FHS Occasional Paper 6 – Searching for Thomas. Price £1
Thomas Morton was a curate of Fairford for Francis William Rice (5th Baron Dynevor) for almost three d
ecades from 1851 to 1879. This paper traces the life of Thomas using a number of information research
tools as an illustration of the wide variety of family and local history resources that are now available
to the researcher. Born in St Helens, Lancashire, Thomas was also a curate in Plymouth, London and Hull
before retiring from Fairford to live out the remainder of his days in Edwards College in South Cerney.
The portrait of Thomas Morton is by Samuel Vines, an ironmonger of Fairford who was also a talented artist.
FHS Occasional Paper 7 – Alexander Ready/Colston. Price £1
Alexander Ready was a solicitor and attorney who lived in Fairford in the early 18th Century. After the
death of his first two wives, Alexander married Sophia Edwards, heiress to the fortune of wealthy Bristol
merchant and philanthropist Edward Colston. In 1755 Alexander Ready changed his name to Alexander Colston
and lived in Filkins Hall. He owned property in Fairford including Colston House and was buried in Fairford church.
Whilst carrying out research for the History of the Church Exhibition we were able to purchase:- Fairford Church
and its celebrated windows by Henry Taunt. 3rd ed. Published by Joseph Powell. c.1910 and Handbook to
Fairford Church and its stained windows by J.P. 3rd ed. 1883, but we haven’t been able to locate a copy of
A Handbook to Fairford Church and its windows by Francis Carbonell published in 1893. If anyone has a copy
we would really like to see it and take a copy or photograph it.
Other items acquired are:- A Calendar of Cotswold Cookery by June Lewis-Jones. Sigma Leisure, 2010. S
ame recipes as the previous edition and beautifully produced. The Poles in India 1942-1948: based on
archive documents and personal reminiscences. Association of Poles in India. . This is a translation
from Polish and donated by Alicja Christofides. It contains information about how some of the Fairford Polish Camp
residents came to this country.
FHS is a member of BGAS (Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society). We regularly get their
transactions. Volume 127 contains an account of the excavation at Horcott Pitt, 2002-2003. ‘A grand city – life,
movement and work: Bristol in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’. Essays edited by M J Crossley. BGAS, 2010. Interesting articles about Bristol. Also a BGAS publication.
Since the last Fairford Flyer several members have loaned for copying or have donated some interesting
items:- a commemorative plate of the visit of the Duke of Connaught to Fairford in 1909; 1930s Farmor’s
School prizes with book plates and the school crest embossed on the cover; memorabilia of David Niven
who was Colonel Palmer’s godson and used to stay at Fairford Park; and Fairford Primary School staff photos
from the 70s. Graham Young has collected cuttings and photographs of the flooding in the area over the
years and this will make an excellent record for the future and with the oral history interviews of flood
victims made by Geoff Bishop and a collection of photos on CD, this will make an excellent record for the
future. This is exactly the sort of material we want, it may not be particularly old now but it will be a
record of Fairford’s history for the future. FHS keeps a record of everything donated and from whom it came
so it could be returned if required. If the donator does not want the item to go into the public domain we
can do that too.
On the Easter and Spring Bank Holiday Mondays FHS has been holding ‘Open afternoons’ in the Heritage Room;
this is not only for Church visitors but also an opportunity for anyone else to come and ask questions or get
help with their family history etc.
The next ‘open afternoon’ will be on 30th August, Bank Holiday Monday from 2pm.
We receive many local history and family history enquiries by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
by phone 01285 711768. The Archive Room is also open to visitors each Monday afternoon from 2-4pm.
Members are reminded that subscriptions are due in September and can be paid at any meeting or by f
illing in the enclosed slip and returning it to the membership secretary or to the FHS at the Community Centre.
Members are encouraged to set up standing orders which will be debited on September 1st each year; this
considerably reduces administration costs. A membership card for those members with standing orders is
enclosed with this newsletter.
Fairford Flyer edited by Alison Hobson. From the Archives by Chris Hobson.
Photographs by Hobson Cameras. Any comments or letters would be appreciated.