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Willcox's And Bennet's And A Jones?

Is there anyone out there who can help me with a family that I believe lived in Old Sodbury House at the 1901 census? At this time William Charles Willcox 52, lived with Mary J Jones 40, who later became Willcox. Annis Louise Willcox was 15, and later married Frederick William Bennet. They are all buried in one of the Old Sodbury churchyards, which I'm yet to visit. William died in 1916, Mary died in 1954, Annie died in 1941 and Frederick died in 1962. Thankyou so much if anybody has anything to send me. Sorting out a family is hard work, but I love it.


I would be grateful for any information, photos or transcriptions from tombstones of the Crockford family; in particular any related to Harry Crockford and his 17 children. He was born about Sept 1852 Petersfield (East Meon) died between Apr & Jun 1942 Sodbury, Gloucestershire. He married Hannah Kent, Feb 1873 Langrish, Hamps. Harry, wife Hannah, and son Vincent Greystone Crockford were buried at Old Sodbury I believe.

I would appreciate any information about these people and their descendants - contact

The Orchard Family

I am trying to make contact with anyone with surname Orchard whose ancestors were, or are from Old Sodbury or Yate. I am almost certain my Great-Grandfather, James Orchard, is the James Orchard baptised 27 March 1803 in Old Sodsbury son of James Orchard 1763 Yate/1851 Old Sodbury and Hannah Carter. My James Orchard married in Cape Town in 1832 and indicated his previous residence was Bristol. Kind regards. Evan Franklin

Petty France Cottages

I was born in the middle cottage out of three which the Duke of Beaufort owned back those days, now they have been modernised to a high standard and are privately owned. I used to spend a lot of my time in the Seven Mile Woods just the other side of the road, and when I was older I helped out on the farm which was just behind my house (Petty France Farm). As I got older I then had lots of friends in Hawkesbury Upton which is just over a mile up the road. They were good days when things were so much different to the way we live now! I could stay and write on here all night but at work so must crack on. Terry Hewer

Traditional Pub Lunch at The Royal Oak in Chipping Sodbury

Market Place 1903, Chipping Sodbury
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It is so nice to discover an unspoiled pub that dates from centuries long ago. My wife Elizabeth and I frequently make long motorway trips from our home in Devon towards London and beyond. For a change from the dull and uninspiring motorway service stations we sometimes choose to turn off the M4 and seek out a nearby town for a lunch stop. On this occasion we found Chippng Sodbury, parked our car and sauntered long the wide pavements of the town's attractive High Street. And there it was - The Royal Oak! Probably unchanged from centuries earlier.

A lunch menu was by the front door and tempted us inside. We sat near a log fire in the stone fire place and enjoyed a roast lunch. So much better than a service station. We have since made this a regular lunchtime feature of our long motorway journeys north from Devon.

This is travelling as it must have been in the days of coaching inns... Read more

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