yeovil people

Richard Vining

Brick, tile and flower pot maker


Richard Vining was born in Yeovil in 1815 and was baptised at St John's church on 29 October 1815. He was the fourth of the six children of mason and brickmaker Charles Vining (1780-1855) and Sophie née Hobbs (1783-1847). Charles and Sophie's children, all born in Yeovil, were; James Tally (1809-1876), Charles (1811-1904), Joseph (1813-1852), Richard, Sophia (1818-1821) and Sophia (1824-1848).

On 3 June 1848, Richard married Sophia Genge (1819, Limington -1883) at Sherborne, Dorset. They were to have six children, all (apart from Hester) born in Yeovil; Richard Henry (1849-1854), Edward, known as Edwin, (1852-1899), Henrietta (1855-1945), William (b1856), Hester (b1858, Hardington Mandeville), and Sophia, or Sylvia, (1860-1928).

 In the 1851 census Richard and Sophia were listed at Picketty (Ilchester Road) with their baby son Richard Henry and two servants. Richard listed his occupation as 'Brick Maker employing 8 men'.

In 1860 and 1861, Richard served as the Town's Churchwarden,, with Thomas Manning as the Vicar's Churchwarden.

By 1861 Richard and Sophia were still on Ilchester Road, by this time with three children and two servants. Richard gave his occupation as 'Brick & Tile Manufacturer & Town Surveyor'. The 1871 census noted the family at Pickety, Ilchester Road, and 55-year old Richard gave his occupation as 'Surveyor and Land Agent'.

The 1881 census listed the family in Picketty House and 66-year old Richard now listed his occupation simply as Surveyor.

Richard Vining died on 23 March 1891 at Yeovil - committing suicide by drowning. For full details see the Gallery.




The entry of Richard's 29 October 1815 baptism in St John's parish register.


FFrom my collection

Invoice of Richard Vining dated 25 October 1854. Richard Vining was a brick, tile, chimney, seakale and flower pot manufacturer who also made malt kiln bricks and could supply building and paving stone from the Yeovil Quarry. He was listed in trade directories between 1840 and 1861 but committed suicide by drowning.


The report on Richard Vining's suicide from the 27 March 1891 edition of the Western Chronicle. The inquest jury returned a verdict "That deceased committed suicide in a fit of temporary insanity."