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Carvers of Hardley/Langley, Norfolk and Newcastle Upon Tyne

Updated July 22, 2001

Glenn Carver

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My branch of the Carver family arrived in Newcastle Upon Tyne about 1880. My great grandfather had fifteen children, seven boys and eight girls. They lived in Walker and the men all worked in the shipyards.

The family originate from south east of Norwich in Norfolk. Small villages on the Norfolk Broads such as Hardley, Langley and Loddon. The first item of proof we have is the will of Thomas Carver/Calver (1711-1789). Thomas was a woodsman and then became a farmer. He had a farm in Hardley, Norfolk on land leased from Sir Beauchamp Proctor, lord of the manor, who lived at Langley Hall. The thatched family farmhouse still stands today, the farm is a working farm named "Chestnut Farm" and a piece of land adjacent is named Carver's Carr (Wood).

Thomas Carver (1711-1789) had three sons and two daughters. The farm was inherited by his youngest son James Carver (1759 - 1819). Thomas Carver (1753-1820), the oldest son was a Yeoman farmer at North Cove, Suffolk near the county border with Norfolk. Middle son John was a gardener and moved to Ipswich, Suffolk and then back to Norfolk, to Blofield. Oldest daughter Mary married James STIMPSON, then James DURRANT who was a Yeoman farmer in Langley, Norfolk. Youngest daughter Martha married Joseph NORMAN, a linen weaver of Loddon, Norfolk.

This Carver family tree has three main branches where the descendants of the three brothers, Thomas, John and James are being researched. The family is still resident in Norfolk, England but descendants have gradually migrated to other parts of England and to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the U.S.A.

This web page is in the early stages of development and will be continuously improved. I am experiencing difficulty getting the software to sort the photos and related files into chronological order - hence the mish-mash.

I am grateful to several other researchers who have helped me significantly. Notably, John Pegley, Richard Carver, Jean Bellamy, Harvey Carver and Harry Boughen.

I will be happy to share information with anyone interested.

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  • Carver Family Tree (208 KB)
    Family Tree from 1680 to early twentieth century - deceased Carvers only

