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Sunday, 28 March 2021

William Bridle and Lucy Jane Stone

St Peter’s Church, Uplowman
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Lucy Jane Stone, 9th and youngest child of Henry Stone and Mary Ridgeway, married William Bridle, eldest son of Henry Bridle and Emma Lucas.

William Bridle was born in early 1871, in Brampford Speke, where he was living with his parents at the time of that year's census. Lucy Jane, born 11 Apr 1872, in Ashbrittle, Somerset, first appears on the census of 1881, aged 8, with her parents and siblings in Lauds Mills, Uplowman

Newton St Cyres
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By 1881, the Bridles had moved to Lilly Road, Newton St Cyres, where William (10)'s younger brothers: Mark (5) and John (1) are born. 

In 1891, there is a William Bridle (20), Horse Driver, living as a boarder in the household of Mary Jennings in Westexe South East Side, Tiverton. While Lucy Stone, that year, was employed as a General Servant in the employ of Charles E Tutton, Chemist, in Gold Street, Tiverton.

William Bridle (24) and Lucy Jane Stone (23) married in her parish at St Peter’s Church, Uplowman, on 16 Oct 1895. Witnesses were Lucy's brother, Francis Stone and her niece, Ellen Stone. William Bridle's parish was given as Tiverton and the Banns were read there on 8th, 15th and 22nd Sep. 

The couple had just one child, a daughter, Nellie Bridle, born 20 Feb 1898, and baptised on 7 Apr 1898 at St George's Church, Tiverton. Interesting that both sisters, Harriet and Lucy Jane named their daughters Nellie within a year of each other. Was this due to the popularity of the name at that time, or could it be taken as an indication that the sisters were very close?

111 Chapel Street, Tiverton (with the white door)

In 1901, William Bridle (29), Coal Yard Labourer, Lucy Jane (28) and Nellie (3) were living at School Board House, 111, Chapel Street, Tiverton. (111 Chapel Street was also the address given by Lucy's brother Charles at the time of their marriage in 1896.) There was a school, where there is a green bush, just beyond these rows of houses, on the map of the area in 1890.

In 1911, all three are at the same address, with William (40) now employed as a Carter, with Lucy Jane (38) and Nellie Bridle (13) was still at school. 

William Bridle died relatively young, at 55, on 5 Aug 1926. 

By 1939, Nellie had married and she and her husband, Lewis William Kerslake and their son William were all living with the widowed Lucy Jane, who was undertaking Sewing and Domestic work, still at 111 Chapel Street. 

Lucy Jane Bridle died on 18 Apr 1944, aged 72. Probate was granted on 8 Jun that year, to her daughter, Nellie Kerslake. Lucy Jane left effects valued at £1912 15s 2d, worth approximately £85,345 today.

Chapel Street, Tiverton in 1890

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