Crewkerne, Somerset, England

I received the recent note from Chris Ward – a cousin in Australia, and did a little digging on Crewkerne, and found the following (below) from 1850. There are quite a few Stembridges mentioned.

G’day David,

I don’t recall getting the message from Peter Hammett!! I haven’t established the STEMBRIDGE roots back in Bridport although undoubtedly they originated in Crewkerne in Somerset. I did find some reference to some old research done in the United States in the 1950s which suggested there were only two brothers but it was too difficult for me to pursue the story from this side of the world. I have recently seen a note that Kindness BREEDLOVE was born ca 1767 and died ca 1808 and married William STEMBRIDGE Jr. on January 22, 1785.

Chris

HUNT & CO.S 1850 DIRECTORY & TOPOGRAPHY OF THE TOWN OF CREWKERNE. in all places, where there are objects worthy of detail or observation, there should be a short printed Directory, for the use of the stranger. Dr.Johnson.

Is a parish and market town in the hundred of its name, which is derived from a Saxon word, signifying the Cottage on the Cross, it is 10 miles S.W. by S. from Ilchester and 132 W.S.W. from London.; within these last few years it is considerably improved, a handsome building, Stuckeys bank, a National School, and other new houses have been added, and more are in progress. It is a compact, well-built place, reposing in a valley, sheltered on all sides by verdant and richly cultivated hills; from these eminences the varied prospects that meet the eye are delightful and beautiful in the extreme; on Rana Hill, westward of Crewkerne, there formerly stood an ancient chapel, which contained the bones of St. Ranus; and at Haselbury, a celebrated recluse, named Wulfric, led a life of penance and great abstinence, inhabiting a small cave, and clothing himself in a raiment of finely wrought iron; he was visited by many distinguished personages of that time, amongst whom were Henry I. and Stephen. The church, which is cruciform, is of great beauty, its fine gothic proportions, with its elaborately wrought window-frames, and a handsome tower rising from the centre are beautifully detailed, part of the building is surrounded by lofty trees which add considerably to its effect;the living is a perpetual curacy in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Winchester; there are also chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans. A grammar-school is established here which is very ably conducted; the manufactures are principally girth web, hemp and tow spinning, and rope and twine making,which are carried on to a considerably extent, and employ a great number of hands, a literary and scientific institution has lately been established here with apparent benefit and success; The market-days are Saturdays, and there are great Spring markets for sheep, lambs, &c. in April and May; a fair is held annually on the first of September. In the neighbourhood of the town is Hinton House, the seat of the Earl Poulett, and near the church were formerly the remains of an abbey, but they have been lately removed and a modern building is now erected on its site. At the census taken in 1841, the population of Crewkerne amounted to 4414.

Post-office, East street. Post Master, John Budge. Letters are delivered daily, from London, Bristol, Birmingham, and the north, at 8 a.m. From Bridport, Beaminster and the East at 9 a.m. From Bridport and Beaminster, at 5 30 p.m.

Despatches for Bridport and Beaminster at 7 a.m.; for Bridport, Beaminster, and the east at 4 30 p.m., and for London, Bristol, Birmingham, and the north at 5 20 p.m. Box closes for Bridport, Beaminster, and the east at 4 20 p.m., and for London, Bristol, Birmingham, and the North at 4 40 p.m., but letters may be posted by affixing an additional stamp until within 5 minutes of the despatches.

Money Orders are granted and paid daily ( Sundays excepted ) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nobility, Gentry, & Clergy.

Ayre Rev. Joseph Watson, Parsonage
Baker Mrs. Rose, Abbey street
Berry William, Abbey street
Blanchard Miss, Gouldsbrook terr
Bridge John, Henley house
Burnard Mrs. Sheep market street
Caddle Rev. Henry, Wayford
Conron Miss, Sheep market street
Copp Mrs. Frances Maria, Gouldsbrook terrace
Cross Rev. Joseph, Merriott
Donesthorpe Mrs. East street
Dummett Wm. East street
Dummett Wm. H. Sheep market st
Dusantoy Rev. Fredk. Haselbury
Hoskins Rev. Hen. North Perrott
Hoskins Thos. Haselbury Plucknet
Hoskins Wm. North Perrott house
Hugill Rev. John, Church lane
Lowman Mrs. Clapton court
Newbury Rev. Thos. Hinton St. George
Palmer Mrs. Elizb. & Miss Elizb. Oxen lane
Palmer Mrs. Gouldsbrook terr
Pearce Rev. J.Standen, Chapel House
Penny Rev. Chas. Abbey street
Perkins Misses, Misterton house
Poulett Rt. Hon. Earl of, Hinton house
Sparks Isaac J. Rose cottage
Symes Rear Adm. Joseph, Sheep market street
Templeman Rev. Alex. Lopen

