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The Cawte Family

The Cawte Family

First identified in around 1820 there was a Thomas Cawte, a dairyman, born in Fareham in 1820. With his wife Emma, (b.1830), they raised a son George (b.1856), who also married an Emma (b.1855). Together they had 3 children, Charles George (b.abt.1876), Isobel...
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Richard Bethel

Richard Bethel

Son of Dr Richard Bethel of Bradford on Avon, he is reputed to have been a boarder at the Hungerford Almshouse School, before gaining a scholarship to Wadham College in 1818. In 1823 he was called to the Bar, attaining Queens Counsel in 1840. He was responsible for...
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Charles Bethel

Charles Bethel

Many generations of Corsham citizens have filled the comprehensive office of Town Crier/Ale Taster/Inspector of Weights & Measures. Whether Charles Bethel managed to contend with all these ‘strands’ is questionable, but there is no doubt that the bell and voice of...
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The Batley Family

The Batley Family

The Batley family probably came to Corsham in the early 1880’s. They were farmers, and John Batley, who originally came from Suffolk, had farmed at Sheldon Manor, Chippenham for many years, before coming to Corsham to take on a farm at Pockeridge. The 1881 census...
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Richard Balch

Richard Balch

Born in 1827, Richard Balch was married at the age of 24 and running the family business at no 11 High Street. Balch was an elected trustee of local charities, and a director of the troubled Gas and Water Companies of the day. He was appointed coroner for Corsham, an...
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