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Census Data

Data extracted for local village

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Kellys Directories for Bawdrip

extracts for the village for the following years

click on the year              1895      1914     1923    1935    1939    1954

Kellys Directory for Bridgwater and Villages

Complete for the area and village for 1957

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Mentioned in the Doomsday Book


 1312 church-built.jpg

 St Michaels and All Angels Church built


 1330 rectory.jpg



 1532 tudor-court.jpg

Tudor Court



 Knowle Inn



Eleanor Lovell Tragedy


 1650 kings farm

 Kings Farm


 ford farm

Ford Farm


barkers farmw

Barkers Farm


 school with bungalow First Village School 1763
 1795 ksd built

King Sedgemoor Drain built



Uplands House


 1800 little house

Little House


 sion chapel

Sion Chapel, Bath Road


1830 knowle hall 

Knowle Hall Built


 1851 school built

Bawdrip Infants School


 1864 knowle tower

Knowle Tower built


 1890 railway opens

Bridgwater Branch Railway Opened


 19000915 bridgwater races advert

Final Crook Bend Racecourse Meet


1923 Bawdrip station 

Bawdrip Halt opened


Flower show and fete Knowle Park June 1925 post card 

Village Flower Show begins


 1925 Parish hall

Parish Hall opened



Silver Fish Café Opened


 1939 ks drain widening

King Sedgemoor Drain widened


 1864 knowle tower

Knowle Tower demolished


 1952 Railway closes

Bridgwater Branch Railway closed


 File 18 KSD Cary SRA Green Folder b839

Silver Fish Café demolished



Bawdrip Infants School extended



Skylark Meadow purchased by Plantlife



Sustrans path opened


 clock repair

Bawdrip Church Clock restored


 railway land

Former Railway Land owned by Village


The School

In 1763 there is mention of “a parish school house” in a cottage which had previously belonged to a Francis Lane and for which he had been paying a rental of 1s since 1725. This cottage was situated on Bawdrip Green.  Although not a school as we would imagine, but more of a creche for farm labourers’ children. The “teachers” were untrained and uneducated themselves.  Discipline was usually high on the agenda!

In 1819 several schools taught a total of c. 20 children and the same number attended Sunday school. By 1825 43 children attended three-day schools supported by parents and 45 went to the Sunday school which continued until 1846 or later. A Dissenting Sunday school, begun in 1822, gave free instruction to 20 children in 1835. There was only one day school, with 11 pupils, in that year but by 1846 two dame schools taught 26 children.

Before 1859 the pupils were taught in a barn near to where the school was eventually built.

Built in 1859, enlarged in 1897, on a site that was once a barn.  Schools only became compulsory in Victorian times and rural teachers were generally untrained.

In the 1860s there was a dame school at Bradney.

On the 12 August 1881 the school was subjected to an inspection by a Rev. W. Michel who reported as follows “school work is going on steadily and hopefully.  The answering throughout was very fair, the repetition good, the written work in every way deserving of praise.  The lads belonging to the Sunday school acquitted themselves with credit.  They show a very satisfactory knowledge of the Bible, Catechism and prayer-book which they must hold fast.”

53 pupils were listed in 1903, it became a Council School in 1919.

Before 1930 only 1 in 20 children of agricultural labourers went on to secondary education.

Numbers fell to 29 in 1935 and 32 in 1965.

In 1966 the school was restricted to children under eight and in 1988 there were about 35 children on the register. 1994 the school was rebuilt but incorporated the original 1859 structure (see also Fern Cottage for reference to other schools in the village).

St. Andrew's boarding school for boys was based at Knowle Hall from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Read more about the school (click here)

school advert 1957

 1919 bawdrip school

Bawdrip school group c. 1920

Phillip Porter, a life time resident of Bawdrip, identified the schoolchildren as follows:

Front Row: Willie Burston, Harry Dinham, other unknown

2nd row – Duckie Webb, Evelyn Burston, Mabel Gilbert, Freda May, Vera Hector, Edie Dinham, Marjorie Lynham, Evelyn Lynham, Jack Lynham

3rd row – Minnie Stone, Cliff March, Reg March, John Burston, Jack Crane, Sidney Crocker, ? , Cecil Wensley, Leslie Crocker, Cliff Durston, Charlie Cox

Back row – Vera Williams, Dulcie Sellick, Dorothy Hector, Emily Stone, Ethel Durston and May Cox

3rd row – Dickie Webb, Evelyn Burston, Mabel Gilbert, Freda May, Vera Hector, Edie Dinham, Marjorie Lynham, Evelyn Lynham, Jack Lynham


School classroom c. late 1940s

1940 inside

The above photo will have been taken late 1940s as the last entry on the Free Places Board at the top of the photo has the last entry at 1944.

