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Can anyone assist with two recent requests received via email. One concerns information about a Henry Townsing and Johanna Broom and the other concerns information about Stanhope Cottages.

Please send any information you have on either of these two requests to editor@curryrivel.org.uk

1. From Mrs Helen Taylor from Australia regarding her ancestors, Henry Townsing and his wife Johanna Broom.
I am visiting the area over the next few weeks. One branch of my family came from Curry Rivel. They left in 1841 to migrate to Tasmania, Australia. The story of their migration is a little unusual and if you are interested in putting it on your website or a newsletter, I can give some details. Basically 13 men from Curry Rivel were contracted to work on one property in Tasmania in 1840/1. They all travelled together along with their families to Tasmania. It must have meant great changes for those left behind as Curry Rivel would have had a reasonably small population in 1840.

My query is concerning one of the families in that group. My ancestors, Henry Townsing and his wife Johanna Broom. They must have had family living in the town at some time, so I was wondering if anyone knows any information about Townsing or Broom or Tilly (Henry's mother) and if any are buried in St Andrews churchyard. Or if anyone in the area has any connections to those surnames?

2. From Ray Adams
A slightly obscure question, but I wonder if you could help me? My mother was evacuated to Curry Rivel during the war, with her mother and siblings. She thinks they lived in a place called Stanhope Cottages, which was at the edge of the village towards Langport. Would you happen to know if they still exist please? Looking at the map, it seems that the village has extended a little eastwards, so I wouldn't know where the edge of the 1940s village was. A picture would be tremendous.

If you have any information in connection with either of these requests, please write to editor@curryrivel.org.uk

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