Thomas Henry Figgitt (1863-1936) and Elizabeth Figgitt (née Stanley)

Thomas Henry Figgitt was born in Broadway in December 1863, the son of Richard and Ann Figgitt (who were originally from Snowshill and had moved to Broadway in the 1850s). Thomas was baptised at St Michael’s Church, Broadway, on 31st January 1864.

Thomas grew up on Church Street and after leaving school started work as a farm labourer for Owen Morris at Kite’s Nest Farm. Thomas later worked as a groom for Algernon Rushout, Master of Fox Hounds, North Cotswold Hunt, and for C.T. Scott (also a former MFH). Before his retirement, Thomas worked as a gardener for Lady Maud Bowes Lyon at Orchard Farm.

Thomas married Elizabeth Stanley in St Michael’s Church, Broadway, during the summer of 1892. By 1901, Thomas had moved with his wife and family to Swan Cottage, next to the Swan Inn on the village green in the village.

Swan Cottage, Broadway
Swan Cottage (far left)

Thomas died, aged 72, at his home, Swan Cottage, in August 1936, and his funeral was held at St Michael’s Church in the village. His funeral was conducted by Rev. V.H. Patrick, the Vicar of St Michael’s.

The Evesham and Standard West Midland Observer reported on 22 August 1936:

The coffin borne by four nephews – Messrs. John Figgitt, Barry Figgitt, George Newman and Walter Stanley. The family mourners were: Mrs T.H. Figgitt (Widow), Mrs A.J. Green (daughter), Mr H. Figgitt (son), Mr A.S. Figgitt (son), Mr Bert Figgitt (brother), Mr A.J. Green (son-in-law), Miss Joan Figgitt (granddaughter), Mrs G. Newman (niece), Messrs Robert and William Stanley (brothers-in-law), the Misses Nellie, Annie and Elsie Stanley (nieces), Mrs Annie Green (niece), Mrs Ladbrook (niece), Mrs William Stanley (niece), Mr Teddy Figgitt (nephew), Mrs S. Figgitt (niece), Mrs Ingram, Mrs Roberts and Mr Percy Revers. Included in the congregation were Captain Gordon Alexander, Dr and Mrs W.G. Alexander, Mr D.G.S. Russell (President of Broadway branch of British Legion) and Mr John Morris (Chairman of Broadway Parish Council).

Elizabeth Figgitt, died aged 82, in Warwickshire in 1941.

The Swan, Broadway
The Swan, Broadway, previously Swan Cottage