Recent Pictographic Historical Perspective
I am motivated to record for posterity (my children and children’s children) the recent family history of the Hepple Howey Hierarchy. I have rejected as being in the too hard basket the ancestry origins and early settlement in the area. I have also avoided ‘family trees’ and concentrated on individuals of note or merit. One unconfirmed account states that the initial pioneer came over from Normandy in 1068 following King William I’s successful invasion two years earlier. The archetype appellation may have meant ‘Man on the Hill’: in which case it has been a downhill journey for the next thousand years or so! The family appear to be of sound basic yeoman farming stock. As famous and pioneering names are few this part of the collage will be brief! Aunty Ena Howey, actually my father’s first cousin from West Hepple and later ‘Kilnway’, said that the Howeys had been in Hepple Village for over four hundred years? I have been either unable or unwilling to establish this fact.
Sadly none remain there now; spinster Aunty Ena being the final resident to sustain the surname. I have avoided trolling through church and parish records even by ‘Trove’. This account will be more of a photographic montage with some explanatory notes. I have relied on the archive which my late
mother garnered and which elder sister Diana so assiduously protected. The photographs not unsurprisingly vary greatly in quality but modern photo-shop technology and manipulation can richly enhance them. I have done this to the best of my ability in my very amateur way.
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