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While the parish of East Brent is tucked away somewhat on the edge of the Somerset Levels, spread below the spire and clock tower of St Marys Church, are many family homes, cottages and buildings with an interesting history to tell.

Have you looked into the history of your house?   

Do you know about the history of the site where you work? 

Can you share with us any interesting facts or anecdotes from its past? 

Was your home once a chapel or blacksmith shop?

What stood once where your home now stands?

We would love to hear about your research and share it here!

These stories help us get an insight into the social history and existence of our ancestors as it was in times past.

 

 

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Cheddar Valley Dairy - John Rigarlsford

Please see the attached PDF document that gives a most informative insight into John Rigarlsford's time at the Diary. Plus the photos in the PDF document can be seen as well in the gallery for this article. NLJ.

Top School 1926 Children Photograph

The photograph shown in the gallery for this article is of school children taken at what was then known as the Top School of East Brent.  The school is still located by St Mary's church at the top of Church Road, previously called Church Street until the 1970’s. A lady called Kath Grant attended this school mentioned that the photograph was taken in / around 1926. We have been in contact with Kath Grant’s daughter, a Ms Norma Body nee Tincknell. Norma was able...

Cheddar Valley Dairy - Aerial Photo

Ernest Frank Hooper                                                                 _________________________________________________________________________ Ernest, known to...

St. Mary East Brent by Preb. Wickham

A 4 page leaflet, Church of St. Mary, East Brent. Notes on the church, compiled by the late Prebendary Wickham, vicar 1911 - 1935. Published 1940s? Printed by Shearn Bros. & Co., Burnham-on-Sea.

St Marys Church - Birdcage Tower Clock

Entering by a low door at the bottom of the tower and switching on the lighting we see a stone spiral stair-case winding its way upwards out of sight. The steps, repaired with cement sometime ago, are rather narrow and care has to be taken when ascending and descending. Holding onto the rope “handrail”, that winds around the centre column, ascend 46 steps to reach the bell-ringing chamber door. Opening the door and stepping inside, the steady deep clunk of the clock can be heard...

MoD Aerial Photos

Within the gallery for this article you can see 3 aerial photos taken by the MoD (UK MoD/Crown Copyright) that cover East Brent and some of the surrounding area of the Knoll and Brent Knoll village. We understand these were sent to local East Brent school by the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) in 1984. As for the exact date when they were taken is not known, so we assume they date between 1980 - 1984. Of course, if anyone looking at these photos can better date them, then please do...

Cheddar Valley Dairy - John Rigarlsford

Please see the attached PDF document that gives a most informative insight into John Rigarlsford's time at the Diary. Plus the photos in the PDF document can be seen as well in the gallery for this article. NLJ.

Top School 1926 Children Photograph

The photograph shown in the gallery for this article is of school children taken at what was then known as the Top School of East Brent.  The school is still located by St Mary's church at the top of Church Road, previously called Church Street until the 1970’s. A lady called Kath Grant attended this school mentioned that the photograph was taken in / around 1926. We have been in contact with Kath Grant’s daughter, a Ms Norma Body nee Tincknell. Norma was able...

Cheddar Valley Dairy - Aerial Photo

Ernest Frank Hooper                                                                 _________________________________________________________________________ Ernest, known to...

St. Mary East Brent by Preb. Wickham

A 4 page leaflet, Church of St. Mary, East Brent. Notes on the church, compiled by the late Prebendary Wickham, vicar 1911 - 1935. Published 1940s? Printed by Shearn Bros. & Co., Burnham-on-Sea.

St Marys Church - Birdcage Tower Clock

Entering by a low door at the bottom of the tower and switching on the lighting we see a stone spiral stair-case winding its way upwards out of sight. The steps, repaired with cement sometime ago, are rather narrow and care has to be taken when ascending and descending. Holding onto the rope “handrail”, that winds around the centre column, ascend 46 steps to reach the bell-ringing chamber door. Opening the door and stepping inside, the steady deep clunk of the clock can be heard...

