The 'Horne' Family

1856 - Eliza Jane
1858 - Jemima Emma



Bertha Rosalind Horne


Bertha Rosalind Horne  


1923 Mattishall, Norfolk
Parents Arthur Edward Horne
Elsie Kate Fisher



David Charles Potter  


March 29, 1914 Shelfanger, Diss, - Depwade - Jun quarter (4b 380)
Died: October 31, 1980 25 William Cowper Close Dereham , Norfolk
Parents Charles Robert Potter
Florence Emm Welton



1963 Mattishall. Norfolk



Children with David Charles Potter:


Date of birth:
Birth Place:
Rachel Mary Potter   Yaxham, Norfolk
Leah Elizabeth Potter   Yaxham, Norfolk

Children from David's first marrage to Brenda Roma Saunders married East Dereham 1939 (Jun quarter 4b 697)


Date of birth:
Birth Place:
Margaret Potter 1944 Dereham, Norfolk
Beryl Potter 1945 Dereham, Norfolk

File Information:

Children of Bertha Rosalind Horne (1923) and David Charles Potter
Rachel Mary Potter (1964) - married David Philip Slater on Saturday April 25, 1992 at Mattishall Evangelical Church.
Rachel and David have 2 children.

Leah Elizabeth Potter (1965) - married Timothy Bash on Saturday June 21, 1986 at the Mattishall Evangelical Church.
Leah and Timothy have 4 children.

More on David Charles Potter

David's parents
1903: Marriage record - Charles Robert Potter married Florence Emma Welton at Depwade - Sep quarter (4b 449)

David's family
1911: Census - Druids Lane Shelfanger Diss Norfolk
Charles Potter - Head - Married - age 28 (1883) - Labourer Farm - born Shelfanger Norfolk
Florence Potter - Wife - married 7 years age 26 (1885) - born Shelfanger Norfolk
Albert Potter - Son - age 7 (1904) - born Shelfanger Norfolk
Annie Potter - Daughter - age 6 (1905) - born Shelfanger Norfolk
George Potter - Son - age 2 (1909) - born Shelfanger Norfolk

1914: Birth record - David Charles Potter at Depwade - Jun quarter (4b 380)

Age 18
January 3, - David Charles Potter was baptised at the Dereham Batist Church

1939: Marriage record – David C Potter married Brenda Roma Saunders at East Dereham – Jun quarter (4b 697)
Brenda was born in the Sept quarter of 1911 at Bury St Edmunds – (4a 1811) The daughter of John George Saunders a Farm Labourer and his wife Frances Mabel Goold of Thetford Road Ickworth (1911) who married in the Sep quarter of 1909 at Bury St Edmunds.

1939: Census - Maranatha, Toftwood, East Dereham
David C Potter - Head - born Mar 29th 1914 - Builder Contractor
Brenda R Potter - Wife - born Jun 11th 1911 - Unpaid Domestic Duties

1960: December 24 - David's wife Brenda Roma Potter died age 49 - Interred Dereham Cemetery December 29.

David remarried
1963: Marriage record - David Charles Potter married Bertha Rosalind Horne at Mitford - March quarter (4b 1173)

Bertha Potter has written a short booklet dedicated to her husband 'A Final Vision Fulfilled' which is on sale at £2 in both nursing homes. Below is an extract taken from the introduction page written by David's daughter's and speaks for it's self.
Our father was a visionary.
He could see things that other couldn't. By trade he was a builder and it was not unusual for him to purchase a tumbled down old barn and turn it into a beautiful dwelling.
It was through this gift that God was able to use him to turn three overgrown and dilapidated old houses into beautiful homes for retired missionaries and God's workers.
Margaret, Beryl, Rachel, Leah.
Daughters of David C. Potter

1980: Local Dereham Times
Mr David Charles Potter, formerly one of Norfolk's leading building contractors has died at his home.
Mr Potter of 25 William Cowper Close, Toftwood, Dereham, came to the town as a boy and, and on leaving school was an apprentice with builders at Beetley.
He began his own business - Potter Brothers Builders - in 1938 as one of a family of nine, His first building, the Christian Brethren Gospel Hall, Shipdham Road, Toftwood, was were he regularly worshiped from then to the time of his death.
David Potter also built police stations in Dereham, Dersingham, Hunstanton and Downham Market, and the large George Borrow housing estate of Yaxham Road, Dereham.
Potter Brothers began in a small way but very soon graduated to public work contacts, and Mr Potter supervised the building of secondary schools at Fakenham, Wells, Aylsham, Swaffham and Burnham Market.
At one time there were over 200 employees.
He pioneered Christian Eventide Homes in Dereham, purchasing Quebec Hall in a derelict state and restoring it. It now houses 20 residents and 50 more in the surrounding self-catering bungalows.
Mr Potter also bought Eckling Grange, Norwich Road, Dereham, form the late Capt. B. A. Smart and converted it to house 50 residents. A medical block was later added and 56 bungalows were built round it for residents wishing to care for themselves.
He also built the South Green Home, now known as Upton House, Cromer.
Mr Potter closed his business in 1979 and retired, but was well known for his hobbies, he had particular affection for wind and steam power, and turned windmills at Saham Toney and Hindolveston into homes. He also restored a mill at his former Yaxham Home.
He owned steam vehicles - and during petrol rationing at the time of the Suez crisis in 1957 he ran a fleet of them.
In addition to his widow, Mr Potter leaves four daughters.

1980: Eastern Daily Press
200 at the Funeral of Mr. David Potter - Toftwood Gospel Hall at Dereham was full for the funeral of Mr. David Charles Potter, formerly one of Norfolk leading builder contractors.
Mourners had to be turned away after more than 200 filled the hall and neighbouring schoolroom, to where the service was relayed. Cars lined the main street of Toftwood.
Among those paying tribute to Mr. Potter who died at his home in William Cowper Close, Toftwood where former employees of Potter Brothers the building firm he started in 1938 and built up to employ 200 people at one time. The manager, supervisors, office staff and workmen attended the service, which was conducted by Mr. John Smith of Ely.
EVENTIDE HOLMES - Mr Smith said Dereham would be the poorer for the loss of Mr. Potter but there would be left permanent memorials to him in the form of Christian Eventide homes, Quebec Hall, Eckling Grange, of which he was the founder.
Mr. George Greenway, form Suffolk also paid tribute to Mr. Potter.
There then followed a long list of mourners

More on QUEBEC HALL is found HERE


More on Davids children with Brenda Roma Suanders

Children of David Charles Potter (1914) and Branda Roma Saunders (Davids first wife)
Margaret Potter
(1944) - married Graham Last on 'unknown' Things did not work out for Maragaret and Graham and they divorced.
Margaret and Graham had 3 children

1 - Philip Last
2 - James Last
3 - Elizabeth Last

Margaret re-married date unknown to ? Brannan - Then on June 15, 1998 Margaret went missing she was last seen catching a train.
If anyone know of her where about's please contact the number below.

Margaret Brannan
(formerly Last formerly Potter)
Age at disappearance: 54 - Margaret has been missing from Ancoats, Manchester, since 15 June 1998.

There is great concern for Margaret and she is urged to call the Missing Persons confidential service Message Home on Freefone 0800 700 740 for advice and support.

Beryl Potter (1945) - married Ronald Duncan on March 25, 1967
Beryl and Ronald have 2 children

1 - Sarah Duncan
2 - Liesl Duncan





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