Marwood Brown was born in Keinton Mandeville (1924). At the age of fourteen he attended the Strode Continuation School in Street, where the pupils went to school for half a day, and worked in Clark’s or Morland’s shoe factories for the other half. Marwood’s father was a shoemaker in Keinton Mandeville, taking over the family business, which was started by Marwood’s grandfather in the 1900s.
Public executions were for centuries one of the most popular forms of entertainment in England and Dorchester as an assize town certainly witnessed its fair share. Lurid descriptions of these spectacles abound in the literature, with immense crowds of rich and poor alike jostling to obtain the best view-point, their mood varying according to their sympathies with the criminal.
Edward Wathen Fyffe was born on December 31, 1853 at Woodchester, Gloucestershire, England the second son of Ebenezer Wathen Fyffe, a tea merchant and Martha Wathen Dunn. His elder brother, Ebenezer Thomas Fyffe becam a Naval Chaplain but Edward went into the family Tea business of E.W. Fyffe, Son and Co. In 1884 Edward married Ida Stanton Brown.