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Industry, 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… Continue reading Mr George Webb and the Ganarew Motorcycle Company.

People.

Dorothy Peel: our local heroine – the 19th century equivalent of Mary Berry!

Constance Dorothy Evelyn Peel OBE (née Bayliff; 27 April 1868 – 7 August 1934) was an English journalist and writer, known for her non-fiction books on cheap household management and cookery. She was the seventh child of Richard Lane Bayliff, a military captain, and his wife Henrietta (née Peel) and was christened at St. Swithin’s… Continue reading Dorothy Peel: our local heroine – the 19th century equivalent of Mary Berry!

Families., People.

ELIZABETH POSTHUMA GWILLIM

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

Local characters.

Characters of the Symonds Yat West. Peg Leg Bill.

One of the ‘heroes’ of the Symonds Yat area was affectionately known as Peg Leg Bill. William Lewis was born in 1898 and brought up in Monmouth. During the first World War he was posted with the Gloucestershire regiment to Agincourt (sounds appropriate for a Monmouth man!) and, sadly, lost a leg during the war.… Continue reading Characters of the Symonds Yat West. Peg Leg Bill.

Buildings., Industry

The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Iron Ore Smelting and Forging.

Old Iron Works in Whitchurch Parish. Iron smelting and forging was a big business during the 17th, 18th and 19 centuries. Iron masters were usually wealthy, very important persons often holding high positions in society and politics. The Foley family is a good example. Richard Foley of Stourbridge  (1580 - 1657) was a prominent ironmaster.… Continue reading The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Iron Ore Smelting and Forging.

Industry

The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime burning on the Dowards.

Lime burning was a skilled job with the burner keeping his knowledge of the procedure to himself or in the family. The value of his product was dependant upon his skills. he had to know precisely how to layer the lime and charcoal within the kiln, how to judge and control an even the temperature… Continue reading The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime burning on the Dowards.

Industry

The industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime Kilns on the Dowards.

For centuries, if not thousands of years, limestone has been burnt in lime kilns on the Doward hills within our parish. The hills were heavily mined and quarried until the beginning of the last century, particularly for iron ore and limestone. Limestone was taken from a quarry or directly from a cliff face. Most cliff… Continue reading The industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime Kilns on the Dowards.