: eg., PARKER, George and Elizabeth, the date and who is searching and their email address? If this was kept in alphabetical order of names being researched,it would be easier for anyone researching.

[This excellent suggestion has been acted upon - see new button at the top of the page. The one thing we can't do is publish people's e-mail address, because many don't like the possible spam this may bring them. The website's policy is to contact people, saying who wants to get in touch, thus giving people the opportunity to make their own minds up. Even this approach, of course, cannot avoid the frustration of people changing their e-mail addresses from when they first contacted the website - and not letting us know ! - Ed]

Des Coles - Plymouth, 27th November

Hi. I lived in Yatton until 1990 and then moved to Plymouth, I have fond memories of Wrington.

On the 1881 census my grandfather Albert Coles was age 16. He married Mary Jane Millard at Christ Church, [Redhill] Wrington, August 3rd 1891. His father was Arthur Coles and her father was Henry Millard.

The witnesses on the marriage certificate William T.Millard.and Annie Ferris.

Mary Jane Coles died 1911 at Charterhouse. Is this the same Millard family as the photos that are being shown on the web site by Sylvia Millard ?

I believe that Albert Coles married Annie Ferris later in life, but he died in 1937 at the Rhodyate, Cleeve .He died the year that I was born so I never knew him.

My father is Cary Coles, his brother Arthur lived at Wrington and his daughter Kathleen married Lawrence Croucher. His sister Elsie Moss nee Coles also lived in Wrington.

As a child of about 10 years old I used to go with my mother to Mrs Samms at Westhay. I think that it was a farm and old people's home. My mother used to do the cleaning and some nights she would work late picking chickens!

I remember that the cottage to the front of Mrs Samms lived John Markwell,he was about the same age as me.

Moving up the road to Langford, I had an aunty Ginnie Roe. She was always dressed in black and had a hump on her back. She was very small and was a caretaker at the chapel.

On the other side of the road lived my father's sister, Mabel Roe, née Coles. She married William Roe, (no relation to Ginny). They had a son Charlie Roe who worked at Stepstones Farm most of his life.

I worked for Clements the coal merchants for many years collecting coal from the collieries and delivering to Dennis Clements at Wrington. Do you remember Fred Brooks, Gordon King?

Strangely there was a Mrs Millard that worked in the office, would she be related?

Finally a few names I remember: Fred Davey lived by the school, a friend of my father's and Trudy Wardroper who worked at Tutts in Yatton.

Jennifer Lane Watkins (née Smith) - 6th November

I thought you might like these photographs of my grandfather Alexander Lane for the website. One shows him in his uniform as a guard on the railway and the other shows him with my grandmother, Florence.

Craig Lewis - Bristol, 3rd November

Thank you for the info. regarding the Lanes at the forge. This picture was taken outside the forge showing my great-grandfather grandfather, William Lane and great-uncle, Clarence.

Pam Skinley (née Lane) - 24th October

Really delighted to read message from Jennifer Watkins and to hear a bit more news of the Lane connections. Her Grandfather Alexander Lane was a brother of my Grandfather Anthony Lane. See attached picture.

Would be pleased to hear from her.
[Pam's e-mail forwarded - Ed]

Jennifer Lane Watkins (née Smith) - 5th October

My grandfather was Alexander Lane. He was born in 1881. His father was William James Lane, manager at the Gas Works and his mother was Elizabeth Lane (née Broackes).

I remember one of his brothers was Andrew Lane (my great uncle) was apprenticed to a hairdressers at 4 The Triangle, Clevedon. I remember going to visit him in the 1950s- we went by bus from Weston Super Mare and had to walk across cobbles to the shop. I always remember he looked just like my Grandfather.

My grandfather Alexander Lane moved to Coalville in Leicestershire to work on the railways. he met and married my grandmother and they lived in Burton on Trent for a while where my mother Kate Mason Lane was born. They moved to Walsall. Grandfather lane died in 1957.

My mother used to talk about holidays spent in Wrington with her Father's relatives - I think she enjoyed the freedom. I remember going on holiday to Weston Super Mare in the 1950s and then going to visit her relatives at The Forge, Silver Street. [see also Craig Lewis and Pamela Skinley- Ed]

I can remember going in through a door and down a step, there was a grandfather clock and sitting in a chair a very old lady who I think my mum called Aunt Emma. There were two cousins (I think) called Daisy and Dora. My mum did meet up with them in later years and wrote to them. At the same time we went to meet an Uncle Harold who lived at Congresbury. I remember my brother left his camera there and he brought it to us in Weston.

I would live to hear from any long lost relatives - I'm currently researching my family tree and have got back to a Harriet and James Lane on the 1841 census who I think are my great great grandparents.

