Next Meeting and Talk: Monday 20th November 2017 ‘A Victorian Christmas’

Our next meeting and talk will take place on Monday 20th November 2017 in the Parlour at the Lifford Memorial Hall, Lower Green, Broadway. The meeting will start at 7pm and our guest speakers will be giving a talk on ‘A Victorian Christmas’.

Everyone is welcome to our meetings. Non-members £3 on the door. Refreshments are served at the end of the meeting.

 

 

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1961 Toc H World Chain of Light at Dor Knap, Broadway

The World Chain of Light is conducted annually by Toc H members worldwide. It takes place on the 11th – 12th December to commemorate the first opening of Talbot House in Poperinghe, Belgium, and the birthday of Toc H Founder Padre Tubby Clayton.

The first Chain of Light was started in 1929 in Perth, Western Australia. In 1961 the Chain was started at Dor Knap (which had been acquired by the movement in 1959) on the edge of the Cotswold Hills above Broadway.

At 9pm local time on the 11th December the host Lamp at Dor Knap was lit and a vigil held for 24 hours. The chain then moved westwards around the world with branches all lighting their lamps at 9pm local time until the chain of light was completed at 9pm on the 12th December. A short service was prepared by the members of the host Broadway Toc H Branch which included a message that was circulated worldwide for use during the observance.

Next Meeting and Talk: Monday 18th September 2017 ‘On a Wing and a Prayer – the Cathedral Builders’

Our next meeting and talk, the first of the 2017/18 season, will take place on Monday 18th September 2017 in the Parlour at the Lifford Memorial Hall, Lower Green, Broadway. The meeting will start at 7pm and our guest speaker will be Keith Cattell who will be giving an illustrated talk ‘On a Wing and a Prayer – the Cathedral Builders’.

All are welcome to our meetings. Non-members £3 on the door. Refreshments are served at the end of the meeting.

 

 

Snapshots of Victorian Broadway (The People of The Census Returns)

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Left to right: Eliza A. Morris, Jane Morris (née Phillips), Joseph W. Morris (back row), John Morris (front row) and Mary A. Morris. Photo c1900: Tom Morris

Following the Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting on Monday 15th May, Broadway History Society Committee Member, Geoff Sanders, will be giving an illustrated talk depicting the wealth of information, and the pitfalls that might be encountered when researching the seven decades of the Broadway Census Returns from 1841 to 1901.

The progression through the decades follows one prominent villager, John Morris1 (the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church) and his descendants, with explanations and interpretations of the vast amount of information available from the censuses. Geoff’s talk will illustrate how a census return can be littered with errors and ‘red herrings’. He will explain how published pages often reflect third-hand information with spoken names being written by the census enumerators rather than the householders which, combined with the local ‘Broddy’2 dialect, led to some interesting entries and interpretations.

The 2017 AGM and Geoff’s talk will be held in the Lifford Hall Parlour, Lower Green, Broadway, on Monday 15th May 2017 starting at 7pm. Refreshments will be served at the end of the AGM before Geoff’s talk which is expected to start around 7.30pm. All welcome. Non-members £3 on the door.

Broadway History Society
May 2017

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Notes:
1. John Morris (1784-1864), father of Joseph Wilson Morris (see above photo), was ordained as the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church (now Broadway United Reformed Church) in 1816. He resigned in 1825 to set up his grocery and drapery business.
2. ‘Asum’ grammar for Broadway.

Embroidered Bodies: Textiles Exhibition at Broadway Museum & Art Gallery 5th May – 10th September 2017

Embroidered Bodies: Textiles Exhibition, BroadwayClothing tells a multitude of human stories with each embroidered stitch contributing to the tale. The Embroidered Bodies: Textile Exhibition at Broadway Museum & Art Gallery will include a selection of garments drawn from the Eastern and Western textile collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Works will include a diverse range of garments from hats to shoes, stomachers to collars, dating from as far back as the 1400s right up to the 20th century.

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, Tudor House, 65 High Street, Broadway WR12 7DP, tel. 01386 859047, is open daily Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Admission costs £5 with child and family tickets at a reduced cost. For more information about the Museum and the exhibition visit www.broadwaymuseum.org.uk.

 

 

Burrows Bakery, Broadway

Burrows Bakery, which overlooked the village green in Broadway (now home to John Noott Galleries), was started by Wilfrid Burrows (1876-1958) in 1904.

Born in Broadway in 1876, Wilfrid was the eldest son of Michael Burrows, a carpenter and his wife Emma (née Malin), a gloveress. Wilfrid and his three younger brothers; Arthur, Hubert and Edgar were brought up in the village (the family lived along Matches Alley), and Wilfrid and his brothers attended school in Broadway. By 14 years of age, Wilfrid had left school and was apprenticed as a baker. Although Wilfrid’s father was not a baker, the wider family had been bakers in the village and millers at Lower Mill for many years.

Wilfrid married Emily Benfield (1873-1947) from nearby Chipping Campden in 1900 and they moved to Leamington Road next door to Colin Farm. Shortly after their marriage, Wilfrid and Emily opened their own bakehouse, Springfield Bakery, along Springfield Lane.

Wilfrid opened his bakery on the village green in 1904 where he was assisted by his wife and family. His daughter Constance (born in Broadway in 1902) helped in the shop which later expanded to sell groceries, and his son Reginald (born in 1907) in the bakehouse. Burrows’s delivery handcart and horse and cart were a common sight in the village and in 1908 Wilfrid further expanded the bakery when he purchased an old established Broadway bakery run by Mr Jones (of Barn House, High Street, Broadway) and combined the two. By 1911 William Harris, who had moved to Broadway from Chipping Campden, helped in the bakehouse, later joined by Harry Walker.

When Wilfrid retired, his son Reginald took over the family business and was joined in 1941 by Edmund Frank Andrews. Edmund, known as Frank, took over running the business in 1957 and Reginald sold the bakery to Frank and his wife, Lillian, in 1958. In 1963 Frank and Lillian moved Springfield Bakery to the Leamington Road where it remained until they retired in May 1979.

 

Debbie Williamson
Broadway History Society

15th May 2017: Annual General Meeting and Talk by Geoff Sanders on ‘Snapshots of Victorian Broadway (The People of The Census Returns)’

Our second Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 15th May in The Parlour of the Lifford Memorial Hall starting at 7pm.

After the AGM, Committee Member, Geoff Sanders, will give an illustrated talk on Victorian Broadway. Geoff has been researching the census returns for Broadway and his talk will refer to his research and the information that can be obtained from a census.

Refreshments will be served during the meeting. All welcome, non-members £3.

The AGM and Geoff’s talk is the last in the series of talks for 2016/2017. Our next meeting will be held on Monday 18th September with a talk by Keith Cattell entitled On a Wing and a Prayer – The Cathedral Builders.