Historic maps of Wanstrow and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Wanstrow maps
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Memories of Wanstrow
MY RELATIVES FROM THE 1800S FARMED AT BODDEN FARM N/R DOULTING. THE VILLAGE IS VERY PICTURESQUE. MY FAMILY ENDED UP MOVING TO CARDIFF IN 1881, BUT AS IT IS NOW I LIVE IN WINCANTON YOU COULD SAY I HAVE COME HOME.
Three Ashes, Oakhill
We used to stay at Three Ashes, Stoke Hill with my grandparents most summers in the fifties. They were called Moore. My mother (now deceased) was called Enid Moore and was brought up by her grandparents, John Moore a quarryman and his wife (I do not know her first name). Her mother was called Edith Florence May Moore, but we were brought up to call her auntie. Does anyone out there have any memories/photos of the area. I would be most obliged as I am trying to trace my family tree to give to my grandson.
I had a friend in the late 1960s whose father, Henry Taylor, came from this village. The pair of us drove down from Leeds in an old mini-van and stopped with his grand-parents for a couple of week. We really enjoyed it and spent quite a bit of time in Knatchbull Arms! I remember he also had an auntie Shirley (his dad's sister) and uncle Terry who lived here. They had four small daughters at the time. Terry was a good footballer and played for Frome, Yeovil or Weston or somewhere like that. I was just thinking about this holiday the other week and looked up the village on Google! Came down again a couple of times, once on train and once by car. Lovely place.
Little Green/the Old Forge
I visited the house with my 2nd cousins as their mother, Ethel Smith, and my grandmother, Rosa Matilda Smith, lived in the house with their family for many, many years until the last of the Smiths living in the house died, Will Smith. My grandmother came to Australia in 1920 with her husband and new baby, Rosa Carolyn. All of my childhood I heard of the life and family who lived in this house. My great grandfather, William, was a wheelwright. Many of the Smith family were buried in the Church graveyard. The Smith's loved the house and would have liked to have bought it, but there was not enough funds to keep it in the family at the time. Laura Smith (Lol) was a school teacher at the local school. She took care of her parents. My grandmother also taught in the school early in her career until she attended the College at Devizes. Have been back since and always try to visit Mells, as have a lot of... Read more
I was born in a village near Bruton in 1939. My early memories of walking to school with my gas mask in a bag over the shoulder (never had to use it). There was an army camp down the road from our cottage, so there was lots of activity around. I used to watch the searchlight, thought at that time it was very exciting. We used to wait for the convoys of American soldiers to pass the bottom of our lane, they use to throw strips of chewing gum to us, which was a treat as we hadn't seen it before. I attended Bruton County School from 1944-1954. I go back to Somerset as often as I can and visit family and friends, but never seem to meet any of the past pupils of my old school. I am many miles away from Bruton now, but have memories that I will cherish forever.
Audrey O'Halloran - nee Hutchings.