Aston, Oxfordshire

Joseph Henry SPURRETT b.1839 (my great, great grandfather) was the son of Thomas SPURRETT of Bampton and took the village store on the green in nearby Aston, and ran it until his death in 1921.  He had a large family who became a central part of Aston life during the twentieth century.  His son Joe ran the Bull Inn Public house, George became a furniture dealer, and Bill was the one with the desire to travel. He set-up market stalls selling hardware and worked in conjunction with his brother Joe who sold confectionary.  Eventually this expanded to include fairground rides and many other members of the family were involved to some extent.  As this became a larger enterprise, the steam engine, Little Wonder, was bought to power the fairground rides.  The fairground spirit remains alive and well in the family but has lost the Spurrett name having married into the Hatswell family of showmen.  One branch of the Aston Spurretts emigrated to South Africa and there are still living Spurretts there; another went to London, and some remained local in the Oxfordshire villages and towns of Burford, Carterton, Didcot and East Hagbourne. 

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