Broad Street
Wrington Website
Schmoose Page 2017

The Schmoose page has run since the website began. See on Page 1 how the idea came about. Let us know where you are,  what you're doing, what you remember of your time in Wrington, and so on. Just e-mail copy to It's the website's normal policy not to publish e-mail addresses of correspondents for security reasons.
If you wish to make contact, e-mail the website, and it will be passed on.
The most recent items appear first

Bill Crook - Hamilton, New Zealand, 2nd September

Kia ora Richard,

I spoke to Alistair last evening about this question. He is 6 years older than me and he has vague memories of a circus set up in Organs field across the road from the rec. My recollection is even more vague because it would have been about 1947! We agreed that even though we would like to be more affirmative our recall cannot, in this case, be relied on. Sorry, not much help but really great to hear from you.

It is a most miserable morning here in Hamilton. It’s rained heavy all night and is still going.

Yvonne Spratt (Chard) - Mauku, Pukekohe, Auckland, NZ, 2nd September
HI Richard

Marilyn remembers a circus coming and setting up where the bungalows are now in School Road. She would have been very young though.

Early 1950s ?

Miles Mather - 5th August

My mother has told me that she can remember seeing elephants in Wrington, probably visiting a fair. That would be the 1930's.
Any ideas?

With thanks.

Kirsten Moreau - 11th June
Thank you Richard!

According to, Alice Carpenter was born in 1590 or 1591 in Wrington, Somerset, England, her father was Alexander Carpenter, born in 1560 also in Wrington, and her mother was Priscilla Dillion (no further information).

Alice's first husband, Edward Southworth, may also have been born in Wrington around 1590. references a book called New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635, Vol 1, A-F in which the Carpenter family is mentioned. That book suggests Alice also had four sisters (Juliann b. 1583, Agnes b. 1585, Mary b. 1596, and Priscilla b. 1598), all from Wrington. This book suggests that all of the sisters, except for Agnes, immigrated to Plymouth. That book mentions that another book, Scott Genealogy, may also contain information about the Carpenters, but I have not obtained a copy yet.

The search continues! I am also tracking down Devon families ties in Brixton, Bradninch, and Stoke Canon Exeter.

Thank you so much for your correspondence!

Kirsten Moreau - 11th June [email to John Gowar]

Thank you so much for your note! Alice is the only Carpenter I know of in the family tree (her father may have been Alexander and her mother may have been named Priscilla). She is thought to have been born in Wrington, but with no other records of Carpenters at Wrington, maybe the family was not originally from there.

We greatly appreciate you checking the manor schedule!

John Gowar - Redhill, North Somerset, 29th May

Dear Kirsten,

My! You've done well! Which means that I guess you'll have gone through the parish registers for Wrington that are now available on Ancestry. From the transcription, there were certainly Carpenters living in Wrington in the 1500s & 1600s. But then they seem all to have moved away.

I looked at the schedule of the manor made by John Rocque in 1738 and also at Abbot Beere's Terrier of 1517. No-one called Carpenter listed as holding land that I could find.

All Saints' Church, the Court House and nearby Langford Court are the only buildings I know to have some vestiges of Elizabethan origins but Richard or Mark Bullen would be better able than me to comment on this.

I do hope you are able to make your visit in July and that you find things of interest here.

With best wishes,

Kirsten Moreau - 27th May

I am an American living in the United Kingdom. While here, I have been doing some research on my family and trying to visit as many locations in my family history as possible.

I believe I may have traced my lineage back to Wrington, where my 11th great-grandmother Alice Carpenter was born in Wrington in 1590 or 1591. She later sailed to Plymouth Colony on the Anne in 1623 where she married the Governor of Plymouth Colony, William Bradford; it is from their union that I descend (through their son William). I also found a reference to them on the Wrington website: <>

I have the opportunity to visit Wrington this July 2017 with my Mother (also a direct descendant) and my two children. I was wondering if anyone could recommend sights we should be sure to see? There probably aren't too many records left from that time period, but we will visit the church as our best chance. I looked at the Schmoose site and the list of families being researched, but did not see Carpenter among them.

Many thanks

[Reply to Kirsten: - Ed]
Apart from the web page you reference, I'm afraid we've had no further mention of the Carpenter family. However, my wife looks after the church archive (which you can reference at: <>). This contains some of the remaining papers of Cmdr Michael Lawder (deceased) who was the foremost local historian in recent years. He received very many requests from people researching family trees, and the name Carpenter does appear in the papers we have. We don't know how far back that goes, or whether it's your Carpenter, but next week my wife will see what she can find.

