Three generations of
my Kell(e)y ancestors lived in Coldridge. Samuell
Kelley (b. 1595), John Kelley (b.1622) and John Kelley
(b.1649). The latter moved on and married in Ashreigney
in 1672, when the ‘e’ was dropped from
the surname. It was good to read a bit about the village
on your website.
A Susan Gibbings who married
George Brealey in 1844 in Exeter was my g.g. grandmother.
I am hoping that you can put me in touch with Chris
Gibbings who wrote the interesting article on the
Gibbings family on your Coldridge website. I was intrigued
to read that he visited Perth (where I live) and has
done work on the Australian Gibbings family.
Patrick F. Berry, M.Sc., Ph.D.
- Nedlands, Perth, W. Australia
I have just been looking at your web site which brought
back memories of my youth when i lived at kitchaden
farm (not certain about the spelling of kitchaden)
when i was evacuated from london to devon during the
war with my mother and two brothers tony and david,my
father stayed in london working on aircraft. The house
we lived in belonged a farmer Mr and Mrs Robins. My
brother david and i went to heywoods school and my
elder brother went to chulmleigh secondary modern
school. We went back and forward to london two or
three times during the coarse of the war,when we finally
stopped moving back to london my father came down
to devon to work for Mr Robins, he had to give up
farming through ill health (hay fever) He then went
to work for mr frank wheaton at his garage just up
the road from eggesford on the A377. We moved to coldridge
when my father could no longer work on the farm and
went to live at mount everlyn to live in one of Mr
& Mrs Coles houses, we had many happy years there,
by this time my elder brother was going to Barnstaple
tec.my younger brother and i went to coldridge school
then chulmleigh secondary modern school .
My friends in chulmleigh , the ones i can remember
were Eric Down,norman Greenslade,margery cook , June
Webber, mervin pope who lived near winkleigh Peter
cotten the bakers son,alex govier , D kingdom , their
was a lot more but my memory is not as good as it
used to be. My friends in Coldridge:- Geoffrey Burrrows
,Derick Bowdler? The Smallbone Family( dentice in
Crediton Like to here from you if any of the above
are still around.
Great site. I am searching
for information on the Waldron Family. I am beginning
it from the Domesday Book down and gathering all information
on the Waldron families in the hope of one day collecting
enough material that may connect the lines down. I
would appreciate anything that you may have and in
return I am quite happy to include you in future research.
Stay safe - Pennie Waldron in Australia
I am chasing down relatives of mine, my 7 x Great
Grandparents. I have very limited information that
I am going by, and am hoping that you may be able
to assist me. So far I have John Warren, who married
Richord Dart on the 23 Aug 1708 in Coldridge, Devon,
England. Any help that you can offer me on the above
family would be appreciated. Also, if you could direct
me to any suitable sites to give a little further
background to the area would be great. Thanks for
your time. Looking forward to hearing from you,
Regards, Judith - Australia
I have been forwarded
your website by a relative I've been corresponding
with in England. I am interested in the article written
by Chris Gibbings on the Gibbings family story. I
would dearly love to be able to correspond with Chris
Gibbings further on these family connections. I would
appreciate it if you could provide me with his e-mail
address or forward my address directly to him.
Thank you, Marilyn (Gibbings) Rockwell
I have just found the Coldridge village website at
the very beginnings of searching for my family tree
and history. I have an old bible of my father's which
apparently belonged to his father, Albert Sampson
who was born or lived in Coldridge. Written in the
back of the bible is an address - Peaks Cottage, Coldridge.
My father was born in London in 1916 so my grandfather
must have left the village before 1916. He must have
been born towards the end of the 19th century. I was
hoping you might be able to give me some information,
whether there is a record of my grandfather's birth
or if there is still a Peaks Cottage in the village.
Or where I might find out more information.
Many thanks. Jacky Tauber (nee Sampson)
I am researching part of my family tree and have found
a Great Grandmother whose maiden name was Mary Ann
Palmer (known as Polly). She was born in Coldridge
15/2/1850. Her father was Thomas Palmer and her mother
was Anne Palmer (formerly Crispin). Thomas Palmer
was a 'labourer'. Are you likely to have access to
any historical info reference the 'Palmers' ? It would
be most interesting. Polly must have moved to London
at some stage since she married my Great Grandfather,
Thomas Payne in London during 1875.
With Regards, Thomas Payne
I am researching my family history. My ancestors names
were Waldron and they are in the 1861 census as living
in Coldridge. They were farm laborers I believe and
later went to London to work as tanners. Names Samuel,
William, Elizabeth, Ann and Mary Waldron. Do you have
any info. on this family?
Thanks, Jenny Walker.
