The 1840 Tithe Survey shows that there were three houses on the site of what later became just two houses numbered 33 & 35 St Mary Street. The re-building of the houses took place between 1880 and 1885. We have listed here what we know about the families who occupied the house (which later became known as 33 St Mary Street) from 1885.
Frederick William Turle – the 1881 census shows Frederick was living in the house with his family. He was a butcher aged 30 from Bristol living with Helma aged 28 from Martock in Somerset and their daughter, Sarah A aged 6 born in Aberdare and son, Frederick Turle aged 3 born in Thornbury and a nephew, Ernest W Stanley aged 12 from Bristol. We don’t know much about Frederick apart from the 1861 census shows he was living with his parents, William Turle, a butcher and his wife, Sarah in Tovey Buildings, West Street, Bedminster. When their son Frederick Turle joined the militia in August 1895 he said that his address was 38 Dean Crescent Southville, that he was born in Thornbury, he was 18 years and four months of age and that he was a labourer.
Grace Sims – the 1885, 1887 and 1890 rate books show the house was occupied by Grace Sims. Click here to read more
Ellen Liddiatt – the 1891 census shows Ellen Liddiatt was living in the house with her children: Charles a broom maker aged 21 born in Aust and William a tinman aged 16. Her brother, Alfred was also living with Ellen. He was a groom aged 26. Ellen was unmarried – she was baptised on 8th July 1855 at Oldbury, the daughter of Daniel and Diana Liddiatt – click here to read more
George Walker – the 1894 rate book and 1901 census shows George Walker was living here. He was also the owner of the property. The census shows he was a retired butcher aged 71 from Olveston. Click here to read more
William Trayhurn – the 1899 rate book shows William Trayhurn was living here. The 1896 Voters List shows William had moved here from Horseshoe Lane. The 1901 census and subsequent rate books in 1905 and 1910 show William as living next door in number 37 St Mary Street. Click here to read more
William Harris – the 1905 rate book shows William Harris as occupying the house. In the 1910 Rate Book the name of ‘Mrs Harris’ is shown as crossed out in the list of occupants. This would normally mean that William has died and Mrs Harris had moved away, or died. Unfortunately we are unable to find out any more about this branch of the family.
Alfred Edward Smith – we are not sure if Alfred and his family lived in 31 St Mary Street or 33 St Mary Street in the 1911 census. Alfred was a stone quarry labourer aged 31 from St Pancras, London. He was living with his wife, Susan Georgina who was aged 27 from Marylebone and their children, Beatrice Elizabeth aged 4 born in St Pancras and Stanley Edward aged 3 months born in Thornbury.
We don’t know who lived in the house for a long period in the early 1900’s. It appears to be vacant at the time of the 1926 rate book.
Jessie Tremlin – an indenture dated 1959 mentions Jessie as a previous occupant to the house. We don’t know anything about Jessie, but note that there was a ‘Catherine J. Tremlin’ who died in Thornbury in 1931 aged 56.
Francis Graham Taylor – we have been told by a member of his family that Graham moved here with his family in 1930 from Gillingstool. In December 1939 they moved across the street to 8 St Mary Street. Click here to read more
Anthony Jack Collins – we know from locals that ‘Jack’ Collins and his wife, Evelyn May, lived here for many years. We have seen electoral registers from 1938 to 1958 listing them as living there. The 1939 register prepared for the War suggests that they may have lived at 4 St Mary Street at that time. It describes Jack as a roadman (heavy work) and during the War it was noted that he worked as an auxiliary fireman.
Jack was born in Alveston on 25th February 1910. He was the son of a quarryman Thomas Collins and his wife Alice Louisa Pickthorne. In the census of 1911 baby Jack was living in Alveston with his parents. In 1934 Jack married Evelyn M Summers. The marriage was registered in the Chipping Sodbury registration district. Evelyn was born on 9th April 1913. They had at least one son, Anthony Pickthorne Collins born on 13th November 1934. He started at St Mary’s School in 1938 when the family were living in St Mary Street. In 1935 they were listed as living in the High Street. By 1965 they had moved to 14 Buckingham Parade.