The generations are numbered from the founder of this branch of the family, John Gorwyn of Bradleigh (1691-1733) (TABLE 6) – i.e. he is generation (1); his sons are generation (2); and William Gorwyn (1780-1845, his great-grandson, is generation (4).


William had a son and then a grandson, both named William, who inherited Bradleigh. But the granson had no sons and the property passed out of the family. But William’s younger son, John Gorwyn, who farmed at the nearby farm of Coxland, had many children and is the ancestor of many of today’s Lambert-Gorwyns. His family is at TABLE 9.  



(4) William Gorwyn of Spirelake and Bradleigh (1780-1845), son of William Gorwyn of Spirelake and Hole and his wife Ann Blanchford (see TABLE 6). Bequeathed Spirelake by his father in 1817 and was living there in 1813. But by 1817 he had moved to Honeyford (Cheriton Bishop), where he remained at least until 1827. He appears to have inherited Bradleigh (Crediton) from his uncle John Lambert Gorwyn in 1824  (see TABLE 6) as he was living there in 1828. In 1841 he was at Bradleigh described as a farmer, with 7 servants and labourers, so it was a large concern. The 1840s tithe apportionment also has him owning the neighbouring Binnaford (148 acres).

m. Ann Blanchford of Drewsteignton in 1808 in Cheriton Bishop. After the death of her husband she went first to live with her son John at Coxland, and then in Cheriton Cross New Inn, where she is recorded in 1861 as a 74-year-old widow and fundholder, living with her grand-daughter Alice Arscott, age 13. She died in 1866 age 80. The couple appear to have had 11 children.


(5) Ann Gorwyn, baptised in 1809 in Cheriton Bishop.

m. William Arscott in 1831 at Crediton. They later lived at Medland as tenants, before it was taken over by George Gorwyn (see TABLE 8).


(6) Mary Ann Gorwyn Arscott (1831-1911).

m. Henry Blanchford (1821-1906) in Crediton and had 3 sons (William, James and Henry). The family were at Hole in 1861.


(6) Elizabeth Arscott, born in 1834.


(6) Dinah Tuckett Arscott, born in 1837.


(6) Emily Arscott born ?1839 at Medland. At Coxland with her uncle John in 1851.


(6) Susan Arscott, born in 1840 at Medland.


(6) Alice Arscott, born about 1847.


(6) William Arscott, born ?1843 at Binneford.


(5) Elizabeth Gorwyn baptised at Cheriton Bishop in 1810.

m. John Brook in 1833 in Crediton. Descendants if any unknown.


(5) Mary Gorwyn, baptised at Cheriton Bishop in 1812. Described as unmarried in her father’s 1845 will. She had an illegitimate son, Henry, in 1835 before marrying and having three further children.

m. Thomas Pedrick (c.1817-1898), on 4.6.1846 at St Mary Arches, Exeter. She was described as a dressmaker; he as a servant, son of a labourer, Joseph Pedrick. In 1841 Thomas was working at the Royal Hotel in Crockernwell in Cheriton Bishop. He may have had help from his wife’s family, as by 1851 he had moved to Throwleigh and was the tenant of a 60-acre farm and employing a man and a boy, and afterwards moved to a yet bigger farm in Hittisleigh..


(6) Henry Lambert Gorwyn (1835-1905), baptised. in 1835 at Cheriton Bishop, described as the son of Mary Lambert Gorwyn of Bradley in Crediton and reputed father George Webber of Trenna in Hittisleigh. Henry was still living at Bradleigh in 1841, but by 1851 was working for his  uncle John at Coxland as a servant. He then became a railway guard in Exeter, and by 1878 had become the stationmaster in Moretonhampstead. By 1891 he had retired to Tormoham, and in 1901 he is recorded as a widower living by himself in Torquay, employed as a clerk and cellarman.

m. Elizabeth Dunning Brock  of Chapple Farm, Gidleigh in Exeter in 1856. She rode on a horse into Exeter to marry him; her parents were disgusted and cut her off with a penny. But relations seem to have improved enough for her elder son to be born at Gidleigh.  Died aged 60 in 1894. The couple had two sons:


(7) Henry W. B. Lambert Gorwyn, born about 1857 in Gidleigh. Coldstream Guards 1876-1888; served as Sergeant in Egypt 1885. He is probably the Henry W. B. Gorwyn who was married at Windsor in 1888 and who died in Exeter in 1897. In 1891 he was keeping the Old London Inn in Tormoham near Torquay.

m. Hellie in 1888. They appear only to have had one child who died:


(8) ?Harry Murray Gorwyn whose birth was registered in both Windsor and Lambeth in 1894, and whose death was registered in Fulham in the same year.


(7) Albert John Lambert Gorwyn, born in 1864 in Exeter. Manager of a brewery branch and living in Tormoham by 1901. Educated at Newton Abbot . Served in the Great War. Major in the Territorial Army until 1921. Finance Officer, Ministry of Pensions Exeter 1919-23. Recreations cycling, Rugby football, shooting. In Who’s Who in Devon, 1934.

m. Annie Angel in Newton Abbot District in 1888. She was born about 1868/7 in Torquay. The couple seem to have had at least six children.


(8) Doris Lambert Gorwyn, born in 1889 in Torquay.

m. Wilfred H Bathe 1914


(8) Olive Lambert-Gorwyn, born in 1892 at Torquay.


