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Memories in Pictures

Orginally published Jul 2021
Last updated Aug 2021

Winsham Families

It was always intended that the people of Winsham should have the opportunity to place the pictures and information about their lives on the Web Museum, and this gallery is our attempt to enable this to happen.

If you have family pictures that reflect your family's life in Winsham, then please let us have them, with as much information as you can provide.

Scroll down for the various families featured:

The Courtney Family

References to the Courtney family abound in the museum, especially in 'The Winsham I Remember' by W. H. Paull, where there is a wonderful account of their influence on the social life of the village in the early decades of the last century. They were a very musical family. Below are some pictures taken in the early 1920s, they lived at Church Farm and there were seven daughters.

Courtney sign
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Sign reads:
C. Courtney.S
Tea & Refreshment. Rooms.
Open & Close Carriage
?. Live Stock. ?

Black and white image of 4 of the Courtney sisters

Eva Courtney, Florence Courtney, Emma Courtney and Marjorie Courtney

Black and white group family wedding photo

Back row: Unknown, unknown, Mr Charles Courtney, Mrs Elizabeth Courtney, Hilda Hayday, Arthur Hayday
Front row: Eva Louis Courtney, Marjorie Isabelle Courtney, Harold Hayday, Florence Ivy Courtney and Emma Courtney

Old photograph of Nancy Courtney
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Nancy Courtney - 1918
One of the 7 Courtney girls

Old photograph of Mr Courtney and his horse
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Mr Charles Courtney with 'Anchor' (wonder horse)

The Hawker Family

The Hawker family have lived in the village for many years, and Charlie lives in Western Way (2009).

Old family photograph

Doris Hawker, Rosetta Lilian Phelps, Alice Sophia Beer, Granfi (grandfather) Hoare and Charlie Hawker

The Henley Family

A good deal is known about the Henley Family, as they owned Leigh House from the beginning of the 17th century, until the early part of the last century.

Here are four members who are not well documented - does anybody have any information?

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Edward Charles Henley

Black and white image of man stood in garden
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Anthony Cornish Henley

Black and white image of man
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Edward Francis Henley

Portrait of a soldier
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Cornish Frederick Henley

The Phelp's Family

Does anyone have any information?

Black and white group family photo

Back: Ethel, Charles, Charles Holcombe Phelps, Aunty Kate, Granpy (grandfather) Phelps, Uncle Alf
Front: Tom, Ada, Granny Phelps, Bess and Aunty Eva

Black and white group family photo

Granny and Granphy (grandfather) Phelps at West Street

Enos Rowsel

An account provided by Ian Rowsel, a great-grandson of Enos

Enos Rowsel was born on the 22nd September 1844 to Sarah Rowsel (nee Poor) at Handlin, Thorncombe. Sarah Poor and John Rowsel, born in 1809 in Broadwindsor, were married in Broadwindsor on 21st May 1826. The census records their surname as Rowsel. The birth certificate of Enso gives Rousell, Enos used both.

The 1841 census records John and Sarah living at Chalkway, Winsham. They had five children; Elizabeth, James, John, Sarah and Eliza. In 1851 they were living on Ammerham Lane and Enos had been born. In 1861, aged 16 he was working as an agricultural labourer and living with his parents. Sometime after this he travelled north to Misterton in Nottinghamshire. Here he was working as a brick layer. On Christmas Day 1866 he married Hannah Moete, the daughter of the landlord of the Canal Bridge Inn, Stockwith Basin!

They went on to have ten children. Enos became a successful local builder and died at the age of 93 in 1937.

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Photo courtesy of Ian Rowsel

Enos Rowsel, taken about 1934 in Worksop Nottinghamshire. It could've been his 90th birthday.

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Photo courtesy of Ian Rowsel

Four generations of Rowsels