THE KINGS CANDLESTICKS Alston Family History

Descendants of John Alston of Newton by Sudbury Suffolk


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1101. Charles James CORNWALLIS Viscount Brone [2931] (James CORNWALLIS 5th Earl Cornwallis898, Catherine MANN772, Galfridus MANN Of Egerton Kent601, Robert MANN of Linton KEN415, Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) died on 27 Dec 1835.

General Notes:
Charles died unmarried at the age of 22.

1102. Jemima Isabella CORNWALLIS [2932] (James CORNWALLIS 5th Earl Cornwallis898, Catherine MANN772, Galfridus MANN Of Egerton Kent601, Robert MANN of Linton KEN415, Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) died on 17 Dec 1836.

Jemima married Charles Wykeham MARTIN Of Yews Castle Kent [2933] on 12 Apr 1828.

General Notes:
They had issue

1103. Julia CORNWALLIS [2938] (James CORNWALLIS 5th Earl Cornwallis898, Catherine MANN772, Galfridus MANN Of Egerton Kent601, Robert MANN of Linton KEN415, Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Julia died s.p.

Julia married William ARCHER Earl Amhurst. [2939] on 27 Aug 1862.

1104. Justinian ALSTON [4055] (Justinian900, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 21 Jul 1818 and died before 1850.

General Notes:
1832.
Alston Justinian s. of Justinian A. of Odell co. Bed. Has been dead some years. (1864).
Ref: Eton School Lists. NZSOG.

The Times, Wednesday, Nov 03, 1841; pg. 7; Issue 17818; col C
Marriage: At Frankfort-on-the-Maine by the Rev Thomas Harvey in the House of Her Britannic Majesty's Plenipotentiary, Justinian Alston Jnr of Odell Castle Beds Esq., to Anna youngest daughter of the late A H Mercer Esq.

Frankfort-on-Maine. Justinian Alston Esq. Junr. of Odell Castle Bedford and Anna youngest dau. of late A. Mercer Esq.

Recites (inter alia) Indentures of Lease, Appointment and Release of 1-2 Mar 1839 settling the land above (inter alia) including the Manor of Stevington and several farms (except parts subsequently acquired by exchange in 1850 (recited below) and a small portion which was waste of the Manor (see below) on Henry Frederick Alston, John James Kerr and George Leeke Baker subject to a term of 1200 years created by a Settlement dated 18 June 1816 for securing L10000 for portions for the younger children of Justinian Alston the older and the trusts of the term (except so far as such trusts were modified and controlled to certain uses for keeping on foot powers in the 1816 settlement during the life of JA senior) to HFA/JJA/GLB for 99 years (if JA senior should so long live) upon expressed trusts (recited), with several remainders over (recited), including trust to raise monies to discharge debts of JA senior etc.; power to borrow L10000 by way of Mortgage of the Odell Castle Estate; power to charge the same estate with raising portions under the 1200 year term; and trust for sale.
Date: 1910.
Bedfordshire RO ref. no. SH50/1/6

The Times, Friday, Oct 10, 1845; pg. 9; Issue 19051; col A
Deaths: On the second inst at Baden Baden after a very short but severe illness Justinian Alston Jnr Esq eldest son and heir apparent of Justinian Alston snr Esq of Odell Castle Beds.

Justinian married Anna Hepburne MERCER [4056], daughter of A H MERCER [4057] and Unknown, in 1841 in Frankfurt-On-Main. Anna was born about 1823 and died on 15 Sep 1858 in Jermyn Street Picadilly London. aged about 35.

General Notes:
Anne Hepburne Mercer married Robert Surtees of Redworth House and of The Grove, Bishop Auckland, Durham. By licence at Melcombe Regis Dorset 10 July 1850.
Anna was aged 35 at her death
Ref: Visitations of England and Wales. Vol. 19 NZSOG.



1105. Crewe ALSTON [4058] (Justinian900, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 28 Jul 1828 in Odell Rectory, was christened on 4 Aug 1828 in Odell BDF, died on 11 Aug 1901 at age 73, and was buried on 14 Aug 1901 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Devon.
Crewe Alston. Ugborough, Devon. 2595a 1r 11p gross estimated rental value. L3978/3s/0

The London Gazette
5 May 1885.
Bankrupcy Court Notice.
Crewe Alston of 7 Brunswick Tce Kensington Gent - High Court of Justice in Bankruptcy - ref No 194 of 1885 - Date of Meeting 4 May 1885.
The London Gazette 5 May 1885.

Law Report.
Sittings in Bankruptcy, before Mr Registrar Giffard.
In Re Alston.
The bankrupt, Crewe Alston, described as of Brunswick Terrace Kensington, gentleman, applied for an order of discharge. His statement of affairs showed liabilities to the amount of L14262 with assets L330.
Mr Mattinson appeared in support of the application; and Mr Aldridge for the Official Receiver.
The bankrupt is the tenant for life of large estates in Bedfordshire, but it appears that owing to the depreciation in the value of landed property, consequent upon agricultural depression, he has been obliged to borrow money on his interest, and the collateral security of policies. He attributes his insolvency to the action of the mortgagees in commencing foreclosure proceedings, and he states that for the last nine years he and his family have been dependent on the charity of friends, and small sums received from his solicitors and from his wife's trustees. The Official Receiver reported that the bankrupt had contracted debts without having any reasonable expectation of being able to pay them. To this the bankrupt replied that the bulk of the debts were incurred previously to the year 1877, and at a time when he was in receipt of considerable income from his estates, and his councils submitted that any model suspension would meet the justice of the case.
Mr Registrar Giffard suspended the order of discharge for six months.
The Times 4 November 1886.

Orders Made on Application for Discharge.
Alston Crewe, Brunswick Tce, Kensington, gentleman - discharge suspended for six months.
The Times 4 Dec 1886 col. 4. (from the London Gazette)

Crewe was the Treasurer of a Society promoting the American
Confederate Cause, named the Society for Promoting a Cessation of Hostilities in America.
A letter in the Virginia Historical Society USA written in 1873 by Thomas Jefferson Page, a former Confederate Naval officer, to Rev Tremlett in England an organiser of the above Society, talks about a letter he had sent to Alston "of which he has taken no notice", and believes that he is deliberately ignoring his letters. He asks "if Mr. Alston can be brought to the quick settlement of this transaction, without having to place the matter in the hands of some Lawyer. . . . . " (no details are given of what the business was).
He goes on: "One thing I am resolved on - since Mr. Alston's course has been so wide of what I should have expected of a gentleman - to expose him and his disreputable son if he forces me to a public trial. . . . . "
He then goes on - "In taking his vulgar son into my family, I was activated by a desire to confer a favor. If I am forced to bring this matter to the unpleasant issue alluded to, not only will Mr. Alston's son be exposed, but Mr. Alston himself, who sent his son abroad without the means of meeting one day's expenses. . . . . and. . . . . never remitted him a penny during the time his son was at my Estancia, about 18 months. Mr. Alston has no right to expect me to supply his son's necessary wants; I nevertheless did so, in order to shield him, in so far as I could, from disgrace."
Ref: Michael Hammerson - Extracts from "The Alstons of Bedfordshire" by Susan Perrett
7 May 2003 on CD.

Bedfordshire
Magistrates for the County 1890
Crewe Alston Harrold Hall Bedford
Kellys Directory Bedfordshire 1890.

The base of the cross on the family grave of Crewe Alston in Odell Churchyard is inscribed:
1st Step: E - Family grave of Crewe Alston Esq.; Nth - Emily Isabel second daughter of Crewe Alston Esq. born July 24 1858 died June 2 1864; W - Also of Crew third son of Crewe Alston born Mar 23 1864 ied Feb 8 1866; Sth - Edith a third daughter Crewe Alston Esq. born Dec 21 1859 died May 10 1921.
2nd Step: E - Crewe Alston Esq. born July 28 1828 died Aug 11 1901; W - Roland Crew Alston Esq. J.P. born Feb 14 1852 died Jan 12 1933; Sth - Emily Dorothy Henrietta Cecil born Oct 15 1836 died Dec 24 1904 second wife of Crew Alston.

Research Notes:
Images of Harrold Hall courtesy:
http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/archivesandrecordoffice/communityarchives/harrold/harroldhall.aspx

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Odell Castle BDF. Crewe is recorded as head of house married aged 32 a JP born Odell
Also in the house were the family and seven servants

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 22 Chepstow Plc Kensington. Crewe is recorded as head of house aged 52 J.P. for Bedford born Odell

Crewe married Mary SPEKE [4059], daughter of Rev Hugh SPEKE M A [4060] and Unknown, on 27 Feb. Mary died in 1856.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1394 M    i. Rowland Crewe ALSTON J.P. M.A. [4061] was born on 14 Feb 1852 in Odell BDF, was christened on 28 Mar 1852 in Odell BDF, died on 12 Jan 1933 in Odell BDF at age 80, and was buried on 16 Jan 1933 in Odell BDF.

+ 1395 M    ii. Vere Speke ALSTON [4069] was born on 11 Apr 1853 in Clifton Glos. and died on 5 Dec 1931 in Cannes France at age 78.

+ 1396 F    iii. Mary (May) Emma Isabella ALSTON [4071] was born about 1855 in Odell BDF.

Crewe next married Emily Dorothy Henrietta Cecil LONG [4075], daughter of Frederick Beckford LONG Of Hampton Lodge Farnborough. [4076] and Unknown, on 21 Dec 1857. Emily was born on 15 Oct 1836 in London, died in 1904 in Avalon Hse Marnhull DOR at age 68, and was buried on 28 Nov 1904 in Odell BDF.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Odell Castle BDF. Emily is recorded as a wife aged 24 born London

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 22 Chepstow Plc Kensington. Emily is recorded as a wife aged 44 born MDX

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1397 F    i. Emily Isabel ALSTON [6392] was born on 24 Jul 1858 in Odell BDF, was christened on 5 Sep 1858 in Odell BDF, and died on 2 Jun 1864 at age 5.

+ 1398 F    ii. Edith ALSTON [6393] was born on 21 Dec 1859 in Bedfordshire, was christened on 15 Apr 1860 in Odell BDF, died on 10 May 1921 in Marshall Sturminster DOR at age 61, and was buried on 14 May 1921 in Odell BDF.

+ 1399 F    iii. Diana ALSTON [4078] was born about 1861 in Odell BDF and was christened on 3 Mar 1861 in Odell BDF.

+ 1400 M    iv. Crewe ALSTON [378] was born on 23 Mar 1864, was christened on 17 Apr 1864 in St Peters Belsize Park, died on 8 Feb 1865 in St Peters Belsize Park, and was buried on 15 Feb 1865 in Odell BDF.

+ 1401 M    v. Dudley ALSTON [4077] was born on 3 Sep 1865 and was christened on 17 Dec 1865 in St Peters Belsize Park.

+ 1402 F    vi. Beatrice ALSTON [4080] was born in 1868 in Odell BDF, died on 28 Oct 1928 in Cottage Close Lt. Odell BED at age 60, and was buried on 5 Nov 1928 in Odell BDF.

1106. Isabella ALSTON [4081] (Justinian900, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

Isabella married Major HENICH Of Grand Duchy Of Baden. [4082].

General Notes:
They had issue.

1107. Mary ALSTON [4083] (Justinian900, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

Mary married Mons DE LASSENCE [4084] in 1840.

Research Notes: They had issue.



1108. Rowland Gardiner ALSTON [4087] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT901, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 1 Mar 1812 in Marylebone London MDX and died on 24 Apr 1882 in Pangbourne at age 70.

General Notes:
ALSTON (ROWLAND GARDINER), I s. Rowland, of St. Marylebone, London, arm. Christ Church Coll., matric. 25 May 1830, aged 18, B.A. 1834.
Oxeniensis 1891.

1826.
Alston Rowland Gardiner B.A. Christ Church Oxford, eldest son of late M.P. for Herts. Is living abroard.
Ref: Eton School Lists. NZSOG.

Rowland was D.L. for Herts. May be refered to on A2A - Alston - Library of Freemasonary Ref HC

The Times, Wednesday, Aug 02, 1837; pg. 6; Issue 16484; col A
From the LONDON GAZETTE, Tuesday, Aug 1. Crown-Office, July 31.
Members of Parliament: Hertford: Rowland Alston, of Pishiobury
(Placement here uncertain 2004)

Grand Dinner At the Mansion House To The Freemasons.
On Friday the Lord Mayor gave a splendid entertainment to the Masters and Principal Officers of the Freemasons of England. . . . . . A great number of guests appeared in Masonic costume and the scene in the Egyptian Hall was extremely splendid . . . . . the tables were furnished with the most delicious viands, to which ample justice was done by the guests. Amongst the company were . . . . . R.G.Alston Esq., . . . . . (Rowland was amoungst the short list of those named)
Ipswich Journal 6 July 1850.

Copied from: Slave Ownership Compensation Claim Parliamentary Papers p. 50. T71/867
"The following information was sent by Susan Snell of the Museum of Freemasonry in London; some may apply to Rowland Alston? the father not Rowland Gardiner Alston (q.v.) the son. Rowland Gardner Alston, born 7 June 1782. Lived at Pishiobury, Sawbridgeworth. Died 21 November 1865. Ensign in 30th Regiment of Foot. MP for Hertfordshire 1835-1841.
Masonic career - Craft (Lodge freemasonry); initiated 7 August 1832 Stortford Lodge, No. 409, in which he became Worshipful Master (W.M.) in 1834; 16 May 1836 joined Angel Lodge, No. 51, Colchester; 9 June 1836 joined Lodge of Friendship, No. 6, London in which he became Worshipful Master in 1845, 1846, and 1853. 1835 Appointed Senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England and Wales; 1836 Appointed Provincial Grand Master for Essex, resigning in 1854.
Masonic career - Royal Arch (Chapter freemasonry); 26 November 1833 Exalted in Mount Lebanon Chapter, No. 630, (now Salisbury Chapter, No. 435); 23 May 1845 joined Chapter of Friendship, No. 6, in which he served as Z (equivalent of W.M.) in 1848, 1849 and 1850. 1835 Appointed Assistant Grand Sojourner in Supreme Grand Chapter of England and Wales. 1836 Appointed Grand Superintendent for Essex. 1845 Appointed 3rd Grand Principal in Supreme Grand Chapter of England and Wales, resigning in 1854."
Ref: http://www.ucl.ac.uk

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Hertfordshire.
Alston R.G. Sawbridgeworth 2a 2r 16p gross estimated rental value. L5/0s/0.

On the 24th inst. at Pangbourn in his 71st year Rowland Gardiner eldest son of the late Rowland Alston Esq.
Alstoniana Pg 372

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 45 Harley St St Marylebone MDX. Rowland is described as a son unmarried aged 39 born Marylebone

1109. William Vere ALSTON [4088] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT901, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 3 Jul 1816 in Marylebone London MDX and died on 10 Jan 1892 at age 75. The cause of his death was an accident.

General Notes:
1829.
Alston William Vere, of the War Office, formerly of the Audit Office, s. late M.P. for Herts.
Ref: Eton School Lists. NZSOG.

William was in the War Office.

Alston. On the 10th inst. (Jan. 1892) in his seventy-sixth year from the effects of an accident William Vere Alston second son of the late Rowland Alston of Pishiobury sometime M.P. for Herts. R.I.P.

The Will of William Vere Alston Esq of 71 Margaret St Cavendish Sq London who died 10 Jan 1892 was Proved 24 February 1892 by Sir Francis Beilby Alston KCMG his brother for L342/13/0 .
National Probate Calendars

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 45 Harley St St Marylebone MDX. William is described as a son unmarried aged 34 a clerk in the ... office born Marylebone MDX

2. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Gt Hallingbury Plc ESS. William is recorded as a visitor aged 48 clerk at the War Office born London

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 17 King St St James Westminster. William is recorded as single aged 54 a gentleman late of the War Office born Harles St (Margaret St) Cavendish Sq. William was residing with a Henry Hunt single Hon Master and Landowner

William married Ellen Mary ANNESLEY [4089].

General Notes:
The Will of Ellen Mary Alston wife of William Vere Alston of 61 Cathcart Rd Sth Kensington MDX who died 6 May 1891 at 61 Cathcart St was Proved 10 June 1891 by William Gore Annesley clerk of 61 St Mary Abbots Tce Kensington MDX nephew of the deceased for L3082

1110. Charles Jeremiah Walter ALSTON [4090] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT901, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 4 Jun 1817 and died on 20 May 1818.


1111. Sister Rose ALSTON C.L.J. [4092] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT901, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 7 Apr 1818 in Kent England and died on 23 Apr 1887 in The Priory Ascot at age 69.

General Notes:
Alston: On the 23rd ult. at the Priory Ascot Sister Rose C. L. J. eldest daughter of the late Rowland Alston Esq. sometime M.P. for Herts. Morning Post, May 2, 1887.

Rose was baptised by her uncle Vere [4044].

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 45 Harley St St Marylebone MDX. Rose is described as a daughter unmarried aged 32 born Kent

1112. Harriet ALSTON [4093] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT901, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 13 Jun 1819 and died on 8 Jul 1877 at age 58.

General Notes:
1842 19 Oct. at Marylebone Thos. Neville Abdy Esq. of Albyns Essex and Hariot 2 dau. Rowland Alston Esq. of Pishiobury Herts.
Gent's Mag.

Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery London.
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections

Harriet married Sir Thomas Neville ABDY Bart of Albyns ESS [4120] on 19 Oct 1841 in Marylebone London MDX. Thomas died on 20 Jul 1877.

General Notes:
Sir Thomas was M P for Lyme Regis 1847-52, High Sheriff for Essex 1875.

Times, July 23rd, 1877.
THE LATE SIR THOS. ABDY.
Sir Thos Nevill Abdy of Albyns Essex died Friday night at his residence Grosvenor Place not surviving his wife a fortnight. The deceased baronet was the only son of the late Capt. Anthony Abdy R.N. by Grace daughter of the late Adml. Sir Thos. Rich. He was born 21 December 1810 and married 19 Oct. 1841 Harriet 2nd daughter
of the late Sir Rowland Alston of Pishiobury Herts. who died on the 8th inst. He leaves 4 sons and an only daughter widow of Lord Albert Leveson Gower.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1403 M    i. Sir William Neville ABDY 2nd Bart Of Albyns Essex. [4121] was born on 18 Jun 1844.

+ 1404 M    ii. Capt Anthony Charles Sykes ABDY [4123] was born on 19 Sep 1848 and died on 17 May 1921 at age 72.

+ 1405 M    iii. Lieut. Robert John ABDY [4128] was born on 12 Dec 1850 and died on 3 Jun 1893 at age 42.

+ 1406 M    iv. Henry Beadon ABDY [4129] was born on 13 Jul 1853 and died on 1 Dec 1921 at age 68.

+ 1407 F    v. Grace Emma Townsend ABDY [4134] was christened on 6 Jul 1846.


1113. Sir Francis Beilby ALSTON K.C.M.G. J.P. [4091] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT901, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 29 Nov 1820 in Marylebone London MDX, was christened 9 Sep 1821 (Received into the Church) in Sawbridgeworth HRT, died on 24 Aug 1905 at age 84, and was buried in Brompton Cemetery LON.

General Notes:
1832.
Alston Francis Beilby, Foreign Office, 3rd., son late M.P. for Herts.
Ref: Eton School Lists. NZSOG.

ALSTON, K.C.M.G. Creat. 1886.
SIR FRANCIS BEILBY ALSTON, son of the late; Rowland Alston, Esq., 3rd Guards, M.P. for Herts (who was 2nd son of Thomas Alston Esq., of Odell Castle, and Harrold Hall, Beds), by Rose, eldest dau. and heiress of the late Jeremiah Milles, Esq., by Rose, dau. and sole heiress of Edward Gardiner Esq. of Pishobury, Herts. Born in London 29 Nov. 1820; mar.1862, Emily Louisa Caroline, eldest dau. of Bridges Taylor, Esq., late H.M.'s Consul for Denmark (who was son of Edward Taylor, Esq., of Bifrons Kent, M.P. for Canterbury and nephew of Lieut-Gen. Sir Herbert Taylor, G.C.B and G.C.H. private sec. to King George III., George IV. and William IV). Educated at Eton;entered the Foreign Office in 1839, and has been Chief Clerk since 1866 : Residence 69 Eccleston Square, S.W.

FOREIGN OFFICE 1900
STATEMENT OF SERVICES.
Alston Sir Francis Beilby K.C.M.G.
was a Supernumerary Clerk in the Foreign. Office, from December 15, 1839, till January 5, 18??, when he was appointed to a Clerkship. Was some time in the Hertfordshire Militia. Succeeded to a Senior Clerkship, April 1, 1857. Was promoted to be Chief Clerk in the Foreign Office, December 1, 1866. Received a compensation allowance, December 1, 1870, on the abolition of Foreign Office Agencies. Was made a K.C.M.G., August 6, 1886. Retired on a pension, December 1, 1890. Is a Justice of the Peace for Middlesex.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
Tuesday January 7th 1890.
It was the distinction of Sir Francis Beilby Alston K.C.M.G. of the Foreign Office, to complete on Sunday his fiftieth year in the public service, and in honour of the event Sir Philip Currie K.C.B., permanent head of the department, gave a dinner at his private residence. Sir Francis Alston, the guest of the evening, actually entered the Foreign Office on Dec 15th 1839, but it was only as a supernumerary; whereas on Jan 5th 1840, he was appointed to a clerkship. He succeeded to a senior clerkship in 1857, and was promoted to be chief clerk on Dec 1st 1866. Sir Philip Currie's guests included Sir Percy Anderson, K.C.M.G., Sir Spencer Ponsonby Fane, K.C.B., the Hon Eric Barrington, C.B. Mr Freeman Mitford, C.B., the Hon Francis L Bertie, Mr Cockerell, Mr Newman, the Hon Francis H Villiers, Mr H S Clark Jervoise, Mr H A W Hervey, Mr Newman, of the Chief Clerks Department, and many others. Unfortunately several members of the Foreign Office were unable to be present in consequence of their being incapacitated by the prevailing epidemic.

THE GLASGOW HERALD
21 Nov 1890
By the retirement of Sir Francis Alston from the Chief Clerkship of the Foreign Office that Dept loses the last but one of the old school of officials who were brought up in the traditions of Canning and Castlereagh and who actually served under Palmerston in his prime, under the Duke of Wellington and under "the traveled Thane, Athenian Aberdeen"
Sir Francis Alston was in the Foreign Office when Lord Granville then Viscount Leveson made his first essay in official life as Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs and he was there in 1886 when Lord Granville in effect made way for Lord Rosebery. He was a tolerably mature official when Lord Stanley of Bickerstaffe began his connection with Foreign Affairs in 1862.
He has been Chief Clerk of the Department since 1866 a period which in itself qualifies most men for a pension and when he got that appointment he was the senior Clerk in the office and had about 26 years service. He has served in the Foreign Office overall for over 50 years and is said to have seen 20 changes in the office of Secretary of State. . . . .
The post is one of those dignified, if somewhat obscure ones (that is obscure to the general public) of which there are not a few still in the Public Service. The holder exercises great power and influence in fact although his name may never be known outside narrow official circles. The salary is L1250 per annum with all but absolute independence. The Chief Clerk is the head of a Department which stands alone in the Office. He has under him a considerable staff of clerks who do not hold quite the same position as the ordinary Foreign Office clerks, but like those in the Treaty Department and Library are promoted amongst themselves. He has charge of what may be called the business arrangements of the office and of the Diplomatic and Consular Services, checks all the accounts, looks after the estimates, makes out commissions and formal appointments in the services, grants exequaturs to Foreign Consuls, issues passports, pays salaries, settles questions of pensions, and has charge of the arrangements - most complicated they are too - connected with the issue of keys of the despatch boxes to Cabinet Ministers and high Parliamentary officials. Cabinet Ministers keys by the way are called No1 and open all boxes; the others are No 2 and will open only certain boxes but not the Cabinet boxes. I believe he is the only Official in the Foreign Office who is allowed to correspond directly with diplomats and consular officials abroad, and as he holds the purse and checks the accounts he can make things very unpleasant, especially for the diplomatist ho is in the habit of traveling en grand seigneur. The young aspirant after official fame about to go abroad was always advised to see the chief clerk after the interview with the Under Secretary was over, and very kind and encouraging Sir Francis always was.
In an other way Sir Francis Alston was the last (again excepting Sir Edward Herslett) of the old school. He has been in the enjoyment of a compensation allowance of nearly L800 per annum since 1870 in consequence of the peremptory abolition by Lord Clarendon of the Foreign Office agency system. This had existed probably for 150 years. The salaries of all diplomatic and consular officials were and with a few exceptions still are paid in London and under this system clerks in the Foreign Office became agents for their colleagues abroad, receiving their salaries, making and sending out purchases from this country, and accounting periodically to their principals and receiving in return a commission. Every man who served the Foreign Office abroad whether as Ambassador in Paris or Vice Consul in Fernando Po, had his agent in the Office, who attended to his private business for reward, and did the work which Messrs Cox & Co. and other army agents do for officers in the army. As in the Diplomatic Service there have always been numbers of men with large private means, the money left in the hands of the Foreign Clerks was sometimes enormous and the business gradually assumed a gigantic scale as the services grew with the growth of British political and commercial interests.
Its friends say the system created a pleasant entente cordiale between the Foreign Office at home and its servants abroad; its enemies declare it was attended with frightful abuse and injustice. Nominally every man was free to appoint any agent he pleased; in fact it is said, if he did not appoint a Foreign Office clerk, or he did not leave a substantial balance in the that clerk's hand, he was made to feel it in a thousand ways.
In the days when the agency flourished a Queens Foreign Service messenger went from capital to capital laden like the van of a cooperative store. To the Ambassador he carried suits of clothes from Bond St (Lord Cowley when at Paris it was said received a suit of tweed and one of broad cloth every month), to his lad bonnets and dresses, and so on down to the attach who perhaps got a pair of boots or the last new novel, all sent out by the "agents" in the Office, and conveyed at public expense by a gentleman who was supposed to carry nothing but the official dispatches. All passed the foreign customs . . . . . and so it happened that hams went to Teheran, dogs to Constantinople . . . . . as her Gracious Majesty's correspondence.
But the good old days are gone - the days of Sir Francis Alston's youth and prime . . . . .

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. London .
Alston Francis B. Eccleston Sq SW. 139a 2r 6p gross estimated rental value. L182/10s/0.

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Hertfordshire.
Alston F.B. Sawbridgeworth 36a 2r 38p gross estimated rental value. L110/0s/0.

Essex Record Office
Level: Category Miscellaneous
Level: Fonds DEEDS OF COPYHOLD LAND OF MANOR OF GREAT WIGBOROUGH WITH SALCOTT
Reference Code D/DU 838/28
Dates of Creation 7 Sept 1885
Scope and Content Conveyance for L175 (i) Walter Barritt, as in 838/23; (ii) Sir William Neville Abdy of Albyns, [Romford] bart; (iii) James Crofts Ingram of Ades Chailey (co. Sussex) and Cartmell Harrison of 67 Lincolns Inn Fields (co Middx) esqs. Property as in 838/27 Recites: (a) Settlement of property (unspecified), 22 June, 1869, between (i) Sir Thomas Neville Abdy, abrt and William Nefille Abdy, esq.; (ii) said Sir Thomas Neville Abdy, (iii) James Ingram; (iv) Francis Beilby Alston and said James Ingram, to form a trust; (b) death of Sir Thomas Neville Abdy, 20 July 1877, and of Dame Hariot Abdym 8 July 1877; (c) death of Henry William Birch, 8 April 1878; (d) appointment of Cartmell Harrison as trustee in place of Henry William Birch;(e) instruction of Sir William Neville Abdy t trustees to pay capital sum of L175 Marginal plan of property

Kingston Museum and Heritage Service:
ROYAL BOROUGH OF KINGSTON UPON THAMES; DEPARTMENTAL RECORDS
Catalogue Ref. KT
Creator(s):
Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames
[Access Conditions]
Unless otherwise stated, the records are subject to a 30 year closure.
TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT, COUNCIL AND BRITISH LAND COMPANY RECORDS
FILE - Abstract of title of The British Land Company Ltd to land at Norbiton - ref. KT2/12 - date: 1897
[from Scope and Content] Sept 1873 Lewis P Pugh mortgage L12,000, to Francis Beil by Alston and Hon Rbt Henry Meade both of Middx.
[from Scope and Content] 1 Sir F B Alston & Rbt Hy Meade

London University, School of Oriental and African Studies Library:
Sir Charles Stewart Addis
Catalogue Ref. PP MS 14
Creator(s):
Addis, Sir, Charles Stewart, 1861-1945, knight
[Access Conditions]
Unrestricted
BUSINESS PAPERS
FILE [no title] - ref. PP MS 14/381 - date: 1916, 1917
[from Scope and Content] Letters from Robert Grey of the diplomatic service in Lisbon on relations between Portugal and Germany, Japanese affairs, the appointment of Sir Francis Beilby Alston as Chargé d'Affaires in Peking, his own return to Egypt, personal matters and mutual friends
Ref A2A

Sir Francis was buried at Brompton cemetery after a service at St Johns Church Wilton Rd London.

Research Notes:
ALSTON, Sir Francis Beilby (1820-1905) [Who Was Who May 2003]
Categories: Biography
Summary: Details: ALSTON, Sir Francis Beilby, KCMG 1886; JP; born 29 November 1820; married 1862, Emily Louisa Caroline, daughter of Bridges Taylor. Education: Eton. Work: Entered Foreign Office, 1839; Senior Clerk, 1857; Chief Clerk, 1866-1890; retired, 1890. Address: 69 Eccleston Square, London SW. Clubs: Travellers'. Died: 24 August 1905

Nottinghamshire Archives: Savile of Rufford:
Savile of Rufford: Deeds and Estate Papers
Catalogue Ref. 157 DD/SR
Creator(s):
Savile family of Rufford, Nottinghamshire
[Access Conditions]
Accessible to all holders of a reader's ticket.
DIPLOMATIC AND PERSONAL PAPERS OF SIR JOHN SAVILE - ref. DD/SR/226

FILE [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/15 - date: 1847 - 1880
item: [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/15/141 - date: 1876
[from Scope and Content] Letter, FW Alston?, London, to JSL

FILE [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/16 - date: 1852 - 1883
item: [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/16/22 - date: 1856
[from Scope and Content] FB Alston, London, letter, to JSL
item: [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/16/23 - date: 1856
[from Scope and Content] Letter, FB Alston, London, letter, to JSL

FILE [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/22 - date: 1855 - 1888
item: [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/22/35 - date: 1887
[from Scope and Content] Letter, Alston, to JSL

FILE [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/23 - date: 1818 - 1887
item: [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/23/41 - date: 1884
[from Scope and Content] Draft letter, JSL, Rome to Alston

FILE [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/24/141-183 [n.d.]
item: [no title] - ref. DD/SR/226/172 - date: 1868
[from Scope and Content] Letter, Alston, Foreign Office, to JSL
Ref A2A

The British Library hold an extensive archive of Sir Francis's correspondance

Diplomatic corresp of Sir BF Alston (1868-1929)
Repository The National Archives Record Reference FO 800/244-48 Scope 1894-1896:

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 45 Harley St St Marylebone MDX. Francis is described as a so unmarried aged 50* clerk in the foreign office born Marylebone MDX
* Francis's aged has been incorrectly entered by the enumerator it should be 30

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Eccleston Sq St George Hanover Sq LON. Francis is recorded as head of house married aged 50 Chief Clerk Foreign Office born Marylebone MDX

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 69 Eccleston Sq MDX. Francis is recorded as head of house married aged 60 chief clerk Foreign Office born Marylebone

Francis married Lady Emily Louisa Caroline TAYLOR [4097], daughter of Bridges TAYLOR Esq [4098] and Baroness Emily Alice HALKETT [6783], in 1862. Emily was born on 12 Jul 1842 and died on 25 Nov 1907 at age 65.

Marriage Notes: A marriage date of 24 Dec 1895 given by ? is incorrect

General Notes:
Lady Alston appears to have been part of the social whirl of Victorian London, a scrap book of paper cuttings on the family, possibly the property of Lady Alston, is in the possession of Roy Alston of Suffolk 2003.

The numerous references to dinners weddings funerals etc range between a
Garden Party at Marlborough House, where guests from the Queen down attended including the Sir Francis and Lady Alston, to "On saturday night July the 6th (1889) Mr and Mrs Faudel Philips threw open their house in Grosvenor gardens and entertained a large party. . . . . Lady Alston appeared in blue satin and tulle and wore some handsome jewels. . . . . "

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Eccleston Sq St George Hanover Sq LON. Emily is recorded as a wife aged 28 born MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 69 Eccleston Sq MDX. Emily is recorded as a wife aged 38 born St George Hanover Sq

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1408 M    i. Alexander Rowland ALSTON [4099] was born on 2 Jul 1863 in London and died on 9 Jul 1945 at age 82.

+ 1409 F    ii. Elca Rose ALSTON [4108] was born on 25 Feb 1865 in Eccleston Sq St George Hanover Sq LON, was christened on 8 Apr 1865 in St Stephen Rochester Row LON, died on 31 Jul 1889 in 15 Crawley Plc S.W. at age 24, and was buried on 3 Aug 1889 in Berkhamsted.

+ 1410 F    iii. Nora Frances ALSTON [4110] was born about 1867 in St George Hanover Sq.

+ 1411 M    iv. Sir Beilby Francis ALSTON G.B.E. K.C.M.G. C.B. P.C. [4103] was born on 8 Oct 1868 in Enfield MDX, was christened on 17 Feb 1869 in St Stephen Rochester Row LON, died on 26 Jun 1929 in London at age 60, and was buried in Sharnbrook Church BED.

+ 1412 F    v. Avice Therese ALSTON [4115] was born on 20 Mar 1870, was christened on 1 May 1870 in St Stephen Rochester Row LON, and died on 20 Jul 1870.

+ 1413 M    vi. Lieut. Edward Gardiner ALSTON [4104] was born on 2 Aug 1871 in Epsom SRY and died on 14 Apr 1897 in Blantyre British Central Africa at age 25.

+ 1414 M    vii. Col. Conyers William ALSTON [4105] was born on 12 Feb 1873 in St George Hanover Sq, was christened on 3 Apr 1873 in St Michael Chester Sq LON, and died on 11 May 1934 in King Edward VII Hospital LON at age 61.

+ 1415 M    viii. Capt Rowland Ernest ALSTON [4106] was born on 7 Jun 1874, died on 28 May 1904 in Tibet at age 29, and was buried in Chumbi Valley.

+ 1416 F    ix. Elca Temperance ALSTON [4116] was christened on 6 Dec 1876 in St Michael Chester Sq LON and died on 11 Feb 1940 at age 63.

+ 1417 M    x. Brig. Gen. Francis George ALSTON [4107] was born on 19 Jul 1878 in St George Hanover Sq and died on 10 Mar 1961 in Sandacre, Sandling, Hythe, KEN at age 82.


1114. Caroline ALSTON [4094] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT901, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 14 Feb 1822 in Marylebone MDX, was christened 26 Jun 1824 (Received into the Church) in Sawbridgeworth HRT, and was buried in Brompton Cemetery LON.

General Notes:
Caroline was buried in Brompton cemetery after a service at St Michaels Church Chester Sq

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 45 Harley St St Marylebone MDX. Caroline is described as a daughter unmarried aged 29 born Marylebone

Caroline married Major Charles Hesketh CASE [4095], son of Henry CASE [4096] and Unknown, on 25 Dec 1854. Charles died in 1876.

General Notes:
Charles was in service with the East India Coy.

Madras Military Fund
Description This list includes personal information of subscribers to the 'Madras Military Fund', designed in 1808 and closed to new subscribers in 1862, to provide pensions for officers of the Madras Army. It includes the subscribers' names, their descendent beneficiaries and the availability of vital records of death, birth/baptism & marriage. The list extends to about 1150 names. Evidently, therefore, only a proportion of Madras Military Officers are included.
Transcription of Madras Military Fund - Personal Information
Transcribed by Ruth Ayo, Peter Hart & Sylvia Murphy
Entry from Transcription of Madras Military Fund -
Personal Informationntbl Item Number 513
Surname Case (W) First Names Charles H
Certificate Type Death Certificate Date 27 Jan 1876
Certificate Year 1876
Certificate Place Somerset
Spouse Surname Alston
Spouse Forename Caroline
Subscriber Occupation Or Rank Lieut Col
Other Certificates Marriage ntbl IOR Reference L/AG/23/10/12 ntbl LDS Film Reference 1866807
FIBIS - http://www.search.fibis.org/frontis/bin/aps_detail.php?id=221501

1115. Mary Anne Elizabeth ALSTON [4142] (Vere John (Rev)904, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 8 Jan 1817 in Odell BDF and died on 7 Dec 1847 in Sidmouth at age 30.

General Notes:
1847 Dec. 7. At Sidmouth Mary Anne Elizabeth eldest daughter of Rev. Vere Alston of Odell Rectory Beds.
Gent's. Mag.

Mary Anne may have married Philip Hall gentleman of Radwell - unlikely?
Ref Bed R O Z 793/8

The Will of Mary Anne Elizabeth Alston spinster of Sidmouth Devon was dated 18 Aug 1846 she left her personal chattles and L2000 of legacies left to the deceased to her sister Helena Charlotte Fisher. Further she left to her sister Helena and her brothers John and Thomas share and share alike the deceased's share of property left to her mother by Mrs Ann . . . . . of Poundesford Lodge and from her share of her parents marriage settlement.
The Rev Charles Forrest Fisher Clerk was appointed sole executor
Witnesses Alfred Matthews & Margaret Soddon
Proved 29 Apr 1847
Ref PROB 11/2053 Q291
Copy of Will on this file

1116. Vere John ALSTON [4139] (Vere John (Rev)904, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1817, was christened on 5 Oct 1817 in Odell BDF, and died on 27 Apr 1851 in Odell Rectory at age 34.

General Notes:
12 Dec 1830 a George Paul writes "Joseph (Pain) I hear has lately taken some land about 200 acres I think of Vere Alston of Odell Wold, the rent is very low and I hope it will answer his purpose. Uncle advised him to have nothing to do with such a dirty set, but on hearing what the rent was he I believed more reconciled to the hazards"
Ref Bed PRO Z629/48

1851 April 27, Ode11 Rectory aet. 33, Vere John eldest son Rev. Vere Alston.

National Probate Calendars.
Alston Vere John Esq.
15 July 1865.
Letters of administration of the personal estate and effects of Vere John Alston late of Odell in the County of Bedford Esq a bachelor deceased who died 27 April 1851 at Odlell aforesaid left unadministered by the Rev Vere John Alston Clerk the father and next of kin of the said deceased were granted at the principal Registry to Hugh Sanders of Harold in the county aforesaid grocer the acting executor of the will of the said Rev Vere John Alston he the said Hugh Saunders having been first sworn.
Former grant prerogative court of Canterbury June 1851 Effects under L1500


Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Rectory House Odell BED. Vere is recorded as a son unmarried aged 33 a gent born Odell BED HO107/1751

1117. Charlotte Helena ALSTON [4143] (Vere John (Rev)904, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 8 Jan 1817 in Odell BDF. Another name for Charlotte was Helena Charlotte.

General Notes:
Charlotte was a legatee under her brother Thomas and sister Mary Ann Elizabeth's wills.

Charlotte married Rev Charles F FISHER Of Lorton Somerset. [4144] on 17 Mar 1840.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1418 F    i. Ada FISHER [4145] was born on 27 Dec 1840.

1118. Horace George ALSTON [4140] (Vere John (Rev)904, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 21 Feb 1819 in Odell BDF. The cause of his death was was Yellow fever in the West Indies.

1119. Thomas ALSTON [4141] (Vere John (Rev)904, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 22 Oct 1820 in Odell BDF and died on 31 Jul 1854 at age 33.

General Notes:
THE WILL of THOMAS ALSTON of ODELL BEDFORDSHIRE.
Dated 24 Mar 1854
This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Alston of Odell in the County of Bedfordshire
I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and satisfied by my executor hereinafter named as soon as reasonably may be after my decease.
I give devise and bequeath unto my sister Helena Charlotte Fisher all and every my household furniture linen and wearing apparel books plate pictures china horses carts and carriages and all and every sum and sums of money which may be found in my house or be about my person or due to me at the time of my demise and also all my stocks funds and securities for money . . . . . money on bills bonds notes or other securities and all and every other my estate and effects whatsoever and where soever both real and personal whether in possession or reversion . . . . . or expectancy unto my aforesaid sister Helena Charlotte Fisherto and for her own use and benefit absolutely
And I nominate constitute and appoint . . . . . Alfred Matthews of Livenworth ? Devonshireto be executorof this my Will and hereby revoking all former or other Will and Testaments by me at any time heretofore I the said Thomas Alston have set my hand this twentyfourth day of March 1854
T Alston
Witnesses: Elizabeth Broad, ? White.
Proved London 5 Nov 1854 on the oath of Alfred Mathews
Ref PROB 11/2199 Q798?
Copy on this file

1120. Capt Henry Frederick ALSTON [4148] (Henry Frederick905, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 11 Nov 1812 and was christened in 1813 in St Pancras London.

General Notes:
Henry was a Capt in the 99th Lanarkshire Regiment of Foot.

He is recorded in the 1835 Army Book as an Ensign in the same Regiment

It appears he was stationed in Ireland at some stage

Henry married Anne Lucy WALSH [4149], daughter of John WALSH of Anne Mount Kilkenny. [4150] and Unknown, on 20 Oct 1830.

General Notes:
Births
30th ult., at 68 Hamilton-terrace, St John's Wood-road, London, the lady of H F Alston, Esq., of a daughter.
Ipswich Journal 4 June 1842.




Children from this marriage were:

+ 1419 M    i. Henry ALSTON [4151] was born on 15 Nov 1839 and died in 1867 at age 28.

+ 1420 M    ii. Harold Edward Alcock ALSTON [4152] was born on 12 Oct 1855 and died in 1865 at age 10.

+ 1421 M    iii. Lieut Col. Sydney Vere ALSTON [4153] was born on 9 Sep 1840 in Cambridge Hyde Park London.

+ 1422 F    iv. Elizabeth Mary ALSTON [4156] was born on 30 May 1842 in St Johns Wood LON and died on 29 Jul 1900 at age 58.

1121. Edward Hughes ALSTON [4157] (Henry Frederick905, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 22 Nov 1813 and was christened in 1813 in St Pancras London.

General Notes:
Alston. Lieut. 1841.
Edward Hughes Alston entered the Navy 26 Dec. 1826: passed his examination 15 Sept. 1835: obtained a commission 28 July 1841: and from 6 Aug. following until the close of 1842 served in the Mediterranean on board the Cambridge 78, Capt Edward Barnard. He next joined, on 11 Dec. 1844, the Hydra steam sloop, Capt Horatio Beauman Young, stationed off the coast of Africa, where, he became first lieutenant 2 Apr. 1845 of the Ranger 6, Capt James Anderson. Since 1846 he has been serving on the same station as acting Commander of the Pantaloon.
O'Byrnes Naval Biographical Dictionary. NZSOG.

The Times, Monday, Aug 09, 1841; pg. 7; Issue 17744; col A
Naval Intelligence.
Promotions: to the rank of Lieutenant - E H Alston 1835
Appointments: Lieut E H Alston to the Cambridge.

Courts Martial In The Mediterranean.
Malta October 15 (1842?)
A court martial assembled on Tuesday morning last, the 11th inst., on board of Her Majesty's Ship Impregnable, for the purpose of trying Lieutenant Edward H. Alston, of Her Majesty's ship Cambridge, for marked indifference in carrying into execution the orders of his Captain and Commander, and for having beaten Frances Fitzgerald, a volunteer of the first class, whilst onshore at Besika, and using violent language to him.
The Court, which was composed of Rear Admiral Sir J. Louis, Bart., president; Captain Robert Maunsell of Her Majesty's ship Rodney; Captain Thomas Forest, of Her Majesty's ship Impregnable; Captain Sir J. Stirling, Knt., of Her Majesty's ship Indus; Captain the Hon George Grey, of Her Majesty's ship Belvidera; and Mr Brown, officiating judge-advocate, after hearing the evidence brought forward by the prosecutor, as well as what the prisoner had to say in his defence, found him Guilty of the charge, and sentenced him, the said Edward H. Alston, to be dismissed the service.

The charges leading to the court martial on Lieutenant Alston were founded on the following letters:

Cambridge, Besika Bay, July 18.
Sir, I regret be under the necessity of reporting to you and drawing your attention to, a line of conduct Lieutenant Edward H. Alston, of this ship, has thought proper to pursue, in carrying on the duties of his station when the whole of the ship's company and officers were required on deck, more particularly on yesterday afternoon, when the ship was got under weigh for the purpose of working up for this anchorage, when the marked indifference shown by Lieutenant Alston in carrying into execution the orders of both myself and the Commander called from me a rebuke for his inattentive conduct, he having placed himself in an inactive posture on the quarterdeck gratings, scarcely gaining to repeat an order, or attempt to execute it himself. On shortening sail to anchor, my immediate attention was taken up in placing the ship in a proper berth, when I heard Commander Wilson order Lieutenant Alston to have the port preventer mainbrace manned, to square the yard; after a short interval Commander Wilson again said to Mr Alston, "have the goodness to see my orders executed yourself" and immediately afterwards he exclaimed, "this is too bad; this is what I did not expect from an officer". On my turning round I observed Lieutenant Alston looking Commander Wilson full in the face in a most aggravating and contemptuous manner, with his hand to his hat, drawling out " which brace did you say Sir?" Without attempting to move, until he saw my attention drawn to the circumstance.
Considering such insubordinate contact dangerous to the discipline of the ship, I have thought proper to suspend Lieutenant Alston from duty until your pleasure shall be known. And I beg further to state, that Lieutenant Alston's conduct under my command has not been such as to establish that confidence between him and me which ought to exist between a Captain and his officers; but, on the contrary, such as, if persisted in, is calculated seriously to injure the discipline of the ship.
I have etc.,
Edward Barnard, Captain.

Vice Admiral Sir E. Owen, KCB GCH
Commander in Chief etc.

Cambridge, Besika Bay, July 29.
Sir, referring you to my letter of the 18th inst., wherein and I have felt it my duty to lay before you a statement of the conduct of Lieutenant Edward H. Alston, of this ship, on the afternoon of the previous day, and informing you that I had deemed it expedient for the good disciplines of the ship to suspend that officer from further duty until your pleasure on the subject should be made known to me, it now becomes doubly painful to me to again advert to Lieutenant Alston's conduct subsequent to that date, and to lay before you a complaint made to me through Commander Wilson of this ship from Mr Frances Fitzgerald, a volunteer of the first class, stating that, while onshore on a shooting party, of which Lieutenant Alston was one, on Monday the 25th inst., Lieutenant Alston did, for causes here after assigned, violently strike and beat Mr Fitzgerald with a stick, procured for the purpose by Lieutenant Alston's servant, until he broke it over his back, calling him a liar, a son of a bitch, and other violent language, unbecoming the character of an officer. Enclosed is a copy of Mr Fitzgerald's statement of the affair, which to me appears substantially correct, and I beg leave to submit the case for your consideration. Mr Fitzgerald has served upwards of two years in the ship, is a stout well grown lad between 15 and 16 years of age, and is generally considered inoffensive and good-tempered.
It may, Sir, be necessary for me to explain why I had under Lieutenant Alston's unpleasant circumstances granted him the indulgence of going ashore; but, considering the bad example of his conduct referred to in my letter to you had been removed by his being suspended from duty, and the probability of the Cambridge being some days longer from your flag, I did not wish to place any unavoidable restriction on his recreations, therefore gave him permission with the other officers to visit the shore; and it was at Lieutenant Alston's own request that Mr Fitzgerald was permitted to accompany him.
I have etc.,
Edward Barnard, Captain.

Vice Admiral Sir E. Owen, KCB GCH
Commander in Chief etc.

Cambridge, Besika Bay, July 27.
"I went onshore the 25th of July with Lieutenant Alston, Mr Groves, and Mr Bould, shooting, and after we had done we sat down under a tree to have lunch, and when I had done, I asked Mr Alston for the loan of his gun, which he granted, and also Mr Alston's servant got Mr Mould's gun. After discharging the gun, which Mr Alston gave me loaded, when I came to load his gun I found the screws of the top of the ramrod gone, and as soon as I came up to his servant told him of it, and he told me the screws of Mr Mould's were gone also. When I had done with Mr Alston's gun I returned it to him, and said that the top was off his ramrod, and he told me it was not of when he lent it to me, and I told him that it was. He then ordered his boy to bring him a stick, which he did; and, after licking me until he broke the stick over my back, he then called me a liar and a son of a bitch and I told him I was not a liar, or a son of a bitch. He then ordered his boy to bring him another stick. He told me, that if I looked at him he would give me another licking, and, waiting there a short while, I went over the other side of the stream until we were going on board.
Frances Fitzgerald,
Volunteer of the First Class.

Edward is said to have gone to the Antipodes, however the Naval Biographical Dictionary, shows him remaining in the Service after his Court Marshall?

Alston Edw. H. Rank L., Cr. (Ag); Ship Pantaloon; Captain Self; Date of Appointment 12 May 1846; Date of Discharge 25 June 1846.
Ref: Appointments to Ships British Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, St John St Marylebone LON. Edward is recorded as aged 25 in the Navy born London

1122. Sydney William ALSTON [4159] (Henry Frederick905, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 7 Sep 1816 in Blidworth NTH.

General Notes:
Sydney went to the Antipodes

Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, St John St Marylebone LON. Sydney is recorded as aged 20 a merchant born London

2. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 1 Wellington Rd St Mary le Bone MDX. Sydney is recorded as a son unmarried aged 34 coffee planter born Blidworth NTH (?)

1123. Georgiana Elizabeth ALSTON [4158] (Henry Frederick905, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 3 Aug 1819 and died on 9 May 1886 in 119 Islip St Kentish Town MDX at age 66.

General Notes:
The Will of Georgiana Elizabeth Alston spinster of 119 Islip St Kentish Town MDX who died 9 Mar 1886 at 119 Islip St was Proved 23 Mar 1886 by Katherine Alston spinster of Maidstone KEN and Evelyn Alston spinster of Taunton SOM sisters of the deceased for L2549/19/10d

Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, St John St Marylebone LON. Georgiana is recorded as aged 20 born London

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, St Pancras London. Georginana is recorded as Georginana G head of house aged 51 of independant means born Marylebone

1124. Raynsford George ALSTON [4163] (Henry Frederick905, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 5 Aug 1828 in Brussels Belgium.

General Notes:
Raynsford appears to have been in India.

Alston Raynsford George: Biography 03 Aug 1828
Biographical notes: Madras Inf; b 3 Aug 1828 Brussels, son of Henry Frederick, Esq; L/MIL/9/215 f.735 - Cadet 1847 Madras Army; Resigned 8 Dec 1850
Transcribed by British Library
India Office Records Reference:
L/MIL/9/215 f.735
http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/NonTabBriefDisplay.aspx?SearchType=AdvanceSearch

Essex Record Office
Level: CategoryParish records
Level: FondsGREAT PARNDON, ST. MARY THE VIRGIN
Level: Sub-FondsMISCELLANEOUS
Level: SeriesGreat Parndon Church of England Schools
Reference Code D/P 184/28/18
Dates of Creation1861
Extent1
Scope and ContentPlan of land exchanged by Rector and Churchwardens of Great Parndon with R.G Alston from Order of Exchange (5 Sept.)
This placement is uncertain. ELF 2004

Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, Midhurst Grammer Foundation School Midhurst SSX. Raynsford is recorded aged 10

1125. Catherine Jane ALSTON [4166] (Henry Frederick905, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 9 Sep 1840 in Paddington London MDX and died on 23 Aug 1889 in 119 Islip St Kentish Town MDX at age 48.

General Notes:
Births
9th inst., in Cambridge Terrace, Hyde Park, London, the lady of H F Alston, Esq., of a daughter.
Ipswich Journal 12 Sept. 1840.

Administration of the Estate of Catherine Alston spinster of 119 Islip St Kentish Town MDX who died 23 Aug 1889 at 119 Islip St was granted to Evelyn Alston spinster sister and only next of kin to the deceased Proved 14 Nov 1889 for L899

Catherine did not marry she and her sister resided at 119 Islip St Kentish Town MDX

Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, St John St Marylebone LON. Catherine is recorded as aged 9mths born London

2. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 1 Wellington Rd St Mary le Bone MDX. Katherine is described as a daughter aged 10 a scholar at home born Paddington MDX

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, St Pancras London. Catherine is recorded as Katherine J sister aged 30 governess born Paddington MDX

1126. Evelyn ALSTON [4167] (Henry Frederick905, Thomas (Capt)782, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)609, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)440, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1843 in St Marylebone LON.

General Notes:
Evelyn was the administrator of her sister Catherine's Alston estate

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 1 Wellington Rd St Mary le Bone MDX. Evelyn is deccribed as Eveline a daughter aged 8 a scholar at home born St Marylebone MDX

1127. Robert Shipton ORLEBAR [6758] (Charlotte SHIPTON912, Temperance BEDFORD785, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 12 May 1808.

General Notes:
Robert was of Crawley House BDF

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service: Orlebar Archive
FILE [no title] - ref. OR 2352/6 - date: 20th century
Pedigree (1 sheet) showing descent of Orlando Robert Aplin Orlebar from Sir Thomas Alston


Robert married Charlotte ELLIS [6759] on 10 Apr 1834. Charlotte died on 8 Jan 1879.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1423 F    i. Arabella Emily ORLEBAR [6760] .

+ 1424 F    ii. Valentine Augusta ORLEBAR [9881] .

1128. Arthur Bedford ORLEBAR M.A. [9882] (Charlotte SHIPTON912, Temperance BEDFORD785, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 11 Jun 1810.

Arthur married Eliza ORLEBAR [9883].

General Notes:
Eliza was Arthur's cousin


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1425 M    i. Richard ORLEBAR [9884] .

+ 1426 F    ii. Maria Charlotte ORLEBAR [9885] .

+ 1427 F    iii. Amy ORLEBAR [9886] .

+ 1428 F    iv. Fanny Christina ORLEBAR [9887] .

+ 1429 F    v. Madelina Eliza ORLEBAR [9888] .

1129. John Charles ORLEBAR [9889] (Charlotte SHIPTON912, Temperance BEDFORD785, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 18 Mar 1812.

General Notes:
John was Rector of Whipsnade BDF

John married someone.

His child was:

+ 1430 M    i. John Francis ORLEBAR [9890] .

1130. Charles Daniel ORLEBAR [9891] (Charlotte SHIPTON912, Temperance BEDFORD785, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 19 Apr 1813 and died in 1874 at age 61.

General Notes:
Charles died s p

1131. William ORLEBAR [9892] (Charlotte SHIPTON912, Temperance BEDFORD785, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 16 Aug 1816.

1132. Augustus ORLEBAR [9893] (Charlotte SHIPTON912, Temperance BEDFORD785, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 14 Jun 1824.

General Notes:
Augustus was Vicar of Willington and Rural Dean

Augustus married Caroline Yarde SCOBELL [9894], daughter of Rev John SCOBELL B.D. [9895] and Unknown, on 14 Jul 1859.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1431 M    i. Augustus Scobell ORLEBAR [9896] was born on 28 Apr 1860.

+ 1432 M    ii. Evelyn Henry ORLEBAR [9897] was born on 10 Aug 1863.

+ 1433 M    iii. George Crewe ORLEBAR [9898] was born on 26 Nov 1866.

+ 1434 M    iv. Edward Yarde ORLEBAR [9899] was born on 16 Aug 1872.

+ 1435 F    v. Caroline Scobell ORLEBAR [9900] .

+ 1436 F    vi. Margaret Emily ORLEBAR [9901] .


1133. Charlotte Temperence ORLEBAR [9902] (Charlotte SHIPTON912, Temperance BEDFORD785, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1815 in Crawley BDF.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 6 Arcadian Loft Kentish Town St Pancras MDX. Charlotte is recorded as Charlotte T a wife aged 36 born Crawley BDF

2. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, New Road Rochester KEN. Charlotte T is recorded as Head of house a widow aged 46 a land holder born Crawley BDF

Charlotte married William WELLS [9903], son of Henry WELLS [11801] and Unknown, on 27 Jun 1841 in St Andrew Holborn MDX. William was born about 1814 in Sittingbourne Kent and died before Apr 1861.

General Notes:
William was employed at Somerset House LON

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 6 Arcadian Loft Kentish Town St Pancras MDX. William is recorded as married Head of house aged 37 an asses Exam'r Audit Office born Sittingbourne Kent They had a house servant.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1437 M    i. William H WELLS [11802] was born about 1843 in Baker St Clerkenwell.

+ 1438 F    ii. Charlotte WELLS [11803] was born about 1848 in St Pancras London.

+ 1439 F    iii. Emily WELLS [11804] was born about 1850 in St Pancras London.

1134. Mary Constance ORLEBAR [9904] (Charlotte SHIPTON912, Temperance BEDFORD785, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

Mary married Col. George MESSITTER [9905].

General Notes:
George was from the 69th Regiment

1135. Emily ORLEBAR [9906] (Charlotte SHIPTON912, Temperance BEDFORD785, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

Emily married Thomas William Hinchcliffe GRANVILLE [9907]. Thomas died in 1869.

General Notes:
Thomas was of Bexhill SSX he died sp

1136. Rowland KENT [5596] (Rowland Alston KENT914, Anne BEDFORD786, Temperance ALSTON617, Vere John (Rev)445, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)281, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 23 Feb 1800 in Wavendon Birmingham and died on 3 Mar 1800.

1137. Sarah ALSTON [4711] (William of Bradwell920, William795, Philip635, Philip496, Solomon314, William Of Sible Hedingham ESS133, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 5 Oct 1793 in Mundon ESS, was christened on 4 Dec 1794 in Mundon ESS, and was buried on 26 Jun 1815 in St Andrews Grays Inn Rd.


