Hezekiah & Fanny Wellstead

Hezekiah Wellstead was born in Wool around 1819 and his future wife Fanny Kellaway was also born there and baptised on 20 August 1820.

They married at Wool on 16 February 1840. Hezekiah gave his age as 22, his occupation as labourer and stated his father was John Burt. Fanny also gave her age as 22. Her father as Joseph Kellaway. Neither Hezekiah or Fanny could write and so both ‘signed’ with their mark. On the same day, the marriage of George Torafield [Tollerfield] and Eliza Bagg took place in the same church and Hezekiak and Fanny were witnesses!

Hezekiah & Fanny appear to have lived in Kingston a relatively short while in their twilight years. They were recorded on the 1901 census as living in South Street, with Hezekiah shown as an ‘ordinary agricultural labourer’ aged 82 and Fanny aged 80.

Hezekiah died on 20 November 1903 and his wife Fanny died just two months later on 19 January 1904. They were buried in the lower graveyard behind the old St. James’ Church, on 23 November and 22 January respectively.

Their gravestone is pictured below:

The gravestone commemorating Hezekiah and Fanny. Photo by Martin White in June 2009

The inscription reads:

In Loving Memory of



After their marriage, Hezekiah and Fanny remained at Wool for 10 years or more, where they had at least four children: Robert John, John Robert, Mary Ann and Charles. By 1861 the family were living at Arne, and Hezekiah and Fanny were still living there in 1891. Arne was part of the Eldon Estate and it was no doubt through this connection that they moved to Kingston.

“Well, well” said the Rocking Chair


American Singer/Songwriter Dean Friedman, who some will remember for his 1978 hit single “Lucky Stars” and his 1977 album ‘”Well, well” said the Rocking Chair’, is coming to Kingston on Thursday 29 September 2016.

He will be performing at Kingston Country Courtyard from 8pm. Tickets, which cost £26.75  plus a ‘per transaction’ delivery fee, are available only through ticketweb.


The Ford Family

We’ve just added a page dedicated to The Ford Family. William Ford (1841-1898) was dairyman at Blashenwell Farm. His son William Ellis Ford (1869-1933) married Louisa Martha Hunt (1870-1936) at the old St. James Church, Kingston on 8 April 1892. See and read much more with special thanks to Scott Duncan and Belinda Norman 🙂

We’ve also added the probate records for William Ellis Ford (1869-1933) and his son Bertie Ford (1895-1918).

The Uphill Family

We’ve just added a newspaper report about the funeral of Harry Uphill who died in January 1940 aged 46 at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Harry was born at Encombe in 1893 to gardener James Uphill (1855-1923) and Fanny Uphill neé Brown (1861-1918). The family moved to Wimborne by 1901 and, in 1911, Harry was working there as an assistant outfitter, a profession he continued at Uckfield in Sussex after serving his country in World War 1.

We’ve also added the probate record for Harry’s grandfather James Uphill (1821-1887) who died at Encombe.

Heavenly Foods Festival

The lovely Church of St James at the top of Kingston Hill will be hosting a new festival this year, one which celebrates ‘ Heavenly Foods’ in the form of a combined Flowers and Craft Festival, at which you will also be able to enjoy live music at certain times of the day.

The event which runs from Saturday 17 – Monday 19 September is open to the public from 10 am – 5 pm each day and is free of charge. We hope to have the bell tower open, for people to enjoy the splendid views over Purbeck, and at certain times you can enjoy hearing the amazing set of 10 bells.

This will be one of our main fundraising events of 2016, so please come and support it, bring your friends, families and neighbours and enjoy the special surroundings whilst savouring refreshments on the lawn with the best views in Purbeck. ‘Save the Date’ as they say!

Getting Involved

Would you like to be involved in this event? Spaces are limited so please return your booking form early. The event was very popular last year and we anticipate being oversubscribed so please let me know during May/June if you wish to book a place. You may be involved in various ways either with craft or music.

A. Floral/Foliage Contribution For this you may promote/represent your organisation by using a flower/foliage display either as a pedestal arrangement or other container. We shall be using the entrance area, font, and choir stall and altar also the window arches and window sills for floral arrangements. The overall theme will be ‘Celebrating Life’ we would encourage you to select your subject from the list and include relevant items in the display. We would ask you to provide an A5 or A4 laminated notice with your group’s name. There is no charge, but it would be your responsibility to provide all flowers, containers and accessories. Displays will be listed in the visitors programme.

B. Craft Demonstrations We would like local crafts people to offer to attend and demonstrate their craft on either the Saturday or Sunday. This will have to take place outside, so you will need to provide a small gazebo if possible. We are hoping for a cross section of crafts – stonework, metalwork, wood, pottery and ceramic, fabric and art work. You will need to reserve a place in advance so that we can set aside an area. There is no charge for this if you are not selling items, however we would ask that you must have public liability insurance and take all precautions necessary for health and safety.

C. Craft Sales We have just a few spaces for craft sales on each day as space is very limited. For this there will be a charge of £10 a day for a 6ft table space. We can accept no responsibility for selling and you will need to staff your own sales. Please indicate which day you would prefer (Sat, Sun or £20 for both) when you send your cheque in June. It is recommended you provide a gazebo and table if outside.

Please select A B or C and return to me and I will forward the appropriate booking form. Please forward this to others who may be interested locally.

Contact judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk

Thank you for your support.

Judy Forgan