Being a family historian gives you ample opportunities to
study the names people give to their children. Plenty of nice safe
choices in the Stentiford family - William, John, Elizabeth and Ann
abound - in fact, there are so many people with these names, it becomes difficult to sort one from
Just occasionally, you wonder what on earth possessed the parents to
saddle their offspring with a more unusual choice - poor little George Redvers
Courtenay Buller Stentiford never reached his first birthday but how did
Uretta Matilda Stentiford feel about her name when she grew up?
These thoughts came while looking for something else on that
very useful site - www.freebmd.org.uk
- and, there, right at the end, in a list of marriages for the June
Quarter of 1910 was yet another set of names - Daisy Bell Stentiford - very
cute for a three-year old but perhaps not so for an adult?
In fact, that list of marriages contains the names of two
sisters - Daisy Bell and her sister Florence Dorothy - who both came
from Kingskerswell, a village famous now for being a notorious traffic
bottleneck on the Newton Abbot to Torquay road.
Those who take the trouble to leave the main road will find a
thriving community with plenty of traces of the rural backwater it once
was. In the last century, agriculture and the two stone quarries
provided work for most but back at the start of the 20th century,
Kingskerswell played a part in the Arts and Crafts movement. Cottage
arts classes were held in the village to provide training for young men
in crafts and design, many finding work in the Aller Vale Art Pottery