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Every day I get emails from people who would like further information on specific questions they have about Bristol. I've got an extensive set of references but obviously these can't cover absolutely everything about or everyone who's ever lived in Bristol.


Karen Cox Nov 25, 2013


I wonder if anyone can point me in the right direction. My Gt Gt Uncle, Edward John Eley b. 1870 in Bristol married in Bristol in 1902, but by 1911, he was prisoner at Portland in Dorset. I don't know where to start to find out what he had been convicted of or how long his sentence was. At the time of his marriage, he was a labourer, but previously had been at sea. If he was back in Bristol, is there any significance that he served his sentence in Portland? I don't know when he was released, but died in Bristol in 1939.


Nicola Holloway Nov 2, 2013


I have inherited a few photos including some of the St Johns Rifle club in Bedminster. One photo is of the Stanfield cup winners in 1909 and one member is a lady who I think may be related to me and I want to find out who she is! (There are no names on the photo) I would think it was quite rare for a lady to shoot in that era! Any information would be gratefully received!!


Robert Marson (Secretary, Luckwell Improvement Project) Mar 21, 2013


I'm hoping to find out more about the "Luck Well" stone well which was apparently destroyed in 1900 and was near the top of Luckwell Road. Earlier, it seems to have been a spring feeding a pool on the lower ground, which then ran into a system of drainage ditches.


My information is from the Bristol "Know Your Place" maps, as follows:


Luck Well, located on the northern side of Luckwell Lane, Bedminster. The origin of the well is unknown but adjoining fields were known as Upper and Lower Luckwell as early as 1669 (Burchill 2000), suggesting that the well was already in existence by that date. The well is first recorded by the Ordnance Survey first edition plan, Bristol Sheet LXXV.4.22 surveyed in 1883 which indicates that it lay immediately behind the stone wall on Luckwell Lane. It was then just over two metres square and apparently edged in stone. The well is reported to have been destroyed in 1900 (Jones 1946). The site of the well is now in the middle of the junction of Chessel Street, Luckwell Road and Smyth Road.


My two main wishes would be to find:

1) A depiction or even photograph of the stone well

2) More information about the circumstances of its destruction in 1900


I am grateful for any help or pointers!


Marg Mar 18, 2013


Looking for any info on Fitzpatrick (( pat )) born Hanham 1920 son of Emily Beese nee Peacock and George Beese , i know Fitzpatrick never had any children when he married Ellen


Name:Fitzpatrick Beese

Birth Date:22 Dec 1920

Date of Registration:Oct-Nov-Dec 1974

Age at Death:54

Registration district:Stroud

Inferred County:Gloucestershire





Name:Fitzpatrick Beese

Spouse Surname:Ellen Minda Astell nee blaker

Date of Registration:Jul-Aug-Sep 1952

Registration district:Kingswood

Inferred County:Gloucestershire

Volume Number:7b

Page Number:1235


After fitzpatrick died ellen remarried to george ley


Name: Ellen M Beese

Spouse Surname: george Ley

Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1976

Registration district: Stroud

Inferred County: Gloucestershire

Volume Number: 22

Page Number: 1471


Heather Dec 2013


My name is Heather and I found out in March of this year that my Nana (Ruby I. E. Boucher (Pedersen)) never knew the names of her grandparents. She had shown me a picture of her mom, aunt, another aunt I presume and her grandparents. They had died when her mom ( Ruby Maud Hayman (Boucher)) was very young - aprox 5-6 years of age. I have since learned the names of my Great Great Grandparent, by purchasing my Great Grandmother's (Ruby Maud) birth certificate. I will be informing my Nana in a scrapbook on Christmas Eve to what they are. I am so excited! My Nana had mentioned that she new the last name was Hayman, and he was a Captain of the ship the "Iris".


Looking for information on Alfred Hayman - born in Gleave Somt(?) about 1840. Died around 1900-1903? Married Louisa Ann Witcombe in 1888. Louisa was born about 1862 in Winford, England, and died around 1901 about the age of 39. They had three children Lavina L. Hayman born in 1892, Ruby Maud Hayman born in 1895 (my great grandmother), and another child born around 1897-98 I am guessing. This child passed away within the first year or so, from what has been told. The family lived in Bristol, and he was a fishmonger/Captain in 1891, and owned a Bread, Coffee and Fish shop according to the 1901 Census. It had given the address of 4 Newfoundland St, city of Bristol, ward of St. Pauls.


I would love to know the name of the Coffee, Bread & Fish Shop my Great Great Grandfather owned, the ship he was a captain of - I don't think it was the Iris due to the dates, how they possibly died, the other childs name, or any other information about them.


the Bristol music scene circa 1960s


Does anyone, I wonder, remember a band from Keynsham called the Yokal Beats?


The five-piece – a typical three guitars, drummer and singer – had beaten other talented bands to become proud winners of the South West area beat contest.


On lead guitar was Neil White, on rhythm guitar Jim Hunt, on bass guitar Bruce Edwards, and on drums Tony Pascoe. Singer Bob Bruton completed the line-up.


Looking for information on Robert Charles Elwell, born in Bristol on the 15th of Nov 1945 after learning to play the guitar and bass during his school life in Mangotsfield he began performing in bands all over the city and even setting up a simple recording sudio at the family home near Yate.


From 1963-1964 he played in a band named Del Martin and the Mysteries fronted by a guy called Baz Taylor, playing with them in the south western heats of the beat championship held in Weston super Mare in the summer of 1964, as well as the Revel in Puckelchurch, Parnels of Yate, and Severn Beach.


He also having been assoicated with, Jonny Carr and the Cadillacs, working for an agent called John Miles (still trading in Bristol) supporting Hermans Hermitts and at one stage being on the same bill as the Animals playing in Bath, Pavilion, then going on an epic night on the town with Eric Burdon on of the Animals.

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