MoD Aerial Photos

Within the gallery for this article you can see 3 aerial photos taken by the MoD (UK MoD/Crown Copyright) that cover East Brent and some of the surrounding area of the Knoll and Brent Knoll village. We understand these were sent to local East Brent school by the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) in 1984. As for the exact date when they were taken is not known, so we assume they date between 1980 - 1984. Of course, if anyone looking at these photos can better date them, then please do...

St Marys Church

  Please see the Gallery on this article which contains various of images of the Church, some are taken from Church Road or as it was known in the past as Church Street and some are of the inside of the building. Also attached is a report produced in 1995 after an inspection of the bell installation was undertaken by John Taylor bell founders to ascertain any required work to the bells in the church tower. This report not only describes the conditions of the bells, but provides...

Aerial Photographs

  The photos in the Gallery for this article were taken in: 1   1993 pre many more recent new developments including : Red House Road, Rectory Close or along Wickham Way 2   2004   3   2008   If you have any aerial photos of the Parish could you please lend them to the History Group to copy...

Wellington Pub

Photos shown in the Gallery 1  =  Early 1900's with Horse & Cart 2  =  Again early 1900's with Horse & Cart 3  =  Assume in the 1920's - motorcycle by the pump / there is a shop front at the end of Gills Lane with a sign saying BP maybe for paraffin (this building appears to have gone when the A38 was built) / left edge on top of the building can been seen the bell of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd which we gather was removed...

Post Office - Rooksbridge

The Post Office is adjacent to the Wellington Pub on the A38 in Rooksbridge. The earliest Post Office reference have found is "For letters arriving at Rooksbridge from Axbridge" in 1897' (Kellys). The first reference to an actual Post Office is 1902 when Charles King was listed as Sub-postmaster It is believed this has been a village shop for many years before 1900. The 3 photos loaded in the Gallery we understand are dated around : 1.  ...

Garage - Brent Road

The photos in the Gallery were provided by Mr Tom Lintern who’s family moved to the White House in 1952.   Tom was at that time just sixteen years old.  His father had retired from the steel industry and for six years before coming to East Brent had been a farmer in Cardiganshire. The only item Tom has of the time it was a garage (Esso) is a small half pint oil can – as shown in one of the photos – it seems in those days oil was sold from a  20 gallon...

The Stores - Brent Road

We hope to soon have information loaded here about The Stores on Brent Road. However, if you have any information / old documents or photos then please do let us have copies of them. Thank You.

James Stores

Rita Thomas mentioned " James Stores was owned by old Mr Martin who was something of a hermit after him The Stores were then run by a Mr & Mrs Harris followed by their Son, Emrys. Rita worked in the Paper Shop for 9 years from 1952 when she was just 15 years old" We hope to soon have some more information loaded here about James Stores, but if you have any information or photos then please do let us have copies of them. Thank You.    

Listing of Occupations

The document linked to this article is a listing of the names of trades people and establishments drawn from the entries in Somerset trade directories from 1835 to 1935. These directories are notorious for publishing out of date information and from the time the information was taken to when it was printed could be up to two years. Prepared by : John Rigarlsford Key Dates  =  Known trading as. Not Beginning and End. (Where Directory entries do not indicate...

East Brent Methodist Church

In 1871, the Wesleyans built their church in the centre of the village on a corner of Dodd’s Lane at a cost of £450. Today, Dodd’s Lane is the main Weston to Bridgwater road.   1920 Pulpit purchased   1921 Erection of new shed for conveyances & horses at rear (not now in existence). Cost £113   1925 Concrete laid around chapel   1930 Electricity installed at a cost of £9.16s   1939 Screen erected...

Post Office - Brent Road

In the gallery you can see copies of the Title document and Conveyance of sale agreement from Mr John Ridout to a Mr Henry Sealey dated August 1902, plus floor plan diagrams. Rita Thomas who has lived in the village for a very long time, mentioned at one of the History Group meetings that "the Old Post Office back along Brent Road, had a Miss Hudson who apparently lived downstairs and Mrs Gibson living upstairs and at one time the shop sold clothes". The Post Office building...

