BEGINNINGS IN SOMERSET : SMITH/ANDREWS ANCESTRAL VILLAGE
VIEWS OF OLD PENSFORD, SOMERSET, ENGLAND
Top left photo shows the village of Pensford, Somerset, England.
Top right photo is the double storey Nelson House.
Lower photos show the railway viaduct built in 1873.
In July 1813 James HARFORD of Chew Magna sold the houses and property standing on the site now occupied by Nelson House to Thomas SMITH the Elder. The property consisted of dwelling houses, gardens and stables on an area of one rood and ten perches with tenements in the occupation of Mathew Jacob WATTS and Monty HARVEY, Thomas SMITH the Elder, Thomas SMITH the Younger, Jacob SAYS and Richard BATH. The leashold of the land was purchased at the same time from Charles KOMOYO of Haldwell House, Somerset. The total purchase price is not clear but it was probably in the range of one hundred and fifty pounds; one house was sold immediately to John HAZLE of Poblow. (Taken from notes on Nelson House, Pensford, researched by an owner.)
Church of St Thomas a' Becket in Pensford, Somerset, England. Jennifer Burrell (ms Smith) is the tiny figure on the bridge which links the main street of Pensford and the church which is on an island surrounded by the River Chew and a millstream. In the background top left is the railway viaduct. This photo was taken in 1998 from a window of 'Bridge House', a stone cottage over the River Chew, which is still owned and occupied by the FLOWER family, pictured middle. At right Jennifer Burrell and Meg Flower at the front of Bridge House, Pensford in 1998.
Photos taken in Sep 2006 behind the church which is on an island surrounded by the mill stream and the River Chew. The path over the bridge leads to the railway viaduct.
A view from the other side of the railway viaduct taken from Blackmore & Langdon's nursery at Pensford. Interestingly the Ballarat Botanical Gardens in Australia (near where I live) has imported begonias from this nursery for over 100 years since the early 20th century.
George SMITH m 1850 Melinda ANDREWS
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