I grew up in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight for the first fourteen years of my life, and during the last 30 years I have been a frequent visitor, staying at Chelsea Cottage, the holiday home in Ventnor that my husband, Chris, and I bought in 1984. For some time I have been intrigued to discover how it was that my mother’s family, the Nash family, had such a strong connection with the Isle of Wight.
The story turned out to be much more complicated than I could have imagined and went back further than I had expected. In answering my original question I assembled a great deal of information which has enabled me effectively to write part of the story of three families, dating back to around 1800: the Trinders of Heckfield (Hampshire), the Kimbers of Winkfield (Berkshire) and the Nashes of Bromley (Kent). The material may therefore be of interest not only to members of these families and their descendants but also to local historians of the Isle of Wight and these three counties.
Please bear in mind that I am not a professional historian and that I am simply sharing what I originally discovered for purely personal reasons.
I would be very happy to receive any corrections and further information to make available on this page. Please contact me at email@example.com.
This work is licensed under Creative Commons, which allows it to be shared, copied and redistributed in any medium or format. Please cite as: Mary Pountain, 2020. A Tale of Three Families: the Trinder, Kimber and Nash families and the Isle of Wight, from 1854 to the present. On line at http://www.chelseacott.co.uk/threefamilies/.
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