" Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God."—S. MARK, x, 14.
January 4— George Henry, son of Frederick George and Henrietta
White, Bream’s Woodside, collier.
January 26—Enoch Henry, son of Richard and Mary Jane Jones, Yorkley Wood, collier, Private.
" Here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come."— Heb., xiii, 14.
January 1—Albert A Carpenter; Bream’s Eaves, aged 10 years
January 19—George Jones, Yorkley, aged 87 years.
February 2—Sexagesima Sunday.
.. .. Feast of the Purification.
February 9—Quinquagesima Sunday.
February 12—Ash Wednesday.
February 19, 21, 22—Ember Days.
February 24—Feast of St. Matthias, the Apostle.
VICAR’S LENT LETTER.
My dear Parishioners and Friends,
Each Thursday evening in Lent there will ( D.V.) be a Special Lent Service at the Parish Church at 7 o'clock with an address by the Rev. Richard Horton, M. A. Vicar of Dymock, Rural Dean of Forest (North) and Hon. Member of the Gloucester Diocesan Mission.
This Thursday Evening Service will be Choral and Short, consisting of “Metrical Litany (or Story of the Cross)” Collects, Short Lesson, and Hymns.
The subject of Mr. Horton’s addresses will be "Every-day Religion."
February 13— Religion and Homelife.
February 20— Religion and Business.
February 27— Religion and Recreation.
March 6—— Religion and Citizenship.
March 13—— Religion and Churchmanship.
March 20—— Religion and The Unseen World.
I am sure we shall all feel that it is very kind of Mr. Horton to come so far each week— entirely for our good — and that it will be only fair that we should pay his travelling expenses. For this purpose therefore, a Home Mission Box will rest upon Alms Box at the bottom of the Church, into which offerings may be placed each week by those who wish.
I sincerely hope that many will avail themselves of this opportunity of drawing nearer to God this Lent, and of learning more of the deep things of His Holy Word.
I commend this Special Lent Service to your prayers; and, that we may all unite in using the same words, in our private devotions, I commend the prayer which follows this letter to your daily use.
Your affectionate Vicar and Friend
E F. EALES.
Bream Vicarage, Jan. 28, 1902
(Adapted from the Ordination Service.)
Most Merciful Father, we beseech Thee to send upon Thy Servant our Lent Preacher, Thy heavenly blessing; that he may be clothed with righteousness, and that Thy Word spoken by his mouth may have such success that it may never be spoken in vain. Grant also, that we may have grace to hear and receive what he shall deliver out of Thy most holy word, or agreeable to the same, as means of our Salvation; that in all words and deeds we may seek Thy Glory, and increase of Thy Kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
THE GOUGH FAMILY—The Family of Gough is the first that we know to have been interested in the Chapel of Bream after its re-opening for the Liturgy of the Church by Thomas Donning, in 1618.
The Family of Gough, of Woolaston, is said to have been descended from that Sir Matthew Gough who fought in France under Henry V. and was slain on London Bridge, by the Kentish rebels, in 1450, but this is not certain.
The following facts about this family may be taken as true:
1. In 1593 was proved the will of Henry Gough, of Bristol, who seems to have been one of the Society of Merchant Adventurers, and mention is made of " his house in Bream, his money and houses in Bristol, his lands and tenements in the Forest of Dean, and his estate upon the seas, and beyond the seas".
2. The Manor of Willsbury, in the Parish of St.Briavels, came into the possession of the Gough's by the marriage of George Gough, who as probably the son of Henry Gough, the Merchant Venturer, with Mary, the daughter of William Warren, who held Willsbury in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
3. In the next generation we naturally meet with Warren Gough, the son of George Gough and Mary (Warren), who resided at Willsbury and married Dorothy Berero, of Awre, and became in his turn the father of that James Gough of Pastor's Hill, who married Mary Wishe, and was the benefactor of the Church in Bream.
4. In the Hewelsfield and S. Briavels Registers (of the 17th and 18th centuries) a large number of entries of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials of this family may be seen. It is said, also, that one branch of the family of this family resided at Aylsmore Court, and it would seem that the Gough's inter-married with the surrounding gentry of the county.
5. Rudder says in his history ( l799 ) "Pastor's Hill is the house of William Gough, junior, great grandson of William Gough, of Willsbury, which estate was given him by James Gough, son of Warren Gough, of Willsbury.
It is not possible to be certain as to the "house in Bream" mentioned in the will of Henry Gough, the Merchant Venturer, but it is quite possible it may have been what is now the New Inn, or it may have been Pastor's Hill. The former house bears initials upon the mantle-piece, dated 1637, which are quite suitable to the Gough's, and the latter was certainly their property at a later date, though it seems likely — see our last article—to have belonged to the Donning's before it came to the Gough's.
It would appear from the above facts that the Gough's were intimately connected with Bream during the 17th and 18th centuries, and yet not sufficiently so to make it their christening or burying place. James and Mary Gough were benefactors of the Church in presenting beautiful Communion Vessels to the Chapel of Bream in 1680, and in originating the Bream Chapel Charity at approximately the same date.
James Gough seems to have left no children when he died in 1691 and on his widow, Mary's death in 1718, her life interest ceasing, the estate passed to William Gough, a cousin of a younger generation. Today the name of Gough is practically unknown in this part of the county, but it will always be deservedly remembered in Bream by those who love the Church and the poor.
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