Collection date: Sept 1911
Charles Sherborne at Ascott-under-Wychwood (1867-1941): 1 song ‘Sweet Nightingale’ on 15 Sept 1911: In his notes for the song (FT2681) Sharp wrote: ‘Learnt this when ploughing at Kingham, his native place’.
Charles Sherborne was born in Kingham in October qr 1867 (Chipping Norton 3b 639), eldest son of George Sherborne, carter and his first wife Charlotte, who sadly died in 1873. Charles was just 6 at the time. His father was remarried to Annie Plumb in 1874 and Charles soon had 6 half-brothers and sisters. Charles followed his father into working on the Great Western Railway as a plate-layer. The Ascott station opened in 1853 (Oxford-Hereford line).
Charles Sherborne married Norah Hitchcock at Kingham on 2/7/1892 and they had 6 children, moving to Ascott-under-Wychwood by the 1901 census (RG13/1398 f90 p7). Charles was left a widower by the 1911 census, with 2 sons and 4 daughters still at home. He died January qr 1941 (Chipping Norton 3a 3535).