Skidmore and Scudamore

Family History

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Skidmore/Scudamore One-Name Study

and the Skidmore Family History Group

Skidmore/ Scudamore Family History Group Gathering on 28 March 2015

based at Oldswinford Hospital School, Stourbridge, West Midlands.

The 2015 Skidmore Family History Group’s ‘Gathering’ took place in March at Oldswinford School. The school, known originally as Stourbridge Hospital, opened in the late summer of 1667. It was founded by Thomas Foley, an ironmaster and prominent local landowner, whose main estate was at Great Witley, west of Stourport in Worcestershire, but with strong Stourbridge connections. It was to educate 60 boys from “poor but honest” families nominated by specified parishes in Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

As you know the purpose of our group is to put people researching our surnames (we have 195 enrolled at the moment) in touch with each and provide some insight into the lives of our ancestors. We do that via website, the newsletter, and also by events such as our ‘Gatherings’.

The day’s programme was certainly in keeping with our aims. There were lots of opportunity to catch up with old acquaintances and meet people attending a gathering for the first time during coffee breaks and a delicious lunch.

In the morning Linda introduced us to William Skidmore, a collier of Kingswinford. She spoke about what life for William and his family was like and was able to demonstrate with documents and maps just how she had

been able to put Williams’s story together using documentary evidence and maps. It was utterly fascinating and had the audience completely enthralled.

The afternoon sessions concentrated appropriately on the First World War given that 2014 commemorated the centenary of its commencement. Linda guided us through the life of a local soldier in the Great War using on-line records, and Colin Baldwin demonstrated the work he and his wife Hazel had been involved with in drawing up a database of family members involved in the 1914-18 conflict.

Although it was a busy day we were also able to enjoy a talk and a guided tour around the school conducted by Dale Wilkins, the school’s Deputy Headmaster. For people with an interest in history and architecture such as our Family History Group you can only imagine how fabulous this was. Gill Onions said ‘Terry and I will never forget that beautiful stained glass window. It was lovely to meet everyone again and exchange news. Altogether a very enjoyable day’.

Glynis Page


William Skidmore of Kingswinford (abt.1595-1664).

George Edward Skidmore - died in 1914 in France. His story.

How the Skidmore/ Scudamore Armed Forces database is being built.

We met in the 6th form Common Room

- spot the clues.