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The History of Saltford

Saltford has a fascinating past. Whilst many are aware of Saltford's Domesday Book entry, our timeline reveals a remarkable history unsurpassed by any other English village.

Saltford Environment Group's extensive research has revealed many facts about the amazing past of this Somerset village that remained largely unknown until now. Locals and visitors from all generations are finding the project of great interest.

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Saltford School visits the Heritage Centre, February 2018

Project News

Since 2015 SEG's news page has featured stories concerning the History Project as its research and other activities have revealed previously little known information about Saltford's history.

These news items range from when we first publish details of interesting "new" discoveries such as Saltford's oldest (1728) painting or artefacts such as the Saltford Carthaginian Coin and the Saltford Viking Buckle, archaeological surveys and digs, to the unveiling in 2016 at Saltford House of a Blue Plaque commemorating Admiral Kelly and the publication online of self-guide history walks of Saltford.

These past news stories can be found on SEG's News page for recent news stories or in SEG's News Archive.

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History Project Background

As part of its purpose to champion all that's great about Saltford for a better and more sustainable future, Saltford Environment Group decided in early 2015 to research and record the history of Saltford on our website. Only by valuing our history and origins can we gain a better understanding of the importance that we as a community should take care of the land and people that support us all.

This is a significant evidence based project. We are recording Saltford's history from pre-Roman times to the 20th Century and making it available for all to see here on our website. We have uncovered many fascinating facts about life in Saltford in past centuries. This is an iterative process, slowly growing and developing in content as we research and discover information.

We are grateful for all offers of materials to help produce this unique record of Saltford but please be aware that if you are kind enough to offer material for us to use, we need to be selective in what we decide to publish and cannot guarantee to use everything supplied to us.

If residents are able to lend us old photographs, sketches, historic documents etc. concerning Saltford (the older the better) please contact us (see below).

Please note. This is a continuous and growing project that commenced in March 2015. New content is added on a regular basis.

Project Team

A small Project Team from SEG's membership was initially established in early 2015 to plan the project and get it started. This is an ongoing process; we shall be constantly adding new information and images.

The original Project Team (2015) comprised Phil Harding (SEG Chairman & Project Leader); Debbie Cini (SEG Secretary); Andrew Stainer (SEG Treasurer); Dick Bateman; and Jon Godfrey. Roger Vaughan was subsequently brought in to organise the geophysics surveys with BACAS.

Phil Harding and Andrew Stainer continue to lead the project and they are also curators for the Saltford Heritage Centre whilst several SEG members are assisting the project on an ad-hoc basis.

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Phil Harding & Andrew Stainer


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Debbie Cini & Dick Bateman

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Jon Godfrey & Roger Vaughan

Please see below for how to contact the History of Saltford project.

Acknowledgements

SEG would like to thank the following who have provided various contributions, research, guidance and other support to this project:-

John Baker, Jamie Balsdon, Julian Balsdon, Dick Bateman, Adrian Betts, Dave Boston, Dave Brennan, Barbara Butler, Richard Canter, Derek Cann, Marie Carder, Debbie Cini, Jill Coles, Tony Coverdale, David Cox, Dave Curnock, Noel Dawson, Robin Dixon, Sue Dixon, Berenice "Bunty" & John Dunford, Trevor Ewins, William Feay, Ivor Ford, Jon Godfrey; Malcolm Guthrie, Phil Harding, Katie Horgan, Jaye, Steve Johnson, Robert Knaap, Leah, Richard Loxton, Owen McDermott, Dr Sam Moorhead (British Museum), Bob Mordle, Sam Norris, John Oswin, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Carl Say, Martin Sessions (Canberra, NSW), Alan Sims, Hilary Smedley, Sally Smee, Adam Stratton, Alistair Sutherland, Margaret Stabbins, Richard Stabbins, Dave Taylor, Rob Taylor, Rosemary Turner, Roger Vaughan, Brian Vowles, Chris Warren, Robert Woodberry, Michael Worthington-Williams.

We also thank everyone in the village who has supported and encouraged us on this project.

Contacting the project

You can contact the History of Saltford project via SEG's Chairman, Phil Harding - please state "SEG History Project" in the email subject heading.

Photographs: A high resolution copy of some of the historic and contemporary photographs may be available on request to Phil Harding via the home page of this (SEG's) website. Where available these can be supplied in return for an agreed donation to SEG to help cover the cost of this online publication.

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Research: web links & guidance

How to start researching your family history

You can download here the 2-page How to start researching your family history guide (pdf) produced by the Saltford Parish Clerk for the WWI Armistice Centenary village event held on 11 November 2018.

We use online and other records for our research including (click on blue links):-

Bath Record Office

Forces War Records & Military Genealogy

Heritage Gateway

Historic England (includes The Heritage List of listed buildings, scheduled monuments etc.)

Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society (online records: Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials)

Know Your Place West of England project

Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)

SW Heritage Trust: Somerset Archive Catalogue

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, J. A. Giles & J. Ingram (Gutenberg free ebooks)

A-Z of pages
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KEY PAGES:-

TIMELINE (300 BC to the modern age)

ONLINE MUSEUM

DOCUMENT LIBRARY

MAPS: Online Map Room

HERITAGE CENTRE

ST MARY'S CHURCH

WALKS OF SALTFORD

ON THIS PAGE:-

Project News

Project Background

Project Team (& Acknowledgements)

Research: web links & guidance

FEATURE ITEM:-

SALTFORD'S OWNERS & PLACE NAME ORIGINS


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SEG wishes to thank the following organisations for the support and/or advice they have given to this project:


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Bath Royal
Literary and Scientific
Institution

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Bath & North East
Somerset Council

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www.brassmill.com

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Bath Spa University
(School of Humanities &
Cultural Industries)

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www.bacas.org.uk
(Geophysics survey 2015 & 2016)

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www.daviesandway.com
(Heritage Centre sponsorship 2018)


NOTE:
The British Museum
has provided advice & guidance on the
Saltford Carthaginian Coin - one of the
oldest coins found in Britain.


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Saltford Station (c.1901)


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Saltford Brass Mill (2013)

A mill is referred to in the Domesday Book entry for Saltford. Probably on the same site as the Domesday Book mill, Saltford Brass Mill was converted to working brass in the 18th Century.

The Brass Mill is the only surviving building, still with a furnace and working water wheel, remaining from a group of 18th Century mills making copper and brass goods in the Avon Valley between Bristol and Bath. The mill worked brass until 1925.


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