We haven’t seen the deeds of the property, but here is what we know about the people who lived there, other than the people who owned it.
At the time of the 1840 Tithe Survey the cottage and garden which were there at the time was occupied by James Roberts.
We don’t know enough about James to identify him. There was a James Roberts who was a bootmaker living at 18 High Street, Thornbury in the 1851 census, but he was living in Hanham in the 1841 census.
We can’t be sure but we are guessing that William Martin was living in the property in 1841 census. In the census William was an army pensioner aged 45 born in Gloucestershire. He was living with Elizabeth Martin aged 45 born outside of Gloucestershire and Martha Martin who was aged 15 and born in Ireland.
Service records held at the National Archives at Kew show that William was born in Thornbury and he served as a Private in the 9th Dragoons. The records appear to show William served between 1812 and 1840. Judging from the birthplace of his daughter he must have served with the Dragoons in Ireland. He was discharged aged 44.
On 5th March 1844 William and Elizabeth’s daughter, Martha, married John Harrison, a police constable from Pucklechurch who was based in Thornbury. The announcement of the wedding shows that William and Elizabeth were living at Rose Cottage, Crossways at the time. We don’t know if that was the name of this cottage in Gillingstool or whether they had moved to another cottage in the three years since the census.
William died aged 48 and was buried in Thornbury on 17th November 1844. An inquest was held into his death, but we don’t know anything about it. The 1851 and 1861 censuses show Elizabeth moved to live in Staffords Almhouses in St Mary Street. In 1851 she was described as a charwoman aged 62 born in High Walton, Cheshire. In 1861 she was described as an ‘almswoman’. She died aged 73 and was buried on 13th March 1862.
We can’t be sure but we are guessing that the property was occupied by Nathaniel in the 1851 census. He was described as a stone mason aged 32 and born in Thornbury. His marital status was shown as ‘Married’ but he was living on his own. His wife, Rhoda, was visiting Thomas Morgan in Oldbury Naite. Click here to read more
We can’t be sure, but we are guessing that Richard Reeves lived in the house in the 1861 census. Richard was a agricultural labourer aged 33 from Thornbury. He was living there with his wife, Mary Ann aged 34 and their children: Mary aged 7, Ellen aged 5, Sarah aged 4 and Rosina aged 1. Richard’s father, Henry Reeves was also living there. He was a retired farmer, a widower aged 72.
Richard was baptised on 23rd November 1827, the son of Henry Reeves and his wife, Sarah who were farming at Lower Morton. Henry had been born on 8th January 1789 and was baptised in Thornbury on 18th January 1789, the son of Henry and Esther Reeves.
In the 1841 and 1851 censuses Richard was living with his parents in Lower Morton and he was an agricultural labourer. In 1853 Richard married Mary Ann Savory in the Bristol area. We suspect that Mary Ann was the daughter of Joel and Mary Ann Savery (Savory).
Richard and Mary Ann settled to live in Thornbury and had several children baptised there. Mary was baptised on 15th February 1854 (another records says it was on 5th March 1854), Hester Ellen was baptised on 1st July 1855, Sarah Ann was baptised on 7th June 1857 and Rosina baptised on 6th November 1859.
The 1861 census shows the family living in Gillingstool. Following that census more children were born. Henry was baptised on 5th January 1862, John Charles baptised on 14th October 1863, Charles born about 1866 and Elizabeth baptised on 3rd October 1869.
There is a record in 1869 Richard Reeves of Crossways, labourer, being charged with retailing cider without a licence, selling it on two occasions to Samuel Davis, labourer. In some records Gillingstool is referred to as being in Crossways.
The 1871 census shows the family still living in Gillingstool, but we think that they lived in a different house across the road, near to The Nook (where Gillingstool School now stands). Richard was still a labourer, but Mary Ann was now described as a dressmaker. Of their children, Rosina, Henry, John, Charles, Elizabeth were living at home and Richard’s father was still lodging with them.
The 1881 census shows that the Reeves had moved to live near the farm called The Abbey at Grovesend. Only Elizabeth and Charles were living with their parents. Richard’s father Henry Reeves had died aged 93 and was buried in Thornbury on 13th March 1879. He was said to be have been living in Alveston at the time so we assume that he was with Henry and Mary Ann.
We are not sure where their son, John Charles was living in 1881 census. He appears to have died in 1864 as there is a record of a burial of a John Reeves aged 19 at St Helen’s Church, Alveston on 2nd April 1883.
The 1891 census shows Richard and Mary Ann still living near The Abbey. Richard was now a market gardener. Visiting them were their daughter, Bessie Daniells and her husband Albert E. Daniels a brushmaker from Bristol.
Richard died at 12 Brighton Street, in St Pauls, Bristol aged 80 and was buried in Thornbury Cemetery on 19th October 1908. Mary Ann died in St Pauls, Bristol aged 81 and was buried in Thornbury Cemetery on 25th March 1909.
Of their other children, we know that Henry moved to London and became a police constable. On 13th December 1887 he married Elizabeth Pleasant Willis in Lewisham. He was living at 3 Darfield Road at the time. He died 18th January 1900 aged 39 when living at 58 Sussex Street, Pimlico.
Robert Edward Perks
The Perks family lived in the cottage which became South View for at least 20 years from 1871.
