So now to the Farrall’s and a story of a family which has made it
big in Australia. The Farrall connection comes from the marriage of
Laura Hope Farrall to William Gould in 1875. Laura Hope was born at sea
on the Hope ship, which left England in 1852 with her mother, Emma and
father William, and his brother, Harry’s family, onboard. It is
understood that the two brothers were hired to go out to Australia at
the height of the gold rush. Most young tradesman in Victoria had gone
off to seek their fortune and qualified tradesman were in short supply.
Below is a photo of Laura.
So the money was good and both Harry and William went out to earn a
good wage. The link below will take you to a copy of the passenger list
showing the family on the Hope ship which was kindly supplied by
Passenger List for Hope
William and family would return to England around the early
1870’s by which time they had further children born in Australia.
Harry, whose actual name was Samuel Harry, remained there and seemed to
want to populate the place. With his first wife Margaret Hussey he had
18 children, followed by another 2 with his second wife. No wonder the
Farrall’s are all over Australia, particularly Victoria. One of
the descendents, Lois Farrall, has in fact researched and published a
book on the Farrall’s titled not surprisingly "Farrall’s
Galore". In September 2002 I was contacted by a Sherry Morris in
Australia who was writing a history book about the Kangaroo Route
March, which left Wagga Wagga in December 1915. 88 men left Wagga
including Fred Farrall, who was 18 and William Robert his father.
William Robert was one of Samuel Harry’s sons.
Most of the book, Farrall’s Galore, discusses the Australian
Farrall’s and I will not even attempt to start to cover them
here, but the first part of the book looks at William and Harry’s
father, William’s (1) line which I will briefly cover here. There
are no more copies of the book available but I can provide information
from it if required.
She talks in the book about William (1) working at Sherborne Castle. He
was Manager of buildings at the Castle and so well remembered was he,
that on a visit there during the 1980’s, Lois enquired to a young
man in the car park about William Farrall. To her amazement he turned
round and pointed to a cottage and said " This is William
Farrall’s house". She was a bit unconvinced by this as over 100
years had passed but he went onto say " We only demolished his office 3
years ago, which was in the middle of the yard"
The house referred to above is pictured below:
William Farrall’s house in Sherborne Castle grounds
The upstairs window at the front on the left is where it is said
that one of William’s children, Fanny scratched her name in the
pane of glass sometime in the middle 1800’s. On a recent trip
there Shirley Gardiner was fortunate enough to be allowed into the
house and viewed the etched name in the window.
William was married to Laura Miles and between them they had 6
children, following their marriage in Brighton in 1829. William and
Harry as mentioned earlier, Thomas, who will be discussed below, Laura,
Charles, and finally Fanny.
Family Group Sheet
Subject* William FARRALL (555)
Birth* 10 Mar 1808 Arundel, Sussex.
Marriage* __ ___ 1829 St Nicholas Church, Brighton, Sussex.
Witness: 16 Jun 1850 Marriage; William FARRALL (333) and Emma DICKENS
(334); St Mary Abbots, Kensington.
Witness: 26 Jul 1852 Marriage; Margaret HUSSEY (563) and Samuel Harry
FARRALL (557); Kensington.
Death* 11 Mar 1888 Norwood.
Father* Thomas FARRALL (567) (b. 1781, d. 1854)
Mother* Elizabeth Hudstone (568) (b. 1783, )
Spouse* Laura MILES (556)
Birth* 30 Jan 1808 Worthing, Sussex.
Death* 9 Feb 1884 Norwood.
Father* William MILES (561) (b. 2 Aug 1783, d. 2 Aug 1874)
Mother* Sarah Smith (562) (b. 1786, )
Six Known Children
M William FARRALL (333)
Birth* __ ___ 1831 Worthing, Sussex.
Marriage* 16 Jun 1850 Emma DICKENS (334) (b. 25 Aug 1830, d. before
1901), daughter of Samuel DICKENS (335) and Anne BUTLER (336); St Mary
Son: __ ___ 1851 William Samuel FARRALL (589)
Daughter: __ ___ 1852 Laura Hope FARRALL (196); At Sea.
Son: __ ___ 1855 Edward FARRALL (582); Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
Daughter: __ ___ 1857 Ann Ellen FARRALL (581); Prahran, Victoria,
Son: __ ___ 1860 Frank FARRALL (580); Prahran, Victoria, Australia.
Son: __ ___ 1862 Thomas Adolph FARRALL (579); Prahran, Victoria,
Daughter: 9 Nov 1864 Emma Phoebe Dickens FARRALL (503); Ballarat East,
Death* after __ ___ 1871
M Samuel Harry FARRALL (557)
Birth* 5 Nov 1832 Worthing, Sussex.