1138. Charles ALSTON [4708] (William of Bradwell920, William795, Philip635, Philip496, Solomon314, William Of Sible Hedingham ESS133, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 2 Oct 1794 in Mundon ESS, was christened on 4 Dec 1794 in Mundon ESS, and died in Dec 1818 at sea off Cape of Good Hope. at age 24.

General Notes:
Charles did not marry, he was lost at sea on the East India Merchant ship Marchioness Of Ely.

Ann Alston widow of No 5 Charles St Hampstead Rd Middlesex was granted administration of Charles estate valued at L40. (Presumably his mother)



1139. William ALSTON [4709] (William of Bradwell920, William795, Philip635, Philip496, Solomon314, William Of Sible Hedingham ESS133, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 17 Sep 1795 in Limbourne Park Mansion Munden ESS, was christened on 9 Oct 1795 in Mundon ESS, died on 11 Aug 1877 at age 81, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery London.

General Notes:
William was an overseer of the Workhouse at St Pancras.

Times 11 Aug 1877.- Wm. Alston of Limbourn Park Mansion co. Essex and late of Leicester in his 82nd year

The Will of William Alston of Charterhouse City of London and 3 Cambria Tce Cambria Rd Cold Harbour Brixton SRY who died 11 Aug 1877 was Proved 5 Oct 1877 by Elizabeth Ellen Alston spinster of 14 Bloomfield Tce Pimlico MDX and Julia Alston spinster of 3 Frederick Tce Brixton dauhters of the deceased, at under L100

Research Notes:
Thomas Harris, deception: forgery, 15th January, 1823.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18230115-38
Trial Summary:
Crime(s): deception : forgery
Verdict: Not Guilty
Name search for: Thomas Harris
Original Text:
Before Mr. Justice Holroyd.
209. Thomas Harris was indicted for feloniously forging, on the 20th of December, a certain order for payment of money, setting it forth, (being an order upon the overseers of St. Pancras, to pay to Thomas Harris , for apprehending two persons convicted as rogues and vagobands, "nine shillings each," dated the 16th of December, 1822, signed
"F. A. Roe," with intent to defraud William Alston , one of the overseers of the said parish.
Mr. Adolphus conducted the prosecution.
William Alston. I am overseer of the parish of St. Pancras. On the 20th of December, the prisoner came to me at the work-house, a paper was delivered to me by the beadle, while I was engaged with a Committee of Directors in an adjoining room, I went out into the passage and saw the prisoner, and asked him if this was his order, he said it was, I pointed out two words in it, viz. "nine," and "each," which appeared to me incorrect, I pointed to them with my fingers; I do not recollect that I read them to him, he looked at them, I asked if they were correct, he said the magistrate wrote them, and that he received the order from the magistrate; he said his demand was 10s.; I then returned into the adjoining room, and sent 10s. out by William Audley the beadle, his receipt was on the back of it, and was on it at the time it was brought.
William Audley. I am beadle of St. Pancras. I received an order from the prisoner at the work-house, and delivered it to Mr. Alston, in the same condition as I received it, he afterwards gave me 10s., which I gave to the prisoner; I said
"Harris, Mr. Alston has sent you out the 10s. you demanded on the order," his receipt was on the back of it when he brought it, and there is some writing on the back of my own, respecting some questions I asked him. Mr. Alston desired me to go and ascertain from him where he apprehended the boys; he said from inside Percy-chapel, on the 15th of December.
Frederick Adam Rowe Esq. On the 11th of December, I remember the prisoner bringing two boys before me, charged with having been found in Oxford-street first, and afterwards in Percy-chapel, with intent to commit felony, and from what he stated, I committed them to the House of Correction for a month; Harris brought me the paper to fill up for his reward for taking them; I inserted on the order the word nine, (looking at it;) this is it, the rest of the filling up is written by my clerk, the body is printed, the word "each" was not on it when I delivered it to him; I am confident that it is not the writing of any of the office clerks.
Cross-examined by Mr Bolland Q. Has not the word nine been altered. - A. Not in the slightest degree; 1s. is paid as the office fee, and I thought 4s. for each sufficient, the letter N. has been written over something which has been written before, I was going to make it ten, but recollecting he would have to pay but one fee, I made it 9s., and delivered it into his hands; he was a parish constable. (Order read.)
Prisoner's Defence. My Lord, if I had known there had been the least thing incorrect in the order, I would not have taken it to the work-house. I thought it was 10s. I was to have, and got a person to write a receipt for 10s. on the back, as I took it for ten, I knew nothing of the word "each" being on it; I can write nothing but my name myself.
William Brooks . I wrote the receipt at the back of this order, by the prisoner's desire, as I could write a little better than him, I wrote it for 10s., I know nothing about the word "each."
Cross-examined by Mr Adolphus Q. Then he can write. - A. I have seen him write his name, that is all.
Not Guilty .
Ref www.oldbaileyonline.org

The Times 11 February 1824 pg 4 col C
William and others Overseers of the Poor of St Pancras write in respect of their duties.

JAMES STANWAY, theft : simple grand larceny, 18th October, 1832.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18321018-175
Trial Summary:
Crime(s): theft : simple grand larceny
Punishment Type: transportation
(Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
Verdict: Guilty
Name search for: JAMES STANWAY
Crime Location: Judd-street
Original Text:
2382. JAMES STANWAY was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of September, 26 yards of printed cotton, value 10s. , the goods of Thomas Wanstead Green .
AUGUSTUS FOX (Police-constable N 32). On the 8th of September I was in Argyle-street, between five and half-past five o'clock, and saw the prisoner carrying a bundle - I run after him; when he saw me he run away; he threw the bundle away about twenty yards before I came up to him - I took it up; it was this printed cotton.
WILLIAM ALSTON . I am in the employ of Thomas Wanstead Green - he lives in Judd-street, and is a linendraper. This is his property, and was taken from our shop door on Saturday the 8th of September, between five and half-past five o'clock - there are twenty-six yards of it.
Prisoner's Defence. A boy was climbing over a fence; he asked me to hold them while he got over - I was to throw them over to him.
GUILTY . Aged 15. - Transported for Seven Years .

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 2 Richmond Grove Islington Finsbury LND. William is recorded as head of house married aged 55 "out of business (spinner)" born Mundon ESS

William married Elizabeth Wagstaff CLARKE [4710], daughter of George CLARKE [17569] and Elizabeth [17570], on 7 Jan 1819 in St Pancras London. Elizabeth was born on 5 Mar 1793, was christened on 24 Mar 1793 in Westminster MDX, and was buried on 11 Feb 1858 in Highgate Cemetery London.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 2 Richmond Grove Islington Finsbury LND. Elizabeth is recorded as a wife aged 58 not known where born

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1440 M    i. William George Hyde Clarke ALSTON [4729] was born on 20 Mar 1820 in St Pancras London, died in St Pancras London, and was buried on 27 Mar 1840 in St Pancras London.

+ 1441 F    ii. Elizabeth Ellen ALSTON [4739] was born on 21 Nov 1820 in St Pancras London, was christened on 9 Apr 1822 in St Pancras London, died on 16 Jun 1898 at age 77, and was buried in St John Harlow ESS.

+ 1442 M    iii. William Edwin ALSTON [4722] was born on 10 Mar 1823 in St Pancras London, died on 22 Nov 1863 in Colney Hatch MDX at age 40, and was buried in St Pancras Cemetery Finchley MDX.

+ 1443 M    iv. Alfred ALSTON [4730] was christened on 24 Sep 1829 in St Pancras London and died in New Zealand or Australia.

+ 1444 M    v. Thomas Sewell ALSTON [4731] was born on 30 Apr 1831 in St Pancras London and was christened in 1831 in St Pancras London.

+ 1445 F    vi. Julia ALSTON [4740] was born on 24 Nov 1833 in St Pancras London, was christened in 1834 in St Pancras London, died on 1 May 1887 in Harlow at age 53, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery London.

+ 1446 F    vii. Emily ALSTON [4741] was born on 24 Jun in Leicester, was christened on 21 Jul 1837 in St Margarets Rutland, died on 11 Aug 1911 in France, and was buried in France.

1140. Anna Maria ALSTON [4712] (William of Bradwell920, William795, Philip635, Philip496, Solomon314, William Of Sible Hedingham ESS133, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 7 Oct 1796 in Mundon ESS, was christened on 20 Jul 1797 in Mundon ESS, and died in 1872 in St Pancras London at age 76.

Anna married Thomas BALLINGER [17561], son of Edward BALLINGER [17562] and Unknown, on 24 Feb 1850 in St Mary Stratford Bow LND. Thomas was born about 1809 in Whittington GLS.

1141. Mary Ann ALSTON [4716] (William of Bradwell920, William795, Philip635, Philip496, Solomon314, William Of Sible Hedingham ESS133, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 13 Mar 1805 in Mundon ESS.

Mary married George HARRIS [4717] on 18 Nov 1829 in Christchurch Newgate St London. George was born about 1803 and was buried on 20 Nov 1842 in Soho St Ann London.

General Notes:
They had three children details extracted from the 1841 Census for Cranbourne St Soho London.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1447 F    i. Emma Ann HARRIS [17563] was born about 1832.

+ 1448 M    ii. George HARRIS [17564] was born about 1837.

+ 1449 F    iii. Sarah Ann HARRIS [17565] was born about 1838.

1142. Elizabeth ALSTON [4713] (William of Bradwell920, William795, Philip635, Philip496, Solomon314, William Of Sible Hedingham ESS133, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 1 Sep 1806 in Marsh House Farm Tillingham, was christened on 5 Jul 1807 in All Saints with St Peter Maldon ESS, and was buried on 7 Aug 1853 in St Pancras Parish Chapel Camden LON.

Elizabeth married Thomas BYE [4715] on 26 Oct 1846 in St Pancras Parish Chapel London.

General Notes:
They had a child


The child from this marriage was:

+ 1450 F    i. Sarah Ann Jane BYE [17571] was christened on 12 Oct 1848 in All Souls St Marylebone LON and died in 1941 in Walsall Staffordshire at age 93.

Elizabeth next married John COOPER [4714].

General Notes:
They had a child.

1143. Jane Wright ALSTON [4718] (William of Bradwell920, William795, Philip635, Philip496, Solomon314, William Of Sible Hedingham ESS133, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 21 Nov 1808 in Woodham Walter ESS and was christened on 15 Nov 1810 in Woodham Walter ESS.

Jane married John ACTON [4719] on 16 Feb 1851 in St Pancras London.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1451 M    i. John ACTON [17566] was christened on 11 Apr 1852 in St Ann Soho LON.

1144. Louisa Emma ALSTON [4720] (William of Bradwell920, William795, Philip635, Philip496, Solomon314, William Of Sible Hedingham ESS133, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall & Sible Hedingham Ess20, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 13 Mar 1810 in Woodham Walter ESS, was christened on 15 Nov 1810 in Woodham Walter ESS, and died in 1865 in Strand LON at age 55.

General Notes:
Louisa died s.p.

Louisa married Charles PUDNEY [4721] on 6 Feb 1842 in St Marylebone LON. Charles was born about 1802 in Carshalton SRY.

1145. Francis George HARE [3550] (Francis Hare NAYLOR927, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 6 Jan 1786 and died in 1842 at age 56.

Francis married Ann Francis PAUL [3565], daughter of Sir John Dean PAUL Bart [3566] and Unknown, on 29 Apr 1828. Ann died in 1863.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1452 M    i. Francis George HARE Of Gresford Co Denbigh [3567] was born on 6 Jul 1830 and died in 1868 at age 38.

+ 1453 M    ii. William Robert HARE [3568] was born on 18 Oct 1831 and died on 18 Mar 1867 at age 35.

+ 1454 M    iii. Augustus John Cuthbert HARE [3569] was born on 13 Mar 1834 in Rome and died in Jan 1903 at age 68.

+ 1455 F    iv. Ann Francis Maria Louisa HARE [3570] died on 26 May 1868.

1146. Rev Augustas William HARE [3551] (Francis Hare NAYLOR927, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 17 Nov 1792 and died in 1834 at age 42.

General Notes:
Augustus was Rector of Alton Barnes, he died s.p.

Augustas married Maria LEYCESTER [3552], daughter of Rev Oswald LEYCESTER Of Stoke Salop. [3553] and Unknown, on 2 Jun 1829. Maria died on 13 Nov 1870 in Holmhurst.

1147. Ven Julius Charles HARE [3554] (Francis Hare NAYLOR927, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 13 Sep 1795 and died on 23 Jan 1855 at age 59.

General Notes:
Julius was Rector of Hurstmonceaux and Archdeacon of Lewes, he died s.p.
Will on PRO Online

Also file PRO Petitions ref 164122

Several images of Julius at The National Portrait Gallery London.

Research Notes: East Sussex Record Office: PARISH OF RODMELL
Catalogue Ref. PAR464
Church of England, Rodmell Parish, East Sussex
Incumbent: other records - ref. PAR464/7 Returns of illegitimate births
FILE - Draft statistics of illegitimate births in the parish for 1752 to 1836, completed by Robert Booth, rector of Rodmell, addressed to Archdeacon [Julius Charles] Hare, Herstmonceux - ref. PAR464/7/4/2 - date: 21 Aug 1841


East Sussex Record Office: PARISH OF HERSTMONCEUX
Catalogue Ref. PAR399
Church of England, Herstmonceux Parish,
East SussexSchool records - ref. PAR399/25
Herstmonceux School: deeds
FILE - School site, purchased in 1840 - ref. PAR399/25/1/1-4 - date: [1799]-1840
By a conveyance of 5 and 6 July 1839, Julius Hare, clerk, the rector of Herstmonceux, purchased part of Denbigh's Field on the south side of the road at Gardner Street (plan on release) from James Everest of Gardner Street, brewer for L.70. On 27 February 1840 Hare conveyed the land for a nominal consideration to the rector and churchwardens under the Schools Sites Act 1836 (6 and 7 William IV c70) and a mortgage term vested in William Scoones of Tonbridge, Kent, gent was assigned to William Allfree of Southfield in Tonbridge, esq. The deed was enrolled in Chancery on 2 March 1840 and a copy of the enrolment survives with the deeds (PAR399/25/1/1/4).





Julius married Jane Ester MAURICE [3555], daughter of Rev Michael MAURICE [3556] and Unknown, in Nov 1844.

1148. Lieut Marcus Theodore HARE R.N. [3557] (Francis Hare NAYLOR927, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 9 Nov 1796 and died on 30 Jun 1845 at age 48.

General Notes:
Marcus was from Rockend Torquay and Court Devon.

Marcus married Lucy Anne STANLEY [3571], daughter of Lord John Thomas STANLEY of Alderley [3572] and Unknown, on 24 Sep 1833.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1456 M    i. Capt Marcus Augustus Stanley HARE R.N. [3573] was born on 25 Jun 1836 and died on 24 Mar 1878 in H.M.S. Eurydice At Sea at age 41.

+ 1457 M    ii. Theodore Julius HARE [3580] was born on 12 Mar 1839.

+ 1458 F    iii. Lucy Caroline Isabella HARE [3586] .

1149. Anna Maria Clementina HARE [3558] (Francis Hare NAYLOR927, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) died on 24 Mar 1813.

General Notes:
Anna died young



1150. Gustavus Edward Cockburn HARE [3561] (Francis Hare NAYLOR927, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 15 Sep 1811, died on 2 Apr 1881 in Albany Western Australia at age 69, and was buried in Old Albany Cemetery WA.

General Notes:
Gustavus of Kircullen House co Galway was for some time in the Prussian Army.

Steven Dolan writes 2013.
Gustavus was an accomplished cricketer in his youth he played for Winchester College but after he moved to Ireland he did much to promote the game in the west. The Co Galway Cricket Club was actually based at his house in Moycullen (Kircullen) from the 1850's. When Gustavus moved to Australia in 1867, the county side moved eastwards in search of a new home, initially to Coolarne House, outside Athenry.
In one big match in July 1858, in a victory against the Athlone Garrison, it was clear that Hare might have lost his speed given he was now 46, scoring only 8 in his first innings, however he had lost none of his skill. He bowled out five men in the first innings and in the second his brother Captain Hare (I presume this is Reginald) bowled out four Athlone players with Gustavus himself bowling out a further two.
Hare an interesting character, also held an estate in Lackalea in Kilconickny outside Loughrea where he had planned to build another estate house, he did start to improve the lands. However the estate came before the landed estates court in May 1867 after he ran out of cash. He certainly wasn't the first estate to get into trouble, as countless estates were in major trouble.

Superintendant Gustavus Edward Cockburn Hare:
Gustavus Hare was educated at Winchester College and at the University of Bonn in Germany. It is believed he served as an officer in the Prussian army after graduation and reached the rank of Captain. Later he became a landed gentleman of Kircullen House in County Galway, but eventually found it necessary to seek a salaried government post. He arrived in WA in 1867 and his position as Superintendent and chief of police was gazetted on 18 June of that year. He held the post for nearly 4 years, during which he acted in another couple of public positions and left Major R.H.Crampton to look after the Police Force in his absence. He seems to have been given the permanent position of Resident Magistrate at Albany on 24 April 1871. He died at Albany on 21 April 1881. At seems at least two close Hare relatives were commissioned police officers in other Australian colonies. Two of G.E.C.Hare's sons were commissioned officers in the WA Police Force.
Ref Conole Peter WA Police Historian

GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.
Yesterday's Government Gazette notifies that Her Majesty's Secretary of State tor the Colonies has been pleased to appoint Gustavus Edward Cockburn Hare, Esquire, to be Superintendent of the Police Force in this Colony, and that Mr. Hare has assumed the duties of his office.
The Inquirer & Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901) Wednesday 19 June 1867

Naylor. April 2 at the Residency Albany West Australia Gustavus Edward Cockburn Hare Esq. fifth son of the late Francis Hare Naylor Esq. of Hurst Monceaux Sussex aged 69.
Alstoniana Pg 372

REREDOS IN ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL, PERTH.
The reredos has been erected as a memorial to Sir Archibald Paull Burt, Kt., Chief Justice of Western Australia . . . . . and also to Gustavus Edward Cockburn Hare, U.M., and Annie his wife . . . . . Mr. G. E. C. Hare came of a well-known family, and was appointed here as Commissioner of Police. He afterwards went to Albany as resident magistrate, and died there. His widow came to reside in Perth, and worked very hard, her greatest success being in connection with the building of the church at St. Alban's, Highgate.
Ref: Trove Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Saturday 3 April 1909

Research Notes:
Image: Courtesy of West Australian Police Force Archives on line.

Gustavus married Wright Sarah ANNE [3589], daughter of Samuel P ANNE Of Wood Green [3590] and Unknown, in 1840. Sarah died on 16 Apr 1894 in Perth WA.

General Notes:
Deaths
WE regret to record the death of Mrs. Sarah Hare, which took place at her residence in. Adelaide-terrace, at an early hour on Monday morning. The deceased lady was the widow of the late Mr. Gustavus Edward Cockburn Hare, who arrived in this colony in June of 1867 and who held the post of Superintendent of Police, and subsequently of Government Resident at Albany, succeeding in the latter office, the late Sir Alexander Cockburn Campbell, Bart. Mrs. Hare was a sister of the late General Charles von Wright, of the German Army, and a sister-in-law of Francis, Augustus, Marcus, and Archdeacon Hare. MCB. Hare, who, at the time of her death, was 75 years of age, had been ailing for some time up till recently. Her health then seemed to improve somewhat, and for her age she appeared strong. On Sunday morning, about three o'clock, however, she became suddenly ill, and a doctor was summoned, but about an hour afterwards she breathed her last. She leaves behind her four sons and three daughters, the eldest son being the Rev. Francis Hare, chaplain of Christ's College, New Zealand; the second, Mr. Frederick Hare, resident Magistrate, York; the third, Mr. Reginald Hare, Secretary to the West Australian Agency, London, and the youngest, Mr. E. G. S. Hare, solicitor, Perth. One daughter was married to Mr. S. Bart, Q.C., M.L.A., Attorney-General ; the second to Mr. O. Burt.. The under-Secretary, Colonial Secretary's Department; and the third to Mr, Pembroke-Jones, C.E., Buenos Ayres.
Ref; Trove Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954 Saturday 21 April 1894


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1459 M    i. Gustavus Julius Charles HARE [3591] was born on 20 May 1841 and died in 1876 at age 35.

+ 1460 M    ii. Francis Augustus HARE [3592] was born on 18 Jun 1845.

+ 1461 M    iii. Frederick Arthur HARE [3593] was born on 20 Jan 1852 and died in 1932 at age 80.

+ 1462 M    iv. Reginald HARE GMG [3594] was born on 25 Dec 1853 and died in 1933 at age 80.

+ 1463 M    v. Edward George Sydney HARE [3595] was born on 15 Apr 1861 and died on 19 Apr 1912 at age 51.

+ 1464 F    vi. Georgiana Maria HARE [3596] died on 18 Apr 1890 in Perth WA.

+ 1465 F    vii. Maud Ellen HARE [16673] was born circa 1863 and died on 24 Jun 1936 aged about 73.

+ 1466 F    viii. Louisa Fanny HARE [16678] was born on 4 Jun 1848 in Bonn Germany and died on 11 Feb 1929 in Perth WA at age 80.

1151. Reginald John HARE [3562] (Francis Hare NAYLOR927, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 29 Dec 1812.

General Notes:
Reginald was Sub-Inspector of Constabulary in Australia

1152. Georgina Francis HARE [3563] (Francis Hare NAYLOR927, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

Georgina married John Frederick Denison MAURICE [3564].

1153. Julia Marrianne HARE [3600] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR928, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

Julia married Sir Alexander TAYLOR M.D. of Pau France [3601].

1154. Amelia HARE [3602] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR928, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) died in 1857.

Amelia married Edwin Sandys DASHWOOD [3603], son of Sir John DASHWOOD Bart Of West Wycombe [3604] and Unknown, in 1821.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1467 M    i. Sir Edwin Hare DASHWOOD Bt [3605] was born on 7 Sep 1825 and died on 8 May 1882 at age 56.

+ 1468 F    ii. Amelia Caroline DASHWOOD [3606] .

1155. Major Robert HARE [3628] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR928, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) died in 1864.

General Notes:
Robert died s.p.

Robert married Charlotte FULLER [3629], daughter of Rev Thomas F FULLER Of Heathfield [3630] and Unknown, in 1828.

1156. Clarence HARE [3631] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR928, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) died on 18 Oct 1863.

General Notes:
Clarence was unmarried

1157. Laurentia Anne HARE [3632] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR928, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1802 and died in 1803 at age 1.

1158. Louisa Anne HARE [3633] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR928, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1803 and died in 1803.

General Notes:
Louisa was a twin.

1159. Teresa Anne HARE [3634] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR928, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1803 and died in 1803.

General Notes:
Terisa was a twin.

1160. Anna Maria BULKELEY [3545] (Anna Maria HARE929, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR Of Hurstmonceaux Castle And La Vache805, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON654, Joseph of New House510, Isaac Of Chelsea328, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) died in 1822 and was buried in Chalfont St Giles.

General Notes:
Anna died unmarried

1161. William ALSTON [3285] (William 8th Bart of Lingfield (Sir)931, William 7th Bart (Sir)813, Evelyn 5th Bart (Sir)665, Joseph 3rd Bart (Sir)514, Joseph 2nd Bart (Sir)330, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1772 in Lingfield SRY, died in 1802 aged about 30, and was buried on 25 May 1802 in Family Vault Lingfield Churchyard.

William married Elizabeth BRISTER [3288], daughter of John BRISTER Of Crowhurst [3289] and Susannah [3290], on 10 Sep 1793 in Lingfield Church SRY. Elizabeth was christened from 6 Jan 1772 to 1773 in Crowhurst and died about 1855 in Dormans Land aged about 83.

General Notes:
Will of Elizabeth Alston Widow of Lingfield SRY Proved 13 Dec 1854 PROB 11/2201 PRO on line - not searched 2006


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1469 F    i. Susannah ALSTON [3291] was christened on 13 Dec 1793 in Lingfield Church SRY, died on 9 Feb 1853 in Beddington at age 59, and was buried in Coulsdon.

+ 1470 F    ii. Mary ALSTON [3292] was christened on 12 Dec 1796 in Lingfield Church SRY and died in 1874 in Dormans Land at age 78.

+ 1471 F    iii. Elizabeth ALSTON [3293] was born on 1 Dec 1799 in Lingfield Church SRY, was christened on 27 Dec 1799 in Lingfield Church SRY, and died on 28 Oct 1864 in Dartford KEN at age 64.

1162. Sarah ALSTON [3286] (William 8th Bart of Lingfield (Sir)931, William 7th Bart (Sir)813, Evelyn 5th Bart (Sir)665, Joseph 3rd Bart (Sir)514, Joseph 2nd Bart (Sir)330, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1774 in Lingfield SRY, died on 18 Apr 1858 aged about 84, and was buried on 23 Apr 1858 in Family Vault Lingfield Churchyard.

General Notes:
Sarah is of a the noble line going back to Charlemagne, and Egbert first King of England.

Fletching,
March 6th, 1898.
Dear Sir,
I have not anything to tell of the Alston family except that I have a very good crayon drawing of my grandmother Sarah Alston taken by her grandson William Alston Head,. . . . . .
Yours truly,
SARAH ALSTON HEAD.
Alstoniana Pg 377

Altar Tomb Lingfield Churchyard.
. . . . and of his wife Mrs Sarah Head and daughter of William and Mary Alston died April 18th 1858 aged 83 years.

Sarah married John HEAD Of Lingfield [3388]. John was born about 1781 and died in May 1831 aged about 50.

General Notes:
Mr John Head late of East Grinstead Sussex died May aged 50 years.
Altar Tomb Lingfield Churchyard.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1472 M    i. William Alston HEAD [3389] was born in 1808, was christened in East Grinstead, and died on 4 Apr 1879 at age 71.

+ 1473 M    ii. John HEAD [3391] was born on 28 Jul 1810, was christened in East Grinstead, died in 1890 at age 80, and was buried in Fletching.

+ 1474 M    iii. George HEAD [3393] was born on 22 Nov 1812, was christened in East Grinstead, and was buried in East Grinstead.

+ 1475 F    iv. Sarah HEAD [3395] .

1163. Elizabeth ALSTON [3287] (William 8th Bart of Lingfield (Sir)931, William 7th Bart (Sir)813, Evelyn 5th Bart (Sir)665, Joseph 3rd Bart (Sir)514, Joseph 2nd Bart (Sir)330, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1773 in Lingfield SRY, died on 10 Oct 1815 aged about 42, and was buried in Lingfield Church SRY.

General Notes:
Elizabeth was 19th in descent from Edward I and his Queen, Eleanor, of Castile, 25th in descent from William the Conqueror and his Queen, Matilda of Flanders, 33rd in descent from Alfred the Great, 35th in descent from Egbert, first King of England, and 35th in descent from Charlemagne, Emperor of the West.
A letter of her father's dated 26 February 1810, mentions her marriage and her family of three sons and two daughters.

Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Dives wife of John Dives daughter of William and Mary Alston of this parish who departed this life 7 October 1815 aged 42 years
Altar tomb Lingfield Churchyard.

Elizabeth married John DIVES Of Lingfield,Vexour,Lamberhurst [3639], son of Thomas DIVES [15669] and Sarah BRISTER [15670]. John was born in Apr 1769 and was buried on 26 May 1847 in Lingfield Church SRY.

General Notes:
The family of Dives is of old standing in the Southern Counties. Sir Lewis Dyves will be remembered as the bold and gallant Cavalier whose repeated escapes from the Tower, when imprisoned there by the Parliamentarians, recounted by John Evelyn in his Diary.

Sacred to the memory of Mr John Dives late of Penshurst Kent formerly of this parish who died November 5, 1844 aged 75 years.
Altar tomb Lingfield Churchyard.

John was aged 77 at his death his burial date in the Lingfield register does not correlate with the death date reported from his grave.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1476 F    i. Mary DIVES [3643] was born on 17 Jul 1790 in Dormans Land Withyham SSX.

+ 1477 M    ii. William DIVES [3640] was born in Feb 1801, was christened on 25 Mar 1801 in St Peter & Paul Lingfield SRY, and died on 2 Nov 1896 in Lingfield SRY at age 95.

+ 1478 M    iii. John DIVES [3641] was born on 19 Feb 1805, was christened on 22 Feb 1805 in St Peter & Paul Lingfield SRY, and died 4th Qtr 1885 in KEN at age 80.

+ 1479 F    iv. Jane DIVES [3644] was born about 1808 in Lingfield SRY.

+ 1480 M    v. James DIVES [3642] was born about 1813 in Lingfield SRY.

+ 1481 M    vi. Thomas DIVES [15378] was born about 1798 in Lingfield SRY.

+ 1482 F    vii. Ann DIVES [15671] was born on 31 Oct 1798 in Lingfield SRY and died in Jul 1862 in Lingfield SRY at age 63.

1164. Sarah ALSTON [3280] (Evelyn932, William 7th Bart (Sir)813, Evelyn 5th Bart (Sir)665, Joseph 3rd Bart (Sir)514, Joseph 2nd Bart (Sir)330, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 12 Nov 1770 in Bletchingley SRY.

Sarah married George NORTON of Westerham [3677].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1483 M    i. George NORTON [3678] .

+ 1484 M    ii. Henry NORTON [3679] .

+ 1485 M    iii. Evelyn NORTON [3680] .

+ 1486 F    iv. Sarah NORTON [3682] .


1165. Rev Edward Constable ALSTON [3752] (Edward Daniel ALSTON935, Edward ALSTON820, Sarah ALSTON681, Edward Of Lavenham Hall.532, Edmund of Rogers349, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 Mar 1816 in Diss NFK and died on 28 Mar 1871 at age 54.

General Notes:
Edward,educated Caius College Camb. MA, J.P. for Suffolk, of Cransford Hall and Dennington Rectory. Ordained Priest Norwich Cathedral July 1840. Portrait in the possession of his son (1899).
His grandaughter Ruth in a letter to Alston Fenn (on file) say he lived at one time in Dennington SFK and Cransford SFK, where he gave a font which has an Alston coat of arms on it and a memorial to his daughter Louisa H Alston.

Alston, Edward Constable; son of Edward Daniel Alston, Esq., brewer, of Diss, Norf. Born at Diss. School, Shrewsbury, under Dr Butler: afterwards studied with Rev H Jollye, of Brome, near Bungay. Admitted pensioner, Oct, 13, 1835. Age 19. Previously admitted at Corpus. B.A. 1839: M.A. 1842. Ordained deacon (Norw.) 21 Jul 1839: priest (do.) 1840. Rector, and patron, of Dennington, Suff. 1855-71. Married Henrietta, daughter of William Rackman of Norwich. Died March 28, 1871.
Ref: Gonville & Caius College Register Pg., 234. NZSOG.

Edward Constable Alston
College:CORPUS CHRISTI
Entered:Michs. 1835
Born:30 Mar 1816
Died: 28 Mar 1871
More Information:Adm. pens. at CORPUS CHRISTI, June 7, 1834. S. of Edward Daniel, Esq., brewer, of Diss, Norfolk. B. there Mar. 30, 1816. School, Shrewsbury. Migrated (age 19) to Caius, Oct. 13, 1835. Matric. Michs. 1835; B.A. 1839; M.A. 1842. Ord. deacon (Norwich) July 21, 1839; priest, July 26, 1840. C. of Cransford, Suffolk, in 1846. R. (and patron) of Dennington, 1855-71. Married (1) Henrietta (? Harriet), dau. of William Rackham, alderman and mayor of Norwich, Sept. 9, 1839; (2) Anne-Maria, dau. of Thomas Simpson, of Ufford, Aug. 21, 1855. Of Cransford Hall and Dennington rectory. J.P. for Suffolk. Died Mar. 28, 1871. Father of John E. D. (1859). (Venn, II. 234; Stemmata Alstoniana.)
Ref: Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900

Alston, Edward Constable, Dennington, Framlingham, Suffolk. Caius College, Cambridge. BA 1839, MA 1842; Deacon 1839 and Priest 1840 by Bishop of Norwich. Rector of Dennington, Diocese of Norwich 1855 (Patron, the present R; Tithe 1050L; Glebe 152 acres; Rectors Income 1100L and Ho; Pop 895)
Ref: Crockfords 1868

Crockfords - Caius College Camb. BA 1839, MA 1842, Deacon 1839, Ordained 1840, Rector Deddington 1855.

Whites Directory of Suffolk 1844.
Rev Edward Constable Alston curate Cransford Hall

Annual Meeting of the Framlingham Farmers Club.
Rev E. C. Alston gave her a prize for the best white carrot's.
Ipswich Journal 28 November 1846.

Suffolk Midsummer Sessions.
Woodbridge Wednesday, June 30.
. . . . . The Rev E. C. Alston, qualified as a magistrate. . . . .
Ipswich Journal 3 July 1847.
The Ipswich Journal reports over later years of Alston's work on the Bench.

Aldeburgh.
During the last few weeks, the weather being remarkably fine, and the scenery delightful, numerous visitors have been attracted to this fashionable and pleasant town. Among the late arrivals are: . . . . . Rev E. and Mrs Alston and family . . . . .
Ipswich Journal 7 August 1847.

The Times, Thursday, Mar 02, 1848; pg. 8; Issue 19800; col B
Marriages: officiated by Rev E C Alston at Trinity Church, Brompton

Framlingham.
Odd Fellowship, Star of the East Lodge, fourth anniversary celebration, "Bretheren met at the Commercial Inn, and in full regalia marched in procession to the Church, where an excellent sermon was preached by Brother the Rev E C Alston".
Ipswich Journal 7 Oct 1848.

East Suffolk Agricultural Assn.
A long article on the annual meeting of the above Assn., includes discusson on machinery, stock etc including a long list of presentations to farm workers and shepherds successful in competitions.
Edward on behalf of the Bishop & Clergy of the Diocese is reported "The Rev E C Alston regretted there was no more distinguished member of the body to which he had the honour to belong, present to return thanks; because he considered that the interests of religion and the interests of agriculture were very closely connected together. (Hear hear) Having the pleasure of being acquainted with many distinguished farmers and agriculturists, he knew from personal experience, that a good farmer produced a good agricultural labourer, who brought up his children steadily in the principles of morality and religion, receiving from year to year from his lordship's hands the prizes which the society awarded. (Cheers) He could only say in conclusion that it was his wish, and he would venture to add, the desire of his Rev Brethren always to unite with the agriculturists to promote every measure for their benefit. (Cheers)
Ipswich Journal 8 September 1849.

East Suffolk Agricultural Protective Society.
Meeting at Framlingham.
The extensive report of this meeting, between free market, and protectionist factions, reveals Edward, as an outspoken proponent of trade protection.
Ipswich Journal 13 April 1850.

Aldeburgh.
Notwithstanding the great attraction of the Great London Exhibition this season, we have great pleasure to witness that the pleasant seaport of Aldeburgh has its attractions to; the company are coming in to late. Among our arrivals are . . . . . Rev E. Alston and family . . . . .
the Ipswich Journal 19 July 1851.

DIARY OF EDWARD C ALSTON.
Trip to Wales
Undated
Day 6 Sat. walked up Snowdon, 3 miles, helped Mrs A dreadfully tired. . . . . Walked with Mrs A to slate Quarries, 2000 men employed . . . . . cheating landlord at Ffestiniog.
Day 8 Mon 11 Sept (this day falls in 1843?.) at Menai Bridge . . . . . Penrhyn Castle grand but gloomy . . . . . very nice people.
Near Barmouth on the coast "thought I might have to take the service myself" Mrs A lay on a sofa with a blanket to escape the cold while I went for a walk on the sands.
Mrs A could not buy any black darning cotton at Dolgellau. . . . . Welsh Church very poor.
Mrs A bitten by a B cough one in the morning did not sleep very comfortably.
Then via Bristol to London
Day 27 30th Sept. Fare for two railway tickets to London L9-19-0
Edward keeps a very detailed schedule of their expenditure, which include buying many sermons costing several pounds each. There total expenses in Wales were L184-7-6d

Later in the diary a further list of payments dated London 29 Apr 1844 describes dining costs - asparagus 1/-, lobster 2/-, transport costs - cab to theatre 2/8d, presents - Mrs A head dress L1/1/0 (a guinea). Their stay in London to the 21 May 1844 cost L106-3-4d.

A futher entry of expenditure and notes dated Mon 2 Aug 1852 includes: Fare to London 16/6d, then on by rail to Koln L24/8/5d, Edward was traveling with a friend initials H.V.P. via Soltzfels (day 9), Wiesbaden, Heidelburg, Ghent (day 25).
They crossed back from Oostende on their 25th day (either the 25 or 26th Aug).
There are frequent entries as to who has borrowed what, and who owes what to who, Edwards total itemised costs are L115-3-0.
There is no mention of Mrs A
Ref: Ipswich RO GB437/4/1 (2003) This file needs closer study

ALSTON ACCOUNT BOOK - Rev E C Alston
Accounts for his Estate - died 28 Mar 1871.
Details accounts for Mrs Alston, his children - Edward H F Alston, Arthur, Miss Alston (Eliza?), Alice (Anderson), Hugh, Rowland, George, Frank.
Mrs Alston and T H Rackman were Executors.
Ref: Ipswich RO 437/4/3 (2003)

ALSTON ACCOUNT BOOK 1871 - 1876.
Itemises assets and expenses at death of Mrs Rackman 1875, expenses due HSR & EHFA, and credits in favour of E H F Alston and Rev H E Rackman.
Ref: Ipswich RO 437/5/6 (2003)

Ref: Ipswich RO 437/5/5 A solicitors Notebook dated 1872 mentions Alston but no details.

Deaths.
Alston - 28th ult., the Rev Edward Constable Alston, MA., Rector of Dennington, aged 55.
Ipswich Journal 1 April 1871.

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Suffolk.
Alston Edward. C. Dennington 131a 1r 1p gross estimated rental value. L266/7s/0.

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Suffolk.
Rev Alston E. C. (Exors) Dennington 213a 0r 9p gross estimated rental value. L322/2s/0.

The Will with codicil dated 26 Feb 1870 of the Rev Edward Constable Alston late Rector of Dennington SFK who died 28 Mar 1871 was proved 26 May 1871 at Ipswich by Anna Maria Alston of Dennington widow and relict and Edward Henry Freeborn Alston son of Framlingham Gent, Henry Pack Woodford of Gravesend Kent wine merchant, and Thomas Hanworth Rackham of Norwich Gent., four of the Executors. Effects under L30,000.
Copy on file to be transcribed 2003



Research Notes:
Images for this branch of the Alston Family courtesy P R Steward.

Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch:
LANMAN MUSEUM, FRAMLINGHAM, ARCHIVES COLLECTION
Catalogue Ref. GB 437
Creator: Lanman Museum, Framlingham, Suffolk
Alston family travel journal and accounts 1843-1873; miscellaneous accounts and records 1809-1952
ALSTON FAMILY RECORDS - ref. GB437/4
[from Administrative History] Educated at Shrewsbury School and Cambridge (for which see Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses) Reverend Alston was curate of Cransford, Suffolk from 1846. In 1852 he was living at the Guildhall, Framlingham, and is listed as Patron of Dennington (in Kelly's Directory for 1853); he presented himself to the rectory of Dennington on the next vacancy in 1855 and held the living until his death in 1871.
[from Scope and Content] The records mainly concern the Reverend Edward Constable Alston (1816-1871) who was the son of Edward Daniel Alston of Diss, brewer.

FILE - REV E C ALSTON, DECEASED (28 MAR 1871) - ref. GB437/4/2 - date: 1871-1873

FILE - REV E C ALSTON, DECEASED (28 MAR 1871) - ref. GB437/4/3 - date: 1871-1873

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS - ref. GB437/5

FILE - NOTE AND CASH BOOK - ref. GB437/5/5 - date: 1872-1875
[from Scope and Content] Commences as a solicitor's note book indexing various documents and continues as an estate cash book (some Alston family references)

FILE - CASH BOOK - ref. GB437/5/6 - date: 1871-1876
[from Scope and Content] Cash due to and family expenses on behalf of E H F Alston and Rev H E Rackham, with some accounts of cash received on money invested.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, Cransford Hall. Edward is recorded as a Clerk aged 25 not born Suffolk

2. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Dennington SFK. Edward is recorded as head of house married aged 45 Rector and Farmer of 80 acres employing 4 men and two boys, born Diss NFK

Edward married Harriet RACKHAM [3866], daughter of Alderman William RACKHAM [3867] and Mary HANWORTH [6218], on 9 Sep 1839 in St Gregory's Church. Harriet was christened on 30 Dec 1813 in Norwich, died on 15 Oct 1852 in Framlingham SFK at age 38, and was buried in Dennington.

General Notes:
Died.
15th inst., at the Guildhall, Framlingham, in her 39th year, Harriet, wife of the Rev E. C. Alston.
Ipswich Journal 23 October 1852.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jan 1841, Cransford Hall. Harriet is recorded as aged 25 not born Suffolk

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1487 M    i. John Edward Daniel ALSTON B.A. [3868] was born on 8 Jun 1840 in Potter Heigham NFK, died on 25 Aug 1863 in Dennington at age 23, and was buried in Dennington.

+ 1488 M    ii. Arthur Richard ALSTON [3869] was born on 7 Sep 1841 in Cransford Hall SFK and died on 1 Jan 1884 in Chundrapore Mysore India at age 42.

+ 1489 F    iii. Eliza Tabitha ALSTON [3874] was born on 7 May 1843 and was christened on 19 Oct 1843 in Cransford SFK.

+ 1490 F    iv. Louisa Harriette ALSTON [3879] was born on 25 Jul 1845, died on 9 Dec 1845 in Cransford Hall Saxmundham., and was buried in Cransford SFK.

+ 1491 M    v. Edward Henry Freeborn ALSTON [3880] was born on 30 Oct 1846 in Cransford Hall Saxmundham. and died on 9 Dec 1889 in Saxted SFK at age 43.

+ 1492 F    vi. Emma Louisa Katherine ALSTON [3883] was born on 2 Jun 1848 in The Guildhall Framlington, died on 8 Jan 1850 in The Guildhall Framlington at age 1, and was buried in Cransford SFK.

+ 1493 F    vii. Alice Harriette ALSTON [3884] was born on 5 Dec 1850 in The Guildhall Framlington, was christened on 10 Jan 1851 in Framlingham SFK, and died on 19 Sep 1936 in Takely ESS at age 85.

+ 1494 F    viii. Katherine ALSTON [3886] was born on 10 May 1852, was christened on 20 May 1852 in St Giles Norwich, died on 19 Mar 1853 in Framlingham SFK, and was buried in Dennington.

Edward next married Anna Mariah SIMPSON [3893], daughter of Thomas SIMPSON of Ufford [3894] and Unknown, on 21 Aug 1855 in Petistree. Anna was born about 1823 in Ufford SFK, died on 19 Oct 1900 in Woodhall Spa aged about 77, and was buried in West Ashby Horncastle.

General Notes:
Deaths.
Alston - 19th October, at Woodhall Spa, Anne Marie Alston, daughter of Thomas Simpson, late of Ufford, and widow of Edward Constable Alston, M. A., J. P., late Rector of Dennington, Suffolk, aged 78. Buried at West Ashby, Horncastle.
Ipswich Journal 27 October 1900

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Dennington SFK. Anna is recorded as a wife aged 38 born Ufford SFK

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1495 M    i. Thomas Simpson ALSTON [3895] was born on 23 Jun 1856 in Dennington, was christened on 23 Jun 1856 in Dennington, died on 23 Jun 1856, and was buried on 26 Jun 1856 in Dennington.

+ 1496 M    ii. Hugh ALSTON M.D. [3896] was born on 3 Nov 1857 in Dennington SFK and was christened on 10 Nov 1857 in St Mary Dennington SFK.

+ 1497 M    iii. Rowland Simpson ALSTON [3899] was born on 10 Feb 1859 in Dennington SFK and was christened on 17 Apr 1859 in Dennington.

+ 1498 M    iv. George Donnet ALSTON [3906] was born on 2 Oct 1860 in Dennington SFK, was christened on 4 Dec 1860 in St Mary Dennington SFK, and died on 3 Mar 1884 in Olavaria Buenos Aires. Argentina at age 23.

+ 1499 M    v. Rev Frank Simpson ALSTON [3907] was born on 6 Dec 1863, was christened on 17 Jan 1864 in Dennington, and died on 16 May 1935 in Sheringham NFK at age 71.

+ 1500 F    vi. Louisa ALSTON [4884] died in Infancy.


1166. Eliza ALSTON [3753] (Edward Daniel ALSTON935, Edward ALSTON820, Sarah ALSTON681, Edward Of Lavenham Hall.532, Edmund of Rogers349, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 31 Aug 1817, died on 6 Aug 1843 in Palgrave at age 25, and was buried in Manningtree ESS.

General Notes:
Eliza's Will is dated 5 Jul 1843 Ref. PROB 11/1983.
It leaves detailed legacies, annuities etc to numerous family and friends and was proved in London 22 Aug 1843.
On file and image on this file, requiring transcription.

1167. Emma Sarah ALSTON [3754] (Edward Daniel ALSTON935, Edward ALSTON820, Sarah ALSTON681, Edward Of Lavenham Hall.532, Edmund of Rogers349, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 27 Jul 1819 and died on 25 Feb 1846 in Santa Cruz Teneriffe at age 26.

General Notes:
Married
8th inst., at Saxmundham, by the Rev Marmaduke Thompson, rector of Brightwell, Berks., Charles Thomason Thompson, Esq., of Diss, Norfolk, to Emma Sarah, eldest surviving daughter of the late E D Alston, Esq., of Palgrave.
Ipswich Journal 10 Feb 1844

Died.
25th February, at Santa Cruz, Teneriffe, Emma Sarah, wife of C. T. Thompson, Esq., of Diss, and daughter of the late Edward Daniel Alston, Esq., of Palgrave.
Ipswich Journal 4 April 1846.

Emma married Charles Thomason THOMPSON of Diss [3755], son of Rev Marmaduke THOMPSON Rector of Brightwell [3756] and Unknown, on 8 Feb 1844 in Saxmundham.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1501 F    i. Emma Eliza THOMPSON [3757] was born on 6 Oct 1845, was christened in Diss NFK, and died on 14 Jul 1893 in Bedford BDF at age 47.

1168. Caroline ALSTON [3758] (Edward Daniel ALSTON935, Edward ALSTON820, Sarah ALSTON681, Edward Of Lavenham Hall.532, Edmund of Rogers349, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 17 Feb 1824, died on 14 Jun 1871 in La Terrasse Dussac France at age 47, and was buried on 16 Jun 1871 in Dussac Churchyard France.

General Notes:
Caroline was born blind

Married.
28th ult., at Aldborough, by the Rev Henry Dowler, Henry J. Donnat, eldest son of the late Henry Donnat, R.N., to Caroline, youngest daughter of the late E.D. Alston, Esq., of Diss, Norfolk.
Ipswich Journal 8 November 1845.

Deaths.
Donnet - 14th inst., at La Terrasse de Dussac, Dordogne, France, Caroline, the wife of Henry Donnet, Esq., and youngest daughter of the late Edward Daniel Alston Esq., of Palgrave.
Ipswich Journal 20 June 1871.

Caroline married Henri J DONNET [4033], son of Henry DONNET R.N. [6606] and Unknown, on 28 Oct 1845 in Aldeburgh SFK. Henri was born on 16 May 1814 and died on 5 Oct 1888 at age 74.

General Notes:
Henri was of La Terrasse, Dussac, near Lanouaille, Dordogne.

1169. Edward Thomas ALSTON [3762] (Daniel Constable ALSTON936, Edward ALSTON820, Sarah ALSTON681, Edward Of Lavenham Hall.532, Edmund of Rogers349, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried in Manningtree ESS.

General Notes:
Edward died in infancy



1170. Edward John ALSTON [3763] (Daniel Constable ALSTON936, Edward ALSTON820, Sarah ALSTON681, Edward Of Lavenham Hall.532, Edmund of Rogers349, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 21 Oct 1811 in Manningtree, died on 29 Sep 1886 in Gt Bromley Hall ESS at age 74, and was buried in Gt Bromley Church Family Vault.

General Notes:
Edward resided at Gt Bromley Hall Essex.
Ref 1851 ESS Census aged 39 bn Manningtree ESS (age does not fit, should be 33), described as a farmer of 350 acres employing 19 men. 461/GBY

Pigot's Directory 1835, Manningtree ESS - Edward Alston , Brewer.
Kellys Directory 1862 Manningtree ESS - Alston Edward John, Wine & Spirit Merchant, Malster, Brewer.

Sale of the Town & Port of Mistley.
A Mr Alston bought at this auction Lot 44. A Dwelling house upon the margin of Mistley Park, occupying a large site of ground, lawn, flower garden, kitchen garden, etc., three stalled stable, coach house, Harness house, and a house, Mr John Ayles tenant. Mr H. said the purchaser of this lot would have the opportunity on the sixth of September of buying a portion of the park adjoining it, and thus making it one of the most beautiful places in Mistley. - L710 Mr Alston.
Ipswich Journal 17 August 1844.
Conjectural placing.

EXTRACTS from the Tendring Hundred in the Olden Time by Watson 5/- To be had at Read & Bassett, Cornhill, Ipswich.
Gt. Bromley. The Hall is now in the occupation of Mr. Alston whose family have long been connected with the Tendring Hundred Essex.
The following entry relates to a meeting at a Mr. Alston's in connection with the "alefounders 1684" At the house of Mr. Edward Alston met ye 2nd March 1684.
It is ordered and agreed yt all ye weights scales, measures belonging to the alefounders alias aletasters be sufficiently repaired and amended fitting for their use and ye charges thereof to be disbursed by ye present treasurer for ye townlands and stocke and if ye said alefounders or ye succeeding alefounders shall neglect to execute their office, according to their oaths yt ye said treasurer Mr. Wm. Ellis present or indyte them at ye next assizes which seem most convenient to him.
Alstoniana Pg 369
This Edward Alston is unplaced in the family 2004

Essex Record Office D/DXk/39
DEEDS OF WIX AND MISTLEY
Series D/DXk 28-40 Deeds of Westlands Farm, Wix
Dates of Creation 19 May 1860.
Scope and Content Deed of Release and Convenants. 9i) Edw.John Alston of Great Bromley, brewer and merchant, & Charles Saml.Bawtree of Mistley, gent.: (ii) said Edward John Alston; & (iii) John Wenden of Great Bromley, farmer, & Eliz. [As in D/DXk 32]. [Schedule of 4 deeds, 1852-1857; giving parties only].

Essex Record Office
DEEDS OF LAYER-DE-LA-HAYE AND ABBERTON
Deed of Release and Covenant
Reference Code D/DVp 39 Dates of Creation 19 May 1860
(1) Edward John ALSTON of Great Bromley, brewer and merchant, & Charles Samuel Bawtree of Mistley, gentleman; (ii) said Edward John ALSTON; & (iii) John Wendon of Great Bromley, farmer, & wife Elizabeth. [As in D/DXk 32] [Schedule of 4 deeds, 1852-1857; giving parties only] Date From1860 Date To1860 Bottom of Form 1

Essex Record Office
Level: Category Estate and Family records
Level: Fonds DEEDS OF LAYER-DE-LA-HAYE AND ABBERTON
Reference Code D/DVp/19-39
Dates of Creation 11 May 1758 - 16 January 1849.
Scope and Content Mortgages and Assignments thereof and Releases. Some have Bonds, Leases for a year, etc. inside: these have not been numbered. Chief parties: Canning, Goodall, Alston and Lay families. Impropriate rectory and tithes, and Layer Fields [map of farm attached to last deed]

Essex Record Office D/P 103/28/6
Parish records GREAT BROMLEY, St. George
Dates of Creation c.1850
Scope and Content: Plan of Cold Hall Estate in the Parish of Great Bromley, Essex. E.J. Alston, Esqr. Propr. Surveyed by G.R. Jay' 26.6in. to 1m. 33.5 x 26 219a. in S.W. of parish between TM 079255, TM 078243 and TM 087248. Shows buildings, gardens, roads, woodlands and course of Bromley Brook where it forms boundaries. Distinguishes arable and meadow land by colour. Gives names of adjacent owners. Reference table gives field names and acreages. Both map and reference table have been heavily altered: field numbers, names and acreages having been much changed. Most fields have been marked with crudely-drawn ink lines, possibly representing drainage channels. Uncoloured cartouche and compass rose [George Rice Jay is listed in White's Directory of Essex , 1848, as `auctioneer, land surveyor, and agt. to Farmers' Ins. Co., resident in Great Bromley]


Essex Record Office D/P 103/28/7
Parish records GREAT BROMLEY, St. George
Dates of Creation 1853
Scope and Content: `Map of Cold Hall Estate in the Parish of Great Bromley, the property of E.J. Alston, Esq., 1853'. Surveyed by J.C. Harris 26.6in. to 1 mile 33.5 x 25 219a. in S.W. of parish between TM 079255, TM 078243 and TM 087248. Shows buildings, orchards, ponds, woodlands, a windmill and the course of Bromley Brook where it forms boundaries. Distinguishes arable and meadow land by colour. Gives names of adjacent owners. Reference table gives field names and `gross and nett' acreages. Date of map, estate owner's name and reference table are all crossed through and Lot Nos. 1-7 and a note `near Colchester' in the cartouche have been added in ink. Some pencil annotations have been made. Uncoloured cartouche and compass rose.

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Essex.
Alston Edward J. Manningtree 255a 1r 29p gross estimated rental value. L1303/3s/0.

Deaths.
Alston - 29th altered ult., after a short illness, Edward John Alston, of Great Bromley Hall, aged 75 years.
Ipswich Journal 4 October 1886

The Will of Edward John Alston Esq of Gt Bromley Hall who died 29 Sept 1886 at Gt Bromley Hall was Proved at Ipswich 3 Dec 1886 by Alfred Ernest Alston and Edward Alston both of Manningtree brewers and sons of the deceased for L8948/4/2d

Research Notes:
Image of Edward courtesy M Robinson 2011, but uncertain.


Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, Cold Hall Gt Bromley. Edward is recorded as aged 25 a farmer born Essex

2. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Gt Bromley Hall ESS. Edward is described as head of house aged 39 a farmer of 350 acres employing 19 men born Manningtree ESS

3. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Gt Bromley Hall ESS. Edward is described as head of house widowed aged 49 a brewer maltster and wine imported employing 17 men, born Manningtree ESS

4. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Gt Bromley Hall ESS. Edward is recorded as head of house married aged 59 a brewer landowner and farmer of 214 acres employing 8 men, born Manningtree

5. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Gt Bromley Hall ESS. Edward is recorded as head of house married aged 68 brewer and merchant (Partner) born Manningtree ESS

Edward married Mary L KENNINGALE [3764] on 9 Aug 1837 in Tendring ESS. Mary was born about 1819 in Bradfield ESS, died on 4 Dec 1857 aged about 38, and was buried in Gt Bromley Church Family Vault.

General Notes:
Marriage Register
Name: KENINGALE, Mary
Record Type: Marriages
Quarter: September
Year: 1837
District: Tendring
County: Essex
Volume: 12
Page: 295

Invaluable is the Bible! Precious gift of God to make man wise! Chart of the way of life! Treasure house of all blessings! May he have grace to use and improve us to the unshakeable glorious ends for which it is designed? to be guided by its precepts, admonished by its teachings, cheered by its promises, and animated by its prospects.
So shall it prove "the lamp to our feet and the light to our path"
Mary Kenningale
July 1833
This Book shall teach thee. Read, Believe, and live.
Ref: Bible in possession of A Alston 2011

On the tombstone in Great Bromley Churchyard, Essex:
"The Family Vault of Edward John Alston -
Sacred to the memory of Mary, the beloved wife of Edward J. Alston, who fell asleep in Jesus, December 4th 1857, aged 39 years, leaving a husband and ten children to mourn their irreparable loss"

Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, Cold Hall Gt Bromley. Mary is recorded as aged 20 born Essex

2. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Gt Bromley ESS. Mary is recorded as a farmers wife aged 32 born Bradfield ESS

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1502 M    i. Garwood ALSTON [3772] was born on 31 May 1838 in Gt Bromley ESS and died on 17 May 1922 in Vanwyksvlei Cape SA at age 83.

+ 1503 F    ii. Mary Eliza ALSTON [3782] was born on 21 Oct 1839 in Gt Bromley ESS and died on 27 Apr 1919 in Hexagon South Africa at age 79.

+ 1504 F    iii. Fanny Anne ALSTON [3783] was born on 6 Mar 1841 in Gt Bromley ESS.

+ 1505 M    iv. Capt Edward Daniel ALSTON [3773] was born on 8 Apr 1842 in Gt Bromley ESS and died on 16 Jan 1885 aboard Ship at age 42.

+ 1506 M    v. Herbert Charles ALSTON [3777] was born on 28 Jun 1843 in Gt Bromley ESS, died on 15 Sep 1866 in Manningtree at age 23, and was buried in Gt Bromley Church Family Vault.

+ 1507 M    vi. Alfred Ernest ALSTON [3778] was born on 23 Aug 1844 in Gt Bromley ESS and died on 23 Jun 1935 at age 90.

+ 1508 M    vii. John Edward ALSTON [3779] was born on 19 Apr 1846 in Gt Bromley ESS.

+ 1509 M    viii. Harry Totman ALSTON [3780] was born on 5 Sep 1847 in Gt Bromley ESS and died on 8 Sep 1873 in Lost at sea at age 26.

+ 1510 F    ix. Edith Harriet ALSTON [3784] was born on 15 Feb 1849 in Gt Bromley ESS, died on 19 Dec 1920 at age 71, and was buried in Gt Bromley ESS.

+ 1511 M    x. Rowland ALSTON [3781] was born on 6 Mar 1850 in Gt Bromley ESS, died on 19 May 1851 at age 1, and was buried in Gt Bromley Church Family Vault.