Auctioneers and Appraisers.

Patch John, Abbey street
Perry Henry, West street

Bakers.

Fry Thomas, West street
Gibbs Joseph, Sheep market street
Hitchcock James, Hermitage st
Mills Mary (& confectioner), Market place
Morton John, South street
Smith Charles (& cornfactor), Goulds square
Wilce John, South street

Banks.

Stuckeys Banking Company, Sheep market street; manager, Loveridge Chas. Warre;
draw upon Robarts, Curtis, and Co., London
Savings Bank, Sheep market st; agent, Young John

Basket Makers.

Holt Henry, North street
Webb John, Hermitage street

Beer Retailers.

Collard James, West street
Connock John, East street
Hurtnole John, Hermitage street
Osborn Samuel, West street
Palmer Joseph, South street
Parker Henry, Goulds square
Pitcher Charles, North street
Raison James, West street
Scriven William, West street
Webber William, Vinney bridge
Young Robt. South street

Blacksmiths.

Blake Chas. Wm. East street
Boufield Thomas, East street
Clift John, Abbey street
Collard James, West street
Davis Edwd. Sheep market street
Davis Henry, West street
Fry Thomas, West street
Hayward Giles, East street
Newbery James, Hermitage street

Booksellers, Bookbinders, Stationers, & Printers.

Clark Thos, Fred. Sheep market street
Pulman George, Market place

Boot & Shoe Makers.

Bishop George, Church street
Bargery Benj. Tower hill
Bargery Thomas, South street
Bragg William, West street
Chard Charles, West street
Fone John, Hermitage street
Delamont Joseph, Hermitage st
Lacey William, South street
Newick George, Sheepmarket st
Pitman Joseph, Goulds square
Scriven William, West street
Slade William, Goulds square
Webber William, South street

Brewers & Maltsters.

Budge Edwd. & Standfield William Thos. & Co. Hermitage Brewery
Jolliffe Geo. Hilborne & Norman J. Evomy, Crewkerne brewery

Cabinet Makers.

Bishop Eli, Sheep market street
Bishop John, Goulds Barton
Male Charles, West street
Perry Henry, West street
Rapson James, South street
Stembridge Thomas, Church st

Carpenters.

Bishop John, Gouldsbrook terrace
Hayward Giles, East street
Patridge Moses, Hermitage street
Peach Henry, Hermitage street
Perry Henry, West street
Rapson James, South street
Slade Thomas, Market place

Chemists and Druggists.

Galpin Walter, Market place
Pearce Joseph, Sheep market st

Chimney Sweepers.

Hunt John, Hermitage street
Hunt William, Hermitage street
Pattimore Peter, West street

China, Glass, &c. Dealers.

Jefferies Christiana, Market place
Towt Sarah, Sheepmarket street

Coopers.

Bartlett William, Tower hill
Leach Robt. Tower hill
Palmer Joseph, Sheepmarket st

Curriers.

Adam John, Goulds square
Turner William, Cornhill

Fire & Life Assurance Agents.

Atlas ( F.&L.) Templeman and Son, Church street
Clerical, Medical, & General ( L.), Galpin Walter, Market place
Great Britain ( L.), Hodge Edwd. Sheep market street
London and Provincial Law ( L.), Sparks Wm. John, East street
Merchants & Tradesmans ( L.), Foss Lewis, Sheep market street
Norwich Union ( F. & L.), Perry Robert, Sheep market street
Phoenix ( F.), Patch John, Abbey street
Standard ( L.), Pulman George, Market place
Star ( F.and L.), Clarke Sealy, Crewkerne
Sun ( F. and L.), Young John, Sheepmarket street
West of England ( F. and L.), Bicknell Wm. Cox, Market pl

Flax and Tow Spinners.

