Map of Womaston, nr Presteigne
Map of Womaston, nr Presteigne
Powys County Archives


Farmer John W Stephens

John Stephens was born in 1863 to parents John and Mary. In 1881 his father described himself as a farmer of 86 acres employing two labourers, and the family kept two female domestic servants. By 1891 he had been widowed and ran the farm with his son, housekeeper Evangeline Jones, and two farm labourers who lived with the family.

1891 Census
Farm House, Womaston
Name Position in
Age Occupation Place of Birth
John Stephens Head Wid 62 Farmer Montgomery Llandyssil
John W Stephens Son S 28 Farmer Radnor Old Radnor
Evangeline Jones   S 29 Housekeeper Hereford Huntington
Hy J Hollies   S 17 Farmer's assistant ??
John Lucas Serv S 18 Farm servant Radnor Presteigne

John W Stephens took over the farm in the 1890s and kept a detailed pocket book covering the years 1895-1905. The book detailed the expenses, successes and failures on the farm during those years.

Advert for Newell's, Presteigne
Advertisement from July 1893
Presteigne & Discoyd Parish Magazine
Collection of Sadie Cole

1901 Census
Name Position in
Age Occupation
John W Stephens Head 38 Farmer
Evangeline Jones Serv 38 Housekeeper
George Hammond Serv 20 Carter on farm
Herbert Nicholls Serv 16 Cattleman on farm

The following pages, to go live with the complete site in the Spring, show the kind of details John recorded in his pocket book about life on the farm: