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From: Linda Hansen <>
Subject: Re: [FoD] 'Chesnuts'
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 10:11:44 -0400
I might be leading you up the garden path here, because Chestnut must have
been a very common name for a cottage, but I wonder if your Chesnut Cottage
wasn't situated in Walford village, nearby to Drybrook? My WILLIAMS family
came from Walford, so I did quite a bit of research on them and the area,
trying to sort my WILLIAMS family out from all the other WILLIAMSes, and
Chestnut Cottage rang a bell.
I've just bought an excellent little book on Walford called "A History of
Walford and Bishopswood" edited by Virginia Morgan and Bridget Vine and
under Chestnut Cottage it mentions:-
"Where the current village of Walford lies there was only a corn mill, the
New Inn (now the house called The Old Soundings), the dwellings called
Chestnut Cottage ("Chusnut Cottage" on the 1843 Tithe Apportionment
accompanying the Tithe Map) with Newall Cottage alongside. Gradually other
houses were built and the blacksmith's workshop was moved to a building
next to the mill. The Spred Eagle (forerunner of The Mill Race) is first
mentioned in the Trade Directories in 1863."
Looking at the Tithe Apportionment, field number 88, a house & garden of 2
rood 2 perch, was occupied and owned by John HALL in 1843 and was thought
to be Chestnut Cottage. This was in what is today Walford Village on the
east side of the road - that bit of land where the stream, the Mill Race,
crosses tha main road.
Hope this is of some help and doesn't cloud the issue.
Always interested in ANY occurrences of GOMERY/GOMMERY/GOMRY and
GOM(M)ERY/GUM(M)ERY One Name Study (GOONS #3034)