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The CookFamily, Killed in a Coal Pit

Killed in a Coal Pit – Tragedy at Golden Valley, Bitton 1882

On Sunday 26 March 1882, smoke was seen billowing from the top of the New Pit, in Golden Valley, Bitton. Abraham Cook, 55, the bailiff, insisted on going down the pit, against the better...

Some Commonwealth marriages 1653-1660

During the English Civil War and Commonwealth period between 1653 – 1660, births, marriages and deaths were poorly kept and those recorded by civil officers, confusingly called Parish Registers, in place of the dispossessed...