On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, (12th anniversary of my Dad’s graduation), we had a lovely trip up to Worcestershire and Herefordshire for a second visit to our second cousins Roy and Libby. They had researched our Kendrick and Philpotts relatives who lived not far from their home. They invited us to come up and they planned a route to explore the countryside and see places the ancestors lived. Our first stop was Hill House Farm where my great, great, great grandfather Edward Kendrick (1785-1864) lived. She found him in the 1851 Census with his address at Hill House, Bosbury, as a farmer of 10 acres. (His 1864 burial record listed him as Edward Kendrick of Hill House.) We drove up the driveway to the house and talked to the blacksmith son who encouraged us to knock on the door to the house. His mother,Jennifer Balmain, opened the door to us and Libby told her we think we have ancestors who lived there and asked if we could take some pictures. Jennifer asked who are ancestors were and we told her Edward Kendrick. She said, “This is the right place! Come in! I want to show you something!” She apologized for the state of their home because they had brand new puppies there in the family room surrounded by hay.The puppies’ mother was nervous about us. Jennifer took us past the kitchen and down a hall to the oldest part of the house (her husband Robyn said it dated from 1560). There she showed us the initials “EK” carved into the old door. Awesome to see that link to the past! Whether it’s from our Edward Kendrick or his daughter Elizabeth Kendrick (born 1814) or son Edward Kendrick (1822-1905) or someone else entirely, it was so fun to touch it and think of the person who left that for us to see! I took some pictures from the room the door opened into, loved the hearth, the rough beams, the quaint corners, (the big screen TV amongst all the antiquity) and the feeling of being where the family must have spent many cozy evenings!!!
Then we drove to the Church of the Holy Trinity in the village of Bosbury where so many of our Kendrick ancestors were christened, married and buried. The Church dates back to the 1200’s.
Here, in front of the lynch gate, are Roy and Libby, our tour guides for the day, so sweet of them!!!
Then we drove to Hill Farm/Benbow Pond, but we will save those photos for next week. Near there is the Castle Frome church, smaller and so quaint and out in the country far from homes. Another place where our Elton, Hartland, and Philpotts ancestors met and worshipped.
After a nice lunch at the Hop Pocket, a craft center/ nursery/ lunch Cafe near Castle Frome, we stopped by the Croft Cottages where my great great Grandmother Jane Elton Philpotts lived next door to her mother Ann Meyrick Elton. These cottages are being restored.
Then back to Roy and Libby’s where we met another distant cousin, Janet (whose mother is a Philpotts) and her husband Roger Brown, who were warm and kind to us!
Cousins! So fun! Lovely day! Cheerio!