The settlement of Tidenham is a cluster of houses near to the Parish Church. There was a school until 1953, the school building is now a dwelling.
The large house, Tidenham Manor, was destroyed by fire in 1968  and after being ruined for over thirty years has now been rebuilt.
The manor was the home of the Morgan family who gained ownership through the marriage of Charles Henry Morgan, the vicar of Tidenham,¬† with Frances Williams who had inherited the house under a settlement with her sister Temperance Maria and her husband John Buckle. The estate also included¬† Philpott’s Court and Wallhope Farm.

The house then passed to their son Thomas Henry who had married Christiana Brice of Bristol and Frenchay.

Maria Christana Brice was baptised in Winterbourne parish Church in February 1799, her father Edward was a solicitor and the Brice family were also sugar importers and members of the Merchant Venturers.


5 thoughts on “Tidenham

  1. Sue Wallbank says:

    Thank you very much for your donation of ‘Churches and Chapels of the Parish of Tidenham’ to Chepstow Library. It is much appreciated and is, at present, awaiting cataloguing before distribution to Chepstow.

  2. Robert William Jesse Embling says:

    I am seeking any information on the family of Price’s living at Tidenham in the 1800’s. My grandmother was Grace Mary Price born at Chepstow on 14th April 1880, her father was Albert Price and her mother was Alice Price (maiden name white) Albert was from Woolaston. Grace had seven brothers and two sisters, her oldest brother was Alfred White believed to have been born out of wedlock. One of her other brothers was Gideon Price who was the landlord for several years at The Red Lion pub at Blaisdon. Also one of her sisters was Lilly Price who married a Fred Watts and ran a farm near Newnham.

    I list below her other brothers and sister:-
    Stanley, Evan, Allan, Eli, William & Eliza May.

    Any history would be helpful and most appreciated as I am trying to write up some of the family history of my late grandmother.

    Yours sincerely,
    Bob Embling.

    1. Lesley Plant says:

      my g-g-grandmother Elizabeth Price, daughter of George Price and Mary (?) was born abt April 1829 in Woolaston (baptised 10th May 1829 at Avington). She married John Morrish 14 Apr 1850 at Wollaston, and died 24 Apr 1919 in Leominster. I am wondering if we are connected to your family – do you have these names in earlier generations of your family tree?
      best regards, Lesley

  3. MF says:

    I would like to contact Liz McBride about those named on the Tidenham War Memorial tablets. The email address I had for her in 2014 appears to be discontinued?

  4. Les Bennett says:

    Hello to all.

    My Great, Great, Great Grand Father was a Tidenham farmer. He was born around the late 1700’s
    His name was Thomas Williams and his wife was another Tidenham resident – Elizabeth Simmons (Semmons). They had at least two sons – a Thomas Junior Born 1810 in Tidenham and John (Charles) born circa 1820 in Tintern Parva. Both Thomas junior and John were baptized in St. Mary’s church Tidenham – 1811 and 1821 respectively.
    Thomas Junior married a Maria Morgan (born Chepstow 1809) around 1836
    John married a Frances (Fanny) Peterken (born Portchester 1823) in Poplar, London in 1846.

    Both Thomas jnr and John forego the farming profession and both trained as shipwrights in Chepstow and later relocated to the East London dock area. They specialised in Gun carriages and blocks.
    Thomas and his Maria lived in Woolwich while John and Fanny lived in Poplar.

    During 1853 they found there professions dwindling due to the new iron ships taking over from sale.
    They attended some meetings of firebrand women’s and family activist Caroline Chisolm as well as another Wesleyan Methodist minister where the situation in the goldfields of Australia were discussed.
    Many British men had left their wives and children behind in the U.K. plus there was a huge lack of qualified tradesman and artisans out in Australia.

    The Williams brothers in concert with three other partners bought a ship named the Gazzelle and in September 1853, sailed off to the port of Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
    The ship carried other paying passengers.
    All potential passengers and crew were vetted to be of good standing and be of the Wesleyan Methodist faith.
    The ship arrived in Geelong December 1853 after a three month journey at sea. From the time the ship left the East London dock land wasn’t sighted until the light house at Port Fairy Victoria was spotted. The navigation was 1 mile out. The captain was 26 years old.

    The Williams brothers took up residence in Geelong where they quickly established themselves as building contractors. There were numerous contracts for government buildings, churches, schools and road bridges.
    Sometime in the late 1850’s John Williams relocated to the Ballarat area Goldfields.
    Thomas Williams died in Geelong in 1877, his wife Maria died in Geelong in 1870. They were childless.
    John Williams died in Ballarat in 1900, His wife Frances in 1899. They had 6 children together however only three made it to adulthood.

    If there are any other descendants of Thomas Williams and Elizabeth Simmons of Tidenham, I’d like to hear from them.


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