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NEWS FROM MILTON LILBOURNE, 1848-1909

Articles from 1909 (part 2)

The Marlborough Times, February 6th 1909:
New Mill Quoit Club.
The members and a few friends of the New Mill Quoit Club met at their headquarters, the New Inn, on Friday evening last, when they partook of a cold supper provided by Mrs VAUGHAN. About 30 people were present, Mr E. WELLS being in the chair, and Mr T. TOWNSEND in the vice-chair. After supper, the Chairman gave the royal toast, which was loyally drunk. The Vice-Chairman submitted 'The N.M.Q.C.' Mr VAUGHAN replied, stating that there were 16 members and 1 0s 6d in the hands of the treasurer. The club played four matches last year, and won all of them. They played Manton (twice) and Hillcott (twice). The Chairman proposed the health of 'The Hostess', who responded. The rest of the time was spent in harmony, songs being sung by Mr TOWNSEND, Sergeant-Major KINGSTON, Mr H. DOBSON, and Mr W. DEADMAN. Mr J. CHANDLER gave some good selections on his gramophone.

[same issue]
Thatching class and supper.
A successful class in thatching was brought to a close on Thursday. The instructions were given by the County Council instructor, in Mr Wells' Yard at New Mill. The work was judged on Thursday afternoon by Mr HOLLOWAY and Mr E. MAIDMENT. In the evening, the Vicar, the Ven. Archdeacon COCKIN, invited members of the class, the Committee and the judges to a supper in the Parish Room. Mr G. FERRIS occupied the chair, and was supported by Messrs A. GILFORD, P. PUCKRIDGE, E. WELLS and F. MARCH.

The loyal toasts were duly honoured, and the prizes were then distributed. The health of the judges was then drunk, and in responding, Mr HOLLOWAY said the work of the first three was so well done that there was considerable difficulty in awarding first prize. Mr CORBETT gave an interesting account of the work carried out by the County Council, and said that Pewsey Vale took up the work as well as, if not better than, any district in the county. At the present time first-aid lectures were being given at Milton, and Veterinary lectures at Easton . Mr G. FERRIS gave some excellent advice to the members of the class, and advised them in their different branches to do their work well and give satisfaction to themselves.

Mr A. GILFORD, in responding to the health of the local committee, said he was pleased that his native village came well to the front. Mr PAICE proposed 'The health of the Chairman' and the remainder of the evening was spent in harmony. Hearty thanks were accorded to the Ven. Archdeacon for his efforts in bringing the class to a successful issue. The prizewinners were: 1st (25s) E. MILLS, Easton; 2nd (15s) JAS CHANDLER, Milton; 3rd (10s) FRANK WELLS. Certificates were also awarded to WM DEADMAN, CHAS WHITE and WM MILES.

The Marlborough Times, February 6th 1909:
Milton, near Pewsey
To be let, with early possession, a pretty cottage residence containing 2 sitting-rooms, small ditto and kitchen, 3 bedrooms, small flower garden. Close to Church, Post, & Telegraph Office. Rent 15 per annum or would be sold. Apply to Mr MARK JEANS, Estate Agents and Auctioneers, Marlborough.

The Marlborough Times, February 6th 1909:
Sale Wednesday next, February 10th 1909 Re Mr B.C. SCAMMELL deceased.
Sunnylands, Milton, near Pewsey.
Sale of surplus household furniture and indoor & outdoor effects, comprising:
Marble top washstands, antique brass lanterns, clocks, hat & umbrella stand, nearly new carpets and bedstead, set of golf clubs, 2 tennis raquets, lawn mower, bicycle, wheelbarrow, small rick of hay.
Messrs FERRIS and PUCKRIDGE have received instructions from the Executors of the late Mr B.C. SCAMMELL to sell the above on the premises, on Wednesday February 10th 1909, commencing at 12.30 punctually. Catalogue of Messrs Ferris & Puckridge, Surveyors & Auctioneers, Milton, Pewsey, Wilts and 22 Queen Street, Cheapside EC.

The Marlborough Times, March 20th 1909:
Death of an old inhabitant.
On Saturday last, the death occurred, somewhat suddenly, of Mrs SPACKMAN, of Littleworth, an old and respected inhabitant of Milton , who had reached the ripe age of 89. Mrs SPACKMAN, who resided with her son Mr H. SPACKMAN, was the widow of Mr STEPHEN SPACKMAN, who died in 1903. Mrs SPACKMAN'S father was a sailor and fought in the battles of the Nile , Copenhagen and Trafalgar, under the command of Lord Nelson. He was on the Victory at the time of Nelson's death. As the old lady had a good memory, she was fond of relating the various incidents of those stirring times, as told by her father. She was born in the reign of George III, and and had therefore lived under the rule of five monarchs. In the old coaching days, as she could not afford the luxury of a coach ride to London, Mrs SPACKMAN, who was then quite young, used to travel by the old road waggon which started from the Castle & Ball, Marlborough, on Thursdays and reached Hammersmith Turnpike Gate on Saturday, about noon. The return journey occupied about the same time. The funeral took place in the new churchyard on Wednesday, in the grave in which her late husband was buried in 1903.

