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.


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.