Location and general
Lansdown is set on a plateau amidst the cotswold hills and
enjoys wonderful views in many directions.
The village is perhaps best known for the racecourse that now dominates
it or for the battle of Lansdown Hill that took place during the Civil
War on 5th July 1643. You can find out more about the battle at the UK Battlefields
. Other than the Inn and the racecourse, the
most significant buildings appear to be those of Chapel Farm.
The area provides some very good walking along footpaths and lanes.
The external evidence of a chapel at the farmhouse is provided by a
blocked up window of distictly ecclesiastical design.
The Blathwayt Arms
A large inn situated across the road from Chapel Farm. On both 1851 and 1861 Censuses, Frederick CROSS, son of John CROSS (1787-)
, is listed at the Blathwayt Arms. In 1881 Henry James SHARP, brother of John Edmund SHARP
was residing at the Blathwayt Arms.
The SHARP family
In 1841 John SHARP (abt 1824-1884?)
is listed as a male servant at
Chapel Farm, listed immediately above are family of John CROSS, whose
daughter Mary, John SHARP later married . John and Mary CROSS
are listed in Lansdown again in 1881 when they have their grandaughter
Ellen Sharp GREGORY
Henry SHARP (abt 1868), son of the above John SHARP (abt 1824-1884?) is listed
residing at the Blathwayt Arms, Weston, Somerset in the 1881 Census.
The SHARP family were also to be found in nearby Langridge, Somerset
The CROSS family
About 1826 Mary CROSS (abt 1826-), daughter of John CROSS (abt 1787,
Upton Cheyne-) was born in Weston-Lansdown, in 1841 her father was
listed in Lansdown together with his family and he was listed again in
1861 in Lansdown Village.
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