+ 1512 F    xi. Alice Winifred ALSTON [3785] was born on 2 Dec 1851 in Gt Bromley ESS.

+ 1513 F    xii. Emily Gertrude ALSTON [3786] was born on 13 Apr 1853, died on 12 Jun 1857 at age 4, and was buried in Gt Bromley Church Family Vault.


Edward next married Mary Louisa STACY [8105] on 30 Jan 1867 in Norwich NFK. Mary was born about 1831 in Wanstead ESS, died on 6 Aug 1919 aged about 88, and was buried in Gt Bromley Church Family Vault.

General Notes: On the tombstone in Great Bromley Churchyard, Essex:
"The Family Vault of Edward John Alston -
Sacred to the memory of Mary Louisa Alston, who died August 6th 1919, aged 88 years"

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Gt Bromley Hall ESS. Mary is recorded as a wife aged 40 born Wanstead ESS

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, The Hall Gt Bromley ESS. Mary is recorded as a wife aged 50 born Wanstead ESS

1171. Daniel Constable ALSTON [3765] (Daniel Constable ALSTON936, Edward ALSTON820, Sarah ALSTON681, Edward Of Lavenham Hall.532, Edmund of Rogers349, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 25 Aug 1816 in Lt Bromley ESS, died on 15 Mar 1860 in Lt Bromley ESS at age 43, and was buried in Manningtree Church Family Vault.

General Notes:
Deaths.
Alston - 15th inst., aged 42, Daniel Constable Alston, Esq., of Little Bromley, Essex.
Ipswich Journal 24 March 1860.

Deaths
On the 15th inst., aged 42, Daniel Constable Alston Esq., of Little Bromley."
Bury and Norwich Post 20 March 1860.

Manuscript Indenture Deed of Assignment between Daniel Constable Alston Manningtree 1841
Deed of Release of a Messuage and Premises at Manningtree forming the Corner House at the extremity of the Turnpike at manningtree on the Harwich Rd., Daniel Constable Alston of Manningtree in the Co Essex Brewer of the First Part, James Howard of the Same Place Ship Owner and John Thomas Ambrose of Mistley in the Co. Essex
Document sold on ebay.

Essex Record Office
Manorial records of Wix Hall or Abby
DEEDS OF WIX AND MISTLEY Level: Series D/DXk 28-40
Deeds of Westlands Farm, Wix
Reference Code D/DXk 33 Dates of Creation 11 APRIL 1857
Admission of Daniel Constable ALSTON of Maningtree, gentleman, (youngest son of Daniel C.A [as in 32], on death of Sarah Cutting (wife of Jos,Q) [Recites D.D.XK, 32; & Absolute Surrender, dated 15 January 1830, of William, Ham of Wix, farmer, to use of D.D.A. senior of the reversion in the moiety of the farm called Westlands]. The said farm called Westlands in Wix [as in 32]. [Steward: Robt.Winter gentleman]. Date From 1857 Date To 1857

In 1965/6 the Manningtree church was demolished and housing built on the site, in the process the grave yard memorials were lost and the deceased exhumed and reburied in Mistly churchyard.

The Will of Daniel Constable Alston of Lt Bromley ESS Gent. who died 15 Mar 1860 at Lt Bromley was proved at Ipswich on the 19 Jul 1860 by Edward John Alston Gent of Gt Bromley at under L7000

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Essex.
Alston D. C. (Exors). Colchester 116a 2r 32p gross estimated rental value. L214.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, High St Manningtree. Daniel is recorded as a son married aged 34 brewer employing 12 men born Manningtree ESS HO107/1780

Daniel married Susannah WASE [3916], daughter of Jeremiah WASE of Bruisyard Hall [10005] and Unknown, on 7 Nov 1843 in Bruisyard SFK. Susannah was born about 1821 in Bruisyard SFK and died on 4 Oct 1855 aged about 34.

General Notes:
Married
7th inst., at Bruisyard, by the Rev E C Alston M.A., of Cransford Hall, Daniel Constable Alston, Esq., of Manningtree, in the County of Essex, to Susannah, eldest daughter of Jeremiah Wase, Esq., of Bruisyard Hall, in this County.
Ipswich Journal 11 Nov. 1843.

Died.
3rd inst., Susannah, wife of DC Alston, Esq., of Manningtree, in the 35th year of her age.
Ipswich Journal 6 October 1855

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, High St Manningtree. Susannah is recorded as a daughter-in-law married aged 30 born Bruisyard SFK

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1514 M    i. Daniel Constable ALSTON [3917] was born on 12 Mar 1845 in Manningtree ESS and died before 1881.

+ 1515 M    ii. Henry Edward ALSTON [3925] was born about Dec 1846 and died on 16 Feb 1847 in Manningtree.

+ 1516 M    iii. George Edward ALSTON [3926] .

+ 1517 M    iv. Francis Albert ALSTON [3927] was born about 1854 in Manningtree ESS.

+ 1518 F    v. Catherine Ellen ALSTON [3932] .

1172. Eliza Anne ALSTON [3766] (Daniel Constable ALSTON936, Edward ALSTON820, Sarah ALSTON681, Edward Of Lavenham Hall.532, Edmund of Rogers349, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 12 Aug 1816.

General Notes:
Marriages
19th inst., was married at Manningtree by the Rev J Norman, Charles Bawtree, Esq., of this town and Eliza eldest daughter of W Alsto Esq., of the former place.
Ipswich Journal 21 Mar 1835

Eliza married Charles BAWTREE Of Mistly [3767] on 19 Mar 1835 in Manningtree.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1519 M    i. Charles BAWTREE [3768] .

+ 1520 M    ii. Frederick BAWTREE [3769] .

+ 1521 F    iii. Eliza BAWTREE [3770] .

+ 1522 M    iv. Harold BAWTREE [3771] .

1173. Thomas Edward OSMOND [3750] (Sarah ALSTON939, Edward ALSTON820, Sarah ALSTON681, Edward Of Lavenham Hall.532, Edmund of Rogers349, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 16 Jul 1810.

General Notes:
Thomas was also a surgeon of Thorpe-le-Soken

1174. Henry BATHO [16936] (Susanna BATHO941, Margaret SEWELL826, Thomas SEWELL700, Joseph SEWELL542, Thomas SEWELL354, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

1175. Thomas BATHO [16937] (Susanna BATHO941, Margaret SEWELL826, Thomas SEWELL700, Joseph SEWELL542, Thomas SEWELL354, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

1176. Benjamin BATHO [16938] (Susanna BATHO941, Margaret SEWELL826, Thomas SEWELL700, Joseph SEWELL542, Thomas SEWELL354, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

1177. John BATHO [16939] (Susanna BATHO941, Margaret SEWELL826, Thomas SEWELL700, Joseph SEWELL542, Thomas SEWELL354, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

1178. Catherine Sarah ALSTON [3992] (David943, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
The Times, Wednesday, Nov 24, 1847; pg. 8; Issue 19715; col C
Marriages: On the 23rd inst., at the Church of St Magnus the Martyr the Rev George Bryant M.A. to Catherine Sarah the eldest daughter of David Alston Esq of King William St City and Cheney Rock Minister Isle of Sheppy.

Married 23rd Nov. 1847 at St. Magnus the Martyr the Revd. George Bryant M.A. Incumbent of Trin. Church Sheerness to Catherine Sarah eldest dau. of David Alston Esq.
Gentlemans Magazine

Catherine married Rev George BRYANT MA [3994] on 23 Nov 1847 in St Magnus The Martyr.

General Notes:
George was the incumbent at Trinity Church Sheerness (Gents Mag).

1179. Jane ALSTON [3995] (David943, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1839 in City St Magnus LON.

General Notes:
Married at St. Magnus the Martyr Londonbridge Josh. Gosling son of Josh. Arnold Esq. of King Wm. Street to Jane dau. of the late David Alston Esq. of Monument Row and Cheyney Rock Isle of Sheppey.
Globe 8 Mar 1856 & Daily News 29 Mar.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 6 Monument Yard St Margarets New Fish St LON. Jane is described as a daughter aged 12 a scholar born City St Magnus

Jane married Josh Gosling ARNOLD [3996], son of Josh ARNOLD [3997] and Unknown, on 5 Mar 1856 in St Magnus The Martyr London.

1180. William ALSTON [7768] (David943, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1831 in St Mary at Hill City.

General Notes:
1871 Census St Mary Newington LON records a William Alston Aged 36 head of house a clerk born Rochester Kent his wife is Mary Ann Alston aged 30 born Islington MDX

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 6 Monument Yard St Margarets New Fish St LON. William is described as a son single aged 20 a fish salesman born St Mary at Hill City

William married Mary Ann [8104].

General Notes: This entry is based on the 1871 census and is unproven.

1181. James ALSTON [7769] (David943, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1834 in St Mary at Hill City and died on 3 Oct 1867 in Christopher Hotel Eton aged about 33.

General Notes:
Deaths
On the 3rd inst., at the Christopher Hotel, Eton, Mr James Alston, second son of Mr David Alston, of Cheney-rock House, Sheerness, Sheppy, aged 34, very much respected by all who knew him. Friends will accept this intimation.
The Times 7 October 1867.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 6 Monument Yard St Margarets New Fish St LON. James is recorded as a son single aged 17 a solicitors writing clerk born St Mary at Hill City

1182. Rosa ALSTON [7770] (David943, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1843 in Isle of Sheppy KEN.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 6 Monument Yard St Margarets New Fish St LON. Rosa is described as a daughter aged 8 born Isle of Sheppy Kent

1183. Col John Worthy CHAPLIN V.C. C.B. [4004] (Elizabeth ALSTON945, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 23 Jul 1841 and died on 19 Aug 1920 in Market Harborough LEI at age 79.

General Notes:
John Worthy Chaplin was born on 23rd July 1841, the son of William James Chaplin, M.P. for Salisbury, and Elizabeth, nee Alston. He was educated at Harrow and entered the 67th Regiment on 13th April 1858.
Just over 2 years later the Regiment was fighting in China where Chaplin was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery. The report of the action states:
"John Worthy Chaplin, Ensign (now Lieut), 67th Regt (now of the 100th Regt). For distinguished gallantry at the North Taku Fort (China - second opium war). This officer was carrying the Queen's Colours of the Regiment, and first planted the Colours on the breach made by the storming party, assisted by Private Lane, and subsequently on the cavalier of the fort, which he was first to mount. In doing this he was severely wounded".
The action took place on 14th August 1860, and is second only to the famous Rorke's Drift action for the number of Victoria Crosses awarded for action at any one time. Of the seven Victoria Crosses awarded for the assault on the Taku Forts (China), five were won by the 67th Regiment.
John Chaplin became a Captain in the 8th Hussars in 1864, and a Major in 1878. From 1868 to 1874 he was an extra aide-de-camp to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. He married Isabel Thompson at Bishopsthorpe, Yorkshire, on 22nd August 1871.
John Chaplin was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1879 and commanded the 8th Queen's Royal Irish Hussars in the Afghanistan Campaign of 1879-1880, He 1883 he became a Colonel on half-pay, and in 1887 was created a Companion of the Order of the Bath. He retired in 1888, taking up residence at Kibworth Hall, where he lived for over 30 years. He died in Market Harborough on 19th August 1920.
His Victoria Cross was presented to the Hampshire Regiment on 19th March 1964 by his grandson, and is kept in the Regimental Museum at Winchester.
John Chaplin was the founder and first President of Kibworth Golf Club in 1904/05. He is commemorated by the 'Chaplin Room' in the club-house in Weir Road, which houses the print, right, depicting Ensign Chaplin engaged in the action for which he later received his Victoria Cross.
He is buried in Kibworth cemetery, his grave marked by the largest memorial in the cemetery.
Ref: Article & Images http://www.kibworth.org/chaplin.html

Research Notes:
John's mother would have been aged 53 at his birth, the dates are therefore uncertain, unless John was adopted.

1184. Rosa CHAPLIN [4005] (Elizabeth ALSTON945, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

Rosa married C W CHAPLIN. [4006] on 1 Mar 1860 in St James Paddington.

1185. William Augustus Chaplin CHAPLIN [7009] (Elizabeth ALSTON945, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
The Times, Wed June 25 1856
Marriages
On the 23rd inst. at St Marylebone Church by the Rev. E Scobell, William Augustus Chaplin, eldest son of William James Chaplin of Hyde-park-gardens and Ewhurst, Hants, Esq, MP, to Harriet, third daughter of the late Thomas Tonge Vallance, of Cavendish-square, Esq.

William was mentioned but deleted in his grandfathers Will

William married Harriet VALLANCE [16560] on 23 Jun 1856 in St Marylebone LON.

1186. Alfred CHAPLIN [7010] (Elizabeth ALSTON945, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Mentioned in his grandfathers will

1187. Horace CHAPLIN [7011] (Elizabeth ALSTON945, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Mentioned in his grandfathers will

1188. Eleanor CHAPLIN [7012] (Elizabeth ALSTON945, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

1189. Caroline CHAPLIN [16558] (Elizabeth ALSTON945, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

Caroline married Slingsby BETHELL [16559] on 9 May 1855.

Marriage Notes:
This date is unproven

Research Notes:
Bethell, Hon. Slingsby, B.A., Univ.
31, Lansdowne Crescent, Nottlng Hill, W. ; 2, New Square, Lincoln's Inn, W.C.
Coll., Oxon, 1S53, reading clerk and clerk of private committees House of Lords since 1865, a registrar of Exeter district court in bankruptcy 1861-5, D.L. Middlesex, a student of the Middle Temple 28 April, 1853, called to the bar 17 Nov., 1857 (2nd son of Rt. Hon. Richard, 1st Lord Westbury) ; bom 4 Oct., 1831 ; married 9 May, 1855? Caroline, 5th'dau. of late William James Chaplin, M.P., of Ewhurst Park, Hants, and has issue (see Foster's Peerage, B. Westbury). Chelsea Lodge, Chelsea Embankment, S.W.
Ref: http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/joseph-foster/men-at-the-bar--a-biographical-hand-list-of-the-members-of-the-various-inns-of--058/page-12-men-at-the-bar--a-biographical-hand-list-of-the-members-of-the-various-inns-of--058.shtml

1190. William Francis DOBSON [7013] (Katherine ALSTON946, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
William was mentioned in his grandfather's (Alston) will his mother being deceased



1191. Mary Ann DOBSON [11347] (Katherine ALSTON946, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 Dec 1815 and was christened on 26 Jan 1816 in Chatham KEN.


1192. Sarah DOBSON [11348] (Katherine ALSTON946, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 21 Nov 1818 and was christened on 2 Jan 1819 in Chatham KEN.

1193. Eliza ALSTON [6815] (David Thomas951, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1831, was christened in 1831 in St Olave Hart St London, and died in 1895 aged about 64.

General Notes:
At her fathers death Eliza, then aged 26, inherited and became managing owner of the family company together with similar control of the coal depot [until 1875] and the beach aggregates business. She also became principal shareholder of the Chalkwell tannery at Sittingbourne and a managing owner of the London based oyster merchants, Hole & Dodd.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Ingress Abbey Greenhithe Swanscombe KEN. Eliza is described as a visitor unmarried aged 19 born City of London HO107/1607

2. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Chalkwell House Milton KEN. Eliza is recorded as a wife aged 29 born St Olaves Hart St LON

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Chalkwell House Milton KEN. Eliza is recorded as a wife aged 49 an oyster merchant employing 25 men and 3 boys born St Olaves LON

Eliza married John Binford HOLE [16561], son of HOLE [16567] and Unknown, Mar Qtr 1853 in London. John was born about 1827 in Greenham BRK and died Mar Qtr 1889 in Milton Kent aged about 62.

General Notes:
John of Chalkwell House Milton Kent was an oyster merchant and traded with his brother-in-law as Hole & Dodd Oysters

Death Ref: John Binford Hole aged 62 Mar Qtr 1889 Milton 2a 555

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Chalkwell Sittingbourne KEN. John is recorded as head of house unmarried aged 24 a tanner born Greenham BRK

2. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Chalkwell House Milton KEN. John is recorded as head of house married aged 34 a tanner employing 20 men and 3 boys born Greenham BRK

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Chalkwell House Milton KEN. John is recorded as head of house married aged 54 a tanner employing 20 men and two boys born Greenham BRK

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1523 F    i. Eliza A HOLE [16565] was born about 1855 in Milton KEN.

+ 1524 F    ii. Alice HOLE [16562] was born about 1856 in Milton KEN.

+ 1525 F    iii. Edith E HOLE [16563] was born about 1857 in Milton KEN.

+ 1526 M    iv. John C HOLE [16564] was born about 1858 in Milton KEN.

+ 1527 M    v. William L HOLE [16566] was born about 1859 in Milton KEN.

1194. Alice ALSTON [3988] (David Thomas951, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened in 1833 in St Olave Hart St London.

General Notes:
They had two daughters.

Alice married George William ROPER [3990] on 14 Dec 1861 in St Georges Hanover Sq.

Alice next married Charles LAKE JNR of Milstead [3989].

1195. Ellen ALSTON [6816] (David Thomas951, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened in 1836 in St Olave Hart St London and died Mar Qtr 1925 in Falmouth Cornwall, UK at age 89.

General Notes:

Ellen was aged 87 at her death Falmouth 5c 185 Free BMD.


Research Notes:
Image Courtesy J Seagrove.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Rayleigh Lodge Farm Southend Rd Rayleigh ESS. Ellen is recorded as a wife aged 35 born Ceyney (sic) Rock Sheerness KEN

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Mount Pleasant Bletchingley SRY. Ellen is recorded as a wife married aged 47 born Sheerness KEN

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Bissom Hill St Melor Falmouth CON. Ellen is recorded as a wife aged 60 born Isle of Sheppy KEN

Ellen married Edwin Robert DODD [12119] Dec Qtr 1854 in London. Edwin was born about 1831 in Rainham KEN and died Dec Qtr 1905 in Falmouth Cornwall, UK aged about 74.

General Notes:
Edwin was an oyster merchant who resided in Mylor Cornwall for 30yrs, he traded with his brother-in-law under Hole & Dodd Oysters.

Edwin's death date is not proved this entry in BME Falmouth 5c 107 shows an Edwin Dodd aged 76 at his death

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Rayleigh Lodge Farm Southend Rd Rayleigh ESS. Edwin is recorded as head of house married aged 40 a farmer of 200 acres employing 8 men 1 boy born Rainham KEN

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Mount Pleasant Bletchingley SRY. Edwin is recorded as head of house married aged 54 oyster merchant born Rainham KEN

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Bissom Hill St Melor Falmouth CON. Edwin is recorded as head of house married aged 70 an oyster merchant born Rainham KEN

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1528 F    i. Alice N DODD [16949] was born about 1861 in Gillingham KEN.

+ 1529 F    ii. Ellen Jane DODD [16950] was born about 1862 in Gillingham KEN.

+ 1530 F    iii. Ada Emily DODD [16554] was born about 1863 in Greatness Sevenoaks KEN and died Mar Qtr 1946 in Stroud GLS aged about 83.

1196. Thomas Cooper ALSTON [6823] (David Thomas951, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened in 1836 in St Olave Hart St London and died in 1838 at age 2.


1197. Lieut. James Harmer ALSTON [3987] (David Thomas951, William of Rochester828, Thomas Surgeon710, Thomas Surgeon551, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 28 Feb 1847 in City of London, died on 3 Oct 1899 at age 52, and was buried on 6 Oct 1899 in Richmond SRY.

General Notes:
At the time of the 1861 Census James appears to be holidaying with his mother in Hove.

Essex Record Office
PETITION IN COURT OF CHANCERY RE COMPENSATION PAID BY LONDON, TILBURY AND SOUTHEND RAILWAY COMPANY LTD.
Reference Code D/DS 310/1
Dates of Creation 1868
Scope and Content Petition in Court of Chancery of James Harmer Alston of no.7 The Lawn, S. Lambeth (co. Surrey), lieutenant in H.M. Army (born 28 Feb. 1847), son of David Tho.Alston (died 27 November 1855) and grandson of Wm Alston (died c.1823) relating to sum of L300 as compensation for moiety of lands (total 10a.) in Leigh and Prittlewell taken under compulsory purchase orders by London, Tilbury and Southend Railway Company in 1855 and invested in L3 per cent annuities in name of infant petitioner

This image of a J H Alston came from Susan Perrett on 20 Mar 2003. It is not at all certain it is of James.

James is mentioned on page 363 of the Army Red Books - 80th Regt. of Foot (Staffordshire Volunteers), under Lts. James Harmer Alston - Ensign, 18th July 1865, Lieut. 14th October 1868

James Harmer Alston was buried on 6th October 1899 at Richmond Cemetery, Section M, Grave 1630.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Ingress Abbey Greenhithe Swanscombe KEN. James is described as a visitor aged 4 born City of London HO107/1607

2. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 9 Waterloo St Hove. James is recorded as a lodger unmarried aged 14 born MDX

James married Ellen [6837]. Ellen died on 4 Mar 1895.

General Notes:
The Will of Ellen Alston widow of 2 Bevan Villas Putney SRY who died 4 Mar 1895 was Proved 11 May 1895 by James Harmer Alston for L392 3s 8d

It is not proved that Ellen & James were man & wife.

James next married Charlotte Sarah Ann [16467]. Charlotte was born in 1859, died in 1929 at age 70, and was buried in Municiple Richmond SRY.

Research Notes:
Charlotte Sarah Ann Alston, aged 70 born 1859 died 1929.
She has been taken be a wife to James Harmer?

Charlotte S A Alston 1859 1929 aged 70 unknown of James Harmer Alston Municipal Richmond Surrey England
Ref: http://www.gravestonephotos.com

1198. Percival John ALSTON [10555] (Percival Edward952, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1822 in Newington LON and died in 1903 at age 81.

Percival married Caroline OSTEN [10556]. Caroline was born circa 1821 in Nuneaton WAR and died in 1893 aged about 72.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1531 M    i. Edward ALSTON [10566] was born in 1846 in Hoxton MDX.

+ 1532 M    ii. Thomas ALSTON [10568] was born in 1848 in Hoxton MDX.

+ 1533 M    iii. Percival ALSTON [10570] was born in 1854 in Hoxton MDX.

+ 1534 F    iv. Caroline ALSTON [10572] was born in 1861 in Hoxton MDX.

Percival next married Lauretta NEVETT [10557]. Lauretta was born in 1833 in Hoxten LON and died in 1898 at age 65.

1199. Mary Susanna ALSTON [10559] (Percival Edward952, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1823 in Southwark SRY.

1200. Sophia Ester ALSTON [10560] (Percival Edward952, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1825 in Southwark SRY.

1201. Charles ALSTON [10561] (Percival Edward952, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1826 in Southwark SRY.

1202. Emma Adelaide ALSTON [10562] (Percival Edward952, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1830 in London.

1203. Susanna ALSTON [10563] (Percival Edward952, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born circa 1831.

1204. Louisa ALSTON [10564] (Percival Edward952, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1833 in London.

1205. Charles Alston THURLOW [17708] (Susannah Elizabeth ALSTON953, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 6 Aug 1813 in Orange Hall, Gosfield, Essex, England, was christened on 14 Sep 1813 in Gosfield ESS, died on 28 Mar 1881 in Sydney Infirmary, New South Wales, Australia at age 67, and was buried on 30 Mar 1881 in St Thomas Cemetery, North Sydney, NSW, Australia.

General Notes:
Charles was a Tobacconist in Westminster LND in 1846.

Research Notes:
DATE JUN 1843 - PLAC Gauger/Newington, Surrey, England

Other Records

1. Residence: 11 Lawson St, Newington, Surrey, England, 11 Jun 1843.

2. Residence: 17 Tothill St, Westminster, London, England, Between 1844 and Jan 1848.

3. Emigration: on the "Abberton" London to Australia, 24 Apr 1848 arriving Adelaide 3 Aug 1848.

4. Residence: Rundle st, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Between Aug 1848 and 1854.

5. Travels: per barque Hamlet, Adelaide to Sydney, NSW, 19 Jul 1854.

6. Residence: Milsons Point, North Shore, New South Wales, Australia, Between 1863 and 1870.

7. Residence: Kirribilli Point, North Shore, New South Wales, Australia, 28 Aug 1867.

8. Residence: Milsons Point, North Shore, New South Wales, Australia, 1870.

9. Residence: Kirribilli Pont Rd, St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia, 1871.

10. Residence: Campbell St, Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia, 1879.

11. Residence: Campbell St, St Leonards East, New South Wales, Australia, 1879.

Charles married Marion TRACY [17709] on 14 Nov 1843 in Lewisham, London, England. Marion was born in 1815 and died on 17 Jul 1862 in Milsons Point, North Shore, NSW at age 47. The cause of her death was Consumption.

Other Records

1. Residence: St Mary Newington, Surrey, England, 1841.

2. Residence: 11 Lawson St, Newington, Surrey, 11 Jun 1843.

3. Emigration: on the "Abberton" London to Australia, 24 Apr 1848 arriving Adelaide 3 Aug 1848.

4. Travels: per barque Hamlet, Adelaide to Sydney, NSW, 19 Jul 1854.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1535 M    i. Edward Charles THURLOW [17716] was born on 11 Jun 1843 in Newington, Surrey, England, died in Apr 1848 aboard Ship "Abberton", in the Sound. at age 4, and was buried on 20 Apr 1848 in St Andrew, Plymouth, Devon, England.

+ 1536 F    ii. Marianne Louisa THURLOW [17715] was born on 14 Dec 1844 in Westminster, London, England, died in Apr 1848 aboard Ship "Abberton", in the Sound. at age 3, and was buried on 20 Apr 1848 in St Andrew, Plymouth, Devon, England.

+ 1537 F    iii. Emily THURLOW [17751] was born on 26 Nov 1846 in St Margaret's, Westminster, London, England, died on 7 Jun 1927 in Sydney Hospital, New South Wales, Australia at age 80, and was buried on 8 Jun 1927 in Church of England/Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.

+ 1538 M    iv. Frederick THURLOW [17711] was born on 20 May 1849 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, died on 18 Sep 1933 in Arncliffe, New South Wales, Australia at age 84, and was buried on 20 Sep 1933 in R.C. Area:8 Grave 1077 Rookwood, New South Wales, Australia.

+ 1539 F    v. Marrian THURLOW [17712] was born on 20 May 1849 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia and died on 30 Jul 1849 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Charles next married Mary GOODWIN [17710] in 1863 in St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia. Mary was born in 1834 in Long Wittenham, Berkshire, England, died on 28 Jan 1923 in Arncliffe, New South Wales, Australia at age 89, and was buried in St Thomas' Cemetery, North Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Other Records

1. Immigration: Abt 1860.

2. Residence: Milsons Point, North Shore, New South Wales, Australia, Between 1875 and 1923.

3. Residence: Long Wittenham, Berkshire, England, 1841.

4. Residence: Long Wittenham, Berkshire, England, 1851.

1206. Susannah Elizabeth THURLOW [17759] (Susannah Elizabeth ALSTON953, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1814 in Orange Hall, Gosfield, Essex, England, was christened on 7 Jul 1815 in Gosfield ESS, and died on 18 Sep 1856 in Consumption/33 Wyndham St, Marylebone, London, England at age 42.

1207. Mary Jane THURLOW [17706] (Susannah Elizabeth ALSTON953, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 3 Jan 1817 in Orange Hall, Gosfield, Essex, England and was christened on 25 Feb 1817 in Gosfield ESS.

1208. Eleanor Smith THURLOW [17760] (Susannah Elizabeth ALSTON953, Edward830, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1821 in Rayne, Essex, England, was christened on 17 Apr 1821 in Gosfield ESS, died on 28 Nov 1892 in Willesden St Andrew, England at age 71, and was buried on 30 Nov 1892.

Other Records

1. Residence: St Mary Newington, Surrey, England, 1841.

2. Residence: Augustus Lodge, St Pancras, Middlesex, England, 1851.

3. Residence: 7 Wharf Rd, Paddington, Middlesex, England, 1861.

4. Residence: Adair Rd, Kensington, London, England, 1871.

5. Residence: 6 Kirton Villas, Chiswick, Middlesex, England, 1881.

6. Residence: 41 Lechwere Rd, Willesden, Middlesex, England, 1891.

Eleanor married George MORGAN [17761] on 21 Mar 1842 in Newington St Mary, England. George was born about 1813 in London Mile End, London, Middlesex, England and died between Mar and Nov 1891.

Other Records

1. Residence: Augustus Lodge, St Pancras, Middlesex, England, 1851.

2. Residence: 7 Wharf Rd, Paddington, Middlesex, England, 1861.

3. Residence: Adair Rd, Kensington, London, England, 1871.

4. Residence: 6 Kirton Villas, Chiswick, Middlesex, England, 1881.

5. Residence: 41 Lechwere Rd, Willesden, Middlesex, England, 1891.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1540 M    i. George Edward MORGAN [17762] was born on 29 Mar 1843 in Camberwell, Surrey, England.

+ 1541 F    ii. Eleanor Mary MORGAN [17771] was born on 24 Dec 1844, was christened on 9 Jul 1845 in St Mary Paddington Green, and died before 1851.

+ 1542 M    iii. Henry Thurlow MORGAN [17770] was born on 13 Jul 1846 in Paddington London MDX, was christened on 29 Dec 1852 in St Mary Paddington Green LND, and died in Mar 1874 in London, England at age 27.

+ 1543 F    iv. Elizabeth MORGAN [17767] was born on 22 Jun 1848 in Middlesex, England and was christened on 29 Dec 1852 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

+ 1544 M    v. Edward John MORGAN [17769] was born in 1849 in Paddington London MDX and was christened on 29 Dec 1852 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

+ 1545 F    vi. Sarah MORGAN [17772] was born on 11 Aug 1849 and was christened on 13 May 1949 in Limehouse MDX.

+ 1546 M    vii. Charles MORGAN [17766] was born about 1852 in Hampstead LND MDX, was christened on 29 Dec 1852 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX, and died in Dec 1852.

+ 1547 F    viii. Mary Susannah MORGAN [17764] was born on 25 May 1853 in Paddington London MDX and was christened on 4 Oct 1854 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

+ 1548 F    ix. Ellen Australia MORGAN [17763] was born on 23 Mar 1855 in Paddington London MDX, was christened on 29 Oct 1855 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX, and died in Oct 1897 in Reigate, Surrey, England at age 42.

+ 1549 M    x. Frederick MORGAN [17773] was born about 1859 and was christened on 24 Dec 1859 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

+ 1550 M    xi. William MORGAN [17765] was born about 1859 in Paddington London MDX.

+ 1551 M    xii. Richard MORGAN [17774] was born on 22 Jul 1863 and was christened on 16 Aug 1863 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

1209. John William THURLOW [17841] (William THURLOW965, Elizabeth ALSTON831, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 12 Jun 1810 in Gosfield, Essex, England and died on 6 Dec 1873 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at age 63.

General Notes:
DEATHS
THURLOW. On the 6th inst, at the residence of his sister-in-law, Miss Frances Hodgson, 39 Franklin street, Melbourne, John William Thurlow, Esq., solicitor, aged 63, and oldest son of the late William Thurlow, sen., Esq., of Sydney, New South Wales, late of Gosfield-hall, Essex, and grandson of the late Rev. John Thurlow, D.D., Rector of Gosfield, Essex, England, and brother of Mr. Henry James Thurlow of this city. Edinburgh and Essex papers please copy.
Ref Trove: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 31 December 1873

Other Records

1. Immigration: on the "William Shand" to Sydney, NSW, 1 Jul 1825.

2. Residence: Belfast, Victoria, Australia, 1856.

John married Susan Catherine RANCLAUD [17842] on 14 Aug 1837 in St James Church, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Susan was born in 1820 in Jersey, Channel Islands and died on 18 Oct 1877 in Paddington Sydney NSW at age 57.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1552 M    i. Charles Edward THURLOW [17862] was born in 1838 in Sydney NSW Australia, was christened in 1838 in Sydney NSW Australia, and died in 1891 in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia at age 53.

+ 1553 F    ii. Frances Ellen THURLOW [17872] was born in 1840 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and died on 28 Mar 1895 in Marion St, Enmore, NSW at age 55.

John next married Jane HODGSON [17849]. Jane was born about 1830 in Cumberland, England and died in 1860 in Victoria, Australia aged about 30.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1554 F    i. Frances Louisa Maud THURLOW [17874] was born in 1848 in Melbourne Aust and died in 1913 in Broadmeadows Victoria AUST at age 65.

+ 1555 F    ii. Jane Alice Evelina THURLOW [17876] was born about 1853 in Belfast Victoria Aust and died on 20 Oct 1878 in Hotham Nth Melbourne Victoria aged about 25.

+ 1556 M    iii. Edward William David Joseph THURLOW [17877] was born in 1858 in Belfast Victoria Aust and died on 9 Mar 1865 in Carlton Victoria AUS at age 7.

1210. Edward Alston THURLOW [17845] (William THURLOW965, Elizabeth ALSTON831, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1812 in Gosfield, Essex, England and died on 24 Dec 1822 in Gosfield, Essex, England at age 10.

Other Records

1. Baptism: Gosfield, Essex, England, 20 Apr 1812.

1211. Louisa Maria THURLOW [17847] (William THURLOW965, Elizabeth ALSTON831, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 13 Jul 1815 in Gosfield, Essex, England and died between 1862 and 1871 in England.

Other Records

1. Residence: Ipswich St Matthew, Suffolk, England, 1851.

2. Residence: Boxford, Suffolk, England, 1861.

3. Residence: Age: 20/Church st, St Mary, Suffolk, England, 1841.

Louisa married Isaac HILL [17848]. Isaac was born on 23 Apr 1823 in Chelmondiston, Suffolk, England and died on 13 Apr 1901 in Buckinghamshire, England at age 77.

Other Records

1. Residence: Oving, Buckinghamshire, England, 1891.

2. Probate Date: Oxfordshire, England, 1 Jun 1901.

3. Occupation: Reverend/.

4. Residence: Newbourn, Suffolk, England, 1861.

5. Residence: Helperthorpe, Yorkshire, England, 1871.

6. Residence: Oving, Buckinghamshire, England, 1881.

7. Residence: Age: 17; Relation: Head/Oving, Buckinghamshire, England, 1901.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1557 F    i. Louisa Sarah HILL [17878] was born in 1850 in Norwich NFK and died on 13 May 1937 in Surrey England at age 87.

1212. Henry James THURLOW [17846] (William THURLOW965, Elizabeth ALSTON831, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in Apr 1816 in Gosfield, Essex, England and died after 1873 in Australia.

Other Records

1. Immigration: Ship: "William Shand"/Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1 Jul 1825.

1213. William Edward THURLOW [17840] (William THURLOW965, Elizabeth ALSTON831, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1815 and died on 15 Jan 1873 in Cundletown Manning River, NSW at age 58.

General Notes:
Thurlow, William
by Terri McCormack , 2010
William Thurlow was born about 1807, and arrived in Sydney from London with his three sons on the "William Shand" on 4 August 1825. As a free settler, he was granted land and, in 1829, was appointed a Justice of the Peace. By 1836 John William Thurlow, solicitor of Wentworth Place, had a farm for sale.
On 3 May 1837 William Thurlow married his second wife Anne Jane James at St Mary's Roman Catholic church, Sydney. They had several daughters.
Solicitor and Property owner:
By 1837 Thurlow was working with Charles Henry Chambers, who was later the first Town Clerk. This partnership was dissolved in July 1842 and Thurlow joined James McPherson Grant in Pitt Street north.
By October 1844 Thurlow had accumulated property in Thurlow's Terrace, Bourke Street, Surry Hills and was advertising two offices in Pitt Street for rent. He had been an early purchaser of East Balmain land, acquiring two lots in Paul Street.
In the 1850s, Grant left for California and later Victoria where he acted as solicitor for the Eureka stockade rioters. Thurlow went into partnership with Stephen Campbell Brown and Alexander Dick with offices at 308 Pitt Street. In 1863, he also had an office in Elizabeth Street. Thurlow lived in Bligh Street before moving to 203 Bourke Street, Redfern.
Politician:
William Thurlow was elected councillor for Bourke Ward on 7 October 1843. He was mayor in 1851 and 1852, and instigated an investigation into the corporation which led to its abolition due to incompetence and corruption in October 1853. Thurlow lost his seat and the council was replaced by city commissioners. He was re-elected for Gipps Ward from 1 December 1857 to 30 November 1859.
Thurlow was elected as a member of the Legislative Council for the City of Sydney, defeating Henry Parkes at a by-election in March 1853. He retained the seat until it was vacated in December 1854.
William Thurlow died at the Manning River on 16 April 1865, aged 58.
References:
http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/thurlow_william> _william
City of Sydney Archives, Aldermen's Files
Shirley Fitzgerald, Sydney 1842\endash 1992, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1992
Hilary Golder, Sacked: removing and remaking the Sydney City Council 1853\endash 1988, City of Sydney in association with Books & Writers, Sydney, 2004
Hilary Golder, A Short Electoral History of Sydney City Council 1842\endash 1992, City of Sydney website, <http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/aboutsydney/documents/history/hs_chos_electoral_history.pdf> , viewed 30 September 2010
Leichhardt Historical Journal, Annandale Association; Balmain Association; Glebe Society, Annandale

Mr. William Thurlow, Clerk to Mr. Charles Henry Chambers ; Mr. Henry Dickinson, Clerk to Mr. D Chambers ; Mr. William Minithorpe, a Solicitor and Master Extraordinary of the High Court of Chancery, and an Attorney of the Courts at Westminster, have posted the usual notices at the doors of the Supreme Court, that they intend to apply on the last day of Term to be admitted Attorneys.
Ref Trove: The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) Monday 18 September 1837

SUPREME COURT.
(In Banro.)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1837.
On the motion of Mr. Therry, Mr. Willliam Thurlow, lately clerk to Mr. C. H. Chambers, was admitted to practise as an attorney, solicitor and proctor of the Supreme Court.
Ref Trove: The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) Tuesday 26 September 1837

DEATH OF W. THURLOW, ESQ., Intelligence was received in Sydney last night of the decease of William Thurlow, Esq., an old colonist, and formerly Mayor of Sydney, and member of Assembly, who died last week at Tinonee, on the Manning River, where he had gone on professional business. The particulars of his death have not yet reached us, but the news of his decease will be received with regret by a large number of his friends in all parts of the colony . Evening News, Jan 21.
Ref Trove: The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893) Thursday 23 January 1873

On the 15th instant, at Cundletown, Manning River, WILLIAM THURLOW, of Sydney, solicitor, aged 58 years, grandson of the late Rev. John Thurlow, D.D., vicar of Gosfield, Essex, and cousin of C. A. Thurlow, of this city.
Ref Trove: The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Friday 24 January 1873

THURLOW. On the 15th ult., at Cundletown Manning River, N.S.W. whilst on a professional visit, William Thurlow, of Sydney, Esq., solicitor, aged 58 years, son of the late William Thurlow, formerly of Orange-hall, county of Essex, England, Esq., grandson of the late Rev. John Thurlow, D. D., vicar of Gosfield, in that county, and brother of J. W. Thurlow, of Melbourne, solicitor.
Ref Trove: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 12 February 1873

Other Records

1. Residence: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

2. Occupation: Solicitor/.

3. Immigration: Ship: "William Shand"/Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1 Jul 1825.

William married Ann Jane JAMES [17843] on 3 May 1837. Ann was born in 1820 in Sydney NSW Australia and died in 1854 in New South Wales, Australia at age 34.

Other Records

1. Residence: Castlesreagh St, Sydney , New South Wales, Australia, 1837.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1558 F    i. Louisa Margaret THURLOW [17854] was born in 1835 in New South Wales, Australia and died on 15 Jul 1857 in Singhee Rampore India at age 22.

+ 1559 F    ii. Frances Elizabeth THURLOW [17853] was born on 12 Dec 1837 in Sydney NSW Australia and died in 1907 in Sydney NSW Australia at age 70.


1214. Thomas Rowland ALSTON [3802] (Thomas Rowland967, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 21 Aug 1819 in MDX, was christened on 9 Jun 1820 in St Helens Church London, and died on 27 Nov 1886 in Clairville Cres SRY at age 67.

General Notes:
Thomas was a gold and silversmith from Bishopsgate London.

The Will of Thomas Rowland Alston gent of Clairville Cres Wood St Sydenham SRY who died 27 Nov 1886 at Clairville Cres was Proved by Albert Witten Alston tea merchant of Bulchington Criffel Ave Streatham Hill SRY and Rowland Alston tea taster the sons of the deceased for L29204-1-6d

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 30 Bishopsgate St St Helen MDX. Thomas is recorded as head of house married aged 41 goldsmith born MDX

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Claireville Camberwell St Giles SRY. Thomas is recorded as head of house aged 51 a goldsmith born St Helens parish LON

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Crescent Wood Rd Clairville Camberwell LON. Thomas is recorded as head of house married aged 61 goldsmith born MDX

Thomas married Jane Elizabeth WITTEN [3803], daughter of James WITTEN Of Camden Town [3812] and Unknown, on 18 Aug 1855 in St Johns Holloway. Jane was born about 1832 in Islington MDX London.

General Notes:
Thomas Rowland Alston married 18 August 1855 Jane Elizabeth Witten of Camdentown at St. John's Holloway

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 30 Bishopsgate St St Helen MDX. Jane is recorded as a wife aged 29 born Islington MDX

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Claireville Camberwell St Giles SRY. Jane is recorded as a wife aged 39 born Islington

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Crescent Wood Rd Clairville Camberwell LON. Jane is recorded as a wife aged 49 Born Islington

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1560 M    i. Albert Witten ALSTON [3813] was born on 15 Aug 1856 and died on 21 Mar 1912 in Streatham SRY at age 55.

+ 1561 M    ii. Rowland ALSTON [3825] was born on 14 Oct 1857 in St Johns Wood MDX.

+ 1562 M    iii. Edward ALSTON [3832] was born on 14 Mar 1859 in St Johns Wood MDX.

+ 1563 M    iv. Thomas Rowland ALSTON [3833] was born on 31 Dec 1861 in Crosby Sq London.

+ 1564 M    v. Harry ALSTON [3837] was born on 24 Jun 1862 in London City and died on 8 Nov 1922 at age 60.

+ 1565 M    vi. Charles James ALSTON [3841] was born in 1865 in St Johns Wood MDX.

+ 1566 M    vii. Rev Alfred ALSTON M A [3842] was born in 1871 in Sydenham KEN.

+ 1567 F    viii. Mary Jane ALSTON [3843] was born in 1862 in Hampstead LND MDX.

1215. Rev Albert ALSTON D.D. [3804] (Thomas Rowland967, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 29 May 1821 in St Helens MDX London, was christened on 22 Jun 1821 in St Helens Church London, died on 14 Nov 1871 in Northumberland Hse. Green Lanes Stoke Newington. at age 50, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery London.

General Notes:
Albert educated St John's College Camb. BA 1843, MA 1846, DD 1870, was Curate of St Georges Hanover Sq 1848-57, also abt 1863 All Saints St Johns Wood London.

Cambridge - at a congregation held on Tuesday last, the following degrees were confirmed: . . . . . St John's College M.A. Albert Alston.
Ipswich Journal 11 July 1846.

Alston, Albert, St John's College, Finchley Road, London, NW. St John's College, Cambridge. Scho. of Sen. Opt. BA 1843, MA 1846, BD 1864; Deacon 1844 Priest 1845 by Bishop of London. Lumley Lecture. St Helens Bishopsgate, 1847 (sal 20L); Curate of All Saints, St John's Wood, 1858. Formerly Curate of Trinity, Marylebone, 1845, St George's, Hanover square, 1848-57, and St Botolph's, Aldgate; Chaplain to Lord Mayor of London. Author, How can I get into an hospital? Sermons, Purgatory, Election of Lord Mayor, etc.
Ref: Crockfords 1868

The Times, Monday, Jun 10, 1844; pg. 7; Issue 18632; col F
Church appointments: Lord Bishop of London :- Deacon , Albert Alston, of St Johns College

The Times, Thursday, Mar 02, 1848; pg. 8; Issue 19800; col B
Marriages:officiated by Rev E C Alston at Trinity Church, Brompton
The Times, Friday, Oct 27, 1848; pg. 7; Issue 20005; col E
Marriages:officiated by the Rev A Alston, at St George's Hanover Sq.
The Times, Monday, Dec 18, 1848; pg. 7; Issue 20049; col E
Marriages:officiated by the Rev Albert Alston, at St George's Hanover Sq.
The Times, Friday, Jul 19, 1850; pg. 9; Issue 20545; col A
Marriages:officiated by the Rev Albert Alston, MA, at St George's Hanover Sq.

Administration of the Will of the Rev. Albert Alston D.D. of 2 Hill Rd St Johns Wood, but late of 27 Marlborough Hill St Johns Wood MDX who died 14 Nov 1871 at Northumberland Hse Green Lanes Stoke Newington was granted to Joseph Lucas of Upper Tooting SRY Gent. Grandfather and Guardian of Gilbert Rowling Alston, Lilian Frances Fitzroy Alston spinster and Hugh Jones Alston minors and legatees. Proved 31 Aug 1872 at under L14,000

Administration of the Will of the personal Estate of the Rev. Albert Alston D.D. Clerk of 2 Hill Rd St Johns Wood, but late of 27 Marlborough Hill St Johns Wood MDX who died 14 Nov 1871 at Northumberland Hse Green Lanes Stoke Newington MDX was granted 23 Jan 1888, the above adminisrtation having expired to Gilbert Rowling Alston Esq barrister of 7 New Sq Lincolns Inn City of London son of the deceased proved for L13,181 7s 5d

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 3 Hill Rd St Marylebone LND. Albert is recorded as married head of house aged 40 Curate of All Saints St Johns Wood born MDX

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, St Marylebone LON. Albert is recorded as head of house a widower aged 50 Curate of All Saints N W born St Helens London

Albert married Emily Sarah LUCAS [3805], daughter of Joseph LUCAS [6765] and Unknown, on 19 Oct 1858 in Holy Trinity Upper Tooting. Emily was born about 1838 in Camberwell, died on 2 Jun 1870 aged about 32, and was buried on 9 Jun 1870 in Highgate Cemetery London.

General Notes:
Albert Alston married 19 October 1858 Emily Sarah Lucas of Upper Tooting at Holy Trinity Upper Tooting.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Upper Tooting Streathan SRY. Emily is recorded as the daughter of Joseph Lucas solicitor, aged 23 born Camberwell

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1568 M    i. Gilbert Rowland ALSTON [3846] was born on 17 Jul 1859 in St Johns Wood MDX, was christened in West Tarring SSX, and died on 3 Jan 1932 at age 72.

+ 1569 M    ii. Capt Hugh Jones ALSTON [3848] was born on 11 Jul 1863 in Marylebone London MDX, was christened in All Saints St Johns Wood., died on 4 Mar 1898 at age 34, and was buried on 7 Mar 1898 in Elmers End Cemetery KEN.

+ 1570 F    iii. Lillian Francis Fitzroy ALSTON [3849] was born about 1861 in Marylebone London MDX.

+ 1571 F    iv. Clara Beatrice ALSTON [3850] was born on 28 Jul 1862, died on 31 Aug 1869 at age 7, and was buried on 4 Sep 1869 in West Tarring SSX.

+ 1572 F    v. Ethel Mary ALSTON [3851] was born on 15 Dec 1863, was christened in All Saints St Johns Wood., died on 24 Mar 1864, and was buried on 28 Mar 1864 in Highgate Cemetery London.


1216. Henry Carter ALSTON [3806] (Thomas Rowland967, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 22 Jun 1835 in Bishopsgate LON, was christened on 25 Jun 1835, and died on 4 Jun 1893 in 11 The Avenue Beckenham KEN at age 57.

General Notes:
Pigots 1839 London Directory:
Alston & Hallam Goldsmiths 30 Bishops St.

The Will of Henry Carter Alston goldsmith of 31-31 Bishopsgate St Within London and 11 The Avenue Beckenham Kent who died at 11 The Avenue was Proved by Mary Francis Alston Widow, Herbert Jordan Adams gent and Hallam Newton Alston solicitor for L7916/7/10. Re-sworn Dec 1893 for L17916/7/9

1841 census a Henry Alston aged 6 was a pupil at Brighthelmstone SSX

1891 Census a James Adams nephew was in the house, single, aged 25, a stock and share broker bn Nottinghill LON

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 22 Carlton Hill E St John St Marylebone MDX. Henry is recorded as a son unmarried aged 26 goldsmith born London City

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Crosby Sq St Helen Bishopsgate LON. Henry is recorded as head of house aged 36 a goldsmith employing 2 men and 1 boy born Bishopsgate

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Beckenham Kent. Henry is recorded as head of house married aged 56 goldsmith born London

Henry married Mary Francis NEWTON [3807] on 21 Jul 1864 in St Peters Kensington. Mary was born about 1844 in Paddington London MDX.

General Notes:
Henry Carter Alston married 2 I July 1864 Mary Frances Newton of Avenue Road St. John's Wood at St. Peter's Church Kensington Park.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Crosby Sq St Helen Bishopsgate LON. Mary is recorded as a wife aged 27 born Paddington

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Beckenham Kent. Mary is recorded as a wife married aged 47 born London

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1573 M    i. Hallam Newton ALSTON [3852] was born on 24 Apr 1865 in Bishopsgate LON.

+ 1574 M    ii. Norman Graham ALSTON [3853] was born on 28 Oct 1868 in Bishopsgate LON.

+ 1575 F    iii. Ellen Blanche ALSTON [3854] was born on 1 Jun 1866 and died on 30 Nov 1867 at age 1.

+ 1576 F    iv. Emma Louisa ALSTON [3855] was born about 1873 in Beckenham Kent.

1217. Rev Herbert ALSTON [3808] (Thomas Rowland967, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 16 Jul 1838 in London MDX and was christened on 16 Jul 1838.

General Notes:
Alston Herbert, M.A. Cam. p.1863
Clergy List.

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Suffolk.
Alston Rev Herbert. Gt Bradley 9a 1r 6p gross estimated rental value. L9/17s/0.

To Lionel Cresswell Esq.
THE CHURCH ARMY.
Headquarters 130 Edgware Road, London, W.
February 16, 1898.
Dear Sir,
In answer to your letter about the Rev. H. Alston, I am glad to give you anything of interest known to us. He has been a kind friend to this Society and some years ago gave a considerable sum of money towards starting a Market Garden Home at Ilford, for the reception of men desirous of being emigrated. This Institution accommodates
some 20 men who are working on the land and are paid piece work. We have been fortunate in obtaining the Presidency of Lord Winchilsea and in the past year fifty-four men passed through the Home.
Mr. Alston has also given to the Society five Mission Vans, which perambulate from village to village, holding Missions, obtaining communicants, etc., for the Church.
Mr. Alston has done considerable service to our Hdqrs., by assisting at our Mission Chapel, Upper Berkeley Street, and also assisted the Van Secretary as far as his health would permit.
Yours faithfully,
COLIN F. CAMPBELL,
Hon. Social Sec.
It is uncertain that this letter pertains to Herbert

Herbert, St John's College Camb. BA 1862, MA 1865, Deacon 1862, Priest 1863, Rector of Little Bradley Suffolk 1866-94. Retired living in Eastbourne 1899.

Crockfords Clergy Register of 1882 mentions:
ALSTON - Herbert - M.A. Cambridge - dn 1862 - pr 1863 - Rector of Bradley Parva, Newmarket, Suffolk.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Lt Thurlow SFK. Herbert is recorded as head of house aged 32 Rector of Lt Bradley born St Helens MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Lt Thurlow SFK. Herbert is shown as living at 26 Street Lt Thurlow aged 42 unmarried he was the Rector of St Bradley SFK born London MDX, others in the house were:
Eliza Ann Alston his sister aged 49 unmarried born London MDX
Johanna Tilbrook 29 unmarried born Lt Thurlow and her sister Catherine aged 26 - probably servants.
FHL 1341441 PRO RG11 Pc 1823 Fol 17 Pg 6

1218. Eliza Jane ALSTON [3809] (Thomas Rowland967, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 3 Aug 1822 and died on 13 Aug 1822.

1219. Eliza ALSTON [3810] (Thomas Rowland967, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 Aug 1829 and died on 4 Sep 1829.

1220. Eliza Ann ALSTON [3811] (Thomas Rowland967, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 28 Apr 1831 in London MDX and was christened on 1 May 1831.

General Notes:
Eliza and her brother Rev Herbert were benefactors, giving Vans for the Church Army, Stained Glass in Little Bradley Church, providing scholarships and prizes, particularly for the City of London School. Eliza was unmarried, residing with her brother Herbert on 3 Apr 1881, a resident of Eastbourne in 1899, with a private income.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 22 Carlton Hill E St John St Marylebone MDX. Eliza is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 29 born London City

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Lt Thurlow SFK. Eliza is recorded as a sister aged 39 a housekeeper born Lt Heland MDX

1221. Emma Jane ALSTON [3856] (Thomas Rowland967, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 1 Aug 1833 in London City and was christened on 11 Dec 1833.

General Notes:
Emma Jane Alston married 16 Sept. 1858 Edward Walter Witten of Cambdentown at S. Helen’s Bishopsgate.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 22 Carlton Hill E St John St Marylebone MDX. Emma is described as a daughter married aged 27 born London City

Emma married Edward Walter WITTEN [3857] on 16 Sep 1858 in St Helens Bishopsgate London.

General Notes:
Edward was a surgeon.


The child from this marriage was:

+ 1577 M    i. Walter WITTEN [9493] .

1222. Emily ALSTON [3858] (Thomas Rowland967, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 5 Aug 1836 in London and was christened on 3 Sep 1836.

General Notes:
Emily Alston married 12 April 1865 Rev. Edward Markby of Cambridge Parish Church Marylebone.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 22 Carlton Hill E St John St Marylebone MDX. Emily is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 24 born London City

Emily married Rev Edward MARKBY Ma [3859] on 12 Apr 1865 in Marylebone London MDX.

General Notes:
Edward was Rector of Holy Trinity Huddersfield.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1578 M    i. Frederick Edward MARKBY [3860] was born on 28 Jan 1872.

+ 1579 M    ii. Herbert MARKBY Mrcs. Lrcp. [3861] was born on 4 Sep 1873.

+ 1580 M    iii. Alfred Wilkinson MARKBY [3862] was born on 3 Sep 1875.

+ 1581 F    iv. Amy MARKBY [3863] .

+ 1582 F    v. Eva MARKBY [3864] .

+ 1583 F    vi. Emily Florence MARKBY [3865] .

1223. Edmund Alston HORREX [3796] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1813 and died on 31 Jan 1837 at age 24.

General Notes:
Edmund was aged 23 at his death.

1224. Thomas Rowland HORREX [3797] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 6 Jul 1816 in St James Bury St Edmunds SFK.

Thomas married Susan [3798]. Susan died on 24 Aug 1846.

General Notes:
Susan was aged 30 at her death

Thomas next married Elizabeth [3799].

General Notes:
Elizabeth's surname may have been Eve?.


The child from this marriage was:

+ 1584 M    i. Thomas Rowland Eve HORREX [3800] was born about 1852 and died on 2 Nov 1852.

1225. Anthony HORREX [5490] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 19 May 1819 in Suffolk County Bts.

1226. Henry HORREX [5491] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 3 Jun 1827 in St James Bury St Edmunds SFK.

1227. Elizabeth Alston HORREX [5492] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 27 Jan 1821 in St James Bury St Edmunds SFK.

General Notes:
Married.
20th inst., at St James's Church, Bury, by the Hon and Rev Edward Pellew, Henry, third son of Mr Harris, late of the Hare Inn, Melford, to Elizabeth Alston Horrex, of Bury St Edmunds.
Ipswich Journal 29 November 1845.

Elizabeth married Henry HARRIS [10001] on 20 Nov 1845 in St James Bury St Edmunds SFK.

1228. Philip RENTLE [7656] (Lucy ALSTON973, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1840 in Colchester ESS.

Philip married Caroline MILLER [7671]. Caroline was born circa 1843.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1585 F    i. Kate Ellen RENTLE [7657] was born in 1873 in Reading Berkshire.

+ 1586 F    ii. Edith RENTLE [7672] was born in 1865.

+ 1587 F    iii. Anne RENTLE [7673] was born in 1866.

+ 1588 M    iv. Charles RENTLE [7674] was born in 1869.

+ 1589 F    v. Clara RENTLE [7675] was born in 1870.

+ 1590 F    vi. Henrietta RENTLE [7677] was born in 1871.

+ 1591 F    vii. Kate RENTLE [7678] was born in 1875.

+ 1592 F    viii. Alice RENTLE [7679] was born in 1875.

+ 1593 M    ix. Thomas RENTLE [7680] was born in 1879.

+ 1594 M    x. Henry RENTLE [7681] was born in 1891.

1229. Lucy RENTLE [7663] (Lucy ALSTON973, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1824.

1230. George RENTLE [7664] (Lucy ALSTON973, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1826.

1231. James RENTLE [7665] (Lucy ALSTON973, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1827.

1232. Caroline RENTLE [7666] (Lucy ALSTON973, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1829.

1233. Thomas RENTLE [7667] (Lucy ALSTON973, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1830.

1234. Elizabeth RENTLE [7668] (Lucy ALSTON973, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1833.

1235. Charles RENTLE [7669] (Lucy ALSTON973, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1834.

1236. Emma RENTLE [7670] (Lucy ALSTON973, Thomas834, Edward712, Nicholas553, Edward B.D. (Rev)370, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord Of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1836.

1237. George Ambrose ALSTON [6118] (William Henry982, Ambrose841, Sturgeon Drew722, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
George, son of William Henry Alston cabinet maker deceased, not admitted to the Freedom of Sudbury 14 Sept 1920.

George worked in Alston's Sudbury shop, and was also a bread vendor - his family nickname was "Hot Rolls". Roy Alston 2003.