The Free Place schoolchildren are given as:

Lesley Warner 1944,           Maureen Davies 1942,        Edna Cox 1940, Yvonne Ricardo 1938,             Donald Rouault and John Toogood 1937,

Ruby Cox 1936,                   Eric Toghill 1935,                 George Sellick 1933, Emily Sellick 1932,       Margaret Gilbert 1931,        Cecil Conduit 1927.

The Free Places Board has survived as has the School Log book from 1945 to 1994.



 1. S.R.O., DD/CH 47.              2. Educ. of Poor Digest, p. 773. 

 3.  Ann. Rep. B. & W. Dioc. Assoc. S.P.C.K. (1825-6), 44; Nat. Soc. Inquiry, 1846-7, Som. 2-3.

 4. Educ. Enq. Abstract, p. 794.

 5. Nat. Soc. Inquiry, 1846-7, Som. 2-3.        

 6. S.R.O., C/E 4/380/29; ibid. DD/CH 48; D/P/baw 23/1.                   7. Ibid. C/E 4/64.

 8. P.O. Dir. Som. (1861, 1866).         

 9. Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Som. Sch. Handbk. [c. 1954]; Ind. Schs. of Som. & Glos. [c. 1967]

 Details courtesy British History Online A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 6, andersfield, Cannington, and North Petherton Hundreds (Bridgwater and Neighbouring Parishes)

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The school sings around the Christmas Tree 2016

The School Website is here

This is the Bawdrip Archive 

Here you will find a variety of information and photographs about Bawdrip Village

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Our collection has been built up and added to since the foundation of the Group in 2012. The archive contains documents, books, maps, digitised newspaper articles as well as an important collection of local photographs relating to families, property, trade, church, school etc. A summary is shown below.


Category Sub Category Item Details Notes
Publication Magazine A History of Bawdrip and its Church Bawdrip PCC December 1986 A4 format
Media DVD Bawdrip in old photographs Photographs from the exhibition celebrating 700 years St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bawdrip   2 disc set  from July 2012
Publication Map Bawdrip Level Map Original print of 1904 Edition A0+ format
Publication Memories Bawdrip Profile Research from Census returns and Kellys Directories A4 format
Publication Memories Bawdrips WW1 Heros Details of the men from Bawdrip who died in conflict A4 format
Publication Magazine Church Report 1902 report of Church of St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bawdrip  A4 photocopy
Publication Book Kellys Directories Extracts of directories from1861- 1939 A4 format copies in binder
Publication Poster Knowle Hall Estate sale of land etc Laminated posters relating to sale on 29 November 1921 A3+ format
Publication Magazine Link Magazine Church Magazine Feb 1987. First edition of joint benefice publication A4 format
Media Searchable PDF files Link Magazine Church Magazine some 1981, 1997, 1998, 1999. Complete from 2000 onwards Back up data
Publication Memories Looking Back Life Story of Phyllis Burrow A4 format
Media Searchable PDF & JPG files Polden Post Articles Bawdrip events Back up data
Publication Poster Sale of Barkers Farm Poster relating to sale on 23 September 1914 A1+ format
Publication Hand written School Log Book Bawdrip Junior School Log Book detailing events from April 1945 to February 1995 Bound book
Publication Magazine The Church of St Michael the Archangel Bawdrip Reprinted from the Somerset Archeological Society Proceedings   (Bath Branch) 1933 Notes by J.G.H.Warren Member A5 format
Publication Book The Victorian History of the County of Somerset Volume VI - Bridgwater and Neighbouring Parishes pages 182-191
Publication Book Universal Home Doctor Owned by Nurse J A Badman, Laad-Soeren, New Road, Bawdrip Local Nurse dates form   9/10/66
Publication Memories WW1 Memorials of Bawdrip, Woolavington and Cossington Further details of the men from Bawdrip who died in conflict A4 format and cds
Publication Printed 1901 Bawdrip census Analysis of data A4 sheets
Media Searchable spreadsheet file and pdf 1911 Bawdrip census Analysis of data digital file online

PDF files

Kellys Directories

 extracts 1895- 1954

digital file online
Media PDF File Kellys Directory For Bridgwater 1957 data CD
Media PDF File Kellys Directory Somerset 1927 data CD
Brochure Printed Silver Fish Hotel Price list and facilities Original folded leaflet