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St. Jude's Church
published by Derrick Norton on Tue, 25/02/2020 - 19:21

Dear Pat,

I'm getting back to an email which you kindly sent to me last August! - hoping you might be able to help me further.

I sent the vicar at St. Jude's Church (now St. Andrew's) a couple of emails as you suggested, but he hasn't found any information.

I was able to visit Weston 11th-13th September (unfortunately not the Saturday) and the Heritage Open Days booklet says St. Jude's was "designed by Hans Price in 1887".

You suggested that George Dyer 1862-1934 was the most likely candidate as church builder, but he would have been aged 25. In the 1881 census he is a "Builder's Assistant" and in 1891 he is a "Contractor", presumably well supported by his Father who is a "Builder & Contractor".

I am wondering whether it might have been more of a family project. Do you have any indications pointing to George Dyer, please?

I have other questions, but thought it best to deal with them one at a time!
Many thanks for the supportive offers of the the Weston FHS.

Best wishes,


Reply from Pat Hase

I think you will find that the George DYER who built St Judes was William's son and he was born in about 1862 in Kewstoke. He died in 1934.  I found it quite difficult to find any documentation about the building of the Church.

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Submitted by Honey Langcaster-James on Thu, 04/06/2020 - 1:14

Hi, I recognised the name DYER. There was a George Dyer who was apprenticed to my 3 x great grandfather, Joseph James, a builder, in 1857. I have something written about him on my blog about my ancestor below. However the dates would be quite different so maybe it’s a different one? https://meetmyancestor.com/ancestors/joseph-james-1805-1875/

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