Hi, I'm wanting to find out about about a Wimbell's brass band, of which my great great great grandfather Charles A'Court (1808 - 1885) was a member. Charles' son Samuel (1843 - 1913) came to New Zealand in the early 1860s. Some time after Sam's death his journalist daughter Lucy wrote a series of newspaper articles about her father's life; the following is a quote from one of the articles: "Old Charley was a great musician. His instruments were the cornet and the largest brass instrument. He played in Wimbell's (sic) famous brass band and on Sunday mornings in the church. As a change, he went on tour with a circus as a player in their band" Sam and his father were blacksmiths and both were born in Galhampton, Somerset. Sam's first boss was George Parsons who also played in a band with Charles, although it is unsure whether this was Wimbell's. There is some question over the spelling of "Wimbell's". Until the end of his life Sam spoke in a very broad "Somerset drawl" so it's possible that what he was pronouncing as Wimbell's had a different spelling. I have tried googling every version of Wimbells I could think of to no avail. Nor is the band mentioned on the Brass Band Genealogy website. Charles had thirteen children and was a blacksmith so one presumes (or hopes) his brass band/circus days were before he got married in 1831! If Wimbell's was truly famous I guess it was so in the 1820s although of course it could have been later. Any information you can give me would be much appreciated. Regards, Craig T New Zealand.