Family members in history have been in great flux since the industrial revolution, and even more so today. Many agricultural labourers moved to the bigger towns and cities to look for better work.

Whilst researching family history I have come across concentrations of family members in particular locations for several years. These are typically larger agricultural villages in England.

This page will eventually provide links to detailed pages about those locations that had a lot of our family members in or around them. I shall concentrate on only the times our family have lived there.

Places with large concentrations of family members

Cotswolds, Gloucestershire - Wheeler, at least 1818-Present

Isle of Axholme, Lincolnshire - Fowler and Cave, at least 1823-1885

Eastbourne, Sussex - Boniface, 1788-1829 (to be confirmed)

Holborn, London - Boniface, Comptons, and others

Calne, Wiltshire - Burgess, at least 1806-1861

Full alphabetical list of family locations (work in progress)

Calne, Wiltshire

Camcring, Lincolnshire

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Christchurch, Surrey

Crowle, Isle of Axholme, Lincolnshire

Holborn, London (formerly Middlesex. Includes Shoreditch, St Lukes and other parishes)

Eastbourne, Sussex

Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire (formerly Humberside)

Seanton, Appleby, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire (formerly Brigg)

Shipston on Stour, Worcestershire

Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

Swinefleet, Isle of Axholme, Lincolnshire

Winchcomb, Gloucestershire


Places mentioned in the Archive

Prior to the industrial revolution in the mid 19th century (1850s) many people were farm labourers.

Around the country members of our family were working on farms. Fowler’s in Lincolnshire worked as millers, Burgess’ in Calne, Wiltshire owned farms, Wheelers in the Cotswolds farmed too.

Both Boniface’s and Fowler’s ended up working in Iron Making, in London and Scunthorpe respectively, at the end of the 19th century.