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20th Century (page 3)

On this page we have photographs and images of the people of Saltford during the 20th Century, information about Saltford during the two world wars, and miscellaneous items of interest.

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The People of Saltford (20th Century)

Thatched Cottages at 20-22 High St. Saltford, 1900.

High Street with (on right) Norman
House & Rose Cottage, 1901.

Queen's School, Saltford, 1900s.

Queen's School, Saltford, 1902.

Golfers at Saltford Golf Club, 1905.

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Hannah Gregory,
Saltford Ferry & Houses

(early 1900s).
This colour tinted postcard shows Hannah Gregory
who with Charles Gregory worked the ferries
(1868 - 1908) from Ferry (now Willow) Cottages.
Ferry service ceased in 1929 when "the boat
was worn out and the traffic not sufficient
to bear the cost of purchasing a new one".

Colonel Vilett Rolleston
1842 - 1921
(lived at Saltford House from 1898 to 1921)

Colonel Vilett Rolleston, 1900s (estimated).

This imposing gentleman, Colonel William Vilett Rolleston, photographed at the rear of Saltford House where he lived, was a veteran of the 2nd South African Boer War (1899-1902), and at one point Chairman of Saltford Parish Council (elected in 1910) and a JP. He leased Saltford House from 1898 (he was then Major Rolleston).

After the 'Relief of Mafeking'* following a seven month siege (October 1899 to May 1900) during the Boer War, it is reputed that he gave every man in Saltford a pint of beer. He was also known to carry packets of tobacco with him which he shared with local men in the village and also sweets for children which he purchased from the grocery shop of Jimmy Williams which was just below Saltford House on the other side of the High Street.

   * A British garrison of 2,000 officers and men led by Col Robert Baden-Powell had been surrounded in Mafeking by a Boer force of some 5,000 men but were eventually freed by British forces commanded by Colonel BT Mahon. When news reached Britain of the relief this was met with much public celebration. The siege established Baden-Powell as a celebrity in Britain; he went on to start the Scout Movement a few years later.

Colonel William Vilett Rolleston was born in 1842, the eldest son of George Rolleston of Great Pan Manor, Isle of Wight and Augusta Maria Young, daughter of Sir William Young, Ist Baronet of Bailieborough Castle, County Cavan, Ireland. He held commissions in the 17th Regiment and the 2nd West India Regiment, then became Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 5th Militia Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment from 1897 to 1903 which he commanded when it went to South Africa in 1902.

He married Martha Florence Morris, the fifth daughter of Mr Joseph Morris, of Hill House, Notts, in 1864 and they had two sons and three daughters. They moved to Saltford in 1898. Colonel Rolleston's two sons were Mr S V Rolleston, barrister-at-law, and Captain George Rolleston, of the Shropshire Light Infantry. The eldest of his three daughters married Lieutenant-Colonel J.P. Freeth, R.A.; the second married Mr Laurence Ryland, barrister-at-law; and the third married Mr C Nesbitt Hill.

Colonel Rolleston died aged 79 on 22nd November 1921. A memorial service was held at St Mary's, Saltford, and he was buried at Blunsdon St. Andrew, near Swindon.

Whilst living in Saltford Colonel Rolleston rode a horse named Griff (or Griffe), a fine cob that he had brought home from South Africa, but he was also one of the first (or first) car owners in Saltford (his 1906 Bristol Touring Car is pictured in our 20th Century transport section).

The following is from the announcement of Colonel Rolleston's death in the Bath Chronicle (26 Nov 1921 edition):-

An Esteemed Saltford Resident

About 20 years ago the Colonel came to Saltford to reside, and became much esteemed in the district. He represented Saltford on the Keynsham District Council and Board of Guardians for several years. He was formerly Chairman of the Assessment Committee and also of the House Committee. Made a Justice of the Peace for Somerset soon after he settled in Saltford, Colonel Rolleston attended regularly the Keynsham Petty Sessions, and also sat occasionally on the bench at Weston. He was a staunch Conservative, and was on the Unionist Executive of the old North Somerset party organisation. Deeply interested in fauna and flora, he was a Fellow of the Zoological Society and also a Fellow of the Royal Botanical Society.

Acknowledgements/Information Sources
The Bath Chronicle (26.11.1921)
Photograph of Col Rolleston courtesy of Marc Lynn (www.flickr.com/photos/mllsharp/)
'A History of Saltford Village' by Percy Sims (1976)

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Saltford School, 1914.

Service Battalion of the Gloucs Regiment in training at Saltford, 1914.

