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WILLIAM KEW (ca.1744-1821),
HIGGLER OF BARTON STACEY
William Kew married his first wife, Rebecca Gibbs, at All Saints, Barton Stacey on 8 October 1775. They had at least two children - William and Mary - before Rebecca Kew's death in September 1788 (she, like her husband and his second wife, was buried at Barton Stacey). William Kew then married secondly Ann Farmer (ca.1753-1832) on 13 October 1791 at Wonston.
The following year, about two months after the 'Great Fire' at Barton Stacey, he purchased the property which we now call Chalk Dell, Barton Stacey, from Henry Allen. We believe that Henry Allen had added to the house and garden he had purchased five years ealier in 1787, by erecting premises in the garden. It is possible that these premises were used by William Kew in his trade as a higgler. One definition found of a higgler is a person who trades in dairy, poultry and small game animals. We can only speculate that he raised poultry and other animals in the village, either in his garden or somewhere nearby, and perhaps sold produce from his premises.
We know that he traded at Winchester Market on a regular basis. In 1796 the Salisbury and Winchester Journal reported that on April 30th William Kew, higgler of Barton Stacey, was under prosecution through the county and city magistrates 'by indictment on an information for attempting to raise the common price on provisions and proposing to other dealers to join him'. He was ordered meantime to 'keep from Winchester Market for a month'.
William Kew died aged 77 in February 1821.
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