1238. Leslie William Llewellyn ALSTON C.B.E. [6032] (Percy (Pat) Walter Filbee994, William Alfred846, Sturgeon Drew722, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 Aug 1904 and died in Mar 1976 at age 71.

General Notes:
Essex Record Office
Category Parish Records
WALTON-LE-SOKEN, ALL SAINTS
Registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
Item Marriage register
Date1914-1924
Scope and Content Contains, pasted in: forms recording marriages solemnized in Walton parish church after performance of civil marriage ceremonies, issued in respect of Leslie William Llewellyn ALSTON and Eliza Scrivener, 2 April 1927

In 1921 Percy Alston's son Leslie started an apprenticeship with his father and then
completed this at Fisher Trade Woodworking in London's East End.
In 1937 Leslie started his own manufacturing business at a redundant
coconut matting factory in Long Melford. The business was set up with a
L6,000 bank loan. Leslie's brother Roy joined him there to help run the
new venture. The company later adopted the trade mark Albro as an
abbreviation of Alston brothers, this continued into the 1980's.
During the Second World War, the factory in Long Melford switched its
production to 'utility' bedroom and dining furniture. Extra work was also
taken on to manufacture coffins for the war effort.
Later in the war, the Long Melford factory was burnt out and new
premises were sought in Ipswich. Initially production was resumed within
Wrinch's factory in Nacton Road, Ipswich. Land was also purchased
adjacent to Wrinch's and a factory was built by joining war surplus
Nissen huts together to form a linear building and a continuous
production line was created within it. This temporary structure survived
until 1971 when new building was errected over the old huts ensuring
that not an hour of production was lost.
The cabinet business has remained at this site to this day. During this
time a new Head Office has been built and a programme of continuous
investment in machinery maintained. It has manufactured almost
exclusively bedroom furniture during this period.In the 1950's and 60's
this was centered on suites of bedroom furniture of veneered teak ,
walnut and mahogany finish (a suite comprised a ladies wardrobe , a
gents wardrobe and a dressing table). The 1970's saw the introduction of
modular bedroom furniture ranges in veneered and painted finishes.In
more recent years the company has become a market leader in the
production of traditional and contemporary bedroom ranges of laminate
and painted finish.
Leslie Alston remained in charge of this business until his death in 1976
at which point his oldest son Rex (John) took over as Managing Director
with Leslie's brother Percy (Roy) as Chairman. In 1979 Alan, Leslie's
other son became Chairman and Managing Director assisted by his
bother Rex and with their cousin Noel (Percy's son) as Sales Director.

From Alston Furniture Website 2011
. . . . . In 1951 Leslie Alston decided to open Alstons Upholstery in Colchester, Essex which has relocated three times within the town to end in its current site in Gosbecks Road. The family has recently purchased an adjoining site to aid further expansion.
Today the fifth generation of Alston brothers, John and David run Alstons Cabinets and Alstons Upholstery, Upholstery now accounts for 75% of the total sales.
They are joined by the sixth generation, Holly and Jessica, the first Alston sisters.


Leslie married Eliza SCRIVINER [6033] on 2 Apr 1927 in Walton le Soken.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1595 M    i. Living

+ 1596 M    ii. Alan Frederick Playstead ALSTON [6036] .


1239. Percy Roy Playsted ALSTON [6039] (Percy (Pat) Walter Filbee994, William Alfred846, Sturgeon Drew722, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 28 Jun 1910.

General Notes:
Percy was a Chairman and Director of Alston's (Long Melford) Ltd, Director of Alstons (Sudbury) Ltd. He was admitted to the Freedom of Sudbury 14 Feb 1984, member of the Masonic Order, gave long service to the local Fire Services.

Percy married Lena Sibyl DANSIE [6040], daughter of Frederick William DANSIE [6304] and Unknown, on 21 Sep 1933 in St Marys Boxford SFK. The marriage ended in divorce on 20 May 1946.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1597 M    i. Noel William ALSTON [6041] was born in Dec 1938 in Long Melford SFK and died 17 Apr 2003 (Maundy Thurs) at age 64.

Percy next married Living

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1598 F    i. Janet Mary ALSTON [6043] was born in Aug 1951, died in Oct 2002 in Gt Waldingfield SFK at age 51, and was buried in Sudbury SFK.

+ 1599 M    ii. Living

1240. Isabella A ALSTON [8151] (William1006, Silvanus850, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1870 in Sudbury SFK.

1241. Albert ALSTON [8912] (William1006, Silvanus850, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1873 in Sudbury SFK.

1242. Walter ALSTON [8913] (William1006, Silvanus850, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1875 in Sudbury SFK.

1243. Beatrice ALSTON [8914] (William1006, Silvanus850, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1879 in Sudbury SFK.

1244. Gertrude ALSTON [8915] (William1006, Silvanus850, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1880 in Sudbury SFK.

1245. Thomas ALSTON [8924] (Thomas1007, Silvanus850, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1874 in Sudbury SFK.

1246. Jane ALSTON [8925] (Thomas1007, Silvanus850, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1878 in Sudbury SFK.

1247. Ethel Edith Kate ALSTON [6317] (Frederick William1018, Daniel853, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 29 Dec 1896 in Sudbury SFK and died on 25 Nov 1966 at age 69.

Ethel married William Thomas PILGRIM [6318] on 5 Sep 1915. William was born in 1896 and died in 1968 at age 72.

General Notes:
Thomas & Ethel are the Grandparents of Sue Harding-Payne of Gibbs Farm, Oak Rd, Pebmarsh, Halsted.


The child from this marriage was:

+ 1600 F    i. Living

1248. Frederick William ALSTON [6804] (Frederick William1018, Daniel853, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 4 Jun 1899 in Sudbury SFK.

1249. Grace Florence Ellen ALSTON [6805] (Frederick William1018, Daniel853, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 10 Jan 1903 in Sudbury SFK.

1250. Winnie Maud ALSTON [6806] (Frederick William1018, Daniel853, Peter724, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 21 Aug 1907 in Sudbury SFK.

1251. Ada Gertrude SHARPLES [14422] (Mary Helena PAFFARD1038, Amelia Merrick ALSTON869, Stephen731, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1894 in Heaton, NBL and died in 1922 in Evington LEI aged about 28.

1252. Dorothy Ruth SHARPLES [14423] (Mary Helena PAFFARD1038, Amelia Merrick ALSTON869, Stephen731, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1895 in Heaton, NBL and died in 1944 in Evington LEI at age 49.

General Notes:
Dorothy was a "student teacher, private"

1253. Frank Paffard SHARPLES [14424] (Mary Helena PAFFARD1038, Amelia Merrick ALSTON869, Stephen731, Peter566, Thomas388, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1896 in Heaton, NBL and died in 1916 in France at age 20.

1254. Ernest ALSTON [1016] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

1255. Edith ALSTON [1018] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1854 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust, died in Jan 1921 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust at age 67, and was buried on 14 Jan 1921 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust.

Edith may have married. Marriage status: unmarried.

Her child was:

+ 1601 M    i. Norman ALSTON [224] was born in 1880 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust, died on 10 Jun 1939 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust at age 59, and was buried in Warrnambool, Cemetery No 36/22.

1256. Alice ALSTON [274] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1856 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust and died in 1935 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust at age 79.

1257. Charles ALSTON [1013] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 29 Nov 1858 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust and died in 1935 in Fitzroy at age 77.

General Notes:
Charles was a cabinet maker

Charles married Eliza CUMMING [257] in 1892. Eliza was born about 1861 and died in 1941 in Cheltenham GLS aged about 80.

General Notes:
Eliza was aged 83 at her death


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1602 F    i. Elsie Margaret ALSTON [259] was born in 1895.

+ 1603 F    ii. Mary Eugene ALSTON [260] was born in 1899.

+ 1604 M    iii. John Cumming ALSTON [261] was born in 1900.

1258. George Grey ALSTON [1014] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 Jan 1861 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust.

General Notes:
At some time George went to Queensland and had 3 children, who died. The mothers name given for the 1885 births was Elizabeth Jane Turner. For the 1901 birth Elizabeth Jane HALLIDAY.

George married Elizabeth Jane HALLIDAY [5298] in 1884 in Tasmania Aust. Another name for Elizabeth was Elizabeth Jane TURNER.

General Notes:
IGI names bride as Elizabeth Jane Turner.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1605 F    i. Alice ALSTON [5299] was born in 1885.

+ 1606 F    ii. Lucy Maria ALSTON [5300] was born in 1885.

+ 1607 F    iii. Ann Turner ALSTON [5301] was born on 5 Jun 1901.

1259. Arthur ALSTON [1015] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 6 May 1863 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust.

General Notes:
Arthur was a teacher.

Arthur married Elizabeth COAKLEY [5302] in 1887. Elizabeth was born about 1861 and died in 1918 aged about 57.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1608 F    i. Mabel Alice ALSTON [5303] was born in 1888.

+ 1609 M    ii. Henry Arthur ALSTON [5304] was born in 1891.

+ 1610 F    iii. Doris Ruby ALSTON [5305] was born in 1892 and died in 1921 at age 29.

1260. Louisa Emma ALSTON [280] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1865 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust.

1261. Edward Henry ALSTON [1017] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 2 Sep 1866 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust and died in 1949 in Oakleigh at age 83.

General Notes:
Edward was an actuary.

Edward married Mary Elizabeth McCALLUM [5295], daughter of Duncan McCALLUM [5296] and Jane MERSON [5297], in 1898. Mary died in 1937 in Oakleigh.

General Notes:
Mary was aged 72 at her death (ref Oakleigh 3713).

1262. Frank Louis ALSTON [271] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1869 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust and died in 1902 in Orbost, Vic. Aust at age 33.

1263. Mary Kate ALSTON [275] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1871 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust and died in 1949 in Ballarat Australia. at age 78.

1264. Walter Clement ALSTON [276] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1873 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust.

General Notes:
Walter was a farmer.

1265. Leonard ALSTON [277] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1875 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust, died on 4 Dec 1953 in Cambridge CAM. at age 78, and was cremated on 8 Dec 1953 in Cambridge Crematorium.

General Notes:
Modern constitutions in outline : an introductory study in political science 1905
ALSTON, Leonard
Littleton Building
Inner Temple catalogue 2009

The Times 19 November 1926 pg 15 col F
To the Editor or of The Times
Sir: As a Cambridge teacher of economics I have read with no little enjoyment Sir Ernest Benn's diverging article in The Times today dealing with teaching of economics at Cambridge. I am afraid Sir Ernest would prove himself, under test, a very ingenious examinee. When the Cambridge examiner asks, in his customary solemn way: "in what circumstances, if any, do you expect two and two to make five? Give reasons for your answer; illustrating from (a) contemporary, (b) historical sources"
Sir Ernest Benn examinee would probably (if very keen on reaching the first place on the class list) racking his brains to discover some cases which might please the academic ignoramus set over him as the judge. Most Cambridge examinees, however more wiley.
As an examiner, on the other hand, Sir Ernest would painstakingly put into his questions everything that he would like the docile candidate to repeat. "Evaluate carefully the sum of two and two. Show that it must equal four. Prove (by the help of diagrams or otherwise) that if it appears to equal either (a) more than four (b) less than four, a mistake must have crept into the calculations" Cambridge examiner's, however seem to be unreasonably prejudiced against this method.
I note, with interest and alarm, Sir Ernest's indubitable proofs that the serious problems of wealth production must have been almost completely ignored. And this, though the Economics Board have apparently taken some pains in the matter. They have included among the examiners for the years 1923- 26 (1) the official at the Board of Trade who is responsible for the Census of Production: (2) the president of the L.M.S. Railway; (3) the editor of the Economist (a former secretary to the Iron and Steel Federation); (4) and (5) two non resident economists whose published writings are largely, perhaps mainly, concerned with statistics of production. Several of these eminent nonresidents were concerned in setting up in 1926 questions which Sir Ernest has so patiently dissected. Not one of them, however, seems to have assumed that it was his public duty to put into his queries the whole of what the victims were expected to put into their answers: and therefore the published questions give us no inkling of what the Orthodox candidate ought to believe about the economic fate of England and the Empire. Let us hope that their successors, now that they have read Sir Ernest's merited rebuke, will amend their slovenly ways, and so provide no future occasion for scandal.
Yours &c.,
Leonard Alston.
38 Parkside Cambridge November 17.
Leonard was not without a sense of irony.

The Times 26 May 1932 pg 10 col C.
Political Prisoners in India
Sir, When discussing the present situation in India it is customary for certain sections of the Press to lay great stress on the numbers now serving sentences of imprisonment for political offences.
In the case of a man like Mr Gandhi it is obvious that a term in prison differs scarcely at all from an enforced sojourn by a British Cabinet Minister in a nursing home, where he is expected to obey the instructions given by doctors and nurses. How does it stand in the case of the great majority of lesser folk - for example, the semi-pauper types that are paid by political organisations to carry out such tasks as picketing? I make no assertions on the point. But it would be interesting if we could be informed authoritatively by someone with first-hand knowledge, whether or not it is the case that in prison such people enjoyed a safer and larger income (food and shelter) under pleasanter conditions then they could hope to enjoy outside.
I am, Sir, yours &c.,
Leonard Alston
6 Pemberton Terrace Cambridge

The Times 5 July 1932 pg 10 col A.
Restoration of Prices
Fresh Money for Spending.
To the Editor of The Times.
Sir, The progress of the crisis is continually confirming the view that the most serious evil from which we are now suffering is a great fall in wholesale prices of the last two and a half years. This has bought about serious maladjustment as throughout the economic system owing to the fact that some prices move readily under the influence of supply and demand, while others are relatively inflexible. The most practical remedy for this situation is to operate upon the prices which are recast it will; these should be raised until they bear the same relation to the fixed prices as they bore at the outset of the crisis. This may be brought about in various ways of which we propose to mention three:-
1. Private individuals and institutions can assist by spending according to their capacity. In cases of doubt, the patriotic motive should weigh on the side of expenditure rather than economy.
2. The banking system should endeavour to increase the quantity of means of payment at the disposal of the public, both by being willing to give credit on the easiest possible terms, on all usual types of security, and by purchasing securities in the open market.
3. The government is at the heart of the economic system, and its operations have far-reaching effects for good or evil. It is therefore essential that its actions should be shaped in accordance with the general policy here outlined.
Until the restoration of prices is achieved, it should undertake to impose no additional taxation, it should be prepared to remit existing taxation, where that presses hardest, and it should encourage departments, local authorities, etc to speed up the expenditure on all sound schemes of construction and development. The government should obtain funds for these purposes from the banks which will thus be assisted in their efforts to put fresh money into circulation. To secure confidence and allay possible anxieties, the government should explicitly declare its policy in advance. A definite pronouncement of this kind should remove all fears of uncontrolled inflation - fears which arise primarily from a sense of uncertainty.
In these circumstances the government should be able to secure the external value of sterling against speculation or alarmist withdrawals. The policy of reducing the commodity value of sterling should not be associated with one of deliberate external undervaluation. So long as the financial structure of other countries it is in a position of extreme jeopardy, no attempt should be made to gain a competitive advantage by depressing the external value of the pound below its internal value. An improvement in our balance of trade secured in this way would only produce a further fall in world prices, and a consequential deterioration of the world situation.
Yours faithfully
Signed
L. Alston - Economics Faculty University of Cambridge, with 40 others from Oxford Cambridge and other universities.

The Times 18 September 1934 pg 8 col C.
Workers and Workless
The "Gainfully" Employed.
To the Editor of The Times
Sir, This is a rather belated addition to the correspondence that arose out of your contributors article on August 22 " Workers and Workless".
Neither the writer of the article nor his critics drew attention to the point that seems to me to emerge most prominently from the figures he has used. In 1881 the proportion of the population returned as gainfully occupied (a term that includes unemployed as well as employed) was 43%; the remainder being dependants or persons of independent means. The percentage is now 47. For the 21 years 1875-1895 I find that the average trade union figure for unemployment was almost exactly 5.25%. If the figures 43% and 47% can be taken as applicable within the wage earning section of the population, as well as in the population as a whole, we get the following rough result: in 1881 out of every 100 members of the wage earning section 43 had some recognized means of earning, and normally some 41 were actually earning. If in 1931 there were still 41 out of each 100 actually earning, this would appear officially as 41 out of 47 or 87% giving hours and unemployment figure of 13%.
Now, let us a picture the aggregate earnings of the wage earners as being pooled between the employed, the unemployed, and the dependants. Then, if the real wages of those in employment are no less than in 1881, the average real income of the whole working-class would be unaffected (compared with 1881) when the post-war unemployment figure is oscillating around 13%. (Though it needs to be remembered that the expenditure required to maintain an adult worker in comfort is greater than that needed for a dependent child). The last recorded unemployment figure for the last 12 months has been moving between 16.3 and 19.1; and for the period 1924/29 it really, except in 1926, rose above 11 or fell below 10; and as the post-war official figures were more comprehensive than the prewar trade union percentages, the contrast between the prewar 5.25 and the post-war 10 to 20% is probably in fact much less sharp than it appears to be (or in other words for comparative purposes, I had these actual post-war figures should be reduced, all the post-war figure equivalent to the prewar trade union figure should be taken as well above 13).
But real wages of the employed are found to be distinctly higher, if one adopts the usual methods of computation from money wagers and the cost of living index. This index, moreover, takes no account of the multitude of cheapened miscellaneous items (Cinema performances, bicycles, gramophones etc) which now form a noticeable part of the working class families real income (to say nothing of cheapened medical services connected with the Health Insurance Acts); more is spent publicly on the children's welfare (better schooling, medical inspection, meals for necessitous schoolchildren, etc); while of the social insurance schemes even out this income more satisfactorily as between relatively good and relatively bad times. So, if the well-being of the wage earning families could be satisfactorily measured by the real income received, no account being taken of disappointed expectations and frustrated energies, this section of the population as a whole would appear to be better off than in prewar days; and the elderly specially gain by the existence of old age pensions. With the falling size of the family (which accounts for the great reduction in the title of dependants in the population) it becomes possible for continually higher unemployment figures to emerge without the necessity of any reduction in average working-class incomes per head.
The very young are not very conscious of the frustrations and disappointments of industrial depression; they are getting in many ways a healthier and more enjoyable life than their predecessors; they receive a more satisfactory schooling, and there seems to be a a very much higher proportion of them who do not actively dislike schooling under present methods of teaching. In short, they are living lives that resemble much more closely than previously the lives of their coevals among the non-wage earning groups. All these are points of considerable importance when we, and the parents of these children, turn our thoughts towards the time when the children themselves will be workers, voters and parents. Moreover, just as the reduction in the size of the individual family, down to a certain point, means that the members of it can be more intensively equipped for their future careers, so also the growing reduction in the aggregate proportion of dependants in the population must mean that the gainfully occupied can between them, directly and indirectly (e.g. through rates and taxes) give a longer an qualitatively better training to the children of the nation with the same amount of sacrifice as today. Thus we may reasonably expect, even with mounting unemployment figures, a gradual advancement from a C3 in the direction of an A1 population as the country moves forward to its next testing period of national emergency.
Yours &c.,
Leonard Alston.
6 Pemberton Terrace Cambridge.

Stoic and Christian in the second century : a comparison of the ethical teaching of Marcus Aurelius with that of contemporary and antecedent Christianity by Leonard Alston.
http://www.archive.org/details/stoicandchristi05alstgoog

The Times 28 April 1937 pg 12 col A.
A further letter by Leonard on the subject "Paying for defence, spreading the burden"

The Times 27 October 1937 pg 10 col D.
A further letter by Leonard on the subject "Essential Food and Materials - storage in peacetime for war"

The Times 3 November 1938 pg 15 col F.
A further letter by Leonard on the subject "What Democracy Means - an attitude of mind, not an article for export"

The Times18 Apr 1944 pg 5 col F
A further letter by Leonard on the subject "Freedom from Want"

ALSTON, Leonard (1875-1953) [Who Was Who May 2003]
Categories: Biography
Summary: Details: ALSTON, Leonard; born Australia, 1875. Education: Thrice Univ. prizeman, Camb. . . . . Work: Deputy Prof. of History and Political Economy, Elphinstone Coll., Bombay, 1904-1905; University Lecturer, in Economics, Cambridge, 1926-1940; Litt.D, Melbourne, 1908. Publications: Modern Constitutions in Outline, 1905; The Obligation of Obedience to the Law of the State, 1905; Stoic and Christian in the Second Century, 1906; Sir Thomas Smith's De Republica Anglorum, 1906; The White Man's Work in Asia and Africa, 1907; Education and Citizenship in India, 1910; Elements of Indian Taxation, 1910; The Functions of Money, 1932. Address: 23 Warkworth Street, Cambridge. Died: 4 December 1953
Ref: Know UK CD - Colin Fenn

Death announcement:
The Times, Dec 05, 1953; pg. 1; Issue 52797; col A
ALSTON - On Dec. 4, at a nursing home, Leonard ALSTON, M.A., formerly University Lecturer in Economics of 23 Warkworth Street, Cambridge, aged 78 years. Funeral at Cambridge Crematorium on Tuesday Dec. 8, at 11 a.m.
Ref: Rosie Flower - 2008.

1266. Minna Charlotte ALSTON [278] (George Downing1046, Charles878, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1877 in Warrnambool, Vic. Aust, died in 1959 at age 82, and was buried on 15 Dec 1959.

1267. Florence ALSTON [8095] (Henry Charles1048, Henry George879, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1860 in St Pancras London.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 44 Bryantwood Rd Highbury Hill Islington MDX. Florence is recorded as a daughter single aged 11 born Pancras

1268. Kate Annie ALSTON [7825] (Henry Charles1048, Henry George879, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1856 in Islington MDX London.

General Notes:
Kate is Henry G Alston's grandaughter, that Henry is her father is conjectural

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is described as a grand daughter aged 5 born Islington

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is recorded as a grand daughter unmarried aged 15 a scholar born Islington

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is recorded as a grandaughter unmarried aged 25 milliner born Islington MDX

4. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is recorded as a neice single aged 35 milliner born Islington MDX

5. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is recorded as a neice single aged 44 a dressmakers assistant worker at home born Islington LON

1269. Henry J ALSTON [8096] (Henry Charles1048, Henry George879, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born Mar Qtr 1858 in Islington MDX London.

General Notes:
1858 Birth: March quarter, Islington 1b 221 - ALSTON Henry John.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 44 Bryantwood Rd Highbury Hill Islington MDX. Henry is recorded as a son aged 13 born Islington MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, West Islington London. Henry is recorded as Head of house married aged 23 warehouseman born Barnsbury MDX

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Islington MDX London. Henry is recorded as Head of house married aged 33 Wholesale fancy woollens salesman born Islington.

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St Pancras Camden Town LON. Henry is recorded as Head of house married aged 43 Warehouseman worker born London Also in the house is Henrys Neice Ellen Hill aged 24 born London

Henry married Isabella THOMPSON [9693] in 1880 in London. Isabella was born about 1860 in Twickenham.

Research Notes:
1871 Census Possible find - sister in law of Thomas E NALTY, married to Marianne (23,b. Middx Lon) at 22 Clifton Road, Islington.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, West Islington London. Isabella is recorded as a wife aged 20 born Twickenham SRY

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Islington MDX London. Isabella is recorded as a wife aged 30 born Twickenham SRY

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St Pancras Camden Town LON. Isabella is recorded as Isabel married aged 39 born London

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1611 F    i. Lillian A ALSTON [9694] was born in Nov 1880 in Wandsworth, London, SRY.

1270. Kate A MERRIFIELD [13872] (Mary Catherine ALSTON1051, Henry George879, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1).

1271. Annie Francis MERRIFIELD [9490] (Mary Catherine ALSTON1051, Henry George879, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born Dec Qtr 1863 in Islington MDX London and died on 15 Nov 1897 in Islington MDX London at age 33.

General Notes:
BDM Index. Birth. Merrifield Annie Frances. 1863 Dec Qtr Islington 1b 280

BDM Index. Death. Merrifield Annie Frances 34. 1897 Dec Qtr Islington 1b 219

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Ann Merrifield is recorded as a grandaughter aged 7 scholar born Islington MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Ann is recorded as a grandaughter unmarried aged 17 born Islington MDX

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Ann (Annie) is reported as a neice single aged 27 dressmakers assistant born Islington MDX

1272. Alfred Alston MERRIFIELD [9491] (Mary Catherine ALSTON1051, Henry George879, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 1 Apr 1866 in Islington MDX London and died in 1935 in London at age 69.

General Notes:
BDM Index. Birth. Merrifield Alfred A. 1866 Jun Qtr Islington 1b 296

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 44 Bryantwood Rd Highbury Hill Islington MDX. Alfred is recorded as a nephew aged 5 born Islington MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Alfred is recorded as a grandson unmarried aged 15 born Islington MDX

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Alfred is reported as a nephew single aged 25 a clerk (Commld) born Islington MDX

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 86 Goodrich Rd Dulwich Camberwell. Alfred is recorded as head of house married aged 34 merchants clerk born Islington

Alfred married Emma Elizabeth HIDER [9494] in 1892. Emma was born on 7 Apr 1873 in Bermondsey and died in 1966 at age 93.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 86 Goodrich Rd Dulwich Camberwell. Emma is recorded as married a wife aged 27 born Bermondsey

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1612 M    i. Sydney Cecil MERRIFIELD [9495] was born on 30 Mar 1893 in Camberwell LON.

+ 1613 F    ii. Winifred Elsie MERRIFIELD [9496] was born on 29 Jun 1894 in Islington MDX London and died in Sep 1996 at age 102.

+ 1614 F    iii. Emily Gertrude MERRIFIELD [9497] was born on 22 Sep 1897 in Dulwich and died on 14 Oct 1981 in Letchworth HRT at age 84.

+ 1615 F    iv. Mary Elizabeth MERRIFIELD [11524] was born on 3 Sep 1905 in Forest Hill Honour Oak Park Lewisham LON and died on 9 Mar 1998 in Lewisham LON at age 92.

1273. Edith Catherine MERRIFIELD [9489] (Mary Catherine ALSTON1051, Henry George879, James733, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 22 May 1867 in Islington MDX London.

General Notes:
BDM Index. Birth. Merrifield Edith Catherine. 1867 Jun Qtr Islington 1b 363

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Edith Merrifield is recorded as grandaughter aged 3 born Clerkenwell MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Edith is recorded as a grandaughter aged 14 scholar born Islington MDX

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Edith is recorded as a neice single aged 23 a useful help (dom) born Islington MDX

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Edith is recorded as a neice single aged 33 useful help (dom) at home born Islington LON

1274. Louisa C HOWARD [4604] (Anna Maria LIVEING1058, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 28 Nov 1861 in Calcutta India, was christened in St Johns Calcutta India, and died on 29 Oct 1917 at age 55.

General Notes:
LOUISA'S CONFESSION c1892
MY FAVOURITE VIRTUE: Goodtemper
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: Heidelburg
MY IDEA OF MISERY: Cold
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Drawing
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR: Red & blue
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER: Rose
MY FAVOURITE POETS: Coleridge
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: Mrs Ewing
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER: Moulin
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Ices
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Mary Harry
MY PET AVERSION: Caterpillars
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO: What cant be cured must be endured

On the 23rd Oct., at St. John's, Calcutta, Ambrose L EDE, of Silchar, third surviving son of Charles EDE of Bramley, Surrey, to Louisa Charlotte, only daughter of William HOWARD, also of Bramley. The Times, Nov 12, 1906; pg. 1; Issue 38175; col A

1 Dec/65 (pencilled in at a later date)
Dear Cousin Betty
Tommy has broken his head I have been playing in the garden - there is a nice little pony here, and Papa took us for a drive there are kittens and a big dog and a little puppy here
Sketch of children and Papa sitting about reading.
Page 2.
This is a school where Papa went when he was a little boy. Polly is alive and well
your afsect little cousin
Louie
. . . . . a letter shared with her mother.
Gressenhall Dec 1 /65.
Liveing Archive: Letter 20a & b

My dear Cousin Bett
I liked the Valentine you sent me very much I had four besides and a mug with my name on it and some barley sugar - Mamma gummed all my valentines in my scrap-book - Mamma and I are going to Bombay with Papa in a ship Aunt Mary has been to stay with us a very long time - My doll is sitting at the table now
Page 2.
her name is Susan and she is having tea and she has got knives & forks and some tea-things Papa bought me at the Crystal Palace - I bought a little cart for a penny for my good marks -My baby cousin is a funny little thing & has got a lot of hair on his head
This is the picture of it - Kisses - competent sketch of Aunt Fanny in bed with a nurse on a chair at the foot of the bed nursing the infant.
Page 3.
and Aunt Fanny in bed. I thought of a nice name for it - John - I have a pair of scissors and I can cut with them but they are 'nt (sic) doll ' s scifsors real nice scifsors
This is my silver knife - ( a good sketch of scissors and a table knife.)
I have got two eggs, real nice eggs if you would come another day you should see them and my dolls house - I have a large box of bricks Mrs Fenn gave it to me - (sketch of a box)
Kisses
Page 4.
Your affecte little cousin
Louie

Mrs Ambrose
The Lodge
Copford
Living Archive: Letter 23 a & b
Later noted on page 1
" to Eliz Ambrose f r L Howard 1866"

My dear Cousin Betty
Thank you for the Christmas card - I have a pretty doll's house which Auntie Scott gave me full of little things, chairs & tables & Rooms here are the two pictures (Sketch of dolls house)
Page 2.
of it - On Christmas day I had a horse with legs Mrs Hadwen sent it to me - I went to see my cousins yesterday and had dinner with them - Grandma and the Aunties are away except Aunt Fanny - This is the picture of my Xmas tree
Page 3.
(Sketch of a laden Christmas Tree)
we lighted it up
Louies love and goodbye.
Liveing Archive: Letter 24 a & b


E L Fenn writing to H L Fenn 6 Dec 1906 says "Louie Howard was married in the same church in Calcutta she was baptised in, her husband Mr Ede is a tea planter in Assam"

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Culmstock Devon. Louisa is recorded as a daughter aged 9 born Calcutta

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Lower Bourne Farnham Surrey. Louisa is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 19 born Calcutta

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, High St Bramley Surrey. Louisa is recorded as a daughter aged 29 born Calcutta India

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Balarny House Bramley SRY. Louisa is recorded as a daughter single aged 39 born Calcutta

Louisa married Ambrose Leopold EDE [7038], son of Charles H EDE [9695] and Emma [9696], on 23 Oct 1906 in St Johns Calcutta India.

General Notes:
1865 Birth: December quarter, Hambledon 2a 110 - EDE Ambrose Leopold.

Not found 1891/1901Census

Ambrose was a tea planter in Assam"

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Wonersh SRY. Ambrose is recorded as a son aged 5 born Wonersh SRY

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Basingstoke HAM. Ambrose is recorded as a pupil at Queens school aged 15 born Wonesh

1275. Prof. Edward Henry Torlesse LIVEING ARSM MIME [445] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1059, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 Jun 1855 in Nayland SFK, was christened on 29 Jul 1855 in Nayland SFK, died on 14 Dec 1950 in Longstanton CAM at age 95, and was buried in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

General Notes:
Edward was educated at Charterhouse School and the Royal School of Mines ARSM 1877. Articled to A L Stevenson chief . . . . . to Bell Brothers. Obtained a certificate of Collery Manager 1880. Prospected for coal and metals in the Morocco 1883/4, goldmining in Hungary 1884 - 1890. Goldmining in many other countries 1890 - 1898. Professor of mining in Yorkshire College Leeds 1898 - 1901. Consulting engineer to the associated Gold Mines of Western Australia and associated northern blocks of west Africa 1900 - 1921.
Ref: Red Book. The dates above appear to conflict somewhat with Edward's work at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

Julius Archive: Image Note 1
Petition
Werry umble
May We ave
A Whitening for
T this day without sin?
ISS
Friday = been a farstin orful.
Unsigned but attributed to Edward.

1919 Edward is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

North Country News
A New Gas Indicator For Mines.
Mr Edward Liveing, assistant to Mr A. L. Stevenson, Hollywell Hall, Durham, has invented a gas indicator which will show the minutest particle of gas found in a mine. It has been very successfully tried in some of the Durham coal mines.
Ref: The Northern Echo 14 August 1880.

Edward appears also qualified as an electrical engineer:
Edward and a Mr Massey were entrusted with the work of installing the first electric light in parts of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. c1883/85. Two telegrams and a letter from Sir John Cowell, and a letter from the Comptroller of Queen Victoria's household with congratulations to Edward on the success of the venture contrast with the media reporting of the time. The Queen "found the light too strong for her eyes" (Pall Mall Gazette 3 Nov 1890) and it was not until the 24 May 1899 that the Leeds Mercury reported the lights in St James Hall Windsor Castle were "switched on" in the Queens presence.
The Civil Service estimates (Bristol Mercury 4 Mar 1898) provides for a sum of "L3500 for beginning the installation of electric power in Buckingham Palace".
Ref: Red Book

In 1890 aged 24 accompanied by his wife aged 24 Edward travelled from London to Melbourne Australia on the Orizaba. Ages from ships manifest.
Ref: findmypast. 2011

Liveing, E. H. 1896-1897 Member Federated Institution of Mining Engineers
Ref Durham Mining Museum.

Cablegrams have been received from Mr Landau (Chairman of the Associated Gold Mines of Western Australia Co.) "My object has been obtained. Have appointed as manager Liveing and William Dick as a provisional arrangment. My opinion is on the whole favourable. Future prospects are excellent"
Ref:Glasgow Herald 22 Mar 1900

E H Liveing arrived in Port of Sydney 2 Apr 1903 on the "China"
Ancestry.com

Company Meetings Reports.
Murchison Goldfields Ltd
This is a report by a newly formed company to purchase and resell mines, and mine gold in Western Australia.
It says " Murchison Goldfields Ltd, is represented on the spot by two engineers of undoubted eminence in their profession, namely, Mr Edward H. Liveing, associate Royal School of Mines, Member of the Institute of Mining Engineers, who has already had, practical experience of mining in Australia and in other parts of the world, and Samuel Mitchell J.P. (A Western Australian worthy) . . . . . "
" Before leaving Northampton W.A. for this goldfield on the 23rd January last, Mr Liveing cabled as follows: Murchison - from all that I can learn, I consider that this field holds out the best hopes of properties suitable for English mining companies"
Ref: Extracted from the Aberdeen Journal 25th of February 1895. also reported in The Freeman's Journal 25 February 1895 and other publications.
Note: Edward was indeed right, the Murchison Gold Fields discovered by Tom Cue in 1895, was part of a large and prosperous gold rush to Western Australia in the 1890's, Cue sold his claims soon after, did he sell them to Murchison Gold Fields Ltd ?

Edward was Professor of Mining at Leeds.

Brookfield House
Longstanton
Cambridgeshire
22 May 1934
My dear Mrs Fenn
As promised I now enclose you six prints from old negatives taken by my father and myself of the old house in 1874, they show well in what a dilapidated condition it was before cousin Edward had it so beautifully restored.
I also enclose a photo copy of a watercolour sketch by James Boggis of Nayland Street in 1838 the fine old redbrick vicarage on the right was pulled down before I can remember.
It was a great pleasure to me to see you and Adria the other day and I hope to be able to get over to Stoke and Nayland again sometime this summer.
Yours very sincerely
Edward H. Liveing
Letter without envelope on file E L Fenn 2007.

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch:
STOKE-BY-NAYLAND PARISH RECORDS
Catalogue Ref. FB80
CLERGY
Churchyard - ref. FB80/C2
FILE - Envelope - ref. FB80/C2/2 - date: 1929
Containing declaration of Trust for the administration of a fund for the maintenance of the churchyard, which has been donated by Edward Henry Liveing, of Brookfield House, Longstanton, Cambridgeshire.
Ref A2A

Longstanton Church registers contain no family records but the organ was presented by E H Liveing
Ref: Red Book

LIVEING - On Dec. 14, 1950, at Longstanton, Cambs, Professor Edward Henry LIVEING, aged 95 years. The Times, Dec 16, 1950, pg. 1; Issue 51876; col A.

Research Notes:
Edward became the custodian of Liveing family records and memorabilia, he produced a catalogue of the items. These passed to his nephew R H T Liveing at his death.

Three Family Tree's have passed down to family in the 21st Century via Edward, they are:
A Descendant Tree from John Liveing: Image 3839

Pedigrees Downing Baldwin Chambers Woolley & Descendants: Image 3937

A Pedigree of Torless or Torlesse of Berkshire endorsed Edward H Liveing, Longstanton, Cambridge, June 1923 . With the following note: "The early part of this pedigree is the work of my late father Dr Edward Liveing. I have completed the pedigree to date and have had it printed with a hope that it may be of some interest to some members of the Torlesse family.
The only uncertain point in the pedigree is the parentage of Dr Richard Torless, I have shown him as the son of John Torless of Godalming which is most probable but not absolutely certain. his baptism does not appear in the Godalming register where those of John Torless's earlier children are recorded, but he may easily have been baptised elsewhere.
The last on the register is Francis Torless baptised April 1636 and if Richard followed in 1637 he would have been 16 years old when he entered St Johns College Oxford in 1653. He is entered on the College Register as the son of a gentleman but unfortunately his fathers name is not stated, he claimed founders Kin so he was certainly one of the family if not the son of John then the son of Francis Torless as there were only two men of that generation who married"

At Nov 2011 a large number of scraps of trees are recorded in folder "Pedigree info" the researcher has no idea at this point if they are incorporated into this record.

Liveing Archive: Image 3880 - 3882
This matter is attributed to Prof. Edward Henry Liveing with no certainty (2011)
Copy of Mr Greenfield's letter to Mrs Atkinson
I fear Professor Liveing will find it a difficult matter to show his descent from Sir G. Downing of East Hatley the founder of Downing College or from his first cousin and heir to the baronetcy Sir Jacob Garrard Downing the last Bt who died without issue, 6th of February 1764, when the Downing estates reverted according to the disposition under the will of his cousin and predecessor Sir George who died 10th of June 1749, which will was confirmed by decree of the Lord Chancellor Camden 17th of June 1768. The charter for incorporation of the college having been approved by the Privy Council was confirmed by the King and passed the Great Seal under Lord Chancellor Loughborough 22 September 1800, when your grandfather's (E.B.T) Uncle Francis Annesley M.D. of Reading was appointed the first Master of the College. This Frances Annesley was shown to be the nearest male representative of the Founder - being son and heir of Mary Hanbury the eldest daughter and heiress of Francis Cotton, only daughter of John Cotton Esq and his wife Francis Downing eldest daughter of Sir George Downing 1st Bart, and eldest aunt of Sir G Downing the founder (who was 3rd Bart). It appears that the Founder died leaving a daughter, who seven months after her father's death married 23 February 1750 John Bagnall Esq and brought L.20,000 into settlement, but she does not appear to have been included in the entale created by her father's will which was made in 1717 (32 years before his death) at which time I fancy she was not born. There was a Rev George Downing a Prebendary of Ely. He was living in 1802 and had an only son, George Downing barrister at law of Lincoln's Inn who died S.P. 10 October 1800 to the great grief of his parents; but I cannot discover that the Prebendary of Ely was in any way related to the East Hatley family. I cannot find a Dixon Downing. The Founder was an only son. His father Sir George 2nd Bart was the eldest of three brothers William the second brother died S.P. Charles the third brother was father of Sir Jacob Garrard Downing 4th and last Bart.
Crombury Tce
Southampton.

Liveing Archive: Images Notes 2 - 6
Tasmanian Notes April 1903 made by EHL about his Grandfather Henry Boden Torlesse on a trip to Tasmania. See Henry's notes & images file.

Liveing Archive: Image 3927
116 Victoria Street
Westminster
SW1
17th November 1920
E. H. Liveing Esq
Brookfield House
Longstanton
Camb.
Dear Liveing,
I am delighted to get a letter in your own handwriting and to know that you have been enjoying Felixstowe. It is a delightful spot and frankly I much prefer it to Harwich or Dovercourt.
I am sending your letter about the Liveing connections on to my sister Mary and clergyman brother Fred who are both interested in these matters.
I do not know whether you noticed but I remember that there are one or two gravestones in connection with the Liveing family in the churchyard close to the east end of the Church. I rather think there are one or two stones in the old Church yard on the opposite side of the street and seem to remember some inscription about Captain "Billie" i.e. William Liveing who you will remember commanded had one of the mail packets 100 years ago but my memory is not very clear.
Jackson, Church Street, Harwich is the name of the bookseller to whom I referred as likely to give you information.
We are all I am glad to say well and flourishing. I am as usual enjoying my very busy life.
With every kind wish.
Yours sincerely,
Oliver Williams.

Correspondance between Edward & Hedley Hope-Nicholson regarding the early family in Harwich. See also letters on searches of Hadleigh etc by Edwards brother William.
Liveing Archive: Images 3805 - 3806
On headed paper, Oxford & Cambridge Club, Pall Mall SW1, but crossed through
34 Tite Street
Chelsea SW
27 Jan 1928
Dear Sir
I have for some time been interested in the genealogy of the Liveing family, as Robert Liveing of Harwich was the executor of the will of my great great great grandfather, Thomas Hearn in 1776. I have just discovered, through being given a copy of the will, that he was also the testator's brother-in-law. If I am not mistaken in thinking
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you are a member of the same family, I wonder if you have records showing the names of the parents of Sarah Hearn, Robert's wife? The Registers & inscriptions etc at Harwich give me three different couples as the possible parents of Thomas Hearn. I imagine that you are connected with the Harwich family (a) because the late President of St John's College Cambridge was the son of Edward Liveing, a surgeon of Nayland, Suffolk, in 1827, and (b) my ancestor's grand daughter Mary Ann Hearn married Ralph Willoughby Cleghorn in 1800, who shortly after was a surgeon at Nayland. He was my great grandfather. I have had few more names & dates of Liveings at Harwich if you would care for them.
With apologies for troubling you,
Yours faithfully
Hedley Hope-Nicholson
Letter to Edward G D Liveing.

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Letters to Edward enquiring of the family.

Oxford and Cambridge Club
Pall Mall SW1
34 Tite st
Chelsea SW
31 Jan 1928
Dear Sir
Your nephew, Mr E. G. D Liveing, will no doubt have written to you, mentioning my enquiry about the Liveings of Harwich.
I am specially anxious to know if you have any details about Sarah, wife of Robert Liveing, who must have been the sister of my great great great grandfather, Captain Thomas Hearn, R.N. She died in
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1772, aged 49. There is some doubt as to which of three couples were the parents of Thomas Hearn, & perhaps the Liveing pedigree may settle this. His wife was an Ann, daughter of James Clements. I have notes as to Robert Liveing's parents, if you by any chance have not got them.
I may be going to Harwich on Friday, to stay with the Carlyon-Hughes, who are a great genealogists. I might be able to look up some point for you in the Registers, if you desire? My wife tells me that a cousin of hers, Archie Napier, married a Miss Liveing, perhaps she is a relation of yours?
Yours faithfully
Hedley Hope-Nicholson

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Dear Mr Nicholson
My nephew forwarded me your letter of 27 June and I now have yours of 31st. so I must say that it has given me much pleasure to hear from a distant cousin and one who like myself is interested in records of the past. I am sending you per parcel post a Liveing pedigree drawn up by me in 1921 and lithographed - if it is of any interest to you please keep it (I have spare copies). I include also a rough copy of the Herne pedigree found amongst my old papers & notes re Harwich. It clearly shows that George Herne was the father of
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Sarah who married Robert Liveing ( the 2nd.) and also of Thomas Hearn your ancestor, unfortunately it gives no dates and is imperfect I don't know who drew it up. I have a number of notes re Harwich etc and memoranda taken down by my late father Dr Edward Liveing (ob 1919) from the memoirs of his uncle Capt William Liveing (died 1871) & the Rev H T Liveing (died 1884) I have also a large number of letters by my great grandmother Harriet Liveing (wife of Capt Thomas Liveing) from Harwich between 1820 to 1837 the year of her death also a few earlier. I will look through these notes and letters and see if I can find anything of interest re Herne Cleghorn etc and make copies for you
1920 - I went through the register of St Nicholas Harwich with Job Brewster ? the old clerk but not thoroughly .as I was short of time any dates you can add to the Liveing pedigree I shall be glad of.
Yours very sincerely
E H Liveing

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Oxford and Cambridge Club
Pall Mall SW1
34 Tite st
Chelsea SW
2 Feb 1928
Dear Mr Liveing
It is most kind of you to give me the copy of the splendid Liveing pedigree. Your nephew also suggested that I should write to his father, who has sent me his copy to look at. It is gratifying to find kinsman who are interested in genealogy, and able as well as willing to help. My great uncle Ralph Cleghorn seized and lost a book containing the Hearn pedigree, which I am reconstructing from family papers, tradition, and the registers. My mother would have been very much interested in your researches, had she been alive - she was the youngest daughter of Thomas Cleghorn, and a fourth cousin of yours. I add a little information for the Liveing pedigree. I have only met the Archie Napier's a few times, but I had no idea that the giants Charles and Sandy were my 5th
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cousins! The "Herne" pedigree, I am afraid, is rather in a tangle! Is it all in one script? It looks to me as if it were compiled at Nayland - the compiler knows all about my great aunts - not so much about the two elder brothers. Now my great grandmother, Mary Ann (Hearn) Cleghorn died, I think at Nayland, in 1840: I don't think Eliz. Hearn Cleghorn married Aggio (not Aggis) before 1846 - and Phillis married James Bruce in June 1856. Could it have been compiled by the widow (Cath Mary) of Edw Liveing, who was 2nd cousin of my great grandmother, and who lived, I believe, at Nayland? It looks to me as if it were confused family tradition - Thomas H. the I married and Ann Clements:
Thomas II married Eleanor (Townsend?)
George Ward married Elizabeth Hearn, 1751.
Joseph Deane married Eleanor Hearn, 1750, & had son William.
(no Sophia appears in Mr Carlyon-Hughes ' very big Deane pedigree)
Mary Hearn married Edmund Hunt, 1763
William Hearn married Susanna Annis, 1756
William Hearn & Elizabeth were the parents of George Poulson H born 1775, and of Maddison Hunt H born in 1777.
George Hearn was brother probably, not father, to most of the above (bap 1735,? buried 1785)
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I knew that Oliver Williams was a cousin of my grandfather's (he belonged to the same stock as Oliver Cromwell) but the pedigree shows me how, if it is to be relied on. My grandfather Cleghorn married Sarah Chisnall of Hadleigh: I wonder if the Chisnall's, or Orford's, come into your Hadleigh notes at all? Your collection of Harwich letters, etc sounds most interesting, and I shall look forward to any scraps of information. Some of it may not be very edifying perhaps - Thomas Hearn III was a terrible fellow, and a great trial to all his relations. "Aunt White" had to retire to Coggeshall to get away from him! When I return from Harwich, I will send you any thing I may happen to find, with the latest accounts of the seven pretenders to be the parents of Sarah wife of Robert Liveing! Mrs Carlyon-Hughes (The Chaseway, Dovercourt) with whom I am
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going to stay, is connected with the Deanes. Her son Basil is writing a history of Harwich, and I am sure he would be most grateful for anything bearing on the subject - social or topographical - especially owners and situation of houses, etc.
I am glad to hear that Bob Brewster is still alive - he was most helpful to me when I was there some years ago.
With many thanks
Yours sincerely
Hedley Hope- Nicholson

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Dr Mr N
Many thanks for your letter I am sorry the Hearn pedigree is evidently quite unreliable from your definite facts it came to me with a number of other pedigree notes (chiefly Alston's of Nayland) from my late Uncle G. Downing Liveing I think . . . . . it was probably drawn up from memory by someone possibly at Nayland
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it is in one hand . . . . . in pencil but ink over by the same hand - but whose I do not know - it is not my grandmother C M Liveing's . . . . . I found amongst my father's papers the fragment of another pedigree which he says was found at Copford after my great aunt Julia Ambrose's death 1868 this I will copy and send you
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I shall be glad to place any information I have re Harwich people houses and packet services at Mr Basil Hughes disposal though I don't know that it will give him much help with a history of Harwich. Perhaps he might come over one day and see me?

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Oxford and Cambridge Club
Pall Mall SW1
34 Tite st
Chelsea SW
7 Feb 1928
Dear Mr Liveing
Your letter was forwarded to me from Dovercourt, where I found a few fresh facts, but not so much as I expected. The registers are so voluminous that I had not time to do all I wanted, & unfortunately forgot that Betts was one of your names - I remember that they came frequently. I enclose sheets of facts which you may not have. I am beginning to think that the traditional ancestors, William & Sarah Hearn, are right:
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and that she was a Simkin , Sarah Simkin's birthdate fits Mrs Sarah Hearn, & two of her grandchildren (by different children) were named Simkin. It is kind of you to promise me a copy of the other Hearn pedigree. It is possible that the Oliver Williams family have a pedigree? Perhaps you could tell me who is the present representative of the family. I have sent on your promise of help to Mr Carlyon-Hughes. If ever you come to London, it would be so pleasant to make your acquaintance. I met some other cousins at Dovercourt - Major and Miss Graves: they are descended from the Deanes, & share a Clements ancestor with me.
Yours sincerely
Hedley Hope-Nicholson.

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13 Feb 1928
Dear Mr Nicholson
Many thanks for your letter and the extracts from the Harwich Registers which are of such interest to me and will enable me to add some dates to my Liveing pedigree. I am seldom in London now but it would be a pleasure to me to meet you and have a chat and I will let you know beforehand the next time I am coming up and should it happen to be convenient to you I would call on you.
Your Herne pedigree showing the Simking (sic) connection is very interesting and certainly looks as if it was correct the reusing of the name in the next generation being good evidence -
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I enclose you the torn fragment of Pedigree of Copford I mentioned - it however seems to be the same sort of mixup from someone's imperfect memory that the former one was - George Hearn is again put in as father of Sarah Thomas etc . . . . . and a daughter of grandmother Peppers put in as his possible wife - who was grandmother Pepper? My father's notes on Liveings Harwich mostly in pencil on sheets of notepaper . . . . .
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taken down when staying with his Uncle Rev H. T. Liveing at Tansor Rectory at various dates some also from when staying with his Aunt Ambrose (Julia Liveing ob 1868) agd 80. I am making copies in ink of all these and when finished will send you for perusal and you can send on to Mr Basil Hughes if you think they would interest him -
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with regard to the Williams family I don't think they have any pedigree that would help you I called on Oliver Williams about 1920 to get any information he might have but he knew nothing but what I already knew.
Edmund the eldest son died a good many years ago Oliver died a year or two since. I believe the youngest son the Rev H. William
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is still alive he was Vicar of Duston Northampton have few years ago he however left that place for some church in Leicester but his present address I do not know. I will however find out from my Sister Mrs Rands of Northampton. It might perhaps be worth your while to write to him I remember staying with the Williams in Harwich when a boy some time in the sixties and being shown the old home in King Street where my great grandfather lived and died and also his father . . . . . there is a water colour drawing for this house made by my Aunt Mary about 1860 a photo of which I will send with copies of my father's notes . . . . .
E H L

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On headed paper Oxford & Cambridge Club crossed through
34 Tite Street
Chelsea SW
16 Feb 1928
Dear Mr Liveing
very many thanks for the extra Hearn pedigree which you so kindly copied out for me, & for the promise of a photograph of the Liveing house in Harwich. I can't think who grandmother (or Godmother?) Pepper was. George Herne was of a later generation than Sarah Liveing's father. I will look up the Rev H. Williams in Crockford. He might possibly have some
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papers which might help. Your anecdote about the names of the officers on the packet is very amusing. I have just had a letter from Mrs Wetherall, the last of Captain George Deane's daughter's (aged 98) who has asked me to see her, at Pangbourne. She once saw Sarah Liveing's niece, Mrs White, (who was born in 1753) and says she kept a china bowl full of sovereigns over a door! Although she died in 1846, she seems quite real to me, as I have furniture, china, & letters of hers, and have always heard of her as "Aunt White". Mrs Wetherall said my letter was like a voice from the dead! It seems I am only just in time to rescue these scraps of family history.
Yours sincerely
Hedley Hope-Nicholson

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More House
34 Tite Street
Chelsea
18 March 1928
Telephone
Kensington 1599
Dear Mr Liveing
I am returning your notes on Harwich & the Liveings with the two prints of the silhouettes, and the copies of the two letters. It is most kind of you to have sent them to me, and I enjoyed reading them immensely. They have made that period at Harwich, of which I knew a little, seem so much more real. The two letters are delightful. I had no idea
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that the Packet Commanders were so well off. But I'm afraid some of them at least knew how to spend! A great deal of the Hearn money went at the "Three Cups" - which made their refusal to give me luncheon the other day doubly annoying!
I imagine the Hope family that so elated Capt Bridge were our Dutch cousins, the bankers of Amsterdam. Old Mr Hopkins was the male witness at the marriage of my great grandmother Mary Ann Hearn to Ralph Cleghorn. There is a portrait of Capt. Thomas Hearn II (her father) in South Africa - but the owner of it says it is too dark to distinguish anything, but
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will not have it photographed - even at my expense! Mrs Wetherall (the youngest of Capt. George Deane's daughters) is a wonderful old lady, in spite of her 98 years and has various quaint anecdotes of the relations at Harwich. She has a young grandson, Robin Baillie, who is interested in genealogy, luckily. I send you a little reminiscence of hers which may amuse you! I am sending on my copy of your notes to B Carlyon-Hughes at Dovercourt, in case there is
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anything for his book. I am hoping to go to Coggeshall soon to search the registers there, as I am trying to find out who the wife of Capt Thomas Hearn II was - Eleanor was her Christian name: she may have been a Townsend of Coggeshall.
With many thanks for the loan of your papers,
Yours sincerely
Hedley Hope-Nicholson

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Edward is recorded as a son aged 5 born Nayland SFK

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Edward is described as a son aged 15 a scholar born Nayland SFK

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Edward was described as a son aged 25 an unmarried mining engineer (A R S of Mines?) born in Nayland SFK

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Harman Villa Seacroft YKS. Edward is recorded as head of house single aged 45 a mining engineer born Nayland SFK

5. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Angel Inn Stoke by Nayland SFK. Edward is recorded as a boarder aged 55 married a mining engineer born Nayland SFK On census night the Inn Keeper William Tonkin had 4 guests, two single men, a law student and a wood hewer, & the Liveings

Edward married Emily BOSWORTH [446], daughter of Joseph Gray JONES [11203] and Unknown, on 17 Nov 1904 in Emmanual West Dulwich Lambeth London. Emily was born on 12 Nov 1862, died on 7 Feb 1939 in Longstanton CAM at age 76, and was buried on 13 Feb 1939 in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

General Notes:
Emily was a widow at her wedding to Edward of Senta Acrlet? Row West Dulwich. Witnesses were E Sutton Reid and S P Reid

LIVEING - On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1939, at Brookfield House, Long Stanton, Cambridgeshire, Emily LIVEING, the beloved wife of E. H. LIVEING. Funeral 12 noon. Monday, Feb. 13, at Stoke-by-Nayland Parish Church. The Times, Feb 10, 1939; pg. 1; Issue 48226; col A.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Harman Villa Seacroft YKS. Emily is recorded as a servant (housekeeper) a widow aged 37 born London.

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Angel Inn Stoke by Nayland SFK. Emily is recorded as aged 48 married 7 yrs no children born London

1276. Frances LIVEING [451] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1059, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 5 Feb 1857 in Cambridge CAM., was christened on 5 Apr 1857 in St Andrew Cambridge CAM, and died on 3 Feb 1903 at age 45.

General Notes:
An alternative marriage ref for a Frances Liveing Mar Qtr 1881 Sudbury 4a 5[06]1 BDM

Picture pg 134 Bygone Days

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Francis is described as a daughter aged 4 born Cambridge CAM

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Francis is described as a daughter aged 14 scholar born Cambridge CAM

Frances married Frederick Catesby HOLLAND [452], son of Rev Charles HOLLAND [1738] and Emily TORLESSE [1673], on 5 Feb 1880. Frederick was born on 14 Apr 1853 in Shipley SSX.

General Notes:
Frederick was a solicitor. Alternative date for first wedding 1881. After his second marriage they lived in Johannesburg South Africa.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1616 M    i. Evelyn Catesby HOLLAND [459] was born on 26 Feb 1882 in West Dulwich SRY and died in South Africa.

+ 1617 F    ii. Dorothy Mary Frances Catesby HOLLAND [460] was born on 31 Jan 1884 in Carlyle Square Chelsea London SW.


1277. Margaret "Meg" LIVEING [453] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1059, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 21 Dec 1858 in Highbury Middlesex. She was usually called Meg.

General Notes:
In 1917 Margaret was living at "Fieldhead " Dallington Ave Northhampton.

Picture pg 134 Bygone Days

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Margaret is recorded as a daughter aged 2 born Highbury MDX

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Margaret is described as a daughter aged 12 a scholar born Islington? MDX

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Margaret was described as a daughter aged 22 unmarried born Highbury MDX

Meg married George William RANDS [454], son of George RANDS [10859] and Julia WRIGHT [10860], in Dec 1890 in Marylebone London MDX. George was christened on 23 Jan 1853 in Northampton NTH and died in Mar 1940 in Northampton NTH at age 87.

Research Notes:
Baptism from a film Batch I007166 IGI.

George was a solicitor

Obituaries:
Mr G W Rands; The death occurred at his home at Northampton during the week-end of Mr George William RANDS senior partner in the firm of G and G W Rands, Solicitors, at the age of 87. Mr Rands was Northampton's oldest lawyer, and despite his great age continued to work at his office until a few weeks ago. He had been in practice since 1874, when he became a partner in the firm founded by Mr George Rands, his father. On his death Mr G W Rands succeeded him as Registrar of the Northampton Borough Court of Record, an office which now becomes vacant. Mr Rands leave a widow and a son Mr G St John Rands who became a partner in the firm in 1921.
Times March 26 1940


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1618 M    i. George St John RANDS [462] was born on 21 Mar 1893 in St James Dunston Northampton NTH and died in Mar 1978 in Market Harborough LEI at age 85.