As a descendant of John, the eldest son of John Hancock
and Ann Leach I was most appreciative in coming across
your excellent site, and in particular Carol Pickett's
comments on the Hancock family (she could have also
mentioned Air Marshall Sir Valston Hancock or even
my father (Dr. J. W. Piccles) who received a brief
mention in history when involved in the arresting
of the several hundred survivors of the german raider
Emden after they sunk HMAS Sydney off the coast of
I have only lately taken an interest in the family's
background so finding out that Coldridge was at the
heart of our descendants was somewhat frustrating
as my wife and I only recently returned from a trip
to England. This was our second trip in 10 years and
after only a cursoury look the first time we were
determined to spend most of our last trip in the West
Country which had appealed to us so much the first
time. Sadly without the knowledge of Coldridges role
in our family, we criss-crossed Devon and Cornwall
but sadly never passed thru our 'hometown'...something
we will address on our next visit. If convenient I
would be most appreciative if this email could be
passed on to Carol Pickett or someone else in the
Hancock family who might be interested in exchanging
My wife and I now farm in New South Wales (Cowra),
but I had a previous life in the Australian Steel
With Best wishes to all in my 'new hometown' and hoping
to hear from a relative,
Kindest regards Peter Piccles
Whilst following my family back along the 'Raymont'
line I discovered that most of the family were born
and lived in Coldridge from about 1560 and prior to
that came from Lapford. I wonder, if with your knowledge
of the area you may be able to shed some light on
a mystery I am trying to unravel. My great grandmother's
parentage is a little confusing, family tradition
gives her 2 surnames, either Raymont or Radford. We
know her mother was Mary Raymont, a local farmer's
daughter, born about, 1836/8 and that she was about
17 or 18 and not married when my great grandmother
(Emma Jane) was born. Emma Jane was christened with
her mother's surname of Raymont but we know she herself,
later in life, also referred to her maiden name as
'Radford'. I am wondering if you know if there was
a Radford family in Coleridge at the time, maybe Mary
Raymont was in service with them. Any clues as to
who my great great grandfather could be would be very
welcome and any information you may have would be
much appreciated, if you have the time to reply.
Many thanks, Ms Stevie Rogers - Dartmouth
Bonnie has kindly forwarded your email on to me, as
I have done quite a bit of research on the Slee family's
origins at Coldridge. I have attached a summary of
that information, which you are welcome to include
in an official village website.
I am very interested knowing more about the records
or any details you have regarding the Slee family's
association with Lower Frost and/or Frost Farm.
Cheers, Max Slee - Tranmere, South Australia,
I came across your website whilst researching my family
roots. My grandfather, David Robert Lindsay, was schoolmaster
at St Mary's School in 1901 (Census) and lived in
the school house. He was originally from Scotland
and moved to the village from London bringing his
wife and young family with him. My father, Ian Lindsay,
was born in Coldridge as was my aunt, Gertrude Lucy.
We shall be visiting the area during week 17 September
in order to see the area where the family lived. I
should be very grateful for any information regarding
the family/school/village prior to our visit. Are
parish and/or school records still available?
Any new information which comes to light we shall
be glad to pass on to your website.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Mary Lindsay Cox
My name is Gibbings, Chris Gibbings. My family go
back to 1659 in Bampton and Oakford North Devon (about
25 miles away). I was recently on a trip to Western
Australia and found a Gibbings Road where I found
a farming/ charming old lady who was a Miss Gibbings
and can take her family back to Nicholas Gibbings
in 1753 at Frogbury Farm, Coldridge. Her direct relation
a William Gibbings arrived in Australia in 1886 with
his wife and nine children. I can see from the web
site a number of Gibbings’s were buried in the
local church. If there any left or anyone wants to
know more about this family history or can establish
a link between the Coldridge and Bampton I would be
interested in hearing from them.
All the best. Chris
I am currently tracing my family history and have
recently discovered that my great-grandfather may
have come from Coldridge. Just having a look at the
pictures on the website leaves me with an awesome
feeling - I almost feel that this is where I come
from, even though it is a long way from South Africa.
Is there someone that may be able to help me in tracing
a few details about my family in Devon. My great-grandfather
was Thomas Connett Linscott and was born in about
1862. There is a strong chance that he may have been
baptised in St Matthews Church. I am looking for his
parents names and any other information that may help
me put the pieces of the puzzle together. He had a
brother, by the name of Jack Linscott.
Please could you send me the contact details of someone
who may be able to help me. Obviously coming all the
way to Devon is a bit difficult at the moment, but
I do have continual access to email. Thank you for
Regards Rev. Delme Linscott - South
I have links with Coldridge in that some of my ancestors
are buried in St Matthew’s churchyard there.
I wonder if anyone has any information about the Han(d)cock
family please? One of the many, my GG Grandfather
Samuel, was the landlord of the Stag’s Head
Inn in the 1850’s – he died 25th October
1865. Would any of the villagers have any photographs
of the old public house please, perhaps? Anything
that can add to my family history would be very much
appreciated. If anyone living is related to the family
I would be happy to share my files with them too.
