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The Black Horse

We have just uploaded a page on the history of The Black Horse in Gillingstool with a second page about the various Licensees of the pub. We are currently trying to research the old cottages along Gillingstool including those that were demolished when the road was widened in the late 1960's.  We'd love to hear [...]

2016-09-24T14:55:35+00:00 September 24th, 2016|

The Baths

We are grateful to a member of the Pearce family who contacted us recently about his family's long association with The Baths.  As a result of this we  have now added some pages about The Baths in Thornbury that gave its name to Bath Road.   This was an open public baths that had been in Thornbury [...]

2016-08-15T19:16:42+00:00 August 15th, 2016|

The Hollow

We have recently been looking at the history of a property  just outside Thornbury in Kington Road now called The Hollow.  It is a fascinating property that was once the home of a tallow chandler, then an ale and cider house, then a laundry before it finally returned to being  a private home.  This led us [...]

2016-07-05T08:24:45+00:00 July 5th, 2016|

1939 Register

The special register compiled in 1939 in preparation for the War has enabled us to confirm where families were living at that time.  It also provided us with individual's birth date and occupation if they had one.  We have now updated our family and house pages to reflect the information shown in the register if [...]

2016-03-31T18:37:15+00:00 March 31st, 2016|

Additions to Gloucester Road and family photo galleries

We were thrilled to receive from Andrew Niblett a lot of information about the Davis family, the builders who constructed six of the houses opposite the Grammar School in Gloucester Road.  He also sent us a wonderful collection of photographs of the Davis and Niblett families.  This has prompted us to add pages to the [...]

2016-02-10T11:08:33+00:00 February 10th, 2016|

Hawkes House

We have just added two pages on the history of Hawkes House, formerly the Barrel.  One page covers the history of the building, the other provides information on several of the people who were licensees there.  The pages can be accessed from the side menus on the Silver Street and St Mary Street (North) pages.

2015-12-17T20:04:28+00:00 December 17th, 2015|


Welcome to our new Thornbury Roots website which went live on 13th November 2015.  We realised that many of our users were now using smartphones and tablets to view the site it was not suited easy to see the pages on smaller screens.  The new site is responsive to the type of device being used. We are [...]

2016-10-25T14:26:44+00:00 November 13th, 2015|


We are not particularly satisfied with the search engine we are using because it doesn't always show the relevant extract of text in the search results.  We have spent a long time looking at alternatives with no success. Meanwhile,  please insert the full name of the person you are searching for in double quotes.  This [...]

2016-10-25T14:26:44+00:00 November 9th, 2015|

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