Lucy Amor 3rd October

I was very pleased to read Trevor's recollections of my family in Wrington 60/70 years ago - very interesting and amazingly accurate after all this time. I can confirm all his info and add the following:

After Dora Lane left the draper's shop it was managed by Miss Milton whose family farmed at Langford and the shop assistant was Mary Toombs.

The Bungalow was built on the ruins of a big house owned by Squire Jones. I had an early photograph of this house whilst it was still lived in which I sent to a lady in Wrington who was researching a history of the village but I can't remember her name.

The live-in Housekeeper was Miss Bax who was a regular attender at Wrington Church.

William Richard Amor and Lucy Amor were Arthur Amor's parents. I have a photograph of Lucy Amor opening the refurbished Methodist Chapel in 1950. Edgar Amor was their eldest son who died in the 1st world war. Arthur Amor died in 1972 just short of his 74th birthday and his wife Lilian died in 1984 aged 82.

Opposite the bungalow known as The Lodge was a 1930's house occupied by Mr & Mrs Biggs and their son Roger. Mr Biggs was a monumental mason and I think played the organ at the church. Next to the Biggs lived Mr & Mrs Campbell and their daughter Sally and son John. I am not sure who owned the field behind the Bungalow but the Bathards kept cattle there and Mrs Bell, the doctor's wife, had a large number of hens at the top of the field. There was a walnut tree in the southwest corner which attracted lots of children every autumn.

My father was an A8.R.P warden in the war and we had an air raid shelter built just inside the gates of the Lodge. My earliest memory is being carried into this shelter in a large cardboard box.

Trevor Wedlake - Wrington, 21st September

[in response to Keith Amor's entry on 28th August ]

My first recollections of the Amors is of Mr Arthur Amor (father of Keith) in the large grocer shop which extended from the east Rectory wall up to what was then Lloyds Bank (now hairdressers). It was more like a small warehouse than a 'ye olde shoppe'.

In the house above and around the Lloyds, the Chards lived. I think all this may have belonged to Mr Amor. Mr Amor's mother kept the draper's shop (now Sustain). I remember going there for my mother for pairs of lisle stockings at 1/11¾d a pair.

Dora Lane (later Mrs Tim Kington) worked there, and it was because she virtually told me what to choose that I won a large teddy bear in a guess-the-name draw ! She must have fancied me. She came to Evensong with her sister Mrs Smith until she died. She was very tall and upright. One of her brothers was goalie for Wrington 1sts (!) She died aged about 88, Mrs Smith 102.

Before the Amors had the big bingalow built on the site of the present flats, they lived in the house at Branches Cross which Eleanor and John Hair lived in. On the site before the Amors' bungalow was a large old house in ruins which we kids thought was haunted. I went there with the Amors' meat at the beginning of the war, and I remember the spinster live-in housekeeper very plainly, but not her name. She used to love the winter evenings because she didn't have to work in the garden.

Mrs Amor was née Young. Her father was a farmer. Her mother had some kind of chronic condition and lived with them, and was obviously very handicapped. The schoolmaster told us not to make too much noise when we were working near the house in the school garden which abutted the Amor property.

The field opposite Amors belonged to Lawrence Bros. butchers (hence Lawrence Road). Mr Amor must have bought it from them (they're buried near the great West door of the church) and sold it (or was it compulsorily purchased ?) to the Council in the early 50s (Lawrence Road dates from the late 40s).

In the 1930s Mr Amor purchased the Chew Magna grocer shop from Miss Amy (or Emmie) Hutchings and put George Marshall, who married the Wrington district nurse Miss Welsh, to manage it. Later, he had a grocer shop in West Town after demob. King Crook (George King Crook - born 1910 obviously - the year of King George V's accession !), who had pre-war worked for grocer W.H. Cook, managed that.

Mr Amor's mother's sister and husband, Mr & Mrs Stride lived in Mulberry Cottage. There are photographs extant of Derham House with the name Porter above the window. Miss [Lorna] Bathgate told me the house was so named after a Miss Derham who lived there.

I know of an Amor grave on the west side of the north path. I have just been over to check and I find it is the grave of William Richard Amor d. 1915 aet. 57 and Lucy Amor d. 1951. Are these Mr Arthur Amor's parents ? I've no idea.

There is also an Edgar Amor commemorated on the stone as "my dear husband" named below the aforementioned. The Great War memorial has E. Amor on it. I believe they are one and the same.

Arthur Amor was for some long time a Director of Bristol City FC.

I have no recollection of the death and funerals of either Mr or Mrs Arthur Amor.

Brian Creamer - Apache Junction, Arizona, USA, 11th September

Just want to say Hi to all my friends and relatives in Wrington from sunny Arizona.

I check your website weekly, great site.

To Raymond Dixon of Canterbury Kent please contact me.Go to the 2001 Schmoose and scroll down to my comments.

