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So far the furthest back I have got on one branch (Dorset) of the the Cole family is John Cole b 1772 ? He married Elizabeth Whitmarsh in 1799 Tarrant Gunville Dorset (I am not at this time able to connect to the Hampshire Cole's) from this John Cole stems marriages between:- White/Rogers/Dennis/Cuffe/James/Pike/ Ayres/Sherring/Sims/Beckingham/Bailey/Gossling/Day/Martin/Barnes/Pidgely/Balch/Johnson/Marsh/ to name but a few ! mainly in Dorset Somerset  Wiltshire and Hampshire but some are further afield. John Cole b1772 died quite young as did his wife Elizabeth.I have found John in the Manorial Records for Dorset :-



 FILE [no title] - ref. D/PIT/L59 - date: 1820

 [from Scope and Content] Copy information and depositions against John Cole, labourer, of Tarrant Gunville, for deer stealing(poaching) with his appeal and opinion.I must assume he was let off as if not, at that time in our history it was a crime punishable by death or transportation to the colonies!.


 John and Elizabeth had 9 children.

 Joseph Cole b 1799 Tarrant Gunville married Sarah Young and had 6 surviving children.

 Uriah Cole b 1828 Tarrant Gunville and married Maria Burden they also had a large family their son Harry James Cole b 1858 d 1897 married Fanny Longman b 1856 in 1886 ,Harry died young only 39 and Fanny was left to raise their three children alone, James /Ethel and Gertude. Considering the period in history 1897 it is quite amazing that Fanny carried on the selling of coal to the local village folk being a woman on her own she must have been quite a character riding on her horse and cart delivering to the people's houses with her youngest child only only six years old .


She is recorded in the trade directory as a coal dealer buying coal at £1and 6d a bag and then reselling it to the local villagers of Kinson.

 Fanny  is allso mentioned in the book "Old Kinson" as when it rained the urinals at the back of the Dolphin pub overflowed into her yard where she kept her horses and a cow, who watered in her pond and she was afraid the men would pollute the water!! Her son Henry but called (Jimmer) carried on the Coal buisness and he later married Nora Jane Shering in 1914 she was the daughter of Aram Shering although really he was Aram Sims as he was the illigitimate son of  Agnes Shering who later in the same year married his father Joseph Sims. Aram lived or was brought up by his grandfather Robert Shering and his granny Jane Ferrett in Verwood ,Robert was a master Potter and at one time ran the "Cross Roads Potteries" in Verwood. Some of his pottery is in the local museum and artifacts from the pottery can be found along with the history of the Verwood potteries at the Verwood Heritage Centre in Verwood .The Verwood Historical Society also has a website detailing the history and also many other facts on the local families of Verwood their website is  :-

Pots made were :- cups, candle sticks, vases, bird baths, flower pots, money bottles, ornamental pots, milk jugs, sugar bowls, casseroles, chamber pots, wash basins and jugs and perfumed bricks. These bricks were approximately two inches long, one inch wide and three quarters of an inch deep, and were sent to a Broadstone perfumery to be perfumed

      Below is a picture of potters at Verwood.                                                     Below unknown artist





















Past Ownership of the Crossroads Pottery

(Now the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre).

In the 1840’s CHRISTIAN FERRETT, widow of potter Amos lived near her son-in-law Robert Shearing who leased the Crossroads Pottery premises from Squire William Rolles Fryer. Christian’s son PAUL FERRETT was also a potter and it is likely that the two brothers-in-law ran the business as a joint venture. Robert Shearing had no sons but PAUL FERRETT had six, most of whom remained in Verwood and followed him into the trade. When PAUL died in 1872, followed by Robert in 1877, the Ferrett sons ranged from middle age to early twenties and already had many year’s experience in the various operations of the pottery.

Paul’s youngest son CHARLES FERRETT born 1854, was recorded as the Pottery Manager in 1891 and a Pottery Earthenware Manufacturer in 1901. He lived with his wife Rose and their family at the Pottery House which stood to the rear of the present car park, once the large and busy working yard of the Crossroads Pottery.


When CHARLES FERRETT died in 1916 the pottery came under the ownership of this eldest son FRED FRY who used the surname of his mother’s family. Fred was something of a legendary character in the village being known as the “Musical Potter”.

He founded a Boys’ Band and was said to be able to play any instrument he chose. One of his achievements was in making a set of graduated flower pots on which he could entertain in perfect tune.

In 1925 Fred sold the pottery to Robert Thorne, Owner of the village Timber Mills (then in Dewlands Road), and it remained in this family until its closure in 1952. The last Master Potters, featuring in many atmospheric photographs, were Meshech Sims and Herbert (Bert) Bailey























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