The Elliotts of Lower Burrow Farm

Cider Makers for Four Generations at Lower Burrow – all named William

The Elliotts- above & below – first generation

William Elliott – second generation – cider barrels rear left.
William Elliott, third generation, above :
and below – with Billy the Bull

The Elliotts of Lower Burrow outside the farm.

“When I used to go down there on a Sunday afternoon, courting Bill, I was about 16 or 17 at the time, Bill’s father used to say, “Gonna have a glass of cider then, maid ?” and he’d bring it me in a jug which I kept for years. Its only just broken in the last year or two. It had a square bottom.”

Margaret Elliott of Stembridge

LtoR : Alan Elliott, Jack Elliott to rear, man with jug – possibly a Male, man to rear unknown, Ernie Coles from London (his wife a cousin, and they came down every summer for a working holiday), Arthur Elliott far right.

Above : Members of the second, third and fourth generation at Lower Burrow.
William – ‘Bill’ – Elliott – fourth generation – front row, third left.

William – Bill – Elliott above , back row third on left, at Stembridge Primary School.

“We used to supply the public houses – two in Langport, one in Stratton – my grandad and dad used to cart them in a spring waggon with a horse to these villages.
We used to grind the apples with horses on the gearing…… me brother led the horses around and then we bought an engine.

After our fire in the cider-barn when we lost everything we had to send all our apples over to Perry’s at Dowlish. When I got old enough to drive a tractor I used to take them over ……. About 50 tons a year……..
After awhile of taking them there we had a letter from Beaverbrook & Churchill up in London thanking us – through Perry’s – for our cider grown on our land.”

William ‘Bill’ Elliott

“I used to get paid £15 a week picking apples when I was a teenager, taking time off school to earn money since I was the best at it. My sisters Angela & Sally used to watch whilst I did all the work. We took all our apples to Perry’s after the Cider Barn burned down. I also picked apples for uncle Arthur at Stembridge and uncle Alan at Lower Burrow.”

Sandra Pinfold nee Elliott

William – Bill – Elliott & Margaret Elliott on their wedding day – St Martins Church Kingsbury Episcopi : and below, in the Church where they both actively took part for many years.