Market Lavington Museum

Fred Phillips


Today we look at Fred Phillips who ran a poultry farm on Spin Hill.

Fred Phillips of Spin Hill, Market Lavington

Fred was born around 1888. We think he was born in Devizes where his father, William worked in the tobacco business. In 1891 young Fred lived in Devizes. In 1901 the family were in Potterne. Fred was still in the area in 1911.

It’s reasonable to guess that Fred served in some capacity in the First World War. In 1919, Fred married Eleanor Cressweller (or Crassweller). You can learn more of the Crasweller family by clicking here.

A son, Edward W Phillips was born in 1931.

At this time, Fred was running his poultry farm, as shown in our photo.

Fred Phillips with his poultry in the early 1930s - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

Sadly, Fred died in 1934. He was just 46 years old.

Eleanor continued to live on Spin Hill. The 1939 electoral roll which we have at Market Lavington Museum shows Eleanor there.

Eleanor Phillips on the 1939 electoral register

Of course, we at Market Lavington Museum would like to know more  about this Phillips family. Can you help?