Charles Midwinter

Date published: 29/06/2013
© Newbury Weekly News








          Mr, Charles Midwinter, who passed away at his residence, “Newnham,” Howard-road, on Monday last at the advanced age of 94, was one of  oldest inhabitants, in deed he is spoken of as having been the oldest male of the borough. He was a native of Reading, but the family settled in Newbury when he was eight years old.


          For many years he was with the late Mr. John Shaw, Corn Merchants of the Market Place, subsequently Shaw and Morcom. On the dissolution of this partnership, Mr. Midwinter started in business on his own account at 7, Cheap-street, where in conjunction with his son and grandsons, the business has been carried on for many years. Mr. Midwinter took no part in public affairs, although he was keenly interested and even enthusiastic in the progress of political movements having for their object the welfare of the people. He was a lifelong Liberal.


          His membership of the Newbury Congregational Church extended over a period of 75 years, and in his early manhood he rendered constant and most acceptable service as a lay preacher at the village stations of the church. His chief claim, however, to remembrance consists in his services as Superintendent (rendered for a period of 16 years) at the Weston Congregational Sunday School, and during the later years of his life, most refreshing testimony to the good done has been borne by old scholars, who rarely passed the business premises without calling in to see him.


          Mr. Midwinter was a very careful and successful gardener, being a frequent prize winner in various classes at the Horticultural Society's shows. His garden was always a pattern of neatness and beauty, and he spent many happy hours in the indulgence of his hobby. His robustness of mind and body were remarkable, so much so that he had been laid aside for only a comparatively few months.


          Mr. Midwinter was loved and honoured by a large circle of friends, but especially by the children, who delighted to listen to his wise and cheery conversation, and many a boy and girl will long remember him and the gifts of fruit that he often handed them over the old garden gate at “The Poplars.” On his last utterances during the period of sub-consciousness was “Give the boy an apple” and such

Little deeds of kindness,

Little words of love,

were characteristic of the whole of his long and beautiful life.

          Mr. Midwinter married a daughter of the late Mr. William Allen, Millwright, of Newbury. She pre-deceased him in 1891, since which period he has been lovingly cared for by his daughters. The family of the late Mr. and Mrs. Midwinter numbered four sons and six daughters, seven of whom survive.


          The funeral will take place at the Cemetery, Newtown-road, tomorrow (Friday) at three o'clock.


Newbury Weekly News 17 February 1916


Married Sophia Mary Allen Sept Q 1844


Midwinter births from BMD (some after1869 could have been his son Henry's children, it is difficult to tell without parish registers)


Frederick 1845

Henry Jordan 1846

William Allen 1849

Ellen 1851

Edwin 1853

Annie 1855

Jane 1857

Edith Ellen 1870

Margaret 1873

Edwin Charles 1878

Emily Kate 1879

Sarah Ann Crofts 1864

Sources:Newbury Weekly News 17 February 1916

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