Dursley News - August 2006

History was made on August 26th when the ancient Cloak of the Bailiff of Dursley was returned to the town. The cloak, made of local red wool and trimmed with fur, had been away from the town for over 100 years after the post of Bailiff was abolished in 1896. It had been kept in store in Guernsey by descendents of Sidney Bloodworth, the last holder of the office.

At a ceremony in the Town Hall, which was attended by over 60 people, the cloak, together with the Bailiff's Constable's staff and handcuffs, was presented to members of the Heritage Centre where it will be on occasional display.

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    Presentation of the Bailiffs' Cloak
Cath Pierce, chairman of the Dursley Heritage Centre committee, with Michael Beacham, grandson of the last Bailiff, Sidney Bloodworth.
(August 26th 2006 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Bailiffs' Cloak and storage box
The Bailiffs' Cloak came packed in its original, purpose designed, wooden storage box.
(August 26th 2006 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Bloodworth family history
Greville Bloodworth, who was instrumental in helping to bring the cloak back to the town, gives a short talk on the history of the Bloodworth family.
(August 26th 2006 - copyright Andrew Barton)
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