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Newent And Pickelnash School

Church Street c1965, Newent
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I'd have to work out the date, but around there. I moved to Newent from Wales and used to live in a nice little house just down from the Black Dog on the corner of Church Street, if anyone has photos before it was knocked down.
I had some good friends in the Picklenash School, they probably won't remember me, the Welsh boy, Susan Kettle, Ginette Winterbottom but a few. Hope I didn't get the spelling wrong. I was only there a few years before moving back to Wales.
The family who used to live next door, their name slips my memory at the moment, I'm getting over a stroke. I think the father was on the refuge waggon.
I would be interested in what you are all doing these days.
Stephen Dunn

Memories of Gloucestershire

A Town Connected to my Family

My mother, Ena Bassett, was one of 9 children of Alice and William Bassett. She attended Tibberton School on the 25th September 1928 and is pupil number 294 on the Tibberton School Admissions Register. In 1931 she went to Picklenash School in Newent. She married my father, John Ridley, on the 14th March 1942 at the Tibberton Church and their first son, born in 1943, Robert Ridley, died a week after birth and was buried-I believe - in the Tibberton Churchyard. I am still trying to locate his resting place. If anyone can help I would be most grateful and can be contacted at

G, g, g, Grandfather Lived in Corse

I'm trying to trace my family tree and found that my g,g,g,grandfather Henry Travill, born 1829, lived in Corse up to 1886. Going back to my g,g,g,g, grandmother Ann Fisher, known as Nancy, was born 1786 and g,g,g,g, grandfather Benjamin Travel born 1781.
If anyone recognises any information I have given please could you contact me at Thankyou.

Churcham Vicarage

My great-great-grandfather Admiral of Peru, Martin George Guise, of the Guise family of Elmore Court and Highnam, was baptised in Churcham Vicarage. Can somebody give me the address of Churcham Vicarage so I can write a letter to the Vicar asking him for information about the Baptism document of Martin George Guise? Thank you in advence. Answers in this page, please or write me to

Highnam Property Gardens And Admiral Martin George Guise,Of The Guise Family.

I understand that in Highnam there is a large property transformed into beautiful gardens called Highnam Court. This property belonged to the Baronets of Guise until a century ago or more. They are still owners of Elmore Court in Gloucestershire since the 13th century. I am a Peruvian citizen, from Lima, Peru, and my great-great-grandfather was Admiral Martin George Guise, who was the first Commander of the Peruvian Navy during the Wars of Independence from Spain. He enrolled at age 12 in the Royal Navy where he ended up being a distinguished officer during the Napoleonic Wars. After those wars ended, he left the Royal Navy and enrolled under Lord Cochrane in the Chilean Navy, in the fleets that carried General Jose de San Martin to Peru. General San Martin, after proclaiming the Independance of Peru, created the Peruvian Navy under the command of Admiral Martin George Guise who continued in the Naval aspects of Peru's independence wars until they ended. He died from a gunshot in the siege of... Read more

Lion House Youth Hostel 1957

Lion House Youth Hostel c1955, Mitcheldean
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I stayed one night at this hostel in early April 1957. A friend and I had set out from our home town of Reading on a 5 night circular cycle trip - our first such trip. Mitcheldean was our second night's stop, the first being at the then Inglesham hostel north of Swindon. We then went on to hostels at Clifton-on-Teme near Worcester, Broome, Warwickshire and Charlbury, Oxfordshire before returning to Reading. We were only 14 at the time. I can remember little of the hostel at Mitcheldean but the pictures on this site strike a chord. I remember the yard and in the part of the building where we slept the two-tier bunk beds and the sheet sleeping bags we had to take to go between the blankets that were provided - the standard deal at the time. At the time of writing I have just revisited Mitcheldean for the first time since 1957. I could not recall the exact location of the... Read more

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