Messages from 2000 & 2001

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James and Sarah Mapstone

I am writing from Pennsylvania , USA and don't know if you can help me or not but it is worth a try.

I saw the names of JAMES and SARAH MAPSTONE that were on The Wooden Plaque in St. James Church. I am very interesed in the MAPSTONE name because a JAMES MAPSTONE was my great grandfather and all I know of him is that he came from England. This couple could be his parents or a relative.

My James Mapstone was born Dec.5,1842 came to the USA 1873 (age31yrs) married Margaret Phillips June 7,1876 and died Sept.26,1916 (age74yrs).  

Sincerely, Arnella Barris, Pennsylvania, USA
December 2001

Peter Stewart replies: Besides the Mapstones in our name index, there is a Sarah Mapstone, buried at Badsey on the 3 February 1933. She was aged 75 years, and stated to be from Woodford House, Chew Stoke, Avon. This is just south of Bristol. This is the only other Mapstone mentioned in the burial registers after 1909.

Maureen Spinks replies: I was intrigued to receive your e-mail. From looking at the Badsey records, here is what I have deduced:

One intriguing aspect is that of the monumental inscription dated 1950. One assumes the Mapstones had only a very brief sojourn in Badsey, so why do their names appear on a wooden plaque over 50 years later? I guess if we look in things like Churchwardens' Records at Worcester Record Office, this may give us a clue. When I next go to the Record Office, I will try and check it out.

In March 2002 we were contacted by Stan Mapstone of Runcorn, Cheshire who runs the Mapstone, Mabstone and Mapston One Name Study. He tells us James Mapstone was born 1st. December 1842, in Wookey, Somerset, and was buried 30th March 1895, in Badsey. He had four children, the last one being born four months after his death. Stan gave us this copy of a newspaper report, on the inquest into his death -

Allegations Against A Bailiff.
An adjourned Inquest was held on Tuesday, on the body of James Mapstone, a farmer, living at Badsey, near Evesham. The evidence showed that the deceased had had dealings with money-lenders, who sent a bailiff named Dawson, of Bristol, to take possession of his goods, and several witnesses stated that they saw this man strike Mapstone with a heavy stick. There was a severe wound on the deceased's head, and one of his fingers was also seriously injured, the nail being almost torn off. Dr. Golpin testified to death being due to lockjaw, the result of the injury to the finger. Dawson denied striking Mapstone at all, and said the injury to the finger was caused by the deceased getting his hand entangled in the harness of a horse he was holding. After a very long hearing the jury returned a verdict of "Manslaughter" against Dawson, who was thereupon committed for trial at the Worcester Assizes on the coroner's warrant.

Stan is keen to know more about this case.

See also the article Manslaughter at Badsey.

Offer of School Photographs

I have just discovered the wonderful web site for Badsey and must congratulate all those who have put so much time and effort into it.

I note that you are looking for old photos and I have two of Badsey School. I think they probably date from around the early 1900's. They came to me from my uncle William Walters of Wickhamford and I think that probably his father and uncle are on them.  From your index I discovered that Robert William Walters started at Badsey School 3/7/1894 aged 4 and his brother Harry started 19/3/1894 aged 7. The one photo has a child holding a notice which says 'Board School, Badsey. Group 7' and the other one just 'No.4'.

I have shown the photos to my father Fred Mason aged 91, who was born at Wickhamford and still lives there, who also attended Badsey School, but unfortunately he has been unable to identify any of the children. They are of a generation before him. He does however have an excellent memory of times past in around Badsey and Wickhamford often recalls his school days at Badsey School. If you are looking for a few interesting anecdotes he could probably supply you with some. He well remembers seeing the German POW's working on the land whilst walking to and from Badsey School.  Also the day Mrs Mason, a school teacher at Badsey, was told that her son had been killed in the war. Anyway if the photos are of any use please contact me.  

Yours sincerely Valerie Harman, Badsey
October 2001

We were delighted with the photographs and hope to use them on the website, and possibly in the book.

Bowers Hill

I see that you are going to be producing another guide to Badsey & Aldington.  I know Bowers Hill is very small but I feel it is worthy of inclusion particularly in light of elderly residents that have some good stories to tell about the area.

I run a B&B business and have recently been trying to find out the history of Bowers Hill.  It is a mystery what two little stone cottages, built around the mid-1750s, were doing on the plot of Bowers Hill House and Farm in the middle of nowhere.  We uncovered a large bread oven when doing some renovation work about 6 years?  Did this oven just feed the family or was it the local bakery?  We are on a lay-line - does this have a significance?  Perhaps there are people in the area who may know the answer to these questions?  I wanted to put some of this information on my web-site to satisfy the curiosity we get when guests come here to stay.  

