Granville Henry Blenkinsopp1

M, b. 2 November 1926, d. January 2004
PC Granville Henry Blenkisopp
Reference5204
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
     Granville Henry Blenkinsopp was born on 2 November 1926 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England.2 He was the son of Thomas Henry Blenkinsopp and Edith S Hirst. Unhappy at the prospect of a life down the mines Granville joined the Guards, serving in Germany at the tail end of the war. In 1946 he was stationed at the Tower of London and went to a dance with some friends and there he met Gwen and fell in love.1 Granville proposed three times and Gwen turned him down on each occasion. But when the Guards were due to be posted he asked her father for her hand and she at last accepted his proposal before Granville was posted abroad.1 He married Gwendoline M Thomas in 1948 in St Peter, Wapping, London, England.1,3 After his discharge Granville joined the Surrey Police and the couple moved to Godalming, living for 10 years in Cliff Road.1 In 1959 the family moved to Wonersh, where Granville became the first resident policeman. He was based in Wonersh for 16 years until his retirement in 1978. Blenk as he was known enjoyed his time in Wonersh and was content to remain a constable. He played bowls with the Wonersh Bowls club.11 Granville and Gwendoline spent their Golden Wedding Anniversary enjoying a short break on the Isle of Wight, where they met up with Gwen's bridesmaid. Later they had a family celebration meal.1 He died in January 2004 in Surrey, England, at age 77 from cancer.4 A bench was placed around the Wonersh Bowling Green with a plaque in loving memory of Granville 'Blenk' Blenkinsopp.5

Family

Gwendoline M Thomas b. 1929, d. Oct 2016
Children
  • David H Blenkinsopp1
  • Janet A Blenkinsopp1
  • Martin Leslie Blenkinsopp1
  • Lesley N Blenkinsopp1

Sources

  1. [S15] Newspaper article Surrey Advertiser 13 February 1998.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes 1926/Q4 Doncaster Volume 9c Page 1355 - mother Hirst.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes 1948/Q1 Stepney Volume 5d Page 1307.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes January 2004 West Surrey Reg A16B District 61/1A Entry 186.
  5. [S1] Wonersh History Society Archives Memorials and benches.

Gwendoline M Thomas1

F, b. 1929, d. October 2016
Reference5205
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
     Gwendoline M Thomas was born in 1929 in Stepney, London, England, her mothers maiden name was Lightfoot.1,2 Granville proposed three times and Gwen turned him down on each occasion. But when the Guards were due to be posted he asked her father for her hand and she at last accepted his proposal before Granville was posted abroad.1 She married Granville Henry Blenkinsopp, son of Thomas Henry Blenkinsopp and Edith S Hirst, in 1948 in St Peter, Wapping, London, England.1,3 After his discharge Granville joined the Surrey Police and the couple moved to Godalming, living for 10 years in Cliff Road.1 In 1959 the family moved to Wonersh, where Granville became the first resident policeman. He was based in Wonersh for 16 years until his retirement in 1978. Blenk as he was known enjoyed his time in Wonersh and was content to remain a constable. He played bowls with the Wonersh Bowls club.11 Granville and Gwendoline spent their Golden Wedding Anniversary enjoying a short break on the Isle of Wight, where they met up with Gwen's bridesmaid. Later they had a family celebration meal.1 Her husband Granville died in January 2004 in Surrey, England.4 She died in October 2016 in Surrey, England.5

Family

Granville Henry Blenkinsopp b. 2 Nov 1926, d. Jan 2004
Children
  • David H Blenkinsopp1
  • Janet A Blenkinsopp1
  • Martin Leslie Blenkinsopp1
  • Lesley N Blenkinsopp1

Sources

  1. [S15] Newspaper article Surrey Advertiser 13 February 1998.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes 1929/Q2 Stepney Volume 1c Page 480.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes 1948/Q1 Stepney Volume 5d Page 1307.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes January 2004 West Surrey Reg A16B District 61/1A Entry 186.
  5. [S1] Wonersh History Society Archives Lesley Elliott.

Nellie Denny

F, b. circa 1889
Reference5222
Last Edited17 Apr 2017
     Nellie Denny was born circa 1889. She married Alexander Maxwell Simmonds, son of William Simmonds and Harriett Raggett, on 5 September 1912 in St Mark, Camberwell, London, England, after the banns had been read. The ceremony was witnessed by Henry Murphy and Amy Murphy. Alexander was a time keeper and his father William Simmonds a skin dresser. Nellie's father was Richard Griffith Denny, he was deceased and had worked as an ostler. Both Alexander and Nellie gave their address as 17 Sedan Street.1

Family

Alexander Maxwell Simmonds b. 1886, d. 11 Sep 1959

Sources

  1. [S7] Ancestry London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921.

Henry Murphy

M, b. circa 1889
Reference5223
Last Edited17 Apr 2017
     Henry Murphy was born circa 1889. He married Amelia Catherine Simmonds, daughter of William Simmonds and Harriett Raggett, on 25 October 1911 in St Philip the Apostle, Camberwell, London, England, after the banns had been read. The ceremony was witnessed by George Edward Russell and Elizabeth Russell. Henry was an omnibus conductor and his father Robert Murphy a plasterr. Amelia's father William Simmonds was a fur skin dresser. Both Henry and Amelia gave their address as 6 Bowles Road.1

Sources

  1. [S7] Ancestry London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921.

William Charles Chapple Norton1

M, b. 1833, d. 1842
Reference5224
Last Edited6 Feb 2018
     William Charles Chapple Norton was born in 1833.1 He was the son of George Chapple Norton and Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan.1 He died in 1842 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England.1,2

Sources

  1. [S1] Wonersh History Society Archives The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton by Diane Atkinson.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes 1842/Q3 Wakefield Volume 22 Page 389 age 9.

Richard Gwynn

M, b. circa 1630, d. 12 November 1701
Reference5225
Last Edited5 Feb 2018
     Richard Gwynn was born circa 1630.1 Richard bought a farm house near St John the Baptist Church in Wonersh and soon started extended it.2 He died on 12 November 1701 He died without heirs and left all his property to his niece Susanna who married Richard Clifton.1 He was buried in November 1701 in St John the Baptist, Wonersh, Surrey, England, His tomb was near the South wall and bore this inscription: ‘Here lyeth the body of Mr Richard Gwinn, citizen of London who departed this life the 12th day of November in the year of our Lord 1701 and in the 72nd year of his age. And among the rest of his charities he hath left to this parish that twelve fourpenny loaves should be given to twelve poor people on every Sunday forever; and also schooling for six boys forever. In all he hath left twenty pounds a year to continue forever for the bread and for the schooling.’.1

Sources

  1. [S1] Wonersh History Society Archives Article about Sir William Chapple.
  2. [S1] Wonersh History Society Archives.