+ 1619 M    ii. Oliver Francis RANDS [463] was born on 12 Mar 1895 in St James Dunston Northampton NTH, died on 3 May 1917 in action France at age 22, and was buried in Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France.

+ 1620 F    iii. Julia Violet Charlotte RANDS [464] was born on 21 Dec 1898 in St James Dunston Northampton NTH and died on 10 Apr 1938 in Northampton NTH at age 39.


1278. Rev Henry George Downing LIVEING [447] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1059, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 10 Mar 1861 in Queen Anne St London, was christened on 5 Jun 1861 in St Mary, St Marylebone Rd London, and died on 17 Apr 1947 in Burgh Heath SRY at age 86.

General Notes:
Births.
Liveing. On the 10th inst, the wife of Edward Liveing, Esq., M. B., of 52, Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, of a son.
Ref: The Morning Chronicle 14th March 1861

Birth Ref Jun Qtr 1861 Marylebone 1a 423 BDM

Liveing: Rev Henry George Downing 2s Edward of London, Gent., St Edmund Hall, matric., 5 Feb 1879 aged 17 B.A. 1882.
Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 NZSOG

Crockfords 1888 Henry George Downing Liveing - 52 Queen Anne St W-St. Edin Hall Oxford BA 1882; 1884 Win. Priest 1886 by Bishop Cramer Roberts for Win,Curate of Selbourne Dio. Win 1886; Curate of Westcott SRY 1884 - 87; Crockfords 1895 - Selbourne Hants. 1886 - 88; Gillingham Dorset 1889 - 90; Bramley SRY 1890 - 92.

Ecclesiastical Intelligence.
Licences To Curacies.
By the Bishop of Salisbury.
Dorset - Henry George Downing Liveing, B. A. to Gillingham.
Ref: Ipswich Journal 21 May 1888.

Romsey Hampshire.
Private Residents.
Liveing Rev H.G. The Abbey
Warrens Winchester Directory 1895.

Benevolent Institutions
Refuge. North Walls
. . . . . Cmtte. . . . . . Rev H.G. Liveing. . . . .
Warrens Winchester Directory 1900.

1919 Edward is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

Rumour has it he a Husseyite (Moravian Church)?

When Henry was Curate of Polstead, he lived at the "Cottage" at Stoke by Nayland.

Henry was a published author.
Liveing, Henry George Downing
Records of Romsey Abbey : an account of the Benedictine house of nuns with notes on the parish church and town (A.D. 907-1558) : compiled from manuscript and printed records
Published Winchester : Warren and Son 1906
Available at GUILDHALL LIBRARY.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxiii, 342 p., (34) leaves of plates : ill., maps, geneal. table ; 23 cm

Henry was aged 86 at death.
Ref Table 1A Byegone Days.

Liveing Rev H G.D. Roxana 19 Oaklands Ave Esher Emberbrk 1566
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1934/35/36/37/38/39

Liveing Rev Henry G. D. Copt Gilders Alcocks Ln Burgh H 2805
Ancestry: London Phone Books 1943/45/46/47

Other Records

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Henry is recorded as a son aged 1 mth born Marylebone MDX

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 1 Sussex Villas Cambridge CAM. Henry was described as a grandson and scholar aged 10 born London MDX

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Henry was described as a son aged 20 an unmarried scholar born Marylebone LON

4. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Station Rd Bramley SRY. Henry is described as head of house married aged 30 Clerk in Holy Orders born Marylebone LON (Spelt Leveing in Ancestry)

5. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Hyde Vicarage Winchester. Henry is recorded as Head of a house of 12 rooms aged 50 married a clergyman born Marylebone LON. There was a cook and a housmaid also in the house

Henry married Margaret RANDS [448], daughter of George RANDS [10859] and Julia WRIGHT [10860], on 27 Aug 1890 in St Sepulchre Northampton. Margaret was born on 17 May 1858 in St Sepulchre Northampton, was christened on 21 Jul 1858 in Northampton NTH, and died on 18 Mar 1947 in Burgh Heath SRY at age 88.

Marriage Notes:

From the marriage certificate Henry is shown as 29 years old, a Clerk in Holy Orders from Gillingham Dorset, Margaret's age is not given, she is described as a spinster of Newlands and her father as George Rands, solicitor. Witnesses were George Rands, William R F Liveing, Sarah Eleanor Rands, Gertrude Rands and Julia Rands.

General Notes:
Marriage ref Sept quarter 1890 Northampton 3b 171 BDM

Marriage of Miss M.Rands.
The nuptials of the Rev. Henry Downing Liveing, M.A., second son of Mr. Edward Liveing MD of 52 Queen Anne Street, London, and Registrar to the Royal College of Physisicans, to Miss Margaret Rands, third dau of Mr.George Rands, solicitor and Registrar to the Northampton Borough Court of Record were solemnised on Wednesday at St Sepulchre's Church . . . . . The bride who was attired in white satin brocade with Honiton lace and veil, and who carried a handsome bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom, was given away by her father ; the bridesmaids being her four sisters; Miss S.E.Rands, Miss Edith Rands, Miss Gertrude Rands and Miss Lillian Rands. The bridesmaids dresses were of white Bengaline silk trimmed with lace and mauve and green velvet. They also wore white felt hats, with feathers to match, and gold broaches set with pearls, the later being the gift of the bridegroom. Mr William R Liveing , brother of the bridegroom, was best man. At the conclusion of the ceremony the wedding party returned to the residence of the brides father, where a reception took place. The presents included (very long list, a short sample of which is . . . . .); Furniture Dr.Edward Liveing ; silver cream jug and sugar basin Mr and Mrs George Lamb, cheque Mr Pickering Phipps, flower stand Miss Phipps, afternoon tea kettle Dr and Mrs Lamb, French hand-painted vases Mrs Phipps, crown Derby preserve jar the Misses Wright, dessert knives and forks Mr and Mrs Phipps jun, china cake dish Mrs.Holbrook, fish knives and fork Mrs Pain, bread trencher and knife servants of 41 Newlands, tea cloth and worked bag Miss Holbrook, case of table cutlery Dr and Mrs C St John Wright, pair of silver dinner rings Misses Edith and Gertrude Rands, portrait of her father Miss Lily Rands, portrait of her mother Miss Rands, tea cosy indian worked slippers and eight day clock Miss Ula Rands, cheque Mr Rands, pair of silver salt cellars Mr T.R.Rice, china flower centre Miss Pell, gold chain bracelet Mr G.W.Rands, cheque Mr W.H.Rands.
Ref: Northampton Mercury Fri 29th Aug 1890.

Margaret's birth date is inscribed on EHTL's pedigree in her husband's hand. She died 2 months short of her 89th birthday.


Other Records

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Station Rd Bramley SRY. Margaret is described as a wife aged 30 born Northampton

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Hyde Vicarage Winchester. Margaret is recorded as a wife aged 51 married 20yrs 4 children still living born St Sepulchre Northampton

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1621 F    i. Majorie Downing LIVEING [455] was born on 10 Jul 1891 in Bramley SRY, was christened on 2 Aug 1891 in Holy Trinity Bramley SRY, and died on 4 Sep 1978 in St Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex at age 87.

+ 1622 F    ii. Catherine Downing LIVEING [456] was born on 29 Aug 1893 in 41 Newland Northhampton, was christened on 10 Oct 1893 in Northampton NTH, died on 27 Apr 1980 in Ramsgate KEN at age 86, and was buried in Upper Hardres KEN.

+ 1623 M    iii. Edward George Downing LIVEING [457] was born on 24 Mar 1895 in Romsey HAM, died on 31 Jan 1963 in London at age 67, and was buried in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

+ 1624 F    iv. Frances Downing LIVEING [458] was born on 19 Jun 1898 in Winchester HAM and died on 11 Mar 1979 in Margate KEN at age 80.


1279. William Robert Francis LIVEING [449] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1059, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 9 Feb 1866 in Queen Anne St London, was christened on 22 Mar 1866 in St Mary St Marylebone Rd St Marylebone, London., died on 11 Dec 1944 at age 78, and was buried in Radlett HRT.

General Notes:
William was at the family home in London on the 1881 Census night, aged 15, occ Undergraduate University of Oxford.

Marriage ref Sept Qtr 1894 Maldon 4a 750 BDM

William is listed on the roll of "Old Westminsters":
Liveing, William Robert Francis, youngest son of Edward Liveing, MD FRCP of Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, London, by his first wife Frances, only daughter of Lieutenant Henry Torlesse, RN., Police Magistrate at Hobart Tasmania; b Feb 9, 1886; adm Oct 2 1878; left May 1883; married August 16, 1894, Harriet Amelia, eldest daughter of Thomas's Flick, of Burnham, Essex.

Liveing William Robert Francis Solicitor & Commissioner for Oaths
Trefusis Manor Rd Forrest Hill SE
Post Office Directory 1908 London County Suburbs.

1919 & 1932 Robert is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

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W.R.F. Liveing,
Solicitor,
The Cherries,
St. Briavels,
S.O. Gloucester
21 August 1928
My dear Eddie,
Herewith I enclose my cheque for L3.5.0. in the payment of half years interest due 2nd July on your share of Walfords mortgage less tax & 1/- expenses.
Re Pedigree
You will be interested to hear I have obtained a great deal of further information. First of all I had the Saffron Waldron registers searched from the commencement to 1700. They are revealed nothing except the following marriage 14 May 1655 Robert LIVIN to Cath Seamer both of Clavering. Clavering is a small village near Manuden where Aunt Mary lived. Secondly I had the Hadleigh registers searched from the commencement 1558-1750 and they reveal records of a great number of the Liveing family. Uncle Henrys search only covers the period from 1689-1800. I will send you a copy of all the entries I have obtained from the Rector & Rural Dean of Hadleigh Rev M N Bate.
Before going seriously to work on the fresh materials I have I should like to know how far back & during what period the Harwich registers have been searched. I am in some little difficulty about identifying the John Liveing father of Robert Liveing I. He is as you know described in Anne Ambroses pedigree as of
Page
Hadleigh. I find in the Register of baptisms at Hadleigh "John Lyving son to (blank) ye saddler April 19 1618." This would have made him 66 in 1684 the date of the birth of Robt Liveing I of Harwich.
This John Lyving does not appear to have settled in Hadleigh as there is no record of his marriage or burial there.
There are two entries in the burial registers at Hadleigh as under :
July 7, 1624 John Living son to George.
March 30, 1630 John Living son to George
The above named John Lyving baptd Apr 19, 1618 was undoubtedly the son of George Living Saddler whose burial is recorded on Nov 29, 1639.
I think the 2 John Livings who were buried 7 July 1624 and 30 March 1630 were the sons of George living whose burial is entered as on 11 October 1610 and not the sons of George Living ( Saddler ) when you survey complete lists in front of you will see what I mean and can give me your opinion.
Shall I have the Harwich Registers searched and if so during what periods?
M L etc? for ……
Your affectionate brother
W R F Liveing

Liveing Archive: Images 3934 - 3937
W.R. F. Liveing,
Solicitor,
The Cherries,
St. Briavels,
S.O. Gloucester
21 August 1928
Enclos (ie enclosures?)
My dear Eddie
I now enclose full copies of all the entries in the Hadleigh Registers as furnished by the Rector together with copies of his letters containing his views on various points - for your digestion and consideration.
The principal thing we have to establish is the paternity of Robt Liveing I of Harwich and if possible to identify the John Lyving baptised on Apr 19, 1618 as his Father.
I have been of course working on the assumption that a John Living of Hadleigh was his father as recorded in Aunt Ambrose's pedigree you mentioned. I will prosecute any further search you may think to be in any way likely to be helpful.
Trusting you and Emily are well and with our kind love to you both
Ever your affectionate brother
W.R F. Liveing

London Metropolitan Archives:
LEE AND PEMBERTONS [SOLICITORS]
Catalogue Ref. ACC/1887
Access Conditions: Because of the private nature of some of the correspondence letter books containing material less than 100 years old may not, before 2034, be consulted without the written permission of the depositors.
016280 W. R. F. Liveing decd Dec 1946
Ref A2A
William was a solicitor, was this his firm?

Sydenham 257 Liveing WRF Solr & Commisioner Trefusis Forrest Hill
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1906/07/08/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17

Hornsey 1949 Liveing WRF Solr & Commr 3 Holly ter West Hill Highgate N6
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1918/19/20/21/22/23

Londn Wall 7600 Liveing WRF Solr & Commr 65 Basinghall st EC2
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1911/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20/21

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. William is described as a son aged 5 born Marylebone MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. William was described as a son aged 15 an Oxford Undergraduate born Marylebone LON

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 24 Carnholm Rd ? Lewisham LND. William was described as head of house aged 35 Solicitor born Marylebone LON

4. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Trefusis, Manor Rd Forest Hill. William is recorded as head of a house of 9 rooms aged 45 married a solicitor working on his own account born 52 Queen Anne St Marylebone LON

William married Harriet Amelia FLICK [450], daughter of Thomas FLICK of Burnham ESS [8338] and Harriet STAGGS [14783], on 16 Aug 1894 in Maldon ESS. Harriet was born on 23 May 1867 in Burnham-on-Crouch ESS, died on 26 Jun 1945 at age 78, and was buried in Radlett HRT.

General Notes:
Harriet was called Millicent in Bygone Days.

A Mrs Harriet Liveing aged 71 sailed from Kobe Japan to Southampton ENG arriving 26 Apr 1939 ships name Potsdam. England address 22 Queen Alexander Mansions Tuddstr. LON WC1 Ancestry

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St George Parish Lewisham. Harriet is described as a wife aged 33 born Burnham Essex

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Trefusis, Manor Rd Forest Hill. Harriet is recorded as a wife aged 43 married 16 yrs one child still living born Burnham on Crouch ESS

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1625 M    i. Capt Robert Henry Torlesse LIVEING [465] was born on 16 Sep 1896 in Lewisham LON and died on 27 May 1961 at age 64.

1280. Katherine Edith LIVEING [1558] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D.1060, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 22 Sep 1867 in Marylebone London MDX and was christened on 25 Oct 1867 in St Mary Branston SQ Westminster MDX.

General Notes:
Katherine in the 1881 British Census, was staying at Wycliffe Lodge Tonbridge with her aunt Elizabeth Hawker.

Marriage ref March 1889 quarter Marylebone 1a 879 BDM
At her marriage Katherine was aged 21 and a spinster of 11 Manchester Sq.

She later lived in India.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Katherine was described as a daughter aged 3 born at Marylebone LON

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Wycliffe Lodge Tonbridge Kent. Katherine was described as a neice and a scholar, born abt 1868 in London W MDX. Head of the household was Elizabeth Hawker aged 57.

Katherine married Archibald Scott NAPIER C E [1559], son of Hon William NAPIER [11201] and Louisa Mary LLOYD [14806], on 16 Mar 1889 in St Thomas Marylebone London MDX. Archibald was born on 9 Jun 1865 in Scotland.

General Notes:
At his marriage Archibald was aged 23, batchelor, civil engineer, of 31 Seymour St. Witnesses were Francis Horatio Napier, Robert Liveing and one other.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1626 M    i. Charles Scott NAPIER [7054] was born in 1899 in India.

+ 1627 M    ii. Alexander NAPIER [7055] was born in 1904.

1281. Helen Adelaide LIVEING [1560] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D.1060, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 7 Mar 1870 in London., was christened on 13 Apr 1870 in St Thomas, St Marylebone, and died on 19 May 1893 in Marylebone London MDX at age 23.

General Notes:
Birth Ref Jun Qtr 1870 Marylebone 1a 476 BDM

Death Ref Jun Qtr aged 23 Marylebone 1a 389 BDM

Administration of the estate of Helen Adelaide Liveing of 11 Manchester Sq Marylebone MDX spinster who died 19 May 1893
was granted in London to Robert Liveing M.D. 22 May 1894 at
L103 15s 8d

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Helen was described as a daughter aged 1 born Marylebone

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Helen was described as a daughter aged 11 a scholar born London MDX


1282. Lieut Col R.A. Charles Hawker LIVEING C.M.G. D.S.O. [1556] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D.1060, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 1 Apr 1872, was christened on 13 Jun 1872 in St Paul Cambridge, and died on 20 Mar 1934 at age 61.

General Notes:
Charles attended Uppingham School (founded 1584).
Liveing Charles Hawker: (H.F.) April 1872; son of Dr R Liveing, 11 Manchester St W. Came Sept 1886, left Apr 1889; Major RFA; CMG (1918) DSO (1914); desp., (3); Legion of Honour Officer.
Uppingham School Roll. 1824-1931. NZSOG 2009

Naval and Military.
Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
The following are declared by the Civil Service Commissioners to have obtained the first 60 places at the examination held in November and December for admission to the Royal Military Academy Woolwich:. . . . . Charles Hawker Liveing.
Ref: extracted from the Daily News 24 December 1889

Charles was a Captain in the Royal Artillery.

Great Britain Army War List: 1893 Regimental Lists
C H Liveing Madras.

Charles was aged 29 a batchelor, Capt R.A. of 11 Manchester Sq. Witnesses. Laura Farmer, H.D.O. Ward

BRITISH OFFICERS DECORATED
With the approval of the King, President Poincare has decorated 119 British officers with. the Legion of Honor. for gallantry during the operations between August 21 and 30. The following have been given the Cross of Office : . . . . . Major C. H. Liveing, 135th. Battery R.F.A. . . . . .
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume X, Issue 503, 12 January 1915, Page 2

1919 Charles is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

Marriage ref Sep quarter 1901 Marylebone 1a 1395 BDM

Liveing Lieut Col C H, C.M.G. D.S.O. 10 Albert ct SW7 Kensington 3707
Ancestry: London phone book 1926/27/28/29/30

LIVEING, Lt-Col Charles Hawker (1872-1934)
Details: LIVEING, Lt-Col Charles Hawker, CMG 1918; DSO 1914; born 1 April 1872; married Mabel Weston Varnum; one son.
Education: Uppingham; RM Academy, Woolwich.
Work: Entered army, 1892; Captain, 1900; Major, 1909; Lt-Col 1915; retired as Lieut-Colonel, 1921; served European War, 1914-1918 (despatches twice, DSO, CMG, Legion of Honour, 4th Class).
Address: Segenworth Farm House, Titchfield, Hants.
Died: 20 March 1934
Ref: Know UK CD - Colin Fenn

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Charles was described as a son born abt 1839 in London and a scholar

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Charles is described as a son aged 28 born St Marylebone LON Occupation Capt Royal Artillery

Charles married Mabel Weston VARNUM [7056], daughter of Reuben Mason VARNUM [11202] and Procinbia TYLER [14774], on 4 Jul 1901 in St Thomas Marylebone London MDX. Mabel was born on 18 Dec 1880 in Yokohama Japan and died in Mar 1972 in Gosport HAM at age 91.

General Notes:
Mabel was aged 21 at her marriage, a spinster of 68 The Common Woolwich

1919 Mabel is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

Liveing Mrs C H 22 Palace mans W14 Fulham 6310
Ancestry: London phone book 1931/32/33/34

Mabel Weston Liveing aged 45 departed New York on the Orca arriving Southampton 20 Oct 1925
Ancestry

Mabel Liveing born 1881 sailed from Liverpool to Boston USA in 1935, on the Laconia, her address appears The Frifth McClaren Park?
Ref: findmypast 2011

Mabel Liveing aged 56 departed Port Said Egypt on the City of Kobe arriving Liverpool 22 Sep 1936
Ancestry

Mabel Liveing born 1880 a wife aged 57 of 6 Pall Mall SW sailed from London to New York in 1937, on the American Trader
Ref: findmypast 2011

Mabel Liveing aged 57 departed New York on the American Trader arriving London 14 Dec 1937
Ancestry

Mabel Weston Liveing aged 64 departed New York on the Rangitiki (Cunard White Star Line) arriving Liverpool 17 Oct 1944. Ancestry

Mabel W Liveing born 18 Dec 1880, sailed from Liverpool to Boston USA in 1957, on the Newfoundland. Her address was Lloyds Bank Falmouth.
Ref: findmypast 2011

Mabel Weston Liveing aged 77 departed Boston USA on the Newfoundland arriving Liverpool 9 Sep 1957.
Ancestry


The child from this marriage was:

+ 1628 M    i. LT Cmdr. Robert George LIVEING R.N. [7057] was born in 1905 in Woolwich KEN.

1283. Robert Arthur Harrold LIVEING [1557] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D.1060, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 4 Jan 1876 in Marylebone London MDX and died on 3 Jun 1879 in Marylebone London MDX at age 3.

General Notes:
Birth ref Mar quarter 1876 Marylebone 1a 555 BDM

Deaths.
Liveing, Robert A H son of Mr Robert, aged 3, June 3.
Ref: Pall Mall Gazette 11 June 1879.

1284. Lucy MACDONALD [7058] (Harriet LIVEING1061, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1876 and died in 1879 at age 3.

1285. Major Arthur Kennan MACDONALD MA Cantab. [7059] (Harriet LIVEING1061, Catherine Mary DOWNING881, Mary ALSTON734, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 7 Feb 1878.

General Notes:
Arthur was MA Cantab., M.Dent.S. (TCD), RADC

Arthur married Eithne HEALY [7060] on 3 Aug 1903. Eithne was born on 14 Jul 1878.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1629 F    i. Sheila Eithne Harriet MACDONALD [7061] was born on 6 Sept 1907.

+ 1630 M    ii. Noel Kennan MACDONALD [7062] was born on 8 Jan 1909.

+ 1631 F    iii. Lucy Catherine Mary MACDONALD [7063] was born on 12 Dec 1909.

+ 1632 M    iv. George Liveing MACDONALD [7064] was born on 25 Sep 1911.

1286. Hugh-Durrant ALSTON [1518] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1065, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 2 Dec 1865 in Porthpean Cornwall., was christened on 10 Feb 1866 in St. Austell, Cornwell, and died on 21 Aug 1931 in San Francisco California USA at age 65.

General Notes:
Hugh was Surveyor of Mines.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Hugh is recorded as a son aged 15 a scholar born Porthrian (sic) Cornwall

Hugh-Durrant married Margaret Jane McNEA [12106], daughter of Thomas McNEA [19939] and Mary Ann BENSON [19940], on 12 Sep 1901 in Wabigoon TWP Rainy River District Ontario CAN. Margaret was born in Nov 1869 in Ontario, Canada.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1633 F    i. ALSTON [12107] was born on 16 Jun 1902 in Wabigoon TWP Rainy River District Ontario CAN and died on 16 Jun 1902 in Wabigoon TWP Rainy River District Ontario CAN.


1287. Ashton ALSTON [1519] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1065, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 8 Mar 1867 in Greenhithe, KEN, was christened on 20 May 1867 in Holy Trinity Ramsgate, and died on 21 May 1962 in Fort William Ontario CAN at age 95.

General Notes:
Ashton appears twice in the 1881 Census.

Ashton was in the service of the Hudson Bay Co. Incorporated in 1670 the Company claims "No other company in the world can boast the longevity of success, legacy of innovation"

Ashton's employment record with the Hudson Bay Company.
Name: Alston, Ashton Parish: England Entered Service: 28 August 1893 Dates: b.8 March 1866
d. 21 May 1962 Appointments & Service
Outfit Year* Position Post District HBCA Reference
*An Outfit year ran from 1 June to 31 May
1893 - 1897 Apprentice Clerk Norway House & York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1897 - 1900 Clerk Churchill York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1; D.38/44 fo. 81
1901 - 1904 Post Manager Trout Lake York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1904 - 1907 Post Manager Oxford House York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1907 - 1910 Post Manager Churchill & Oxford House York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1910 - 1916 Post Manager Churchill York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1916 - 1918 Post Manager Lake Huron HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1918 - 1922 Post Manager Barriere HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1922 - 1924 Post Manager Attawapiscat HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1924, 1 March retired HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1962, 21 May died at Fort William, Ontario Moccasin Telegraph, Spring 1963 p. 50
For an interview with Ashton Alston, see E.93/10.
See also PP 5297 "Reminiscences of York Factory" by Adelaide Alston Taylor
Uncle: Rear Admiral Herbert Campion (B.239/c/25 fo. 410)
Wife: Jane Faries (b. 1874 m. 1902) daughter of Angus Faries (1840-1899) and Mary Corston
(ca. 1850-1938) Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Children: Mary Adelaide (b. 13 Aug. 1904) m. (1) George Findlay, (2) Charles Taylor Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Jessie Rosalee (b. 28 Nov. 1906) m. Russell Smith Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Edith Mary Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Amy Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Alfred (d. 1983) Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3

Filename: Alston, Ashton (1866-1962) (fl.1893-1924) Aug. 1985/JHB:ek (Revised Jan. 1987/ES:wg; Aug. 1994/JHB) ; May/99/mhd; Rev. PC May/00

Reminiscences of York Factory by Adelaide Alston Taylor.
Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers and Records, Vol. IX, 1981:1-6
Subjects Hudson's Bay Company -- Employees.
Fur trade -- Manitoba
Notes: Reminiscences by the daughter of Ashton Alston and Jane Faries
HBCA Collection PP 5297 Onsite reference only
Ref : Archives Winnipeg Manitoba. www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/biographical/a/alston_ashton.pdf

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Christs Hospital School Newgate LON. Ashton is recorded as aged 12 a scholar born Greenhithe KEN

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Ashton is recorded as a son aged 14 a scholar born Greenhithe KEN

Ashton married Jane FARIES [10265], daughter of Angus FARIES [10541] and Mary CORSTON [10609], in 1902. Jane was born in 1874 and died on 5 Apr 1925 in Fort William Thunder Bay Ontario at age 51.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1634 F    i. Mary Adelaide ALSTON [10610] was born on 13 Aug 1904.

+ 1635 F    ii. Jessie Rosalee ALSTON [11104] was born on 28 Nov 1906.

+ 1636 F    iii. Edith Mary ALSTON [11417] .

+ 1637 F    iv. Amy ALSTON [11418] .

+ 1638 M    v. Alfred ALSTON [11419] died in 1983.


1288. Commander Alfred Gilmore ALSTON R N [1520] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1065, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 10 Oct 1868 in Greenhithe, KEN, was christened on 9 Feb 1869 in St Mary Stone KEN, and died 4th Qtr 1954 in Eastbourne SSX at age 85.

General Notes:
Alfred appears twice in the 1881 Census.

Alfred obtained his 2nd Mate Certificate 14 Feb 1889
Alfred obtained his 1st Mate Certificate 8 Feb 1891
Alfred obtained his Master Certificate 22 Jun 1893

ALSTON, Alfred Gilmore b.Greenhithe (sic) 1868 (1865 vol.73) 020655 London 1893 Commander RN vol.73 vol.43 1893-1895; vol.58 no voyages listed; vol.73 1906-1911
Ref:http://www.crewlist.org.uk/findingonindexes.html#online

Death Ref: 4th Qtr 1954 5h 210 aged 86

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Alfred is recorded as a son aged 12 a scholar born Greenhithe KEN

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Christs Hospital School Newgate LON. Alfred is recorded as aged 11 a scholar born Greenhithe KEN

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Arklow House Eastbourne SSX. Alfred is recorded as a son unmarried aged 42 living on private means a retired Commander R.N. born Greenhithe KEN

1289. George Hamilton Galbraith ALSTON [1521] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1065, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 22 Apr 1871 in Rowin, Dumbarton, SCT and died in Jul 1887 at age 16.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Hamilton is recorded as a son aged 9 a scholar born Row Scotland

1290. John Oxenden ALSTON [1522] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1065, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 16 Apr 1874 in Charlton KEN and died 4th Qtr 1964 in Walsham District NFK at age 90.

General Notes:
John was a Missionary with the Irish Church Missions.

Death Ref: Dec 1964 Alston John O 90 N Walsham 4B 575.

Research Notes:
John was the witness for James Thompson City Missionary at his marriage to Charlotte Barrington 20 April 1897 St George Church Dublin

John is mentioned on page 45 of "St Nicholas A Historical Survey of a Glamorganshire Parish" by Charles F Shepherd 1934

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. John is recorded as a son aged 6 a scholar born Carshalton KEN

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Southbrook Rd Lee LON. John is recorded as a son aged 17 a scholar born Charlton KEN

1291. Adelaide ALSTON [1523] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1065, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1873 in Usk Monmouthshire WLS, was christened on 5 Jun 1873 in Usk Monmouthshire WLS, and died Dec Qtr 1967 in Eastbourne SSX at age 94.

General Notes:
Adelaide was still living in Eastbourne 1964.

Death: 1967 December quarter, Eastbourne 5h 371 - ALSTON Adelaide, 93.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Adelaide is recorded as a daughter aged 8 a scholar born Monmouthshire WLS

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Southbrook Rd Lee LON. Adelaide is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 18 a scholar born Monmouthshire WLS

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 5 Limes Rd Folkestone KEN. Adelaide is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 27 born Usk Monmouthshire WLS

4. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Arklow House Eastbourne SSX. Adelaide is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 38 living on own means born Monmouthshire WLS

1292. Rev Alfred Edward ALSTON [1526] (Edward Graham (Hon)1067, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 25 Jun 1862 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was christened on 27 Jul 1862 in Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC, died in 1927 in Framingham Earl NFK at age 65, and was buried in Framingham Earl NFK.

General Notes:
Alfred was rector of Earls Framingham co Norfolk.

Alston Alfred Edward, Glouc. p1887. rec.1887 Framingham Earl and Bixley, Norwich.
Clergy List.

Norfolk Record Office:
DEEDS OF THE BIXLEY ESTATE, NORFOLK
Catalogue Ref. MC 138
Creator(s): Colman family of Bixley, Norfolk
FILE - Deeds of Bixley Glebe - ref. MC 138/37/1-3 609 x 4 - date: 1834 - 1888
Include Abstract of Title 1888 with Glebe terner 1834, Agreement for sale of Glebe with plan and conveyance from the Rev. Alfred Edward Alston to J.J.Colman both of 1888. (This bundle has the deed reference No. 175 which corresponds to an entry in the firm's register. This records that this property was conveyed to J and J Colman in 1897 and sold to R.J. Colman in 1901.)
Ref A2A

Norfolk Record Office:
Parish records of FRAMINGHAM EARL
Catalogue Ref. PD 186
Creator(s): Church of England, Framingham Earl Parish, Norfolk
Miscellaneous
FILE - Assorted items - ref. PD 186/36(W) - date: 1887-1936
Register of church events 1887-1936, including lists of births, deaths and marriages 1887-1927, lists of those confirmed, liturgical changes etc.; list of rectors 1300-1927, curates 1784-1885; with newspaper cutting about the church c. 1930; newspaper obituary of Rev. A.E. Alston; typescript extract from his will listing articles owned by him kept in the church; draft notes on the church building
FILE - Correspondence from W.G. Horseman to Rev. A.E. Alston re history of the church, with sketches and plan - ref. PD 186/39 - date: 1915
FILE - Survey of parish made by Rev. A.E. Alston - ref. PD 186/41 - date: 1888
Ref A2A


Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 6 Adelina Tce Tottenham MDX. Alfred is recorded as a son unmarried aged 18 a student of Law born Vancouver Island BC

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Framingham Earl NFK. Alfred is recorded as Head of house single aged 28 Rector of Earls Framington born Victoria Is BC

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Framingham Earl. Alfred is recorded as Head of house single aged 38 Clerk in Holy Orders Church of Emgland born Victoria BC

Alfred married Audrey FFOLKES [2604], daughter of FFOLKES [6861] and Emily [6862]. Audrey was born on 15 Mar 1878 and died in 1965 at age 87.

General Notes:
Audry was the eldest of three girls from a well connected family of Hillington Norfolk, her grandfather was Sir Martin ffolkes Bt.
Audrey an accomplished violinest and tutor, taught the viola to Benjamin Britten, this is mentioned in an obituary for her son Denys, who with his brother Christopher became a close friends of the composer.
Audry on the death of her husband and the help of his brother William built "Three Ways" for herself and family in Framingham Earl
After Audry and her second husband separated she built a second home in Framingham Earl "Alston Meadows" passing it to her younger son Christopher when he married in 1950. She then built a bungalow nearby for herself in the pyghtle.

Research Notes: Note this surname is ffolkes


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1639 M    i. John Denys ALSTON F.R.A.M. F.R.C.O. [2605] was born in 1914 and died on 9 Mar 1996 at age 82.

+ 1640 M    ii. Edward Christopher ALSTON [2606] was born on 29 May 1917 in Framingham Earl Old Rectory NFK and died in Dec 2003 at age 86.


1293. Constance Jane (Connie) ALSTON [1527] (Edward Graham (Hon)1067, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 18 Jan 1865 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and was christened on 9 Apr 1865 in Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC.

General Notes:
1905 Marriage: September quarter, Henstead 4b 419 - ALSTON Constance Jane & GORDON Richard.

Research Notes:
Birth & Baptism details: http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-3F336E5/view/Baptisms/find-adv%2B%20givennames%3D(constance)%20AND%20place%3D(victoria)%20AND%20surname%3D(alston)%20AND%20year%3D(1865)%20%2B%2B%2B%2B/1

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Gt Parndon ESS. Constance is transcribed as Caroline J grandaughter of Edward Abbott a Gent of independant means, Constance is aged 6 born Victoria Vancover

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Kemp Town Brighton SSX. Constance is listed as a boarder unmarried aged 16 scholar born Vancover Island BC
(Note pg 52)

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Framingham Earl. Constance is recorded as a sister single aged 26 born Victoria BC

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Framington Earl. Constance is recorded as a neice (of Gertrude Mary Turner) single aged 36 living on own means born Victoria BC

Constance married Robert GORDON [6865] Sep Qtr 1905. They had no children.

General Notes:
Robert who lived at Maidenhead, and later Three Ways Framingham Earl, was an accountant. He was described as a "very upright somewhat old fashioned man with his stiff high white collar"



1294. Charlotte Maria (Lottie) ALSTON [1532] (Edward Graham (Hon)1067, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 6 Jan 1868 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was christened on 9 Feb 1868 in Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC, and died Mar Qtr 1940 in Barnes at age 72. The cause of her death was a fall and breaking a hip resulting in pneumonia.

General Notes:
Lottie was an watercolourist, Nancy Fenn remembers her at Alston Court Nayland, and has a photo of her. Lottie, who did not marry lived at Barnes (London?) and had a nickname "Potlatch". She bequeathed her home to John & Christopher Alston.

1940 Death: March quarter, Surrey N E 2a 327 - ALSTON Charlotte M, 72

Research Notes:
Birth and Baptism Data: http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-59B8721/view/Baptisms/find-adv%2B%20givennames%3D(charlotte)%20AND%20place%3D(victoria)%20AND%20surname%20%3D(%40fuzzy(Alston))%20AND%20year%3D(1868)%20%2B%2B%2B%2B/1

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 6 Adelina Tce Tottenham MDX. Charlotte is recorded as a daughter aged 13 a scholar born Van Couvers Island

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, St Paul Deptford LON. Charlotte is recorded as C M Alston a daughter single aged 23 Artist and teacher of painting born Victoria BC

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St Stephen Sq. Paddington. Charlotte is recorded as a daughter aged 33 Sculpturist and Art teacher own account born Vancouver BC

1295. Fr Henry George "Father Cyprian" ALSTON [1530] (Edward Graham (Hon)1067, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1869 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He was usually called Father Cyprian.

General Notes:
Henry was Father Ciprian (Cyprian) of the R C Order of St Benedict, he had a Parish in Little Malvern, and was a fat jolly man in the manner of Friar Tuck.

Research Notes:
Alternative date of birth 1870. No trace of Henry's Vital Records in BC - 2013

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 6 Adelina Tce Tottenham MDX. Henry is recorded as a son aged 11 born Van Couvers Island

1296. Canon William Tuzo ALSTON [1531] (Edward Graham (Hon)1067, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 31 Jul 1871 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was christened on 19 Aug 1871 in Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC, and died 1st Qtr 1953 in Hackney LON at age 81.

General Notes:
William was Ordained Deacon 20 Sept 1896, Priest Dec 1897 in Gloucester.
He became a Canon in Pietermaritzburg South Africa returning temporally to Norfolk in 1927 to assist his brother Alfred who was dying and his family. It was with William's financial help that Audrey Alston, Alfreds widow was able to build and re-house her family.

Research Notes:
Age at death 81 date is unproven Ref 5c 908

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 6 Adelina Tce Tottenham MDX. William is recorded as a son aged 9 born Van Couvers Island

1297. Dr William Evelyn ALSTON B A M B. [1534] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1069, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 15 Feb 1868 in Sydney NSW Australia, was christened on 14 Mar 1868 in Holy Trinity Sydney, died on 13 Apr 1958 in Crowborough, SSX at age 90, and was buried in Apr 1958 in Charing, London.

General Notes:
When William was 6 months old he travelled back to England on board the "Rifleman" which took 96 days.

Alston William Evelyn. Adm. at Clare, Mar 27 1886. (S and H of William Evelyn, M.D. late Army Medical Service. B. Feb. 15 1868) School, South Eastern College, Ramsgate. Matric. Michs. 1886; BA 1889; MB and BC 1893; MD 1900. At Guys Hospital, London. Lieut., R.A.M.C. 1909; Lieut. Col. (retired). In general practice; late medical superintendent of the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Birtley. Married and had issue. Of Innhams Wood, Crowborough, Sussex. Brother of Arthur F (1891). (St Lawrence Reg; Medical Directory 1936).

After he attended Clare College, according to the General Medical Council, 44 Hallam St, London W1N 6AE, he was registered on 8th August 1893 and he lived at the following addresses;
1. 1893 - 22 Bentinck St, Cavendish Square West, 108 Denmark Hill, S.E.
2. 1914 - West Malling, Kent
3. 1920 - C/- Holt & Co, 44 Charing Cross S.W.1 1 The Bungalow, Prisons Hospital, Bitley, Co.Durham.
4. 1921 - C/- E.Fawssett Esq. Overdene, Riding Mill, Northumberland.
5. 1922 - Wribbenhall, Bewdley, Worcestshire.
6. 1931 - Beaulieu, Crowborough, Sussex.
7. 1947 - Denefield, Crowborough, Sussex.

He worked for some time at Guy's Hospital, in London and after he married Clara he went into private practice in Wheathampsted.
He joined the R.A.M.C. in 1914 and served in France and at the Base hospital in Le Havre. He divorced Clara, by arrangement in 1919 and went to work in Chester-le-Street, Durham. He married, for the second time Mary Harvey in 1919 and eventually retired in 1930 and went to live in Crowborough where he died, he was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Charing cemetery gardens.

THOMAS WILLIAM JESSHOPE, Killing - murder, 26th April 1910.
. . . . . WILLIAM EVELYN ALSTON , physician and surgeon, 108, Denmark Hill. On March 29, having been called, I got to the Camberwell Empire Music Hall at 12.15 or 12.20 a.m. I found deceased lying dead against the wall of the pit with a wound on his left side between the third and fourth ribs. On the same day I made a post-mortem examination and found the entrance wound was about 1 1/2 in. long and about 3 1/2 in. deep. The weapon had penetrated the pericardium and the right ventricle of the heart. The cause of death was sudden and more or less rapid syncope from the haemorrhage caused by the wound. Assuming that the man had a coat, waistcoat, and a shirt on fairly considerable force must have been used. The wound could have been caused by a knife of this description (produced).
Cross-examined. I suppose there was a certain amount of bad luck in his hitting between the two ribs, but there is a fairly wide space between them. The knife did not touch the sternum. It would be difficult to give a blow with this knife without inflicting injuries. I cannot say I have made a study of questions of insanity. I think that epilepsy running through two or three different generations is liable to lead to mental deterioration. . . . . .
Ref: http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t19100426-name-185&div=t19100426-30#highlight.

Research Notes:
Williams birth ref:1868 - no. 526 births Sydney.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Waterton Lodge Milton Rd Woolston Ham. William is recorded as a son aged 3 born NSW

William married Clara HARRISON [1535], daughter of Thomas Hugh HARRISON OF ROCHDALE [1537] and Elizabeth Anne MACDOWELL [4851], on 1 Nov 1893 in St Marys Durham. Clara was born on 3 Jul 1864 in Lancashire Eng., died on 21 Sep 1931 in Folkstone, KEN at age 67, and was buried on 25 Sep 1931 in St.Martin's, Shorncliffe, Kent.

General Notes:
Clara moved to Durham, co, Durham where her father opened the Organ Works, Harrison and Harrison. Schooled in Durham she trained as a nurse at Guy's Hospital in London.
She divorced William Alston in 1918 and went to live in London where she opened a Nursing Home in Denmark Hill - Fitzroy House - London. After closing the Nursing Home, where James Daly Murray had been a patient, she went to live in Folkstone, Kent.
When her son, Basil Evelyn Alston went to work in Newcastle-on-Tyne, she moved to Gosforth and from there she married Daly Murray in the Registry Office in Newcastle-on-Tyne on 5th September 1927.
After his death, in Gosforth, she returned to live in Folkstone, where she died.
She was cremated at Charing and her ashes buried at St.Martin's, Shorncliffe in the grave with James Daly Murray.

Marriage Ref: 1893 no. 367 Durham marriages


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1641 F    i. Doris Evelyn ALSTON [1536] was born on 11 Sep 1895 in Ardmore Isleworth, MDX and died on 9 Mar 1973 in Liverpool, LAN at age 77.

+ 1642 F    ii. Phyllis Winifred ALSTON [4620] was born on 20 May 1898 in Wheathampsted, HRT and died on 22 Sep 1958 in Liverpool, LAN at age 60.

+ 1643 M    iii. Basil Evelyn MURRAY-ALSTON [4621] was born on 22 Jun 1901 in Wheathampsted, HRT, was christened on 30 Jun 1901 in Wheathampsted, HRT, died on 29 Nov 1962 in Kilkenny, Ireland at age 61, and was buried in Dec 1962 in Roselawn Cemetery, Belfast, NIR.


William next married Mary Ann HARVEY [2514] on 7 Apr 1920 in Kings Norton Registery Office Birmingham. Mary was buried in Crowborough, SSX.

General Notes:
Mary was a nurse with a Nursing Home in Bristol and apparently joined the R.A.N.C in 1914 where she served in France.
Susan Perrett conjectures Mary met William Evelyn Alston, in France as she was also Matron of the Base Hosptial at Havre. She married William Evelyn Alston in 1919 and eventually went to live in Crowborough in Sussex where she died.



1298. Robert Graham Fitzgerald ALSTON [78] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1069, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 7 Jan 1870 and died on 23 May 1940 in Dursley GLS at age 70. The cause of his death was paralyois agitaus.

General Notes:
Nothing much is known of Robert Graham except that he was a Tea planter in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) for 20 years and that he also served in the Army during the 1st World War.
Alstoniana Pg 374

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Waterton Lodge Milton Rd Woolston Ham. Robert is recorded as a son aged 1 born Plymouth DEV

2. Death Certificate: 23 May 1940, Penn House Kingswood Wotton under Edge Dursley. Certificate on file - Robert is described as a retired tea Planter, aged 70

Robert married Kathleen May KIRK [4834]. Kathleen died after 23 May 1940.

General Notes:
Kathleen was present at the death of her husband.


The child from this marriage was:

+ 1644 F    i. Clarissa Kathleen ALSTON [4835] .


1299. Lila Elizabeth ALSTON [81] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1069, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1871 in Woolston Hampshire and died on 31 Dec 1934 in Folkstone, KEN at age 63. The cause of her death was vaginal cancer and heart failure.

General Notes:
Lila never married, she was a bit of an enigma and she had rather unusual views on many matters. After her mother died in 1918, she continued to live by herself, more often than not without a resident maid. Her mother left her East Cliffe House in Sandgate, in her will. Lila died after a long and painful illness, her death certificate records her as a spinster of independant means, living at 5 Wellesley Tce Sandwich Kent before her death at 11 Limes Rd Folkstone.
There is a story that Lila had one very unpleasant experience. One night about 10 o'clock the front door bell rang violently, but there was no one there. The same thing happened the next few nights. Lila, accustomed to living by herself, was not unduly alarmed, but she was certainly intrigued, and decided to consult the Police. A constable was sent to patrol the house, but the front door bell continued to ring each night. After further consultation the plumber who for years had done the house repairs offered to come and stay in the house for an evening. At last the mystery was solved. There was a row of bells along a passage leading to the kitchen and larder in the basement. The plumber noticed one or two holes in the wall just near and he found out that a rat was in the habit of walking along the bell wires leading to the larder. And there was the solution.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Waterton Lodge Milton Rd Woolston Ham. Lila is described as a daughter aged 3mths born Woolston

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Oadby Leicester. Lila is recorded as residing at Broxhill House Oadby, a daughter aged 10, scholar, born Woolston Hampshire. (Probably Woolton Hants)

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, East End House, Sandgate, Kent. Lila is recorded as a daughter single aged 20 born Woolston Hampshire

4. Death Certificate: 31 Dec 1934, 11 Limes Rd Folkstone. Death certificate on file (S Perrett)

1300. Rt Rev Arthur Fawssett ALSTON M A [79] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1069, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 Dec 1872 in Sandgate, KEN and died on 20 Feb 1954 in St Helena Hospital Hastings at age 81. The cause of his death was coronary thrombosis.

General Notes:
Arthur was educated Clare College Cambridge. Then Archdeacon of St Leonards on Sea (Hastings), 1938 consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Middleton Manchester, by Archbishop Temple in York Minster.

In 1936 he visited Sydney as a representative of the Home Church on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of the foundation of the first Bishopric in Australia. Up until this time Australia had been in the Diocese of Calcutta, 6000 miles away. While in Australia he and his wife spent some time with his cousin, Fitzgerald Evans at his station at Dabee, Rylstone in the Blue Mountains some 80 miles west of Sydney.

The Times 27 April 1927 pg 10 col C
New Prayer Book
To the Editor of The Times
Sir, We, members of the committee of the Anglican Evangelical Group Movement, desire to commend the Deposited Book, which has now been approved by the decisive vote of the Convocations, to the careful and sympathetic consideration of all who desire to see order restored in the Church of England. It has not been altogether easy for us to accept all its provisions, especially in the matter of Reservation; we have good reasons however, for believing that the Bishops intend to administer the Book, and we shall loyally support them.
Yours faithfully
A F Alston. Rector of St Leonards on Sea, Rural Dean of Hastings.
And some 23 other clergy.

The Times 21st July 1928 pg 10 col D
The Prayer Book
Use of the Alternative Canon
Sir, The recent pronouncement by the Bishops stating that course of action which they are prepared to pursue in connection with the Prayer Book crisis is causing grave concern to many who gave a general support to the Deposited Book. The pronouncement does not, it is true, authorise the immediate use of the Book which parliament rejected; but it seems to show that the Bishops, if they received adequate backing from other Synods, are prepared to sanction the use of the Book, where at the consent of the Parochial Church Council has been obtained. The use of those parts of the Book which our concerned with the Holy Communion is hedged round with certain qualifications, but it would be open to any Bishop, if in his judgement the occasion should call for it, to sanction the use of the whole. The plea put forward by the Bishops is that they must restore order, and that the only possible basis for the restoration of order is the rejected Book. Too many it will seem a strange procedure to base a restoration of order on an act that savours of disorder. The Bishops freely admitted the right of Parliament to reject the Book. Their present policy seems to the average Englishman to be an example of lawbreaking. Behind the plea that order can be restored only in this way is the assertion of the principal of the spiritual independence of the Church. The soundness of this principle few will be ready to deny, but we believe that it ought to be vindicated in such a way that it does not involve the moral issue of this owning the Enabling Act under the terms of which the Prayer Book Measure was presented to Parliament.
We appreciate the difficulty of the position in which the bishops find themselves by the rejection of the Deposited Book, and earnestly desire to co-operate with them in finding a satisfactory solution. But over against the pressing problem of the Restoration of order must be set the larger issue of what is best for the Church and nation in the long run. Is it better to take a step which will not promote peace, and will offend the conscience of large masses of the English people, ought to proceed more slowly and endeavour by constitutional means to secure the end in view? Is it true that the bishops are as powerless as they think themselves to be in the matter of restoring discipline? The Bishops argument is that as an instrument for restoring order the 1662 Book has hopelessly broke and down, because its regulations are out of date, and no one attempts to obey them. There is an easy method of obtaining legal sanction for a large number of the desired improvements and that he is by promoting a Measure dealing with the parts of the Book which do not touch the Eucharistic controversy. Parliament would pass this in a moment; and that the promotion of such a measure would be proof that the Church is really desirous of setting its house in order. The habit of discipline would begin to grow, and bad temper would be created of great value for the more difficult portion of the task which still has to be accomplished.
Meantime there seems to us to be a real moral distinction between sanctioning those parts of the Book to which parliament has taken no exception, and those parts of the Book which we regard as causing its rejection. A large number of Churchmen who are not Erastian do not interpret the action of Parliament as a determination to refuse the reasonable demands of the Church, but as a warning to the church That to be sure that its proposals are of a kind to bring real and lasting peace.
As an interim policy in connection with the Holy Communion we venture to suggest:
(1). That no injury would be done to faith and morals is no use were made of the alternative Canon.
(2). That no new permissions for reservation should be given.
(3). That has a first step in restoring discipline efforts should be made to secure that the practice of Reservation, where it has been already permitted, should not go beyond the limits laid down in the Book of 1928.
In conclusion we wish to say that we cannot regard the recent attempt at revision as more than a step towards the provision of a Prayer Book which shall more fully meet human needs and aspirations in the world of today.
Yours faithfully
Arthur F. Alston, Rector of St Leonards on Sea, Rural Dean of Hastings.
And some 19 other clergy.

The Times 19 March 1930 pg 15 col F.
Arthur is a signatory, with others, to a long letter on church unity throughout the world in respect of other British Protestant congregations and the Church of England.

The Times 22nd of February 1954 pg 8 col D
BISHOP ALSTON
The Right Rev Arthur Fawssett Alston, formerly Bishop Suffragan of Middleton, Lancashire, died on Saturday at Hastings at the age of 81.
He was born on December 30, 1872, at Sandgate Kent, the son of the late Surgeon Major W. E. Alston, and was educated at Clare College Cambridge, and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1896, and in the following 11 years held curacies at St Katharine Northampton, at Farringdon, and at St Simon Southsea. From 1907 until 1915 he was vicar of St Matthew, Hull, when he was appointed to the living of St George's, Leeds. After three years there he became vicar of All Saints, Bradford.
After this long period in Yorkshire, he became in 1920, Rector of St Leonards on Sea. He remained there until 1929, being Rural Dean of Hastings from 1926 until 1929, when he became Archdeacon of Hastings. Alston left Hastings in 1938 on his consecration as Bishop Suffragan of Middleton. He retired in 1943 and returned to live at St Leonards on Sea. He leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters.

ALSTON, Rt Rev. Arthur Fawssett (1872-1954) [Who Was Who May 2003]
Categories: Biography
Summary: Details: ALSTON, Rt Rev. Arthur Fawssett, MA; born Sandgate, Kent, 30 December 1872; son of late Surgeon-Major W. E. Alston, MD, JP, and late Mrs E. R. Alston, Sydney, NSW; married 1900; three sons two daughters. Education: Clare College, Cambridge; Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Work: Ordained, 1896; Curate of St Katherine, Northampton, 1896-1898; Faringdon, 1898-1905; St Simon, Southsea, 1905-1907; Vicar of St Matthew, Hull, 1907-1915; St George's, Leeds, 1915-1918; All Saints, Bradford, 1918-1920; Rector of St Leonards-on-Sea, 1920-1929; Rural Dean of Hastings, 1926-1929; Archdeacon of Hastings, 1928-1938; Suffragan Bishop of Middleton and Residentiary Canon of Manchester, 1938-1943. Recreations: golf. Address: 18 West Hill, St Leonards-on-Sea. Telephone: Hastings 2083. Died: 20 February 1954
Ref: Know UK CD - Colin Fenn

Lambeth Palace Library: Manuscripts [MSS 3386 - 4433]
Catalogue Ref. MSS
Creator(s):
Lambeth Palace Library
Photographs
FILE - Photographs - ref. MS 3438 - date: 20th century
item: Alston (Arthur Fawssett), Suffragan Bishop of Middleton. - ref. MS 3438, no.6 - date: 1938
Ref A2A

Half plate negative 1932 at NPG London.
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections


Research Notes:
Image Courtesy K Burgess, the Post Card original is for sale.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Oadby Leicester. Arthur is recorded as residing at Broxhills House Oadby, a son aged 8, scholar, born Sandgate Kent

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, East End House, Sandgate, Kent. Arthur is recorded as a son single aged 18 a student of Theology born Sandgate

3. Death Certificate: 20 Feb 1954, St Helena Hospital UD. Arthur is recorded as of 18 West Hill Hastings UD, retired Suffragen Bishop of Middleton aged 81 - Certificate on file.

Arthur married Mary Isabel TEBBUTT [4643] on 8 Feb 1900.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1645 M    i. Arthur Reginald (Rex) ALSTON [4633] was born on 2 Jul 1901 and died on 8 Sep 1994 at age 93.

+ 1646 F    ii. Marjorie Ruth ALSTON [4646] was born on 21 Mar 1904 in England.

+ 1647 M    iii. John Frederick ALSTON [4647] was born on 6 May 1908 in England.

+ 1648 M    iv. Geoffrey Malcolm (Mac) Fawssett ALSTON [4649] was born on 4 Apr 1914 in England.

+ 1649 F    v. Nancy Eileen ALSTON [4650] was born on 29 Apr 1918 in England.


1301. Col Ernest Alfred Brooke ALSTON [80] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1069, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 29 Oct 1878 in Sandgate Cheriton Folkstone KEN, died on 11 Aug 1917 at age 38, and was buried in Ramskappelle Road Military Cemetery, Nieuwpoort, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

General Notes:
Ernest was educated at Tonbridge School. He joined the Militia in 1895 and was gazetted from there to a commission in the Northampton Regiment, with whom he served during the South African War, being awarded the Queens's medal with three clasps. In May l915 he went to France with a battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment as a Major and a year later was given the command of the 10th battalion of the D.C.L.I. Except for six weeks prior to taking his new command into active service, he had been on continuous active service from May 1915 until the day of his death in action 11 August 1917. He was then acting Lieutenant-Colonel, and had been twice mentioned in despatches.
His London address was 25 Iverns Court, Kensington. [above information provided by Peter Culverwell]

Served in the Northampton Regiment - Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry

Hart's Annual Army List for 1915 lists Ernest as being in the Special Reserve Regiment 3rd Battalion with his entry reading -
Alston - Ernest Alfred Brooke, Captain 3rd Bt.
2nd Lt. 18 Oct 1899
Lt. 15 June 1901
Cpt. 3rd Bt. 26 July 1908
Cpt. 2nd Bt. 26 July 1908

ERNEST ALFRED BROOKE was the fifth child of William Evelyn and Elizabeth Rouse Alston (nee Fitzgerald) and was born on 29.10.1878 and was educated at Tonbridge School. He joined the Militia in 1895 and was gazetted from there to a commission in the Northampton Regiment, with whom he served during the South African War, being awarded the Queens's medal with three clasps. In May l915 he went to France with a battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment as a Major and a year later was given the command of the 10th battalion of the D.C.L.I. Except for six weeks, when he took over this command previous to taking them on active service, he had been on continuous active service from May 1915 until the day of his death, when he was than a temporary Lieutenant-Colonel, and had been twice mentioned in despatches. He was killed in action on 11th August 1917, at which time he was married to Eileen Alston,(nee Hunter) then living at 25 Iverns Court, Kensington, London. [above information provided by Peter Culverwell]

Alternative year of birth 1877.

ERNEST ALFRED BROOKE ALSTON
Lieutenant Colonel
Northamptonshire Regiment
Commanding 10th Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
who died on Saturday, 11th August 1917.
Age 40.
Additional Information:
Son of Surgeon Maj. William Evelyn Alston, M.D., J.P., of Eastcliffe House, Sandgate, Kent; husband of Eileen Finnis (formerly Alston), of Shirley Park Hotel, East Croydon.
Commemorative Information
Cemetery:
RAMSCAPPELLE ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, Nieuwpoort, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference/ Panel Number: II. B. 21.
Location:
Temporary Route due to roadworks along N367.
The village of Ramskapelle (formerly Ramscappelle) is located east of Veurne off the E40 motorway. From the motorway E40 which runs between Veurne and Oostende, turn off at Junction 3 (Nieuwpoort) and turn onto the N355 in the direction of Diksmuide. At the village of Ramskapelle take the first turning left into Molemstraat; follow this road to the end and turn left into Ramskapellestraat, the N356. Follow the N356 to the T-junction and the cemetery is on the left.
Historical Information:
From June to November 1917, Commonwealth forces (XV Corps) held the front line in Belgium from St Georges (now Sint Joris), near Ramscappelle, to the sea. Most of Plot I of Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery was made in July and August 1917, but the cemetery was considerably enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other burial grounds in the area and from the battlefields. There are now 841 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 312 of the burials are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate two casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There are also special memorials to 26 casualties originally buried at Nieuport (now Nieuwpoort) or Nieuport-Bains, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


Description
Medal card of Alston, E A B
CorpsRegiment NoRank
Northamptonshire Regiment Major Temporary Lieutenant Colonel
Date 1914-1920
Catalogue reference WO 372/24links to the Catalogue
Dept Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies
Series War Office: Service Medal and Award Rolls Index, First World War
Piece Mentioned 3 times in Despatches, Meritorious Service Medals and Territorial Force Efficiency Medals
Image contains 1 medal card of many for this collection


Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Oadby Leicester. Ernest is recorded as residing at Broxhills House Oadby, a son aged 3, born Sandgate Kent

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, East End House, Sandgate, Kent. Ernest is recorded as a son single aged 13 born Sandgate

Ernest married Eileen HUNTER [4854] Mar Qtr 1916 in Paddington London MDX.

General Notes:
1916 Marriage: March quarter, Paddington 1a 6 - ALSTON Ernest A B & HUNTER Eileen.

