WELCOME TO THE BAYLISS LINE. This blog has been created for my family. By "my family" I mean all those who are related to the Bayliss family either by blood, marriage or even relationship. There are, of course, other Bayliss families not related to us but this blog has at its heart a very specific family who had their origins in Gloucestershire. I am connected to that family because my mother was a Bayliss and it was her curiosity that started my research back in the early 1990's. So, what are you likely to see on this blog? Well, as it is a blog, I want it to be as entertaining as possible rather that a dry listing of facts (that is for Ancestry.com). I will, hopefully, be posting entries on our ancestors and relatives, on the places where they lived, and the historical times they lived through. I have an extensive collection of photographs of people and places which I will, of course, be sharing.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011


One from my personal album showing me (on the right) wearing the beautiful High Mass vestments in my role as Sacristan at St.Alban the Martyr in Westcliff on Sea. Also in the picture are Mother Phyllis Owen and Fr.Phil Roberts. The occasion was the dedication of the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham in memory of my predesessor, Bill Sanders. If you have a personal picture you'd like to feature in this spot, e-mail it to me.


  1. Tapping's (we pronounced Tappin's) sweet shop was just around the corner from my Junior School in Hargrave Park and later on my daily route to High School in Chester Road. My friends and I used to spend hours with our noses on the glass of his sweet display trying to decide on what we could best spend our couple of pennies. He never rushed us. We thought he was great!

  2. Thanks for those memories Sue. I've reprinted them under Tom's photograph. Do you remember the other Dartmouth Park Hill sweet shop run by Mrs.FitzGerald (or Mrs Fitz) as we called her.
    Alvin got knocked down by a chauffer driven car outside that shop!

  3. A Rolls Royce no less, I always liked to do things in style!

    I was 6 at the time.

  4. That's just showing off, Alvin!