I have recently returned to Australia from a holiday in the UK where I did a bit of delving into my family history.
As it transpires, my Grandmother (Elizabeth Davies) was born and raised in Comberbach in the early 1900s/late 1800s. I understand from family members here in Australia that her father was the gardener at the ‘Manor House’. This I believe was probably what is now known as Comberbach Hall.... and the gardens are still quite beautiful!
My Grandfather (Walter Alfred Tindall) was a New Zealander living in Western Australia at the time the Great War broke out. He enlisted and shipped out from the Port of Albany (in south-west Western Australia) and went on to fight for the Australian Imperial Force in Africa, Turkey (Gallipoli) and France during the Great War. He was wounded in France to the extent that he was transferred and hospitalised in England. It was during this stay that he met his wife-to-be (Elizabeth Davies), who was working as a Red Cross nurse at the time. The two later moved back to Western Australia where they lived in Bunbury (yes, we have one too!) before settling in Perth. My mother (Dorothy Rosemary Tindall) was the youngest daughter of the family of three and was born in Bunbury, WA.
It seems likely that there may be some local knowledge or historical records relating to my Grandmother (Elizabeth Davies), but I am unsure where to start my search. I think it likely that the family would have been known to the parishioner at Great Budworth (St Mary’s, Church of England).
I would appreciate any leads or contact details you may be able to provide which would my search.
Response from our local historian: Lyn McCulloch
In the 1911 census, there is a Davies Family in Cogshall which is adjoining Comberbach. They seem to be living in Cogshall Hall as there are 16 rooms in the house and he is described as Head Gardener. He is Richard Davies born Shropshire and his wife Hannah, 52 was born at Sevenoaks, again near Comberbach. They have three surviving children out of seven - Elizabeth 20, Housemaid, Elsie Annie 15, at home, both born Whitley, another nearby village and William Ashton 15, who assists his Father with the gardening. Hope this is of interest and I can go further back in time if you wish.