To answer your last question first he was buried on the 3rd July 1886 in Weston Cemetery Plot Number Tc 1489. There is no memorial on the grave.
I think that the fact that he was entered as "Unmarried" on the 1881 census may well have been an error on the part of the ennumerator who simply assumed that any grandson living with his grandmother would be single!
Not sure about the desertion from the Grenadier Guards. Where did you find that?
In 1911 William and Rosina Woolmington and their two daughters were at 71. He was described as a stationer and newsagent.
By 1939 the shop was run by Mary Stocker (widow) and her son Mervyn. It was now classed as a newsagent and tobacconist dealer.
Photo from Bill Caple - Meadow Street pictured decorated for the Coronation of King George 5th and Queen Mary in 1911.
According to the 1911 Census - John YOUNG, a greengrocer was at No 69. The H. HARDING & SON (behind the lamp post) at No 67 was a Chimney Sweep and George LONGLEY at No 59 was a Draper. You are quite correct in stating that the history of Meadow Street reflects the changing pattern of life.
Many thanks Pat. I adore the George and Mary celebration sign too!
Does the census state what was at 71 Meadow Street please, as that address is now contained within the modern Fish Bar restaurant
I've been looking at this DYER family. You may already have this but it seems that this William DYER was the s/o William DYER & Mary Ann (née TRIPP] and grandson of William DYER & Sarah [née HOLMES] who were married at Moorlinch in 1785 but were both "of Chelton" - probably Chilton Polden. Sarah died in 1799 and a William & Ann DYER started having children baptised in 1801 when Ann is described in the Baptismal Register of Chilton Polden as "Reputed" Wife of William DYER.
There is a marriage in St John's Bedminster, Bristol on 27 Oct 1800 of a William DYER and an Ann HOMES. I haven't seen the original entry but I'm wondering if this is the same William DYER and whether Ann and Sarah might have been related.
Sorry pat no connection.
My family circa east brent,
Cheer's mike dyer
This must indeed be the same William Dyer as my records confirm, baptized Wick St. Lawrence, Nov.1838 (my Gt G'father's brother).
I have all his census records, but only in his probate is he referred to as a "land agent" - previously farmer, builder & contractor.
The name "Smyth-Pigott estate" is new to me and any further information would be gratefully received and offered.