Dates at The Manor 1

Following on from the last blog, and thanks to CL, I have taken some photographs of several engravings at The Manor in Chitterne. One of the two engraved window panes there revealed an unexpected find and a bit of a wow moment.

the manor
The Manor, Chitterne St Mary

The Manor was owned and leased to tenants by a succession of Lords of the Manor, the Paulets, the Methuens and the Longs, until Frederick Buckeridge Wallis bought the buildings and land from the Long family at the end of WW1, as told to me by Lawrence Wallis. All I knew of the tenants of The Manor, before the Wallis family arrived there in about 1823, was gleaned from the recollections of William E Sanders, who says that the Sanders family leased The Manor up till c1800, when Christopher Fricker took it on. Christopher died in 1815 and is buried in St Mary’s graveyard.

Members of the Sanders family are buried in the same graveyard and remembered on memorial tablets on the quoins of St Mary’s Chancel. Their names also occur in the Parish Registers from the 1600s.

So the find on the window pane has slotted another piece into the jigsaw of The Manor.

E Morris died 1812
Marks and engravings etched into the glass window pane at The Manor, Chitterne

The E. Morris engraved on the pane refers to Elizabeth Morris née Shurland who died on 21st December 1812 and was buried on the 28th under the floor of the Chancel. According to her tombstone Elizabeth was the widow of Jeremiah Morris of Mere, Wiltshire, who died in 1806, and the daughter of C. Shurland, a Senator of Barbados Island. Her son, Joseph Brown Morris, was curate of Imber, Wiltshire from 1808 to 1815.  So perhaps Elizabeth moved to The Manor to be near her son, but that supposition begs a question: Did she live in Christopher Fricker’s house or take over the lease from him? Or, did Joseph take on the curacy of Imber to be near his mother? Joseph took on the lease of the Round House at some point around 1808, then sadly died young in 1815, whereupon his brother Charles Morris took on the lease and lived at the Round House until 1879. Hence my wow moment at seeing the engraving.

I have not discovered who Christopher Daniel was but there are other photographs from The Manor still to share, which will have to wait for another time.



Dates at The Manor 1

Harry Potter of Salisbury Plain

Article found in an old magazine concerning Harry Potter
Article found in an old magazine concerning Harry Potter

There was only one Harry Potter in Wiltshire in the 1881 census. So says the article I came across by chance when sorting old magazines recently, and he had connections with Chitterne. Intrigued, and given that we have Potters in the village today, I asked my intrepid friends Holmes and Watson if they would be so good as to find the connection. And the results are amazing! My simple question led to the unearthing of the entire Potter story as far as Chitterne is concerned.

Down Barn 1926
Down Barn in 1926

It looks like this could be a long saga so instalments may be necessary. The first Potters to arrive here came from Imber. Jesse Potter born 1818, brothers Leonard and Michael baptised 1825 and 1842, George baptised 1832, and brothers Alfred & James, baptised 1830 and 1832 respectively in Norton Bavant, were all first cousins. Their fathers were brothers, and their grandparents were James Potter and Sarah Earley of Imber. The six cousins worked on the land, four of them married Chitterne women and they all lived in Chitterne by the 1850s, several at the outlying Field Barn settlements such as Down Barn or Bush Barn. Later members of the Chitterne Potter family are all descended from these six.

We shall find out the connection to Harry Potter soon!

Harry Potter of Salisbury Plain