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Mike Ramsay, Lowestoft, UK on 29/07/2017
Dear Jim , Just got this message ! Keith was my cousin . Please get in touch ! Mike Ramsay ...Lowestoft UK
caroline penny, shire on 05/12/2010
No, the house Myrtle Hall is still there, it is behind a wall next to a coach house and it has a garden. They sold off one lot of allotments next to it and made a housing estate which is not very nice apparently, but Myrtle Hall is still standing. The other allotments are still there
Paul, Shirehampton on 05/11/2010
Myrtle Hall, is situated next to the allotment, and has remained in the same family for many years. In fact it has just had a new roof put on !
David Hunt, Severn Beach on 28/09/2010
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I remember Mr Bazeley. He was the music teacher. He wrote the Portway School song, which I have never forgotten. (apart from a few lines!!). "Down where the river runs, out to the sea, Down where the winds blow free. What shall we do to make our school? Proud of you-oo and me" etc etc. There were about four verses. Any one else remember? Kind regards. David (Hunt).
Dave Parker, 64, Ruze Vida Drive, Massey, Auckland, 0614, N.Z. on 11/05/2009
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Hi Ron, I am originally from Avonmouth and went to Portway school '48-'50. I have a photograph of all the teachers there at that time and a list of most of their names. Email me with your email address and I'll send it to you. I share your sentiments about riding bikes to school in those days, I also remember holding onto to the 28 bus handrail and getting pulled up Shire hill and the bus conductor rapping my knuckles if he caught me. ha,ha. Regards, Dave Parker.
David Hunt, Severn Beach on 28/09/2010
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Hello Jennifer. I remember a lad called David Hackett, who lived in one of the cottages, and later his family moved to Lawrence Weston. I knew him as a schoolboy, and he later came to work with me at Weatherheads Garage on Portview Road, Avonmouth. I seem to remember him taking me through from the High Street, where Woolworths were later built, and coming out into Pembroke Road at the rear. I am unsure if Ellenborough Place was definitely his road, but it sounds like it from your description. I lived in Shirehampton 1947-48, and then on New Years Day 1949, we moved to Middleton Road Lawrence Weston. for just over five years. Kind regards. David (Hunt).
caroline penny, Woodwell road BS11 9UG on 19/09/2010
thanks! my telephone number is 01179773413 and I would be interested to read these stories, I also want to find the well for myself and build a picture of the area's history. I feel very strongly that they should not be building on this historic area. My husband was born in Lawrence Weston and lived in Shirehampton most of his life, during the 50s and 60s so he would be interested to read the reminiscences. I would love to read the stories.
Tony Haggerty, New Zealand on 19/07/2010
Lawrence Weston House was once owned by the Harford family who built Blaise House. It was indeed owned by Philip? Robinson of the ES & A Robinson dynasty and subsequently in the 1950s by the Bryan family of Bryan Bros, the Bristol Ford dealer. My link is that I was at St Brendan's College a year or two behind Mike Bryan, Jim Bryan's son. I also worked for ES & AR although I didn't know of their connection at that time. Most importantly, my grandmother was a Palmer of Lawrence Weston. I believe her eldest brother William built a cottage in the grounds of the house. A good source of information is "In the footsteps of Giants A history of Lawrence Weston by Judy Helme published by Acta Community Theatre Ltd. of Bristol.
Sean O'Brien, st andrews road, bristol on 03/02/2009
Dear Mr Pocock, I would be interested in results of your research. My grandfather Joe O'Brien came to live in Bristol after working at the Remount depot at Shirehampton breaking in horses. Apparently the soldiers (frontiersmen?) would put on displays of horsemanship for the locals, that's how he met my Gran. I think he said his unit was in France and had to drive horses across the length of that country (He was Army service corps, recruited in Ireland) My sister is researching our family history so any information on the remount depot would be most welcome. Thank you. Sean O'Brien
Editor on 05/01/2007
A further footnote has been added connecting Percy Toplis, the 'Monocled Mutineer', with the Remount Depot. See the article in January 2007 SHIRE Newspaper
Mary Macey on 05/12/2006
Mary Macey has supplied an interesting footnote. Her uncle, Sid Parsons (father of the lately deceased John Parsons) lived in the area bounded by what are now Groveleaze, Barrow Hill, and the Portway. As he dug his garden, he was constantly digging up horseshoes. If only the old superstition carried any truth, he would have been the luckiest man in Shirehampton!
