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We welcome comments from anyone who may have information about Blue Row Cottages and their residents, for whichever century! Any photos which can be used would be particularly welcomed. Click on the one below to see some former residents. We'd love to know who they are. This is from one of the Packer photographs (see Links page) from around 100 years ago. More photos of residents below.

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Content being added to frequently, and any other information welcomed. So far, documents available on this page include census information, memorial inscriptions, and a summary of any other information we have been able to collect from archives, etc. There is more information also on the Village and History Page, under Land and Property Ownership


This document lists names associated with Blue Row (Click on image to open PDF)

This table gives extracts from all censuses from 1841 to 1901 (Click on image to open PDF)

This gives more detailed information on the 1881 census from the indexes made by transcribers (Click on image to open PDF)

Some monumental inscriptions from Swerford Churchyard (click on image to open PDF)

The following two photographs are courtesy of Graham and Bridget Barber.  Bridget's ancestors were the Knibbs who lived in Blue Row in the mid to late nineteenth century. 

Picture 1 is a photograph of (we think) No. 2 in the 1920s-1930s (going by the costume), portraying an unknown young lady. If you know who this is, please let us know. It looks as though she maybe wearing spectacles. Click to enlarge.

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Picture 2, below, portrays Caroline Knibbs, her husband, and two of her children. Caroline lived in No, 2 Blue Row (though she was born in her mother's home town of Salisbury).  She first appears in Blue Row in the 1861 census aged 14. Her first child, Frank French Knibbs, aged 2, is seen living with his grandparents at Blue Row in the 1871 census, and aged 11, in 1881 (though Caroline was not there on either occasion).  Caroline later married George Hilton, with whom she had the two children shown in this photograph, Albert and Minnie, born about 1879 and 1880. Tragically, Caroline died only 3 years after this photograph was taken, and Minnie (born in Swerford) was living with her grandparents, William and Emily Knibbs, aged 10, in the 1891 census. (George later went on, in 1885, to marry Mary Louisa, Caroline's younger sister, who was born at Blue Row, and with whom he had 5 daughters.) Click to enlarge.

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For the above photograph of Caroline, thanks are also due to Don Knibbs, whose Knibbs web site first drew our attention to the Knibbs family. There are many other photographs of the Knibbs family on the web site, including Mary Louisa, and (possibly) their parents William and Emily) together with the genealogy of the family.

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