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William Henry Fewkes, 1861 to 1930

The Fewkes family can trace its roots in Quorn back to the early 1600s and may well have been in Quorn before that. Many of this large family became builders and probably the most well known and successful of these was William Henry Fewkes. He built Quorn War Memorial, many of the houses on Chaveney Road, several on Loughborough Road and many others too.

He lived in several houses in Quorn, but the place he lived longest and finally died, was ‘Wrens Nest’ (now demolished), which was opposite the Village Hall. With his second wife, Eleanor (Nellie), he had two daughters, Dora Elizabeth and later Eleanor Annie (known as Nancy).

Dora married Albert H Pepper and they had two daughters; Hazel and Joan. Hazel married and became Joan Grice and had a daughter Lynne.

Photographs of William, Eleanor and Wrens Nest had proved elusive, until William’s great granddaughter, Lynne Walmsley got in touch with the museum team and generously shared the pictures below:

1. William Henry Fewkes
2. Eleanor Fewkes (nee Smith)
3. 1920s; William driving and it is thought to be Eleanor sitting behind him.
4. Wrens Nest
5. The family in the garden at Wrens Nest. Nancy (Eleanor the younger daughter) on the left, Dora on the right.

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Please email us at: team2024@quornmuseum.com
 Submitted on: 2024-03-23
 Submitted by: Lynne Walmsley
 Artefact ID: 2579
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=2579
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