The Somerford Keynes History Group holds meetings from time to time in the village hall, usually on Mondays in winter. Contact Judy Monger if you are interested in the group. There is no membership fee, but a small charge is made per meeting to cover costs. The group has issued a resources disk packed with local information, which is updated from time to time.Know Your Place West is underway. Do keep following it, as it will cover Gloucestershire one day. If you have an interest in Bristol or South Gloucs. then the maps are up and running. The headline map to several introductory pages is of Somerford Keynes. By chance a copy of this map was presented to the village last year! Jim King’s son, from Cardiff, has presented us with an 1806 map of the parish, see heading of meetings page. The young Mr. King remembers living some 50 years ago on the corner of Mill Lane. His father later moved to Elm View, and in retirement did gardening in the village.Have a look at this page and see if you recognise the map! Best to bookmark it, as Gloucestershire will be covered by the end of 2016.
Bristol Mercury Feb 13th 1892Betty Bathe of Somerford Keynes v. Thomas Hayward of Ashton Keynes claimed £6.6s for six quarters rent of a cottage. The amount was not disputed, but the defendant questioned plaintiff’s right to the cottage. His Honour adjourned the case for plaintiff to prove her title under her father’s will as evidence, remarking that in case of the action going against him defendant would have to pay the expenses of this process.Research by Ann Whitwell
“Through the Saxon Door” a History of Somerford Keynes to 1968 by Canon Gibbons is still available as a 1985 reprint in the church for £5. It has been seen on the web for about £25!For a little recent history uncovered in the files see the article “Parish Expands” on theParish Council page
Page updated 27 May 2016
We’re on the (Folk) History Map!
A Gloucestershire Folk Map has come to our attention, and Somerford Keynes is on it! Why? John Ockwell (1871-1944), who graced the cover of V.2 of the History Disk, “was a farmer and noted local singer, following his father in both professsions. Alfred Williams collceted onlt one song from him, ‘The bunch of nuts’, but it appears that he was known both for singing at home and in the local pub, and when his daughter [Marjorie?] died a number of printed song sheets were found” from Gloucestershire Folk Map, Yvette Staelens and CJ Bearman, Bournemouth University 2010Has anyone more information?PW Sept 2016