Wolcott Sites in England

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Watersmeet Farm and Mill, Tolland parish, Somerset, 1930s. This is believed to be the birthplace of Henry Wolcott, the immigrant. Henry's grandfather, John Wolcott, was the miller at Tolland since 1562, but this house's age is unknown. The former grist mill is at the left. When this photo was taken, the house had no electricity or running water. There was a hand pump for water in the kitchen, at the left end of the house. The stone wall kept farm animals out of the front yard.

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Watersmeet Farm, Somerset, 2002. The house has been renovated and the grounds landscaped by the present owners, Dr. David and Mrs. Sue James.

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John Wolcott at Watersmeet Farm, Somerset, 2002.

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Watersmeet Farm, 2002; another view.

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Watersmeet Farm, 2002; dining room.

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Watersmeet Farm, 2002; living room.

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Watersmeet Mill, 2002. All the mill machinery, and part of the left end of the mill have been removed since the 1930s picture was taken.

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Tolland, Somerset, Church of St. John the Baptist, 2002. Wolcotts worshiped here from 1525 until after 1650. Services are now held here once a month. The Wolcott Society regularly makes financial contributions to help keep the church open.

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Lydeard St. Lawrence, Somerset, Church of St. Lawrence, 2002. Interior view. This is the church in which Elizabeth Saunders was baptized, and in which Henry and Elizabeth Saunders were married in 1606.

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Axbridge, Somerset; Church of St. John the Baptist, 2002. This is the church in which John Wolcott, who emmigrated to Watertown, Massachusetts in 1634, was baptized in 1599. John was a third cousin of Henry Wolcott, the immigrant. John's father, Edward Wolcott, was mayor of Axbridge.

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Axbridge, Somerset; Church of St. John the Baptist, 2002. Interior view.

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Lower Wreyland, Bovey Tracy Parish, Devon; photo taken in 1930s. The property was formerly called Lower Wreyford. Thomas Wolcott took tenancy here in 1480. Lower Wreyford was the birthplace of Thomas' sons, John and William Wolcott. William, born in here in 1485, is thought to have been the William Wolcott who was living at Tolland in 1525.

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John Wolcott at Lower Wreyland, Devon, 2002. The house is now owned by Dr. David and Lady Susan Connell.

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Middle Wreyland, Bovey Tracy parish, Devon, 2002. This property, formerly called Middle Wreyford, is adjacent to Lower Wreyland. In 1496 it was leased to John, eldest son of Thomas Wolcott of Lower Wreyland.

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Pullbrook Farm, Bovey Tracy parish, Devon, 2002. John Wolcott, son of Thomas Wolcott of Lower Wreyford, moved here from Middle Wreyford about 1520, and lived here until his death in 1554. Owner, Henry Bond and his daughter, Hillary, stand at the front door. Henry is a sheep and cattle farmer.

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Shute Farm, Bovey Tracy parish, Devon, 2002. Shute farm is adjascent to Pullbrook farm. Richard Wolcott, eldest son of John Wolcott of Pullbrook, lived here until his death in 1552. The farm was renovated and restored by the current owners, David and Rozie Pether, who are currently building a small lake between Pullbrook and Shute.

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Shute Farm, Bovey Tracy Parish, living room interior, 2002.

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Buttor Farm, 2002. Gail Wolcott with owner. Buttor, in the parish of Hennock, Devon, was home of Peter Wolcott, for whom Thomas Wolcott of Wreyland was guardian in 1501.

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Buttor Farm, interior. 2002.

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Chagford, Devon, Church of St. Michael, 2002. This was the church attended by John Wolcott of Chagford, c.1420-c.1470, grandfather of Thomas Wolcott of Lower Wreyford.

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Thrushleton Church, interior. 2002. Wolcotts probably worshiped here in the 1400s.

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Woolacott Farm, Devon, 2002. This house was built after the Wolcotts lived here, but probably on the spot where their home was. In may include some part of the original home

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Woolacott Farm, 2002. Outbuilding with animal stalls.

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