Winsham Families
It was always intended that the people of Winsham should have the opportunity to place the pictures and information about their lives on the Web Museum site, and this Gallery is our  attempt to enable this to happen. If you have family pictures that reflect you family's life in Winsham, then please let us have them, with as much information as you can. Information on how to contact us will be found on the Home Page. Scroll down the page for the various families featured.


The Courtney Family 
References to the Courtney family abound in the Museum, especially in 'The Winsham I Remember' by W. H. Paull , where there is a wonderful account of their influence on the social life of the village in the early decades of the last century. They were a very musical family. Below are some pictures taken in the early 1920s. They lived at Church Farm and there were seven daughters.

The Hawker Family
The Hawker family have lived in the village for many years, and Charlie lives in Western Way (2009). 


The Henley Family
 A good deal is known about the Henley Family, as they owned Leigh House from the beginning of the 17th Century until the early part of the last Century. Here are four members who are not well documented-does anybody have any information ? 

Edward Charles Henley

Anthony Cornish Henley

Edward Francis Henley

Cornish Frederick Henley
The Phelp's Family-some information please
Enos Rowsel
-an account  provided by Ian Rowsel, a great grandson of Enos.

Enos Rowsel was born on the 22nd of September 1844 to Sarah Rowsel nee Poor at Handlin, Thorncombe. Sarah Poor and John Rowsel, born in 1809 in Broadwindsor, were married in Broadwindsor on 21st May 1826.  The census records their surname as  Rowsel. The birth certificate of Enos gives Rousell, Enos used both.

The 1841 census records John and Sarah living at Chalkway, Winsham. They had five children, Elizabeth, James, John, Sarah and Eliza. In 1851 they were living on Ammerham Lane and Enos had been born. In 1861, aged 16 he was working as an agricultural labourer and living with his parents. Sometime after this he travelled north to Misterton  in Nottinghamshire. Here he was working as a brick layer.  On  Christmas Day 1866 he married Hannah Moete , the daughter of the landlord of the Canal Bridge Inn, Stockwith Basin!

They went on to have ten children. Enos became a successful local builder and died at the age of 93 in 1937.

Left: Enos Rowsel  taken  about 1934 in Worksop Nottinghamshire. It could have been his 90th birthday.
Above: Four generations of Rowsel's



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