In about 1930, the American collector James Madison Carpenter collected the Bisley Wassail from H W Dean in Bisley, noting that the wassail bowl, which had come from Stroud, was a big washing[-up] bowl, trimmed up with ribbons. holly, mistletoe, apples and oranges. The bowl was used to collect money.
H. W. Dean is probably Herbert W. Dean from the family below. This is the only Dean family living in Bisley in the 1911 Census.
Herbert Walter Dean was born in the Stroud Registration District in early 1897. In 1901 he was living in Bisley with his parents Daniel and Annie M. Dean and his brothers and sisters William aged 11, Florence A. Aged 10, Millicent E. aged 8. Daniel was a baker born in Berkeley. Annie was born in Stonehouse and all the children were born in Bisley. By 1911 Herbert was a domestic gardener still living at home in Stancombe, Bisley. His father, Daniel, was then a farm labourer and he and his wife had been married for 22 years and had 8 children, all of whom were still alive: William was a farm labourer and Charley a journeyman baker. None of the family had any infirmity.
In 1930 Herbert married Edith A. Sollars, born in 1897, the daughter of Alfred Sollars who was a farm waggonman, but Edith died in 1939.
Herbert’s father, Daniel, died in early 1941 and Herbert died in April 1984