Collated by Mary Mason.


1471: At Westminster in the morrow of the Purification between John Spore cleric and John Staunton querents; and William Banard and Joan his wife, David Lewes and Alice his wife, and Richard Kayton deforciants; for a toft and sixty acres of pasture in Kenne and Clyvedon. William and Joan, David and Alice and Richard acknowledged the right of John Spore, and quit claimed to him for themselves and the heirs of Joan and Alice; for this John granted the same to Richard to hold of him for life; rendering per annum twenty shillings of silver, half at Eater and half at Michaelmas, and after the death of Richard to remain to William Colyns and Joan his wife and John Colyns their son to hold of the said John Spore for their lives, rendering therefor twenty shillings per annum, half at Easter and half at Michaelmas, and after their decease to revert to John Spore and his heirs.



“This village stands at the extremity of the hill westward from Tickenham, and is denominated, because the Cliff or Clive here rise with prodigious grandeur, and to a great height; on one of them, overlooking a vast extent of land and water, a tower formerly flood, called Wake`s-Tower, from the family of Wake, who were lords of the manor, and erected it as a place of observation. This tower has long since been demolished, and in its place, about the year 1738, Mr Elton built a summer-house, which is also gone to ruin. In this hill are several old lead mines, and that kind of ore is frequently found in digging near the surface. Lapis calaminaris also was formerly dug here. The ride to this village over the hill from Leigh-Down is justly esteemed the finest in the county.”

                                                                                    Reverend John Collinson, F.A.S. 1791.


1801: Clevedon population = 350 people.


1819 Sep 23. The two eldest sons of C.A.Elton, esq. Abraham and Charles, about 13 and 14 tears old, while amusing themselves apart from the rest of the family, on a small island called Bernbeck, near the bathing place at Weston-super-Mare, by the flowing of the tide on the causeway that separated the island from the shore, were drowned in their attempt to regain it. All search for  the bodies proved unavailing.
The bodies of the two youths eventually floated to the shore of the family estate at Clevedon, where they were buried by their grandfather, the Rev. Sir Abraham Elton, bart without permitting his son to share the renewed affliction of witnessing their injured remains.
Mr. Elton`s grief found vent and consolation, as his tone of mind recovered strength, in ``The Brothers, a Monody.``
History of Bristol. 1824  John Evans, Printer.


1851 May 10. A Mural tablet has just been placed in the Old church at Clevedon, bearing the following inscription: “ To the memory of Henry Fitzmaurice Hallam. Born Aug 31 1824. Killed at Sienna Oct 25 1850. In whose clear vivid understanding, sweetness of disposition and purity of life, an image of his elder brother was before, the eyes of those who had most loved him. Distinguished like him by early reputation and by the affection of many friends, he was like him also, cut off by a short illness in a foreign land. His father, deeply sensible of the blessing which he enjoyed in possessing such children as are commemorated in these tablets, submits to the righteous will of Heaven, which has ordained him to be their survivor.” The deceased was a son of the eminent historian and the friend whose early demise has been consecrated by Tennyson, the Poet Laureate, in his recent elegies stanzas entitled “ In Memoriam.” 


1852 Aug 7. Fatal Boat accident near Clevedon. A most painful sensation was created in Clevedon and its neighbourhood on Sunday evening last, by the rapid circulation of a rumour that four young men had been drowned by the upsetting of a small boat between that place and Weston-super-Mare, which rumour unhappily proved too true. It appears that on Sunday morning the deceased young men, named Lawrie, Tripp,George Hurdie and Palmer, the three men of whom were residents of Clevedon, and the latter a visitor, left that place for Weston-super-Mare, accompanied by a fifth, whom they were to leave at Weston until the following day, on a visit to some friends. They reached the latter place safely; and having landed their companion, started on their return trip about four o’clock. As the evening wore away, considerable anxiety began to be felt by their friends in Clevedon, as to their return which was heightened by the sudden dropping of the wind during the time when it was supposed they would be on their way home. Their friends watched and waited in vain- the night passed and the morning came, but they returned not. About ten o’clock Sunday night a sail was picked up at Clevedon, which was thought to belong to the boat , and on Monday morning evidence but too convincing of their fate was found in the boat, oars and hats of deceased near Kingston, about two miles from  Clevedon. Search was made throughout Monday for the bodies of the deceased, but without success. About six o’clock in the evening however, one of the bodies, that of Palmer, was washed on shore at Kingston-bay, whence it was returned to Clevedon Old-Church to await an inquest. Up to yesterday (Friday) afternoon no tidings had been heard of the other bodies. The inquest was to take place last evening; we have not heard the result.


