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If you are seeking genealogical information about your ancestors then look at the page entitled "Tracing Your Family Tree" where I tell you where the old church records are archived, and offer some further suggestions and information sources to help your search. I am not able to provide any information from such old records or to conduct research on your behalf.

I have another page for general questions about Bagshot.



Floersheim

From Carolyn:  I would like to ask if anyone has any information about the Floersheim family who I believe owned Penny Hill Park after Louis Schott did (and may in fact have been relatives). Louis Floersheim was a naturalised German merchant banker and I believe he owned the estate for some time in the late 1800s.

One of his sons, Cecil Floersheim, wrote a book of poetry and in this is a poem entitled "The Dogs' Grave at Bagshot" implying that there might have been a pets graveyard on the estate at one time and that that the family spent some time there, although from the census and other records their main residence appears to be in London. I am interested in the family as an ancestor of mine married Cecil Floersheim. [Feb12]  Please use the message pad below to reply.


Ron Frost

Ron was one of the 1st Bagshot scouts during the post-war years and was Scout Master from 1952 until 1961 when he took a job working in London. Ron would like to contact anyone who remembers him or the scouts in those days. Jan06

Ron added "I went to Bagshot secondary modern school leaving age 15 and stanted Carpentary work a week later. I joined the 1st Bagshot scouts in May 1947. Derrick Papworth was the leader. I became a King scout and was presented by KING GEORGE VI in Windsor Castle. " [Feb 22]


Gaskoin

Annette seeks information about John and Mary Gaskoin and their daughter Mary Ann or Marianne  who was born in Bagshot and Christened on 10 Jan 1792. Mary Ann married a gentleman of the Wine Cellar and lived in Windsor and London .  Jan10


Gatfield 

Davina writes from Spain .. 218.402

I have been tracing my ancestors for a couple of years now. They arrived in Windlesham in the early 1800s and stayed there until the 1970s. The main name that I have been tracing is Gatfield.  Family rumours have it that my great grandparents John Gatfield and Elizabeth Soan met while they were working at Bagshot Park. 

I have many lines still to follow, what happened to Theresa Gatfield who was a domestic servant in the 1881 census? Emily Gatfield and William Hawthorne who married shortly after the 1881 census? Walter Gatfield? Edith Gatfield?  I have quite a bit of information which I would be delighted to share with "distant" cousins. Other names include Rackley, Dare and Soan. 

Apparently my great Grandfather also worked for Fromows and I was wondering whether any photos existed of that time. I have the book "Nurserymen to the World" and saw that there were quite a few staff photos of Waterer's, do any still exist of the Fromows staff. 

Any help or connections would be greatly appreciated. I live in Spain so most of my research has been done over the Internet. Thanks and congratulations for a brilliant village web-site. 

From a lady in New Zealand wrote : My Grandad was a Gatfield and apparently he was spanish! I would like to know more!

I was able to introduce this lady, and Emily Gatfield and William Hawthorne's great great granddaughter, who has also written to me, to Davina. [8024.308 x]

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Eric Gilbert

From Joe Peel: xii06  Eric Gilbert was a bookmaker and was married to my mother's cousin Mary. I remember holidaying with them in the late 1960s and going to the bookies shops with Eric. He had two or three shops in the area. I was looking for his name on the web and found this link to Bagshot. I have his old tan crombie coat that he would have worn at Ascot and such like when he was on the courses.    [Oct 12x]

From Lynne : Eric Gilbert was indeed married to Mary; they lived opposite us in Pinewood Gardens. I only vaguely remember Eric as he died when I was very young but I spent many happy days of my childhood in the 70s out with 'Auntie' Mary. She often used to talk about Eric and the bookmakers. Sadly she died in late 80s or early 90s. I'm still in touch with John Henwood who worked at the bookmakers with Eric. [11004 Jan 11 X] 

From Bev I remember Mary and Eric Gilbert. Mary, bless her, took me under her wing and treated me like a daughter. She used to love her garden and had lots of little surprises hidden away in it. They will both always be remembered by me with fondness. [ 12042 Sep 12 x]

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Gosden, Berry & Webb

The late Alan Gosden wrote:

I come from two old Bagshot families, Berry and Gosden. It was suggested the Gosden's originated in West End, Bisley or Windsor. My grandfather had four sisters, one, Kate Gosden (married name Parker) lived in Vicarage Road, Bagshot, possibly died in late 60s or early 70s, and may have had a daughter Joy.