Family Photos

  • Norfolk Map (188 KB)
    A current map showing the area of interest; a triangle between Norwich, Great Yarmouth to the east on the Norfolk coast and Lowestoft to the south east on the Suffolk coast.
  • The Carvers in Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1906/07 (145 KB)
    Back L-R: Bob, Emma, Elder, Alice, Bill Middle: Nellie, Harry, Goddard, Alfie Front: Ellen (mother), George on knee, Aaron, May, Peggy, Lucy on knee, William (father)
  • Kitten's Lane 1970 (43 KB)
    Kitten's Lane, Loddon, Norfolk. Family home of Aaron and Polly Carver. Photo taken about 1970. Courtesy of John Pegley
  • Susan Cossey (1824-1911) - Loddon, Norfolk (45 KB)
    My great great grandmother with her daughter in law Polly (nee Edge) and children. Photo about 1909, Courtesy of John Pegley
  • Carver's Carr, Hardley, Norfolk (56 KB)
    A map showing Carver's Carr next to Hardley Methodist Chapel in Norfolk. Chestnut Farm is the old Carver farm. The thatched farmhouse is still there and inhabited.
  • Ellen Carver (nee Ford) (1864-1935) (62 KB)
    My great grandmother, Ellen Ford from Norton Subcourse, Norfolk, who left Norfolk with William Carver (1852-1924) and moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne. Why they left and why they picked Newcastle is unknown. My thoughts are that they travelled on a barge returning to the Tyne after delivering coal to Loddon Mill.
  • Aaron Carver (1869 -1942) (60 KB)
    Photo taken about 1899. Courtesy of John Pegley
  • William Carver (1852-1924) born Loddon, Norfolk (21 KB)
    William left Loddon, Norfolk and migrated to Newcastle Upon Tyne in the 1880's. He was an agricultural labourer in Norfolk and became a Blacksmith's Striker in the shipyards in Newcastle
  • Goddard Carver (1897-1962) Newcastle Upon Tyne (55 KB)
    My grandfather as a young man. The photo was taken in the Promenade Studio, Whitley Bay in the 1910's. Goddard is second from right - the one who hasn't had his teeth knocked out.
  • Aaron Carver (1869-1942) (45 KB)
    Aaron working on the trawlers with two other (unknown) Carvers. Aaron was my great grandfather's brother. My great grandfather left Norfolk and moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne and we lost touch with the Norfolk family...except Aaron used to still visit the family when his boat docked at North Shields after my great grandfather's death in 1924. Photo courtesy of Aaron's grandson, John Pegley.
  • William Carver 1852-1924 (45 KB)
    In the backyard of the Colliery Engine pub in Walkergate. Being a blacksmith's striker is thirsty work.
  • Goddard Carver and Son - Newcastle Upon Tyne (115 KB)
    Goddard, son of William Carver (1852-1924) with his son, William Goddard, my father. Photo taken early 1930's. Goddard was a blacksmith.
  • Aaron Arthur Carver (1904-1963) (16 KB)
    Aaron's son, Arthur. Arthur married Mary McLoughlin in Paddington London. This photo taken while in the Services, 1920. Courtesy of John Pegley
  • William Leonard Carver (1896-1966) (43 KB)
    Aaron's oldest son Len. Photo taken in 1916 during World War One. Courtesy of John Pegley
  • Elderphein Carver (b1884) - Newcastle Upon Tyne (17 KB)
    Elder married John Harle, a miner, and moved to the collieries in County Durham
  • Goddard & Alice Carver (93 KB)
    The nearest thing to a holiday
  • Three sisters: Maria, Mary Ann and Eliza Edge (58 KB)
    Photo taken in Norfolk about 1916. Mary Ann (Polly)married Aaron Carver and Eliza married his brother Richard Carver. Aaron and Richard were my great grandfather's brothers. The three sisters shown here working the land. Photo courtesy of John Pegley.
  • William Carver 1886-1939 Newcastle Upon Tyne (21 KB)
    Bill was a shipwright. He married Alice Clark and they had two sons nicknamed Ging and Gor. Alice died prematurely of consumption leaving Bill to raise the two boys. Both died of consumption in their 20's. Bill was heavily involved in the formation and management of Walker Celtic, a local football club.
  • Goddard Carver (1897 -1962) (40 KB)
    Gor in a bar late 1950's - I guess either the Scrogg or the County in Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  • Aaron's wife, Polly Carver (nee Edge) (1873-1940) (23 KB)
    Photo taken in Kitten's Lane, Loddon, Norfolk at the end of the 19th Century. Courtesy of John Pegley
  • William Carver 1886-1938 during World War One (98 KB)
    Bill was the only one in the Newcastle branch of the family who served in WW1. Pictured here (standing) with an unknown soldier
  • Mary Katherine Allies (Kitty) Carver (1915-1987) (17 KB)
    Photo taken in 1935. Mary married a Londoner, William John Pegley. They are John Pegley's parents. Photo courtesy of John.
  • Alice Carver (b 1891) Newcastle Upon Tyne (31 KB)
    Alice emigrated to Brisbane, Australia where she married Thomas Davison Smith, also of Newcastle.
  • Another Bill Carver - The Wild Bunch (167 KB)
    Not strictly our family tree, although I wish he was. BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID with THE WILD BUNCH Seated l-r: Harry Longabaugh (Sundance Kid), Ben Kilpatrick, Robert L Parker (Butch Cassidy) Standing: Bill Carver, Harry Logan (Kid Curry) Photo at Fort Worth Tx, 1900
  • Kittens Lane - Early 20th Century (46 KB)
    Kitten's Lane, Loddon, Norfolk. The family home of Aaron and Polly Carver. Photo courtesy of John Pegley
  • Chestnut Farm - Carver Farmhouse, Hardley, Norfolk (83 KB)
    The former Carver farmhouse. The first known Carver occupant was Thomas Carver 1711-1789. This photo taken June 2001. The farm is still a working farm today although it is not known if it is still owned by a Carver.

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