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Old Sodbury maps

Historic maps of Old Sodbury and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Old Sodbury maps

Old Sodbury area books

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Memories of Old Sodbury

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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


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

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.

Avon memories

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

My Husband Stephen Peace Attended Your School Around Mid 60's Does Anyone Remember Him?

The New Grammar School c1955, Chipping Sodbury
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My husband Stephen Peace attended your school around the mid 1960s. Does anyone remembers him?

Fond Memories of Year Spent as Child in Chipping Sodbury

The New Grammar School c1955, Chipping Sodbury
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I was reminiscing today and started thinking about the year 1954, when I was sent to live with an Auntie on Hatters Lane in Chipping Sodbury. My most vivid memories are of attending school there and I see that a new school was built after I left. Also remember a little sweetie shop near the school and Hatter's Lane where I got to pick out a few things every week. My parents had sailed to America and my brother and I were left behind from March 1954 until December 1954 when I left to be reunited with them at age 10. I have never been back to Chipping Sodbury but have been back to the UK many times, so my plan for the future is to pay a visit to the little town and see if I can find my the photos !
My name at the time was Ruth Keenan and my Auntie's name was Bella Long.

The Loveridge Gypsy Family

Does anyone remember the Loveridge Gypsy family that were in caravans on a small site in Tormarton? They were my relatives that I lost touch with. I would love to trace them. There was Priscilla and her husband and their two children one of which was Janet my cousin. I stayed there one night in the caravan and they made me so welcome. They had very little but they shared it with me. I have never forgotten it. I live in Sussex now. Does anyone know what happened to the Gypsies there. Is the site still there I wonder. I am tempted to take a long drive to research it all out as I am doing my family tree... The family use to deal in scrap metal and they clothed themselves from jumble sales. My email is if you know or remember this family please get in touch. My grandfather's name was Abraham Loveridge and... Read more

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