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William Douglas left a comment for John Band
"Welcome back! Losing your home to HS2 is not a pleasant outlook.  But I note that you say 'may disappear'. Is the route not settled? Have you made any progress with identifying your ancestors?"
Dec 22, 2020
John Band left a comment for William Douglas
"The Spella House home of Percy and Mary (Band) Douglas is the one you have found in Lower Boddington. Do you realise this might disappear in the HS2 construction? sorry to have taken so long to reply - I haven't been to the "Douglas "…"
Dec 22, 2020

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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
My great uncle William Band born about1835 married Elizabeth ( Mary. ) Band born about 1844 and they had a daughter Mary Ann Band born c 1873 who married Percy Douglas. They farmed possibly at Spella House ( situated at the crossroads of Banbury Rd and Upper Boddington Road , the name is still on the Banbury Rd wall visible on Google street view).
A distant cousin, related to the Percy Douglas here made a family tree and located the Douglases at Chipping Norton, but this was wrong. She said that Percy and his brother were the last of the Douglas family to farm having done so in the area for over 300 ( possibly 400?) years and a church clock was donated to celebrate this ( 1500 to 19 xx?). I can not find which church has the clock. Percy and Mary had no descendants.
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
Percy Douglas.

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At 23:11 on December 22, 2020, William Douglas said…

Welcome back!

Losing your home to HS2 is not a pleasant outlook.  But I note that you say 'may disappear'. Is the route not settled?

Have you made any progress with identifying your ancestors?

At 19:05 on December 27, 2018, William Douglas said…

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At 11:02 on December 27, 2018, William Douglas said…

Percy Douglas who's grave appears in the attached photo, was born in 1875, the son of William Owen Douglas and Emily (nee Bonham). William Owen's grave is in the background in the photo. The reference to the clock was interesting, because it is being restored. The Church is St Peter & St Paul, Chipping Warden.

John, look for a private message for further details.


At 16:24 on December 24, 2018, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our group, John.

Where are Banbury Rd and Upper Boddington Road?

I have located a Spella House in Lower Boddington, Daventry.  Is that the one to which you refer?

Yours aye,



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