Mathews Thomas, and Mathews Thomas, jun. Popels Well
Row John Wall, North street

Girth Web Maufacturers.

Bird Robert, South street
Holman Henry, Vinney bridge
Lye William, Haselbury
Mathews Thomas, and Mathews Thomas, jun. ( and hair seating and curled hair manufacturers), Market place & Popels well
Pitt Thomas, Haselbury

Grocers and Tea Dealers.

Budge John, East street
Ewens Wm. Sheepmarket street
Galpin Walter, Market place
Horsey John, Market place
Pearce Joseph, Sheepmarket street
Young John, Sheepmarket street

Grocery and Sundries Dealers in.

Eyres James, East street
Fry Thomas, West street
Hebditch William, Market place
Holman Henry, Vinney bridge
Holman John, North street
Marsh John, Market place
Miller Charles, North street
Lacey Wm. South street
Munford James, South street
Munford John, Market place
Munford Robert, Vinney bridge
Palmer Joseph, Sheepmarket st
Pearce Thomas, North street
Raison James, West street
Scriven William, West street
Smith Charles, Goulds square
Smith Christopher, West street
Stembridge Francis, North street
Wilce John, South street

Hair Cutters.

Howe Samuel, Church street
Norman Thos. Sheepmarket street
Symonds George, North street

Inns and Public Houses.

Antelope, North st. Gusney John
Cross Keys, West street, Davis Henry
Five Bells, Church la. Brooks John
George Hotel, (commercial and posting), Market place, Marsh William
Kings Arms, Market pl Taylor Thomas
Nags Head, Market place, Wilce William
Red Lion, Sheepmarket st. Sprake William
Swan, Church street, Corner Richard
White Hart, East street, Stembridge Charles
White Lion, Hermitage street, Delamont Joseph

Ironfounder.

Hayward Giles ( and agricultural implement manufactr), East st

Ironmongers.

Ewens Wm. Sheepmarket street
Towt Sarah, Sheepmarket street
Young John, Sheepmarket street

Linen and Woollen Drapers.

Bicknell Wm.Cox, Market place
Brown Edward, Market place
Foss Lewis, Sheepmarket street
Hodge Edwd. Sheepmarket street
Palmer Thomas, Abbey street
Pendered John, East street

Millers.

Brice Charles, Dinnington mills
Farnham Robt. Clapton mills
Fowler Thomas, Haymoor mills
French Josiah, Merriot Mills
Gibbs Joseph, New place mills
Ireland John, Bury mills
Manley John, Hewish mills
Patch William, Bob mills
Read Joseph, Lopen mills
Read Richard, Merriot mills
Slade John, North perrot mills
Stembridge Thos. Misterton
Tucker Robt.C. Clapton mills

Milliners and Dressmakers.

March Elizabeth, North street
Shephard Sarah, North street
Slade Elizabeth, & Hutchings Mary Ann, Goulds barton
Stoodley and Rapson, West street
Toleman Sarah, East street

Nursery and Seedsman.

Chard James, Haselbury
Webber William, Market place

Painters.

Howe Geo. (& gilder) Church st
Hutchings John, Church street

Plasterers and Tilers.

Hillard Charles ( plasterer only) , East street
Munford John, Market place
Taylor Thomas, Market place

Plumbers and Glaziers.

Munford Jas. (& painter) South st
Munford Thomas, East street
Priddle Samuel, South street
Toleman John (& painter) East st

Rope & Twine Manufacturers.

England George, Haselbury
Withey George, & Smith George, North Perrot

Saddle and Harness Makers.

Clarke Sealey, Crewkerne
Plowman Edwd. Sheepmarket pl
Plowman Robt. Market place
Podger Edwin, South street
Willis William, East street

Sail and Cloth Manufacturers.

Ford Isaac, West Chinnock
Genge & Lovibond, East Chinnock
Hayward Richd. & Sons, West Chinnock
Randall & Son, East Chinnock
Row John Wall, North street
Templeman Thomas, Lopen

Schools.

