Points of interest

Caretaker’s cottage

There must have been some sort of structure here in 1812 when the small (30ft x 50ft) piece of land was leased to the Jewish community, because the lease refers to the 'demise and land'.

Earlier research assumed that the cottage had been used as a prayer house (ohel). We cannot find any evidence to support this and we do not currently think that it was at any time used for religious purposes. We know from the rate books that the building was occupied from 1825 and that many people have lived in it over the years, some of whom have been identified as caretakers.

So for the moment we are calling it the 'caretakers cottage'. The idea that it was once a prayer house could date from the 1930s when permission was sought from change of use and I Greendown Place, Combe Down was registered as a 'Jewish chapel' by the Registrar General. 

Census information

1841

Jews Burial Ground, Combe Down

Charles Dowling – occ. Agricultural Labourer, aged 35 – b.1806

Mary Dowling – aged 35 – b.1806

4 children: Sophia (8) b.1833, Mark (5) b.1835, Eve (4) b.1837, Luke (4 months) b.1841

Lodger: Samuel Perry – occ. Agricultural Labourer, aged 20 – b.1821

1851

Jews Burying Ground, Lyncombe & Widcombe Parish, Bath

James Hillyer – occ. Quarry Labourer, aged 46 – b.1805 (Upham, Somerset)

Mary Ann Hillyer – aged 38 – b.1813 (Langdon, Somerset)

5 children: Arthur b.1831, Sarah b.1837, Elizabeth b.1841, James b.1845, David b.1850

1861

No record found

1871

No house numbers on returns for Greendown Place.

1881

1 Greendown Place

William Jones – occ. Miner, aged 33 – b1848 (Corsham)

Mary Jones – aged 29, b1852 (Bath)

1 child: John Williams aged 1 b1880

(a child she is looking after - ‘nurse child’)

1891

1 Greendown Place

John Moore – occ. General Labourer (here noted as b.1844)

Emma Moore – occ. Laundress (here noted as b.1846)

1901

No record found, but presumably the Moores, as in 1891 and 1911

1911

1 Greendown Place

John Moore – occ. Jobbing Gardener, aged 69 - b.1842 (Kilmersdon)

Emma Moore – occ. Laundress, aged 68 – b.1843 (Cardiff)

1911 forms are signed by the house-holder – John’s writing is a careful, neat copperplate script

1911 1 Greendown Place John Moore – occ. Jobbing Gardener, aged 69 - b.1842 (Kilmersdon) Emma Moore – occ. Laundress, aged 68 – b.1843 (Cardiff) 1911 forms are signed by the house-holder – John’s writing is a careful, neat copperplate script 1901 No record found, but presumably the Moores, as in 1891 and 1911 1891 1 Greendown Place John Moore – occ. General Labourer (here noted as b.1844) Emma Moore – occ. Laundress (here noted as b.1846) 1881 1 Greendown Place William Jones – occ. Miner, aged 33 – b.1848 (Corsham) Mary Jones – aged 29, b.1852 (Bath) 1 child: John Williams aged 1 b.1880 (a child she is looking after - ‘nurse child’) 1871 No house numbers on returns for Greendown Place, so can’t identify which family is occupying no.1 1861 No record found 1851 Jews Burying Ground, Lyncombe & Widcombe Parish, Bath James Hillyer – occ. Quarry Labourer, aged 46 – b.1805 (Upham, Somerset) Mary Ann Hillyer – aged 38 – b.1813 (Langdon, Somerset) 5 children: Arthur b.1831, Sarah b.1837, Elizabeth b.1841, James b.1845, David b.1850 1841 Jews Burial Ground, Combe Down Charles Dowling – occ. Agricultural Labourer, aged 35 – b.1806 Mary Dowling – aged 35 – b.1806 4 children: Sophia (8) b.1833, Mark (5) b.1835, Eve (4) b.1837, Luke (4 months) b.1841 Lodger: Samuel Perry – occ. Agricultural Labourer, aged 20 – b.1821