Henry Charles (Charlie) Hardiman Tarr
(Tunnel House, Saltford from c.1910 - 1919)

Charlie Tarr in 1914. (Photograph courtesy of Sally Smee)

Henry Charles (Charlie) Hardiman Tarr (1873 - 1919) was an architect and co-inventor and joint patent holder of early 20th C ventilation and dust extraction systems. He lived at Tunnel House, leased from GWR, with his wife Charity ('Cherry', née Petter). Enlisting for WW1 military service in 1917, he joined the Egypt Expeditionary Force in Feb 1918.

He died of pneumonia at Ras-El-Tin hospital on 2 Feb 1919 just before his 46th birthday and is buried in Alexandria. He was recorded as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps (Main Supply Depot) at the time of his death but was subsequently recorded as a Major (we might presume he was acting Major at the time of his death).

Charlie was a rugby player in his youth and was one of the founders of Keynsham Rugby Club in 1894*.

*Information source: Patrick Casey, Historian, Clifton RFC, Bristol, 2017.

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1930: Ladies' Ankle Competition

Image from souvenir programme courtesy of
Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society

On 5th July 1930 a "Ladies' Ankle Competition" was held in Saltford as part of the village fete. There is no known record of the lady who, according to judge Mr Percy Titley, was judged the winner.

Beauty competitions of the 1930s were not about swimsuits and hour-glass figures but the shape of ladies' ankles. Ankle competitions were held across England and in many of these pageants entrants would stand behind a curtain. The purpose of the curtain was to conceal the contestants' age and identity, so that all that could be seen was legs clad in stockings and feet within shoes.

In this example of an ankle competition in Kent (1932) the
male judge is touching and measuring the ladies' ankles...

Such shows were often promotional events for hosiery companies, with winners receiving free stockings from the event sponsors, as well as adulation from spectators etc.

Acknowledgements/Information Sources
Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society (2016)
www.lifebuzz.com & www.dailymail.co.uk (2016)

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1920s Christmas Card


This features a reproduction of the original watercolour by Elizabeth (Daisy) Davies, sister of the last manager of Keynsham Brass Mills. c.1920s.

Hornby's Farm workers, Saltford, July 1931







Acknowledgements/Information Sources
Alan Sims (2015)

Saltford School Pupils 1932

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Headmistress Miss Hockey and her pupils, Saltford School, 1932.
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The names of the 66 pupils pictured with Miss Hockey are:

1st (front) row (L to R): Bert Brimble, David Roch, David Gane, Eric Copp, Gordon Gane, Daphne Gane, Peggy Shellard, unknown, Grace Smith, Michael Hanham, unknown, Frank Curtis, Fred Willis.

2nd row (L to R): Hazel Witchell, Georgina Read, Edna Shellard, unknown, Kathleen Stiles, Marie Pope, Greta Dowling, Arthur Smith, Peter Pope, John Shellard, Nancy Lavington, Betty Smith, Jocelyn Tibbs.

3rd row (L to R): John Roch, Roy Miles, Olive Minty, Kitty Weymouth, (Miss Hockey), Olive Tanner, Elaine Lavington, Maurice Willis, Lorne Witchell.

4th row (L to R): Teddy Tibbs, Ronald Derrick, John Durston, Gordon Nottly, Arthur Southwood, Vic Wilson, (?) Hamilton, Cecil Hall, Vic May, Stan King, Ernest Smith, Douglas Copp.

5th row (L to R): Christine Williams, Kathleen Durston, unknown, Edie Bourne, Margaret Minty, Betty May, (?) Read, Thelma Cook, Nora Read, Elsie Reed, Peggy Wilson.

6th (back) row (L to R): Irene Reed, Queenie Bourne, Kathleen Brown, Gwen Minty, Joyce Minty, Ethel Cook, Ida Reed, Delphine Tibbs.

Acknowledgements/Information Sources
From Olive Brown (née Minty - in 3rd row) via her nephew Rob Taylor (2016)

1936 St Mary's Choir outing to Kelston Round Hill


Some of Saltford Golf Club's characters from the Bristol Evening Post. Image courtesy of Saltford Golf Club.

Hornby's Farm worker, Saltford
July 1931

Saltford Scouts at Hunstrete, 1945.

The members of Saltford Scouts pictured here are:
Back row (L-R): Cecil Ewins, Bob Shellard, Roy Parsons, Clive Thompson, David Bradwell, John Baker, Mr Sabin (Asst. Scout Master).
2nd row (L-R): Jimmy King, Maurice Hawkins, Dave Taylor, James Murray, Micky Whittle.
Front row sitting on grass (L-R): Harrison, daughter of Mr Sabin, not known.