1860 Nov 15. John Hurt for being drunk at Clevedon, on the 1st inst, was fined 5s. Charles Hill for a like offence was fined 5s. Mathew Hobbs, summoned for leaving a horse and cart on the Highway at Clevedon, on the 30th ult., and causing an obstruction, was fined 8s 6d.


1870 May 11. Marriage. At the Parish Church, Nempnett, by the Rev Samuel Trueman, Mr William Cottle of Clevedon, to Miss Anna Maria Morris, of the same parish.


1870 May 14. Marriage. May 9 at the Parish Church, Clevedon, by the Rev E H Fethergill, John eldest son of  Mr J Whitting, of Combwich to Elizabeth , second daughter of Mr W Jolliff, of Clevedon.


1870 May 14. Death. May 7 at Clevedon, Elizabeth the beloved wife of Mr James Crease, aged 47 years.


1870 May 14. Death May 8, at Orchard cottage, Clevedon Mr James Kiddell, aged 60 years.


1870 May 14. Death. May 11 at Albert Villa, Clevedon, Mr Thomas Somerton, aged 58.


1870 May 14. Death. May 12 at Stancliff house, Clevedon, Arthur Edwin, eldest son of Mr H Tinner, aged 8 years.


1870 Sep 24.Long Ashton Petty Sessions. John Main and Henry Hooper, for obstructing the highway at Clevedon, were fined the former 11s and the latter 6s.


1871 Sep 9. The Clerk read a letter from the Clevedon Board of Health, to the effect that they entertained a strong opinion that the beer-house licences were far too numerous for the wants of the district, and that a reduction in number would be a great benefit to the inhabitants and to the general public.  They drew special attention to seven houses, within a very short distance of each other, and very near the railway station.

The applications in the cases of William Halis, William Hancock, James Beecham, William Down, Mary Ann Marchant and George Rich, six of the beer-houses near Clevedon railway station, were adjourned for three weeks. 


1873 Apr 5. William Blackmore, charged with being drunk and disorderly and refusing to quit the Railway Arms at Clevedon was fined 27s including costs and in default was sent to prison for 14 days with hard labour.

Henry Staple and James Coombs were convicted of a similar offence at the Old Inn Clevedon. Staples was fined 8s and Coombs 10s including costs.


1878 Apr 1. Gross case of cruelty to a dog.

William Jarrett, of Clevedon, was summoned by Henry Willment, the Inspector to the Clevedon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for cruelly ill-treating a dog by violently beating it about the head and smashing the scull on the 11th March.

The circumstances of the case were that a man named Thomas Crease of Clevedon asked the defendant if he could cure a dog for him, something being the matter with his leg. The defendant said he could not without breaking the leg and resetting it. Crease said that should not be done and he would rather have the dog poisoned.

The defendant killed the dog by tying its mouth with a piece of cord and then beating its head to pieces. Sarah Garratt, Emily Rawlings and Ellen Cottle, who were in the house, proved hearing blows by the defendant and also the noise of the dog for five to six minutes, having previously seen defendant with the dog tied as described, and heard him say he was going to kill it. The bench fined the defendant £3 14s 10d including costs, or in default of payment 21 days hard labour.


1878 May 27. Arthur Plumley, a lad, of Clevedon was summoned by Mr Henry Willment, inspector of the Clevedon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for having on the 14th instant cruelly ill-treated a dog by wilfully throwing a stone,  stone, striking it in the head. The inspector stated that complaints of stone throwing in Clevedon, were frequent. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge, and was fined 13s 11d including costs, or seven days imprisonment.

Mr James Beecham of Clevedon, applied for an ejectment warrant against Sarah Burge; the necessary notices having been proved, the warrant was granted.

Charles Neads of Clevedon and William Blake of Walton in Gordano was summoned, for neglecting to provide sufficient elementary instruction for their children above the age of five years. The bench allowed ,Charles Neads to sent his child half time only.


