Windmill: New Seat


New seat at Ashton Windmill site in memory of Joe Phillips, wartime evacuee to Chapel Allerton.

Joe Phillips was evacuated from London to Allerton at the beginning of the war. Like so many of those evacuated to the Allertons he had very happy memories of his childhood here. And he loved our Windmill.


Joe spent the greater part of his life in America in the Aerospace industry. And when he died last year his family presented a bench in his memory, which is now installed at the Windmill.

On Monday 22nd of June three generations of his extended family from both sides of the Atlantic met at the Windmill with a number of Allerton residents who were children here with the evacuees and who remembered the Phillips family – Averil Williams; Joy Morse; Ruby Ham; Josephine Millard; Alan Ham.

Jane Morton, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council spoke to thank and welcome the Phillips family. Joe Phillips’s daughter Nancy spoke on behalf of the family.

A wonderful day of memories and reminiscences rounded off with excellent tea and cakes in the Old Schoolroom. Old acquaintances renewed. New friends made. One of those special days.

David Dixon

(See also the 'Local History' section for more information about Joe Philips)