It is now as it was then

Whilst doing my weekly newspaper research I came across this piece printed in the Shepton Mallet Journal ( the original source was noted as the Sunday Magazine- a London periodical). This was written 150 years ago. And yet we find ourselves in this position once again… The Coming Winter With the shortening days and the approach of winter, we feel …

This Week in the News- 21st -28th September 2022

200 years ago – 21st -28th September 1822 Within the last three days upwards of 200 labourers called navigators, lately employed on the Bude canal have arrived in Taunton for the purpose of commencing their operations on the projected Taunton and Bristol Canal. They are immediately to open the ground at Fire Pool Weir near Taunton. A party of the …

Chidgey / Chedgey Somerset surname

Somerset Surname – Chidgey / Chedgey

Variants – Chedgey, Chedgie, Chedsey, Chedzey Chidgey has been a really challenging name to research, firstly because the spelling was incredibly changeable and secondly because they were a huge family line from the 17th Century. The principal theory for the origins of the name is that it comes from an area in West Somerset called Chidgley which is a hill …

Minehead Harbour

This Week in the News – 15th-21st Sept 2022

200 years ago – 15th-21st September 1822 Robert Chilcott the filthy wretch who was convicted at the Somerset Assizes of a detestable offence was executed on the lodge in front of  Ilchester Gaol on Wednesday se’nnight. Since his condemnation, he has behaved with great propriety but always declared he was innocent. At ten in the morning, the undersheriff William Melliar …

Bridge at Burrowbridge, Somerset

This Week in the News 8th-14th September 2022

200 years ago – 8th-14th September 1822  Further to the advertisement on these pages, an application will be made in the next session of parliament to obtain leave to bring in a bill for the removal of the Burrow bridge and to erect a more commodious one instead. We are glad to hear that this is in contemplation as the …

The ‘kidnap’ of a Somerset Baronet

The family of Thomas Swymmer Mostyn-Champneys had lived in Orchard Leigh near Frome since the Norman conquest. It is said that the family were granted the land by William the Conqueror himself. His great grandfather John Champneys was high Sheriff in 1695, and his father Thomas was made a baronet in 1767 and subsequently became high sheriff in 1775. Thomas …

This Week in the News 1st -7th September 2022

200 years ago 1st -7th September 1822 At the Somerset Midsummer Assizes at Wells, the case of Sir T Champneys Vs Messiter was heard. This, as is generally known in the county, is a prosecution instituted by Sir Thomas Champneys against the defendant, who is a respectable solicitor of Frome, for attempting to suborn witnesses previous to trial between these …

The Passionate Rage of William Lace

William and Eliza Lace lived in the hamlet of Hinton Charterhouse. The couple had five children and William worked as an overseer at a mine in the Mendip hills. The family were well-liked in the community, and the marriage appeared to be a happy one. William was described as a man of good temper and very loving to his family. …

This Week in the News 21st-28th August 2022

250 years ago – 21st -28th August 1772 Last Week a man named French of Frome having had words with his wife struck her several times, whereupon she ran and made complaint to her mother who interfered in the dispute, French then seized her by the throat and threw her down, her neck was dislocated and she died instantly. He …