The house that is now 13 Castle Street in Thornbury looks deceptively small.
Below is part of a map of Castle Street in Thornbury. The map was drawn up in 1948 and shows that number 13 Castle Street goes a surprisingly long way back from the street, having been much extended. The property also includes the series of buildings on the plot on the left (as you look at the plan) which was formerly a builder’s yard next to it.
Deeds held by South Gloucestershire Council in relationship to Stokefield House contain an indenture of 14th May 1830 between Alexander Smith a carpenter of Almondsbury, his brother James Smith and Thomas Gwynne. They refer to
“all that messuage or tenement some time since erected and built by them the said Alexander and James Smith in part of the yard or garden belonging to the said first mentioned messuage or tenement (notes the house referred to here is Clematis Cottage) adjoining to the High Street …with the yard garden and outbuildings adjoining and belonging late in the occupation of James Bevan and now of James Morgan as tenant thereof.”
We know from its deeds that the house occupied by James Morgan was 13 Castle Street. Therefore it is clear that this property was built by James and Alexander Smith some time before 1830 on a property previously rented by James Bevan. James and Alexander Smith then sold this property to Thomas Gwynn in indentures of 14th and 15th May 1830.
In the tithe Map of 1840 the house was owned by a member of the family who owned Porch House Thomas Gwynn.
Henry Craven St John bought Porch House from Thomas Gwynn by indentures of 1879 and 1880 and the Rate Books of that period suggest that number 13 changed hands at the same time as Porch House and that it still may have been considered to be part of the property. Read about Henry Craven St John
Hodges. We know that John Hodges bought both Clematis Cottage and the house that is now 13 Castle Street in October 1891. John Hodges died on 10th February 1892 and his wife Elizabeth Matthews Hodges inherited the house from her husband. In 1923 her son also named John, but known locally as Jack Hodges, agreed to pay off the remaining mortgage of £500 which was on the two properties and thus he became the owner. Both John Hodges were carpenters and and so the yard between Clematis and number 13 was used by them as a builder’s yard. Click here to read about John and Elizabeth Hodges
Bridget McKearney bought the building that is now 13 Castle Street from John Hodges, carpenter, in 1953. A later conveyance of 22nd Nov 1961 made between National Provincial Bank Limited as personal representatives of the late John Hodges deceased conveyed to Bridget McKearney the neighbouring builder’s yard and outbuilding in Castle Street. Click here to read about Bridget McKearney
Cyril G and Edwina J Sutch. On the 5th August 1977 Cyril and Edwina Sutch bought both the house and the neighbouring yard from Bridget McKearney. The 1980 Electoral Roll shows that the house was occupied by Cyril and Edwina Sutch.