Martin  has written:

Both of my grandparents came from old Bagshot families the Berry's and Gosdens (I am nephew of Alan Gosden, listed above). The Berry family lived on College Ride, whilst the Gosdens, Guildford Row. The Berry children were, Ernest (my Grandfather), Stan & Hilda (who married Bill Gosden). The Gosdens were, Edward (Ted), Lillian (my Grandmother - later Berry), May (later Moore), William (Bill - married Hilda Berry), Ernest & Joan (later Lake).  I would love to know any additional information about my families above as sadly they have all died now. 9023ii9

Jane Landeen wrote from the USA: {8027.704  Jan11 x}

My 4th great Grandmother is Margaret Gosden (b abt 1777) in Mary LeBone, Bagshot. She died 7 April 1863 at Chobham. She married Thomas Wild / Wilds (b 1775 d 11 Sep 1857). They had eight children born in Bagshot, probably between the years of 1795 and 1828: Eliza, Diana , Lucy, Ann, Sarah, John, Margaret and Mary.  Of these Diana was born 16 March 1799, married Samuel Waller (born 7 June 1797) and died in America on 9 Sept 1864. But Samuel Waller died in Chelsea in 1867 - a mystery to solve!! Other names in Jane's family tree include Berry, Oliver, Newman, Legg and Wigley[Dec 08, Mar 15 x]

From Shannon : My Berry ancestors came from Bagshot. They lived on Jenkin's Hill, but we didn't know what number or name until I recently found a newspaper clipping. The address listed for one of them is "Verona", Jenkin's Hill. Does anyone know if this house still exists?  [16037 Nov 16] 

Ian has provided an answer :   Verona Cottages still exits; the address today is 115 London Road, Bagshot. Your relative was GEORGE THOMAS (Tom) TUCKER. He was my paternal Grandmother's older brother. I believe their mother was a Berry; we knew her as Granny Tucker. I have a photo of her, and also some of my Gran. I remember Tom very well. He had an Old English sheepdog called "Bo" and would visit my Gran in College Ride. Alan Gosden lived 4 doors away. I have lots of stories to tell not least of which is the night Arthur Clifford's outside toilet burned to the ground. Arson?. No he did it himself by accident! [Dec 16] 

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Higgs

Gill Basnett writes I'm connected via a grandmother to the Higgs family from Bagshot, who were living in College Ride, Higgs Lane, Potato Row etc during the 1800's (they were involved in the building of some cottages there.) I'm actively researching these Higgs and the Victorian history of Bagshot - at present specifically via records at Surrey History centre in Woking and the Census. If anyone wants to compare notes with me I'd love to hear.  In particular I'm looking at the land ownership/use for the awards 721 and 695 on the Windlesham Inclosure map of 1813.  xi08
And from Alison Neale "I am connected to the Higgs family through my Grandmother, Amelia Clara Higgs and her daughter is my Great Grandmother Laura May Leonard nee Gosden. I believe they worked at Bagshot Park". Aug 08

Chris wrote Dorothy Higgs born Sept 1904 possibly in the Lightwater district was my grandmother, she had a brother, Albert. She obviously moved to London at some point because she was living in Rotherfield Street, Islington, London, I think with her parents, when she met and married George Horscraft who was born in 1899 and presumably from London. Family history is very sketchy but I've been told that my Great-grandmother was Eliza or Elizabeth Higgs and was possibly a Morris or Maurice before marrying Thomas Higgs and that she had a sister Caroline (Carrie). I have also been told that Thomas Higgs was either Head Gardener or a gardener for the Duke of Connaught at Bagshot Park, and that possibly he later had some sort of injury or illness which may have caused him to stop working as a gardener. Jan10

Poppet writes My Great Great Grand Father Abraham Higgs and my Great Grand Father William Higgs were born in Bagshot. William lived with his parents at Bagshot Green in 1851. William married Jane Ann Drew and their daughter Jane Elizabeth Higgs, my Grand Mother, was born in Windlesham in 1868. We have been try to find the places they lived but we think they may have been demolished, one of the places was Baigents Cottage, also Updown Hill. [Jun 13]

