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Did the name Creech come from a person who lived in the town? 2011-12-28 09:14:39
Did the name Creech come from a person who lived in the town?
 
Randy Creech, USA
Reply Eric Chown 2014-12-13 11:03:55
Randy,

I know it is a long time since you enquired about the name Creech but I have just discovered an article which mentioned three people named Creech.
The first couple were Betty and Robert Creech. Also mentioned was Walter Creech who, it is said emigrated to America about 1870 and died in a fire at a Brooklyn Theatre in December 1876.

Kind regards
Reply Annette 2011-12-31 12:03:27
Sorry it wasn't named after a person called Creech.

There are two opinions of where the name Creech derives from.

Some believe (reference wikipedia) it derives from a 'creek' in the River Tone referring to the island near the Church.

The other suggestion reproduced from research by Creech Primary School in 1969 (visit the About section on this website) is that it is originally based on the British 'cruc' or Welsh 'crug' which means a hill.

In 1086 Creech St Michael was called 'Crice'
1100 'Criche'
1200 'Crich' or 'Crych'
1300 'Cryche'
1600 'Michael Creech'
1750 'Creech St Michael'

I hope this helps
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Please could you tell me the name of the two houses on the roundabout at North End? 2011-12-23 13:55:25
Please could you tell me the name of the two houses on the roundabout at North End on the lefthand side coming into Creech before the bungalows.
Reply Nigel 2012-01-09 13:34:30
Sure ... they are Laurel Villa and Ditsum Cottage. Do you know someone who lived there?
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Does anyone remember Harry and Edna Mawdsley? 2011-12-14 14:42:11
Does anyone remember my grandparents, Harry and Edna Mawdsley who lived at Mill Lodge from 1932-1967?
Paul Waterworth, Alresford, Hants
 
Reply Paul Waterworth 2011-12-19 13:05:08
Derek,

Thank you so much for your response. Sorry just to have discovered it. I do remember your mother's name. Grandad retired in 1967, when I was 11 years old. They had to decide whether to buy Mill Lodge, move back to Lancashire (where Edna's sister was still living), buy a new bungalow in Creech or move to near Cheltenham (where Harry's sister and family lived). In the end they chose the last option. They had about 10 very happy years at Bishop's Cleeve before Grandad (Harry) died. I remember your mother's name being mentioned at the time.

It is funny - only today I was describing the room layout of Mill Lodge to my wife. I can visualise every room and its furniture. The room facing the mill (sitting room) was only used for visitors! Most of the time it was unheated - I only remember it being used on Boxing Days when friends of my grandparents visted. I have nothing but happy memories associated with the house. Every Christmas, we would spend at Mill Lodge. I used to enjoy train spotting the steam and diesel engines. I would pester Grandad to take me to see the Chard steam engine when he returned from work.

It is nearly 45 years since I was last in the house. It had been flooded and snow had got into the roof one year. Wonder how it has changed! I saw on streetview that houses are being built on the land between the Parry's old house and the terrace. I used to feed Medical's chickens with bits of cabbage on that land. I think that there used to be an orchard there when my mother was a girl.

Please do pass on my email address to anyone who can remember Harry and Edna Mawdsley. Although they had lived in Creech for 33 years, they never lost their strong Lancashire accents.

Best wishes,

Paul Waterworth
Reply derek smart 2011-11-29 20:31:58
Hi Peter
My mother doris smart worked with and for Harry when he was a Manager at the Creech St Michael paper mill. Mill Lodge was a tied and tenanted house and when Harry retired my mother was offered the house as a tenant. My parents passed away in the early 90's and I now live here much of the time.
Mill Lodge I understand was the original Mill Managers house and I believe was where Mill workers 'clocked in' every day,
You really should make contact with people who worked at the Mill in the 50s/60's and if you e mail me direct I will ask them if it is ok for you to make contact with them. Regards Derek
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