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call for information about the Hardwich family (see bottom
of page) was answered recently by Mary Miller from the USA.
She visited the village at the beginning of September, and
is seen here with her son (left) and Jan Fisher at some of
the Hardwich graves in the churchyard. Further research is
needed to see whether she is a descendent, and will be
reported as soon as we have any more information.
Hello, I have recently done research on
my family tree, and have found my ancestors all came from the
Westbury area. Does anyone know of any cards left in the Westbury.
I am trying to trace my family history.
My 2 x times great grandparents were the licencees of the Horse and
Groom. There names were James and Sarah Vowles. Sarah's maiden name
was Wall. My main problem is the parents of James, as I have been
unable to trace them. Please can anyone help me. Thanking you in
advance, Bill Vowles (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Good Day to you. I have recently became
secretary of Langport and District Friendly Society and I was just
browsing through the net and came across you website and I was
fascinated. What a great website, Who knows we may follow suit soon.
All I can say is what wonderful place
with beautiful views and friendly people.
& Linda Mailer
Visited Westbury for the day -great time
fantastic hospitality at the Sealys.
still read the site about every 2 weeks. Congratulations on the new
format as it comes out well particularly full screen'. Who is the
wassailer centre page? Regards John
grew up in Westbury in the 70's and 80's, now live in Canada- hello
to the villaGE PEOPLE!!
Derek and Hilary Parker
A message to you all in the village
wishing you a peaceful joyful Christmas and new year God Bless you
I wanted to thank everyone for the warm
greeting my son and I received in your village. We enjoyed the
visit very much, and wish we could have stayed longer.
was just having a quick surf around and I came across the Web Site.
I have to be honest, the old man constantly reminds me to have a
look. This is partly due to the fact that his 'Ugly Mug' seems to be
featured quite regularly (Still, better this than Crime Watch UK!!!)
On a serious note, this fantastic site brings back countless
memories of long hot summers, lunch times at the Westbury and BBQ's
over at the Old Stores. (These became famous throughout the village
and happened every Sunday without fail....for all those who had a
love for Beer and Burgers!) A lot of the old group have moved on,
but the one thing that still remains are the great memories. Still
known to most as Westbury-sub-Mendip.........but known to the rest
of the old group as....Westbury-sub-Normal! The Site looks great. Regards
to all in the village.
hiya iv lived in
westbury for 7 years and its WDK
Thain-Gewin (née Hooper) and Richard
family has always been told that we were direct descendants from
Bishop Hooper, although we have always been doubtful about his son.
Did he have one and was his name Daniel? Can anyone provide a
direct link about him? I am looking forward to your reply.
put together these few lines in appreciation of the
Westbury village web page. In
my childhood Sunday afternoons was often a time when parents
decided it was time to visit relatives and we went too! For some
visits we had to sit still and listen (bored to tears) but there
were also those other places where the outside was for exploring.
Here on the other side of the world by the marvels of technology I
can visit some of those places again through the village web
pages, aerial photography, maps and voters lists.
There will always be change, and that in some cases is
alteration beyond recognition but in others there is still
similarity enough to create interest in people and happenings.
Sunday afternoon is my time to 'surf' and Westbury which
I can still recognise provides one of the best pages for the
variety of its content and presentation.
The article by Bill Tyley for example evoked many memories
of the hamlet the other side of Shepton where I lived
albeit temporarily, whilst the Pew and other items give a
colourful picture of every day life.
Your efforts are marvellous.
Derek and Hilary Parker
A big hello to all in
the Village we hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and that the
New Year will be peaceful and kind to you all especially Fr. Ewan
and his family and all at Stoneleigh House. Hope to visit again
later in the year.
Thank you for the
seasonal page, enhancing what is an excellent web site. The village
should be proud. Hope you all have a great time over the Christmas
Last week the Wells Journal
kindly published my letter, seeking information about my great
great grandfather John Godfrey Hooper ( a direct descendant of
Bishop John Hooper who was burnt at the stake in 1555). A
lady now living in Street has kindly written to say that she
recalls as a young girl, about the time of 1938, a Godfrey
Hooper and his sister, running a small shop in your village. With
them was an elder Mr Hooper who was a taxidermist. We are sure
that the latter gentleman was Charles, the sixth child of my great
great grandparents, who was born in Wells in 1852. We
have been looking at your most impressive web site, and wondered
whether someone might be able to point us in a direction which
might lead to more information.
