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From: "Kathy Witheridge" <>
Subject: Re: Churchill's of Witheridge
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 17:44:23 -0400
On 18 Aug 2000, at 11:25, Yvonne Hughes wrote:
> Hello I am looking for living ancestors of Joseph Chruchill and Maria
> Greenslade married in Witheridge 1850.
I have the book "Old Witheridge" - Bygone Days in a Devon Village by
The entry for Kelly's Directory, 1902, shows:
Churchill, Herbert - baker, West Street
Churchill, Joseph - saddler
page 12 - "Mr. Joe Churchill, saddler, has his name below the upstairs
window of the Pound House where he lived. He was also a barber and
did a post round. It was not usual for him to lather a customer's face,
shave one side, and nip across to the Angel for a few drinks before
coming back to shave the other side.
The Pound House in the Middle Ages was the place or 'pound' where
stray beasts were impounded and not released until a fine had been paid."
page 21 - "There has been a bakery on this site for over two hundred
years. In the 1780s Mr. William Burgess set up a bakery business here
on this spot, which is occupied by Reed & Son today. It passed to Mr.
Henry Burgess, who on his death in 1855, left it to his daughter Elizabeth.
She sold it to Mr. William Whitfield, in whose family it remained for over
80 years, until it was bought in 1943 by Mr. William Churchill. His father
had started a rival bakery at the bottom of West Street in the 1880s. Mr.
Churchill closed his own business on buying Whitfield. Mr. Raymond
Reed, Mr. Churchill's nephew, started to work for him in 1943, and bought
the business in 1955.........."
page 52 - picture of Mr. Joe Churchills Model P Triumph Motor Cycle.
(This article is a bit long to type out, but it indicates that Millie was the wife
of Joe Churchill).
page 53 - picture of Mr. Joe Churchill with his 1934 Hillman 10 (There is
quite a long story about Joe).
This book is NOT indexed, so you have to look through the whole book to
find a name.
I have met John Usmar, who was a guest speaker at 'Witheridge Day
1997'. An event held each year for the Witheridge family, not the people
ISBN 0 86114-821-5 - £6.95
Also available from "Devon Books"
Hope that this might be of some help to you.
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada