The People of Troopers Hill, Crews Hole & St George
As people tell us their memories we are gradually finding out more and more about the people who used to live and work around Troopers Hill. Many of the same surnames keep comming up, these are the surnames of the inhabitants of Crews Hole and Conham
listed in the 1881 Census.
Until the 1960s the area around the hill was much less built up that it is now. Crews Hole village was centred around the Lamb Inn until it closed in about 1956 and there were scattered cottages on the hillside above the Avon.
The various chapels and churches formed a focus point for the community. One of the chapels was the Methodist Chapel near the corner of Crews Hole Road and Troopers Hill Road - it has now been converted into flats.
One of our members gave us a copy of a photograph of the congregation taken in 1953. We printed the photo in the Summer 2008 edition of 'The Hill' and have been putting together the list of names of those who were there:
Troopers Hill Cottages
Until the 1950s some people lived in cottages imediately adjacent to the hill; there were four cottages forming Stone's Rank where the nursary on Crews Hole Road now stands and up a track on the west side of the hill was Rosary Cottage and Hillside Cottage the locations can be seen here:
We are lucky enough to have been contacted by people who's families lived in all these cottages and all have allowed us to post photographs which can be seen below - many thanks.
Perhaps the most remarkable photographs are those taken at Hillside Cottage. The surname of the family who lived there in the 1930s and 40s was 'Friend' they truely were the Friends of Troopers Hill.
Crews Hole Residents
A member of the Summers family contacted us with details of her ancestors who lived in the area. Their occupations as listed in census and other documents strongly reflect the history of the area - Coal Hewer; Steam Tug Boat Captain, Tar Distillery; Chemical Work Labourer; Coke Burner & Quarryman.
If anyone has more information about the Summers family please let us know and we will pass it on.