Miss Josephine Newton at Saltford Station c.1947.
Original photograph owned by Mr Fred Blampied.

Saltford Football Team (1950s)

1953: Street parties for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

Haselbury Grove


Beech Road and Chestnut Walk

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LH picture: Gentleman wearing chain of office is George Ashton, Chairman of Keynsham Rural District Council.
RH picture: Boy on left wearing blazer is Peter Beer who became a senior Royal Air Force officer and was Equerry to the Queen 1971-1974, on promotion to Air Vice-Marshal he was appointed Commander British Forces Falkland Islands 1991-1992. The boy on the right wearing a cap is David Cox who became well known in the village as Saltford Group Scout Leader.

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1950s 'Saltford Evergreen Club'. The lady standing with the clipboard is Mrs Dorothy Hitching, W.I. Chairperson. Dorothy lived at 7 Beech Road.

Signalman Dave Boston working in Saltford signal box c.1957.
Photograph (© Robert Coles) kindly provided by Dave Boston.

Signalman Harry Hurley, Saltford signalbox (1958).
Photograph kindly provided by Stella Hurley. © SEG.

Signalman Harry Hurley (on right), Saltford signalbox in 1958.
Photograph kindly provided by Stella Hurley. © SEG.

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Saltford School: 1960s

Here we have photographs taken in the early 1960s (c.1961/62) of the exterior and interior of Saltford School in Queen Square. You can click on each image to see a larger version.

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Acknowledgements/Information Sources
Saltford School archives (2017)

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Summer lifestyle in sixties Saltford (1964)

David, Ella and Robert Taylor
strolling down Mead Lane

David & Robert Taylor, Robin Nicholls, John Blight & Tony Evans
eating ice creams by the sailing club, Mead Lane

Robin Nicholls, John Blight, David & Robert Taylor
playing at the Outlook, The Shallows

1991: Saltford Parish Council

The first Saltford Parish Council election in the modern era was conducted under the auspices of Wansdyke District Council and held on Thursday 2nd May 1991. On 15th May 1991 at the first council meeting Cllr John Scott was elected Chair and Cllr Duncan Hounsell was elected Vice-Chair.

Saltford Parish Council, 1991

Back row, standing (L to R): Cllr Frank Vine, Cllr Maurice Short, Cllr John Dunford, Cllr Francine Haeberling, Cllr Patricia Vine, Cllr Mark Davies, Cllr Sheila Bateman.
Front row, sitting (L to R): Cllr Duncan Hounsell (Vice Chairman), Cllr John Scott (Chairman), Mr Roger Kinsman (Parish Clerk).
Not shown: Cllrs Lynne Davies and Eric Linfield.

Results of the 2 May 1991 election:

John Scott (Independent) 1000 votes; John Dunford (Independent) 995; Duncan Hounsell (The Liberal Democrats) 988; Eric Linfield (Independent) 983; Mark Davies (The Liberal Democrats) 977; Lynne Davies (The Liberal Democrats) 949; Francis (Frank) Vine (Independent) 949; Francine Haeberling (Independent) 947; Patricia Vine (Independent) 911; Maurice Short (Independent) 772; Sheila Bateman (The Labour Party) 523.

Not elected:
Mark Toghill (The Labour Party) 392; Michael Simmons (The Labour Party) 369; Douglas Street (The Labour Party) 368.

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World War I & World War II

World War I

Wounded soldiers on a convalescing daytrip to Saltford, c.1917.

Saltford War Memorial, Bath Chronicle, 20th November 1920

WW1 casualties from Saltford

These Saltford men who made the ultimate sacrifice are listed on Saltford's War Memorial.

Major Arthur Harold HOBBS 1st Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, son of Lt Col Arthur & Agnes Hobbs of The Mount, Saltford, was the first Saltford casualty. Killed in Action (K.i.A.) during the first battle of Loos on 2nd October 1915, aged 34, he is listed on Loos memorial. His family commissioned the stained glass window in St Marys Church, Saltford in memory of him and the Saltford fallen.

Privates Reginald LOWMAN and Francis WEYMOUTH both joined as infantrymen before transferring to the newly formed Machine Gun Corps. Reginald, son of Joseph & Minnie of Maud Buildings, was the youngest Saltford casualty; killed in action aged 19 on the Somme on 22nd March 1918 he is listed on the Pozieres memorial to the missing. Francis was born and enlisted in Saltford where his parents lived at Thorncliffe Cottage; he died of his wounds 19 days later on 10th April 1918 aged 20 and is buried at the Etaples war cemetery.