Marriage* 26 Jul 1852 Margaret HUSSEY (563) (b. 3 Feb 1833, d. 21 Oct
Daughter: 17 Jul 1853 Frances Amelia FARRALL (597); Prahran, Victoria,
Son: 3 Dec 1854 Harry Hussey FARRALL (598); Prahran, Victoria,
Son: 28 Nov 1856 Richard Charles FARRALL (599); Gravel Hill, Victoria,
Daughter: 11 Apr 1858 Margaret Mary FARRALL (600)
Son: __ ___ 1859 Francis John FARRALL (601)
Son: 7 Dec 1860 William Robert FARRALL (602)
Son: 9 Apr 1862 Thomas Paul FARRALL (603); Ballarat, Victoria,
Daughter: __ Nov 1862 Blanche Emily FARRALL (604)
Daughter: 26 Jun 1863 Florence FARRALL (605); Ballarat, Victoria,
Son: __ May 1866 Charles May FARRALL (606)
Son: 5 Aug 1867 Hubert Edmund FARRALL (607); Ballarat, Victoria,
Son: 28 Oct 1868 Ferdinand Charles FARRALL (608); Ballarat, Victoria,
Daughter: 21 Mar 1871 Laura Blanche FARRALL (609)
Son: 19 Oct 1872 Ralph Llewellyn Francis FARRALL (610)
Son: 25 Dec 1874 Frederick Theodore FARRALL (611)
Daughter: __ Feb 1876 Sarah Joanna FARRALL (612)
Son: 8 Jan 1877 Gustavus Vivian FARRALL (613)
Daughter: __ Mar 1879 Harriett Hussey FARRALL (614)
Daughter: 21 Mar 1903 Eileen Anne FARRALL (706)
Son: __ ___ 1905 Ferguson FARRALL (707)
Death* 6 Feb 1923 Elmore, Victoria, Australia.
M Thomas FARRALL (558)
Birth* __ ___ 1836 Worthing, Sussex.
Marriage* after __ ___ 1852 Sarah Amy Pitman (564) (b. 1834, d. before
Daughter: __ ___ 1861 Laura Elizabeth Amy FARRALL (577); Sherborne,
Death* 18 Jul 1908
F Laura FARRALL (559)
Birth* __ ___ 1841 Pimlico.
Marriage* __ ___ 1860 Charles Llewellyn FORWARD (565) ( , d. 1874);
Child: __ ___ 1861 (--?--) FORWARD (760)
Son: __ ___ 1866 William Llewellyn FORWARD (761)
Witness: __ ___ 1874 Death; Charles Llewellyn FORWARD (565)
Marriage* 6 Nov 1882 George Pape (762); St John's Church, Brixton,
Death* __ ___ 1903
M Charles Edward FARRALL (572)
Birth* __ ___ 1843 Pimlico.
Marriage* __ ___ 1870 Emily Roberts (573) (b. 1845, ); Sherborne,
Daughter: before __ ___ 1873 Mabel FARRALL (763)
Son: __ ___ 1874 Charles H.Trevor FARRALL (574); Sherborne, Dorset.
Daughter: __ ___ 1879 Edith FARRALL (575); Sherborne, Dorset.
Son: __ ___ 1881 Stanley FARRALL (576)
Death* __ ___ 1906
F Fanny Susan FARRALL (560)
Birth* __ ___ 1848 Chelsea.
Marriage* __ ___ 1872 John Chipperfield ROBERTS (566) (b. 1845, d.
Son: __ ___ 1873 William J.E ROBERTS (578)
Death* 4 Aug 1924
Shirley Gardiner and then Val Burdett, have found information regarding
the wages and accounts at the castle. Below are extracts from
Val’s reply, but both contained similar information and the
castle received 2 payments for the same information. I wonder how many
other Farrall relatives have paid out money.
15th July 2003. The Agents kept
their accounts at the back of the rent books during the nineteenth
century and 1 have searched them from 1856 for references to the
Farrall family :
August 1856 W. Farrell [sic] for his 1st months account as Head
Carpenter, £70.13s.11d. Includes his travelling expenses to
Sherborne from London
December 1856 W. Farrell for work to a new footpath, at Haydon
January 1858 W. Farrell for New Barn doors at Mr. Bests Farm,
£66.3s. 1 Od.
Ditto for work at Mr. Coates Farm, £4. 1 gs. Id.
Ditto for work at Mr. Hoddinotts cottages at Bedmill £10.0s.8d.
