The description of Mells, Somerset, England which follow is taken from ‘Somersetshire Delineated’, published in 1822 by Christopher and John Greenwood, Surveyors, a Topographical Description of each Town, Parish, Chapelry, etc. in the county.
On Monday, September 8th, 1788 the Salisbury & Winchester Journal reported the death of Mary Bishop of Nunney, Somerset at the age of 80. It was alledged that she was the mother of 21 children, grandmother to 60 and great grandmother to 19. It was further stated that she never had a child die.
The job of of stationmaster, even at a small country station in the Victorian age, was considered to be a good position. The pay was above average and usually a house went with the job. However, despite these advantages there was little to protect anybody against what nature threw at them in the days before modern medicine and living conditions.
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The following inscription from a gravestone at the Salisbury (London Road) Cemetery, Salisbury Wiltshire appeared in Volume VIII of Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset published in 1903. It is not known if the stone still survives or if it does is still in a readable condition.