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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Sunday, 24 July 2011


Here's a family face you might not recognise - it took me a minute. Not seen him for years but this is Mick Barrett, son of Nibo (Fred) Barrett and his wife Peggy.  I've always known of Mick's interest in car racing since his very earliest days at the Peter Pan Go-Kart track in Southend on Sea as a tot and I knew he passed on his love of the sport to his son Daniel but I only had a vague idea of how that love had grown into a career. So, well done cousin!  Best wishes to you Mick and to Shelly - and Daniel looks pretty cool! Read about Mick and Daniel's career by clicking THIS LINK.

P.S. Mick, I think I still have your dad's old 8.mm films of your early days.


  1. When I was in England in 2001, Auntie Peggy told me lots about Michael and his career. I would never have recognised him in a million years. I wonder if Michael does have some cine films from the past. I also wonder how Aunty Peggy is getting on, she was very sprightly and as saucy as ever when I saw her at her home in Barking. Peggy was very special to me when I was a child, we lived in the same house for several years.

  2. For reasons I don't clearly recall, it's me that has Nibo's old cine films. I e-mailed Mick but have heard nothing yet. I'm not sure if Peggy is still at Barking but if she is Alvin and I will take a drive up there when he visits in a couple of weeks. Yes, of course, I also lived on the top floor of 44 (after you moved out) with Peggy and Nib on the floor below. Found out yesterday that Johnny Per died in 1998. Nice man.