Tithe Map

The Tithe Commutation Act 1836 established a process by which tithes could be converted to money payments. This required the drawing of an accurate map showing all the land in the parish. A map was produced for each "tithe district" which might be distinct from a parish or township.  Maps were accompanied by a schedule in the form of a table showing the owner, occupier and a description of the land in the parish. Most of the surveying and mapping was carried out by 1841,...

Butchers in 2009

The Butchers on the corner of Church Road has been there for a long time, with the last butcher brothers of Mike & John Davies being there for some 30 years. The photos were taken in December 2009 when the shop closed.

Parish Maps : 1886 to 1930

These maps of the area cover broadly the period of 1886 to around 1930. Map 1  =  1886 Map 2  =  1890 Map 3  =  1900 Map 4  =  1903 Map 5  =  1930 If you have any old maps of the Parish then please do send them to the History Group so they can be made available on the Web Site - Thank you.

Cheddar Valley Dairy

  During its 120 year history, the dairy – situated in the heart of Somerset dairy country – would become one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of cheddar cheese, butter, cream and other dairy products in the south west.  It also became one of the largest employers in the area. Many of its workers and sometimes their families, spent their whole working lives there. From an OS map of 1880. Note the footpaths radiating across the fields from the dairy....

Rossholme - Rev Palmer Son Visit 2012

MEMORIES OF THE VICARAGE By July 1940,  just one year into the Second World War, the Vicarage at East Brent was becoming increasingly difficult to manage for Reverend Palmer with his wife and young family.  It was one of the largest vicarages in the county and it was therefore inevitable that soldiers would be billeted there.  Families of evacuees were also given a home at the Vicarage and staff numbers were depleted…all in all, it was not an easy task. Meanwhile...

Rossholme

ROSSHOLME - A POTTED HISTORY Rossholme was until 1940, the Vicarage for East Brent. There has obviously been a dwelling here for a very long time and archaeological digs have found signs of the Romans and lron Age living. The "modern” house has a Tudor element but the main part is early Victorian. Archdeacon George Anthony Denison was Vicar of East Brent from 1845 until his death in 1896. He was a well known and, locally, much loved and respected Character with strong theological...

Brent Knoll Inn

Background Whitbread who was once the owner mentioned to a past landlord that they had deeds going back to 1790 for the Inn. The Inn was in the twentieth century was owned by the Holt Family who had their own brewery on Burnham Road in Burnham on Sea and operated some 60 other pubs in the local area. The Holt Family sold the Inn to Starkey Knight Ford around 1958 / 59 Whitbread’s purchased the Inn in 1961 Enterprise Inns took over the Inn as of 2000 In...

Education In East Brent

A Presentation to The History Group by Yvonne Claridge on 4 January 2012 Please use PgUp and PgDn to navigate the slideshow. Click here for pop out version (click image to view next) To download a pdf version of this presentantion - see Related Documents below

The Church of St Mary - A History by Penny Harris

The Village of East Brent lies on the northeast side of Brent Knoll.  Records in the Doomsday Book say there has been a village here since the Norman invasion of 1066, and the earliest record of a Rector in this parish was 1190. The Doomsday Book also records that ‘Brentmarse', as East Brent was then called, was held by Alnod the Abbot, and that there was a total of 46 houses in the parish. Once the Normans had invaded, many tiny parish churches were demolished and replaced...

Rooksbridge Village Pump

Article by John Riglarsford   The original village pump was re-discovered in the 1990's. And had been used as a garden ornament for several years! As a Millennium 2000 project the pump was given back to the village and was restored and re-erected in its original location at the top of Gills Lane, by Nick Burkinshaw  from the garage, with help from other residents.   In 2010 as part of a campaign to present a well kept village led by Sheila Bellingham and her...

War Memorial

Article by John Rigarlsford Our Village War memorial to those young men of the parish who gave their lives in  two world wars and  the Korean war (erected circa 1921), stands proudly at the junction of the Old Bristol Road and the Weston Road. The East Brent village memorial is unusual in that it depicts statues of each of the main wartime services. Neville Curry from New Zealand came to visit the memorial in 2008, as it is believed that his father  was the model for...