My mother-in-law talks of the lady who was buried on the side of the road which is known locally as Francis's grave but does not appear on any map.  She apparently committed suicide and suicides were not allowed to be buried in consecrated ground!  Mmmm ... I also wanted to know about Allen Barn where there is some ghost or other reputedly.

Regards, Sarah Bent, Bowers Hill Farm, Worcestershire
October 2001

Some fascinating questions - can anyone help? It would be appreciated if you reply both to Sarah and and to Bowers Hill Farm is about two miles from Badsey on the Willersey Road. Sarah & Martin Bent offer Bed & Breakfast in a large Victorian farmhouse - see details on their website

Littleton and Badsey Railway Station

I hope you had a successful public meeting on the 7 September about the new edition of 'A Brief history of Badsey & Aldington' - you see I have been to the website which is very interesting and well laid out.

My father was Station Master at Littleton & Badsey - quite a thriving station during the market gardening era.   I will see if I have anything of interest from the past and be in touch.  

Pat Goldstraw and Roger Savory stayed with us some 3 years ago. We were all born in Brewer's Lane!    We have been thinking of Roger as he lives in New Jersey and not far from the dreadful events in Manhattan.  He sent a message recently asking if we were OK in Zimbabwe!!  

Regards, Brian Jennings, Harare, Zimbabwe
September 2001

Here are some articles about Littleton and Badsey station.

Fantastic for family history

I think you have a beautiful and well organized web site. It has a lot of interesting information and a well layed out genealogy page. It must of been a labor of love for all involved in creating this site. Congratulations on a job well done. I know if I ever get to come to England, Badsey will be on the top of my list of places to visit.

Charles Henry Dudley, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
August 2001

Knight Family of Badsey

Congrats on your wonderful website. As a daughter of the Knights of Badsey I was thrilled to discover my ancestors on-line. I am the youngest daughter of Valentine Sydney born 1895 who died in North Wales on 25 Jan 1985. Some years ago when visiting Worcester my husband and I researched my family at the Shire Hall going back to Joseph Knight of Aldington who married Eleanor. I notice in your Births records you have two entries for children born to Eliza widow of Arthur Richard, born Oct 1830, died 1862 in an accident . There is no father listed for these children - Arthur Edward and Clara. I can tell you that the father of these two was Malachi, Arthur's elder brother born 1828, died 1891.

We were most interested to read the excerpts in the Parish Magazine about my late father Valentine Sydney during WW1. He served in the 9th Worcs Regt and was in Mesopotamia. He stayed there after the war training local fire services in Basra after he had risen to the rank of Company Sergeant Major returning to UK in 1919/20. After his marriage in 1923 the family lived in the village of Cropthorne until moving to North Wales in 1947. I and my two sisters all live in North Wales. I have a few artefacts handed down from my father - a tambourine which according to family legend was made by Thomas Knight Born Jun 1765 , married Ann Simpson 1791 and a clip of bullets which saved my father's life as they were in his ammo pouch and deflected a Turkish sniper's bullet (the Parish mag mentions him being wounded and we think this must have been the occasion) - we have a photo of the dented clip of bullets should you be interested.

Lucy Sweeting (Nee Knight), Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales
July 2001

Maureen Spinks writes: It was lovely to hear from a descendant of a Knight from Badsey. It is a shame that you do not live closer to Badsey as the 100th Badsey Flower Show is taking place this afternoon. I am helping on a Local History/Badsey website stall, and one of the main things there will be a "Knights of Badsey Family Tree". It is 14 feet long! Here is Maureen's article about the Knight family.

Hi from Japan

This is John Cole saying hi from the other side of the globe. As some of you might know I am in Japan working as a volunteer. I have just visited the webite, it very good. It makes me feel a lot closer to home. I look forward to hearing from some of you. I have started writing a book on my time here you can visit it at the following address: You can also pick up my newsletters at this address.

Love and Best Wishes to all John Cole (From Bretforton Road)
July 2001

Pigeon Pigin

The name index on the Badsey website includes about 236 entries for the surname Pidgeon and variants like Pegyn, Pigeon, Pigin etc. We had this interesting email from the Ian Pidgeon who runs the One Name Study for the Pigeon surname.

...Those with the surname Pigin or Piggin... pronounce their surname with a hard G (as PIG - IN) and so today this is not considered a variation of Pidgeon/Pigeon (with a soft G sound). But looking through the alphabetical list of Badsey and seeing so many Pigins and Pigeons makes one think again, especially as all 86 Pigin variations occur in the 16th century, with only 14 Pigeons. All the remaining Pigeon/Pidgeon variations occur later. Was this a spelling change, or did all the Pigins move away from the village?