Many thanks. Carol Pickett
Lovely of you to get back to me so quickly, thanks.
I think the website idea is brilliant as Coldridge
has such a lot of history from all accounts. We visited
there 2 years ago with my parents – sadly my
dad died last September but at least he was able to
see where his maternal ancestors came from and we
had a lovely walk around the village. Apparently there
were several public houses there originally but over
time they disappeared, but the Stags Head was in the
square diagonally opposite to the church I believe.
I think Smiths Cottage has been rebuilt too. I don’t
mind if you use a little of our family history on
your website, but unfortunately I have no pictures.
Best wishes Carol
I am researching my family from England and was thrilled
to discover your wonderful site with so much information
and photos to show the surrounding countryside. My
great-great grandparents were Richard Stoneman and
Mary Ann Diamond. I have very little information on
them but I understand they are buried at Allerbridge
- is this part of Coldridge? Do you know of anyone
who would be willing to get birth and death dates
from their tombstones and maybe even digital pictures.
I would be most willing to reimburse for any expenses
involved. Thank you very much for your time and I
appreciate any help you can provide.
Kindest regards, Donna Turcotte - Springside, Saskatchewan,
We are off to Romania this New Year with our Romanian
friend, so as we where looking at site's of her home
town i thought i'd show her my home! Tis sightly strange
though, being able to show her the houses i grew up
in and the surrounding area that holds so many great
memories, not mention being able to point out my father's
bold head and my little cousins!!
Take care, much love Mel Stanbury
I enjoyed your website very
much. Just disappointed that I was unable to download
a photo of the outside of the church though, being
as so many of my ancestors lived in Coldridge, and
I am unlikely to be able to visit myself.Please
would it be possible to tell me if there is a place
called East Leigh nearby? I would really appreciate
it. Just looked at the rest
of the photos and seen that East Leigh seems to be
just a few cottages. Is that correct, and is it just
a part of Coldridge?
Many thanks - Sheila in sunny
It was a delight to see your Coldridge photographs
- lovely site - and of special interest to me as Coldridge
was the residence of my g. grandmother, Sarah Ann
Turner. At the time of her marriage to g, grandfather
Richard Alford she was living at 'Westercott '- or
similar. Very likely it doesn't exist now, or the
name has changed, but if you should happen to have
heard of such a dwelling I'd be delighted to hear
from you. Thanks again for the beautiful views.
Best wishes, Christine Morgan
I was fascinated in finding your website. I have been
researching my Grandfathers family name, which is
Coldridge, and came across your site. I had no idea
that there was a town by that name in existance in
Devon. I did find a town in the US by that name, in
the state of Nebraska I believe, but have not been
able to find any more about it other than that it
exists, or maybe used to exist. My Grandfather came
from what I understand was a village at that time,
Newton Abbot. It was sometime around the turn of the
last century. I have not found any of my blood family
that I know of yet, although I found other Coldridges,Colridges,
Colrigges, Coleridges, and one or two others that
I can't remember at the moment.
My question to you is, do you
know of any families named Coldridge that in the past
have moved from your area to the Newton Abbot area
or other areas of Devon. Could you point me in any
direction at all on the internet where I might find
more about the Coldridges of Devon. Thanks
in advance for any help you may be able to give me.
Jonathan Sarlo - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
I was wondering if you have heard of a farm in the
Coldridge area by the name of Millallers. My DART
family were agriculteral labourers on that farm in
Regards Rhonda - Australia
I am currently putting together my family history
web site. My earlist ancestor George Hellier was christened
in Coldridge in 1560.
You have really lovely pictures of the area on your
site that would be of interest to others and add to
the information on my site With your permission, I
would very much like to include a link to your site.
With regards Alison McKay
Sorry! We are from Redditch Worcestershire. We spend
our holidays in Brean near Weston Super Mare, so we
will be paying Coldridge a visit next summer. It was
wonderful seeing where my Husbands roots originated
from. JOHN BORN moved from Coldridge in the 1800's
and went onto Exeter where he married, so we will
be planning a grand tour there also. From Exeter John's
grandson George moved to Weston then to Gloucester
and ended his day's in Birmingham. It was really strange
when we found out that George had been living in Weston
Super Mare. We had been parking our car on the very
spot he had been living in 1881. It was then a row
of cottages but was turned into Dolphin shopping centre
and a car park in 1971. Shame!
Once again thank you for a wonderful insight to Coldridge
it looks a lovely place to live.
Take Care - Kind Regards Jean and Colin Borne Redditch
Thank you for a wonderful insight to Coldridge. My
husbands G G Grandfather was born in Coldridge early
1800's JOHN BORN. It was really thrilling looking
at the places where he may have walked. We are in
the process of tracing JOHN BORN'S roots and plan
to visit Coldridge in the summer. Once again thank
you and the site is now firmly in our favourites.