Eileen remarried FINNIS (from CWGC record for Ernest):
1920 Marriage: December quarter, Battle 2b 115 - ALSTON Eileen & FINNIS William T.
Rosie Flower writes she cannot find Eileen HUNTER in 1901, she wonders if she was already widowed when she married Ernest. - 2008



1302. Dora Gladys Oxenden ALSTON [82] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1069, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 Nov 1879 in Sandgate, KEN, died on 17 Nov 1940 in Overdene, Riding Mill, Northumberland at age 60, and was buried in St Andrews, Bywell, Northumberland.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Oadby Leicester. Dora is recorded as resident at Broxhills House Oadby, daughter aged 1, born Sandgate Kent

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, East End House, Sandgate, Kent. Dora is recorded as a daughter aged 11 born Sandgate

Dora married Evelyn FAWSSETT [110], son of Surgeon Lieut Frederick FAWSSETT MD JP [2515] and Ella Eliza BOUCHER [2509], on 8 Sep 1910 in Parish Church, Sandgate, Kent. Evelyn was born in 1879 in Louth, LIN, died on 13 Jul 1953 in Overdene, Riding Mill, Northumberland at age 74, and was buried in St Andrews, Bywell, Northumberland.

General Notes:
Evelyn practised as an electrical engineer with the North East Electrical Supply Co., Newcastle on Tyne.

Research Notes:
Evelyn's surname is properly pronounced Fossett.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1650 F    i. Dorothy Mary FAWSSETT [83] was born on 29 Dec 1914 in Heaton, NBL and died in Jun 2003 in Little Bealings SFK at age 88.

+ 1651 F    ii. Angela Joan FAWSSETT [2409] was born on 27 Apr 1917 in Jesmond, NBL and died on 19 Dec 1992 in 9 Richmond Dr, Lisburn, Co Antrim at age 75.

+ 1652 M    iii. Frederick FAWSSETT [2410] was born on 3 Feb 1922 and died on 7 Sep 1998 in Philip Island, Victoria. Australia at age 76.

1303. Katharine Lawrence ALSTON [2442] (Hubert George R.N. C.B. (Capt)1070, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born Mar Qtr 1897 in Brighton SSX and died Oct Qtr 1979 in Avon Bristol Glos at age 82.

General Notes:
1897 Birth: March Quarter, St Ives 3b 303 - ALSTON Katharine Lawrence.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Hemingford Grey HUN. Katharine is recorded as a daughter aged 4 born Earith HUN

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Jesmond Northumberland. Katharine is recorded as a daughter aged 14 a schoolgirl born Earith Huntingdonshire

1304. Elizabeth Catherine NUGEE [1543] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1071, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 25 Nov 1888 in Sneinton NTT and died in Jul 1991 in Wallingford at age 102.

General Notes:
Elizabeth was living at 24 Silverdale Rd Eastbourne in 1958.

1991 Death: July 1991, Wallingford 20 2484 791 - NUGEE Elizabeth Catherine, born 25 Nov 1888. aged 102

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Elizabeth is recorded as a daughter single aged 12 born Sneinton NTT

1305. Laura Christine NUGEE [1544] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1071, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 23 Dec 1889 in Sneinton NTT.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Laura is recorded as a daughter aged 11 born Sneinton NTT

Laura married Reginald Philip Edward RICHARDS [2443] in 1915.

General Notes:
Reginald was living at Highmoor, Mayfield? Sussex 1958.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1653 F    i. Dorothy Laura Kate RICHARDS [2450] .

+ 1654 M    ii. Edward Reginald John RICHARDS [2456] .

+ 1655 F    iii. Edith Lucy RICHARDS [2460] .

+ 1656 F    iv. Elizabeth Mary RICHARDS [2464] .

+ 1657 M    v. David Arthur RICHARDS [2465] .

1306. Brigadier George Travers NUGEE C.B.E D.S.O M.C. [1546] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1071, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 7 Jul 1893 in Sneinton NTT and died in 1977 at age 84.

General Notes:
George served with the Royal Artillery, he retired in 1947.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. George is recorded as a son aged 7 born Sneinton NTT

George married Violet Mary RICHARDS [2469] on 29 Sep 1927. The marriage ended in divorce in 1937.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1658 M    i. Living

+ 1659 F    ii. Living

+ 1660 F    iii. Living

1307. Francis John NUGEE Q.V. M.C. T.D. [2438] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1071, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 31 May 1891 and died Mar Qtr 1977 in Cheltenham GLS at age 85.

General Notes:
Francis was headmaster Eastbourne College 1938 - 1956. Leicestershire Regiment 1914-18. Living at The Bunnaker? Marle? Hill Evesham Rd Cheltenham in 1958.

1977 Death: March quarter, Cheltenham 7b 400 - NUGEE Francis J, 74.

Francis married Lucy Maude MORRIS [2437], daughter of Charles Smith MORRIS [1550] and Maude Mary ALSTON [1549], about 1925. Lucy was born on 15 Jan 1901 and died Dec Qtr 1977 in Cheltenham GLS at age 76.

General Notes:
1977 Death: December quarter, Cheltenham 22 1566 - NUGEE Lucy Maud, born 15 Jan 1901. (née MORRIS)


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1661 F    i. Living

+ 1662 F    ii. Living

1308. Andrew Charles NUGEE [9704] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1071, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 28 Oct 1895 in Shelton NTT and died Dec Qtr 1977 in Cheltenham GLS at age 82.

General Notes:
1895 Birth: December quarter, Bingham 7b 446 - NUGEE Andrew Charles.

1977 Death: December quarter, Cheltenham 22 1566 - NUGEE Andrew Charles, born 28 Oct 1895.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Andrew is recorded as a son aged 5 born Shelton NTT

Andrew married Frances Elizabeth WALLS [9705], daughter of Richard Arthur WALLS [9706] and Mary Dorthea [9707], in 1920 in Leicestershire. Frances was born Sep Qtr 1897 in Letchworth HRT and died Jun Qtr 1963 in Oxford at age 65.

General Notes:
1897 Birth: September quarter, Hitchin 3a 589 - WALLS Frances Elizabeth.

1963 Death: June quarter, Oxford 6b 939 - NUGEE Frances E, 65.


Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Letchworth HRT. Francis is recorded as a daughter aged 3 born Letchworth HRT

1309. Mabel Travers MORRIS [2432] (Maude Mary ALSTON1072, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1891 in Bridgend Glamorgan Wales.

General Notes:
Mabel did not marry.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Mabel is recorded as a neice aged 10 born Bridgend Glamorgan Wales

1310. Daisy MORRIS [2433] (Maude Mary ALSTON1072, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1894 in Bridgend Glamorgan Wales.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Daisy is recorded as a neice aged 7 born Bridgend Glamorgan Wales

Daisy married Col Geoffrey AUTEN [2434].

General Notes:
Geoffrey was a Colonel in the Welsh Regiment.


The child from this marriage was:

+ 1663 F    i. Mary AUTEN [2435] .

1311. Charles Alan MORRIS [2436] (Maude Mary ALSTON1072, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) died in 1917 in Killed In Action.

1312. Lucy Maude MORRIS [2437] (Maude Mary ALSTON1072, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 15 Jan 1901 and died Dec Qtr 1977 in Cheltenham GLS at age 76.

General Notes:
1977 Death: December quarter, Cheltenham 22 1566 - NUGEE Lucy Maud, born 15 Jan 1901. (née MORRIS)

Lucy married Francis John NUGEE Q.V. M.C. T.D. [2438], son of Rev Francis Edward NUGEE [1542] and Edith Isabel ALSTON [1541], about 1925. Francis was born on 31 May 1891 and died Mar Qtr 1977 in Cheltenham GLS at age 85.

General Notes:
Francis was headmaster Eastbourne College 1938 - 1956. Leicestershire Regiment 1914-18. Living at The Bunnaker? Marle? Hill Evesham Rd Cheltenham in 1958.

1977 Death: March quarter, Cheltenham 7b 400 - NUGEE Francis J, 74.

(Duplicate Line. See Person 1307)

1313. Mildred Travers LLOYD [2439] (Ethel Travers ALSTON1073, George Downing (Rev)882, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was christened on 12 Oct 1900 in St Saviour London and died on 8 Jun 1989 in California USA at age 88.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St Mary Paddington LON. Mildred is recorded as a daughter aged 7 mths born Paddington LON

Mildred married R E DECKLEMAN [2440].

General Notes:
Deckleman was living in California. They had no issue.



1314. Cmdr. George Edward Basil HAND R N [441] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1075, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 10 Mar 1870 in Nayland SFK and died on 22 May 1931 in Weybread SFK at age 61.

General Notes:
His infant photo was incribed on the back "For Aunt Robert"

George married but had no issue.

George's Naval Record:
1883-85 Enlisted as a naval cadet, training at HMS Britannia, Devonport and at sea on the Pacific station between June - December 1885. Passed as a Junior Midshipman with a 1st Class Certificate and appointed midshipman on 15 December 1885. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1885-89 Serving on HMS Calypso on the Training Squadron. Contracted enteric fever. Passed provisionally in Seamanship in Gibraltar Hospital on 14 December 1889. Promoted to Acting Sub Lieutenant and Sub Lieutenant on the same date. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1890Brought home from Gibraltar on HMS Duke of Wellington, arriving England 14 January. In March was assessed to be fit to continue service, but in a ___ climate. Passed Seamanship with 1st Class certificate in Portsmouth on 24 March. Re-examined for fitness in Scandinavia. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1890-91 Served on several ships (HMS Impregnible, Pembroke, Indus) whilst completing College studies. Passed College with 2nd Class Certificate in January, Torpedo (2nd Class) in March, Gunnery (3rd Class) in June, and Pilotage (2nd Class in October). (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1891-94 Engaged in surveying services on HMS Egeria. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1892Placed on merit as 4th Class Assistant Surveyor on 15 June. Promoted to Lieutenant on 30 June. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1893Advanced to 3rd Class Assistant Surveyor on 20 June. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
18942nd Class Certificate for short Gunnery course at HMS Excellent, Portsmouth 1 September - 26 October. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1894-95 November 1894 - March 1895 coastguard duties aboard HMS Iglatea and Edinburgh. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1895-97 Serving on the cruiser HMS Rainbow. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1897-98 Aboard HMS Archer, another cruiser. An inspection of Archer by Comm. de Halle found her in a very satisfactory state - "An efficient ship in capital order and always ready for any service required of her". (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1898-99On HMS Black Prince, a training ship stationed at Queenstown, Ireland. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1899-1902 On 3rd Class Cruiser HMS Polone, possibly based on the East Indies station. He was noted as a very good executive officer, skilled in surveying. Satisfactory inspection of Pomone in August 1900. He appears to have requested to be placed on the retired list after 12 years of service but this was refused in 1901. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1900Promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 30 June. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1901Single. Lieutenant aboard HMS Pomone, a Third Class Cruiser at Lat. 7:28'N Long. 76:15'E (i.e. near the Maldives in the Indian Ocean).
1902-03 Apparently three separate commissions aboard HMS Apollo (record keeping lapsed). Injured in/near Bombay in January and brought home aboard HMS Assaye, arriving Southampton 26 February 1902. Unfit for service until the end of May. Engaged in opening up waterways in South Nigeria. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1903-06 Involved in manoeuvres and . . . . . at R N Barracks, Devonport. Specially recommended for promotion in May 1904. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1906May to July - engaged on coastguard duties at Edinburgh. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1906-07 Coastguard duties at Fowey. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1907-1 Coastguard duties at Banff. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1914 Retired at his own request on 1st May and refused to accept the rank of Commander. However, would have been recalled from reserve on the outbreak of war. May - August: serving on HMS Island Prince mobilising Officer (?) Trawler Reserve at North Shields. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1916Accepted the rank of Commander (ret'd). (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1919Reverted to the retired list on 30 July. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1924-26 With RNR at Lowestoft; 10 days special service aboard HMS President.
Ref: Rosie Flower 2008

Probate Calendars:
Hand Frederick Edward Basil of Wyebread SFK died 22 May 1931 Probate Norwich 7 Aug 1931 to Beatrice Carrie Bedford Hand widow. Effects L4158 18s 5d.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Bear St Nayland SFK. George is recorded as a nephew aged 1 born Nayland SFK

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Tinwald Lodge St Peters Sq Hammersmith LON. George was described as a grandson aged 11 a scholar born Nayland SFK

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Royal Naval College Portsea HAM. George is recorded as an officer RN single aged 21 born Nayland SFK

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Royal Navy vessels at sea HMS Pomone. George is recorded as a member of crew single a Lieut aged 31 born Nayland SFK

George married Beatrice Carrie Bedford KENYON [554], daughter of Edmund Peel Bedford KENYON [555] and Isabella [9592], on 26 May 1909 in St Leonards Aldrington. Beatrice was born about 1877 in New Zealand.

General Notes:
Hand - Kenyon : On the 26th May at St Leonards Aldrington, by the Rev E Morgan, George Edward Basil Hand, Lieut. Royal Navy, of Banff, eldest son of Admiral Hand J.P. of Chiswick, to Beatrice Bedford Kenyon, third daughter of Edmond Peel Bedford Kenyon, Esq., Barrister-at-Law of Hove.

All Beatrice's siblings in the 1901 Census are recorded as born in NZ, her father was a barrister & Solicitor.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Aldrington SSX. Beatrice is recorded as a daughter single aged 23 born New Zealand

1315. Frederick Harrold HAND [442] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1075, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 14 Mar 1874 in Limerick Ireland and died on 2 Mar 1906 in West Norfolk & Lynn Hospital New Lynn at age 31.

General Notes:
Probate Calendar:
Hand Frederick Harrold of 17 Brook Green Hammersmith MDX who died 2 Mar 1906 at the West Norfolk & Lynn Hospital Kings Lynn NFK. Administration London 10 Apr 1906 to George Weightman Hand retired Rear Admiral R.N. Effects L1463 9s 1d

Other Records

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, The Castle Dedham ESS. Frederick is recorded as a son aged 17 scholar born Ireland

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Hammersmith LON. Frederick is recorded as a son single aged 27 a medical student born Limerick Ireland

1316. Rt Rev George Sumner HAND [443] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1075, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1880 in Midhurst SSX, was christened on 24 Sep 1880 in St Denis Midhurst SSX, and died on 26 Jul 1945 in St Kitts BWI aged about 65.

General Notes:
GEORGE'S CONFESSIONS C1894
MY FAVOURITE VIRTUE: Kindness
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: "Fives", going to theatres
MY IDEA OF MISERY: Going to the dentist
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Getting photographs of places I have been to
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR: Pale blue
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER: Violet, Carnation
MY FAVOURITE POETS: Shakespear & Longfellow
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: M Rider, Haggard, Valentine
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER: Sir Joshua Reynolds & Miss Yonge
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Chocolate, cocoa, sponge cake
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Dorothy Catherine Lillian
MY PET AVERSION: Being jawed
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO:"Early to bed and early to rise etc"

Hand: Rev George Sumner, M.A. (rector of St Lawrence and vicar of St Gregory) St Lawrence's Rectory - Mill Hill road.
Kelly's 1916 Norfolk Directory.

George was consecrated bishop of Leeward Is & Antigua at St Pauls cathedral 1937

George is recorded as arriving London 4 Jun 1932 on ss Ingria from Denerera, Guyana. He is described as the dean of Antigua, he gave his address as the Church Imperial Club, Westminster.
Also recorded arriving London 9 Jun 1937 on ss Inanda from St Kitts with his Clerk Maurice Daniel. He was described as the Dean of Antigua he gave his address as Royal Empire Club, Northumberland Ave. Ref: Anthony Turreff

The Times 31 December 1932 pg 13 col C.
ANTIGA AFTER 300 YEARS.
To the Editor of The Times
Sir, Will you kindly allowed me space in your columns to make a few observations regarding the early history of the British Empire which are of special interest at the present time? This year marks the tercentenary of the British occupation of the island of Antigua, headquarters of the Leeward Islands, the oldest colony of the British Empire, for it was in 1632 that Edward Warner, the son of the famous Thomas Warner, who had settled nine years before (1623) in the neighbouring island of St Kitts, and so gave birth to the British Empire, landed and settled in Antigua.
To mark this historical event it is proposed to build and endow an industrial school in Antigua to enable the youth of that Ireland to become better equipped to take their part in its future destinies. The present condition of the island is an anxious one. In addition to the economic depression, which the island shares with the rest of the world, but constant droughts to which the island is subject and the uncertain price of sugar (the industry upon which the community almost entirely depends for its livelihood) render the standard of living among the masses a very precarious one, indeed, at times on the level of starvation. But this unhappy state of affairs is accentuated by the fact that our people, through lack of proper training, are unable to render such efficient service to the community as would otherwise be the case, for they are intelligent and only lack practical knowledge. We are strongly of the opinion that had there existed in the island during the past few years an industrial school, well-equipped and efficiently staffed, which provided training in agricultural science, craftsmanship, and domestic science, the present position of the island would be very different. It is therefore, of primary importance for the future of the community that provision should be made, and made before it is too late, to enable our people to turn the material at their disposal to better use. This is rendered even more necessary and urgent by the fact that the doors of America, which formerly were open and taken advantage of by the more ambitious and intelligent among the people, are now closed. This means, of course, that the population of the island's will steadily increase, and ways and means must be found to enable them to earn a livelihood. The existence of an industrial school would enable our island to become more self-supporting, and therefore less likely to be a burden on the Home Country.
This movement has the sympathy and support of his Excellency the Governor and of the Archbishop of the West Indies. The appeal is for L17, 000, or 4 million pennies. Are there 1000 people in England who would be willing to raise L17,000 or 4 million pence? I shall be glad to know of anyone who would help in this way. Cheques and postal orders,&c., marked "Antigua Industrial School" may be sent to Mr P E Couratin, 27 Uffington Rd, West Norwood, SE 27.
Believe me, Sir, yours faithfully,
George S. Hand
Dean of Antigua.

The Times 2 Aug 1945
RIGHT REV. G. S. HAND
FORMER BISHOP OF ANTIGUA
The Right Rev. G. S: Hand, Bishop of Antigua from 1937 to 1943, died in hospital at St. Kitts, B.W.I., on July 26.
George Sumner Hand, born in 1880, son of the late Rear Admiral G. W. Hand, was educated at Bloxham and at St. John's College, Oxford. After training at Ely Theological College he was ordained in 1903 and went to All Saints, King's Lynn, as curate. Five years later he became curate of North Creake and was appointed chaplain to the Bishop of Thetford. From 1911 to 1913 he served as curate of Thorpe Hamlet, and he was rector of St. Lawrence with St. Gregory, Norwich, from 1913 to 1923, when he went to Antigua to become rector of St. Philip's.
In 1930 he was appointed Dean of St. John's Cathedral, Antigua, which he continued to be until he was consecrated Bishop of Antigua in 1937. In 1943 he resigned the bishopric but continued active work for the Church as Arch-deacon of St. Kitts-Nevis.
With other clergy Bishop Hand was shipwrecked in July, 1944. The clergy were on their way in the motor yacht Romaris to attend the enthronement of the new Bishop, when the yacht was wrecked off Sandy Island at the entrance to St. John Harbour. They were rescued and landed in time to take part in the ceremony.
The Times.
2 Aug 1945.

Deaths.
Hand. On July 26, 1945 in hospital at St Kitts BWI. The right Rev George Sumner Hand M.A. Bishop of Antigua 1937-1943 and rector of St Lawrence and St Gregory Norwich 1913 - 1923.
Andrews newspapers cards - Ancestry.

Hand George Sumner of Basseterre St Kitts died 28 July 1945 at the Cunningham Hospital Basseterre. Probate Norwich 12 October 1948 to Hubert Charles Dinzey merchant. Effects L4377 9s 8d.
National Probate Calendars.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, The Castle Dedham ESS. George is recorded as a son aged 10 a scholar born Midhurst

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Hammersmith LON. George S is recorded as a son single aged 20 undergraduate born Midhurst

1317. Margaret Rosa Katherine HAND [19] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1075, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1883 in Dedham ESS, was christened on 25 Sep 1883 in St Mary Dedham ESS, died on 22 Jul 1959 in Hyekem Hall LIN at age 76, and was cremated on 25 Jul 1959 in Grimsby.

General Notes:
Margaret was unmarried.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, The Castle Dedham ESS. Margaret is recorded as Catherine a daughter aged 7 born Dedham

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Hammersmith LON. Margaret is recorded as a daughter single aged 17 born Dedham

1318. Henry George (Harry) HAND [444] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1075, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1885 in Dedham ESS and was christened on 6 Dec 1885 in St Mary Dedham ESS.

General Notes:
Harry was a Chartered Accountant.
HARRY MADE TWO CONFESSIONS 8 MONTHS APART C1901
MY FAVOURITE VIRTUE:
1 Courage
2 Courage
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS:
1 At the theatre
2 Travelling
MY IDEA OF MISERY:
1 Going to the Dentists
2 Having toothache
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION:
1 Bird's nesting
2 Bird's nesting
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR:
1 Grey
2 Pink grey light blue
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER:
1 Rose sweet pea
2 Rose sweet pea
MY FAVOURITE POETS:
1 Tennyson Rudyard Kipling
2 Tennyson Rudyard Kipling
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS:
1 Henty, Wilkie Collins
2 Jerome K Jerome, Conan Doyle
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER:
1 Landseer Cooper Leader Goodall
2 Landseer Cooper Leader Goodall
MY FAVOURITE FOOD:
1 Roast beef
2 Roast beef
MY FAVOURITE NAMES:
1 Dorothy Charles
2 Cyril Cecil Dick Dorothy
MY PET AVERSION:
1 Snakes
2 Writing letters
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO:
1 Nothing venture nothing have
2 Honi soit que mal y pense

Other Records

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, The Castle Dedham ESS. Henry is recorded as a son aged 6 born Dedham ESS

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Arnold Hse Hove SSX. Henry is recorded as Harry a boarder (at school) single aged 15 scholar born Dedham ESS

1319. Kenneth COTES [485] (Isabella Frances Louisa FENN1076, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1875 and died in Infancy.


1320. Dorothy Eleanore Digby "Dolly" COTES [486] (Isabella Frances Louisa FENN1076, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 20 Mar 1877 in India, died on 6 Dec 1962 in St Marys Convent Chiswick LON at age 85, and was buried on 11 Dec 1962 in Lanteglos by Fowey CON. The cause of her death was pneumonia. She was usually called Dolly.

General Notes: Dolly is believed in her youth to have possessed a Victorian "Album of Confessions" autograph book given to her by her mother. In it she recorded the "Confessions" of her many cousins, a glimpse into Victorian teenagers. This book is in the possession of Adrian Hopkins (2006)

DOLLY'S CONFESSIONS June 1891
MY FAVOURITE VIRTUE: Unselfishness
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: Doing what I like and bathing
MY IDEA OF MISERY: Tooth ache & practising Going to school
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Tennis boating cricket
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR: Pale blue
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER: Roses camellias lilac lilies
MY FAVOURITE POETS: Milton Longfellow A Proctor
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: Rider, Haggard, Miss Yonge
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER: Vicat Cole, Lin F Leighton
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Strawberries & cream apricots
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Ethel Elsie Harry Cyril
MY PET AVERSION: Cold potatoes Parnell, O'Brien
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO:Work wait win

1 Mt Ararat Road
Richmond
Dear old Hawar
Thank you so much for the stamps you sent me, I was so delighted with them. 14 I had not got but the rest will come in nicely for swaps - I am sending you some postmarks, what do you do with them? I have not been to school for a whole week because I had a horrid tooth ache, so instead I have to take the most disgusting medicine. I can't think of anything to say as mother has told you all the news the other day Baa was to have a great treat - Miss Annie Proctor told him that if he was very good he should sail his boat in the Vicar's Bath - just fancy! On Sundays now as it is too cold to go in the Vicarage garden they assemble indoors and sing hymns - I have not been present at one of these performances yet - I am dying to see Sequa - nice man - he seems to be a great favourite here - I will send you some more stamps if you think you can swap them.
Your loving Dolly
October 27 (1890)
Written on two sides of a sheet of notepaper

1 Mt Ararat
Richmond
October 15th, 1893
Dear Vandy,
I am so glad to see from the letter that you wrote to Linnie that you like your school so much - you seem to have a lovely lot of holidays. It is so warm today quite hot in fact - the Vicar is away, and we had Mr Booth to preach this morning. The Vicar has gone to Eastbourne with the Miss Proctors for three weeks, though he says that he does not like holidays, they always make him ill - I have not heard from Harry this term, though I wrote to him some time ago - I expect that I shall have a letter tomorrow - we were expecting Harold Hand over this Sunday, but he has not turned up, and we have given him up. Yesterday Aunt Isabella and I went over to Wimbledon to see Aunt Lucy. Of course the three boys are away, so Kitty was the only one at home - we had writing games all the time. I did not see Charlie while he was here - he came up one day with Jack, but I was out. Rees writes the most comical letters. The spelling is wonderful and he writes very often Aunt Lucy says. He said once that he was " joyful" oh quite as happy as it home, and also that the hose keeper (house - keeper) was very kind to him - it must be quite a puzzle to read the letters - E Lewes is at Yarmouth by himself, and one day he wrote a letter assisted by Cyril. Think what the spelling must have been, if Cyril had anything to do with it. The harvest festival here was last Tuesday week. The church was rather prettily decorated
Arthur Dudley has grown such a big boy - we saw him in the Post Office a little while ago - the Bateman's are well. Guy has had influenza rather badly, and went down to Brighton with Mr and Mrs Bateman and Laura to get some sea air. The Hopkins and Guy came to have some games in the park sometime ago. We had a lovely hide and seek amongst the break. Guy and I were never found, though the seekers stamped on Guys toe,
With best love from Aunt Isabella and myself
From your loving cousin
Dolly
P.S. I never told you that I went down to Hearn Bay at the end of the holidays for eleven days without mother - was it not a wonderful event?
You remember Hearn Bay don't you when you went with Nancy and Baa, I have just remembered you were not there with them, but you went down before school began some time ago did you not? We had great fun it was too cold to bathe, but we took long walks on the cliffs, and played tennis, and had a great deal of whist in the evenings - sometimes till 11 o'clock! Mother was shocked when I told her - there was splendid sea-fishing and my cousin Willie Coates the one who Charlie is with in London now, offered to take me out sailing and fishing, but I was too bad a sailor to venture. One day some friends of his went out, and caught over 400 fish, tabs, whiting, re, in a few hours, was not that splendid? I should like to have gone if it had not been the sea! We used to listen to the niggers too, and 3 men with black masks on, who sang and played beautifully.
I believe that Mr Edgar is going to leave Temple Grove next term, and Mr Alan will take his place. Then Victor Crump is going to Temple Grove to his great delight - I think that he was very sorry when you left.
Written on 7 sides of 2 sheets of letter paper folded in half

Glenmore
Cheltenham
23 Sept /41
New address is
96 Southbourne Rd
Bournemouth
Dear Harry
Amazingly early though it is I suppose the Christmas mail will be going soon. Let's hope it won't go to the bottom of the sea! All good wishes to you and the family \endash in the snapshot you sent me, Edward Liveing looks very bonny \endash he must be a great interest to you both. I am very busy packing up \endash I give up this flat on the 29th inst store the furniture, and am taking a room in Boscombe, or rather Southbourne, till we see what happens. It is very tiresome having to move about in wartime, but if I stayed on here I should be a rheumatic cripple. Mother loathed the Cheltenham climate, and apparently it affects me the same way but I am sorry about it because of my Aunt, who I came to be near, also moving is a big expense and I have all these years, only moved to Fowey and Boscombe. Alston Court had the military for a time and is now empty I hear - Adria is still in Cheltenham and I hope will stay here. Ailwyn is also here - R.C's generally hang together, Aunt Bertha is near Olive at Eastbourne, but finds it very cold and thinks now Boscombe!! She was bombed out of her London flat. I had quite a shock when I was in town having heard nothing about it I went to call on her she had gone, with her furniture and the porter took me round to see the damage. Aunt B was not hurt. Surrounded by smashed glass. She was plucky \endash the people in London are perfectly magnificent. I had not been up since last year till I went up last June and I never heard one grouse. Even from people who had lost everything. I went to see the Todd's \endash they looked very fit, Grace wrote and told me she had just had her 80th birthday1! I had a nice little stay with Muriel Julius in the spring in Cornwall we . . . . . Remainder of the letter is missing.
On the front page is the closing.
"had quite exciting nights! Love and best wishes for Xmas, again. Your affectionate Cousin Dolly" and a letter head "Readymoney Kennels, Readymoney, Fowey, Cornwall". struck out with the note. "Jack's & my paper comes in useful now!"
All written on two pages of letter paper

23B Hamilton Rd
Boscombe
Hampshire
(c1950)
Dear Alston
I was so pleased to hear from you I was only thinking of you the other day \endash but it was ages since I had heard. But I am very bad at writing these days so I ought not to expect it!
When Cyril and I had nothing better to do, we used to walk over to Studland, to see Gt Uncle George's grave! Mother used to stay at Studland quite a lot when two Smythies were young \endash Miss Smythies married Gt Uncle George for her second husband. I did not know Edith Nugee was still alive. I remember so well mother taking me up to see Bishop Smythies consecrate Bishop Hornby it was at St Paul's Cathedral and Bishop Smythies insisted that mother should take me to the lunch which followed the consecration and I had the seat of honour between the two bishops. I was very small but I quite enjoyed the honour! \endash Hope I behaved properly. Adria is going up to Scotland for her holiday. Rather bad just at the festival but she has evidently got rooms and Edinburgh is always lovely \endash she ought to see it. A good thing you have a big house I have always loved every bit of it. Mother and I used to go down in August every year for my summer holiday and did'nt I love it. I have got a large picture of Great Grandmother too, she certainly looks very forbidding you'd better have it when you're I'm gone \endash anything else you like including Grandfather's picture of Dieppe Castle if I have not sold it!
Much love to you both and to Olive.
Your affectionate cousin
D Cotes
Written on 2 sides of a piece of note paper with the closing squeezed in on the top of the front page. Attached was a Family Tree of the descendants of George Alston & Isabella Smythies.

Dolly was cared for in her last years at her cousin Josephine's convent, at Chiswick London.

Death Notice : COTES - On 6th Dec 1962, at St Marys Convent and Guest House Chiswick, Dorothy Elenore Digby Cotes, wife of the late John Charles Cecil Cotes, of Fowey. Funeral at Lanteglos-by-Fowey, on Tuesday 11th December at 10.30 am.

Adria Fenn in a letter to her brother Harry (7 th Dec 1962) on the occasion of Dolly's death says she is buried with Aunt Isabella and Jack Cotes at the beautiful but remote Cornish village of Lanteglos (Highway)

Sparling Benham and Brough,
Solicitors.
3 West Stockwell Street
Colchester
Essex
24 April 1963
Mrs D.E.D. Cotes deceased
Dear Mr Fenn
Thank you for your letter of the 16th instant. I confirm that I have been instructed by Westminster Bank Ltd, the sole executor of the late Mrs Cotes will, Mrs Cotes having died on 6 December 1962 her will having been proved recently in the Ipswich District Probate Registry
I received a letter a short time ago from the bank asking me to write to the various beneficiaries, and I was just about to write to your son and your daughter informing them of the money bequeathed to them under the will.
The particular paragraph under which your two children benefit reads as follows;
(5)" I give free of any duty is some equivalent to the net proceeds of sale of the ground rents of my leasehold properties in Upper Norwood London SE19 now under contract for sale to be divided as to one third share thereof to my cousin Edith Nancy Alston Hadwen of 10 Bathgate Road Wimbledon SW19 as to one third share thereof to my cousin Adria Margaret Fenn of 17 College Road Cheltenham in the County of Gloucester and as to the remaining one third share thereof to be divided equally between my cousins Edward Liveing Fenn and Katharine Julius Fenn both of Hadlow Number 4RD Timaru New Zealand or the survivor of them. Provided nevertheless that if my said cousins Edith Nancy Alston Hadwen or my said cousin Adria Margaret Fenn shall die in my lifetime then and in that event the share of the legacy as aforesaid shall be given to such cousin shall be divided equally between the said Edward Liveing Fenn and the said Katharine Julius Fenn or the survivor of them."
The four named persons to benefit under this paragraph of the will are in fact alive, and your son and your daughter will each receive one half of one third share in the net proceeds of the sale, and the ground rent which amounted to L5825 3s 3d i.e. they will each receive L970 17s 2p I believe your daughter is under the age of twenty-one and the bank has asked me in the event of any of the beneficiaries being under 21 to let them have sight of such beneficiaries Birth Certificate for purposes of the records and perhaps to save postage your son could bring a copy of the Birth Certificate to England when he comes. I should be grateful also if you will confirm that their Christian names are in fact correctly shown and spelt in the will.
I should be very pleased to meet your son and can certainly make all the necessary arrangements for him to receive his legacy whilst he is in England, and if he likes to drop me a line and let me know what arrangements he wishes me to make I will carry out his instructions.
I was very interested indeed to learn of your old connection with my family in Colchester. Gurney Benham whose book you still have, was my grandfather, my father, having practised for many years in Colchester, died last July, my Brother and I now helping to carry on his practice. The Essex County Standard is managed by my step uncle, so the family still take a fairly active part in the town's life.
With kind regards,
Yours sincerely,
Peter Benham.
Written on an Air Letter.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 1 Mt Ararat Rd Richmond SRY. Dorothy is recorded as a daughter aged 14 born India (British Subject)

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 1 Mt Ararat Rd Richmond SRY. Dorothy is recorded as a daughter single aged 24 born India

Dolly married John Charles Cecil "Jack" COTES [487], son of Rev William Eastwick COTES [2061] and Maria A MASON [9688]. Jack was born Mar Qtr 1890, died on 23 Mar 1925 in Beach Cottage Fowey CON at age 35, and was buried in Lanteglos by Fowey CON. The cause of his death was was heart failure after influenza. He was usually called Jack.

General Notes:
1890 Birth: March quarter, Fulham 1a 187 - COTES John Charles C.

TIMES DEATH NOTICE
25 Mar 1925
COTES: On the 23rd March, suddenly after heart failure after influenza. JOHN CHARLES CECIL, (Jack), late R.N.A.S. of Beach Cottage, Fowey. Dearly beloved husband of DOROTHY COTES and only beloved son of the Rev. W. Eastwick and Mrs. Coles, of Point Neptune. Fowey. R.I.P. Foreign and Colonial papers, please copy.

Jack may have kept a kennels called Readymoney Kennels, at Readymoney Fowey, his wife Dolly writes to Harry 23 Sept 1941 on paper with that letterhead, saying Jack's & my paper comes in useful now (wartime).

Research Notes:
A coincidence of Cotes marrying Cotes.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, St Pancras London. John is recorded as a son aged 1 born Hammersmith LON

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Stone House St Peters Broadstairs KEN. John is recorded as a pupil at Stone House aged 11 born London

1321. Dr Charles Edward "Charlie" FENN [18] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 23 Sep 1873 in Richmond SRY, died on 30 Apr 1947 in 8 Priory Rd Kew London. at age 73, and was buried on 5 May 1947 in Richmond Cemetery. The cause of his death was heart failure. He was usually called Charlie.

General Notes:
Charlie was educated at Haileybury College 1887.3 to 1890.3, Graduating Durham University, M.B. 1898. M.R.C.S. 1898, L.R.C.P. 1898 then Kings College London 1902. He was a House Surgeon at Worcester and Colchester Hospitals. He then moved to London where as a junior partner he resided at 34 Streatham Hill (existing 2003 near to the Christchurch Rd. intersection), in practice as Fuller Drake & Fenn. He moved on to 1 Leigham Ave, Streatham (a large house on 2 acres now demolished 2003), as senior partner of Fenn & Hudson, then retired.
Served in the R.A.M.C. WW I as a surgeon, stationed Sailsbury Plain. Retired early due to poor health to the Rosaries Dedham (next door to Castle House), then to Polstead (the New/Old house) followed by a further move to a small house without staff in Worthing as Charlie lost money in the Wall St crash. Nancy did the last three years of High School here.
After several further moves, Charlie then inherited Alston Court after the death of Edith Fenn in 1938, they let the property before moving in, in 1942. War time conditions made living at Alston Court very difficult and in 1943 Charlie and Edith moved to 8 Priory Rd. Kew London after selling to Alston Fenn.

Haileybury Register 1887.3
Fenn, Dr Charles Edward, M.D.,b. 23 Sept. 73, s. of E. L. Fenn, M.D. C87.3-91.2. D. at Kew, Sy.,30 Apr., 47.

CHARLIE'S CONFESSIONS 1891
MY FAVOURITE VIRTUE: Honesty
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: Going to a theatre
MY IDEA OF MISERY: Going to school
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Boating swimming tennis
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR: Red rose lily of the valley
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER: Pink heliotrope
MY FAVOURITE POETS: Milton Tennyson Hood
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: Miss Braddon, Rider Haggard.
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER: Vicat Cole Solomon J Solomon
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Turky Ices Curry Goose Tipsy cake
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Jack Dorothy Charlie Cyril Harry
MY PET AVERSION: Bread & butter pudding
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO: Never put of till tomorrow what may be done today

Haileybury College
Hertford
Feb 19th 1889
Dear Vandy
Many happy returns of the day I hope you will have a very happy Birthday. As Haileybury is a very bad place for presents I am afraid I must postpone mine till Easter. We have had a great deal of snow lately and it was collected into an enormous heap and then the boys tobogganed down it. Tobogganing is a game in which you get a piece of wood and sit on it and then slide down the hill. Are you learning French now I think you were going to this term. I am sending you a few stamps I hope you will like them but I am afraid they are not very good ones. Last Monday Week we had a splendid snow fight all the boys played in a large field and we attacked and stormed a great many snow forts. Last Saturday we had a football match against a picked team from the Cambridge University and we won. Please give my love to Father, Auntie Polly, Nanny Goat, Cyril and Emperor BAA.
From your loving brother
Charlie.
On notepaper headed with the family crest immobilis.

Haileybury College
Hertford
Mar 27th (1889)
Dear Harry
Many happy returns of your birthday and I hope you will enjoy it very much. I am very sorry I could not write before but I had no stamps. Are not you glad Oxford won the boat race? I am awfully missing page
Do you know that Aunt Margaret's children and herself have arrived from New Zealand a few days ago. Father has just written to me and says that I am going to leave Haileybury after next term and go to a clergyman in a little village near Hanover in Mecklenling Scharuin so that I will be able to learn modern languages. We will have great fun in the holidays Auntie Polly says I must go in for boating a good deal and it would be very nice if we two could go for little rows up to Kingston and back etc. You must get on with swimming too and then we will always be allowed on the River together. There is only a few more days to the holidays now isn't it nice. Thanks awfully for the stamps you have got for me I think I will buy some in the holidays because I want to get 1000 very much. The influenza he is dying of now . . . . . did Auntie Polly tell you I had been in the Sick House again. There is a disgusting old nurse their who used always to pick her nose. So one day while she was doing it in our room I said to her fellow "What are you consider the most disgusting habit" so he (we had arranged it before) said "Oh I think to pick one's nose" the nurse took the hint and smoked so till she was nearly purple. Anyhow she did not pick her nose in our room again. I have been having a good deal of toothache this term and have been twice to London to have them sent to I have had none out.
Love to Fritz and Alexed?
From your affec/te brother
Charlie
He's getting a big boy now He's 12 years old And can blow is own nose He's getting a big boy now
I will postpone my present until the holidays when you can choose what you like.
On notepaper headed with the family crest immobilis.

Haileybury College
Hertford
Mar 1st
Dear Harry
Thanks very much for your letter and the stamps some of them were very good especially the Nova Scotia and the Chinese ones. I added up my stamps yesterday and found that they came to the total of 1312 so I have gained a lot this term next term I am going to get the total up to 1500. Next holidays I am going to buy a very good Album one of Senfs nearly all the stamps are illustrated & it is beautifully bound, it will be a tremendous business to move the stamps into it, but I shall do it gradually. It has been very hot weather here with us. There are a lot of cases of measles in the school about 40 and a few of chickenpox. I went in for a Divinity Prize the examination came off last Saturday next week the lists will be up I hope I get it though I have not much chance as there are several good men in for it. Auntie Ada wrote to me last week and I have written to her has she written to you? When do you come home for the holidays we break up on the 9th of April. I am sending you these stamps as swaps the two St Helena are very good for they are unused. There have been several good paper chases this term. Some fellow fainted in the last one when they came an for it was a very hot day. Afraid I have no more to say.
Love to all both great and small.
Especially Futy & Bertha so tall
From your affect brother
Charlie Crusoe Dick Fancy (?)
A schoolboy signature of sweeps and letters.

Haileybury College
Hertford
Mar 27th
Dear Harry
Many Happy returns of your birthday I hope will (sic) have a jolly day. These stamps I am sending you are not of course a present for they would be of no use to you, but I will give you something in the holidays. I break up on April 9th and as you break up on the 10th very likely I shall be able to meet you at Victoria. Vandy is already at home & so he will go back to school when we have been home only for about a week which is rather a pity it will make him very sad at going back. Do you know that Father has said that I can have my camera next holidays, won't that be jolly, I have sent up for a catalogue from "Lancaster" which is a great place & when I have got it I will mark the one I want & send the catalogue & he will send for it. Won't it be nice to be able to get photographs, I think I shall make our dressing-room into a dark room we can easily wash in the other room & it is not wanted for anything else. Of course you know poor Father is ill, but he is better now, he is going off to the S of France when he gets right, viz about the Easter Holidays, we will be left alone in the house, I expect Aunt Isabella will come & stay there. The Athletic Sports are going to be held on Easter Monday and Tuesday, the heats are being run off now, I expect they will be very good this year as we have some very good runners. We have spent Good Friday exactly like a Sunday, we had hot or I ought to say cold cross buns for breakfast and tea. I am getting on well with my stamps, I added them up a few days ago & I found I had got 1378 so I ought to get 1400 by the end of this term which he is a good deal. At the beginning of the Holidays I am going to spend a few days with the Parkers I think I shall take my camera there and get some photographs of the country you know that they live near Tilford and I could get some photographs of the Jumps (The Devils Jumps?), Prospect Tree (possibly the Tilford Oak?), The Pond where I shot the frog etc which would be very nice. We have been having a lot of measles in the school but they are getting much better now. I can't think of anything more to say so I must shut up.
From your affect brother
Charlie


45 Gt Marlboro St
Regent St
April 5th 97
My Dear Van
Will you let me know when you are going back home, I am intending to bicycle back and want you to take back a handbag of mine, I will meet you at Liverpool Street if you will let me know when & where & give you the bag, it will give you no trouble & it is very expensive for me to send it per C.P. & Co. I saw the boat race on Saturday, being near the winning post, Oxford paddled past, an easy victory, afterwards I got into a boat with Jack Bateman & we were towed up the river to Richmond. In the evening Uncle Churchill Family arrived, there were Polly, Ethel, Ella & Ada; Ella has got very big eyes, I recognized them all besides them there was Uncle Arthur & Bessie, Aunt Ada, Joe Hunt & all the Batemans, 23 of us altogether. Is it true that G Cyril has passed into the Navy, I was told so at Bridge House but I have heard nothing about it from home perhaps the "Ra.ra.Paw" will be able to enlighten me. I had a long letter from Harry today, he is going to meet me at Witham on his bike and we are going to ride together to Colchester. As Cyril would say "I must stop now as the bell is ringing for tea (an awful whopper)", still I must shut up as I have to be off to the Spital Ta ta
Your affect brother
Charles E Fenny
PS I enclose addressed postcard CEF
Written on black edged note paper.

Julius Jottings No 5 June 1901.
Charles Edward Fenn has been appointed House Surgeon at the General Infirmary, Worcester.

5A, Streatham Place,
Streatham Hill, SW.
Nov 7th 06
My dear Harry
I think that it is about time that I wrote to you again and besides this letter ought to reach you about Christmas so I am wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year in faraway New Zealand and your new sphere of work. I daresay it will seem curious to you to be spending Christmas in midsummer weather but you have an advantage over us. We have begun the wet and foggy season in London, yesterday morning the fog was so thick that I could not see across the road and when it cleared up a little it began to pour & has been pouring ever since, a nice prospect! and I was called out last night to see a case. A few, a very few patients come straggling in, but everything must have a beginning and I feel that I am getting a little more known, it is just a year today since I came to Streatham Hill and the first year is always the slowest. I was down at Nayland a few weeks ago but there was no one at home, even the faithful Edgar had departed to Oxford, so Chick had to entertain me, after stopping a few days there I went on to Colchester where I stopped with Dr and Mrs Day, during that time I amused myself by having teeth out, I had gas three times, I got quite accustomed to it. These various operations prevented me from seeing many of my old friends but I went to tea with Mrs Lockwood. Miss Kate Lockwood, I dare say you know died last June I wanted to see the Miss Thompson Smiths but I could not find time. They have been having exciting times at the Hospital since I left. They had to sack one of the House Surgeons because he would go away for a day or two without leave, a calm? thing to do, and then the House Physician took himself off so for a few days there was no resident Medical Officer at the hospital at all. I had a very pleasant trip to Norway last July though unfortunately the weather was not favourable I caught a few trout and we climbed some mountains the country is rather like Switzerland, with much more water in it, I was very much taken with the place and its inhabitants. We stayed several days at various hotels and so got to know the people well. We had games of Bridge in the evening, some of the Norwegian girls play very well, some of the Norwegian girls are very pretty.
Van paid me a visit a few weeks ago he has settled to go as curate to Cuckfield in Sussex. As he arrived for lunch, we patronised the Zoo in the afternoon, I had not been there for ages, some of the beasts are very smelly, I had a strong whiff from some old bears, full on the chest, and it nearly knocked me over. Curiously enough Mr Haides of Nayland visited the Zoo that same afternoon. How are you liking your work? I suppose that you are getting quite accustomed to it by now. It seems funny that you, who I suppose, had hardly ever been on a horse in your life, should now live mostly in the saddle, but it must be a very healthy life and ought to suit you much better than any indoor occupation, I hope that you have not had any asthma lately. I dare say you will be taking to yourself a wife, in the future, I very often feel lonely in the evenings and have thought about it, but I have not come across the right woman yet and anyhow to tie one's self for life to a girl requires a good deal of thinking over. Cyril fell madly in love with a girl he met at the theatricals at Nayland last June. I met her when I was at Alston Court in Oct, she came to dinner with the Greys and afterwards I was her adviser at Bridge. I must tell this to Cyril he will be green with jealousy.
Jack Bateman pays me occasional visits in the intervals between his exams. He is up again at Edinburgh preparing for another attempt. Dr Drake my partner, has bought a motorcar, a Lanchester, a very fine one & Dr Fuller has just purchased a Humber.
Well, old boy, I must end up with lots of good wishes to you for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
From your affectionate brother
Charles E. Fenn.

5A, Streatham Place,
Streatham Hill, SW.
May 7th 1907
My dear Harry
I hope that you are getting along well and flourishing like a green bay Tree. Just at present times are rather slack with me and as it is pouring with rain and I cannot go out, I thought that it would be a good opportunity to indite you a letter, though I don't think that there is anything very exciting to tell you.
Father I am glad to say, is still slowly improving, since his first illness he had two more convulsive attacks which were alarming, so I went to consult Dr Ferrier and he very kindly came down to an Nayland with me, he thoroughly examined Father and came to the conclusion that there was no very serious mischief but that all these attacks were caused by the condition of his arteries, that means that he is liable to have similar attacks in the future but that with proper care and treatment they may be staved off and that he may go on for many years. That opinion on the whole is reassuring, as I was afraid on account of the subsequent attacks that there might be some serious mischief such as a tumour present.
I went down to Ham last week and stopped the night, it is many years since I was there, in fact I do not think that I have seen Dudley since he was in sailor suits. They told me that poor Bertha's engagement had been broken off and that of the two girls were coming to London, this is a very unfortunate year for them to come, what with Father's illness and Uncle B's death and Uncle Arthur is letting his house again this year for the summer and Uncle Henry in lodgings. I feel that I am the only representative of the Julian Genus able to welcome them but unfortunately being a bachelor, I am unable to offer them the shelter of my roof, however I shall call on them when they are in town and offer my services.
I had a little burst of gaiety about 10 days ago when I went to three dances in quick succession one of them was a fancy dress in which I figured as Sir W. Raleigh in gorgeous costume and a short pointed beard, as was the only proper I danced with several Queen Elizabeth's. The dance was in London and the Streatham party went up in a bass which was supposed to hold 12 but 14 crammed into it so you can imagine the squash. We were somewhat uproarious coming back. I had also a very nice dance at the Streatham Town Hall where I met some very charming partners. I am trying to improve my cat run called by courtesy a garden, I ordered down yesterday a whole lot of flowering plants which I shall plant promiscuous like about the place. I put it in to climbing roses and am training up my verandah, they are getting on very well and several buds are appearing.
Jack Bateman is doing locum work, he is now at Brighton, he visits me occasionally in the intervals. A few days ago he sent me a photo of himself which made me recoil in horror he had actually grown a beard and more forbidding looking ruffian I have rarely seen.
I am discharging my deaf servant, she has been in the hospital for some time past with something wrong with her eyes so I gladly took the opportunity of discharging her, her mother is still stopping on. I had Edgar with me about a month ago for a few days, we went to see " Raffles the Amateur Cracksman" which is a play somewhat of the Sherlock Holmes type, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I hope that the sheep shearing has been successfully accomplished, I daresay you are quite settling in in far away New Zealand, all you want is a wife and so do I, but I can't find the girl.
Well mon frere, farewell, hope you are quite well in yourself and not troubled with any asthma.
Your affectionate brother
Charles E. Fenn.

5A, Streatham Place,
Streatham Hill, SW.
Dec 17th 1907
My dear Harry
You will, of course, have already heard from Van by the last mail about the death of the dear old Dad. I came down on the Saturday evening Dec 7th, I do not think that he recognized me, he became more and more unconscious and died on the Sunday morning Dec 8th at 7 a.m. It was a terrible night and I often wished that I was far away, but he died very quietly and peacefully. You never saw him since his illness in February so you would not know how he had changed, I think if we look at the matter impartially we must realise that it is all for the best, for there is no doubt that his mental powers as well as his physical ones were failing and these would have got worse and would have led to softening of the brain, that is what he feared and he told me so in the summer. Very often, when I used to see him during this last year, I had many a pang when I contrasted him then to what I had known him as and to what you have always known him viz a dignified and stately gentleman and endowed with a magnificent intellect, and yet he always used to be thinking of you, I think that you were more in his thoughts than anyone, the Christmas letter that he wrote to you was one of the last, if not the last of his letters, it occupied him four or five days and he would go to Colchester to get your present himself. He was always delighted to see any of us when we went to Nayland and I think we bought back to him more forcibly the memory of our Mother and his first Marriage. We have indeed been born of good parents, the one an upright and conscientious Christian gentleman, the other a sweet, pure and saintly lady. Father often used to talk about his boys saying how good we were in writing to him he kept all our letters since his illness. Well it is all over and done with, he lies in his grave in the Nayland Cemetery next to Aunt Margaret and Uncle Sam. Van will have told you all about the funeral and you will also see the account of it in the local papers we sent you, on Sunday evening the service was a kind of memorial one, special hymns & Mr Grey preached such a beautiful sermon and amongst other things he told us what a splendid example our Father had given to all who knew him. It seems sad that you should be far away, the other side of the world, at such a time as this but I think that you realise that it was very probable that you would never see the Dad again when you bade him goodbye on board the Tongariro, and I think that he thought so too, but it is inevitable, death comes to all of us and only time can soften the pangs that it leaves behind.
Well I must get on to another subject and that is the legal aspect of the situation. Father in his Will left all his estate to the Mater for her lifetime when it will be divided equally among its those who survive her (except that the money which Father and advanced to me from his estate to buy this practice is to be deducted from my share). We five however come into possession of the property of our Mother, together with the Life Insurance on his life. The value of both of these is L6000 about, so that we should each get about L1200, in order that we may deal with your share, what is called in legal phraseology a power of attorney will be sent you for signature and this will be sent you by Willie Liveing who is managing the estate. What you will do with the money is for you to decide, I think that if you can live on your present income, it will be best to let both principle and interest accumulate until you want to use it or part of it in purchasing some sheep farm or whatever you are intending to set up in the future. It is always very useful to have a certain amount of capital in readiness.
Father also left you his gold watch, so you must let us know if you would like to have it sent out to you at once.
I hope that you are feeling all right again now and are no longer troubled with those wretched boils.
With my love to you.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
Written on black edged notepaper.

5A, Streatham Place,
Streatham Hill, SW.
Mar 27th 1908
My dear Harry
Many thanks for your letter. I received the Power of Attorney safely.
As you will see by the following that we cannot get 5% for our money with any degree of safety over here, the money is as follows, the Canadian Pacific Railway stock having been bought with the insurance money less the amount of death duties for our estate.
(i) L236 Canadian Pacific Railway 4% debenture stock worth L248
(ii) L226 5% G.W. Railway rent charge stock worth L416
(iii) L196 5% Ontario & Quebec Railway permanent debenture stock worth L245
(iv) L358 4% G.E. Railway Consolidated preference stock worth L383

(i) Brings in L 9-8-9 a year
(ii) " " L11-6-0 "
(iii) " " L 9.16.0 "
(iv) " " L14-6-0 "
L44-16-0
Capital if at present time sold would be worth L1192 which brings it out just under 4% interest.
Besides these are 80 shares of L5 each in the Alliance Economic Investment Company. These are worth very little and it will not be possible to sell. The interest is about 2% if it comes at all and so as we cannot divide them up, I am taking charge of them and whatever interest comes from at the end of the year I shall divide up amongst us five, so you may get about L2 a year from this source. We would sell them if we could but there is no market for them. If therefore you would like to have your money invested in New Zealand, I will, on instructions from you sell all your stocks and put them together with any dividends that may have come in, into Elworthy's bank. Let me know what is his London bank.
Farewell, old boy, I will write again soon, but I am in a great hurry today.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
Written on black edged notepaper.

34 Streatham Hill, SW.
November 10th 1908
My dear Harry
I have just realised that my Christmas letter to you will be somewhat late, which I hope you will excuse, there are no signs of Christmas here at present, except certain small boys who howl dolefully outside one's door, "While shepherds watched etc" they started that game the other evening when I was with a friend and he left his fox terrier at Maxton, there was a tremendous scrummage and the band melted instantaneously. I am quite getting settled down in my new house and have taken vigorously to gardening, I am at present planting bulbs most fatiguing work, so I hope I shall be repaid for my efforts in the spring. Nothing exciting has happened to me since I last wrote. I went down to Richmond last Sunday and did a round of visits, the Bateman's, like Quirks, Linnie is laid up with an inflamed vein, and Aunt Isabelle & Dolly. You will no doubt hear full particulars of the memorial window from eyewitnesses Aunt Isabella tells me that it is very beautiful, Cyril was able to get down for it, he is still very thick with Dosie Denlaw?. I believe that there must be something in it and so do the rest of the family, he carries her photo about with him everywhere and they correspond. The dancing season has commenced and I have been asked to an ordinary subscription dance, a fancy dress one and the dance at Bedlam, I have my doubts however about going to the Bedlam one. I took Dolly to the Coliseum last week, there was a very good programme & we enjoyed it immensely. We are just beginning the foggy weather now and consequently are kept a little more busy, we have been very slack up to the present. I suppose that you will be sweltering in torrid heat.
I hope however that you will have a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Au Revoir
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
P.S. I hope the gun is going strong.

34 Streatham Hill, SW.
May 7th 1909
My dear Harry
Excuse a hurried letter but I want to catch the mail and I am very busy just at present as Dr Fuller is away. I shall be writing to you next week and shall be sending you a draft for L35 on the Bank of Australasia at Christchurch. The bank manager however told me that if Christchurch was too far away . . . . . your boss would cash it for you all to the total amount of money paid to your account is as follows.
L17-14-11 your share in the sum left over after a winding up the Trust Funds.
L6-16-0 G.E. dividend August 08
L5-7-4 G.E. dividend August 08
L6-16-0 S.E. dividend February 09
L5-7-4 S.W. dividend February 09
L42-1-7
L6-16-0 deducted for cost of gun and carriage to New Zealand
L35-5-7 Balance due to you.
I am sending you therefore by the next mail a draft for L35-0-0 leaving the odd shilling to be brought forward to the next accumulation.
You say that you have only received one dividend from the Canadian Pacific Railway, if you are quite sure of this you must communicate with them as another dividend ought to have been sent to you on July 1, 1908.
I am glad to hear that you are flourishing, I find that now I have moved on to the main road I am doing a little more but it is still very uphill work, just at present I am fairly busy as Dr Fuller is away for a fortnight.
No time for more, will write next week.
Your affectionate Brother
Charles E. Fenn

34 Streatham Hill, SW.
May 13th 1909
My dear Harry
I am enclosing you your draft for L35 which you must take to the Bank of New Zealand Christchurch to get cash or else your boss will change it for you. You must not be surprised to get another one next week, that will be a duplicate one and is only sent for purposes of safety, so if you have cashed the first one, the duplicate is of course useless.
Edgar has been staying with me for a few days last week, he came up to be measured for an artificial hand, by the time he goes to Ely in July, he ought to have got accustomed to it and to be able to make some use of it. I am still going in for gardening in my spare moments; as I have a fair sized piece of garden, it will repay my efforts. One of my partners Dr Fuller is away at present, so I am doing the heavy swell and rolling about in his carriage and pair. I have not heard anything much about the family circle lately. Jo Fenn (Josephine) wants to be a nurse so Aunt Margaret has written to me, she will probably be going to the Colchester Hospital shortly. My parrot is very flourishing and is learning a few more words, I forgot though, you have never seen her, never mind that will be a pleasure in store. Nothing much to relate, you will have a letter from me next week, in closing the duplicate. Adieu
Your affectionate Brother
Charles E. Fenn

34 Streatham Hill, SW.
July 3rd 1914
My dear Van,
Just a line to tell you that I am engaged to Miss Ella Shuttleworth, daughter of Dr Shuttleworth, he used to live at Richmond. It was the inevitable result of the Swiss tour in which Ella, Dolly and myself took part.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn

Marriages.
Fenn-Shuttleworth. On the 14th April, at St Peter's Church, Belsize Park, N.W., by the Very Rev Dr Hackett, Vicar, assisted by the Rev E. V. Fenn (brother of the bridegroom) and the Rev F. H. Lacy, Charles Edward Fenn M.D., of Streatham Hill, eldest son of the late Edward Liveing Fenn, M.D. of Nayland Court, Essex, to Edith Elizabeth (Ella), only daughter of Dr and Mrs Shuttleworth, of Hampstead (formerly of Aancaster House, Richmond Hill).
Ref: Unsourced paper clipping 1915.

