William Vinter (Senior)
1831: Born in Kirkby-on-Bain, near Coningsby, Lincolnshire.
1851: Farm labourer for Thomas Elmitt, "Coningsby Lawn" farm,
1857: Police officer, Chaple Lane, Hull. Married Caroline Short.
1863: Farm labourer.
1876: Lock keeper and "Foreman on the Navigation between Horncastle and
1881: Living in the "Lock House", Tumby, near Coningsby.
1896: Farmer at "The Lawn" farm, Coningsby (purchased after 1882 from
1915: Living at Tumby Road, Coningsby.
VINTER joined the Hull City Police Force on 19 January 1857, aged 25. and
was assigned the number 24.
On 3 February 1857 he was fined 1 day's pay and reprimanded by the Watch
Committee for being drunk when coming on duty at 9 pm.
He married Caroline Short in Hull on 26 Feb 1857, and resigned from the force on
15 April 1857, having given one months notice.
Clearly not destined to be a policeman, William returned to Lincolnshire and
agriculture. Initially, he again worked as a farm labourer before becoming a
lock-keeper and "foreman of navigation" on the Horncastle Canal. He
was also possibly a "ganger", providing labourers for roads,
harvesting etc. This must have earned him enough to buy his own farm - "The
Lawn" at Coningsby, where he had worked in his youth as a labourer. When he
died, he willed that the farm be sold, and the proceeds divided between his son
John, and one John Hubbert of Tattershall. It was purchased by Robert Osgarby,
who in turn sold it to the Air Ministry to build Coningsby airfield in WWII.
||William (left) had 6 sons, and had them trained in various
trades, so that they could work on the farm - George was an agricultural
implement maker, Thomas a bricklayer, Frederick a blacksmith, and Edward a
carpenter. However, at his death, all but John were either deceased or
disinherited. It is thought that Edward was possibly disinherited because
he got married and moved to Lincoln.
At Christmas 1917, William (Sen.) travelled to see his son William (Jnr.)
at his home in Scrivelsby. The journey was arduous and cold, and William
(Sen.) was taken ill soon after arriving, and died on New Year's Eve. He
was buried in Coningsby Cemetry, alongside his wife and daughter,
Phoebe. The inscription on his tombstone reads:
memory of William Winter of Tumby Road, Coningsby, who died 31st December
1979, aged 87 years.
"Rest on dear Father thy labours are o'er, thy willing hands will
toil no more, a faithful friend true and kind, no friend on earth like
thee we find".
Click on these thumbnails to see larger images:
The Black Cottage, Tumby Road, Coningsby.
Caroline & Pheobe's gravestones; RAF Coningsby hangars in the background.