The Marlborough Times, June 19th 1909:
Death of Miss SOMERSET, of Milton.
It is with regret that we record the death of Miss SOMERSET, which occurred on Saturday last, after a short illness. Her death was wholly unexpected and came as a great shock to her many relations and friends. By her death, another old family name has disappeared from the annals of Milton. Miss SOMERSET, whose name was MARY BROWN SOMERSET, was the daughter of Doctor HENRY WILLIAM SOMERSET, who at one time was medical practitioner at Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire, where Miss SOMERSET was born. Her grandfather was Mr EDMUND SOMERSET, who occupied Havering House, Milton. She was early adopted by her uncle, Mr JOHN SOMERSET of King Hall, Milton, and had practically lived at Milton all her life. She was named BROWN after a Mrs BROWN, who was a Miss SOMERSET and who restored the Manor House after it was burnt down about 1814, but died before she could live in it.

The Somersets are a very ancient family in this part of Wiltshire. In olden times one portion of the Somerset family carried on a large armoury business at Great Bedwyn. In more recent times they were large occupiers of land of their own, and tenants of the Savernake Estate. Miss SOMERSET was the last of the family to reside in Milton, but Mr Edward [ie.Edmund] SOMERSET, who now resides at Johannesburg, has property at Milton. Miss SOMERSET was a District Visitor and always willing to render assistance either with money or time to further any good cause for the welfare of the village. Every year she undertook the collection of subscriptions for the upkeep of the churchyard. She was also very kind to old people, and every year treated them to a drive round Savernake Forest. She always remembered them at Christmas-time, and by her death they have lost a kind and sympathetic friend. By the death of Miss SOMERSET, the Milton Friendly Society has lost one of its oldest and most liberal honorary members.

The funeral took place at Milton on Wednesday afternoon, amid manifestations of general sympathy, the blinds of practically every house in the village being drawn. The cortege left the deceased's residence at two o'clock . The service was simple and impressive, and was conducted by the Vicar of Milton, the Ven. Archdeacon COCKIN. The chief mourners were Dr EDWARD SOMERSET and Miss SOMERSET (cousins of the deceased), and among those also present at the graveside were Mr GEORGE FERRIS, Mr E. LLEWELLYN GWILLIM, Mr LEROYD, Miss MELSOME, Mr J.S. HAINES, Miss LEWIS, Mrs GALE, Mr & Mrs ELLIS, Mrs LANE, Mrs H. SPACKMAN, and Mrs WELLS. The villagers, among whom the deceased was held in high esteem, also attended in large numbers to show their token of respect and regard for the one who had been so kind to them. The grave was lined with evergreens, ivy, and white flowers by the Misses IDA and OLIVE JEANS, the deceased being laid to rest in a panelled coffin of polished oak in the same grave as her mother. The fittings were of brass, and a brass plate bore the following inscription: 'MARY SOMERSET, aged 62 years'. The floral tributes included the following: 'In affectionate remembrance' - Mr & Mrs E. SOMERSET (Reading); 'In affectionate remembrance' - Mr, Mrs & Miss SOMERSET (Guildford); 'With deepest sympathy' - from her neices EMMELINE and EDITH; from the Ven. and Mrs J.I.B. COCKIN; 'In loving remembrance' from Mr & Mrs P.M. PUCKRIDGE. Muffled peals were rung out on the church bells in the evening.

The Marlborough Times, June 26th 1909:
Death of Miss SOMERSET.
Owing to a clerical error, the inscription on the breast-plate of Miss SOMERSET's coffin was misquoted in our last week's issue. It reads as following: 'MARY BROWN SOMERSET. Died June 12th 1909 aged 62 years'. The following parishioners, amongst others, also attended the funeral to pay their last mark of respect and esteem for the deceased lady: Mrs FORD, Mrs ANNETTS, Miss KING, Mr & Mrs C. REYNOLDS, Mrs HISCOCK, Mrs H. HEAD, Mrs DEADMAN, Miss MARTIN, Miss FRIBBINS, Nurse BAKER, Miss BENGER, Mrs ROBERTS and many others. Before the sermon at both morning and evening services on Sunday, the Vicar (Ven. Archdeacon COCKIN) made fitting references to the loss the parish had sustained by the death of Miss SOMERSET, and stated that her kindly acts would long be remembered by all who knew her. Muffled peals were rung before both services.

The Marlborough Times, July 3rd 1909:
Sale on Wednesday next. Milton, near Pewsey.
Sale of the entire equipment of the residence known as Eastleigh, consisting of iron and brass bedsteads, bedroom suites, leather trunks, carpets, cabinets, sideboards, barometer, dining room suite, occasional tables, Chelsea and Staffordshire china figures, linen, glass, china, kitchen utensils etc. etc.
FERRIS & PUCKRIDGE have received instructions from the Executor of the late Miss M.B. SOMERSET to sell the above by auction in Mr Puckridge's barn (where it will be removed for convenience of sale) on Wednesday July 7th 1909, commencing 12.30 pm .
Catalogue of Messrs Ferris & Puckridge, Surveyors & Auctioneers, Milton, Pewsey, Wilts and 82 Queens St E.C.

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