Read & Hill

Family tree: Thomas Hill descendants

Fred Brett’s great-grandfather Solomon Read was a silk weaver, living with his wife Matilda née Anderson in various of the yards in Norwich, ending up in Flower Pot Yard, containing a public house where early flower shows were held over a century ago. Tulips apparently were the chief attraction.

Solomon’s  mother was Jemima née Hill, daughter of the famous bell ringer of Norwich, whose amazing name was Peckover Hill.

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Peckover Hill in a peel list of 1832

In 1851 in Pipe Burners Yard Norwich, William Butt (a misspelling of Brett) lived with his wife (Jemima’s sister) Maria and a large family, including Ann Hill, his 81-year-old widowed pauper mother in law.

It would be interesting to find out how  Peckover Hill’s wife ended her life as a pauper when he was a ‘well to do and respected man of business’ and ‘headman of the Mancroft Company [of bellringers] in 1821’, as reported in the magazine Ringing World.