1880 Nov 6. Mr George Purnell of Clevedon was summoned for selling milk to the prejudice of the purchaser, the same not being of the quality of the article demanded. P C Milburn proved purchasing two pennyworth of milk from the defendant on the 12th ult., and at the same time he informed him that he was going to hand it to the inspector to be analysed. The certificate of the analyst showed that the milk contained at least 13 per cent water. The defendant was informed by the chairman that he was liable to a penalty of £20 for the offence but they would inflict a penalty of £5 ponds and costs, 15s 11d.


1880 Sep 11. Charles Neads and William Blake of Clevedon, were each fined 10s including costs, for taking children into their employment contrary to the Education Act, 1876.


1880 Sep 11. James Jenkins of Clevedon, 8s 6d; Henry Brown of Clevedon 2s 6d, was fined for disobeying orders to send their children to school Mr Henry Tipper School Attendance Officer, proved the case.


1880 Sep 11. The license of the Rock and Pier-hotel, Clevedon was renewed to Mr Henry Amos.


1881 Jun 4. Henry Daniels a young man of Clevedon was charged with stealing on the 17th a small cask of beer, the property of Messrs. Edwin and Edgar Thatcher, brewers of Nailsea. He was further charged with stealing 17 dessert spoons, 18 dessert forks, 12 table spoons, 6 salt spoons and other articles the property of Mrs Whitemore of Copse Road, Clevedon, who keeps a grocer’s shop and a beer house. A number of the above articles were afterwards found at the house of William Blake, where the prisoner lodged, and which is near Mrs Whitemore’s house. Prisoner had told Blake’s wife that he was going to be married on Monday last to Mrs Whitemore’s servant. P C Tillay took all the articles from Mrs Blakes house to Mrs Whitemore, who identified them all. P C Symes proved finding a silver stud on the prisoner after he was in custody and also a knife which it was found the prisoner had stolen from a man named Rawlings, a carpenter, who had been working for him, which was identified.

John Morris in the employ of  Messrs Thatcher said he missed a 4½ galleon cask of beer from a dray in Copse Road on the 17th of May. James Davies of Clevedon proved seeing the prisoner carrying a cask of beer on his shoulder, the same day in the same road. Benjamin Pitts with whom the prisoner lodge proved the prisoner brought the cast of beer into the house on the day in question. The prisoner in answer to the charge, admitted he was guilty, and said he had been drinking. He was committed for trail at the quarter session, bail being allowed in two sureties of £50 each.



1882 Sep 21. The New Cemetery. At a special meeting of the Local Board of Health, held at the Public Hall yesterday, the following members being present, viz, Sir A H Elton, (chairman) and Messrs. W J Braikenridge, Thomas Hulme, Thomas Hartree and G J Caple. It was arranged to have the new cemetery opened on Monday next, but without ceremony. There were 10 applications for the post of sexton and gatekeeper, the choice of the board falling upon Mr John Gibson.


The donkey show, which was postponed last Wednesday owing to the weather, was held yesterday in the Herbert Gardens. The animals were judge by Mr Syms of Yeovil and Mr A Bath, veterinary surgeon, Westtown. The prizes were distributed as follows:

Saddle donkeys. !st Mrs Blake. 2nd Mrs Fortuna. Donkeys with chairs. !st George Coles. 2nd George Bacon; extra W Y Stuckey. Market Gardeners donkeys 1st James Blake, Weston in Gordano. 2nd Albert Kitchen, Tickenham. 3rd William Salmon, Portishead. Extra; William Watts, Clevedon.

Best donkeys in the show 1st Henry Payne, Yatton. Extra prizes; Thomas Stuckey, Clevedon and James Wilmott, Walton in Gordano.

Extra prizes were also kindly given to the donkey chair class by Lady Elton and Mrs Nicholetts to two unsuccessful competitors, F Ford and Plumley as consolation prizes.


 1882 Sep 30.Property sale; Venetian House, Hill-road, let at a rental of £67 and with a ground rent of 5s was sold by Mr Alonso Dawes at the Royal hotel on Monday to Mr Taddy for £900.