Bull Charles, West street
Dawes Sophia (boarding), South st
Dodge Christiana, Church street
Grammar, Abbey st. (& boarding), Head master, Penney, Rev. Chas. m.a.; Second master, Sandiland, Rev. Percival R.; Third master, Howe, Thos. A. French & German master, De Witt Monsieur
Infant, West street; mistress, Willis Jane G.
Jolliffe Maria & Christiana, Sheepmarket street
Martin Henry, Gouldsbrook terr
National, West street; master, Hiorns Thomas David; mistress, Bramwell Catherine

Solicitors.

Hussey John, Abbey house
Jolliffe Jas. Hare, Sheepmarket st
Lowman Robert, Abbey street
Sparks Wm. & John, East street
Templeman John, Merriott
Templeman John Marsh, & Templeman Jno. Marsh, jun. Church street
Tidcombe John James, East st

Stay Makers.

Bull Ann, West street
March Sarah, Church street
Slade Fanny, Abbey street

Stone Masons.

Bull Humphrey, West street
Lye Thomas, Ashlands
Lye William, Goulds square

Straw Hat Makers.

Gange Christiana, Hermitage st
Stembridge Phillis, Sheepmarket st
Turner Sophia, Cornhill street

Surgeons.

Bowdage Emanuel, Abbey street
Jolliffe Geo. Hillborne, Market pl
Jolliffe George Slade, Market pl
Morse Arthur Chas. Church street
Webber John, Market place
Wells George Fredk. East street
Wills Joseph, East street

Tailors.

Bicknell Wm. Cox, & Martin Charles (& general outfitters), Market place
Clift Benjamin, Goulds square
Eyres James, East street
Haggett John, West street
Holman Edward, Tower hill
Hutchings Edward, Church street
March Thos. Taylor, Church st
Moon Thomas, Market place
Pitman John, Church path
Swaffield Henry, South street

TurnersWood.

March John, North street
March Richard, East street

Watch & Clock Makers.

Clarke Thos. Fredk. Sheepmarket street
Pearce John, Market place

Wheelwrights.

Collard James, West street
Davis Henry, West street
Hayward Giles, East street
Pitman James, Tower hill
Slade Thomas, Market place

Wine and Spirit Merchants.

Galpin Walter, Market place
Kite James, Church street

Wire Sieve Makers.

Paull Henry, South street
Paull Thomas, South street

Miscellaneous.

Architect, Allen James Mountford, Crewkerne
Berlin Wool Repository, Turner Elizabeth, Sheepmarket street
Brick and Tile Maker, Plowman Edward, North street
Butcher, Symonds Hugh, West st
Coach Builder, Standfield George, West street
Land Surveyors, Guy and Stubbs Hinton St. George
Professor of Music, Summerhayes John, Popels Well
Provision Merchant, Ewens Wm. Daniel, Gouldsbrook terrace
Sacking and Sack Manufacturers, Rendall Henry, Haselbury
Veterinary Surgeon, Blake Chas. William, East street

Law and Public Officers.

Hussey John, clerk to the commissioners of the Crewkerne turnpike roads, Abbey house.
Male Charles, town crier, West street.
Perry William, surveyor of roads, West street.
Sparks William, clerk to the trustees of the Crewkerne grammar school, and the new alms houses, East street.
Templeman John Marsh, treasurer to the commissioners of the Crewkerne turnpike roads, Church street.
Webber John, registrar of births, deaths, marriages, Market place.

Public Buildings, Offices, &c.

Alms Houses,West street, for aged people of both sexes.
County Court, Town hall, Market place; judge, John Monson Carrow; clerk, Edward Lovell; assistant clerk, John Sparks; high bailiff, Edward Charles Coles; assistant bailiff, John Lowman.
Engine House, East street. Keys at the agents for the various fire offices.
Gas Works,Gas lane; manager, John Toleman, East street.
Inland Revenu Officer,Swan Inn, Church street; officer, Edwin Restarick
Scientific and Literary Institution,Town hall; treasurer, William Thomas Standfield; secretary, Joseph Pearce.
Stamp Office,Market place; sub distributor, Walter Galpin.
Town Hall,Market place; keeper, William Sparks.

