Charlie Burnett

Charlie Burnett or, correctly, Richard Charles Burnett

Charlie Burnett was an Easterton  man. He was actually born, at Trudoxhill in Somerset in  1890 but by 1891 the family lived in Rowde where Charlie’s father, Henry,  worked as an innkeeper and baker at The Olive Branch Inn. But mother, Beatrice came from Easterton and by 1894, the young family lived there.  In 1901 Charles, aged 11 with three younger brothers And a younger sister lived with Henry and Beatrice on High Street in Easterton. Henry was a self- employed market gardener.

The family were still together in 1911. It’s probably fair to guess that by then Charlie was working, probably an apprentice wheelwright for that was the trade he had later in life. Our picture shows Charlie at work.

Charlie at work as a wheelwright - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

Charlie became the wheelwright for the Gye firm, based on White Street in Market Lavington. One of Charlie’s brothers was the blacksmith for Gye’s.

Charlie (Correctly he was Richard Charles) is on the electoral roll for 1939, living on High Street in Easterton.

Charlie died in 1958.

Apart from still photos, we have film at the museum, taken by Peter Francis, of a wheelwright at work.

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  1. The Plane Truth « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] We know that this tool was used by a man who worked for Gyes, the carpenters and wheelwrights of White Street in Market Lavington. The man concerned was Charlie Burnett who we have met before on these pages. (Click here) […]

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    […] looked at Charles (or Charlie) Burnett a couple of years ago. You can click here to see that […]

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