The Somerford Keynes History Group holds meetings from time to time in the village hall, usually on Mondays in winter. Contact Judy Monger if you are interested in the group. There is no membership fee, but a small charge is made per meeting to cover costs. The group has issued a resources disk packed with local information, which is updated from time to time. Know Your Place West is underway. Do keep following it, as it will cover Gloucestershire one day. If you have an interest in Bristol or South Gloucs. then the maps are up and running. The headline map to several introductory pages is of Somerford Keynes. By chance a copy of this map was presented to the village last year! Jim King’s son, from Cardiff, has presented us with an 1806 map of the parish, see heading of meetings page. The young Mr. King remembers living some 50 years ago on the corner of Mill Lane. His father later moved to Elm View, and in retirement did gardening in the village. Have a look at this page and see if you recognise the map! Best to bookmark it, as Gloucestershire will be covered by the end of 2016.
Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park
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Bristol Mercury Feb 13th 1892 Betty Bathe of Somerford Keynes v. Thomas Hayward of Ashton Keynes claimed £6.6s for six quarters rent of a cottage. The amount was not disputed, but the defendant questioned plaintiff’s right to the cottage. His Honour adjourned the case for plaintiff to prove her title under her father’s will as evidence, remarking that in case of the action going against him defendant would have to pay the expenses of this process. Research by Ann Whitwell
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“Through the Saxon Door” a History of Somerford Keynes to 1968 by Canon Gibbons is still available as a 1985 reprint in the church for £5. It has been seen on the web for about £25! For a little recent history uncovered in the files see the article “Parish Expands” on the  Parish Council page
Page updated 16 July 2016
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We’re on the (Folk) History Map!

A Gloucestershire Folk Map has come to our attention, and Somerford Keynes is on it! Why? John Ockwell (1871-1944), who graced the cover of V.2 of the History Disk, “was a farmer and noted local singer, following his father in both professsions. Alfred Williams collected only one song from him, ‘The bunch of nuts’, but it appears that he was known both for singing at home and in the local pub, and when his daughter [Marjorie?] died a number of printed song sheets were found” from Gloucestershire Folk Map, Yvette Staelens and CJ Bearman, Bournemouth University 2010 Has anyone more information? PW Sept 2016

Lloyd George “Peoples Budget” 1909

Lloyd George introduced pensions for all. To pay for it, it was decided to soak the rich, by taxing increases in land value. The House of Lords created a constitutional crisis by rejecting the bill, so they were stripped of power to reject finance bills and the Act was passed the next year. The Inland Revenue then set to work on a modernday Domesday Book of land- all land. The paperwork describes much detail about land. Much has been transcribed for the County by volunteers, and can be found here.  After may years of toil the tax was abandoned, just like Bluestreak, TSR2, Nimrod.