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  • Hello

    As a member of Romsey Local History Society I am researching the early years of the Nowes charity; a bequest from a local landowner, John Nowes (not Jane, as the article has it) established three schools, one here in Romsey, one in Fisherton Anger (Wilts) and the third in Yeovil; locally very few records exist for the period before the end of the 19thC; the earliest records at Hampshire Record Office seem to date from about 1758. The earliest item in the Somerset Archive catalogue seems to be dated 1913.

    I find on your website an article in your journal:
    The Charity School (Part 1of 3), by L.C. Hayward, in Chronicle, published April 1986. Ppp 86-87
    The author implies that records from as early as 1735 are held somewhere:
    “… A similar legacy from Jane Nowes in 1719 applied to boys from the parish of Preston Plucknett, and from Alvington in the parish of Brympton where her husband was born. The accounts, though ill-kept and not audited from 1735 to 1752, show that the Charity School was still flourishing at the end of the century.”

    I wonder, can anyone in your society tell be where the records referred to in the article are held or provide any further information about the early years?

    Any help you can offer will be much appreciated.

    Many thanks

    • Dear Colin

      In reply to your query. At this stage I do not know where Mr Hayward found his information.

      You could try Bob Osborne’s A-Z History of Yeovil, his entry on the Charity School is on his webpage http://www.yeovilhistory.info/charityschool.htm , he should be able to let you know his source.

      I am in the process of placing copies of past numbers of Chronicle on our website, right now I am back on Vol 1 No 1 (September 1978)

      With best wishes
      Jim Fison

      YALHS Treasurer and Webmaster

  • Hello

    I am the Chairman of the Taunton branch of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society. It is part of my job to find speakers for our monthly meetings in Taunton (first Tuesday of each month) and I am wondering if Any Of you do talks to groups and, if so, what your fees might be?

    Please contact me if you are someone who gives talks on Family History and let me know how much you might charge and the topics on which you speak.

    Thank you

    Sue Burne

    • Dear Sue,

      Thank you for your enquiry, unfortunately we do not have any speakers. Your Sherborne/Yeovil branch always appear to come up with some interesting talks?

      Best wishes
      Jim Fison
      YALHS Treasurer and Webmaster

  • I am doing some research on the jugs presented after the riot of 1831 but have been unable to find exactly when they were presented. did Yeovil have a newspaper at the time and if so who would have archive copies?

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