Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"........who's danced with the Prince of Wales"

  "I've danced with a man, who's danced with a girl, who's danced with the Prince of Wales" was a song written in 1927 by Herbert Farjeon at the height of the popularity of Edward, Prince of Wales

The death has occurred during the week of a well-known resident of Wotton-under-Edge.It was the proud boast of Mrs Mary Caroline Gronow, whose death occurred at Hugh Parry's Hospital, Wotton-under-Edge, that she once danced with King Edward VII.(when Prince of Wales) at Berkeley Castle. Mrs Gronow was in her 94th year. Her maiden name was Nicholls, the family formerly residing at Symonds Hill Farm.

{First published in 'The Citizen' on Saturday April 19th 1930.}

Mary Caroline Robinson Nickolls married Willianm Rhys Gronow on the 28th September 1869 St Mary the Virgin. Wotton-under-Edge.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Recently Acquired Certificates:


Ernest Joseph Gronow December Qtr. 1894 Hendon Vol.3a page 229.


John Grennow March Qtr. 1873 Newport M. Vol.11a page 196.


William Gronow December Qtr. 1854 Bridgend Vol.11a page 297.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Moonlight Sketches

Up for bid recently was the Antique 1910 Sheet Music Book or Booklet titled "Moonlight Sketches For Piano-Forte" that was compiled by Esther Gronow. It was published by the Whtie-Smith Music Publishing Co. The selections included are To The Firefly, Nocturne, On The Water, To The Stars and Berceuse. As for condition, the cover is about to come off and the sheet music inside is also on the loose side. Someone wrote their name and a date in 1923 on the cover. The place of original purchase was lightly stamped on the bottom. Aside from being loose, the cover and the pages inside are basically in pretty good condition for being over 100 years old. This booklet measures 9-3/8 inches by12-1/8 inches.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

In Remembrance:

Daniel Howard Vaughan Gronow

Daniel Howard Vaughan Gronow, son of William & Gwenfron Gronow died peacefully on 16th September 2013, aged 88. So dearly loved and missed by all his family. The funeral will take place in Tamworth on 27th September.

[First published in The Times 21st September 2013]

Friday, August 30, 2013

Soldiers Wills

Many British soldiers who served on the front lines of World War I carried with them a handwritten last will and testament. Often the soldier’s will was kept in his paybook–a booklet that contained identity papers and notes on what the soldier was owed for his service. Many paybooks and the wills inside them were lost in the chaos of war. But it turns out that more than a quarter of a million of these wills have been stored by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service. They’ve been digitized and made available online. So far only the years 1914-1921 are searchable online.

So far indexed are three Gronow Wills.
GRONOW Arthur,  10th July 1916  Reg.No. 17053

GRONOW Charles, 12th November 1916  Reg.No. 14164

GRONOW Sydney David, 21st January 1917  Reg.No. 2207

Thursday, June 13, 2013

In Remembrance:

Joseph Neville Gronow

Sadly on 6th June 2013 at Ty Olwen, Nev, devoted brother of David and John, dear brother-in-law of Anne and Mary, dearest uncle of Matthew, Emma, Katie and Thomas and a dear friend of Anita. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral Wednesday 19th June, Service at Ebenezer Chapel, Dunvant at 1:15pm followed by Cremation at Llanelli Crematorium, 2:30pm. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if so desired to Ty Olwen c/o St James Funeral Home, 31 St. James Gardens, Uplands, Swansea SA1 6DT.

(First published in the South Wales Media Group on 12th June 2013)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Recently aquired certificates:


Samuel Gronow March Qtr. 1885 Pontypridd Vol.11a page 411.
Daniel Gronow September Qtr. 1919 Neath Vol.8b page 107.
Thomas D. Gronow September Qtr. 1947 Pontypridd Vol.8b page 1487.
William Gronow September Qtr. 1956 Bridgend Vol.8b page 107.

Gronow Windsor Phillips

In remembrance:
Gronow Windsor Phillips

Peacefully on April 10 2013 at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Gronow of Austin Avenue, Porthcawl; beloved husband of Phyllis, beloved uncle to Beverly, Helen and Maureen. Sadly missed by all his family and friends. Resting at David Wilde Chapel of Rest, Mawdlam, North Cornelly until the funeral on Thursday April 18, service at Gilgal Baptist Church, Porthcawl at 10am followed by service and cremation at Coychurch Crematorium at 11am.
(First published in the Media Wales Group on 15th April 2013)