Archive for February, 2012

Richard Potter of Charterville House

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Richard Potter, a well-known heather grower lived in Minster Lovell from about 1900 until his death in 1922. Does anyone know if he actually grew heathers on his property while he lived here? Minster Lovell doesn’t have the best growing conditions for heathers, but we would like to solve a mystery.

The Vipond surname

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

One of the war dead for Minster Lovell is Harold Vipond Butler (baptised 1900 in Minster Lovell, died 1918 Ipswich, buried in Minster Lovell). I often wondered about his middle name. His family come from Oxfordshire for many generations. Recently I was tracking another village family and traced the family back to a Lucy Vipond who was baptised 1823 in Hardwick, Norfolk and lived in Depwade, Norfolk all her life. Her son George Vipond Byles trained as a Wesleyan Minister and was based in Witney for a time. His son Donald was born there in 1902. There must be some connection between Harold Butler and these other Viponds. Does anyone know?

H.V. Butler

H.V. Butler