Captain John GILMORE and 2nd Lieutenants Henry GALE & Frank HAYCROFT enlisted as soldiers before being commissioned: John, husband of Gladys, enlisted in Sept 1914; commissioned in Feb 1915, he was K.i.A. at Thiepval, on 22 Aug 1916, aged 25. Henry, fiancé of Gladys Hudson, enlisted in 1915; commissioned in June 1917, he was K.i.A. on the Somme, on 21 Mar 1918, aged 23. Frank, son of Alice, lived at The Craig, Saltford, was also killed in action during the 3rd Battle of Ypres, on 10 Aug 1917, aged 27.

2nd Lieutenant Henry (Charlie) TARR, the oldest casualty, lived with his wife Charity at the Tunnel House. Enlisting in 1917 he joined the Egypt Expeditionary Force in Feb 1918. He died at Ras-El-Tin hospital in Feb 1919 just before his 46th birthday and is buried in Alexandria.

Three members of the GODDARD family lived at the Jolly Sailor Public House as they enlisted in the Royal Navy between 1903 & 1907. Sidney died whilst serving on HMS LARKSPUR in November 1915 and is buried in St Mary's Church graveyard in Saltford. William joined aged 17; he died aged 30 on 31st May 1916 whilst serving on HMS SPITFIRE. Maurice enlisted as a Royal Marine in 1907; he died aged 32 whilst serving on HMS CORNWALL in September 1916 and is buried at the Kranji war memorial cemetery in Singapore.

Private Henry MITCHELL died from his wounds, aged 25 at the Wiltshire Regiment Depot on 14th October 1917. The only son of shopkeepers George and Selina Mitchell of South View House Saltford, Henry is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Saltford.

Trooper Herbert LOCK, son of local farmers James & Sarah Lock of Wick House, was K.i.A aged 42 on 14th November 1917 whilst serving with the Wellington Mounted Rifles of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He is buried in Ramleh Cemetery, Israel.

Lance Sergeant Harold ANDREWS of Broadmoor Cottage, Saltford worked as a market gardener before he joined the Dorset Regiment. Harold died of his wounds, aged 21, on 23rd November 1917 and is buried in the Jerusalem war cemetery.

Private Edward BARNETT was born and raised in Saltford before he moved to Frome to work as a general labourer. The son of Sarah who lived at Saltford Brass Mills and husband to Florence, he died aged 24 on 19th July 1916 and is listed on the Thiepval memorial.

Gunner Lionel KING was 20 when he died alongside all but two of the 845 crew of HMS VANGUARD when her armament magazines detonated in Scapa Flow just before midnight on 9 Jul 1917 in one of the most catastrophic accidental explosions in Royal Navy history.

Private A SKINNER and Private Oliver DUKES served with the Somerset Light Infantry: Pte Skinner was killed in action on the 19th December 1915 and is buried in the Chappelle d'Armienteres military cemetery. Oliver was also killed in action, aged 24 during the battle of the Somme on 3rd September 1916 and is buried at Guillemont cemetery.

Acknowledgements/Information Sources
Information researched and provided by Cdr Owen McDermott RN (2015/16)

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World War II

Saltford Boy Scouts play important role in local war effort


The above letter from Noel Flower, owner of Manor Farm (Saltford Manor House), to Mr Cecil Ewins, Hon. Secretary, Saltford Boy Scouts Group Committee, gives a fascinating glimpse of live in Saltford during WW2.

Noel Flower had allowed free use of the Manor Farm to Saltford Scouts as their Headquarters from January 1939. The reference in Noel Flower's letter to "50 Incendiaries put out by 2 Scouts in the Home Field and Yard" and "reflected pride" that "their Good Deed should have happended on my property" illustrates how Saltford Boy Scouts helped the village during the war.

Saltford Special Constabulary, c.1941

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The members of Saltford Special Constabulary pictured here are (listed from left to right):
Back row: Mr Curtis, Mr William George Witchell, Mr Parsons, Mr Williams and Mr Fred Harding.
Centre row: Mr Colledge, Mr Young, Mr Pratt, Mr Lovell, Mr Fursland (played for Saltford Cricket Club), and Mr Lyle (manager of the local Co-Op store) - query on Messrs. Pratt and Lovell.
Front row: Mr Milton, Mr Sabin (Asst. Scout Master of Saltford Scouts), Mr Gibbons, Mr Wilkins and Mr Davidson.