My only disappointment is that there is no Henry, born 1755. But then I still think he most likely came from Shropshire (to Stockport, where he married in 1792 and founded the Stockport Pidgeon dynasty). Once again, many thanks for thinking of us genealogists. Congratulations on what at first sight appears to be a very interesting and well-organised web-site.

Regards, Ian Pidgeon, St Albans, England.
June 2001

Can anyone help Ian on this question? To find out what other surnames have been common in Badsey see Top 200 surnames in Badsey.

Badsey School Photograph

Thank you so much for notifying me about the Badsey web site. I think it is one of the best sites I have visited and have already recommended it to fellow researchers of the locality. I will be revisiting the site on a regular basis.

I was especially thrilled to see two of my uncles (who were married to my mother's sisters) as members of the Badsey School photograph - Joe Plant and Bill Walters.

Another of my mothers sisters Mrs Phyllis Knight still lives in Badsey although at present she is in hospital after suffering a stroke. Once again thank you.

Regards Mike James, New Zealand.
May 2001

Inspired by Badsey

Just a note to say thank you for producing such a wonderful site. I've just spent about an hour browsing your site and picking up some useful information for my family history, my 2 x great-grand parents moved to Badsey c.1927 from Sibford Ferris, Oxon. I have visited Badsey myself, it was around eight years ago but your site has inspired me to come again! Thanks so much

Jo Allen, Watford, Hertfordshire.
April 2001

Parish records for Cleeve Prior and Badsey

While living in Cleeve Prior near to Badsey, I transcribed the Parish Records, Registers, Census Returns, Monumental Inscriptions, Wills and Inventories etc from the 16th Century onwards. I am happy to supply copies of any of this information to family historians at no charge. Please email me at or through the Worcestershire Genuki site Web Site Think your site is excellent and will most appreciated by family history researches across the globe.

Elizabeth Newman, Kington Herefordshire.
April 2001

At School in Badsey in the 1950s and 1960s

I was delighted to come across your excellent web site all about the village where I went to school in the late 50's - early 60's.  It brought back a lot of pleasant memories. Mr.Harvey was the Headmaster, and some of the teachers I remember were Mrs.Williams, Mr.Morton, Mrs.Gorin, Mrs.Smith, Mrs.Peat. A few names from my class came back, David Stewart, John Hewlett, Richard Austin, Martin Bent, Nigel Beasley, Willie Daffurn, Jimmy Smith, Mary Braby, Gillian Sutton, Peter Hall, Philip Sutton, Stephen Wheatley, and my good mate and fellow trainspotter Roger Hartwell. (we spent may hours at Littleton & Badsey crossing watching the mighty GWR expresses thunder by!!)     I lived in Wickhamford, and bussed to school every day. I'm glad to see that the flower show is still going, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the blacksmiths is still there and working. If anyone remembers me please get in touch.  

Tim Harrison, Plymouth, Devon.
April 2001     

German Prisoners of War in WW1

I am seeking information on prisoners of war (POW) that were billeted at Badsey Manor for a history project. It appears the camp was designated as a 'Working Camp' which means any POWs billeted in Badsey were employed on construction projects rather than agricultural work. This could have ranged from clearing land, to building roads, working in quarries, etc. Do you know of any projects that were constructed at this time in the area?

I live in Derby and cannot get to every site I hear of (900 to date) so I rely on help from locals. I set the Project up some seven years ago and called it the POWIC - an acronym for 'Prisoner of War Internment Camp'.

Nic, POWIC Project, Derby
March 2001

See our information page German prisoners of war at the Badsey Manor House in 1918. It would be appreciated if anyone with information could respond to both Nic and to

Don't forget Aldington

I live in Aldington and like your website but I was disappointed that there was not more about us. Aldington may be smaller than Badsey but it is still a substantial village with lots of interesting history.

Drogo Hawkins, Aldington, Worcestershire
March 2001

You will find Aldington on the street map and the nineteenth century census pages. Perhaps somebody in Aldington could write something for us? There is no shortage of webspace and we would be delighted to see more.

Edgington, Sears and Cook Families

My great-grandfather William Edgington was born in Badsey 6 June 1827 and married Eliza Cook who was born in Badsey 22 Aug 1830. Their daughter Felicia born Feb 1854 somewhere in England and she married David Sears who was christened 17 Feb 1850 in Wickhamford. They were married in Geauga County, Ohio. I would like to know if there are any descendants still in the area. I loved seeing the pictures of the area, I think this is a great website. I hope to visit your area in a year or two.

