The village of Epwell taken from the air. Copyright Dr. Clive Bennett  1998 .   Taken  in August 1998. Please ignore date in bottom right.                                           Email ceb@soton.ac.uk                                             Back

Epwell was the home of my ancestors: My great grandfather Henry Bennett: also known as 'Bone-Setter Bennett'  was first a farmer and then a landlord in Epwell at the turn of the century.  He was the last holder of the farm  at Lower Chelmscott near Epwell: the 'Bennett farm'.  See my family tree below the picture

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William Bennett: Farmer in 1684 when he married Elinor

John Bennett: Farmer in 1721 when he married Elizabeth Colcit (of Epwell)

William Bennett: Farmer 1750-1770

Thomas Bennett: Farmer 1822-1867

(According to records at:

http://www.rootsweb.com/~cotswold/chelmscott51.htm

and

http://www.rootsweb.com/~cotswold/chelmscott61.htm

the farm declined from 255 acres to 121 acres between 1851 and 1861).

John  Bennett: Farmer 1867-1870

Henry Bennett Farmer 1870-1878    (my great grandfather)

At this point the family lost the farm and Henry became the Landlord of the 'Chandler's Arms' He subsequently fell on hard times.

My grandfather John Henry Bennett was apprenticed as a wheelwright in an adjacent village Whichford with the Slatter family. He went on to build coachwork of Rolls-Royce cars at Surmans of Banbury. There should still be a number of examples bearing his name. Later in life he was a  local Secretary of the Ancient Order of Foresters.

My father Arthur John Bennett was first trained as a teacher at Exeter College. He subsequently obtained an external degree from London University and went on in Industry to become the Head Chemist and Microbiologist of Ansells breweries isolating important strains of yeasts for beers such as Double-Diamond.

My mother is currently 97 years old.

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