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, 31 January 2013


As soon as I'd finished the previous post I decided to write to The Norwood Society and see if I could find any more about The Rescue Society Maternity Home where Joe Slater was born. They kindly passed my e-mail on to Jerry Savage at the local library and he confirmed something that we suspected - that there had been a change in the street numbers and 89 Central Hill, originally built as The Red Lion public house and later taken over as a home for unmarried mothers, particularly, domestic servants, was renumbered as 99 and is now private flats.So, with the help of Google Maps, here is a picture of the house where Joe Slater was born in 1911.

99 (formerly 89) Central Hill

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