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Church Lane Dulverton Somerset
Church Lane was the residence of Butcher Robert Fisher and his wife Sarah nee Allen on the 1841 Dulverton census. His only son left living at home was William who was a Wheelwright. A Shoemaker journeyman lived to one side, and Richard Chave a blacksmith on the other side. Postman John Parsons with wife and 5 children lived next to Robert's sons Henry & Richard further down the lane. Henry was a carpenter and at this time had only a wife and one daughter. Richard was a Shoemaker and had 3 sons and his wife Jane to support..............
10 years later on the 1851 census, butcher Robert and Sarah Fisher were now in their 70's and on their own, except that his shoemaker son Richard's family had expanded and was living next door. Richard's six younger children were attending school, and son Henry was 15 and probably helping in the business. Yeoman Thomas Marsh and wheelwright James Penny lived the other side...........
1 Church Lane is the address of carpenter John Fry and his family in 1861.Yeoman Thomas Marsh next door at no 2 is now calling himself a carpenter. Ann Winchmore a Crepe draper and tailor Henry Saunders and his family live in the same dwelling. Master Carpenter Henry Fisher and his wife Jane and their carpnter son George are at no 3. Their 2 daughters are still at school and they have a visitor in Frederick Wild from London. at nos 4 and 5 , tailors Antony Bowden and Thomas Ponsford and gamekeeper Robert Venne live between Henry and his widowed father Robert who is aged 82 at no 6. He is probably looked after by his other son' shoemaker Richard's family at no 7. Eli Richard's son is also shoemaking, but Richard still has 2 other children to support.............
Butcher Robert Fisher in his will of 1865, leaves a dwelling with garden at 23 Church Lane Dulverton to his son Richard. Robert's residence at death is left to his son William in that will...............
Robert Fisher's son Henry is living in Church Lane in 1871 with his wife Susan nee Bowbeer and on the census he is recorded as a carpenter and grocer at No 2. Their unmarried daughter Maria aged 31 is still living will them. Henry's daughter Amelia is a No 4 with her husband William Hawkins of Bampton. At no 5 and 6 the families of Vicary a shoemaker, and Coachman's servant James Mobes seperate Henry from his brother Richard at No 7. Richard Fisher is now a Baker and only supoorts his wife Jane, they are both in their 60's..............
On the census In 1881, Princes Street Dulverton seems to be Church Lane. Henry Oxenham is at one end and baker Richard Fisher the other. Richard and his wife Jane now have 2 scholar sons. The Sexton Robert Sayer separates Richard from his brother Henry's son George Bowbeer Fisher a carpenter and builder. George and his wife Elizabeth have a George H fisher as a baby and 2 girls at school. Henry's daughter Amelia Hawkins' family are next door to them. Her carpenter husband supports 3 children aged from 3 to 7 who are still at school. Next door again are carpenter Henry and his wife Susan. They are in their 60's and looked after by his unmarried daughter Maria and his sister-in-law and widowed neice Jane French nee Bowbeer. Thomas Balsam the blacksmith and his family live between Henry Fisher and labourer Henry Oxenham and family, who is at the end of the road...............
In 1891 on the census Church Lane is called Church street and Henry Fisher is a widowed carpenter of almost 80, being looked after by his unmarried daughter Maria and his sister-in-law and neice Jane French nee Bowbeer. In residence with them is his daughter Mary Jane's son Stanley Wood aged 14 and attending school. An assistant schoolmaster Forester Wickson from Cheshire is paying for Board. Next door is Henry Oxenham a local labourer with his wife Ann. Cabinet Maker William Hawkins is next door, and he is also Henry Fisher's son-in-law married to Henry's daughter Amelia. Arthur Hawkins, the oldest son of William & Amelia, is a Solicitors clerk, other children Ethel and Gilbert are aged 7 and 13 and are still at school. The families of Coal Agent Robert Hodge and the sexton Robert Sayer separate Amelia Hawkins' family from her uncle and aunt Richard and Jane Fisher living further down the street. Here, baker Matthew Fisher and his wife Emma is living with his parents Richard and Jane and their son Frederick.............
On the 1901 Census at one end of Church street William Hawkins is now a Rate Collector, his son William A, a solicitors clerk and their eldest daughter Bertha a Music teacher. Further along the street we find Dressmaker widow Elizabeth Crockford in her 60's, also younger men in their 20's who are Carpenter & Wheelwright, Frederick Reed and Frederick Webber. Walter and Amelia Slade are journeyman tailor and dressmaker respectively. Widower William Fisher aged 79 is now living in the house left him by his father in 1865 and has his widowed sister Maria Nottingham aged 90 as companion. Her unmarried daughter Harriet looks after the house for them. Maria's grandson Joe Thomas aged 14 and removed from London because his musician father has remarried and gone off with a second wife. Next door George Bowbeer Fisher's daughter Nelly wood is William Fisher's nephew , and wife of master baker Frederick Wood..............
Rate Collector William Hawkins and his daughter live in one household in Church Lane in 1911, alongside the household of his law clerk son William. They are the only Fisher relations left in the road at his date. Other residents include blacksmith Fred Greenslade, watchmaker Ernest Crocker, gardener William Perry and James Pook an Army pensioner.

Posted: 2015, Member logged in: 2021
Dulverton, Somerset


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