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.

I'd like to ask anybody who reads this blog to give me some feedback. I'd really like this to be a two way thing. It sometimes unearths new information and, to be honest, it gives me encouragement. There will be two ways of providing feedback - either through the comment button (you will need a Google account for this) or via the e-mail address which appears on this page - alternatively, ring me. Now scroll down to read the latest entries.....and, of course, via Facebook.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Relatively trivial....

Here's a fascinating bit of trivia sent to me by cousin Sue.  If like Sue and I you grew up in Pemberton Gardens you would remember Gert Abbott.  Gert was the sister-in-law of Fred Abbott (husband of Florence Bayliss and Sue's Grandad). Geret was a familiar figure to us kids, particularly noticable because of her uniform - she was a warden at Holloway Women's prison.  One of Gert's sons was a playmate of mine and another became a workmate in later years.  I never knew her daughter, Rita, very well as she was older than me but Rita has been in the news recently as her and her husband refused to pay the levy imposed on Londoners to help pay for the Olympics.  Sadly, they lost their case and it has cost them a lot more than the original charge. If you'd like to read more click HERE,

More about life in Pemberton Gardens in the future.


  1. Good for them! It's not the money it's the principal!!! You know what happened over here in the Colonies when you tried that taxation without reprehensible thing! In solidarity with them, I'm going to dress up like a Red Indian and dump Olympics merchandise in Boston Harbour! Vive le revolucion, ay?

  2. Actually, it wouldn't be the FIRST time I was caught out on Saturday night wearing feathers....

  3. Ve hef vays of making you pay........!