Lois Weedon Vicarage
Towcester
Northants.
Aug 15 42
My dear Harry
you may have heard by now about dear old "Gillys" death. It occurred suddenly on Aug 7th and was due to a cerebral tumour causing convulsions and coma. He had left the Convalescent Home & was making good progress after his accident. He was only back again in Castlethorpe for a week. I am enclosing you a cutting from the Wolverton Express which gives a full account of the funeral. Van says he has never known such a thing as the Bishop (in fact there were two of them) sending letters of sympathy to be read at the Funeral Service. It all shows how much he was beloved and respected. We shall all miss him very much and especially Van. Van and I stopped at Castlethorpe for tonight's, I was at Miss Gregory's the Organist and Van stayed at your old hosts the Cooks who enquired affectionately after you. Edgar left me to be his sole executor, and I am determined not to have the appalling delays which occurred with Dudley, so I interviewed Mr Rands of Northampton the day after the funeral and am seeing him again in a few days as I am stopping a week with Van. After a few legacies he left all his property to be equally divided between us four. I do not know yet what the expenses e.g. Death Duties etc, will come to, but the residue ought to amount to about L4000 and I should suggest as I did before in one of my letters that you should pay Elworthy L1000 off his mortgage, it would I think make it easier to sell the farm and anyhow I could not get you such a high rate of interest as you are paying him. Trustee securities now range between 3 & 31/2%. By the time you get this letter you will probably be informed that a draft has been paid into your bank and I shall be sending you another as soon as I get your income-tax rebate, (curse them for their slowness).
I do not remember ever having thanked you and Margot for your most generous Christmas present, it was awfully good of you both and the contents of the tins were delicious. Ella has often said how good and generous you both were and would, I know, join me in thanks if she were staying here.
We are living our life at Alston Court under difficult circumstances, it is very nice to be in the old Homestead again, but under the strict rationing system it is impossible to keep the house properly warm & lighted and all our cooking has to be done on a decrepit oil stove. The new vicar, Canon Wright, is a great success, he was inducted on July 8th and we asked him and his family together with Archdeacon and Mrs Buckley into tea before the ceremony and afterwards, the old "Beershop" himself came and partook of light refreshments. I had thought of taking a house for 3 or 4 months during the winter, with all modern conveniences, for I am training of the cold weather, my circulation is getting so bad, but Nancy wants to leave her farm at Ham and get on to one near Nayland where she can live at Home, poor child, she has been living in a good deal of discomfort at Kew and as well-meaning relatives & friends shower invitations on her, I fear she is not getting enough rest and he is getting Anaemic.
I hope you are progressing as well as one can expect and also Margot.
Best love to you both and also to E.L. what a jolly little chap he is growing into.
Ever your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn

Alston Court
Aug 31st 42
My dear Harry
After keeping the vouchers and claim for rebate which I sent them, in over 7 weeks the Income-Tax Authorities have sent me the enclosed. I did mention the matter to you in one of my letters about a year ago, but I suppose it never reached you, as you made no allusion to it, and as they paid up your rebate last year, I thought it would be all right. Since my last letter to you about poor old dear Gilles death, nothing much has happened. Ella and I spent a week in town to see something of Nancy who is working at the Ham farm, we also visited Richmond, Kew and Hampstead, and returned to Nayland a few days ago. Canon Wright the new Vicar here, is I think, going to be a great success, he is stirring up the village, which badly needs a little stimulus. Last Sunday there was a parade of troops, over 100 of them and they all came to Church. The Major in command read the first lesson and I read the second has Col. Rundall was away. Ella and I are still very busy with household duties, as we can get no help, so we live in a little corner in the South part of the house and have not been able to have any visitors to stay this summer.
Excuse short note, love from Ella and myself to you and Margot and also "His Nibs", E.L.F.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn

Alston Court,
Nayland,
Colchester.
June 10, 43.
My dear Alston
Owing to my failing health and to the fact that neither Ella nor Nancy wish to stay on at Alston Court, I am seriously considering the question of selling the property. As you know it is an exceptional house, possessing as it does woodcarving supposed to be unequalled in East Anglia and 15th century heraldic and old Flemish glass. My father spent about L4200 in restoring it and if I put it on the market I should put a reserve of L5000 on it but I am prepared to let you have it for L4500 and to throw in the 8 valuable pastle portraits of the Alston family and also other rellies such as the original certificate of the appointment of Sir Edward Alston to be the president of the Royal College of physicians in Charles II reign. Besides the house there is a Meadow and Fennage which I let for L21.5.00 per annum, I am told they are worth a good deal more than that. The whole property covers 7.8 acres. I wrote to aunt Alison asking for your address and she may have sent you my letter as I gave her other particulars regarding the estate. I should like, if possible, and answer in the near future, as both Ella and Nancy wish to settle down near London soon.
I hope you and yours are keeping well.
Your affectionate cousin,
Charles E Fenn.
Written on 2 sides of a sheet of notepaper

Alston Court,
Nayland
Colchester.
July 15, 43
My dear Alston
Many thanks for your letter, I am glad to hear you are buying the old family house as it would have grieved me very much to have had to sell it to a stranger. The valuer appointed by Lloyds Bank came here on Tuesday last and went over the house and grounds. As regards the mortgage, I am quite willing to accept 4% per annum but should prefer to have it for 3 years without the option of renewal. It is quite probable that I may not last that time and I want to leave my estate in as simple a form as possible for Ella and Nancy. As we can mutually arrange many details ourselves, I do not think it would be necessary to employ 2 sets of lawyers, they only quibble and split hairs between each other and greatly increase the expense, so I should suggest a man I know in Colchester, I have dealt with him once, his charges are not excessive, he is on the spot and knows all about the title deeds of Alston Court, though our ancestors were lawyers, the title deeds were lost, which gave my father a good deal of trouble when he succeeded to the property and also myself when I was trustee for the estate, however they are all right now and in order. I have just succeeded in getting the little house at Kew which was lucky as there are now no more houses in that locality to be obtained except ruinous old hulks at enormous prices. Our own business ought to be settled by the next quarter day, and if you do not want to take possession of it at once it might be let. I am throwing in - as you are taking the place - the Alston pastel portraits, military honours and other photos of our ancestors with the exception of an etching of Jacobus Vanderzee which I had promised some time ago to my brother Van (Vanderzee), the tapestries and framed certificate in the solar room I am giving you also the antique fire irons in the dining room, library and solar. Regarding the pictures in the Hall (except my Father) they belong to Adria, but I expect she to would like them to remain in the old house, I will mention this when I write to her.
Do not trouble to send back the photos of the house, you may keep them, they are very good ones, I will also, when I have time, let you have a copy of the history of the house and the old glass etc, which I have compiled, at present I have only the one copy, also the book "Alstoniana" and "Portraits In Suffolk Houses".
No more to say now,
Your affectionate cousin,
Charles E Fenn.
Written on 3 sides of 2 sheets of notepaper.

Alston Court
Nayland
Colchester
September 6 43
My dear Alston,
Mr White of Brook Farm Leavee Heath called upon me last Saturday he wants to rent the fennage for another year from February next. He says that the rentage of the fennage are purely for grazing purposes and have nothing to do with the shooting over them. That you must apply to the fennage Committee. Mr Taylor the local schoolmaster has got the rights of shooting over some of them and he could give you full information, of course you can shoot over the Meadow and paddock belonging to Alston Court and I have often seen pheasants and partridges flying about. Mr White also said that he would buy the fennage from you but that he would prefer to rent them. The annual rent at present is L11.5.0 a year. He also said that if you wanted shooting he would let you shoot over his farms at Leavee Heath (about 2 miles from here) for nothing. Plenty of rabbits there I know. Adria is willing to leave the pictures in the hall and landing and oak settle, also clock as long as they remain in the house and I am willing to do the same with the Alston portraits the four poster bed and others on the list you sent by Dorothy, on the same terms. If however you have to vacate the house (which of course, I hope will not be the case) that they shall return to the original owners or their heirs to dispose of as they think best. This if you could send your consent in writing could be known as a "Gentleman's Agreement" and would save all the expense and fuss which lawyers so love to make, if they drew up an agreement of that kind. Adria's address is 1 St Luke's Villas College Road, Cheltenham. There are at present 3 tons of coke and one and a quarter tons of coal in the outside and inside coal houses, worth L14.0.0 at today's prices I will let you have it for L13.5.0. I believe Dorothy wants the Suffolk Corner Cupboard at L5.0.0 and the 3 electric stoves at 30/-each. Col. Sykes who lives next door, has similar stoves, so they ought to be all right.
Hope you are all well. We enjoyed seeing Dorothy and Alison last week.
Yours ever.
Charles E Fenn.
Letter on 2 sides of notepaper with a note on it "letter and cheque sent 16.9.43 L22.10.0"

8 Priory Road,
Kew,
Surrey.
Sept 24th 43.
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letter and enclosed cheque. I will write to Mr White and ask him to communicate with you, when the lease is due for renewal. We have been in the throes of removal, hence my delay in answering, but I have been packed off to Hampstead and do not go to Kew until tomorrow the 25th. The day I went to town I signed the lease in the lawyer's office so they are getting on with it, regarding the past about Mrs Raine, I sold it to her before I had any idea about selling the house; in August 1942 she asked me if I would sell a small portion of my land in order that she could have a little garden to her cottage, it is down in the woody part beyond the "Barbary Hut", but I had gone away in the winter and could not get hold of a necessary paper so the matter was held over until the spring. I have laid down certain restrictions so it will not cause the slightest inconvenience to the owner of Alston Court. I enclose a draft of our agreement it covers everything required. I have left behind some gardening tools and a ladder for your use as Spooner, will want something to go on with during the autumn and winter. With regard to the ladder he borrowed it some weeks ago to fix up some tiles on his roof, I told him to bring it back, but as far as I know he has not done so if you don't see it about you will know where it is. I have paid him his wages up to the end of this week. After this week he will be only able to work two ana half hours a day and in the middle of October he did not have his tea interval but worked from 4 to 6. After that he could not work much more than one hour a day and I paid him accordingly. I have left you a shed crammed full of wood which will come in useful for firing etc also a quantity of flowerpots and seed pans. Spooner thoroughly cleaned out the cesspool a few days before we left so it will not want seen to until March 1945.
If there is any more information you want let me know.
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn.
Written on 2 sides of a notepaper.

No. 3 War Office Selection Board
Locko Park,
Derby.
TEL Derby 55743
Draft of Gentleman's Agreement.
With reference to the various articles (pictures, furniture, books etc), which belong to you and which you have very kindly decided to leave and Alston Court, I undertake that they shall not be removed from the house except with your permission or on receipt of your instructions. I undertake to take the greatest possible care of them so long as they remain in my charge and recognise that you have the right at any time to dispose of them as you may think fit. Further I undertake to notify you or a member of your family at once if ever I should decide to relinquish the ownership of Alston Court.
Sent to Charlie on 3.10.43 AAF.
Sent to Adria on 8.10.43 (8 pictures, oak settle, and clock) AAF.
Written on army notepaper address above struck out.

8 Priory Road
Kew
Oct 7th 43.
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letters, I am glad to hear you are having a much-needed holiday. My tenant is Mr A C Biggs, the son of old Biggs the mechanic, the father is a decent old chap, but I cannot say the same for his son, who is a somewhat truculent individual. There was no legal agreement between us, only a verbal one and since I gave him notice, he has told me that a farmer need not pay any rent for the last year, I spoke to Asher Prior about it and they tell me that he ought to pay his rent only I must give him compensation for what he has spent on the land, I do not think he has spent 1d it is not as if it was arable soil. Any how he has not paid me any rent since last March. The agreement was for the meadow, so you can use the paddock. Biggs has apparently made use of the paddock for his cows which used to stray into the garden, causing damage, Spooner hates him like poison, the rent agreed was L10 a year and his time is up on March 1st next. As he has paid no rent, I do not see why you should not use the meadow as well, especially as so far this year he has not used the meadow for grazing purposes. Since Dorothy's visit I have heard that the Angel Hotel Colchester is much cheaper than the George, but have had no personal experience of it. I enclose an invoice from Keeman & Davie evidently intended for you, so sorry you were unable to obtain more.
Yours ever
Charles E Fenn.
p.s. Forgot to say that Biggs lives with his father and A C Biggs Nayland Colchester would find him. I had a very good crop of blackcurrants last year & this year but the old bushes want a great deal of pruning. Hope your Fruit Farm will be a great success.
The plot sold to Mrs Raine can only be used as a flower and vegetable garden, it cannot, be built upon, or used as a tea garden, probably Asher Prior will include the agreement in the Title Deeds.
Written on 2 sides of notepaper

8 Priory Road,
Kew,
Surrey.
Oct 22nd 43.
My dear Alston,
I had intended to write to you before you left Nayland, but have been laid up for a few days with a slight feverish attack, so my correspondence has been neglected. Many thanks for your letter, I heard from Archer Prior yesterday and they tell me that the sale is completed. Your idea about payment of interest on mortgage is an excellent one my bankers are Barclays Bank Ltd. George St. Richmond. Surrey. There were 3 matters I had ordered to be put in hand some time before I left Nayland.
(1) Replacement of some tiles which had fallen out of the roof in the new wing, Biggs told me that as the tiles had come out in embedded in mortar he could have done the job in quarter of an hour if he had had the necessary ladders, so I told Deaver about them, they, as usual, promised to do so but never did, Deaver has so few men and also government contracts to do that I really think it would be better to call in Webb for any local job at present, though I don't know anything about his work.
(2) Plastering the cupboard on the passage outside South bedroom, Deaver were also going to do this, they repaired the roof above, in which there was a leak.
(3) Repair of sink in pantry next to dining room, Biggs was going to do this, + you probably have found the lower lavatory devoid of water, Biggs inspected the cistern above it and told me it was all right and that when it was filled, a tap must have been left running.
All these items I will pay for when the work is being done.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to Nayland and were able to put in some work in the paddock. I find that the 2 books I promise to give you have been removed here viz "Alstoniana" and "Pictures in Suffolk Houses". I will let you have them when you take up your residence at Alston Court. The village will be glad to have a Fenn there again.
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn.
p.s. I doubt if I have told you that I have written to Mr White, Brook Farm, Leavee's Heath and told him that you had no objection to his renting the fennage from you, the grazing has nothing to do with the shooting, an owner of fennages can always shoot over them, White said you could always shoot over his farm lands whenever you wanted to.
Written on 2 sides of a notepaper

8 Priory Road,
Kew,
Oct 28 (43).
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letter which I only received last night, as I have been away for a few days staying with my mother in law, while Ella and Nancy have been gallivanting in Bath. I went over to Richmond this morning to get a registered letter which I was told was waiting for me, it was from Asher Prior containing a cheque balance of your purchase money, they charged me L42 odd as expenses, but gave no details, your bill seems very stiff but I expect it was mainly composed of stamp duties and other Govt charges, I should certainly ask for details if they have not sent any, so far they have been fairly moderate in their dealings with me, but I loathe having anything to do with lawyers. Ella is going down to Nayland next Tuesday, to bring back our cat, she will take with her the books "Alstoniana" and "Pictures in Suffolk Homes" and leave them in the S bedroom cupboard. As regards the picture of dogs and a cat, I found it lying in the loft with a lot of other lumber. Adria had written to me before and said she had no use for it, it was an awful daub at the best, so, as we were clearing out the loft we put it in the sale with some other rubbish and the whole lot fetched the magnificent sum of 1/-. The two pictures flanking the pastoral scene on the landing are I think good ones, I remember them well in the drawing room of Portland Terrace, Richmond, but whether they came from our grandfathers house at Stourbank all my maternal grandfather am not quite sure but am pretty certain on the whole that they were from Stourbank. I am glad that Mrs Kerridge made you so comfortable and that you were able to make the acquaintanceof the Caulfields and the Sykes, as well as the Vicar.
Wishing you all success in your fruit growing schemes,
Yours ever
Charles E Fenn
Written on 2 sides of notepaper endorsed answered 31.10.43 "Query re-upkeep of cottage fences near tennis court" in Alston Fenn's hand.

8 Priory Road
Kew,
Surrey.
Nov 14th 43.
My dear Alston,
I am afraid I have been somewhat behindhand in my correspondence for various reasons. Many thanks for your letter, I think you are going to turn the Alston Court Gardens into charming grounds, your idea of having an orchard on the east side of the house is very good, it always has been somewhat of an eyesore. I am sorry the cistern for the downstairs lavatory is leaking, I had Biggs in to repair it about a year ago, he did so and reported that he had made it right, it was a mad idea in the first place to have a separate system there. If you can get on to the main water supply, you ought to be able to sell the pumping engine for a good sum.
Now you were asking about the ownership of the fences of the cottages, I so rarely ventured into those parts that I really forget how they were built, but the owner of a fence is the one on whose side the upright posts and transverse beams are. Several horrible fungy appeared in the passage leading to the library and in the library itself and they are caused by damp, however I think I have removed the cause. When I took over the house from my tenants the Praclls (sic), I noticed that the gutter in the courtyard was broken and water had been streaming down the side of the wall there, I called in Deaves and he discovered it was much more serious than a broken gutter alone, that it was due to the rotting away of some of the timbers in the roof above and that it and the tiles with it had slid down into the gutter, I had new timbers put in and the tiles imputed on it in mortar and now it is quite all right, but the damp will remain for a time, if ever I found a fungus, I used to paint the pest with paraffin after I had removed it and I should advise you to get Mrs Kerridge (she is very obliging) to paint that part and the steps leading into the hall with paraffin every few weeks, the wood skirting round the lavatory and passage to it was liable to rot and my stepmother had a deep damp course (I think that is the correct name for it) built but there is some woodwork in the passage between the Hall and the library which will require removal.
I hope you and your family are keeping well.
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn
Written on 2 sides of notepaper endorsed answered 28 Nov 43 in Alston Fenn's hand.

8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Margot,
As I said to Harry in my last letter to him, I feel quite ashamed of myself in not having written before to thank you for the stream of presents you are so generously sending us she's, but, honey and last but not least that magnificent Christmas Cake, which is brought out on state occasions and which we are still enjoying, a triumph of culinary skill. Then too there is the New Zealand illustrated paper and the many snapshots of your beautiful Edward Liveing, what a fine little boy he is, no wonder you and Harry are so proud of him. We are settling down here and Van and Adria up paying visits to us next month but as we can get no outside help and Nancy is away all day and comes back "dead beat" at night household work takes up nearly all our time, I have however hung most of the pictures & china and Ella is gradually getting most of the rooms in order. The blackout has been a bit of a problem as the authorities are so particular about it being complete. I hope the end of this year will see the end of that tiresome regulation, though I am afraid that rationing and many other wartime conditions will continue for some time. We spent a quiet Christmas day at home, I managed to get to Church in the morning, the former Archbishop of Canterbury (Lord Lang) preached he has a house on Kew Green just by the Church and we saw him as he walked across from his house to the Church in his full Canonicals making a picturesque & Medieval figure in his purple & scarlet robes against the old Georgian buildings on the Green, after the service we saw him again and he gave Nancy a beaming smile. Nancy is working on her farm, most disagreeable at this time of year, as the first three hours are in complete darkness and icy cold. She gets lifts back, in all kinds of strange vehicles, the latest one being a "Black Maria", in which she travelled with two policemen and on her thanking them at the end of her journey received the gallant reply "you are as welcome as the flowers in May". Ella and Nancy are going to Bath tomorrow (Jan 15th) for a weeks holiday and I am being packed off to my mother-in-law, Mrs Shuttleworth, as I cannot travel long distances now, especially in the winter time and when the trains are so crowded and especially now as the movements of troops (preparatory I hope to another Front) are so extensive. Nancy is very keen on anything in the 18th century so naturally Bath is a happy hunting ground for her. Col. Alston Fenn to whom I have sold Alston Court, is very enthusiastic about the house, he has an energetic wife and two charming daughters, both I believe, musical, who will prove a great acquisition to the village, as for myself it was a great wrench to leave the old place at first, but I now have got accustomed to this nice little house at Kew and am relieved of a great deal of worry and in any case, it would have been too great a burden to have handed on to Ella and Nancy. I have written a small booklet about the history of Alston Court which I must give to Alston when I can make out a fresh copy. I often visit the Todd's at Wentworth House, the two poor old ladies are having a hard time of it, especially Adria, on whom all the burden falls, now that Mabel has had a slight stroke. She is getting better now. When I went there about Christmas time, your cake was brought out for tea amid fresh eulogies. I do hope poor old Harry is not suffering much from his osteo arthritis, take my advice and sell the farm now the going is good you may never have such a favourable opportunity again.
My love and thanks again to you and Harry, and love to little E.L.F. from his old Uncle Charlie.
Your affectionate brother-in-law
Charles E. Fenn
Written early 1944.

8 Priory Road
Kew
Surrey.
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letter. Regret not having answered it before, but Christmas is always a busy time. I think the clauses in your Will regarding the disposal of Alston court are excellent and well thought out. I hope you all had a good time this Christmas, we spent ours quietly here and attended the service at the Kew Parish Church the preacher being Lord Lang, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, he lives on Kew Green. We had our new years dinner with Mrs Shuttleworth at Hampstead. Ella and Nancy are going to Bath for a week on Jan 16th and I shall be staying with my mother in law. I can't travel any distance in the wintertime I feel the cold so much.
Thank you and Dorothy very much for your card and good wishes.
With love from us all,
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn.
Written on 2 sides of notepaper undated but clearly eary 1944

8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
Sept 7th 44
My dear Harry,
It was so good of you and Margot to send us that delightful present, we have already started on the honey which is delicious. We all thank you both so much for it. We were so sorry to hear of your various illnesses and do hope that the precious E.L.F. has quite recovered from his croup. From Aug 31 to Sept 4th I spent a perfectly delightful weekend at Nayland. Dorothy and Angela (the younger girl) made everything so comfortable for me and I saw most of my old friends, I also read the Lessons in Church, my "Swan Song" I told them, but I was howled down. They are working hard in the garden and the house and are making many improvements. I am very glad you were pleased with the sum remitted to you, the N. Zealand exchange must be very favourable to you. I have now the Defence Bonds (L163) which will not be paid before Nov 15th., as the authorities require six months notice, also your rebate and a final sum which is lying to your credit at the bank, so there is still a nice little bit of money. There are still those wretched Illinois Bonds which seem almost impossible to sell, however Rands (of Northampton) is attending to them. Dorothy has asked Van to come to Nayland and I hope he will go, I wrote to him today to that effect. I hope you are settling down happily in your new house, as I felt at Nayland, it must have been a great wrench to leave your old "Homestead". Still it will be a great rest and relief to you all.
With love from us all to yourself Margot and little E.L.F.
Your affectionate brother
Charles E. Fenn

8 Priory Rd
Kew
Surrey.
Phone: Ring 5927
July 15th 45
My dear Harry,
Thank you very much for your long chatty letter telling me all about your home life, also for the photo of Margot and E.L.F. How very much he resembles what you were like at his age, when you were photographed in petticoats holding a hoop and with long curls, how the fashion's alter! I must have been a most objectionable child in the my earlier years in I usually am depicted with a discontented, scowling expression. Aunt Ada used to tell me later on that I usually had a grievance, the whole universe was against me. The family at Nayland are settling down very happily there, Alston has been demobbed and is now living the life of a country gentleman. Aunt Alison (his mother), Aunt Bertha that was, who has been bombed out of London and was temporarily living at Northampton where she found Van's visits a perfect godsend, left their for Eastbourne the other day, she got permission to motor the whole distance and stopped at Kew on her journey through town, she brought her maid and the chauffeur and Ella and Nancy had prepared a veritable Lord Mayor's banquet for them all which the old lady enjoyed four she wrote to us a very grateful letter of thanks afterwards. She is staying with Olive at present until she can find good rooms in a Hotel which will take a long time under present circumstances. I am trying hard to obtain a crossword puzzle book, but they are not printing them now, I have applied at Smith's and Boots without success, I sent you one or two some years ago but whether they ever reached you is doubtful. I occasionally go into Richmond and at a large "At Home Tea Party" I met Lucy Bateman, she does not look a day older than 65 and yet she will be 80 next year how time flies. Dolly B is still in her chronic ill-health, I dare say you knew that Jesse died a few years ago, otherwise they are all fairly well. The two dear old ladies at Wentworth House are having a hard time, or rather Adria is for she has to bear all the burdens and anxieties, bombs have on two occasions almost destroyed the house, they are without maid's, Enid Routh and a weird friend of hers called Hamilton Fraser I have never met her but she seems to be a somewhat hypochondrieal sort of person, she hails from New Zealand, somewhere in your locality, I think Adria finds her more a trouble than a help, poor Adria, she was so long that petted lamb of the family and now in her old age, to be the drudge, but she bears it all nobly. Ella and I have the greatest admiration for Adria Todd.
Ella and I went out to Hampstead a few weeks ago and met Dolly Cotes who was staying a week with Mrs Shuttleworth, I had not met Dolly in some years, but I thought that she had aged very much, she still keeps on moving about so I never know her address, but at present she is somewhere in Bournemouth. I believe Van has got our old "Ye Christmasse Pille" and I have suggested that he should send it to you this Christmas, as now there will be no risk, Margot I am sure would like to see the queer old card and to read its history which I wrote out on its 30th birthday, next year please send it to me (if I am still in the land of the living).
July 16th., Have just received your most kind and welcome present, but really old chap, in the present state of your finances you must not send me any more of your generous presents and in any case don't send any honey in the summer, Van who received his parcel a few weeks ago told me that the honey was losing all over its container and in my case, it must have arrived dripping externally, for the P.O. Authorities had to open it and remove what they called the "perishable article". We have had a heatwave (Temp 85 and more) and terrific thunder and storms all over the country. Ella and Nancy are going away for a change soon, if they can secure accommodation, they both need a change especially Ella who has not been very well lately. But time is now getting short for Margot and by the time you receive this letter it will be all, I trust safely over and may the wee mite turn out to be a blessing and pride to you both.
With much love from us all,
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn.
P.S. you seen to have altered your address it used to beat Park Street Gleniti and now it is Gleniti Taiko RMD, (whatever that may mean)

My dear Harry,
Thank you for your letter. Since I last wrote to you, the most terrible calamity has been fallen upon me. My beloved Ella has died. She was attacked by a growth, but at first the treatment she was receiving did her so much good that the doctors held out high hopes, but afterwards secondary growths appeared which spread with terrible rapidity and she sank & died on April 9th. She lies buried in Richmond Cemetery, the service was at Kew Church and I was so glad that Van was able to conduct it, Nancy and I are alone here now & you can imagine the blank that has fallen upon our lives, but Nancy is a wonderful girl and is the greatest comfort and help to me. Ella had been wondering if you & Margot ever received a little garment she embroidered for little Katharine, the last piece of embroidery she did. It was sent out about the beginning of last December. Yes we received safely the Julius family tree, but Nancy had been keeping it to show to Van and now she wants to keep it to show to Muriel Julius who has just returned from Cornwall but I want to send it back at once. Nancy and I are continuing to live here, anyhow for my lifetime, it is a nice house and suits us both, and it is easy to run, I hope that you and Margot and of the two two (sic) dear children are all keeping fit.
Love from Nancy and myself to you all,
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
April 24th (1946)
To you both
Since daddy wrote this I have received Margot's letter to mummy: thank you so much for it I was delighted to hear that the little coat arrived safely - m - often wondered if it had - and near the end she had a dream about chalk to children and she said they had found the parcel - so that quite satisfied her. She was so splendoured and brave throughout her illness - I was able to nurse her myself - which was a great comfort to me - except for two or three times a week when a very nice retired nurse we'd know (who helped us with D last year) came an did to be few things I couldn't manage myself, we wandered a beard of all service for her- and with the many friends - the music & flowers - people told us afterwards that we had succeeded. We entered on a note of triumph with "Praise my Soul the King of Heaven" - Uncle Van's suggestion - and I asked everyone to sing. I feel that to mourn it only to show self-pity - m - must be happier out of this troublesome world, but we were such great friends it seems terrible to be parted. Daddy has been splendid & I been so busy I hardly had time to think - m was very keen I assured continue with my singing which is a great interest. I lunched at a Chinese restaurant today - with my Uncle Lee. Afterwards I saw my Grandmother who is very ill & I am afraid cannot last long - everything comes at once - I hope the future will be brighter - the spring blossoms at Kew are lovely - how kind of you to think of parcel - tongues and dried fruits would be most welcome - All love Nancy.
Both letters together written on an Air Letter.


8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Harry,
Yours and Margot's very welcome presents reached us two days ago, it is most generous of you both to send us them, especially as I know you are hard up. I had some of the marmalade for breakfast this morning it was the most delicious I have ever tasted. Just imagine you keeping some of my Haileyburian letters, do you remember that awful contretemps I made when I was at Temple Grove when I wrote a letter to you beginning "Dear Cocky Lockey Kiri Kik etc and sent it to Father by mistake, and you received my letter to Father. I had a regular stinger from the Dad by return, and he reported the matter to Mr Edgar and I went about for some days afterwards looking like a whipped hound. I wish I could give you some definite news about these infernal Illinois bonds, but what with my own out of pocket expenses and Rands bill and the Banks, I don't think there will be much left for us when it is divided into four. After that has been paid off there will only be these mysterious postwar credits, your share is about L9-9-0. Nancy is splendid looking after me and the household, her cooking is wonderful. At present she is cooking fish, with our greedy cat in close attendance. We have had Van. In the lead in the side of last week, he and Nancy did the Academy, went to Hampton Court and one day Van looked up the Bateman's and Todd's and explored the cemetery where he found several fresh graves including old Mr and Mrs Todd and others, he seems to like doing that sort of thing. He looked fairly well and Nancy fed him up, I fancy he leads rather a Spartan like existence with that awful William. Nancy is getting on well with her singing and is singing at a big private party early next month. I hope Edward acquitted himself well as a page. Your description of Katharine shows what a sweet baby she must be, Nancy could say "Dad Dad" long before she could say Mum Mum, much to her darling Mother's grief. My own health is none of the best I just exist and can manage to hobble down to Kew Green and watch the cricket on a Saturday afternoon, but it has been such miserable cold weather lately, we have not really had any summer.
Best love to you and Margot from Nancy and myself and many many thanks again for your generous present.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn.
Written after April 1946.

8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Harry,
Yours and Margot's stream of presents shown no sign of slackening and I really do not know whether I have thank you for all of them, anyhow I think you are now it is most kind and generous of you both. Van sent me a cutting from the "Times" about George Julius death and also another cutting which you had sent him some time ago both of which I shall put in my big album. What a marvellous brain he had, I had no idea that he had held so many important posts. By the way one cutting says he left two sons have either or both survived him? If so the Fredrick Gilder Julius branch is not extinct I had always thought that when Dudley's son says Saul was killed in the war that he was the last survivor of our branch of the Julius line. You ought to have received by now that wonderful genealogical table which George sent you. The stamp on your letter interested me, it was a clever idea of Audry's to have the plate glass window at the back of the altar looking out on that beautiful view. I rather envied him still hoping to be able to drive a car, I have long given that up for with my "elephant" legs I can only crawl about and my balance is so bad that I keep on tumbling, unless I have Nancy on one side of me. I am afraid my deafness is increasing, I have ordered a fresh pair of spectacles which I hope will improve my eyesight. American "red tape" still holds up the sale of Edgars Illinois Railway Bonds when this wretched business will be settled I really cannot tell, let us hope in my lifetime, for I am the sole executor. Glad to hear that Edward likes his school and is beginning to read quite well. Nancy is having a gay time and her engagement book is usually full up, today in she is lunching at the Ladies Carlton Club with her cousin Mab Dalton, then she is going on to tea with her Aunt Inez (who married Lee Shuttleworth) and in the evening is going to a Concert where Anna Shuttleworth (a wonderful cello player) is performing. Anna is the daughter of Inez and is Nancy's only first cousin on the Shuttleworth side of the family, so I am left alone with the precious Persian cat Cymbeline, of aristocratic dissent and whose real name is Lord Wirelscombe. Your Labour Govt and our Labour Govt are doing their best to ruin and bring to bankruptcy our respective countries. Alison Fenn daughter of Alston is engaged to be married, she will be married from Alston Court, I was trying to think when there had been a wedding from Alston Court, certainly not in my lifetime, and as Uncle Sam & Aunt Margaret were both single, it may have be our grandfather T H Fenn, surgeon when he married Maria Alston somewhere about the year 1840.
With love to you both
Ever your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
Written on an Air Letter after June 46.

8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Harry,
Many many thanks to Margot and yourself for your kind and generous gifts, which Nancy has been taking full advantage of. She is going to two weddings in the near future, one to a friend of hers on the farm at Ham and the other to Alison Fenn's marriage to a Major Redman at Nayland. The latter will be a great event all the village agog, Church Bells ringing etc they wanted Van to marry them but he would be unable to do so as the wedding is on a Saturday. I thought at first I might go if I took a motor there and back, but as I cannot walk about and am very deaf, I came to the conclusion it was not worth while. It is the first wedding they have had from Alston Court since our grandmother Marie Fenn married Thomas Fenn (our grandfather) 106 years ago. Nancy is not stopping the night and will return the same day. Perhaps you have heard that Mabel Todd has had another stroke, but it was only a very slight one and she is rapidly recovering from it. Mrs Shuttleworth died two or three weeks ago she had run through nearly all her money but luckily they will be able to sell the leasehold of her house at a good price and her furniture ought to fetch good prices. Nancy is one of the executives and she is up at Hempstead at the present moment. I have just been making enquiries at my bank about those wretched Illinois Railway Bonds but they have had no further news. American red tape seems to be even worse than our own. Thank you for your many snapshots of the family, tall Agrippa is he not appropriate in one of them. Van sent me on Katharine's photo, a darling little girl she is. Adria is settling down comfortably in Cheltenham with all her Alston Court furniture around her, having to act the part of nurse attendant on Mrs ? is making a new woman of her and bringing out all her best qualities. Thank you for New Zealand illustrated papers, I pass them on to an old gentleman living in an Priory Road, aged 92, an aristocratic old boy and related to the late Earl of Dysart of Ham House.
With much loved to your wall from Nancy and myself.
Your affectionate brother
Charlie E. Fenn
Written on an Air Letter c Jul1946.

Dec 15th 46
My dear Harry,
I had intended to write to you sometime ago in order that I might send you and Margo our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, but I am afraid this letter will be late. I have been ill lately, in fact I nearly "pegged out" owing to loss of blood from an extracted tooth, the bleeding went on until past midnight and then I staggered up to bed where I collapsed, Nancy in alarm sent for the doctor he found me stone cold and pallid, however with brandy and hot water bath's I revived but it left me very weak and I was in bed for some days. Thank you very much for all your letters, to me your one by ordinary mail has just arrived. I was shocked to read the news about George Julius's son most incomprehensible. The weather at present is appalling, thick fog and a freezing atmosphere, the worst possible combination, I never venture out of doors. Nancy and I are spending Christmas here and may entertain the Shuttleworth's (Lee his wife and daughter) if they can come. Nancy is very busy at present settling up her Granny's affairs she has got down here her baby grand piano and a very beautiful piece of furniture it makes our drawing room. She is getting on very well with her singing and this afternoon is away at a party which her singing mistress is giving to some of her pupils. Nancy has been chosen to sing a song and a duet . . . . She is a dear child and looks after me with loving care for now that my dearest Ella has died we are all in all to each other and I feel I must try and carry on though this weather is terrible for me and I often wish that I had not recovered from my illness the other day, however for Nancy's sake I feel I must keep on going. Your Christmas presents are most generous and most welcome, Nancy is sending the tin of fat to Mrs Shuttleworth's cook who is going to make us a plum pudding with it for our Christmas dinner. I dare say you have heard that Aunt Alston has gone to live at Nayland, Van will miss his weekly visit to her. We are having another cosmopolitan tea party next Saturday (Swedes, Norwegians, and Dutch) our last one was a great success, they are all musical and interested in history so Nancy and I have plenty of interesting topics to talk to them about, though alas I am getting very deaf. Hope the money draft has arrived by now, did not send it by cable this time, in order to save expense. Well old chap all good wishes to you and Margo and the family in the New Year from Nancy and myself
Ever your affectionate brother
Charles E Fenn.
A Air Letter giving address 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey to Harold L Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ

8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Harry,
Your family a group photo arrived a few days ago. Thank you for sending a copy, I think it a splendid one, quite the best you have ever had taken off you all, Margot and yourself are excellent, what a darling little Katharine looks, Edward appears a little alarmed, but he clings on to the arm of "tall Agrippa" you will by now have received a little money from me, Edgars bonds fetched more than I had expected, considering all the expenses had to be deducted, including lawyers & Banks fees and my own out of pocket expenses. I have been able to sell three years of your Post War Certificates as you were over 65, they came to L7 odd, the widows cruise is almost trained except for one drop viz your last P War Certificate which comes to L2 odd, when I shall recover it I don't know probably not in my lifetime for I get weaker every day though the process is very gradual. You were asking me about the two old men at Tilford, Cousin Kate married a Reginald Julius and Eggie or Egbart - was her brother-in-law Reginald was another brother to grandfather Julius, he Eggie had a stroke and thus was rather imbecile he had been a solicitor in Farnham. The other one was his brother I have forgotten his name but I think you will find it all down on Georges wonderful genealogical tree.
Nancy has been very gay, she goes to many Concerts etc including one at the BBC which was very interesting, she is developing a good voice and, I hope, will be able to make something out of it in the future. There is nothing much for me to tell you, we have come to the horrible month of November, damp and cold, and I rarely leave the house. Van paid us a visit a few weeks ago, he was looking very well in spite of the neglect of that horrible William; Nancy is making a few fresh friends, but they must have some hobby such as music or history, we gave a tea party here the other day and had very interesting discussions, history has always been one of my hobbies, so I could join in the talk as far as my deafness would allow me to. I have not been to Wentworth House lately so cannot give you any news of the Todd's.
With love to you all
Your affectionate brother
Charles E. Fenn
Written on an Air Letter dated 4 Nov 1946.

8 Priory Road
Kew
Feb 23rd 47.
My dear Harry
As this letter ought to reach you somewhere near your birthday, I take the opportunity of wishing you many happy returns of the day, I hope the money draft has reached you by this time the letter post takes a long time now, for I only received "ye Christmasse Pill" a few days ago. You did say that your Bank was the Bank of Australia Timaru, for that was where I directed the draft to be sent to, however alas I heard you had not received it, I caused enquiries to be made at my Bank, they have referred the matter to their Foreign Office Department but I have not heard from them yet. Van is coming to us for a few days on March 3 if a thaw starts, at present he is snowed up and has to give up all his visiting as he cannot use his bicycle, he and Nancy hope to see the King's picture exhibited at Burlington house, I shall be thankful when milder weather comes on, for these prolonged Arctic conditions are simply too awful and I feel the cold intensely. My darling Nancy looks after me with the utmost loving care, she is getting on very well with her singing and goes to numerous concerts and musical entertainments I have not put my nose out of doors for months and, as I think I have told you before, just exist! Nancy visited Wentworth house the other day, poor Adria is kept prisoner for Mabel weeps constantly if Adria ever leaves her, very selfish of Mabel. We have got a new vicar at Richmond, a married man with 4 children, they are going to give up the old vicarage, the ground will probably have large flats built upon it. There is also a new vicar at Nayland, I hope he will prove a great success than his predecessor Canon Wright. He comes from Cumberland and is a married man. I expect on his induction he and the Bishop will be entertained at Alston Court as we did when Canon Wright was inducted. I believe they are getting on well at Alston Court and keeping Aunt Alston warm in spite of the great fuel and electricity cuts though I don't know how they can manage it. Well old boy, much love to you, Margo and the family.
Your affectionate brother
Charles E Fenn
An Airletter giving address 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey to Harold L Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ.

Mar 18th 47.
My dear Harry,
Your most generous gift arrived a day or to ago, Nancy and I thank you and Margo very much for it, Jam, Marmalade, Honey are just what we want as they all cost a great many points and we are not supplied with many of these. My bank has just informed me that they have heard through their Foreign Office Department that your money is at the Bank of Australasia, Timaru, so if you have not got it that is where you must apply for it. I said Bank of Australia, perhaps they are both at Timaru. Van arrived yesterday and is stopping until March 2nd he has been completely snowed up for a few days. We have been very lucky and have escaped any damage from storms and floods at present England is like a tremendous lake. We are having our upstairs room made habitable by running a hot water pipe up there and putting in a sink the new district nurse and her husband are coming to live there, they came to tea here the other day both very nice people and will give no trouble. I hope your osteo arthritis is no worse perhaps they will be able to deal with that disease by the radium chemicals that can be obtained by the release of atomic energy. This letter ought to arrive about your birthday, so I take the opportunity of wishing you many happy returns of the day, thank you and Margo very much for all those interesting papers from New Zealand. Much love to you both.
From Nancy and myself
Your affectionate brother
Charles E Fenn
An Airletter giving address 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey to Harold L Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ. Endorsed CEF's last letter.

Fenn Dr C E 8 Priory Rd Richmond 5927
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1945/46

Charlies grave reference: Section 13, grave 10075. (London Borough of Richmond on-line burial search)

Charlies Will dated 4 Apr 1946, was proved 15 Aug 1947 for L24,000 Leaves his entire estate to his daughter. Copy on file 2003

Research Notes:
Charlie & Ella were living at 34 Streatham Hill when their daughter was born.

Medical Notes:

8 Priory Road
Kew,
Surrey.
Nov 14th 1943.
My dear Alston,
I am afraid I have been somewhat behindhand in my correspondence for various reasons. Many thanks for your letter, I think you are going to turn the Alston Court Gardens into charming grounds, your idea of having an orchard on the east side of the house is very good, it always has been somewhat of an eyesore. I am sorry the cistern for the downstairs lavatory is leaking, I had Biggs in to repair it about a year ago, he did so and reported that he had made it right, it was a mad idea in the first place to have a separate system there. If you can get on to the main water supply, you ought to be able to sell the pumping engine for a good sum.
Now you were asking about the ownership of the fences of the cottages, I so rarely ventured into those parts that I really forget how they were built, but the owner of a fence is the one on whose side the upright posts and transverse beams are. Several horrible fungy appeared in the passage leading to the library and in the library itself and they are caused by damp, however I think I have removed the cause. When I took over the house from my tenants the Praclls (sic), I noticed that the gutter in the courtyard was broken and water had been streaming down the side of the wall there, I called in Deaves and he discovered it was much more serious than a broken gutter alone, that it was due to the rotting away of some of the timbers in the roof above and that it and the tiles with it had slid down into the gutter, I had new timbers put in and the tiles imputed on it in mortar and now it is quite all right, but the damp will remain for a time, if ever I found a fungus, I used to paint the pest with paraffin after I had removed it and I should advise you to get Mrs Kerridge (she is very obliging) to paint that part and the steps leading into the hall with paraffin every few weeks, the wood skirting round the lavatory and passage to it was liable to rot and my stepmother had a deep damp course (I think that is the correct name for it) built but there is some woodwork in the passage between the Hall and the library which will require removal.
I hope you and your family are keeping well.
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn
Written on 2 sides of notepaper endorsed answered 28 Nov 1943 in Alston Fenn's hand.

8 Priory Road,
Kew,
Oct 28 (43).
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letter which I only received last night, as I have been away for a few days staying with my mother in law, while Ella and Nancy have been gallivanting in Bath. I went over to Richmond this morning to get a registered letter which I was told was waiting for me, it was from Asher Prior containing a cheque balance of your purchase money, they charged me L42 odd as expenses, but gave no details, your bill seems very stiff but I expect it was mainly composed of stamp duties and other Govt charges, I should certainly ask for details if they have not sent any, so far they have been fairly moderate in their dealings with me, but I loathe having anything to do with lawyers. Ella is going down to Nayland next Tuesday, to bring back our cat, she will take with her the books "Alstoniana" and "Pictures in Suffolk Homes" and leave them in the S bedroom cupboard. As regards the picture of dogs and a cat, I found it lying in the loft with a lot of other lumber. Adria had written to me before and said she had no use for it, it was an awful daub at the best, so, as we were clearing out the loft we put it in the sale with some other rubbish and the whole lot fetched the magnificent sum of 1/-. The two pictures flanking the pastoral scene on the landing are I think good ones, I remember them well in the drawing room of Portland Terrace, Richmond, but whether they came from our grandfathers house at Stourbank all my maternal grandfather am not quite sure but am pretty certain on the whole that they were from Stourbank. I am glad that Mrs Kerridge made you so comfortable and that you were able to make the acquaintanceof the Caulfields and the Sykes, as well as the Vicar.
Wishing you all success in your fruit growing schemes,
Yours ever
Charles E Fenn
Written on 2 sides of notepaper endorsed answered 31.10.43 "Query re-upkeep of cottage fences near tennis court" in Alston Fenn's hand.

8 Priory Road
Kew
Oct 7th 43.
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letters, I am glad to hear you are having a much-needed holiday. My tenant is Mr A C Biggs, the son of old Biggs the mechanic, the father is a decent old chap, but I cannot say the same for his son, who is a somewhat truculent individual. There was no legal agreement between us, only a verbal one and since I gave him notice, he has told me that a farmer need not pay any rent for the last year, I spoke to Asher Prior about it and they tell me that he ought to pay his rent only I must give him compensation for what he has spent on the land, I do not think he has spent 1d it is not as if it was arable soil. Any how he has not paid me any rent since last March. The agreement was for the meadow, so you can use the paddock. Biggs has apparently made use of the paddock for his cows which used to stray into the garden, causing damage, Spooner hates him like poison, the rent agreed was L10 a year and his time is up on March 1st next. As he has paid no rent, I do not see why you should not use the meadow as well, especially as so far this year he has not used the meadow for grazing purposes. Since Dorothy's visit I have heard that the Angel Hotel Colchester is much cheaper than the George, but have had no personal experience of it. I enclose an invoice from Keeman & Davie evidently intended for you, so sorry you were unable to obtain more.
Yours ever
Charles E Fenn.
p.s. Forgot to say that Biggs lives with his father and A C Biggs Nayland Colchester would find him. I had a very good crop of blackcurrants last year & this year but the old bushes want a great deal of pruning. Hope your Fruit Farm will be a great success.
The plot sold to Mrs Raine can only be used as a flower and vegetable garden, it cannot, be built upon, or used as a tea garden, probably Asher Prior will include the agreement in the Title Deeds.
Written on 2 sides of notepaper

8 Priory Road
Kew
Surrey.
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letter. Regret not having answered it before, but Christmas is always a busy time. I think the clauses in your Will regarding the disposal of Alston court are excellent and well thought out. I hope you all had a good time this Christmas, we spent ours quietly here and attended the service at the Kew Parish Church the preacher being Lord Lang, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, he lives on Kew Green. We had our new years dinner with Mrs Shuttleworth at Hampstead. Ella and Nancy are going to Bath for a week on Jan 16th and I shall be staying with my mother in law. I can't travel any distance in the wintertime I feel the cold so much.
Thank you and Dorothy very much for your card and good wishes.
With love from us all,
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn.
Written on 2 sides of notepaper


Dec 15th 46
My dear Harry,
I had intended to write to you sometime ago in order that I might send you and Margo our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, but I am afraid this letter will be late. I have been ill lately, in fact I nearly "pegged out" owing to loss of blood from an extracted tooth, the bleeding went on until past midnight and then I staggered up to bed where I collapsed, Nancy in alarm sent for the doctor he found me stone cold and pallid, however with brandy and hot water bath's I revived but it left me very weak and I was in bed for some days. Thank you very much for all your letters, to me your one by ordinary mail has just arrived. I was shocked to read the news about George Julius's son most incomprehensible. The weather at present is appalling, thick fog and a freezing atmosphere, the worst possible combination, I never venture out of doors. Nancy and I are spending Christmas here and may entertain the Shuttleworth's (Lee his wife and daughter) if they can come. Nancy is very busy at present settling up her Granny's affairs she has got down here her baby grand piano and a very beautiful piece of furniture it makes our drawing room. She is getting on very well with her singing and this afternoon is away at a party which her singing mistress is giving to some of her pupils. Nancy has been chosen to sing a song and a duet . . . . She is a dear child and looks after me with loving care for now that my dearest Ella has died we are all in all to each other and I feel I must try and carry on though this weather is terrible for me and I often wish that I had not recovered from my illness the other day, however for Nancy's sake I feel I must keep on going. Your Christmas presents are most generous and most welcome, Nancy is sending the tin of fat to Mrs Shuttleworth's cook who is going to make us a plum pudding with it for our Christmas dinner. I dare say you have heard that Aunt Alston has gone to live at Nayland, Van will miss his weekly visit to her. We are having another cosmopolitan tea party next Saturday (Swedes, Norwegians, and Dutch) our last one was a great success, they are all musical and interested in history so Nancy and I have plenty of interesting topics to talk to them about, though alas I am getting very deaf. Hope the money draft has arrived by now, did not send it by cable this time, in order to save expense. Well old chap all good wishes to you and Margo and the family in the New Year from Nancy and myself
Ever your affectionate brother
Charles E Fenn.
A Air Letter giving address 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey to Harold L Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ

Mar 18th 47.
My dear Harry,
Your most generous gift arrived a day or to ago, Nancy and I thank you and Margo very much for it, Jam, Marmalade, Honey are just what we want as they all cost a great many points and we are not supplied with many of these. My bank has just informed me that they have heard through their Foreign Office Department that your money is at the Bank of Australasia, Timaru, so if you have not got it that is where you must apply for it. I said Bank of Australia, perhaps they are both at Timaru. Van arrived yesterday and is stopping until March 2nd he has been completely snowed up for a few days. We have been very lucky and have escaped any damage from storms and floods at present England is like a tremendous lake. We are having our upstairs room made habitable by running a hot water pipe up there and putting in a sink the new district nurse and her husband are coming to live there, they came to tea here the other day both very nice people and will give no trouble. I hope your osteo arthritis is no worse perhaps they will be able to deal with that disease by the radium chemicals that can be obtained by the release of atomic energy. This letter ought to arrive about your birthday, so I take the opportunity of wishing you many happy returns of the day, thank you and Margo very much for all those interesting papers from New Zealand. Much love to you both.
From Nancy and myself
Your affectionate brother
Charles E Fenn
An Airletter giving address 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey to Harold L Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ. Endorsed CEF's last letter.


8 Priory Road
Kew
Feb 23rd 47.
My dear Harry
As this letter ought to reach you somewhere near your birthday, I take the opportunity of wishing you many happy returns of the day, I hope the money draft has reached you by this time the letter post takes a long time now, for I only received "ye Christmasse Pill" a few days ago. You did say that your Bank was the Bank of Australia Timaru, for that was where I directed the draft to be sent to, however alas I heard you had not received it, I caused enquiries to be made at my Bank, they have referred the matter to their Foreign Office Department but I have not heard from them yet. Van is coming to us for a few days on March 3 if a thaw starts, at present he is snowed up and has to give up all his visiting as he cannot use his bicycle, he and Nancy hope to see the King's picture exhibited at Burlington house, I shall be thankful when milder weather comes on, for these prolonged Arctic conditions are simply too awful and I feel the cold intensely. My darling Nancy looks after me with the utmost loving care, she is getting on very well with her singing and goes to numerous concerts and musical entertainments I have not put my nose out of doors for months and, as I think I have told you before, just exist! Nancy visited Wentworth house the other day, poor Adria is kept prisoner for Mabel weeps constantly if Adria ever leaves her, very selfish of Mabel. We have got a new vicar at Richmond, a married man with 4 children, they are going to give up the old vicarage, the ground will probably have large flats built upon it. There is also a new vicar at Nayland, I hope he will prove a great success than his predecessor Canon Wright. He comes from Cumberland and is a married man. I expect on his induction he and the Bishop will be entertained at Alston Court as we did when Canon Wright was inducted. I believe they are getting on well at Alston Court and keeping Aunt Alston warm in spite of the great fuel and electricity cuts though I don't know how they can manage it. Well old boy, much love to you, Margo and the family.
Your affectionate brother
Charles E Fenn
An Airletter giving address 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey to Harold L Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ.



Other Records

1. Charlies Letters: In Event Pictures.

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Royal Albert Asylum Scotforth Lancashire. George is recorded as head of house unmarried aged 24 Superintendant of Asylum BA Lon MD MRCS Eng LSA born Edgbaston WAR

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 1 Portland Tce The Green Richmond SRY. Charlie is recorded as a son, a scholar, aged 7yrs, born Richmond SRY.

4. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Haileybury College Lt Amwell Hertfordshire. Charlie is recorded as a pupil aged 17 occupation Student born Richmond SRY

5. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Worcester Hospital. Charlie is recorded as a medical Officer aged 27 single employed as a House Surgeon born Richmond SRY

Charlie married Edith Elizabeth "Ella" SHUTTLEWORTH [30], daughter of Dr George Edward SHUTTLEWORTH BA (Hons) MD LSA MRCS [558] and Edith Mary HADWEN [2401], on 14 Apr 1915 in St Peters Belsize Park. Ella was born on 17 Feb 1881, died on 9 Apr 1946 in Kew London at age 65, and was buried on 13 Apr 1946 in Richmond Cemetery. The cause of her death was breast cancer. She was usually called Ella.

General Notes:
Edith was always known as Ella, she was a very good pianist and always in demand as an accompanist. Ella assisted her father in his work with handicapped children, and used music to engage them in any early form of music therapy.
Ella brought her music to Suffolk, forming a Womens Institute Choir in Polstead with considerable sucess. However she had little interest in living in Alston Court Nayland, a large cold house lacking amenities.

MARRIAGE of MISS SHUTTLEWORTH
The marriage of Edith Elizabeth Shuttleworth daughter of Dr. G E Shuttleworth and of, Edith M.Shuttleworth of 8, Lancaster Place Hampstead, N.W. formerly of Ancaster House Richmond and Parkholme East Sheen to Dr Charles Edward Fenn, 34, Streatham Hill, S.W. son of the late Dr. E. L. Fenn, of Richmond, took place at St. Peter's, Belsize Park, NW, on Wednesday.
The bride who was given away by her father, wore a gown of ivory silk brocale veiled with ninon Brussels lace with, bodice and veil of the same and her ornaments were pearls and diamonds and peridot and pearl bracelet, the gift of the bridegroom.
The bridesmaids were Miss Digby (Dorothy) Cotes, of Richmond and Miss Esther MacGillycuddy, of Bournemouth, and they wore dresses of pale blue French satin with mauve hats trimmed with violets and roses. They carried Victorian bouquets of violets and roses and wore Amethyest and pearl pendants the gifts of the bridegroom.
The officiating clergy were the Very Rev.H.M.M. Hackett :M.A., B.D. LL.D. D.C.L. the Rev. E. Fenn. M.A. brother of the bridegroom, and the Rev. F. H. Lacy, M.A., and Lieut-Commander Cyril Fenn R.N. brother of the bridegroom acted as best man. The groomsman was Mr. H. L. H. Shuttleworth I.C.S. (brother of the bride), in the uniform of the Punjab Light Horse.
The service was a full choral one and. and at the close Miss Constance Drever sang Now will I sing to God (Kelly). Mr L D Marsden, A.R.C.O. was at the organ.
The reception took place at the residence of the bride's parents, 8, Lancaster Place N.W., and later in the day the newly married pair left for Devonshire for the honeymoon. The bride's travelling dress was a dark blue Roman satin coat and skirt with Tagal hat to match. Over 200-presents were received.

A second newspaper report records some of the guests at the wedding:
Mrs E. Liveing Fenn, Colonel Fenn, C.I.E. and Mrs Fenn, Mrs Digby Cotes, Lieutenant Commander Cyril Fenn and the Rev E. V. Fenn, Mrs and Miss Bateman, Miss M. Benson, Dr and Mrs Borne Benson, Mrs Rothwell, Mrs Perry and Holmes Perry, Mr Mrs and Miss Masterson, Lady McGregor, Lady Dalton, Miss Dalton, the Mayor and Mayoress of Richmond, Mrs George Cave, the Rev and Mrs Welch Owen, Mr and Mrs Douglas Charrington, Mr R Jack, A.R.A and Mrs and Miss Jack, Dr McGillicuddy, Dr and Mrs Fuller, Dr and Mrs Wall, Dr Brock, the Rev and Mrs Faithfull Davies, the Very Rev Dr Hackett and Mrs and Miss Hackett, Mrs Tickell, Mr and Mrs Atkins, Mr W. Lisle Taylor, Mr and Mrs Kelsall.
Also reported was the bride and bridegroom were the recipients of about 250 presents which included jewels, plate, pictures, and drawing room furniture.
Ref: No 1 Clipping Book

Postcard of Japanese Cherries in Kew.
Addressed to
Miss Fenn
Hawkins Farm
Caundle Marsh
Sherbourne
Dorset

95 Queens Rd
Richmond
20 Aug 40
Your delightful long letter and the dress arrived this aftn I shall try on the dress this evening. It was sweet of you to finish it when you are so busy. Van has just arrived, so in a minute or two I must start preparing supper. Mrs Adams rang up this morning. Daddy and Van send their love.
Very much love and renewed Thanks
Mummy.