(8) Marjorie Lambert-Gorwyn, born about 1894/5 in Torquay.

m. Vincent A. Cane 1917


(8) Valerie Lambert Gorwyn, born in 1896 in Torquay.


(8) Cecil Lambert Gorwyn (1890-1966),  born in Torquay. He was acting resident engineer  for the Woodhall-Duckham Company before and in the early part of the war, helping to build new gasworks. He then joined the Royal Engineers and in 1917 obtained a temporary commission as a lieutenant. He was demobbed in 1919 and became a builder. He lived until 1925 in Llandovery in Wales, then moving to Cardiff and in 1931 to Edgware and finally Stanmore Hill in a house built by their son.

m. Elinor Edwards in 1911. They had five children:


(9) John Gorwyn who worked for his father in the building industry.


(9) Robert Gorwyn (1916-1920)..


(9) Jeffrey Gorwyn who worked for his father in the building industry and then emigrated to Australia. Died 2005.


(9) Annie Patricia Gorwyn (Patsy). Unmarried. Kept the books for her father’s business. Went to live with her sister in Mill Hill.


(9) Gweneth Eleanor (Gwen) (1919-2001). Unmarried. Lived in Mill Hill.


(8) Hazel Lambert Gorwyn (1905-1994)..


(8) Barbara Gorwyn (1907-1911).


(6) Susan Pedrick, b. 1846.

m. John Scott and had descendants.

(6) William Pedrick, b. c.1850. Farmed in Drewsteignton and Tedburn St Mary.

m. Elizabeth Harvey and had descendants.


(6) Francis Pedrick, b. 1851. Married and had descendants.


(5) Sarah Lambert Gorwyn,  bpt. at Cheriton Bishop in 1813. 

m.  Thomas Lee in 1836 at Crediton.  Farming Westwood in Crediton in 1851; all their children were born at a 203 acre farm at Upton Helions.


(5) Bessie (or Betsy) Gorwyn Lee, bpt. in 1837.


(5) Thomas Lee, born about 1840.


(5) William Gorwyn Lee, born about 1845 at Upper Hellions.  He was farming 300 acres in 1861 at Penstone Barton, Colebrooke. There was still a William Gorwyn Lee farming at Westwood, Crediton Hamlets, in 1925. He married Elizabeth and had 7 children: Anne Louisa (1874); Ellen Mabel (1876); Frederick Thomas (1878); Edith Mary (1880); Elizabeth (1881); William Gorwyn and Thomas Gorwyn.


(5) Martha Lambert Gorwyn, bpt at Cheriton Bishop in 1814.

m. William Finch in 1839 in Crediton, possibly her first cousin, the son of her aunt Ann Gorwyn (see TABLE 6).


(5) William Lambert Gorwyn of Bradleigh (1817-1873). By 1841 he was living at Bradley, but the 1842 tithe apportionment for Cheriton Bishop described him as also the owner and occupier of Spirelake (64 acres). He was bequeathed Bradleigh and Binneford and in 1851 he was at Bradley described as a farmer of 387 acres employing 6 labourers. There are 2 house servants and 4 labourers on the premises on census night. In 1861 he was still at Bradley as a farmer of 400 acres.  In the 1873 Return of the owners of land, he is recorded as owning 771 acres.  Died 1873.

m.  Maria, probably in 1848. She was born about 1818 in Stockland Pomeroy. After her husband’s death she moved to Great Leigh Farm, Crediton. Died in 1892. The couple had two children:


(6) William Lambert Gorwyn (1850-1928), born 1850 at Bradleigh (although there is also a William registered at Crediton born in 1847). At Bradleigh as a baby in 1851. He later moved to  Knowle, Copplestone and then Northleigh, Crediton.

m. Mary (possibly Mortimer Lee).  Died in an Exeter nursing home in 1935. They appear only to have had one daughter:


(7) Gertrude Mary Lambert Gorwyn, born in 1888.

m. William Gorwyn Lee, son of  Mr and Mrs W. Gorwyn Lee of Penstone, Colebrooke, at Holy Cross, Crediton, in 1913.


(8) Phyllis Lee


(8) William Gorwyn Lee (1917-1998). Has issue living.


(6) Susan Gorwyn (1849-?1901), born in 1849 in Crediton. By 1881 she was living with her brother and mother at Great Leigh, described as housekeeper.


(5) John Gorwyn (1820-22).


(5) Miriam Gorwyn (1822-1886). Unmarried.


(5)  Susan Gorwyn, baptised in 1823 at Cheriton Bishop. Not mentioned in her father’s 1845 will as one of his unmarried daughters, so she is either dead or married by that time. It is possible that she married one of the Strong family in 1843 and was the mother of William Tuckett Strong (1851-1931) and Susan Gorwyn Strong (1845-1935).


(5) Mahala Gorwyn (1827-1887).

m. John Strong in 1854. They farmed at Wallon in Drewsteignton.


(6) Ann Strong (c.1854-1891).

m. William Mortimer Lee (1855-1891) of Leigh Barton, Silverton and had son William John.


(6)  John Strong, born about 1856.


(5) John Gorwyn of Coxland (1828-1893).  See TABLE 9: Coxland Lambert Gorwyns.