An inquest was held by Dr. Weatherly at the Rock and Pier hotel, on Monday evening, on the body of Albert Edward Rowley, seven years of age, who fell from the pier head on Sunday the 17th last. The deceased was the son of Robert Rowley of 22 Windsor Place, Bristol. Sarah Ann Rowley the mother, stated that the deceased went down the stairs a little in front of her. She saw him put his hand on the upper chain whist she was on the stairs, and then disappear. Other evidence having been given, a verdict of “Accidently death from drowning” was returned. The jury added as follows: “That the movable chain on the landings of the pier are not sufficient safeguards against such an accident.” The Pier-master stated that the directors had already met and decided to put extra safeguards on the landing stages.


Special Session Wednesday. Ten lads of Clevedon from 14 to 17 years of age, named George Burridge, Frederick Pritchard, Henry Durbis, Jack Palmer, William Blake, Joe Taylor, William Taylor, Henry Leakey, Frank Coles and Frederick Martin were summoned by Inspectot Aplin for cruelly beating donkeys at Walton on the 22nd. Burridge, who was  fined only a fortnight previously for a similar offence was sent to goal for seven days hard labour, six others were fined 5s each and costs, and the other three 3s 4d each, including costs or seven days each.


Abraham Pritchard of Clevedon summoned by P C Symes for riding on a wagon without reins, was fined 10s. Joseph Wade of Clevedon was fined 7s 6d; William Binding of the same place 6s and George Mead of the same place, 6s for obstructing the highway at Clevedon. P C Milburn proved the case.

Daniel Watts of Clevedon was fined 4s for not sending his children to school.

John Weeks of Walton in Gordano was fined £1 1s 7d for selling coffee adulterated to P C Symes on the 4th. The certificate of the county analyst was produced and the defendant pleaded guilty.


1882 Dec 30. On Thursday the driver and stoker of the train arriving here at 1 17 reported that they saw in the footpath near the railway in Ken a man lying apparently dead. By the kindness of the railway officials P C Symes was allowed to proceed by the train, which left almost immediately and to alight at the spot where a man was seen lying on his face. The body was still warm and was recognised as that of Henry Tinklin aged 27, of Ken. A messenger was at once dispatched to Mr Price Pizey, surgeon, Clevedon. Meanwhile assistance having been procured the man was taken to his father’s residence. On the arrival of the Doctor, within an hour, life was pronounced extinct. The coroner has been communicated with.

At the occasional Court-house on Thursday, Charles Canter, who had been apprehended by P C Milburn on warrant, was charged with assaulting Rose Bailey, at Clevedon on Saturday the 23rd inst. The prisoner pleaded guilty with striking her once. The complainant swore, that they had been living as man and wife, but were unmarried. Prisoner came home drunk and words passed between them, followed by blows from the prisoner, who had previously beaten her. He hit her on the eye and several times about the head and arms. He was sent to goal for 14 days, with hard labour.


1883 Jul 30. William Harwood in the employ of Messrs. Rich Brothers, bakers, of Chapel-hill, Clevedon, was charged, on remand, with embezzling several sums, amounting to 13s 6d, Mr Cock of Bridgwater, appeared for the defendant, who was sentenced to two months hard labour in Shepton Mallet goal.

William Palmer of Clevedon was fined £1 3s 6d for assaulting Charles Froud, at Walton on the 16th.

William Blake the elder of Clevedon, appeared to a summons charging him with assaulting Mr H E Osborn, inspector of cruelty to animals. The assault arose out of a case of cruelty to donkeys, by the defendants son. He was fined 9s 6d including costs.

William Blake the younger was fined 12s 6d for the cruelty, which was proved by the inspector.

Thomas Burridge and Henry Carey of Clevedon, were fined, the former 10s and the latter 7s 6d including costs for being drunk.


1883 Aug 27. William Canter, of Clevedon, appeared to a summons for assaulting George Apperley, “boots” at the Rock and Pier Hotel, on the 30th July. The defendant was drunk and asleep outside the bar, when Apperley woke him and requested him to move on. He thereupon struck the complainant a violent blow in the face and bit his thumb. Miss Hurle, barmaid, corroborated the witness, and the bench fined the defendant 10s and costs 8s or 3 days hard labour.


1883 Aug 27. Abraham Gooding, living near the beach, was summoned for assaulting his wife, Annie Gooding, on the 11th instant. The evidence disclosed ill treatment by the defendant for some time past towards his wife and mr Magill, solicitor, asked for a judicial separation. The complainant swore she was in bodily fear of her husband, and on the day in question he threw a fork at her which stuck into the table close by her. He was fined £1 8s including costs, or 21 days imprisonment and bound in £25 to keep the peace for 6 months.


