Saltford Environment Group
The History of Saltford: ONLINE MUSEUM
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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20th Century Saltford page 3
The People of Saltford (20th Century)
Colonel Vilett Rolleston
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
Saltford School Pupils 1932
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.
Some of Saltford Golf Club's characters from the Bristol Evening Post. Image courtesy of Saltford Golf Club.
The members of Saltford Scouts pictured here are:
1953: Street parties for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation
Beech Road and Chestnut Walk
LH picture: Gentleman wearing chain of office is George Ashton, Chairman of Keynsham Rural District Council.
1950s 'Saltford Evergreen Club'. The lady standing with the clipboard is Mrs Dorothy Hitching, W.I. Chairperson. Dorothy lived at 7 Beech Road.
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.
Summer lifestyle in sixties Saltford (1964)
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.
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.
Results of the 2 May 1991 election:
World War I & World War II
World War I
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.
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
The members of Saltford Special Constabulary pictured here are (listed from left to right):
Westland Whirlwind fighter crashes into Saltford Station
Early 1920s: War Memorial
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):
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).
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.
This magazine is also featured on our page about St Mary's church.
Saltford Cricket Club v Somerset CCC