James Welch was the Estate Carpenter from 1892 - 1911.James Welch

John Karslake was succeeded as Simonsbath Estate Carpenter by William Hodge and when he retired in about 1892 James Welch moved to Simonsbath to take up the post.

James Welch had been baptised at Goodleigh, in North Devon on 29 March 1863, the son of John and Mary Welch.    At the age of 16, in 1879, he was indentured to Thomas Isaac, Wheelwright and Joiner of Instow for the term of six years.  The 1881 Census shows James Welch, aged 18, as an Apprentice Wheelwright, living with Mr Isaac and his wife, at Cleave Cottage, Instow.

In 1889, at the age of 26, he married Elizabeth Clarke at Heanton Punchardon, Devon.  Elizabeth was 23 and the daughter of Thomas Clarke, Master Mariner, of Wrafton, Devon.  The following year the first of their three sons, Thomas, was baptised.  At this time James Welch was described as being a Coach Wheeler of Tawstock.