1883 Aug 27. Frank Pritchard and Henry Durbin, two young men were summoned for trespassing in search of rabbits in a plantation, the property of Sir Philip Miles, Bart at Walton in Gordano on the 18th July. Charles Fround, gamekeeper, proved the case. They were each fined 11s 6d including costs. Pritchard, for giving a wrong name to the keeper, was fined a further 10s or seven days in each case.


1883 Aug 27. Edward Hancock and Charles Hancock of Clevedon, were charged with working a mare with sores on the 3rd instant. The case was proved and each defendant was fined 12s-6d, including costs.


1883 Aug 27. William Slocombe, of Clevedon, was summoned for working a mare in a very poor and emaciated condition and totally unfit for work. The inspector and Mr Batt, veterinary surgeon, gave evidence in support of the case, and the defendant undertaking not to work the animal again, he was ordered to pay the costs only, 16s.


1883 Aug 27. Charles Youde of Clevedon was summoned by P.C. Symes for being drunk on the Highway there on the 20th July. He pleaded guilty and was fined 10s or seven days.


1883 Aug 27. John Palmer, John Stone and Henry Prior of Clevedon were summoned by James Rich for wilfully breaking a gate on Sunday last, the property of Sir A.H. Elton, Bart by throwing stones at it. The case was proved, and each defendant was fined 10s 2d including costs.


1883 Aug 27 Louisa Neads was fined in two sums of 10s and 8s, Daniel Fortune in two sums of 8s each, William Baker 10s 6d, Elizabeth Blake 10s, Arthur Neads 10s, Frank Baker 8s, Charles Fortune 10s, Henry Fortune 10s, William Blake and George Blake 10s each, and George Fortune 3s for offences against the by-laws, and of the Clevedon Local Boardof Health.


1883 Sep 24. Petty Sessions.

George Purnell of Clevedon, was summoned by Inspector Osborn for working a mare in an unfit state, on the 30. The bench imposed a penalty of £1 16s including costs.

Walter Stuckey of Clevedon, was fined 17s for a similar offence.

Cornelius Collins of Clevedon was summoned by Inspector Osborn for ill-treating a horse on the 29 August. Fined £3 and costs.

Louisa Durbin was fined 7s for cruelly beating a donkey, at Clevedon, on the 30 August.

John Tripp of Clevedon, was summoned by Sergeant-Major Male, of the 1st Gloucester engineers for refusing to pay £3 15s, subscriptions and fines payable by him as a Volunteer. He was ordered to pay the amount and costs in one week.

George Vowles of Clevedon, was also ordered to pay a like sum, and to deliver up his uniform and pay 14s costs in one week.


1884 Jun 4. Henry Daniels, 26 years of age, a carpenter, was taken before Sir A H Elton, Bart, on Wednesday, charged by P C Milburn, with stealing a four and a half gallon cask of ale on the 17th

from a brewer’s dray, which was standing in Copse road, the property of Messrs. Thatcher, Nailsea. He was seen with the cask on his shoulder on the day in question, and had taken it to his lodgings in Copse-road, where the cask was identified. He was further charged with entering a bedroom at the Royal Oak, Copse-road, on Tuesday last, and breaking open a box containing plated goods and a chest of drawers, and stealing 17 dessert spoons, 16 dessert forks, 12 table spoons, six salt spoons a pair of carver-rests, a silver stud, etc. Sergt. Milburn and P C Symes found several of the stolen articles in his possession at his lodgings (Blakes) including 13 dessert spoons, six salt spoons, three table spoons, a tea spoon, the carver-rests, the silver stud nine dessert forks, three table spoons, and the satin skirt. He was remanded to the Long Ashton Petty Sessions.


1885 May 21. Alfred Vines 18, was yesterday charged with stealing from his employer, Mr D Charles, grocer, the following articles: A shoe brush, a pot of glycerine, a cigar holder, 7 rings, 2 crosses, 3 pendants, 2 pair of earrings and a brooch. He was remanded till the petty session at Long Ashton on Friday.


1885 Jun 29. Mr Joseph Dilke of Clevedon appeared to a summons for allowing his rowing boat to be used for pleasure without having on board a licensed waterman to conduct and manage the same, on the 1st June. The defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined 10s including costs, and also informed that any future case of the like would be dealt with much more severely.

James Jenkins of Clevedon, was summoned by the School Attendant Committee for taken into his employment his child Ellen Jenkins, under 14, who had not obtained the necessary certificate at school. Defendant was fined 12s including costs. The same defendant was summoned for not sending the same girl, also Charles, another child, to school, and he was fined 3s.

Charles Fry of Clevedon, was fined 1s, for not sending his child, George, to school.


1885 Aug 24. Mr Bryant of the Railway Arms, Clevedon, was summoned for assaulting James Burge and Fanny Burge his wife, at his public house, on the 24th of July. There was a cross Summons against Burge for assaulting Mr Bryant, and he was also charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Railway Arms on the same day when requested. Mr H R Wanabrough appeared for Mr Bryant. The evidence was of a very conflicting nature, and the bench decided to dismiss all the cases except the assault on Mr Bryant, for which Burge was fines £2 1s 9d including costs, or a months imprisonment.


1885 Aug 24 George Burridge of Clevedon, who did not appear, was charged with trespassing in search of game, at Walton, on the 25th December. Another man named Blake, in company with the present defendant, had already been convicted, but Burridge had kept out of the way. He was fined 16s 6d, including costs or 14 days.


1885 Sep 5. School Treat—The annual treat to the parish day and Sunday school took place yesterday in the Vicarage grounds were tea was served to about 600 scholars, including the Bible classes conducted by Mrs Colonel Cooke and Miss Woodward. Various amusements were indulged in. Lady Elton was among the visitors.


1886 Jan 16 William Bale and Henry Fortune, two boys, were charged with stealing six pigeons, the property of Mr Hy. Broad, chemist, Clevedon. The pigeons were seen safe on Saturday the 9th inst and missed by complainant on the Monday. Suspicion fell upon defendants and the police having been communicated with, defendants were interviewed, and at once confessed their guilt. The boys pleaded guilty, and their mothers asked the magistrates to deal with the case. Bale received a bad character from the police, Sergt. White stating he had stolen a pair of brushes from a shop at Clevedon, but that the owner would not prosecute. Mr Broad having expressed disinclination to press the charge, Bale was ordered to receive twelve strokes and Fortune six strokes of the birch rod.


1888 Oct 4. Regatta at Clevedon. The boatman’s regatta came off yesterday in favourable weather. The contests were confined to local boats. The Managing Committee consisted of boat-owners, and were: Captain Cook (chairman), Messrs. H May, W Baker, T Fryer, J Warren and W Blake. Captain Cook acted as umpire, and the duties starter, were undertaken by Mr J Blackmore. The regatta commenced at 11 o’clock, and the different events followed each other without waste of time. The matches resulted as follows:

First Match: First class sailing, 20 ft boats, 1st £1, Telephone (Rowles). 2nd 18s, Mermaid (Baker). 3rd 16s, Seabird (Fryer). 4th 14s, Waterlily (May). 5th 12s, Leisure Hour (Cox).

Second Match: First class four-oared rowing: 1st £1 Lady of the Bay (Baker). 2nd 10s, Surprise  (Hamlin).

Third Match: Second class sailing boats under 17 ft: 1st 12s, Evelyn (Warren). 2nd 10s, Teaser (Rowles), 3rd Nancy Lee (Parsons).

Fourth Match: Second class four-oared rowing 20 ft boats. 1st 15s, Mermaid (Baker). 2nd 12s, Lively (Dilke). 3rd 10s, Telephone, (Rowles). 4th 8s, Waterlily (May). 5th 6s, Seabird (Fryer).

Fifth Match: First class pair-oared: 1st 15s Lady of the Bay (Baker). 2nd 10s Surprise (Hamlin).

Sixth Match: Second class pair-oared. No coxswain: 1st 14s, Express (Dilke). 2nd 12s, Evelyn (Warren). 3rd 10s, Swift (Hamlin). 4th 8s Teaser (Rowles). 5th  6s, Minnie (Baker).


1891 Jan 13. Clevedon Libel Action. An action was tried in which the Rev. John Vicars Foot, vicar of All Saints, East Clevedon, sued Sir Edmund Elton, Bart. to recover damages for alleged libel. The defence pleaded was that the statement made were privileged, and were not libelious.

Mr Lawson Walton in opening the case, stated that the plaintiff, by his action, sought to put an end to certain suggested charges which reflected seriously upon his clerical character. Sir Edmunt Elton resided at Clevedon, and was joint patron of the living and lord of the manor. The plaintiff was a clergyman of eleven years standing. He married a niece of Sir Elton and he appointed a clergyman named Fraser to act as his locum tenens while away on his honeymoon. During his absence Mr Fraser became an intimate friend of Sir Eltons. On his return he heard certain statements made which reflected upon the personal character of Mr Fraser, whom he thereupon dismissed from the position of assistant. Sir Elton took offence at this and subsequently Mr Fraser brought an action against the plaintiff for slander. At the trial Sir Elton was an ardent partisan of Mr Fraser and gave evidence in his favour. The jury returned a verdict for Mr Fraser, whom they awarded £300 pounds damages.


1892 Sep 16. The jury of the Tasmanian International Exhibition have awarded Elton Ware the “extra special award” the highest attainment.


1896 Jun 6. At five o’ clock on Tuesday the Fire Brigade was summoned to Salisbury farm, where a part of a hay rick and adjoining outhouses were in full blaze. Some of the hay was saved and although an outhouse was entirely consumed, the flames were kept from reaching a thatched shed in close proximity to the farm-house, a part of which was also thatched. Fortunately there was no wind at the time, and the property is insured.


1899 Sep 22. A serious carriage accident occurred yesterday afternoon (Thursday) from the fright to the horses occasioned by a motor car. Dr. Skinner, with his wife and daughter, was riding home to Clevedon from Nightingale Valley, when the motor car turned suddenly round the corner near Weston in Gordano church. The coachman signalled the driver to stop, but his uplifted hand appears to have been unnoticed by the two gentlemen in the car, who, singularly enough were both medical men. One of the horses shield and darted into the hedge, the pole of the carriage broke with the impact, and both horses rushed blindly against a dead wall. The carriage was open, and Dr. Skinner was thrown clear from the vehicle, which completely turned over upon the two ladies. Fortunately the coachman (Kibble) fell into the hedge, where he held on, and so escaped serious injury. Dr Skinner and his daughter were at first unconscious, the former having received a blow on the head. Mrs Skinner miraculously escaped with a severe shaking and fright. The horses were much injured, especially the younger of them, which took the fright. The carriage was wrecked.


1899 Sep 22. William Marks died 18 September 1899, aged 70. Mourners included Mr and Mrs W H Marks, F Marks, E Marks, F Hardwick, Mrs Neal, Kemp Bristol, Mrs D Hatch, and Mr Pullen, whilst among those who followed were Messrs W G Westlake, F Sweet, G T Bellew, J F Latham, F Wickenden, Wells, C Smith, etc.


1899 Nov 7. The unfortunate young man William Muste, whose accident was reported in the Bristol Mercury of Friday, succumbed to his injuries towards midnight of that day at the cottage hospital. Dr. Clarence Wigan assisted by Dr Harris performed a double amputation, first at the brick works, when the foot was cut off to allow of the mans extrication from the machinery and afterwards when it was deemed advisable to take off the leg.


1899 Nov 7. The death occurred on Friday of Mr Edward Hagley, one of the principal trades man of the town. Mr Hagley had only kept his bed a week, suffering from influenza, followed by pneumonia. The deceased, who was much respected, carried on a very successful drapery business in Hill road. He had been connected with the governing bodies of the town, having been a member of the old Local Board of Health and subsequently of the Urban District Council. For some years he was churchwarden of Christ Church. He leaves four grown up sons, one of whom is married, and also a married daughter.


1900 Feb 10. The unusual event of a double funeral occurred on Tuesday afternoon in the cemetery, the deceased being two sisters, Mrs Griffths, widow of the late Rev Thomas Griffths, and Miss Williams, daughter of the late Robert Williams of Aberavon. Both ladies lived at Westdene and were the victims of influenza. They were interred in one grave, the service being conducted by the Rev T J Williams curate of Clevedon. There were no flowers, by request, and the mourners were relatives.


1900 Mar 3. Birth. Feb 25 at Southside, Clevedon, the wife of Robert Pape, of a son.

1900 Mar 3. Death. February 21 at Chapel Hill, Clevedon, Hester, widow of Mr William Slocombe, aged 82 years.