Families., People., Places.

The Mortimer Society. Web links to the middle ages.

Some of the first Marcher Lords, the Mortimers, were gifted large tracts of land by the Normans, to subdue the rebelling Welsh princes, to help 'govern' the Wesh Marhes and protect the English borders during the middle ages right up until the time of Henry the 8th. Too far for organised WAG group visits, the… Continue reading The Mortimer Society. Web links to the middle ages.

Families., People.

Attempted murder in Lydbrook.

I know that his is not connected with our parish but it took place almost next door. And it is too good to miss. Jill Evans is a local historian and writer about crime and punishment in Gloucestershire. The link below will take you to one of her excellent stories, and there are several others.… Continue reading Attempted murder in Lydbrook.

Families., Industry, Local characters., People.

Mr George Webb and the Ganarew Motorcycle Company.

So far as the advent of motor cars and motorcycles were concerned, Britain was at least a decade behind France and Germany. In 1896 there were only ten cars in the whole of the UK.* Mr George Webb of Crockers Ash had probably been in business before this selling conventional pedal type cycles from his shop… Continue reading Mr George Webb and the Ganarew Motorcycle Company.

Families., Local characters., People., Places.


ELIZABETH POSTHUMA GWILLIM.  (Abridged by Hilary Stratford from ‘The Extraordinary Lives of Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim and John Graves Simcoe’ by Ann Gwillim Parker) Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim was the daughter of Elizabeth (a widow, her husband having died in 1721). At the time of her birth in September 1762, her mother was living with her grandmother… Continue reading ELIZABETH POSTHUMA GWILLIM From Whitchurch.