John Attfield writes I am looking at the Higgs families of Bagshot for two reasons: (1) marriage of James Higgs & Mary Attfield (who I can't identify further) at Windlesham in 1784, and (2) marriage of George Higgs & Jane Elizabeth Ruddy (a descendant of my relative Martha Attfield) in 1847. I will be happy to compare notes wit others interested in these families . [Jul 13]

Ruth Miles writes: I have been tracing my ancestor, Eliza Higgs b.1821 (my great-great-great grandmother), and I believe that Higgs Lane in Bagshot may have been named after her Higgs family as it seems that they were the only family living there from possibly some time after 1743 for at least the next 100 years. They were agricultural labourers so I am guessing that if it was named after them it was the local knowledge of 'the lane where all the Higgs live'! But I would be interested to know if anyone has any more information about the history of Higgs Lane. I have also found a map of the area from 1888-1900 which clearly shows the field behind Higgs Lane as belonging to Bagshot Mill, presumably why Lower Millfield road was named. I would be happy to share information if anyone else is interested.  [Jan 22] 

June confirms: "Higgs Lane gets its name from the Higgs family who used to inhabit an ivy covered hovel nearby. John and Edward Higgs are mentioned in the Enclosure Award of 1813 and later Jim Higgs used to dig graves and do odd jobs."  [Dec 22]  

Gill Basnett writes I'm connected via a grandmother to the Higgs family from Bagshot, who were living in College Ride, Higgs Lane, Potato Row etc during the 1800's (they were involved in the building of some cottages there.) I'm actively researching these Higgs and the Victorian history of Bagshot - at present specifically via records at Surrey History centre in Woking and the Census. If anyone wants to compare notes with me I'd love to hear. In particular I'm looking at the land ownership/use for the awards 721 and 695 on the Windlesham Inclosure map of 1813. xi08 And from Alison Neale "I am connected to the Higgs family through my Grandmother, Amelia Clara Higgs and her daughter is my Great Grandmother Laura May Leonard nee Gosden. I believe they worked at Bagshot Park". [Aug 08]

Chris wrote Dorothy Higgs born Sept 1904 possibly in the Lightwater district was my grandmother, she had a brother, Albert. She obviously moved to London at some point because she was living in Rotherfield Street, Islington, London, I think with her parents, when she met and married George Horscraft who was born in 1899 and presumably from London. Family history is very sketchy but I've been told that my Great-grandmother was Eliza or Elizabeth Higgs and was possibly a Morris or Maurice before marrying Thomas Higgs and that she had a sister Caroline (Carrie). I have also been told that Thomas Higgs was either Head Gardener or a gardener for the Duke of Connaught at Bagshot Park, and that possibly he later had some sort of injury or illness which may have caused him to stop working as a gardener. [Jan10]

Poppet writes My Great Great Grand Father Abraham Higgs and my Great Grand Father William Higgs were born in Bagshot. William lived with his parents at Bagshot Green in 1851. William married Jane Ann Drew and their daughter Jane Elizabeth Higgs, my Grand Mother, was born in Windlesham in 1868. We have been try to find the places they lived but we think they may have been demolished, one of the places was Baigents Cottage, also Updown Hill. [Jun 13]

John Attfield writes I am looking at the Higgs families of Bagshot for two reasons: (1) marriage of James Higgs & Mary Attfield (who I can't identify further) at Windlesham in 1784, and (2) marriage of George Higgs & Jane Elizabeth Ruddy (a descendant of my relative Martha Attfield) in 1847. I will be happy to compare notes wit others interested in these families . [Jul 13]  

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Humfrey

Pat asks if anyone has Humfrey's in their family tree?  Her interests include Humfrey's farm and James Humfrey.  Feb 13


Johnson

Graham Vitty asks : Does anyone have information on, Frederick Johnson who lived at 3 Belle Vue Cottages, Jenkins Hill between 1918 and 1935? The name Stephen Giles could also be associated with Frederick.  [Jan 19] 


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