Market Lavington Museum

The Ross Family at Market Lavington


Joseph Ross was a gardener. He was born in Welford near Newbury in Berkshire in about 1871.

In 1898 he married Florence Smith in the London area.

The couple had five children, all born in Berkshire. They were Ella Ross, born in  1900, Nellie Ross born in 1902, Florence Ross, born in 1904, Charles Ross born in 1908 and Stanley Ross born in 1910.

Sometime around the end of the first war, Joseph became head gardener for Lord Warrington who lived at Clyffe Hall in Market Lavington.

Amongst the few items we have at Market Lavington Museum about the Ross family is a delightful photo portrait, which was made into a postcard. It dates from the early 1920s and shows the entire family.

Joseph Bernhard Ross and his wife Florence Edith in the grounds of Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington

Both Joseph and his wife, Florence lived the rest of their lives in Market Lavington. For Joseph this was sadly short for he died in 1926 and is buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Market Lavington. His widow, Florence lived for another thirty-nine years before joining Joseph in the churchyard in 1965.

If you can help with more information about this family we’d love to hear from you.