Keep up the good work Richard.

Regards Brian

Keith Amor 28th August

My family lived at The Lodge in Wrington from 1938-1984 - my grandparents
(William & Lucy Amor) lived at Derham House, Wrington before the 1st world
war & lived there until Lucy's death in 1951.

My father Arthur Joseph Amor owned and ran Amor's Stores from the end of the 1st world war onwards. My mother was Lilian (née Young) who came from a farming family in Burrington married my father in 1936 and set up home at High Tilt before moving to The Lodge in 1938. I was born there in 1940 & my brother John was born in 1943.

We spent a lot of our childhood with Ian Menzies, Martin Ham, the Godwin Sisters, Sally & John Campbell - I also remember Bathards the butchers, Kingcotts the garage, Millards shoe repairs, Sullivans the Bakery and many more. I would be interested to hear of anyone who might remember my family.

Paul Stott - Sydney, Australia, 13th June

Grew up in Wrington until left for university. Mum and Dad still active in the village - even making their way into some W.I. pictures.

Great to be able to keep in touch and stay connected with my birthplace - a place I hold very dear. Mostly I use the site to keep up on news and gossip and to see the same old faces and names helping 'run' the village and make it such delightful place to live.

George Crook - Devonport, New Zealand, 7th June

Thanks for passing this on Richard. I'll contact Marlene. My father was Frank (aka Douglas) & my grandmother Nellie (real name Ellen). Remember them mentioning the Rogers' name - many years since of course Nellie must have died at least 50 years ago. Quite strange to know there is still someone out there who remembers the old lady.

On a brief visit to Wrington several years ago, I knocked on your door just to say hello but unfortunately no one home at the time so never got round to meeting you in person. My son & grandaughters have visited several times & been very impressed with the village & the church. Incidentally, Google Earth has a brilliant image of Wrington & I can clearly see the roof of our old home "Brook Cottage"

Marlene Shaw (née Chard) Bargoed, Glamorgan, 5th June

I .. now have a little more information: I am looking for my relations of Alfred (Alf) Chard and Joseph and Nellie Crook. My grt Aunt Elizabeth Ann and her family (née Chard) Rogers born in Wrington would visit every year her cousins Nellie (Ellen) Crook (née Chard ) wife of Joseph.

I am told they would go every year to Wrington and stay. Alf Chard lived in the cottage next to the Church; he worked in the mushrom business there. Nellie had a son Frank and daughter Mary - more children I expect but only those I know of as yet.

If anyone can help me find or know of my relatives it would be lovely to get in touch.

Thank you so much

Marlene Shaw (née Chard) Bargoed, Glamorgan, 4th June

I am looking for grt grt grandfather's nephew Alf Chard who lived by the Church in Wrington and worked in the mushroom industry; this would be about 1930s. I would love to get in touch with any relations or if anyone has any information or photographs it would be very much appreciated.

Les Hewett - Napier, New Zealand, 1st June

Tracked down Noeleen and just 'phoned her. On the face of it, no connections. Her George was b.1808 and was a convict to OZ for poaching However, despite professional research, she can’t find his parents.

I will continue to seek the George Hill in the Death Indexes as his age is correct just to prove/disprove, one way or another. Thanks for your co-operation. Will keep you advised if anything further comes to light. Are you aware of any Hill families still living in or near Wrington?

Les Hewett - Napier, New Zealand, 1st June

Thank you. Chasing further knowledge of George and Martha Hill, farmer, Wrington, 1800-(50?). Had sons Alexander and Frederick; daughter Selina was my Gmother x 3.

Noeleen’s message on your Wrington page lead me to Tasmanian Deaths Index. There I found (unproven as yet) the death of a George and Martha, right ages, and an Alexander, with age just a little out. Hopefully Noeleen can prove/disprove the link and add to my family history knowledge.

I have tracked Selina (and her later family) back to Wrington c.1808. Her only daughter, Emma Maria, married into my direct Hewett lines in 1851. Will advise you if indeed Noeleen comes back. Regards and thanks: (Could you post this on the board anyway?)

Les Hewett - Napier, New Zealand, 1st June

I would like to contact Noeline Crack, Launceston, Tasmania, OZ, who spoke of the Hill family in Wrington. Her message May 21. I too am chasing family history for Hill, Wrington, 1800-1850. Any advice appreciated. [As it's the website policy not to give out e-mail addresses without permission, this message was forwarded to Noeleen - Ed]

Noeleen Crack - Launceston, Australia, 21st May

[I was researching] family history - the Hill family

Jillian Veal - Shaftesbury, Dorset, 18th May

I was just browsing your site as this is where my father and siblings were evacuated during the second world war. I am interested in learning what it was like to live there; my father's sister married a local man who still has family there I think, and my dad often talked about his boyhood times there having come from London. Thank you

Michael Counsell - Birmingham, UK, 17th May

[I came acros the website] while researching Counsell family history

Margaret Calamatta - Sydney, NSW, Australia, 12th May

Friends live in Silver St. Wrington. Keep up the good work. Having lived in Bristol for 19 yrs and my mother having lived in Claverham I miss the beautiful English Villages and gardens.

