|Swallow Pit Farm is on the Emborough side of the boundary of Chewton Mendip and can be identified in the medieval records.
The picture on the right was probably taken c1884 and shows George and Minnie Ponting who had recently moved from Binigar. They probably were not the primary tenants but sub let the farm. The Chewton Mendip school register shows that George Ponting of Binigar had two sons, Gilbert and William, who were first admitted to the school in 1884. George Ponting was described as a farmer of Binigar when his daughter, Mabel, married Frederick Chard Loxton in 1890. Mabel Ponting was a spinster of Biniger aged 23, when she married. Frederick Chard Loxton, was a bachelor grocer of Stapleton Road, Bristol. The witnesses were Samuel Loxton and George Ponting, both farmers, and Minnie Ponting who was assumed to have been Mabel’s mother and therefore the woman in the picture.
This picture is courtesy of Bob Webb.