The Poldens of Flint House

As promised, here is more on the Polden family featured in the earlier photo of Flint House. Clement Polden was born in 1857, the eldest son of Abdon Polden the mason and Alma Feltham. He started up Polden & Feltham aged 21 years in 1878 with his cousin Jimmy Feltham. Building up the business must have been Clement’s main aim because he remained unmarried until 1901 when he was 43 or 44 years old. His wife was Lydia Poolman, a woman 11 years his junior and daughter of William Meade Poolman, innkeeper at The White Hart.

Clement and Lydia’s sons, Owen and Alban, carried on the family tradition, working in the business and marrying late, or in Owen’s case, not marrying at all. Owen and Alban lived at Flint House, with their mother after Clement’s death in 1929, until she died in 1939, and then Alban’s wife Olive joined them in 1940. Owen died in 1972.

Wedding of Alban Polden and Olive Burt 1940 L to R: Owen, Alban, Alfred Burt, Olive, Florence Burt, unknown
Wedding of Alban Polden and Olive Burt 1940
L to R: Owen, Alban, Alfred Burt, Olive, Florence Burt, unknown

Alban had married his first cousin Olive Burt in 1940 after his mother’s death. Olive was the daughter of blacksmith Alfred Burt and Clement’s sister, Florence Polden, and, because of Olive’s close family relationship to Alban they never had children. In 1971 Alban and Olive built a bungalow for themselves they named The Walnut Tree in part of Flint House garden facing Back Road. Flint House was sold in 1972. Alban died in 1985. After his death Olive moved to Highworth, Swindon, to be near her niece, and died there at the end of 1997.

The Wedding of Ivy (Polly) Polden and Arthur Williams 1929 Polly's brothers Owen and Alban are 8th and 10th from left in middle row. Her mother Lydia is seated fifth from left.
The Wedding of Ivy (Polly) Polden and Arthur Williams 1929
Polly’s brothers Owen and Alban are 8th and 10th from left in middle row. Her mother Lydia is seated fifth from left.

In September 1929 Clement and Lydia’s daughter, Ivy – known as Polly – married Arthur Williams. Arthur was a butcher from Bournemouth, he and Polly lived there above his butcher shop. They had one son. Polly died in 1986. So no descendants from this particular family remain in Chitterne today although there are villagers amongst us related to the wider Feltham, Polden and Poolman families.

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The Poldens of Flint House

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