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:
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.
The Hawker family have lived in the village for many years, and Charlie lives in Western Way (2009).
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?
Does anyone have any information?
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.