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.

Friday, 24 August 2012


Apologies for the lack of posts recently. August has been a particularly busy month for me both in my work at St.Alban's church and personally, so I decided to take a little sabbatical from the blog and this will probably last until mid-September.  I was hoping to start work on the article on my aunt Esther Bayliss/Slater but although I dined with her son Ian and his family this week I really want to wait until I can get together with both Ian and his brother Robin and we do have plans to do this soon. It seems silly to rush ahead and do the article when they will no doubt have some good stories to tell.

I also plan a visit during September to The Imperial War Museum at Lambeth in London and next year, hopefully, a visit to the First World War battlefields and military cemeteries on The Somme and maybe a visit to Cheltenham in Gloucestershire to visit Charlton Kings to see the house (still standing I believe) where my great great grandfather lived before making the move to London in the 1840s. If possible at that time I will try to link up with cousin Sally Bayliss.

Over on the companion blog, DOWN THESE STREETS I will soon be writing a more personal than usual article which will deal with the street where I spent the first seven years of my own working life, Wardour Street, in London's Soho.

In the next few days I will endeavor  to publish some more photos of interest from my collection.

Thanks for your patience.


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