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 from anyone with knowledge of these cottages.

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 since at least 1840 until it was closed due to concerns about hygiene.  We have also added an album of photographs of the Pearce family to our  gallery.

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 to producing separate pages on members of the Maishment and Thurston families who lived in the property.

We have realised that we have a great many research material relate to other properties outside of our self imposed limit of the old town of Thornbury.  We have decided to continue to add some of this to our website in the form of additional pages. We have called this section Outside Thornbury and we will gradually add to it from time to time

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 it was significantly different to what we already knew.

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 website covering all ten houses, nos 13 – 31 Gloucester Road and photo galleries for the Davis family and the Niblett family.

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.

December 17th, 2015|


cropped-Logo-150x150.pngWelcome 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 grateful to Sam Baly of Dacoda Multimedia for his technical assistance and consultative support in enabling us to launch the new website.  We would also like to thank the Friends of Thornbury and District Museum for funding Sam’s fees.

The new site has the same information and quite a bit more.  We’ve also got a new logo!  We’ve eliminated a lot of the mistakes on the old website, although inevitably there are probably some we didn’t find and some new ones we made whilst changing the text for the new site.

Hopefully the new site will be easier to navigate and easier to see the full extent of the information we hold.  The impetus for creating the site came because more of our readers were now using smartphones and smaller tablets to browse the Internet.  We have created a ‘responsive site’ which adapts according to what device you are using.  There are a few tables on the new site which are not particularly suited to a small screen, but hope you will realise that it is better to have the full details than leave out those tables or reduce the information avaialable

Please refer to the FAQ page for hints and tips.  We will be pleased to hear from anyone who has any helpful comments, or spots any errors (particularly broken links).

We will of course also be pleased to hear from anyone with extra information or photos we could use on the website.

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 will reduce the number of hits to a sensible number.  If you fail to find the person you are looking for, then just use the surname, and be aware that there might be different spellings of that name.

November 9th, 2015|

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