William Cook of Eastcott

 

Eastcott always offers us a bit of a difficulty at Market Lavington Museum. This is because it has been part of neighbouring Urchfont (or Erchfont). But William Cook, in writing his 1911 census, seemed certain it was in Easterton.

William Cook of Eastcott considered it to be part of Easterton

William Cook of Eastcott considered it to be part of Easterton

Even so, it was enumerated as part of Urchfont.

However, there is no doubt that when William wanted a good cabinet photo of himself, it was to Market Lavington he turned – to the studio of Alf Burgess.

William Cook of Wastcott in a cabinet photo by Alf Burgess of Market Lavington

William Cook of Wastcott in a cabinet photo by Alf Burgess of Market Lavington

As we can see, the photo is not in A1 condition, but William has clearly scrubbed up well for having his likeness taken. And of course, Mr Burgess gets his name in on the act on the photograph mount.

As far as we know, William was born in Eastcott in early 1880. Unfortunately, we haven’t found William on the 1881 census (his parents are in Eastcott) but in 1891 three generations were living together at Eastcott Common. 62 year old William Cook was grandfather. George and Mary Cook were our William’s parents and William, aged 11, had Emily, Rhoda and Fred as younger siblings. All of them were born in Eastcott.

In 1901 William, his parents and siblings were still in Eastcott. William was now 21 and was working as a carter on a farm.

By 1911 William has been married for 9 years and he and wife Louisa have one son, Edward. As we have seen, this family lived in Eastcott and William was a farm labourer.  However, 9 year old Edward had been born in North Bradley so we assume the family had moved for a while. Louisa may have been Louisa Roberts and if so she and William married in Kensington in London. According to the census she came from Bath.

Any more information about this family would be very welcome.

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