The Ross Family at Market Lavington

Joseph Ross was a gardener. He was born in Welford near Newbury in Berkshire in about 1871.

In 1898 he married Florence Smith in the London area.

The couple had five children, all born in Berkshire. They were Ella Ross, born in  1900, Nellie Ross born in 1902, Florence Ross, born in 1904, Charles Ross born in 1908 and Stanley Ross born in 1910.

Sometime around the end of the first war, Joseph became head gardener for Lord Warrington who lived at Clyffe Hall in Market Lavington.

Amongst the few items we have at Market Lavington Museum about the Ross family is a delightful photo portrait, which was made into a postcard. It dates from the early 1920s and shows the entire family.

Joseph Bernhard Ross and his wife Florence Edith in the grounds of Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington

Both Joseph and his wife, Florence lived the rest of their lives in Market Lavington. For Joseph this was sadly short for he died in 1926 and is buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Market Lavington. His widow, Florence lived for another thirty-nine years before joining Joseph in the churchyard in 1965.

If you can help with more information about this family we’d love to hear from you.

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4 Responses to “The Ross Family at Market Lavington”

  1. Clyffe Hall Staff « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] Clyffe Hall is not enormous but it is generously sized and it has aspects of the country home with the lake, the stables and the ample accommodation. In times past it required staff to run the place. We have already met some Clyffe Hall gardeners on this site. There was James Lye, famous for his fuchsias and later there was Joseph Ross. […]

  2. W D Threadgold Says:

    From previous information I have obtained from your museum, James Lye must have passed away before Mr Ross became head gardener at Cliffe Hall. Who held the post between these two gentlemen?

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      At the time of the 1901 census Clyffe Hall was uninhabited but said to be ‘in occupation’. Clyffe Hall Cottage was occupied by a gardener called Thomas Rumble. By 1911 Mr Ross was installed.

      That’s the best knowledge I have.

  3. Golden Wedding News « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] father was Joseph Ross who was a gardener at Clyffe Hall in Market […]

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