We also have a plan of the graveyard on line <> which lists graves in alphabetical order. The name Carpenter does not appear there. I know it's hardly surprising given the passage of time, but it was worth a try.

Meanwhile, I've copied your email to local historian, John Gowar, who may have suggestions about your other query.

Best wishes,

Jane Robson - Boston, UK - 16th March

I spent my early childhood visiting my grandfather (George Brunker). I remember the Parsleys and the Lanes. My Grandfather married his 3rd wife, Elsie Brunker (née Lane). Used to walk at Red Hill and in Burrington Combe. I remember the Dring [Church Walk] and the Rec! Three relatives buried in Wrington..

Mick Wainwright - Seaton, Devon - 10th January

I saw Tracy at the church office today but she could add no more detail other than to confirm location of the grave for H Swete who died in 1912.

I have started a family tree on<> as it seems the only way to put down details and more to the point it provides hints and links to other people researching his family. I hasten to add I am not family.

I have searched the name in many variations through the britishnewspaperarchives sites and I am amazed at what is available about Swete and his working life. In the Worcester Chronicle 13th December 1879 Swete was giving a lecture and was asked by a family where illness prevailed. Two doctors had been asked for a diagnosis prior to this. Dr Swete visited their house and saw what sounds like a gawdy wallpaper. As the Worcester City and County analyst, he checked the wallpaper. Four and one half pounds of arsenic were found. It was stripped away and the family became well.

Dr Swete seems to have married for the second time in 1907 in Christchurch, Hampshire, and therefore probably lived in Seaton for only a short time. One of his sons died in India.

Mick Wainwright - Seaton, Devon - 6th January

I have this morning been to St Gregory's Churchyard, Colyford Road, Seaton where I met Mary Scott, a fellow resident of Langford House, Seaton. Mary is heavily involved in the church and was able to show me the Burial register which indeed lists H Swete as being buried at the churchyard in 1912 (see register entry photo).
Mary showed me the actual grave site but unfortunately there is no gravestone. We looked at an area where fallen headstones have been placed, but again no sign. I have taken a photo of the actual grave which is just grassed over (rather sad for a once eminent physician). The picture of the grave is actually taken from behind another grave.

I will be going to the church again on Tuesday to speak to a lady called Tracy who may know a little more?

Interesting development.

Mick Wainwright - Seaton, Devon - 6th January

Absolutely no objections at all. I am so curious about Dr Swete, the more knowledge the better. I did think that he had brought the name Langford House to Seaton when he moved here. (date unknown) but I see from the 1891 census that Langford House had a number of occupants none of which were Swetes.

Mick Wainwright - Seaton, Devon - 4th January

Thank you for that Richard. After a considerable amount of googling and use of and had already led me to the wrington archives site, but I thank you nevertherless.

That is interesting about your Langford House, and at the moment the earliest record of our Langford House is a newpaper article of 1911 seeking hired help. I wonder whether Dr Swete brought the name with him? An earlier note just shows number 44 Fore St i.e missing the Langford House.

Do you know where he is buried? On Friday morning I am going to have a look at the local burial records in Seaton's St Gregory's church to see if he is buried there.

There are one or two pieces of info to add to his history but for the time being I need to be sure about details'
Reply from Ed:
This is becoming even more interesting !

Would you have any objection if I copy our correspondence to the Schmoose page - the first entry for 2017 ? Our local historians will be most interested. We have a local history society (see Organisations index) and one local historian, John Gowar, in particular, who has written a number of articles (see History index) and is, in fact, giving the January talk on Langford.

Mick Wainwright - Seaton, Devon - 4th January

I am researching Dr Edward Horatio Walker Sweet, who I believe was born in Wrington. He was a well known doctor who died at the place where I live, being Langford House, Fore St, Seaton, Devon, on 4th Dec 1912. He apparently could have been known as Horace Sweet and was the founder of the Cottage Hospital system.

Furthermore he had a famous son Edward Lyall Swete, an actor on the London stage circuit. The son appeared on stage alongside George Bernard Shaw and Sybil Thorndike. Furthermore, Dr Swete treated an initial suspect in the Jack the Ripper enquiry, one JWW Saunders.

Just wondering if you had any information about Dr Swete ?
Reply from Ed:
I think you may find the Village Archive index interesting <>

especially <>

Then there's the History index <>

Perhaps you'd be interested in writing a piece on your researches to add to these Wrington website archives ?
I'd be most grateful.

Incidentally, Langford House in our neighbouring village is the home of the Bristol U. Vet School !