Private Stafford Hope Venton
Stafford Hope Venton was born in Taunton, Somerset, in 1892. He was the only child of William Venton and Beatrice Maud, nee Pidgeon, but he…
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Semington Lock House
From before 1891 to after 1912, the lockkeeper at Semington was Edwin Brown. Edwin was maried to Rosanna and had two children, Edwin Ernest James…
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Lockkeepers on the Kennet and Avon Canal 1911
Recently I set myself the challenge of identifying all the lockkeepers on the Kennet and Avon Canal in the 1911 Census. It was quite a challenge…
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Francis Bailey at Sydney Lock
Francis Herbert Bailey was born in Wingfield, south of Bradford upon Avon, in the summer of 1869. His father, Thomas, was a master carpenter, and…
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A Sad Little Tale at Sydney Wharf
Here’s a sad little story. On the morning of 21st May 1878 the body of a newborn baby boy was found in the canal at…
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Kennet and Avon Canal
The idea of building the Kennet and Avon Canal was batted around for several centuries before the first turf was turned. It was a long…
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Private William Hutchins
William Hutchins was born in Devizes on June 8th 1877. William's mother, Martha, nee Dally, didn't have the best start in life. Her mother died…
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Boat Registration Numbers
If you spot an old boat on the waterways and you want to find its age it is helpful to know that the registration numbers…
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Devizes Bathing Place, Kennet and Avon
The idea of a bathing place in the canal for the youth of Devizes first cropped up in 1870. A particular supporter of the scheme…
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George Hawkins – Drowning or Suicide?
George Hawkins was born in Melksham and married Elizabeth Ada Douse in 1872. They had eight children, five boys and three girls. From the 1870s…
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