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Ellen Smith - Chase Cottage - Where my mother, Miriam Chinn (nee Smith) was born and where my children grew up between 1973-1983

Wilmir, Shirrell Heath

'Wilmir' - My place of birth

Hazeldene Cottage

Hazeldene Cottage 2013 - Where I live now with my partner, Malc. It's in the village where I went to school


Sheila Chinn (aka Sheila Young)

Link to: Grandchildren

I was born in Shirrell Heath, lived in Waltham Chase most of my adult life, and now live in Shedfield near to where I went to school, christened my children and buried some of those closest to me.

My family came to the Parish of Shedfield in the early 1900's when my Great Uncle Charlie moved from Bramshaw in the New Forest to Shirrell Heath. He rented a property when he gained a position as cowman for Watson's Dairy in Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath. When he was killed in WW1, my Grandmother, Ellen (Nellie) Smith nee Fry, moved into the cottage and shortly thereafter, gave birth to my mother, Miriam Chinn nee Smith. Rumour has it that she was the first child to be born in the cottage.

Following Miriam's birth, came more children - Arthur, Grace and Margaret Smith. At some point, Nellie must have bought Chase Cottage.

When my mother married William Boothby Chinn, they lived in a caravan at Pricketts Hill in Shedfield until the house at the bottom of Nelly Smith's drive was auctioned, and Miriam and William bought it for £800. Later on they named it WilMir. They made this their home for the rest of their married life and set up their own market gardening business in the surrounding fields. This is where I was born and grew up, as were my siblings, Rosemary, Arthur and Barbara.

The purpose of this website is to remember our ancestors and the environment where we grew up. This is where our characters were formed and where we enjoyed childhood days of playing in the copse and running up the lane to splash in puddles when the rain made a river for us.

It is also to keep the memory alive of those we've lost through war, old age or illness and to help our children know where their roots began.

Hobbies with Malc ... mainly cars! An AC Cobra and Westfield


AC Cobra and Westfield

AC Cobra

Kelly Carina Sheila

Kelly, Sheila and Carina at Highclere Castle 2014

Lee and Kelly

Lee and Kelly 2014

Malc Lee Josh Justin

Malc, Justin, Lee and Josh 2014

Grandkids Playing

l to r: Georgia, Tilly, Patrick, Josh, Jack and Sam 2014


Sheila and Rose

Sheila and sister, Rosemary 2014

  Smith Children

Miriam Chinn and siblings

Grace, Arthur, Margaret and Miriam Smith at Shedfield approx 1928

Sheila Chinn and siblings

My siblings: Rosemary, Sheila, Arthur and Barbara Chinn at Shirrell Heath approx 1962

Sheila Lee Kelly and grandkids

Sheila with children Kelly and Lee. Grandchildren Georgia and Patrick on lap of parent - 2005

Lee and Kelly with Jack and Sam

Kelly and Lee with youngest children, Sam and Jack, 2006





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