Take Care Regards Jean BORNE.
I have been tracing my PACKER family tree back through
Tawstock to Winkleigh and then to Coldridge so it
was a great thrill when I was given your website.
My earliest recorded ancestor in Coldridge was Thomas
Packer son of John Packer and Margaret COOKRAY christened
11.10.1636 who married Joane SAUNDERS on 26th Apr.
1659. Other local names in my tree include WEY, SLEE,
REED, GIBBINS, RAYMONT, DART, WARREN etc. Is there
someone there who would like to share information
John EVANS. - New Zealand.
Earlier this year you were kind enough to refer me
John Smith who provided me with the baptism records
for my mother's family branch of the Luxtons. A couple
of weeks ago my wife and I had an opportunity to visit
Coldridge and the surrounding locations. John S. gave
us a tour of the church and it was wonderful to actually
see where many family members are buried. Also, the
school house where my mother was born in 1894 and
the adjoining school where both my grandparents were
teachers. We visited the Brushford church and again
were able to identify family names in the church and
in the church records. On the surface, life hasn't
changed much in these villages and it was refreshing
to be able to go back in time away from the urban
Kind regards, Richard. (Vancouver Island)
Great site we enjoyed
it very much. It was good to be able to see all the
pictures, especially the church. My wife and I came
to the village last year but the church was locked
and we were not able to see inside. We have a special
interest in the village as my wife has traced my ancestors
the Wadman's to the village and surrounding areas.
Back to the mid 1600's as we do not have a website
is it possible to post our information on your web
site. In hopes that a fellow genealogist may find
a link. My wife is a member of the DFHS. Once again
thanks for a great site.
Teresa & Brian Wadman.
I live in N.S.W Australia. My sister and I are having
a great time doing the family tree, we were both looking
at your photos at the same time last night and couldnt
wait to tell each other. All we know at the moment
is that our great grandmother Mary Ann Dart from Coldridge
married William Henry Matthews in 1874 at Coldridge.
He was from Zeal Monarchorum, so they came out sometime
after 1874. I would love to see Devon in real life
Regards Rhonda Chesson
I have just found out
that my great grandmother was born at coldridge and
moved to Australia sometime in the 1870s. Her name
was Mary Anne Dart who married William Henry Matthews
In 1874. Your photos bought tears to my eyes, they
were so beautiful.
I found the website for Coldridge village extremely
interesting. Its of particular interest to me as my
surname is also Coldridge.
It was fascinating to see the pictures of the area,
as although I've never visited the village it reminded
me of home.
Coming originally from South Wales, I grew up in Bath
(Avon) & spent a lot of time in similar countryside.
This letter is sent to you from Sydney Australia where
I now reside.
Regards, Martyn Coldridge - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Hello Ray: Greetings
from Western Canada (Vancouver Island).
Sorry not to have added my name at the end of my message
but it does indeed form part of my email address.
Thank you for responding so quickly to my enquiry.
I believe my mother (nee Luxton) was born in Coldridge
in 1893 so naturally, I am anxious to obtain any available
information. As I said, we shall be in the UK in April
and hope to visit your village. Thanks again, Richard
It Was a real joy to
come across your site.
I have many happy memories of the area dating back
over more than 30 years. I first came to the area
when I lived in London, when I stayed at Bow. I continued
to enjoy holidays in Devon for many years, but I have
been back for four years. I hope to return in 2002
to revisit some of the places that have wonderful
memories. Devon hospitality is truly wonderful and
I know why people want to come back. I do hope that
the terrible things that have happened to farmers
will not recur and that people will take a chance
to see the unspoilt Devon villages and try to understand
the farming heritage of our nation.
P. Turrell - Cheshire
I found your site by a search for Frogbury Farm (not
via Google, though!) and found it very interesting
reading through the visitors' comments on their family
trees or about their search for their ancestors.
Regarding the comment from Jean and Robert Borne from
Redditch about their ancestor John Born, I would like
to add that my Uncle Bob (Robert) Born inherited Frogbury
Farm in, I think, the early 1970s, being the eldest
child of Mabel Ellen and Norman Charles Born of Northlew.
He was (is) also presumably the oldest male of his
cousins and hence inherited the farm. During the 1970s
he sold some of the land from the farm to finance
the modernisation of Frogbury, but being unmarried
and also working in Exeter he sold it in 1976.
I also had a great uncle (Bob's uncle) Aubrey Born,
who lived in Coleridge and who died some time in the
If I can help anyone with information about the Borns
I would be pleased to give assistance! When I was
a child we spent a couple of summer holidays at Frogbury
and I remember it and the surrounding area with great
Kind regards, Kate Born. April 2010.