coachesto

Bridport.Royal Mail, from the George hotel, daily, at 4 30 p.m.
Taunton. Royal Mail, from the George hotel, daily, at 9 30 a.m. and Prince Albert, daily from the same inn, at 12 30 p.m.
Weymouth. Prince Albert, from the George inn, daily, at 4 30 p.m.

waggonsto

Bridport and Bristol.Ford & Co., from the Swan inn, Tues. Thurs. and Sat. at 9 a.m.
Chard.Ford & Co., Mon. Thurs. & Sat. at 9 a.m.
London, Bristol,and all parts. Crocker, from the white Hart, and Ford & Co., from Swann inn, both daily.

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5 Responses to Crewkerne, Somerset, England

  1. Polly Stembridge says:

    Hi!

    I was researching some family history, as I am thinking of visiting the Stembridge village next year, and saw you site whilst browsing, so thought I would say a quick hello, and if you are interested I can share with you what I know. Have you had any contact with any Stembridge’s in the UK? I have been to Crewkerne for an extended family meeting, there was a Stembridge (I think David) who had put together all the research he had done on the various Somerset lines and there whereabouts now. I could get his details if you are interested in the UK genealogy? I heard we are decendents of cider makers – Agnes Stembridge saving the apple orchard from her drunken & sheep stealing brothers and turning it into a successful cider orchard – hence the Stembridge cider apple & very popular Dry Blackthorn Cider made down Stembridge lane! I would need to check with my Dad to verify that tale – I heard it when I was young.
    Love from a Surrey Stembridge

  2. Hey Polly,

    thank you so much for the note. Please do share any information you have, if you’d like to forward as an email send it here.

    I have had a little contact with some UK Stembridges; but not a bunch. We generally trace roots back to the 3 Stembridge Brothers from mid 1740s…. and that’s about as far as we get.

    That is a very cool story about Agnes. You know there are Apple Grower Stembridges in North Georgia, in Ellijay? This is my “great” uncle Joel, who moved there in 1916 due to health issues. His son Gene took over the business, and it is called Panorama Orchards (find it here) There are at least 3 varieties of apples with the Stembridge name.

    Looks like there are several in the UK as well.

    Where are you located?
    Thanks! David

  3. Leah Rudolph says:

    I am also researching the UK Stembridges – my husband is descended from John Stembridge/ Sarah Burres. I’d love to be able to document what I was given for John’s ancestors… I have information back to a Peter (d. 1604) married to an Agnes, but it has not been confirmed. I’d be glad to share with either of you. Leah

  4. Mark Wells says:

    Hello all, my partner is a descendant of John Stembridge born in Bradpole. He married Mary Gayford Gillingham (from Beaminster), and they had about 5 children, one being Evelyn Stembridge. Evelyn married William (Bill) Smith who had my partners mother in the late 1920’s in Portsmouth Hampshire, as he was in the navy. The family moved to Fleet in Hampshire, Bll died about 1937, but Mary Gayford was the last person to be in Fleet/Church Crookham with the surname. Mary Gayford was buried 5/6/1950 at the age of 73 at Church Crookham church, as were many of the Smith family (Bill’s parents and siblings). Hope this is of use to you, I have also been studying the name from both Bridport and Crewkerne, many of the family are related to the early 20th century Coal Merchant in South Street, Bridport. Recently I have even proved the Stembridge couple from my parents town, Camberley, in Surrey, were descended from the Dorset branch by way of a generation from Kent. The 1940’s parents of the school admission register for York Town, Camberley, lived at 91 Frimley Road. I spotted the early 20th century gent as a painter/decorator and thought I was on the wrong track, because he came from Kent. His widowed mother came from Dorset. Could anyone tell me why John’s World War 1 record states his name as John Davidson Stembridge. I have found no association to a Davidson family but know he is my John Stembridge.

  5. Derek Yates says:

    I am researching my Stembridge roots. I am descended from John Stembridge/ Sarah Burres, but have not been able to rogress th line much further beyond that. Any information you could send would be appreciated. I see Leah had traced that branch back to Peter and Agnes. I’d love to see that.

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