Editor on 05/12/2006
The interest readers have shown in Shirehampton's unusual part in the World War I story raises the consideration that perhaps something should be done to mark the history more significantly. How about some memorial devoted to the horses, many of whom died in what was the last major conflict to employ the? Perhaps there could be a small plaque put up on part of the camp site. One possible location is the Cotswold Community Centre whose previous building, replaced only twelve years ago, was an army hut that survived from World War I.
Editor on 05/11/2006
Please see the article in SHIRE by Ralph Hack in November 2006 SHIRE Newspaper
G Weatherhead, Severn Beach on 19/09/2006
My Grandfather came down from the North of England and was Sergeant Major Farrier in the Remount and remained in Shirehampton after the War as he was granted the contract to dismantle the site buildings in West Town Lane. As far as I know it was turned back into grazing land and a large part of it was given to the people of the area by Squire Miles as Playing Fields and a while afterwards in the 20`s some was sold off for housing, which meant my Father and Grandfather had to move their Blacksmiths Shop from West Town Road to Portview Road in Avonmouth. One of the stories goes that when the Armistice was declared all the Blacksmiths threw their tools onto the roofs of the Forges and went down to the "Hope & Anchor" Pub to celebrate !
Danny Clevely, Titirangi, Auckland, NZ on 28/08/2008
My Gt aunt, Margaret Howarth used to live on the corner of Merrimans at 27 Kings Weston Ave. I lived across the road at No. 28. I remember Merrimans being built, it must have been built around the late 50s early 60s. Before then it was a field and a handy place to get to the reen to play!
Phil Tudor, Melksham Wiltshire on 26/11/2006
Please pass on my email address to Jane Simmonds who is asking for information about Merrymans Road. I lived there for many years and may well have the contacts she is looking for. Kind regards
Nigel Belsten, Berkeley, Glos: on 05/06/2008
Hi Diane. I found the Shire web site for the first time today, I don't know if you remember me at all, but I lived at No 10 Old Barrow Hill, and you lived in No 24. Sadly both No 10 and 24 are no longer there as they have been pulled down to make way for new housing. Would love to hear from you as you may remember that you, Alan Stenner, Paul Davis, Christine Ware, John and Alan Harston, Richard (my Brother) and I all played in the park by the the Nursery. Best Regards. Nigel.
John Rogers on 25/08/2006
Hello David, I have made contact with Ted Linsley in reference to a picture of the old house called the "Bank"he will be furnishing a copy of the picture,the search is over, many thanks to the "SHIRE". And thank you David for passing this information on to me. Kind Regards John Rogers.
Edward (Ted) Linsley, Westbury-on-Trym on 12/08/2006
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I am responding to the enquiry by Messrs. Rogers & Weekes in issue No.415. I was born in Bank Cottages in 1924 and do have a picture of same of which I will gladly supply a copy for John Rogers. The picture was kindly provided by Ralph Hack.
Graham Weekes on 26/06/2006
My name is Graham Weekes. I lived AT 20 Meadow Grove, for many years through and after the war, prior to living there, my parents lived on the bank where I was born about the time John Rogers refers to. My parents' names were Ernest and Doris Weekes and Mrs Gazzard who lived on the corner of Meadow Grove was my godparent. It would be interesting to know whether Mr Rogers recalls knowing them. I left Shirehampton in 1956 to live in Frome in Somerset, but from time to time return to visit Shire and have fond memeries of my childhood there. I look forward every month to Shire News which keeps me up to date with events, and some of those who I knew many years ago, and should anyone there remember me I would be delighted to hear from them.