Nowhere and the people who lived there are honoured with a plaque in woodland

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 May 2017

Gerald and Reine Derry.

Gerald and Reine Derry.

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A historical hamlet called Nowhere which is now 
covered by housing will soon be remembered in Nailsea in the form of a plaque.

(left to right) Gerald Derry's daughter Ann Morgan with Adrian Leonard (Adrian Project Services) and Pat Gilbert, and one of the restored gates.(left to right) Gerald Derry's daughter Ann Morgan with Adrian Leonard (Adrian Project Services) and Pat Gilbert, and one of the restored gates.

The tiny settlement was home to a large house and four cottages, including the childhood home of Gerald Derry and his mum – the last remaining residents of the hamlet.

The cottages belonged to the Smyth family which also owned Ashton Court estate.

Gerald’s family have been trying for years to put up a memorial to preserve a key part of Nailsea’s history.

North Somerset Council has now agreed a plaque can be added to the kissing gates which lead into Nowhere Wood.

Pat Gilbert, who has been helping the Derry family, said: “The cottages had no water, gas or electricity.

“It was a proper rural hamlet and it was the only place in Nailsea which took a direct hit during the war and one person was killed.”

Gerald Derry lived in one of the cottages in Nowhere until 1959 when he got married and moved to Bristol, but his mum Reine Derry remained there until 1967.

She was the last person to live in the hamlet before it was built on by developers.

Gerald’s children Ann Morgan, Stephen Derry, Susan Cox and Julie Derry are delighted a plaque is now being installed to remember the residents of Nowhere.

Ann said: “I can remember visiting the cottage at the age of five and my dad told me that’s where he grew up.

“My gran moved out in 1967. It was empty for about a year and then it crumbled and they started building an estate there in the 1970s.

“We wanted to put up something in memory of my dad because the woods around the hamlet were his play area. I’m really pleased we can now put up a plaque and I hope it will open up some interest in Nailsea.”

The kissing gates are being restored by Adrian Leonard. Gerald’s family is keen to hear from anyone who remembers the families from Nowhere.

Anyone with information 
about Nowhere can email Ann 
at ann31morgan@gmail.com

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