In 1827 my 3x great grandfather, John BONFIELD, bought a small-holding
called Crawley Foundry in Devon. Although in Chardstock parish, it was
actually closer to the village of Yarcombe at the point where the three
counties of Devon, Somerset & Dorset met (just west of Chard).
From here John worked as a farmer and carpenter, but mainly as an
ironfounder, producing such things as agricultural implements and also
household ironwork, fireplaces & oven doors etc.
It is thought that at sometime later in the century that another ironfoundry
was set up in Misterton near Crewkerne in Somerset , called "BONFIELDS of
I have three main questions, mainly aimed at people with local knowledge.
1. Has anyone come across, or know the whereabouts, of any ironwork that is
cast with the BONFIELD mark?
2. Does anyone know of any information on "BONFIELDS of Misterton"?
3. (A long shot) There was said to be a painting of CRAWLEY FOUNDRY that
used to hang in the bar of the 'Great Western Hotel' in Frome, Somerset. It
is believed to have been sold in 1950 along with the effects from the pub.
Has anyone a clue as to where this may now be. (I'll change that to a Very
Any other information that anyone thinks is relevant is obviously also
Robert Newton, Oxford, England r.newton(a)tesco.net
Web pages http://homepages.tesco.net/~r.newton
NEWTON & MUTTER in Devon BON(D)FIELD in Devon/Dorset/Somerset
MOSS & GRAY in Oxfordshire