Diane MacDonald - Glasgow, Scotland, 11th May

When I visit my grandchildren in Wrington, I am always made to feel very welcome by anyone I meet in the village. The website keeps me informed of what is happening
down there.

Thank you Wrington for your hospitality over the years.

Tony Loach - Vancouver, Canada - 5th April

It's been over a year since you published a new writing by Trevor but the wait has been most worthwhile. "Parallel Lines " has to be his best essay yet ,and gave me much pleasure to read and read again.

Perhaps I feel it's his best one yet because first : I'm the same age as Trevor, and second, if you replace "RAF blue" with "SLI khaki" I can see myself on the train with Trevor.

His reference to Jackson and the smear of lipstick on his uniform brought back many pleasant memories and a grin to my face. I also made that trip across India to which he refers.

So please give my regards to Trevor.

Anne Fitzgerald - 28th March, 2007

Thank you so much for letting me see Wrington again.

I vaguely remember going there back in the 50's when I was a little girl. We were going to go and see it again in the 70's but the people we knew were killed in the terrible plain crash in Switzerland.

My family evacuated themselves to Wrington from Kilburn in London. They lived with a Mr and Mrs Bullivant. The family consisted of my Great grandfather, Great grandmother and their son and his wife. My mum (their great granddaughter) was in the WRAF and used to come back there on leave. She was a hairdresser in the WRAF and used to do a lot of the villager's hair for them when she visited.

My family's name was Brown.

I always wondered why they chose Wrington to go to and not some other village. It seems there are two reasons why it must have rung a bell with them. One is my GGfather's mother came from Langford, so he must have had family in the district. The other was you mentioned Miss Miles, well she was my headmistress at my senior school in Carton Vale. There must have been a lot of talk about the children going to Wrington in Somerset, by the women of Kilburn.

I now no longer live in London but will always remember my mum's tales of that time.

Thanks again, ......

[Ros and Peter came back to Wrington to visit their family last year, and whilst they were here, their daughter Samantha was baptised in All Saints' on 31st December (photos) ].

Ros is keen to keep up with her schoolday friends - "Sally Hunt, Jane Lee, Rowan Yamanaka, Michelle West (or was it Weston?), Leigh Perry, Eleanor Stacey, Shelley, Julia, ...drats, what were their surnames? ...the names are slowly coming back to me : ) I could maybe get them/their folks to dig out some old school photos too, for the website, and we can have some fun trying to identify everybody."

She has sent some of her photos of Samantha's baptism ... and some news besides. What she has to say reflects her roots, as her father, John Avery, is the well-known Bristol wine merchant. Ed]

Ros Koch (née Avery) - South Africa, 7th March

I've actually been meaning to write to you for ages but, when we got back from our UK trip, I had to hit the ground running to try and keep up with the grapes. At last though, I'm back in the 'land of the living' now that harvest - and, with it, the farming year - are pretty much over.

We did ok, although I could have done without the flat tyres, tractors running on empty, mutinous labourers, childcare-quitting-on-me-at-6.20am sagas. A heatwave in the middle of it all (it was 42 degrees in the vineyard... my sunblock was dripping off!) meant we lost a lot of tonnage because the grapes were getting sunburnt but there's not much we could have done about it so I tried not to let it stress me. Whoever said running a winefarm was fun?!

Last week was my first 'week off' but it wasn't without its own challenges: training a new childcarer; fixing things in the house that have been waiting to be fixed for eons; catching up with the bills and finances (yum); and trying and make a dent in my massive email inbox name but a few! I then promptly fell ill with the flu over the weekend (...yes, and it's the middle of summer here, so I wasn't expecting it!)

Anyways, no more excuses. We simply wanted to say a big 'thank you' for the lovely photos that you took of Sammy's baptism, and for posting the event on the Wrington website. In doing so, you seem to have kept us in touch with more friends than we could have imagined!

I just thought I'd share with you some of our own, slightly alternative, photos ... solely for amusement factor only. Some time soon I must try and 'rally the troops' and get some news from my contemporaries at Wrington Primary. I'll be in touch again soon...

Tim Challinor - Epsom, Surrey, 23rd January

[I came across the site whilst doing] Leeves Family research .. William Leeves, previous Rector of Wrington

Brian Smith - Cuddington, Cheshire, 7th January

We lived in Church Road Redhill 1986 to 1992. Kids went to school in Wrington, I was member of drama club and played drums in drama club band.