April 1858 W. Farrall for Water Works in the Deer Park,
George Wingfield Digby inherited Sherborne Castle from his uncle in May
1856 and the appointment of Farrall as Head Carpenter was one of many
changes he made.
From 1856 onwards, Farrall's account is paid in the first week of each
month, and varies between about £75 and £100 a month. Two
yeas 1~ this sum has increased to about £150-£200 a month.
In 18W the account is paid weekly and is about £100-£150
each week. This sum would include expenses incurred in his work and
also the wages for the men under him. 1 cannot find what his own salary
was. The weekly account continues at about the same rate until the mid-
1870s, when the sum decreases to about £60 a week. Farrall's last
account is paid on the 17d' January 1880. There is no indication that
he left the estate, but after that the account is simply called the
A house was built for the Head Carpenter in the Estate Yard on New
Road, which still stands. It is now the private residence of the Castle
Events Manager and m be seen from New Road. There is surprisingly
little about it in the Estate accounts, perhaps because the expenses of
building it are hidden in the summary payments to various masons and
carpenters. In May 1859 £104 worth of Keinton stone was delivered
to the Code Yard for use in the Carpenter's new house and other places.
I do not know the architect either, it could be either Philip Hardwick
who designed the Lodge Gate cottage at the nub entrance in 1859 or
Slater and Carpenter who also did work for George Wingfield Digby
My researches in the accounts from 1856 to 1858 found only a mention of
William Farrall, but when 1 looked further on, 1 found Thomas as well :
December 1864 - Thomas Farrall on account superintending building the
new Rectory at Thornford £20.0s.0d.
March 1867 - Thomas Farrall superintending the restoration of Thornford
September 1871 - Thomas Farrall architect's commission for pm~ plans
and specifications of Mr. Woodward's new shop. [This is the building on
the corner of South Street and Half Moon Street in Sherborne].
1 looked in the rent books to see if Thomas Farrall appeared
1879 - Thomas Farrall £4 for one yeas rent for a garden, formerly
with the Wellington Inn, Sherborne
This continues until 1883, when a new tenant takes over. 1 also found a
C.E. Farrall in the rent books :
1878 - C.E. Farrall, £2. 10s.0d. for one yews rent in Sherborne
Ibis continues until at least 1883.
1 next looked in the Improvement Accounts 1867-1871, which record
expenditure on building projects funded by a special fund set up by
George Wingfield Digby. They show several members of the Farrall family
employed by the estate on building work:
C.E. Farrall superintending the restoration of Mappowder Church,
1867 W. Farrall for repairs to Bishops Caundle Church, £92
C.E. Farrall superintending the building of new stables at Thornford
1867-71 W. Farrall for work on the new Hotel and Stables, £ 1830
[the Digby Hotel, Sherborne] C. Farrall superintending the foundation
of the new Hotel, £27
1870 W. Farrall for work on Alweston School, £108
W. Farrall for work on the bridge near the level crossing at the
Railway Station, £355
1871 W. Farrall for additions mid repairs to the Black Horse Inn,
W. Farrall for work on the Gate and Pier at the Entrance to the Park at
W. Farrall for work on the Lodge at Shooters Lawn, £480
W. Farrall for work on Home Farm C~ £380
1872 W. Farrall for work on the Half Moon Hotel, Sherborne, £125
[The present Half Moon Hotel is a later construction]
W. Farrall for work on Mapperton School, £5 10
W. Farrall for work on the Library at Chalmington House, £5
As you asked particularly about a fireplace in the Castle which Thomas
Farrall may have built I had a look to see if 1 could find a Victorian
wooden fireplace. 1 have found one in the attics (not on the public
route) which may be of about the right date, judging from its
appearance. It is wooden, although painted to resemble stone.
Mentioned in the above documents is William (1), son Thomas who had set
up trade in Sherborne as an Architect and Surveyor, and many buildings
in the area are designed by him.
The following documents were kindly provided to me by Barry Brock in
June 2010 and show a poster and an invoice of Thomas Farrall.
William (1) was born Arundel, Sussex
in 1808 and his parents were Thomas Farrall and Elizabeth Hudstone they
were married 10th April 1802. We cannot go back any further than this
although Lois has made some assumptions in her book, which if correct
could take the family back to 1559.
One thing not covered in the Lois book was an incident in London
involving Muriel Agnes Farrall, daughter of ????????????. Aged 20 she
had got involved with a married man, and they both committed suicide,
the story made the national papers and the article in the News of the
World on Sunday March 14th 1937 is shown below.