William White (1822-1896) = Elizabeth Kingsbury Fry (1827-1900)

William White (1822-1896) was the third son of John White (c.1779-1861) and Harriet White nee Davis (c. 1789-1873). William, was baptised at St. Andrew’s Church, Bloxworth on 6 October 1822.

William married Elizabeth Kingsbury Fry (1827-1900) in 1846. Elizabeth, baptised at Bloxworth on 23 March 1823, was the daughter of William Fry and Deborah Kingsbury who married at Morden in November 1808. William and Elizabeth had five children, all born at Bloxworth:

In 1851 William, aged 20, was an agricultural labourer living at Woodlake in the parish of Bloxworth with wife Elizabeth aged 23 and young son James aged just 1. Ten years later the family of seven was complete, still living at Woodlake and with William still a labourer.

By 1871 the family were living at Willwood, Kingston with William now employed as gamekeeper and Elizabeth a laundress. James a bricklayer, Harriet a schoolteacher and Edmund and Charles scholars. George was a live-in servant for Nathaniel Bond over at Creech Grange. By 1881, George had returned to Willwood and was following in his father’s footsteps as a gamekeeper. James and Harriet had left home, Edmund had become a general labourer and Charles had become a carpenter journeyman.

Ten years on, William now aged 69 was still employed as a gamekeeper, and sons Edmund and Charles were living there still, both unmarried.

William died on 6 February 1896 aged 73 and was buried two days later in the lower churchyard behind the old church.

Elizabeth died on 12 January 1900 aged 72 and was buried three days later, also in the lower churchyard but in a separate grave.

More information of William’s parents:

John White (c.1779-1861) was born at White Bay in Newfoundland, Canada c.1779.

It is likely his parents had migrated to Newfoundland through the Port of Poole which had strong links with the emerging colony. By his late thirties, John was living in England, as he married Harriet Davis (c. 1789-1873) at Bloxworth St. Andrew on 28 January 1817. Harriet, also in her late thirties, had a three year old son, Thomas Miles Davis, from a previous relationship. John and Harriet had six sons, all baptised at Bloxworth: Edward born in 1818, James in 1820, William in 1822, John in 1827, George in 1834 and Joseph in 1836 (when Harriet was aged 47). Joseph died as an infant just two years later. John senior, an agricultural labourer, died in 1861 aged 82 and Harriet died a decade later in 1873 aged 85. They are buried at Bloxworth.






2006: Motocross club saddened by farm bike ban

Organisers of a youth motocross club say they are shocked and saddened by the council’s decision to ban the use of motorbikes on a Purbeck farm.

Two clubs have now been kicked off West Hill Farm in Kingston by Purbeck District Council, despite being located in a 2,000-acre site and only held on Saturday afternoons.

One organiser, Vincent Page, of the Off-Road Promoters Association, says he carried out noise level tests to ensure there would be no impact on nearby houses. He said: “We did everything within the rules – we didn’t touch the land, we provided insurance and safety measures. The police are always asking for somewhere for young bikers to go, and this was perfect – it’s ridiculously remote. “Now these kids have nowhere and they’ll just go back on the streets where they are a nuisance.”

The clubs were set up in response to last year’s call by the Local Government Association to seize and crush nuisance mini-motos and hand out Asbos to the riders.

Ady Solomon, who ran a club at West Hill Farm until the council threatened enforcement action against him earlier this year, said: “We wanted somewhere for kids to go that was safe and out of people’s way. “We had all ages and backgrounds, and it was fantastic. But then the council stepped in, and their attitude has been disgusting.”

Purbeck planning board says it received “a considerable number of complaints” about noise and the “principle of allowing such activities in the Area of Outstanding Beauty”. Principal planning officer Alan Davies said: “Who knows how this thing might snowball in terms of car parking, physical and visual impact on the environment and noise? We are simply bringing it under council control. There are places that have planning permission in the area which they can use, with proper facilities, and if they want to submit a planning application it will be considered on its merits.”

The farmer who runs the land, Steve Fry, says none of the complaints actually came from Kingston residents and were drummed up because the council did not like the principle of the club.

Officers say the letters of complaint are private and chose not to discuss where they were from. The letters were not shown to the councillors on the planning board before they voted on the ban.

Bournemouth Daily Echo, Tuesday 12th September 2006