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


I like to discover trivia about places and streets where members of our family lived and while writing my post on Marlborough Road (below) I completely forgot to mention a famous name who gave the street a little spot of its own in history.

Marie Stopes (above) was a pioneer of sex education and birth control. She trained as a scientist at University College London but the failure of her first marriage led her to study sex education and contraception. In 1918, she published a controversial but popular book, ‘Married Love’, and in 1921, she opened the first birth control clinic in Britain in Marlborough Road, Holloway. The clinic, which remained there until 1925, offered free services and advice to married women. Marie Stopes International now operates in more than 30 countries.


  1. As it closed before I was born I never heard of it.
    I wonder if there is a blue plaque on the site?

  2. I had a vague memory of seeing a plaque there and I checked it out on Google Maps. There is a plaque there over the shop (now empty) but it does not seem to be a blue one. So the answer is:yes there is a plaque but not a blue one.