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Fowell Family


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Other family pages will appear as we gather new information


If you have any memories, anecdotes or photos please let us know and we may be able to use them to update the site - contact details at the bottom of this page.



Although it's believed that the Fowell family has been farming in the area since 1745, the earliest mention so far found of the Fowell family is in the parish registers. Between 1795 and 1809 Edmund and his wife Ursula Fowell had eight children baptised at the church, seven of whom survived childhood. The sons included Edmund (the eldest), Robert, John, William and Samuel.

Ursula was not as uncommon a name as it might seem; it appears a century earlier in the parish when Sir John Potts of Mannington marries Ursula Willoughby.


The family story is that Austin's great-grandfather lived in one half of the present Bure Cottage while Orchard Farm was being built. The earlier cottage (which a Fowell helped to build) sited in the orchard, was demolished at this time. The deeds to Bure Cottage, just around the corner, show that an Edmund Fowle was a tenant of one half in 1813.


The first documented record we have in White's directory is that of 1845.
Austin and Peter Fowell started farming with their father Jimmy on about 40 acres at Orchard Farm on the Common. They worked hard and were able to take over Hill Farm in 1946 and then other neighbouring land as it became available. In 2002 approximately 500 acres is farmed with most of the land being owned by the National Trust.


Robert Fowell
Robert Fowell - James' father


James Fowell
James Fowell outside
Wolterton Hall


James Fowell
James Fowell in his dealer's cart outside
Orchard Farm
The dealers cart was used when buying horses.
The cart would also be used to take villagers' goods to the station.


James Fowell in his taxi
James Fowell in his taxi with Tom the horse
James Fowell offered a taxi service and could take up to 3 people to Norwich.
In the picture the horse's feet are being cooled in the Mill pond meadows

John's Water - November 1942
John's Water - November 1942
When he used to cross the river at John's Water it was quite deep so the horse would swim and the cart would float behind.
Austin Fowell


Emma Fowell
Mrs. Emma Fowell and her mother Mrs.Hills at Orchard Farm


Emma Fowell
Emma Fowell feeding free range turkeys

It always used to be a custom for the farmers' wives to use the turkey money to buy presents.
Megan Fowell



Visitors at Orchard Farm
Visitors at Orchard Farm
Mrs James Fowell's sister May (right) and friends Kate & Sarah, with Austin at the front sitting near the well at Orchard Farm.



Peter and Austin
Peter and Austin Fowell
The building bricks depicted colourful hand painted scenes.



Peter and Austin
Peter and Austin Fowell at Orchard Farm
The well is just behind Peter's right shoulder and a horse behind them both.
Flint Cottage and Sunnyside can be seen on the opposite side of the road.



Peter and Austin
Peter and Austin beside a Fordson Dexta at Orchard Farm.


Molly, Sarah and James
Molly, Sarah and James


Jimmy, Robert and Austin 13th March 1991
Jimmy, Robert and Austin 13th March 1991
Standing in a cartshed at Hill Farm recently restored by the National Trust

 

Molly's sister Stella Turner, Sarah, Molly and James at Robert's wedding in April 1996
Molly's sister Stella Turner, Sarah, Molly and James at Robert's wedding in April 1996


Megan Fowell
Megan Fowell
April 1996

Orchard Farm c.1983
Orchard Farm c.1983

I am the grandson of Jeremiah Bell born Oct 15, 1880 in Itteringham. I am informed that in about 1905 he left the Village with friends John Barwick and Fred Fowle. They eventually reached western Canada where my Grandfather and John Barwick remained. Fred Fowle returned to England .

There is a bit of sadness in the story since my Grandfather's father died about the time of his departure leaving his mother with 11 children. According to the information given me she remained in the Village until her death in 1933. A photo was found in my Grandfather's belonging and is believed to be of his Mother. Another photo was given us and was taken about 1983. It is of a building and is also attached. The building was said to contain the residences of the Bell, Barwick and Fowle families.

I realize that there is no longer anyone alive from that era but there maybe a few old-timers who have heard anecdotes describing those earlier days. If there are and they are willing to comment, I would appreciate any information that confirms the identity of the lady shown in the first photo and of the residences in the building shown in the second. Any information confirming the Bell/Barwick/Fowle departure as a group is also welcome.

Again thank you for making the local Itteringham history publicly available.

Bill Thompson, Calgary, Canada - 29th January 2009



White's 1845: Edward William Fowell - shoemaker
White's 1864: Robert Fowler - wheelwright
White's 1864: William Fowler - shoemaker
1891 census: Robert Fowell (52) farmer living on the Common with wife Elizabeth and six children
Kelly's 1896: Robert Fowell - carpenter and farmer
Kelly's 1922, 1933 and 1937: James Fowell - farmer

There is an independant website for the Fowell family

If you have any memories, anecdotes or photos please let us know and we may be able to use them to update the site. By all means telephone 01263 713658 or

 
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