Robert Edward Perks was baptised in Great Badminton Parish Church on 1st February 1829, the son of Edward Woodham Perks, a tiler and his wife, Elizabeth. The 1841 census shows the family living in Little Badminton. In 1851 they were still living in the same place but Robert had become a tiler and plasterer like his father.
On 24th March 1857 Robert married Ann Allen Roach in Bristol St Augustines the Less Church. Ann was the daughter of William Roach.
The 1861 census shows Robert and Ann Allen living in Crossways. They had two children living with them, William aged 3 and Eliza aged 2, both born in Thornbury.
The 1871 census shows Robert was a tiler and plasterer aged 41 and born in Badminton. He was living in the house with his wife Ann ‘Ellen’ aged 42 and their children: Edward William aged 13 and Ann Eliza aged 12, Albert James aged 9, Robert John aged 8, Henry aged 4 and George aged 10 months.
Note the parish records for Thornbury show that Robert and Ann had a child; Harriett was baptised on 11th October 1863 when the family were still living in Crossways. The records of the Thornbury Baptist Church show Elizabeth Harriett Perks (whom we presume to be another of Robert and Ann’s daughters) was born on 28th November 1868 and was buried in the Baptist Church on 4th December 1868 aged only 5 weeks.
Robert and Ann did not routinely baptise their children. On 6th October 1863, Edward William, Ann Eliza, Albert James, Robert John, Henry and George were all baptised.
We know more about little George from the log-book entry of the Thornbury Council School. An entry on 4th February 1880 reads:
“Mrs Perks called to ask why I was continually sending her son George (Standard III) on errands during school hours. Called the boy out and asked him in his mother’s presence when I sent him on an errand either in or out of school hours? The boy immediately confessed he had told his mother a falsehood and the he had never been sent, but that he was playing truant”.
Sadly young George did not learn his lesson and was punished later in the year for the same offence.
The 1881 census shows Robert was a plasterer aged 52. He was living in Gillingstool with his wife, Ann, aged 52 from Thornbury and their children: William, a plasterer aged 23, Albert, a labourer aged 18 and George aged 10.
The 1891 census shows Robert was still living in the house. He was a tiler and plasterer aged 62. He was living there with his wife ‘Allen’ who was aged 62 and born in Thornbury.
We are not sure where their son George was in the 1891 census. He had joined the Thornbury Volunteer Troop in 1886 but left in 1891. He died in 1892 aged 21 and was buried in the Baptist Burial Ground on 29th April 1892. The burial register notes he was living in Bristol at the time of his death.
Robert’s wife, Ann Allen Perks, died aged 67 on 16th August 1897 and was buried in the Baptist Burial Ground on 18th August 1897.
The 1901 census shows Robert had moved to live in 50 Phillip Street, Bedminster with his son, Edward William and his wife, Susan. Interestingly he was described as a ‘Plasterer (Superannuated)’. Robert died in Mansfield Road, Bedminster aged 74 and he was buried Thornbury Cemetery on 29th September 1904.
Of their children:
- Albert James moved to the Birmingham area where he worked as a moulder. He married Mary Ann Millward in the Solihull area in 1887. She died in 1890 aged 24. His second marriage took place in Thornbury on 7th August 1893 when he married Clara Emily Clutterbuck (daughter of Emma Clutterbuck and grand daughter of Isaac).
- Edward William became a plasterer. In 1890 he married Susan Hannah Cantelo in Bradford upon Avon area. In 1891 they were living in Picton Street, Bristol and by 1901 they had moved to 50 Phillip Street, Bedminster when his father was living with them. By this time they had had three children.
The 1900 Poor Rate Book shows John Burrows was occupying the house which was then owned by John Taylor Chambers.
The 1901 census shows the house was occupied by John Burrows, an’ ordinary agricultural worker’ aged 54 born in Bramshott in Hampshire. He was living there with his wife, Mary Ann, a monthly nurse aged 48 born in Ireland and their two sons, Harry H an ordinary agricultural labourer aged 14 born in India and John aged 12 born in Bristol. Click here to read more
The 1907 Poor Rate Book shows James was occupying the property owned by John T. Chambers.
The 1911 census suggest James Putley was living there on his own. He was described as a widower, a farm labourer aged 57 born in Alveston. He died later that year and was buried on 26th September 1911
James was baptised in Alveston on 26th September 1852. He was the son of John Putley, an agricultural labourer and his wife, Martha. The 1871 census shows James had become a labourer and he was living with his parents in Alveston. On 28th April 1878 James married Mercy Screen in St James Church, Bristol. We are unable to locate Mercy Screen in any earlier record. The only Mercy Screen baptised in Thornbury was in 1828 and ten years older than this Mercy. There are no Mercy Screens in any census born in Gloucestershire in 1828 or 1838.
The 1881 census shows James and Mercy living in Crossways. James was a farmer of three acres aged 28 and Mercy was a laundress aged 40.
An advertisement in the Bristol Mercury of July 1885 says that a bay horse was for sale to be used with a brougham or baker’s cart and the address to apply to was James Putley, Crossways, Thornbury.
They were still in Crossways in the 1901 census. Mercy died aged 73 and was buried in Thornbury Cemetery on 22nd February 1906. The burial record shows her address was in Gillingstool.
Since that time we know very little about the people associated with the house except for:
Kenneth & and Hildegard A. Mitchell were listed as living there in the 1965 electoral register. Kenneth married Hildegard A. J. Sossdorf in Bristol in 1950
John C. & Greta W. Knott were listed as living in South View in the 1970 electoral register.