Requests for Information

Please use the Contact Form to submit a query relating to Brownshill, Bussage, Chalford, Chalford Hill or France Lynch. Unresolved questions may be posted here. If you have any information to help with any of these queries, again please use the Contact Form

February 2018.  


Meg Davis-Berry is trying to trace an artist who painted in the Chalford area in the mid 19th century.
She has a self portrait which is signed Kitty and a painting of a mill signed KP. She might have had connections with a London group of artists and possibly trained at the Slade. She died somewhere between 1990 and 2000.






January 2018.  Dan Bevan is trying to discover the whereabouts of my distant relatives, William and Chatherine Long.  From the 1841 and 1851 census William Long of Cowly (b1777-1781) and his wife Chatherine Long (nee Davis) of Ireland (b1782-1786) lived in Chalford Lynch and the Wheatsheaf Inn.  His occupation was  grocer for both those census enteries.  William Long came from Cowly and his direct descendants, also Longs, come from Cowly.  They had a niece called Margaret Davis living with them in 1851, who married Rowland Granville Long in 1852 in Chalford Hill.  They are Dan’s great great grand parents and both moved to Birmingham between 1852 and 1861 and died there.  He is wondering if there are any parish records (marriage/death/burial) of William and Chatherine Long  or any information on Margaret and Rowlands marriage.


January 2018.


Hilary Ellis has sent in this postcard picture of France Lynch. Her father thought the picture was dated about 1935, when her grandparents (Denis Stockley and May Stockley) were renovating the cottage marked X in the foreground. Let us know if you know any more about this family or cottage.









December 2017. Anne Milner (nee Bliss) has been in touch to say that her ancestor Edward Bliss lived at Green Court in the 1700s and his son Thomas moved on to Chipping Norton where the family built the Bliss Mill. She is interested in finding out more about Green Court and the family before they moved there. (Edward was born in 1707 and she only knows that his father was Thomas of Minchinhampton).



October 2017. Query from Helen McBride (who lives in Scotland) whose grandparents Herbert George Holmes/Mabel Ellen (Helen) Holmes nee Pethrick/Pedrick lived with their family at Ashmeads Cottage in Chalford. Mabel died there in early 1925 following childbirth.  Herbert was a signalman on the railway.   She is trying to find out how long they lived at Ashmeads Cottage, where my grandmother was buried and anything else about the family’s life there..maybe school records, church records, who owned Ashmeads Cottage and so on.  


September 2017. Query from Tracy re the Wichard family. She says her grandad and some of his family lived at 11 New Building in Chalford. His name was Arthur James Wichard and his father was William Wichard. She is looking for more information and would be grateful if anyone can help.    



September 2017. Query from Steven Merry who is looking for any information about Walter Goodman‘s time in Chalford. He lived here for about 5 months in 1884, painting at least two landscapes of the valley below from the brow of a hill at Cowcombe Woods overlooking the village.



June 2017.  Assoc. Prof. Andrew C. Rouse, for the University of Pécs in Hungary has asked if there might be a link between Chalford and a little village called Csáford in Hungary, just west of Lake Balaton. There is a local story there that an English medieval knight, returning from the Crusades, performed a service for the Hungarian king and gave him land. On the recent death of his mother he found in her address book a contact in Chalford. He wonders if this is a coincidence? Or did the mysterious English knight, on receiving his fiefdom in Hungary, name it after the place he had left in England? Andrew will be in the area in late June so any ideas welcome.



January 2017. Query from Rupert Peploe about the Webb Family
“I have been doing quite a bit of research into the ancient and very interesting Gloucestershire Webb family of clothiers/weavers who were settled along the Stroud valley and its tributaries.  By tradition they descend from a group of 70 Flemish families who were encouraged to settle around England in 1330 by Edward lll. Apparently the weavers of the Gloucestershire beat all the competition, and the best of them all was given the name of Webb and a coat of arms by the King. By the late 17th Century they had proliferated and held numerous prosperous mills in the area, but my research does indeed suggest they do converge to a common ancestor in the early 14th century! Their coat of arms can be seen on many dusty church monuments along the Stroud Valley.  By the nineteenth century the cloth industry had gone into decline and many of these now impoverished Webbs moved away and into different professions. It is therefore very difficult to find Webbs about now who can trace their roots back to this this ancient clothier family.  However the Webb One Name family history group has information from a Richard Webb of Chalford (born around 1855) who in the 1920s gave a series of talks about his family history, and his two sons Jesse and Frank Webb are mentioned on the The Great War and Chalford Forum.  (Francis Joseph Webb)
I just wondered if you knew any of his descendants who still lived in the village who might be interested and be able to provide further information please.  It would be great to be able to link them up to my family tree.

My family were Webbs before they changed their name to Peploe in 1845 and I can trace them back to a mill owner at Eastington in 1440.”




October 2016. We (CPLHG) had a query sent to us via the Parish Council from Shirley Wheatley from County Galway Ireland, who was born in May 1949 at the Bunch of Nuts, Marle Hill Chalford to Ruby and Bill Tombs.   Her Grandfather drowned in the River Frome at Brimscombe in the August of the same year. It seems that at the time she was living at 14, New Buildings, Chalford Hill (thought to be council houses). Does anyone have any idea where this was please? Please get in touch if you can help.




October 2016. John Parsons would like to find out more about the artist Joseph Albert Colquhoun Morrison (1882-1964) who lived in Chalford from 1929/30. His landscape of Chalford normally hangs in the village hall. During restoration it was found to be mounted over a portrait of an unknown youngish woman surrounded by soft toys. Morrison seems to have been a school master (not known where) and was an active member of the Conservative party, but little else is known about him. Please get in touch if you can help.



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