Clatworthy, Mr


Collection date: May 1914

Area: Somerset - West

Mr (John) Clatworthy, landlord of the Blue Anchor, Old Cleeve on 5 May 1914: Mr Clatworthy gave Sharp a manuscript of some fiddle tunes belonging to his father. Sharp hand-copied the country dance tune ‘Soldier’s Joy’ (FT2930) and checked the figures with Mr Clatworthy. Sharp then noted ‘Monday Morning’ country dance, which Mr Clatworthy whistled to him (FT2931). Finally Mr Clatworthy described the figures (but not tunes) for ‘Hunt the Squirrel’, ‘Double change sides’ and My Lady’s Breast Knot’ dances (FT2932-4):

John Clatworthy was born April qr 1854, 5th child of John Clatworthy Snr, farmer at Stone Farm, Exton, and his wife Jane. On 5/2/1879 he married Joan Howe, daughter of Samuel Howe who owned the neighbouring Kendal Farm in Exton (250 acres). When Samuel died in 1898, John took over Kendal Farm and was listed in the 1901 census with his wife and 8 children (RG13/2266 f99 p7). He moved to run the Blue Anchor Hotel at Old Cleeve (1911 census) where he was described as ‘hotel keeper and farmer’ aged 56. Five children were still at home. His date of death is yet to be determined.

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