David and Nora Scrutton’s Nunney roots

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In the Market Place, outside what was then the Crown Public House

David and Nora Scrutton first came to Nunney in 1983, having learned of a connection with the village from some old family photographs and postcards.

David Scrutton
David Scrutton
Piecing the evidence together, it seemed that members of David`s paternal grandmother`s family had visited in the early 1930s.

Pictures show her aunt and cousins with, possibly, local friends posing in the Market Place, outside what was then the Crown Public House and staying at Hillcrest, a house on Ridgeway.

There are also two pictures of the Post Cottage on Ridgeway and three of the family members standing in the doorway of Lodge Cottage, adjacent to St Leonards, Marston, still standing, but without the thatch. The elder woman is Aunt Ellen, née Dalton.

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In the Market Place, outside what was then the Crown Public House
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At Hillcrest, a house on Ridgeway
Post Cottage on Ridgeway
Post Cottage on Ridgeway
Post Cottage on Ridgeway
Post Cottage on Ridgeway
Lodge Cottage, adjacent to St Leonards, Marston
Lodge Cottage, adjacent to St Leonards, Marston

Having bought their cottage in Horn Street in 1987, David and Nora set about researching the supposed family link only to discover that Aunt Ellen was born in Nunney in 1859 and baptised by the Rector of St Leonard’s, The Rev R.C. Boyle.

Her younger brother, David`s great grandfather, arrived 5 years later. According to birth records and the 1861 census, their father, John Dalton, was a coachman / domestic servant and the family lived on Ridgeway.

In the Market Place in Nunney
In the Market Place in Nunney

In view of the places visited by the family in the 1930s, is it too fanciful to suggest that John worked for the Boyle family at Marston House and that they lived in the Post cottage?

It would be a bonus if anyone with access to records can shed further light on the subject. The family does not feature in the Frome area in earlier or later census reports but are known to have returned to London.