Shirley Sears Palmer, Willoughby Hills, Ohio, USA
March 2001

New to Badsey

I've just had a browse through your website which I must say is very good. It's clearly laid out, informative and basically works well. I moved to Badsey last April so am still finding my feet to an extent. I'm originally from County Durham but came here via Nottingham and London. I love the area and think I'll be very happy here. I've found everyone I've met very welcoming and friendly and I really love the fact that it's a living/working village and hasn't suffered the demise of becoming a dormitory.  I've taken up a part time course at Pershore College as my self employment allows the time and the whole area has introduced me to so many other opportunities that I would never been able to consider in London.

It would be really interesting to see some sort of diary on the site for local events, parish meetings and anything else that's going on. As an outsider it's sometimes a little difficult to see where you might get involved in village life. Are there any other clubs/ societies in the village?

Kind regards Netty Walker
February 2001

Good idea! We have now added a page with information about organizations and events in the village.

Happy Memories

I lived in Badsey in the 70's and reading your page has bought back many happy memories. I would like to hear from anyone who may remember my self and family

Thanks David Geapin, now living near Stratford on Avon
January 2001

Tree in the Churchyard

Your website is well put together. I used to live at 3 School Lane in the 1970s. I would really like to know if the enormous tree in the churchyard is still there?

I remember the village before its expansion. I left as they were ripping the orchard by the brook out. I really would like to know if that tree is still there. Some drunks planted a flag at the top on the Queens Jubilee.

Thank you Philip Greener aka Wellard A Obbit
December 2000

Will Dallimore writes: I think the tree was the giant wellingtonia that stood in the grounds of the house next to the church. It was taller than the church and was removed only a few years ago when it became dangerous. There are many local stories of men who have climbed the tree over the years... If you look at Michael Barnard's drawing you will see the tree next to the church. The orchard which was being removed was possibly for the new houses at the lower end of Seward Road.

Here is a History of Badsey's Wellingtonia Tree.

Badsey as a Surname

Love the pictures, good luck with your site.

I would be interested to discover how many Badseys there are left. I am William John Badsey, born Whitley Bay 7 January 1940, only son of late Sydney Badsey who was sales manager for MURRAY AND CHARLETON (Austin cars in North of England) before and after WW 2, family emigrated to South Africa in 1947. I have two sons, and a daughter one son in Christopher in USA, Richard the other one in AUSTRALIA and daughter Kim in SOUTH AFRICA.

I have resided in California since 1982.

Best wishes, I love asparagus. Bill Badsey, ( my business)
November 2000

... I failed to mention my mother Eva Margaret Badsey (now Brooks) still alive at 91 living in Durban, South Africa, my Sister Pauline Badsey (now Norman) Durban, South Africa, My late Father Sydney had a brother, Chater Badsey who lived in Pretoria South Africa. Hope other Badsey's can put the pieces together, and that other Badsey's post who, and where they are.

Bill Badsey
November 2000

Here is a page about Badseys living at Badsey.

Greetings from Melbourne

Hi, Our good friend Alan Eames put us onto your site.

We mainly use this new communication device for keeping in touch with friends. But should we ever need to hear of what is happening in your part of the world in detail it looks a great place to visit. Just love the pictures. Keep the good work up from Down Under in Melbourne.

From: Gregory
November 2000

Remembering Badsey

I'm a student at Sheffield University and live in Badsey when not living in Sheffield. All I wanted to say was that the web site is really good, being away from home and living in a city you sometimes forget how nice it is living in such a lovely village. Keep up the good work.

Yours thankfully James Goodman
November 2000

The Rev. Charles Bloxham

I am particularly interested in Badsey, as my GG Grandfather, The Rev. Charles Bloxham, was the minister at St James Church, for a number of years from 1820. Most of his family having been born there, also his wife died during this time and is probably buried in the church graveyard. It was great to see pictures of the church and village, as I very much doubt I will ever be able to make the trip over.

Regards Arthur Fraser
August 2000

Here is more information about the Bloxhams at Badsey.

Rose Cottage, Chapel Street

We lived in Rose Cottage, Chapel Street in the 80s. We, as mentioned in the book on the history of Badsey, discovered the inglenook fireplace when restoring the cottage. We now live in rural France and have a B&B guest house and a gite. We are in the Charente; north of Angouleme, east of Cognac and west of Limoges, with scenery and stone very like the Cotswolds.

How Badsey has grown, since the days when I came back from the college in Cheltenham, where I worked, to find 5lbs of 'gras' on my doorstep - where have all the market gardens gone? Nice to see the manor again, the shop has changed somewhat.

Regards Sylvia Wolstencroft
August 2000

First class web site

Dear fellow 'Badsians'

Congratulations on such a first class web site. I think that your idea of asking other people who have websites to let you know a very good idea. I would like to make one suggestion, that you only include Websites that are of a high standard. Your website will be excellent for telling people abroad about where we live. Keep up the good work.

Virginia Pawlyn (Mrs.) Allsebrook Gardens, Badsey.
August 2000

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