Acknowledgements/Information Sources
Photograph provided by Trevor Ewins (2016)
Names from John Baker (Farmborough) and Brian Vowles (Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society)

Westland Whirlwind fighter crashes into Saltford Station
9th October 1941

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An article giving a graphic eyewitness account of the day in October 1941 when a Westland Whirlwind fighter crashed into the weighbridge at Saltford station and exploded. The article paints a picture of the important part Saltford station played in village life in the 1940s. Click on image or here to open document (pdf opens in a new window).

WW2 casualties from Saltford

These Saltford men who made the ultimate sacrifice are listed on Saltford's War Memorial.

Aircraftman 1st Class John Canning LEWIS, 240 Squadron RAF, was the first Saltford casualty of the War. Son of George and Marie Lewis of Saltford, John was 23 when he died on 3rd November 1939.

Able Seaman Jack KELLY served in the Royal Naval Special Reserve. He was 22 when he perished with 1,414 of his shipmates when HMS HOOD was lost during combat with the German battleship BISMARK in the Denmark Strait on 24th May 1941. The son of Mr and Mrs Ernest John Kelly, Jack is listed alongside the rest of his crewmates on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Flying Officer STEER died on 17th July 1943 serving as part of the RAF Volunteer Reserve with 415 RCAF Sqdn. Son of Claude & Blanche and husband of Marjorie, of Redland, Gloucestershire, he is commemorated on Panel 129 of the Runnymede memorial.

Captain ROGERS served with 2nd Bn Gloucestershire Regiment. He was killed on 29th July 1944 aged 30. Son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Willes Rogers and husband of Olga, of Bournemouth, Hampshire, he is buried in the Hottot Les Bagues Cemetery.

Lieutenant John Hugh HETHEY was the son of Mary Gray Michils of Saltford. He served with the Royal Armoured Corps and 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards before his death on 27th August 1944 and is commemorated on Panel 1 of the Cassino Memorial.

Sergeant HAMILTON, son of Herbert & Nellie and husband to Rosemary, was the last Saltford WW2 casualty. He died on the 19th December 1945 aged 32 whilst serving as part of the Royal Artillery 3 Survey Regt and is buried in St Mary's Church, Saltford.

Acknowledgements/Information Sources
Information researched and provided by Cdr Owen McDermott RN (2015/16)

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Early 1920s: War Memorial

Saltford War Memorial in its original location in the
centre of the High Street at the end of Beech Road.
It was erected in 1920 and then moved in 1966
to the corner of Norman Rd/Beech Rd/High St.
(see 2014 picture below)


1939 Booklet on Saltford Manor by Saltford Boy Scouts

In January 1939 Saltford Boy Scouts published a small A5 size booklet "Saltford Manor House" to mark the opening of Saltford Manor House as their Headquarters and to show their gratitude to Noel Flower for his permission to allow the free use of the house.

We have scanned this fascinating 20 page booklet (including advertisements) which you can download here as a pdf by clicking on the image or the link beneath it (opens in new window):

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Boy Scouts Booklet on
Saltford Manor House, 1939

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This booklet is also featured on our page about Saltford Manor House.

1959 Brochure "Our Village" by Saltford WI

Published on 10 February 1959 this "brochure" was compiled by six members of Saltford Women's Institute with "knowledge gained from various sources".

It provides a rare description of 1950s Saltford with its "quaint old world appearance... the almost medieval character of some of its habitations... and... a romantic attractiveness which one cannot fail to appreciate".

Click on image to download key extracts from this 1959 brochure (pdf opens in new window).

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Acknowledgements/Information Sources
Original brochure loaned by Margaret Stabbins (2017)

St Mary's Parish Magazine, November 1975

To see the November 1975 edition of St Mary's Parish magazine click on the image below.

The advertisements for shops that once served the village in Saltford's High Street are particularly interesting. Also the article (on page 9) about the memorial window to the late Cecil Ewins in the tower above the porch is noteworthy.

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Click on image to open magazine in new window (pdf 3.9Mb).

This magazine is also featured on our page about St Mary's church.

Acknowledgements/Information Sources
Original magazine from Trevor Ewins (2016)

Saltford Cricket Club v Somerset CCC
Programme, 9th July 1995

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This programme makes specific reference to the historic first recorded cricket match played in Somerset at Saltford on 13th July 1751 and includes the autographs of 5 Somerset County cricketers including Marcus Trescothick and Keith Parsons.

Acknowledgements/Information Sources
Original programme from Rob Taylor (2016)

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Don't forget to also visit our Timeline page as this shows what was happening around the world, in England and in Saltford as Saltford emerged from the Iron Age to how it is today.


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