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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Friday, 22 July 2011


Time for some pictorial trivia!  Polly Abbotts lived in  Queen's Crescent prior to her marriage. Queen's Crescent is one of London's street markets (still going today as you can see in the picture above) and holds a little place in London retail history. The Sainsbury family opened their original shop in Drury Lane but in 1873 the family moved to live above their new shop at 159 Queen's Crescent. This shop was a dairy selling milk, cheese, eggs and butter.

159 Queen's Crescent

When the shop was closed customers could buy milk through a device in the shop door known as a "Mechanical Cow".  A few years later a second shop was opened at 151 which specialised in ham and bacon which the family imported from Ireland and Denmark. From these modest beginnings sprung the giant supermarket chain we know today.

Jack Abbotts was a bricklayer so it seems appropriate to have a picture of some Victorian era gents engaged in similar work.

I was fascinated to learn that my grandmother Esther and her younger sister Daisy (whom I remember in old age) both worked in a Pickle Factory (*See comment below). I assume it was situated in the Archway area, but where?  I'd love to know.  So, in tribute to pickle factory workers everywhere....

An American pickle factory in the 1880's


  1. If only we'd known we could have got hold of a life time supply of pickle! :-)

  2. Thanks to a nifty piece of research by cousin Alvin it seems highly probable that Esther and Daisy worked at Pinnock's Pickle Factory in Landseer Road, Upper Holloway.

  3. My Grandma Dell, also named Daisy, worked at The Magical Company, somewhere near Kentish Town I think. She made magic tricks and I got a box from her every Christmas. How's that for ancestral one-up-man-ship?

  4. I'd still go for the pickles!

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