The pleasure of finding familiar names

People get pleasure from finding a familiar name – or indeed a different kind of item, such as a type of building or any other feature being collected. Recently the volunteer team has been working on the Chipping Campden 1909 survey material (form 37s in Gloucestershire Archives, see D2428/2/43) and had this spark of pleasure when we spotted the well-known name of Ashbee.

Several interesting facts emerged from the data about the group of handicaft workers who arrived in Campden in 1902. C R Ashbee is named as the owner of three properties and his wife of one: notable was Woolstapler’s Hall, where he and his wife Janet moved originally, and ‘house including ancient building (formerly chapel) cottage & land’ at Broad Campden now known as the Norman Chapel. However, he does not appear anywhere as an occupier. Woolstapler’s Hall was occupied by someone surnamed Walford, and it was owned by Janet Ashbee; she gave her address as the Norman Chapel. The Norman Chapel at Broad Campden was occupied by A K Coomaraswamy; the clerk in the Inland Revenue Office who recorded this information first entered the owner’s name as Dr Coomaraswamy, crossed it out and put Rt Hon the Earl of Gainsborough, and finally settled on C R Ashbee.

Ashbee also owned 3 cottages in Broad Campden, occupied by Mrs Horwood and others, and 3 houses and land occupied by Miss Harewood and others. These were probably occupied by workmen in the Guild of Handicrafts, and the ladies called Horwood or Harewood were supervisors, as it were. The Guild of Handicrafts was stated to own a house, 2 cottages, buildings & land at Broad Campden; Mr C R Ashbee was a trustee and acted for his co-trustees, giving his address as 37 Cheyne Walk, London SW. The Craftsmen’s Club and a house, in High Street, were also owned by the Guild and the occupier of the house was Mr Blanco White. This was probably Braithwaite House, the ‘hotel’ used by the Ashbees when they were living at Woolstapler’s Hall.

Other Guildsmen are named in the survey, and they will be the subject of another post.

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About Anthea

At present mainly engaged with Gloucestershire Archives in leading the transcription of the material compiled for the Lloyd George survey of land values for 1909. Many volunteers involved, more welcome! Previously writer of some local history books: Tewkesbury, the Cotswolds, A thousand years of the Engiish Parish, Cheltenham A new history.

2 thoughts on “The pleasure of finding familiar names

  1. Elizabeth Jack

    Generally speaking, guild records are held at the guild headquarters – a list of them appears on with details of how to contact them. It does not include a guild of cabinet-makers, just furniture makers or carpenters. Gloucestershire books on apprentices(1595-1834) and freemen(1641-1838) do not mention either of the names of Bunten or Pyment (or variants) despite there being many entries for cabinet-makers. (You do not give any dates of your ancestors). Nor does Gloucestershire Archives catalogue offer much help on cabinet makers but it does have 9 documents referring to the name of Pyment which appear to possibly be relevant. I recommend contacting the Chipping Campden History Society – they have a very strong and knowledgeable membership.

  2. Janet Brodie Murphy

    Good evening.

    I am the grandaughter of a Guildsman from the Guild of Handicraft in C Campden (CR Ashbee). My grandfather was Arthur Ernest Bunten (Bunt) who was a Cabinet Maker my Great Uncle was James Walter (Jim) Pyment who was also a Cabinet Maker.

    I am researching the Guildsmen and their lives and involvements in Campden, The Guild Plays, Water Sports at the Bathing Lake, Evening Classes, Allotments the list goes on. I am looking for photos and memories of Guildsmen. I have recently visited Kings College archives to look at the Ashbee Journals. These proved to be full of interesting material now I need to find more about the men and their families. A lot has been written on Ashbee the man but very little about the Guildmen themselves – can you help at all.


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