greetings to my Uncle, Tom Hole - Hope you had a great Birthday,
love & best wishes, Lin, Phil, Laura, Amy & Hannah |
||I am looking for
a guy called Steve Baber who I believe originates from the Westbury
area. He was in the RAF and served at such stations as RAF Locking,
RAF Wittering and RAF Wildenrath in the 1970s and 80s. I was at both
Wittering and Wildenrath with Steve and I am trying to arrange a
reunion. I would be most grateful if anybody knows of his
whereabouts or can point me in his direction. |
||My wife and I
are planning to move out of London to Somerset. Having both lived in
friendly village communities in the past, we are keen to begin this
next stage of our life in one. We looked at a property in Westbury
this week and, whilst we were thinking about offering, I found your
website. It's fantastic! The village has everything we could ever
wish for, and we're now hoping that everything works out for our
downunder I have just found the marriage of my gr gr gr grandfather
John HALLIFAX to Ann DIXON in Dalston Wesmorland in 1827. John was a
schoolmaster. In the parish register marriage entry it shows his
abode was Westbury County of Somerset and Diocese of Bristol. He was
25 years old. I was wondering how I could find out whether he was
teaching in Westbury at that time and where. I tried to go through
to the library and archives link but the message said it was an
incorrect address. ??? Can you help please? Regards Liz Vincent 02
46772044 P.O. Box 111 Picton NSW Australia 2571 |
and Hilary Parker
came to the Village on 7-9 July in sombre frame of mind My father
was fostered there in 1917-18 and was baptised in the Church Our
visit was to scatter his ashes as Ewan Po Wo and Wendy and Tony at
Stonleigh House know. We left the Village very uplifted and can only
thank you all for your friendship and kindness. If anyone in the
Village can provide any information about Herbert and Annie Horlock
who lived at Perch Hill House during those years please please let
A truly memorable visit despite the weather
staying at Stonleigh House with Wendy and Tony A most joyous time
spent with the Reverend and his family .Very many thank to you all
for making our visit to your lovely village that much more special
at a time of much sadness We look forward to revisiting fantastic
||A former resident
of the village, Parish Councillor and general layabout, bar
proper-upper in the Inn, founder member and erstwhile star of the
Footlights, ... ( remember Murder in The Red Barn ? )and so on.. I
so enjoyed visiting this EXCELLENT site.. and congratulate whoever
runs it... BRILLIANT... brought back many many happy memories. All
happiness to the best village in Somerset,and maybe the world ! |
|Hallo every body.
I'm the brother of Bernie Waters-Spiegel, who is living in Westbury.
Really a nice web-site you have. I hope, to come soon over to
England to see all this in nature, of course mostly my sister, John
and the girls. I wish you all the best, with greetings from
Kappel-Olten/Switzerland to Westbury/England. Rafael |
||What a brilliant
website. It makes me even prouder to be a resident. Great to see
some of the Golden Jubilee Party pictures on it. Well done!
||Roy & Gill
||This is a good
site to visit. Very nice little village pub. |
|This site just
gets better and better. The Christmas intro to a Somerset village
brought a smile to my face. Keep up the good work on an interesting
and informative site Best Wishes from Australia for
||What a brilliant
site! - well done keep up the good work. |
|Many thanks for
the umbrella which gets used for rain or sun nearly every day.
Internet connection is proving difficult to sort out so this is my
first attempt to connect from home that looks as if it might be
successful. Letter from Kandy is on the way to being
|My name's Rick
Stock, I live in California, USA. Bill Gadd was my uncle, his sister
Vera was my mother. I used to visit Billy, Peggy and their daughter
Janet when I was growing up in Weston-super-Mare. I haven't been to
Westbury for at least 30 years. So glad to see your website! If
anyone remembers the Gadd family and has any info on them please
contact me. Once again, G-R-E-A-T Website !! Rick Stock. |
||Hope one day to
revisit Westbury-sub-Mendip and our old friends Dennis and Sandra
Smith It is so nice to be able to at least visit your website! We
live in Burgess Hill.West Sussex and as we get older the distance
seems to get longer! |
||May I say hi from
the Village of Cowplain in Hampshire, England & may I say your
site is the Bee's Knees!!! Many moons ago I used to display Fine Art
Prints at Craft Fairs,Dog shows & Cat Shows in villages &
Towns all over England but I now have a hobby website which your
Villagers/Surfers may be interested in visiting where I have over
600 pictures on display of Antique/Modern: Louis Wain 1860-1939
Breeds/Horses/ Collectables in Fine Art Prints.I shall be adding
more Artwork all through 2001 & beyond-so please enjoy! http://clix.to/fabprints |
|I am researching
my great, great, grandfathers family. His name was John Ash, b. 27
May 1824, Westbury, SOM. He married 22 Oct 1849, Anne Morgan, b. 15
Jan 1831, Easton, St Cuthbert, SOM. I am understand that they were
buried in the yard of their home and not at the Parish. I am looking
to locate that place and possibly pay someone to take a couple of
pictures for me. I understand that a transcript of all the memorial
stones in Westbury Parish Church list: ref 13023, Kerbstone. Does
anyone have any information in regards to the above? |
||Hello Everyone, I
thought I would drop you all a line from Mexico to let you know how
I am. The weather is absolutely fantastic, I am living in a remote
village so I didn´t find it too hard to settle in. I am having to
cope without electricity, running water, or a telephone; but this
weekend all the Outreach International volunteers are meeting in
Puerto Vallarta for a day of whale watching and a bit of a break.
The school I am working in is a secondary school with about 45
pupils. My partner and I teach English three times a week as well as
P.E. and anything else we are asked to. I have received post from
home and it´s nice to hear that people are asking after me. It is
spectacular here but I won,t be sad to back in Westbury in May. |
Pollard (aged 11)
||I just want to say
that since I moved here in 1998 I have noticed what a nice place
Westbury is, and hi to everyone! |
downunder -great website - enjoyed browsing - brought back memories
- I was born in Wells, now living in Oz. |
|Believed to have left England around 1900,
possibly living in South Africa or Australia. Your ancestors helped
restore our Church in the nineteenth century. It still contains
interesting artefacts and tombs of you ancestors. For further info
contact the church wardens on: +44 (0) 1749 870559.|
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