Philip Stentiford

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Peter Woodhall tells the story of his Grandfather's life. Further information on Henry and Mary Stentiford's family is to be found in Issue 1 in the Archive Section

 

Henry Stentiford, Great Grandfather of Peter and Stephen

Henry Stentiford, Great Grandfather of Peter and Stephen

Philip Stentiford was born at Wood End in Morchard Bishop on 5 Apr 1885. He was the fourth child and third son of Henry Stentiford and Mary Webber. His father, Henry, worked hard on the land and as a drayman, with his wife providing a supplementary income from making lace cloths. Their lifestyle was poor and neither moved far from their home or place of birth.

Their son Philip, on the other hand, although he worked largely on the land until his death in 1965, was prepared to travel far and wide in order to make a living and support his family as best he could.

 

Having received an elementary schooling, he moved away from the family home at the age of twelve, when he left the village of his birth and travelled to the nearby city of Exeter, where he became a house-boy for the Bishop of Exeter.* Stories he told tell us that he found the Bishop an enlightened employer and a kind and caring human being.

 Exeter - Entrance to the Bishop's Palace c.1890

 

 

 

 

 

Exeter - Entrance to the Bishop's Palace c.1890 

From the Collection of Peter Thomas

 

The Quantock Hills

Young Philip was often taken for vacations to the Quantock Hills, although it is not clear whether he enjoyed these or not as one of the main pursuits seemed to be hunting deer. Even at this age, Philip was very much against the taking of life for any reason that he did not view as necessary. As time went on and he matured, these beliefs developed into pacifism and an abhorrence of any form of violence.

 The Quantock Hills somerset.zynet.co.uk

 

* Edward Bickersteth was Bishop of Exeter  from 1885 to 1900.

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