Postcard of the Thames from Richmond Hill
Addressed to
Miss Fenn
Hawkins Farm
Caundle Marsh
Sherbourne
Dorset

95 Queens Rd
Richmond
19 Sept 40
This must have been Surrey taken from nearly our favourite seat; I have written to Mrs Lemon(?) to ask her to put us up on Oct 1st if she can, it would be lovely to see you again and to have a respite from these endless nights! Two very nice Air Raid Wardens searched our garden during the night for Mrs Marshall heard a crash, nothing was found so I conclude it was a tile
Very much love from D and Me
Mummy

Ella was aged 65 at her death.

Ellas grave reference: Section 13, grave 10075. with Charlie (London Borough of Richmond on-line burial search).

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Royal Albert Asylum Scotforth Lancashire. Edith is recorded as a daughter aged under 2 mths born Scotforth LAN

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Royal Albert Asylum Scotforth Lancashire. Edith is recorded as a daughter aged 10 a scholar under tuition born Scotforth LAN

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Ancaster House Richmond SRY. Edith is recorded as a daughter single aged 20 born Lancaster LAN

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1664 F    i. Edith Nancy Alston "Nancy" FENN [31] was born on 2 Feb 1917 in 8 Lancaster Plc. Hamstead London, died on 26 Sep 2003 in Wimbledon London at age 86, and was cremated on 6 Oct 2003 in Putney Vale Chapel Wimbledon.


1322. Walter Robert Julius "Bobby" FENN [32] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 5 Feb 1875 and died on 9 Aug 1880 in Isle Wight at age 5. He was usually called Bobby.

General Notes:
Two portraits of Bobby in the possession of E L Fenn Auckland NZ 1998. Date of birth may be Jan 5.

1323. Evelyn Alston FENN [34] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 29 Feb 1876 in Richmond SRY and died on 27 Sep 1877 in Portland Tce Richmond SRY at age 1.

General Notes:
Death Notice : On the 27th Sept at 1 Portland-terrace, Surrey, Evelyn Alston, daughter of Edward L and Katherine P Fenn, aged one year and seven months.



1324. Harold Liveing "Harry" FENN [33] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 28 Mar 1877 in Richmond SRY, was christened in Stoke, died on 6 Jan 1969 in St Georges Hospital Christchurch NZ at age 91, and was buried in 1969 in Timaru N.Z. He was usually called Harry.

General Notes:
Harry was born in the Wardrobe Court of the Old Palace Richmond in the room Elizabeth I died in, however his birth certificate records their address in the nearby 1 Portland Tce Richmond. His sponsor was Dr G.D. Liveing. The Wardrobe Court was a Grace and Favour premises leased by the Crown to the Julius and Fenn families. The Julius family lived there, and their medical practice, of which Edward Fenn was a partner, was there also. Harry's birth was there, probably with his mother attended upon, by her father Dr Frederick Julius, and her mother closeby.

Harry was 9 when his mother Katherine died and would, as was the custom then, have been at boarding school. Katherine's sister Aunt Polly (Mary Caroline Julius) was a surrogate mother to the family until her untimely death in 1890. They also had as children a succession of Nannies some appeared loving and supportive (see letter from Nannie Goat below). Harry was educated at Malvern House Dover and Haileybury College 1891.3 - 1894.3. He then attended Kings College London for a term, before training as a mechanical & electrical engineer with Davey Paxman (now GEC) of Colchester ESS, then Christy Brothers and Middleton of Chelmsford one of the pioneers of electrification in the early 20th.C.
He was responsible for the installation of steam turbine driven electrical generating plants, and reticulation of the electricity. He told a story of having his hand in the cylinder of a steam engine when someone stood on the flywheel, squashing his hand to about half an inch thick, it recovered without lasting harm. About this time he took up photography as a hobby.

Haileybury Register 1891.3
Fenn, Harold Liveing, b. 28 Mar 77, s. of E. L. Fenn, M.D. Colchester, C91.3-94.3. D. in ChCh N Zealand, 6 Jan. 69.

HARRY'S CONFESSIONS C1891
MY FAVOURITE VIRTUE: Courage.
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: Having a jolly holiday.
MY IDEA OF MISERY. Writing in this book.
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Fishing, boating, bathing.
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR: Red & blue.
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER: Rose & Jessamine
MY FAVOURITE POETS: Tennyson
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: Rider, Haggard, Julius Horne.
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER: Landseer.
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Chicken & mutton.
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Ethel, Ada, Bertha, Charlie.
MY PET AVERSION: Hot treacle tart.
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO: Death & Glory.

Harry spent some time at the end of his English schooling at schools near Montreux, Switzerland it is thought this may also have been undertaken for health reasons.

In mid 1895 Harry had a climbing accident on the "Roche de Naye" in Swiss Alps, this is described in a letter from his father to his brother Van.
Harry's brush with death 12 May 1895.
Have you heard of Harry's near escape on the mountain? As I do not think you have I will quote his words:
"I and some other chaps began to go up the Rocke de Naye, all went well until we got up about 5000 feet then we had to go up steep slopes covered with frozen snow the snow was very hard and it was also freezing hard, well we ascended by dint of hard work cutting our way up them, after we had gone up about 100 yards (I forgot to tell you these slopes were covered with huge rocks) we walked along the top of the slope under a huge set of rocks, after a bit we had to get round one, three of the boys got round and then I came, I got half way when just as I was bringing my right foot round to another step my left foot and the step gave way, immediately I began to go down these tremendous slopes at a terrific pace, I crashed through between two trees and then down I went getting faster and faster if it was possible. I pressed my alpine stock head hard down on the snow it made no difference except to keep my head from going down head foremost, well at last I crashed on to a rock and rolled over 6 feet to the ground on the other side and would you believe it I was none the worse for it except very much bruised cut and shaken. I went down quite 80 feet it was steeper than the slope in front of the drawing-room window"
He says if he had fallen a little further he would have been dashed to pieces over the precipice.
Thank God for preserving him I say
Edward L Fenn

Harry, in 1905, was admitted as a Liveryman to the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, a City of London Guild dating back to the 12th century. Apart from the protection of their trade and support of their members, the Guild has supplied (bees) wax candles to St Paul's Cathedral since 1371. He was introduced to the Guild by his half grandfather Charles J. Todd who was known as "Father of the City Corporation" (City of London). Charles was member for Queenhithe ward for 50 yrs from 1857
When Harry died in 1969 he was the longest serving Liveryman in the Guild.

A sufferer from asthma, for his health's sake he emigrated to N.Z. leaving Tilbury London Thurs 22 Mar 1906 on the R M S Tongariro. He was seen off by his father and brothers Charlie, Cyril and Edgar. His asthma did not abate in New Zealand, but from the day of his marriage in 1939, he did not suffer another attack.

Testimonials to Harry's work in England:
Harold L. Fenn Esq.
Alston Court
Nayland
nr Colchester

Golden Valley Paper Mills
Bitton
Nr Bristol
March 13, 1906
Dear Mr Fenn
I gather that this letter will be all you will require, and serve your purpose quite as well as a merely formal testimonial. I think I mentioned to you when you completed Messrs Christy's work here than I considered the work very thoroughly done. I might also add that, I consider the way that you and your colleague stuck at the work through thick and through thin, and in all temperatures was praiseworthy, and that if ever I had a large contract to place again for a L2000 job like that extending over a period of 12 months or more, there is no one I should more like to employ, than men of like character and cheerfulness such as you both proved yourselves to be.
Should you desire a letter of recommendation, to any person or firm, when you reach your destination, I shall be happy to send one.
Bon voyage
Yours sincerely Golden Valley Paper Mills
Charles King Smith. Prop
Hand written on one sheet of company letterhead, with envelope bearing the company name and franked Colchester 7 am Mar 14 06

Memorandum
From Fielding and Johnson
Anker Mill
Nuneaton
March 16 /06
Dear Mr Fenn
Enclosed please find the testimonial you wrote for and both my father and myself wish you a very successful career and good luck with your new berth.
Yours truly
A. E. Baker

Fielding and Johnson
Anker Mills
Nuneaton
March 16, 1906
We have great pleasure in giving this testimonial of the abilities of Mr Harold L. Fenn who has done electrical work for us on several occasions, which was always very satisfactory and thoroughly reliable and we alway found him very obliging during his stay here.
W. A. Baker
Manager
Hand written on two sheets, the second having an elaborate letterhead showing pictures of Fielding and Johnson's three (woollen) mills in Leicester and Nuneaton. Contained in an envelope, defaced by the removal of the stamp, but bearing on the back a postmark "Colchester 9:30 am MR17 06" and an embossed mark by Fielding and Johnson containing the image of a sheep. A short history of this company is to be found on the Internet - www.nnwfhs.org.uk/publications/journals/I2.pdf

Christy Brothers and Middleton
Electrical Engineers
Chelmsford
April 2, 1906
Reference 21/L.F.C.

H. L. Fenn
Bishops Court
Christchurch
New Zealand
Dear Sir
We have pleasure in stating herewith that you have been in our employee for a period of about 31/2 years, during which time you have been engaged on all classes of electrical work, including some large power transmission installations, the carrying out of which you have had charge of, and also been for some considerable time in our drawing office designing machinery for electrical plants.
We have always found you take a great interest in your work, and been able to retain the knowledge gained therein.
We feel sure that you will be successful in any work of a similar nature that you may take elsewhere.
We remain
yours faithfully,
Christy Brothers and Middleton
Typed letter on company letterhead, from Leonard F. Christy identified from the letterhead. The letterhead also identifies the company as contractors to the War office, Home Office etc.

Harry worked as a farming cadet with his Cousin Ella's husband Arthur Elworthy at "Holme Station" (see Elworthy [595]). Then in 1910 Harry purchased "Grange Hill" Maungati, South Canterbury for L10,000. A 5000 acre grazing run in the Hunter Hills, he made a reasonable living over the years in spite of selling fat lambs for 6d each, and wool for 4d a pound during the depression.

NZ Gazette 1917 pg 1943
Men called up under the Military Service Act 1916 for Service in NZEF.
* 31805 Fenn Harold Liveing Sheep Farmer Grange Hill Cave. (* = previously volunteered.)
Harry was not called up, age health and being a farmer probably accounted for this

Using his considerable knowledge and practical and mechanical skills he installed electricity at Grange Hill and at other properties in the district. He sold out in 1945 for L7500 (Govt price controls) and retired to Gleniti a rural suburb of Timaru NZ, they moved to Cambridge Court Christchurch in 1964.

Harry a bachelor in Maungati for 35 years was much respected in the community. An accomplished magician, he enjoyed entertaining the children of the district, and at his own cost installed and maintained a telephone service in the area. He played the piano a little! Grange Hill was popular for picnic and shooting parties hunting pig and wallaby. Harry was a gentle and loving father who was always slightly in awe of a life that brought him into farming which he "loved", and then a loving wife and family at age 62.

MAUNGATI RESIDENT HONOURED
A social and dance was held in the Maungati School on November 3 for the purpose of making a presentation to Mr H. L. Fenn, to welcome his wife, and to extend the good wishes of the district to the newly-married couple.
Practically every household in the district was represented at the gathering, as were the households of the surrounding districts.
The size of the gathering and its representative character were eloquent testimony of the general esteem and affection that Mr Fenn has won in his long residence at Grange Hill. Speeches expressing that esteem were made by Messrs A. Cookson and D. Dent, and Mr Bird, as the oldest resident and the one first associated with Mr Fenn when he came to Grange Hill, presented Mr and Mrs Fenn with a silver tea set on behalf of the residents.
Mr Fenn, returning thanks on behalf of himself and his wife, deferred to the present and the numbers present as just another visible example of the friendship and goodwill on the part of all which he had enjoyed throughout his residence in the district, and which he keenly appreciated. Miss N. Neale played for the dancing and Mrs Dent, Mr W. Smith and Mr W. Forman contributed extras.

Extracts from The Silver Tussock.
By Allister Evans.
Mr H. L. Fenn: H. L. Fenn was born in Richmond, Surrey, England. But more than this he was born in the historic Palace of Richmond which was Queen Elizabeth I's favourite residence, and where she died. By chance he was born in the same room.
H. L. Fenn was educated in a Preparatory School in Dover, Hailbury College, and in Switzerland. He came to New Zealand in May 1906. Actually he had trained in England as an electrical engineer, but due to poor health came out to New Zealand, hoping to find suitable work. After a few weeks in Christchurch with his uncle, Bishop Julius, he went as a cadet to his cousin by marriage, A. S. Elworthy of Holme Station, where he worked for four years. Then in 1910 he took possession of Grange Hill from M. Ormsby, and there he remained till 1944. In October 1939, he married Marjorie Barker.
While at Maungati he was instrumental for having party lines installed in the telephone system, linking up the settlers to the central bureau. At his own cost he maintained the line till he left the district. He took an interest in religious matters and was a member of the Anglican Church Committee. For several years the Timaunga School Picnic was held at Grange Hill, and was looked upon as the event of the year.
Life on a sheep station frequently meant very long hours. In order to commence mustering in time, it was necessary to be up long before daylight, have breakfast, prepare the horses and dogs, and be out on to the hills in the semi-darkness. The neighbouring runholders all helped one another during the several musters of the year. They also co-operated for the marking and docking of the lambs, for the weaning and dipping, and whenever help was required. During his many years of hard work and toil on Grange Hill, Fenn experienced all the joys and sorrows of farming. In 1932 was a record low price for wool - four pence (i.e. (three cents) per pound, which brought with it a slump in the prices of sheep as well. There were floods and droughts in the same year. But over the years, he saw the run being developed very much to his satisfaction.
He made many warm and lasting friendships in the local community, the remembrance of which will always remain with him. In 1944 Mr and Mrs Fenn and the family left Maungati to reside in Gleniti, where the children attended school and later travelled daily to the Timaru High School for their secondary education. The Gleniti property was taken over by their son Edward after his marriage in November 1964. Early in 1965, Mr and Mrs Fenn went to live in Christchurch.

A Memory of Pat (Phil) McManus, a neighbour.
I remember my father sending my brother and me on our horses up to the Hunters Hills to ask Harold Fenn when it would be suitable for us to bring our sheep to his run to have them dipped. This was in 1917. As we approached the house we met a lad and asked for Mr Fenn. "He's not here" was the retort. "Well then Mrs Fenn, Well I dint recon we don't keep her here" said the lad in a very broad Scottish dialect. We then learnt that Harold Fenn was a bachelor. I forget about the dipping, but I guess the sheep were dipped at Fenns until my father built his own dip.

Ref: The Silver Tussock (Pareora river basin/ Timaru) by Allister Evans 1975 A history of Holme Station, Craigmore, Maungati, Cannington, Craigmore Downs, Motukaika, Upper Pareora and Alpine from the 1860s onwards. 235pp b&w photos and maps.

Harry's correspondence:
Images of the original documents are recorded in this family history under "Event Pictures"

Malvern House
March 6, 1887
Dear Dolly
Thank you very much for the nice long letter you sent me I hope you enjoyed going to the Wax Works There is a very nasty bloodhound here and it has four pretty big young ones, we were going out for a walk and we met all five and the largest of them the father came up to me and looked up into my face with its great big blood eyes and it nearly knocked me over and there is a nother great Colley dog it bit a boy's head
I often went into Dover and there are lots of men of war There are such a lot of soldiers here and come in every Saturday and they drill I am very happy here I am the youngest boy in the school the oldest boy is eighteen I hope Auntie Isabella is quite well I am in a great hurry because I have got to go down and say me scripture I have racked my brain to think of some more to say.
Goodbye from your loving cousin.
Harold Liveing (Fenn)
PS Excuse is writing
Letter a written on four sides of a plain sheet.

Malvern House
River
February 19th 1889
Dear Vandy
I wish you many happy returns of your birthday I would send you a present only as I am not allowed to go into Dover I cannot but I must give you one when I come home I am sending you a few foreign stamps I am afraid this will not get to you at breakfast time as there is no post The smudge I made was because a boy pushed my hand and I smudged it.
We are having very nice weather here are you I hope you're birdie and my bully are all right. There is a man here walking for a lot of money I don't know how much he is walking for Please give the emperor a lot of kisses from me. That term is going very quickly how many stamps have you do you know could you tell me next time Aunt Pollie writes and tell me what present you get.
I have know more to say
Give my love Naney Goat and all from your loving brother
Harry
Written on 3 of 4 sides of a small piece of notepaper headed with the family IMMOBILIS crest, and some squiggles from Harry.

March 27th
c1891?
Dear Harry
I am sending you a little prayer book which I hope you will like. I wish you dear many happy returns of your birthday I hope you will spend a happy day, the Emperor Baa wants to know how you will get your hamper, he thinks you ought to come home. I tell him you will very soon come home. I am teaching him to read, he knows all his letters, I tell him if he is good I will give him a prize at Easter, he has just asked if Harry to read this letter, he sends you lots of love and six kisses. Bully is all right he tries to sing I think he will soon. We shall be so pleased to see you again. I am sure you will be pleased with the mail coach. I hope we shall have nice weather in the holidays so as to have nice long walks with it.
With much love to you dear Harry
From
Nanny Goat

Malvern House
River
Dover
May 17th /91
Dear Dolly
Thank you very much for your lovely long letter I got it this morning at breakfast I was very sorry to have miss you but I thought you would be at the station when I got there. I've found a Robins next in an old tin just thrown into the hedge I am going to bring it home with the nest inside when the young birds have gone it looks so lovely. I should have liked to see that chap in the water with the boat upside down. There is going to be a grand fete here tomorrow just the house so we shall have the merry go rounds. I am going to get a full-sized adder and get it stuffed or if I cant do that put it in a bottle of gin so as to keep a nice. I am glad little Asper Welle Welle One is all right I will try and get you some stamps if I can. I am getting on with my net lovely. I have been into Dover twice this week, walked in and come by the train it was lovely. I hope we have a half holiday tomorrow we ought to we had one last year. Give my love to Aunt Isabella Pie Nanny and all from your loving cousin
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of plain notepaper with a pen and ink sketch of Harry striking an adder under a tree, Harry's signature has a large flourish.

Malvern House
River
Dover
July 19th /91
Dear Dolly
I have not written to you for a long while I am so sorry but the Sundays were so hot, today is not very hot. We break up on the 31st I wish I could come home on the 30th or when Heidleberg breaks up. We had a lovely game of cricket on Saturday but we had to go up to the house because it was raining it was a pity I made 18 rounds. We had a tremendous thunderstorm on past Wednesday week the hail stones were as big as large marbles. I am dreading the examinations I do hate them I hope little Asper is all right I can swim a long way in salt water we go to the baths every Monday and Friday. Mr Hammond is always telling me he wants me to say, I want to stay in some ways and I want to go in others. Fritzies Hammond says that he is coming to our house in the holidays, when do your holidays begin. All the hay is cut and we had awful fun siding the wagons when they were full, it is all gone now, and the field looks very dull and bare. We have had heaps of tennis this time. Give my love to Aunt Isabella and purra Pie Nanny Tip Baa and everybody from your loving cousin
Hawai
PS How nice it will be living in the same house with you
Written on four sides of a small piece of notepaper.

Haileybury College
Herts
Nov 4th /94
Dear Icey
Thanks awfully for that letter of yours it was a lovely one. I am afraid I could not write to you in a French lesson although I loathe it. I will make some parts of the sledge in the carpenter's shop, I cant put it together here it would be such an awkward thing to take home. I am afraid I have not written to Cyril yet. I am afraid I have not got my house badge yet but I have hopes for it, I have not knocked out any teeth as yet this term. Was it Icey!!! you burnt in the gas how lovely if it was. We break up on the 20th, no more school for me. Yesterday Charlie came down and we gave him tea in the study and we watched the match, our school XV is jolly good this year, you know Cheese the brother of the one at Temple Grove is in this study he is in the school XV We will have a concert next holidays, I hope we have plenty of snow, do you remember our tobogganing last year (the second syllable tit tit) Jumbo is flourishing he has not asked me to tea yet beastly insolence of him. I really have no more to say
From your loving brother
Harold Liveing Fenn
Written on four sides of a small note sheet with a sketch on the back by Harry of an arm with a note "all its grandeur" another arm with a large muscle is scratched out. This letter is written to his brother Van, Icey was the boy's name for Vans withered left hand.

Maison Falquier
Veytaux
Switzerland
Feb 19th /95
Dear Van
I am awfully sorry this letter won't get to you on your birthday, but I forgot the days, and I was reading the paper which has just come which is the one for the 18th I thought today was the 18th. I wish you many happy returns of your birthday. It is not half bad out here although it is not very nice being such a long way far away from home. I am sending you a picture out of an advertisement, it will give you a little idea of what this end of the lake is like. We are having very cold weather out here but nothing like as cold as it is in England. I will now try and explain the favourite pastime out here namely luging, well, you go up one of the roads which go up the mountain which is very slippery and when you have got up as high as you like, you sit down on your luge which is like a toboggan only higher and my lighter built, and then you start, and you go a tremendous pace guiding yourself with your feet or with two pieces of wood. I had a dreadful journey out here, I did not get here till late on Tuesday, travelling all Sunday, it was fearful. I have to wear blue glasses to keep the glare of the sun and snow off. I am learning the piano I am getting on fairly well with it, it is funny to go everywhere and hear them gabbling French, or Italian. It is rather awful, sometimes I go into a shop and say Avez vous des and then I have not the faintest idea of the French for what I want so I say it in English with a beaut French pronunciation sometimes, or make gestures. It is Icey all right, these things hanging down are supposed to be icicles (sketch of a finger and a thermometer) and the thermometer as you see below zero. We have had about a foot and a half of snow while I have been here. I hope we have no more. I have got a catty and I catty all the birds I see I have not got one yet; but I hope to soon, the birds consists principally of jays and magpies. I saw some Eagles the other day flying around the tops of the mountains. I have only skated once since I have been here I like luging better. There are 11 boys here they are all very jolly chaps. We do plenty of work here, we begin at 9 and go on without a break till half past 12 and then I go home to dinner (I suppose you know I don't live at Mr Musson's house but Mr Lewises which is about three quarters of a mile away), then we begin work again at 4.30 and go on till seven then I come home and have supper and do an hour work after. For summer we do work from 2 till 4.30 as it is too hot to . . . . .
Written on four sides of a sheet which has an embossed letter head of a lion and cross in a shield under which is "SUB CRUCE CANDIDA", the remainder of the letter has been lost.

Clos de Grand Champ
Villneure
Feb 16th /96
My Dear Van
I wish you many happy returns of the day, and hope you will have many of them. The winter this year has been quite a phenomenal one, we haven't had a drop of rain or any snow since the 29th of December, we have had some very good skating up the Rhone valley. Yesterday I went for a long walk in some mountains in the valley, in consequence of the little snow on the mountains you can go up to 6000 feet or more, but where there is not much sun, there is plenty of snow. Just fancy poor
P(?)iddle having measles how very sad, I hope they won't be a bad attack. I have been paying a call or two on a dentist here, it is rather awkward to jaw French when he has his two hands down your throat but I got on all right. I am going to have one out soon. I suppose you enjoyed the rest of your holidays very much, going to the theatre's etc. There was a fire just near here this morning and all the people in Villneure turned out and formed two long lines down to the lake and passed water up in every conceivable thing that could hold it even in stools "er - tit!! - tit!!", for fire engines are few and far between here. I have been doing a lot of luging at the beginning of the year it was very good then, but it has all finished now, worse luck. Old Mrs Potts has been getting in furious rages with everyone "God only knows why" er-tit!! tit!!, she has got two cats and it is rather curious but the cats don't seem to like us, funny isn't it.
How is (a sketch of a thermometer and some fingers, the transcriber takes this to be a reference to Icey) I suppose there is a great demand for it now the weather is so hot. I have been playing tennis a good deal lately, I shall play a good deal next week I hope. I heard from Gerald the other day I had no idea at poor Adria had been so ill, I hope she will soon be better. Montreux is very full now and the balls and theatricals have just come to an end now. We have got two new chaps here this time Knight-Bruce the chap I'd brought out with me, he's an awful shit I think and Pott is the name of the other he is almost as bad, it is rather awkward having a chap called Pott here. I have been doing so little lately that I have no more to say, hoping you will have a happy birthday.
I remain your loving brother.
Harold L Fenn
PS I suppose you will give your fags a holiday on your birthday n'est ce pas
Written on four sides of a piece of heavy note paper, overwritten slightly on the front.

Grey Friars
Colchester
Feb 18th 1897
My dear Van
I wish you many happy returns of the day. "As Colchester is such a bad place for presents, I will keep mine until the holidays!!!!" I like my life at Paxmans very much my daily routine is this I get up at about five or ten to six, begin work at half past, leave off at 8.20 come home for breakfast (during the said breakfast Edgar reads the billiards to me), begin again at 9 go on till 1 p.m. and then from 2 till 5:30 p.m., so I have a good long day of it. I have got a nice bicycle. Lately I have purchased a cyclometer and gear case. Since the beginning of last week up until now I have been 711/2 miles. When you come home I will take you round the works and show you the molten iron, furnaces etc. Bo and Chick are still both flourishing. I remain in haste your loving brother
Harold L. Fenn PW
PS My latest title is PW (Paxmans workman)
Written on four sides of a small notepaper with a Grey Friars letter head

59 Devonshire Rd
Greenwich S4
February 19th 1904
My dear Van
Very many happy returns of this eventful day the 20th of February, my dear brother I am afraid our correspondence lately between us, can hardly be called heavy, what say you. As you perceive by the above address I am still in the land, famous for its time. Lately I have been inflicting my, I trust, welcome presence on our various relations etc in the neighbourhood, namely that the Todds, Routh's, Julius's, Cotes. I am going down to the Todd's tomorrow for a weekend; and the following Saturday I honour Uncle Arthur again with my company. I enjoyed the billiards last time I was there immensely, we were at it till 11:45 p.m. I saw a few weeks ago that Colonel Conor was appointed Governor of the Isle of Wight prison, (Parkhurst I believe it was) so I suppose the family will be retiring from Chelmsford; just my blooming luck; you will have an all your own way now with the five Miss Conor's. I am at present walking about with a bread pudding hanging to my fingers as I have managed to poison my hand. I expect you have been having some splendid sea's lately during these high gales, we have been having the river into the new engine room's during these very high tides. I went and saw the "Orchid" at the Gaiety last Saturday it was very good indeed. I expect you have forgotten what the inside of a theatre looks like out in the Wild West of Cornwall. I wrote and congratulated father on his find; I expect it bucked him up tremendously (the autograph I mean), wild horses wont drag him away from them now. I had a very quiet Christmas; and was very disappointed not to get any rabbiting; but the poor Church's have had rather a job to keep the wolf from the door, during Harry C's long illness, so they sold all their rabbiting ferrets etc. Mrs Gardener looked as well as ever have you written to her since Christmas as she asked me your address, and I forgot to give it her. I shall be down here for a few weeks still, I am in no hurry to get away; although I object to 5:15 in the morning but still I have a lump it Now my dear brother, I must bid you farewell, once more wishing you every luck and happiness for your birthday and the future
From your affectionate brother
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of plain notepaper, partly overwritten on the front.

Alike to those we love, and those we hate,
We say no more at parting at life's gate,
To him who passes out beyond earth's sight,
We cry - as to the wanderer for a night
Good-bye!
We have no dearer word for our hearts friend
To him who journey's to the worlds far end,
And sears our soul with grief, thus we say
As unto him who steps but o'er the way
Good-bye!
Hand written on two sides notepaper unaddressed and unsigned it is clearly written to Harry - the handwriting is very close to Nanny Goat's ?

Rev E Vanderzee Fenn
Rock
St Minver
Wadebridge
Cornwall
England

R.M.S. Tongariro
The Atlantic
Nr Cape Town
10/4/06
My dear Van
Just a line to tell you how I am getting on. We expect to arrive at Cape Town on Saturday next, we ought to arrive Friday at what with bad coal and high seas against us, we are a bit late. I spent a very enjoyable six hours ashore at Tenerriffe; having the pleasure of seeing Alphonso VIII of Spain about four times that morning, each time we gave him some good hearty English cheers, he waved his hand to us and smiled and the Queen Mother threw us a kiss. It was very warm that day, the town was all beautifully decorated and all the people had their best gala dress on. We went and saw the bull ring; I understand the King has expressed his wish that they should discontinue bull fighting there, I expect Princess Ena is bringing him up to scratch. We came board again about 3.0 p.m. laden with fruit etc and we haven't seen a thing since except two boats that passed us in the tropics. When we crossed the line Neptune came aboard, and we had the usual ceremony. I expected I should have to go through it so clad myself suitably for the occasion they pounced on me and bought me up before him and then "shaved" me ? and back I went into a large tank of water where I was well ducked. We are holding some support yesterday I am in for the final of the potato race, run off today. There are very few musicians on board, so we can't get any good music. The man who plays the organ at the morning service refuses to play twice on a Sunday, so I play in the evening. I managed to get through the chants all right. I am writing to all the brothers I shall have quite a bundle at Cape T. Seen heaps of porpose's and flying fish etc.
Best love to yourself from your
Harold L Fenn
Written on a patent notepaper with sealing flaps, addressed with a one penny stamp Frank Pier head Cape Town. Some pencil notes by Van on the back.

Edgar J Fenn Esq
Alston Court
Nayland
near Colchester
England
Via Frisco.
Had a long letter from Van last night, am writing to him tomorrow. So sorry I did not write to you for your 21st birthday it slipped my memory. You will be glad to hear carrots and turnips have gone up in price while mangles and swedes are not so steady!! I beg your pardon. Audrey is to be married in September. TeTe HLF
On the front of the card - what price Brentwood incline now. It takes three trains to shove each up here. This is in the North Island. What price the train!!
Postcard of train ascending the Rimutaka Incline NZ postmarked 1 May 1906.

Rev E Vanderzee Fenn
Rock
St Minver
Cornwall
England

C/o A S Elworthy
Pareora
Timaru
1906
My dear Van
I am writing to Rock to wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year. It seems funny to me, here am I sitting down the first week in Nov to send you all Christmas greetings when we just beginning our summer.
I don't know whether father has sent round any of my letters to any of you. My occupation for the last seven weeks has been riding round paddocks looking after the sheep and lambs, it has been an exceptionally good year up to the present for lambing and the young crops. The agricultural year is of course from June to June here I regret to say I have only been to church twice since I have been here, but now the evenings and drawing out I must make an effort one of these Sundays, (when I get one to myself). I wish I had brought out my old bike; the price of bikes out here is something awful, a L10.10.0 machine out here costing 25L. I shall have to get one soon; but I am looking out for a bargain. Up to the present I like the life and work very much; of course I get fits of homesickness and doubts as to whether I shall ever do any good at this game but I must'nt give way to them. Mr and Mrs Arthur (the chief and his wife) have left worst luck; so I have to have all my meals in the cookshop now; I am very sorry as it was very nice for me before. Shearing begins next week. I expect my job will be branding ie I had to count out the sheep as they are finished, so many to each man, and then brand them according to their age and clear them out of the way ready for another lot. There are 25 shearer's so I shall have to bustle round start work at 5.30 and go on till it is dark. I am sending you one of my photos which I trust you will be pleased with. Timaru doesn't boast of a really first class photo. We had a bad thunderstorm here at last Tuesday reminds me of (Alice through L G), the thunder seems much louder out here, due no doubt to the mountains all round us. Hoping you will not mind the short scrawl, as I have a lot to get off by this mail, and not much time to do it either.
From your affect brother
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of the line notepaper that date 1906 is entered in pencil. Envelope carries a one penny NZ stamp Timaru franked 10 November, the back is franked Dunedin NZ November 12-06 3 a.m.


C/o A S Elworthy
Holme Station
Timaru
June 28th 1910
My dear Van
I think this past week is one I am not likely to forget for the rest of my life. Ella and the Boss left for Sydney on the 19th and I was to sleep in the house until they came back; as there was only the governess, the four children and half a dozen female servants. We all retired per usual Monday night; when about two o'clock I was woken up by the terrible cry of the "house is on fire" Tearing out a bed and down stairs to the back of the house I found the servants hall and wash house in flames; we fought against them for a short while but it was no good; and then I realised that the whole of the beautiful Homestead was doomed. The first thing was to see that everyone was safe and then summon help from the station (half a mile away) on their arrival we started to save everything that was movable downstairs; by the time we were driven out of the house by the flames we had saved practically everything in the front rooms downstairs. It was a very sad sight watching the destruction of the beautiful house; my eyes were suspiciously moist as I thought of the many happy days spent in it; alas all over now. The flames sweeping up from the back of the house burnt the stairs through so that the upstairs rooms were quickly cut off. The kids and the governess lost practically everything and I lost the few things I had up there including, worst luck, both my two pairs of eyeglasses. I sent in a claim for 8L but it was no good, as my policy only holds good as long as I am in this house. It was very sad for Ella and the Boss on stepping off their boat at Sydney to find this cable awaiting them. The kids were all so awfully good, owing to Miss Ford keeping so cool and quiet; it was a mercy she never lost her head. It was very merciful that the cook woke up then, and not a quarter of an hour later, for I am afraid there would have been lives lost. I am afraid it has shaken my nerves up considerably; the first two or three nights after, I sprang out of my bed two or three times dreaming the place was on fire; however that is over now. I am sending you a copy of a Timaru paper (not the leading one) The report is absurd and theatrical like in many ways, and I should think it is evident that the "Hero" was the man interviewed you might send it round to Charlie Cyril and Edgar. I am sending Aunt Ada and Mater one. Well, old chap, how are you getting on; about time you came out here I think. I expect you have had news of me from Aunt Ada before this. It was grand to have had her out here. Fare thee well, Van my boy
From your ever
affect brother
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of a notepaper.

Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 144, 21 June 1910, Page 8
HOMESTEAD DESTROYED.
A FORTY-ROOMED RESIDENCE. FLAMES SPREAD RAPIDLY.
TIMARU, This Day.
The homestead at Holme station, Pareora, Mr. A. S. Elworthy's residence, was destroyed by fire about 2 o'clock this morning The house contained about 40 rooms, and very little furniture was saved. The fire originated in the kitchen, and is supposed to have been caused by a defective chimney. The flames had a strong hold when discovered, and spread so rapidly that the children had to bo taken out in their night clothes. The building was insured for L3700, and the contents for L2060 in the Alliance office.
Ref Papers Past

Timaru Post
Wednesday June 22 1910.
The Fire At Home Station
The Fight with the Flames
Unrehearsed Deeds of Daring
A Descriptive Account
" Never again!" these were the solemn words of an old servant, who stood beside the ruins of the magnificent structure known as the Holme Station homestead, that has been the home of Mr Arthur S. Elworthy for many years, and the home of his father before him. "Forty six years come next month" said the old servant reflectively, " and they'll never see it again".
The old fellow's conversation was so extremely melancholy that the "Post" representative hastened to change the topic to one of a more agreeable nature. It was only on Thursday last, it appears, that Mr and Mrs Arthur Elworthy took their departure for Australia, leaving behind them the fairly large retinue of domestic servants and farm assistants, and their four children Edward, aged eight years; Rachel, aged seven years; Bettie, aged five years, and Johnny, aged three years - in charge of the governess, Miss Ford. Mr P A Elworthy, of Gordon's Valley, returned last Saturday from a visit to Australia, while Mr Herbert Elworthy is at present touring the South Sea Islands. It was Mr and Mrs Arthur Elworthy's intention to have gone on an extensive motor car tour in Australia, but the fates were not kind to them, and immediately on Mr Elworthy stepping off the boat at Sydney he was handed the following startling communication: " Homestead totally destroyed by fire this morning".
The consternation of the recipient may be better imagined than described, and was intimated in a brief cable home "Returning by next boat"
Viewed yesterday, the huge mass of burning and smoking debris revealed merely the fact that a fire had taken place. There was little to indicate that a magnificent old building, teeming with historical associations for one of the oldest families in South Canterbury, and containing some L3000 worth of the finest furniture and curios to be found anywhere in the Dominion, was represented in those smouldering ashes. Yet such was the fact. The fine old home was estimated to be worth between L4000 and L5000 and was insured for L3700 while of the furniture was valued at something like L3000 and was insured for L2500. In a home of this description, however, as, in fact, in all homes more or less, there are articles of furniture whose commercial value for insurance purposes is but the merest trifle of the value that the owner places upon them. But curios, collected from all parts of the globe are infinite trouble and no little expense, were valued because of the associations that surrounded them, and the story of travel and adventure that each little article recall; their commercial value was not a consideration, in as much as the owner was not prepared to sell them.

Features of the House
The house which was built of fine old seasoned timber, and plastered throughout, contained 26 rooms, in addition to a liberal provision of larders, cupboards, etc. The rear portion of the dwelling was erected by the late Mr Edward Elworthy in the year 1864, but it has had several additions made to it from time to time. The latest addition was the northern wing, containing a handsomely furnished billiard room. Among the 26 rooms were, of course numerous bedrooms; also two nurseries (one downstairs and the other upstairs), a school room, a sewing room, a morning room, a drawing room, dining room, dressing rooms, etc. Every apartment was furnished in a thoroughly complete and up-to-date manner, and contained every convenience that a modern gentleman could desire. The whole dwelling was lit by electricity, supplied from a special powerhouse situated about 30 yards to the west of the dwelling. In the rear portion of the structure were situated the kitchen, the scullery, the servants sitting room, and to the south of these rooms divided by a passage, were the cellar and the dairy. It was somewhere in this portion of the building, probably in the servants sitting room, that the fire originated. Credence is lent to this deduction by the fact that the fire was first noticed in this quarter, and it was certainly the most thoroughly burnt out section of the whole dwelling. The servants declare that they left a low burning fire in a perfectly safe condition, but it is a well-known fact that it is in these low burning, apparently safe fires that little coal gas explosions sometimes take place, with the result that burning cinders are thrown into the room, and disaster follows. There would seem to be still plenty of reason, in this modern era, for the use of the old-fashioned safetyguard, that was supposed to perform the double duty of barring the outward progress of exploded cinders, and of swelling the dividends of the insurance companies.
The Holme Station, it should be mentioned, is a magnificent estate of about 5000 acres of first class land. The homestead faced to the east, and from the front one could obtain an un-interrupted view of the beautiful country that stretches in one great plain as far as the eye can reach. To the northwest, towers Mount Horrible; to the west the chain of hills, some distance behind which lies at the Timaru Borough's Pareora water dam. The homestead is well protected by tall plantations, while in the immediate vicinity of the destroyed dwelling are beautifully laid out grounds, containing flower beds, rose avenues, and beautiful English and colonial trees. To the west and with its branches resting over the roof of the dwelling was an aged walnut tree which, to the homestead hands at least, has now a melancholy historical interest. Its huge blackened stem and charred branches speak eloquently of the part it played in the sorry conflagration.
At 11 o'clock on Monday evening the maids and the governess retired to bed; the children had long since been wrapped in the arms of slumber. The homestead male hands, with the curious propensity of the sex, have not yet acquired the habit of early retirement. At 1:00 o'clock a.m. one of these hands sauntered across the yard for a final breath of fresh air before retiring. The night was an extremely beautiful one. Though moon shone with unwonted brilliance, and the gentleman in question confesses to the belief that the old homestead never looked half so charming as it did that morning. At the hour mentioned he is quite satisfied that there was not a suggestion of the coming fate of the old home. Everything looked perfectly peaceful, and the servant's sitting room, shaded as it was by the dairy, was quite dark, and there was not the faintest illumination of any description that could serve to arouse his suspicions. In short, he is quite positive that at 1:10 a.m. the house had not caught fire, and at that hour he retired to bed perfectly easy in mind.

The Outbreak
There is something unusually tragic about a country fire. There is no fire alarm to give, no fire brigade to call, and, as a rule, no fire appliances with which to quell the outbreak. A country fire is almost invariably a devastation, which the owner and friends are compelled to watch in exasperating impotence. The hand of the clock had just past the hour of two o'clock when Mrs Popham, who occupies the position of cook at the Homestead, was awakened by a slight crackling noise. Womanlike, she did not wait to argue as to whether she was dreaming, but was alert on the instant. One moment of complete wakefulness was sufficient to satisfy her that the house was on fire, and she immediately sounded the alarm. Rushing to the maids and governess's quarters she called to them to get out of the house, and after awakening Mr Fenn (the cadet), she rushed to the men's quarters. With an alacrity born of the moment, Mr Pearce (the under gardener), Mr Jones (the dairy man), and Mr Philip (the chauffeur, and son of the manager), leapt from their respective bunks and rushed to the scene of the outbreak. It was immediately apparent, however, that any attempt to save the Homestead was hopeless. Huge flames and clouds of smoke were curling up from the servant's sitting room and the scullery, and already the flames were eating their way to the northern wing and the centre of the house. A call on the telephone showed it to be out of working order, and, without waiting to debate the point, the chauffeur made haste to the station where the farmhands reside, in search of assistance. The dairy man, and Mr Fenn set to work on the only possible hope before them, that of saving some of the more valuable furniture. The six maids, the governess, and the four children, clothed only in the night robes, had by this time found their way on to the lawn, and there, barefooted, and exposed to the bitter frost and the bedewed ground, they stood shivering and debating the best course to pursue. After a short consultation, as the front of the house was free from flames and smoke, it was decided to place the children in one of the rooms there out of the cold. Not a whimper was heard from the little mites, and during their progress out of the smoking rooms, on the lawn, and into the front of the house, and out again to safety, they behaved like true little New Zealanders. The under gardener here revealed a commendable spirit of chivalry and courage. The appearance of the shivering maids on the lawn on was too much for him, and, although the rooms were ablaze, he determined to enter the servant's bedrooms and secure some of the missing garments. Decision and action were the work of a moment, and the pulses of the bystanders were quickened by the sight of Mr Pearce disappearing head first through the window. A couple of minutes later he emerged blackened but triumphant the proud possessor of a huge bundle of feminine garments. The maid's thanks were brief and their robing operations under the shade of the fir trees of almost as brief duration. To the front of the house Mr Fenn, the dairy man and the under gardener then directed their attention, and were in the midst of a hurried salvage operations, with the assistance of the electric light which had been turned on, when the station hands arrived in breathless haste. Then the salvage work, nobly assisted by the women, began in earnest. The handsome grand piano of inconvenient bulk, was dragged through the broad windows and safely deposited on the law. Then followed several valuable pictures, and other miscellaneous articles off value. In the midst of the operations the electric light gave out, the wire having been burned through, and the salvagers were left in semidarkness. Still salvage work went on, and valuable crockery ware, ornaments, and further pictures were removed from the front rooms. In his hurry the under gardener had the misfortune to put his head through one of the pictures, and was much relieved yesterday afternoon on receiving the assurance that the picture had not greatly depreciated in value. His comrades aver that his appearance through the window, with the tangled framework about his shoulders and a handsome painted face surrounding his own smoke begrimed, though not by any means unhandsome countenance, was most interesting. Almost the last article to be saved was the famed picture table the property of Mr Bond, whose wife had charge of the homestead at the time of the fire. This unique piece of work, made of innumerable small panels of wood, and picked out in the resemblance of the Saviour, is valued at 500 guineas, and the under gardener was also the hero of its salvation. Hearing that it was missing, he entered the burning building, and after considerable suffocating rummaging among upturned furniture, he triumphantly brought out the valuable article uninjured. At this stage Mr P A Elworthy, of Gordon's Valley Station some 3 miles distant, arrived with the force of men, and they, along with the Holme Station hands, rendered invaluable assistance. Shortly after 3 o'clock however, the tremendous heat thrown out by the burning building, compelled the discontinuing of the salvaging operations, and all hands stood by to watch the final stages of the destruction of the magnificent old home. And, overlooking the destruction involved, it was a truly superb spectacle. The night was one of perfect calm, and to this fact is due the entire lack of injury to the powerhouse and other scattered buildings. The flames shot straight upwards, and, curiously enough, the greater volume of direct flame came through the several tall chimneys. At about four o'clock of the upper storey gave way and fell with a loud crash onto the foundations. With the illumination afforded by the moon and flames, the surrounding half mile of country was lit up almost as bright as by daylight, and it would have been possible to have picked up a pin anywhere within 200 yards of the homestead. The number of watchers greatly increased as the morning advanced, traps, loaded with would-be helpers, arriving from all directions. Some excitement was created by the rapid explosion of cartridges within the house, and finally by a loud explosion in the cellar. Not before seven o'clock did the flames abate much in fury, by which time the old house was a mere mass of burning debris. The manager of the station (Mr Philip) was promptly on the scene, but, like the other watchers, was unable to do anything to check the disaster.

The Ruins
A number of visitors from Timaru and surrounding districts motored or drove out and inspected the ruins yesterday afternoon. The debris continued to smoulder throughout the entire day, and today (Wednesday) was still smoking. The salvaged effects were all removed to places of safety yesterday. It is almost impossible to distinguish any article of furniture in the ruins. The destruction has been most complete. Five tall chimneys are the sole standing relics of the homestead. A pot of lard on the kitchen range, the misshapen framework of one of the maids bicycles, a broken bath, and old "luck" horseshoe nailed in a prominent position on one of the chimney stacks, and innumerable scarred the books are the sole distinguishable remnants.
The servant maids lost practically all their effects. Two of them lost bicycles, and one L7 in cash, while all lost more than they could afford. The shrunken shrubs about the house bear silent testimony to the heat of the flames.
Yesterday afternoon a curious relic was unearthed amongst the embers by a visitor in the form of a pretty Dolton Ware cup, quite uninjured.
Ref: Hocken Library Dunedin 2008

Grange Hill
Cave
Nr Timaru
20 Sept 10
My dear Van
I really forget whether I have written to you, since I became a landed proprietor. The future which was always rather a gloomy outlook before; is now all change. I have a home to work up; and perchance I might one day take to myself a wifee. It is a pretty little homestead nine rooms in it and a nice verandah facing the sun. The gardens both kitchen and flower are well stocked and looked after. I have got a very good man with me. He has been on a place fifteen years. He does all my cooking, washing etc. This place is about 121/2 miles back inland from Holme Station, so I am about 25 miles from Timaru. There are about 4100 acres nominal, as a matter of fact there is over 5500; of course a lot of it is very rough and steep. The highest parts of my country run up higher than the highest mountain in Great Britain 4540 ft is my limit. As regards the stock I have about 2400 sheep 20 head cattle, two horses, etc. If the price of wool and lambs keep up I ought to make 400L per annum clear. I shan't do that this year because I shall have a lot of extra expenses with regards to the transfer of the place. You know I cabled home to Mater to see if she could advance me L1500; and with my own I could then raise the required L3000 pounds I had to show. I am now borrowing all the money I want off A S Elworthy, and playing him 5%. So now "my boy" when you visit your poor brother; he can give you a bed in his own house, instead of getting shelter for you in someone else's. I feelEdgar very lonely at times, but will get used to that soon. My lambing is just starting I hope I shall get a good return of youngsters. I hope you are keeping fit, as "your humble" is. I am glad to say that Uncle C and Aunt Alice and all the New Zealand relations are in the best of health. My nearest neighbours are only about three miles away but I like my own fireside best, so I don't expect I shall go out much except Sundays. Before I left the Station; all the hands got up a farewell dance; and in the middle presented me with a very handsome English saddle and bridle; very nice of them all I thought. I responded with a few (very few) suitable words. I have furnished one room in my mansion; in which I live and have my being. Now my brother "au revoir" from your affect brother
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of a notepaper.

Harry had an entertaining mind, at the time of the birth of his daughter Katherine (Aug 1945) he wrote this note to his son, most of it is lost. The first part is in "looking glass writing" see picture file.
. . . . . pen is running backward. . . . . I cant stop it most annoying I call it I expect it will get all right in a minute or so - there I am all right again now Mrs Banty's chicks are due tomorrow morning, I am afraid we . . . . .
On the back is Harry's drawing of a buxom cow with the writing. Where's that "Boss of mine - 6 o'clock and not milked yet - I'm positively, busting".

Cosy Cot !!
Taiko
Wed Morn
(May 1947)
My own precious Mummy
With joy and delight I got sure to loving letters this morning - I retired to the verandah and basking in the glorious sun I perused them over and over again - bless you my darling; but I'm sure you are well content, when you know the joy they gave me - I am so glad to hear all the good news of the family, and I am so glad my darling one is having a quiet restful time - I am much relieved to hear the dip is covered; but I could hardly believe that Bob (Ford) would not take some precautions, to guard his own daughter's safety. Spent a quiet evening with R (Rachel) and Ham, the two youngsters had a picture party, so we three just listened to Mackagar(?) and Holland and talked till 10:15 when I left, incidentally we got on to Plunket, and R let out the fact that she hadn't given anything; that started me off, and I think I scored heavily on all my points - no heat about it just a quiet talk - Saw the storm coming up Monday evening, so flew for the bucket and up to Pollie? (Poly), to try and beat it - the cold wind soon came up, but I beat the rain, and was safe inside before it started. Jack Pots was a washout, too much statics. Am ringing you up in an hour or two's time I do hope I shall be able to hear you - I said 12:30 but I am making it later as I thought K might be "ish ish" as early as that - bless the little darling gave her a huge squeeze from her darling Daddy, and get her to give you a beautiful one from me - only one attack of indigestion; due to too many cakes and tea on Monday last, - I am fit as a flea with the exception of the usual trouble which is particularly stubborn this time I have finished the jar of molasses and I'm getting JE Fenn Esqit filled today, as Ham wants me to sign some papers the sooner the better - and more than delighted and relieved to hear E is behaving so well.
Au revour my loved one, I look at the family Gallery lovingly when ever I am in the bedroom - hope to hear that your raucous (deleted) - I beg your pardon dulcet tones in about three hours. Fare thee well, till we meet
Every your loving old
Dadsa(sic)
Written on two sheets of notepaper very illegibly, R and Ham mentioned are the Sinclair-Thompson family, "ish ish" is sleep.

Taiko R D
Timaru
Sunday the 31st 1947 3 p.m.
My darling old girl
I wonder what the "old Wiff" is doing at the moment, perhaps having a bit of ish ish - well after leaving you I deposited our son at "Kildonan" Margaret (Dent) hadn't arrived back and I forgot to tell Bev (Dent) of Mary's message however Mary (Ford) can ring Margaret herself. I passed Doug (Dent) at *Radon's as I journeyed home, arriving in due course at 5:45, and so eventually to bed where I found my darling's good night message awaiting me. An all electric breakfast next morn, made a mess of the poddgy left over for me it seemed to go into a lot of hard lumps, so I made some fresh. I turned the little "Banty" in with the rest she seemed to have gone off the cluck altogether - In the afternoon I went to the football match, and thoroughly enjoyed a good game Timaru or rather South Canty retaining the Hannon shield, beating the challengers Mid-Canty by 19 to 6 - I again rang Gladys third attempt and got her, they are living over at Cecil's, while their place is being redecorated etc, when she asked me if I wanted Bertie with great "presence of mind" I said "Oh no I was just ringing up to find out how Aunt Edie was". Cow milked, fowls fed, breakfast and all over by 9:30 this morning so went to Kirk, they had a new organist quite a young chap but "Oh boy could he play the organ" - the mountains skipped like lambs the thunder rolled etc etc and in the end he played a glorious voluntary, they all got up and made for the door as per usual but quite a lot came back and sat down and listened to it. Journeying home I called in at Rachels for half an hour and eventually it leaked out I was a "grass widower" so they promptly asked me down to evening dinner on Tuesday next with bridge after - a pleasing prospect my darling - Fleeing on from Rachels I came up to the Small's who had kindly invited me up There. Mrs S. frightened me with a platefuls she put in front of me however by removing half, I managed to leave nothing on my plate, she explained that Bill was a big eater and was helping me by his standard? So back to Cosy Cot where I am now writing to my darling - how are you dear one I hope you are having a nice lazy time and how is the darling K., my word how I miss you; I hope you are taking great care of my precious "daut", not over laying her or letting her get near that awful dip or the various creeks about. I thought the wind last night would blow in some of the windows in the front of a house it was "that"! strong however it died down before midnight. Well my beloved one I do hope you will take it easy and have a good spell. Dad's having a glorious time no le symphony note or a crazy concerto rent the air last night, I listened to the start of a new serial "The Corsican Bros" promises to be good. My best regards to Lottie (Ford) and a huge "queeze" and lots of kisses to my darling one and a dear wee K. - Time for a cuppa 4-5
You're ever loving old
Ha wa-too
PS Shall ring you up 12:30 next Wednesday on chance you will be at home, see my darling "filly" is handy
Written on two sheets of notepaper rather illegibly, Harry has just left Margot it seems with their old neighbours, the Ford's at Foxdown Maungati, probably to give Margot a rest, Harry presumably had to stay home to milk the cow. Edward (the compiler of this!) was left with the Dent family, also in Maungati, who were great friends and very much enjoyed having Edward to stay, over the years, as they had lost their only son in WW II. Edward also has many happy memories of staying with the Dent's and their three pretty daughters! *Mrs Radon operated the telephone exchange which Harry had installed in the district many years before.

1950
To the darling old whiff who has given me 11 years of happiness and loving care.
Bless you my own darling.
1951
Not having been in town lately I am giving to my darling wife, who has made the 12 years of our married life so supremely happy for me, this little bit of paper, with my fondest love, and may the rest of our life together be one of continued happiness and love my darling.
Your loving old
Ha-wa-too
The compiler is of the view that these two sweet little notes written by Harry were for wedding anniversaries. Fenn family finances were always such that presents were not necessarily the norm.

Harry now aged 84 wrote to his son, travelling in the North Island, on the occasion of his 21st Birthday. He still worked in the garden in spite a very painfull hip and knee.
Hadlow 4 R.D.
Timaru.
Sunday.
My dear old boy,
My warmest congratulations and love for your 21st birthday and as you step across the threshold to start your life may be a long happy and prosperous one, dear old chap. You are naturally in our thoughts all the time now, and I'm sure you are enjoying every moment of it. Mum has had a letter or two from Eine, giving us some details of you and your departure from . . . . . I soon "pilled" my heart attack off that Tuesday, and was undressing in the bedroom when she arrived home, as it turned out you had plenty of time. I turned turtle in the drain (Moores fence) yesterday my cries for help brought Mate along in great haste. Seeing his old boss wallowing in the muddy water, he thought "good oh, here's a game", dived into the drain, and then all over me, in the way you know he can show his excitement. I was well mucked up when Mum came to my rescue and pulled me out. Going out to tea at Fred Smiths this afternoon, when Mum hopes to have a nice talk on stocks and shares! with Fred. No news here as usual, Sandy and Mate flourishing ditto Mum and K.; please note the order in which I put them! Some interesting looking parcels have arrived for you, something to do with television or radio? The stamps on the parcel were of some interest to Mum. Hope you can read this my hand is a very cold. Best of love to you my dear boy and every good wish for your future.
From your loving old Dad

To the King of Pugs
Though is the best little dog of his day?
The quickest the wisest of the brightest I say,
Who sneezes and cries like a good little man,
And does all that you tell him as well as he can.
WHY! PICKLES!
Who shuts to the door with a bang bang bang?
And rings the bell for Elizabeth Ann,
Who cries when you're ill and laughs when you're pleased,
And, Oh! never bites when even he's teased.
WHY! PICKLES!
Who hates the white cat with unutterable scorn?
Who calls on mother and granny each more on?
Who loves the best place on the hearth rug soft?
Who jumps on your lap every day so oft?
WHY! PICKLES!
His cousins can't hold a candle to him,
Although they are pretty and both very slim,
But they've not got his brains, nor his curly tail,
Vote for "Tiptree" and "Pat" his love will not fail,
For his nature it is to be noble and true,
And he loves all his kin, and you, And me to.
The transcriber thinks that this doggerel was written by Harry, Pickles was of course the family dog.

"Ye Christmasse Pill"
An Art Nouveau card illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley (see picture file).
For more than 50 years the Fenn brothers circulated this Christmas Card between each of them in sequence annually, its history is recorded below.

Colchester Christmas 1899? - Still going strong

An Essex child, I came to light.
At Colchester one Christmas bright.
Born but one season's joy to give,
I little thought;
To such an hoary age to live.

The Christmas seasons come and go,
In years of joy and years of woe.
And though I'm worn and scarred and old,
I still survive;
Nay more, I'm worth my weight in gold

And thus encouraged, still l cling.
To life, and trust some joy to bring.
So please accept now, if you will
My Reader dear;
A greeting from Ye Christmasse Pill.
1916

Ye Christmasse Pill
The History of My Life.
Having attained my 30th birthday, it has seemed good to me that I write a history of my life and the strange experiences which I have undergone, for it may well be, that the matter in which I came into this world, my miraculous escape from a painful death and my subsequent wanderings be, in truth, forgotten, unless set down on paper for the benefit of the generations to come.
My earliest recollections are of a shop in the High Street at Colchester, which indeed remains to this very day. With many other Christmas cards I lay there, frequently handled, but always passed over in contempt until on Christmas Eve 1899 I was purchased with other cards by two young men and carried off. My heart thrilled with triumph, at last I had been noticed, but my joy was too premature for later in the day I was brought out with the others and greeted with shouts of mockery and derision. "We could not possibly send this ugly card to anyone" was said and forthwith I was cast on the fire. Even now, although full thirty years have elapsed, I can feel the cruel flames licking my sides and searing my body, I gave myself up for lost but my dreadful fate appeared to touch the heart of the younger of the two brothers who had brought me and noticing that I was not wholly consumed he plucked me out of the flames. For a while I lay trembling but I was carefully preserved and a year later I was sent to the elder brother. To my great relief instead of mockery and hatred, he greeted me with joy and affection, in truth the ugly duckling had grown into a swan, and ever since then, every Christmas time I have visited one or other of the four brothers who now compose the family. I have crossed the ocean many times to far-off New Zealand, I have travelled all over England, whether it be that the North, South, East, or West and every home that I have come to, my advent has been hailed with joy and gladness. It is my dearest wish that I may continue on my joint journeys and that with my four faithful friends, not one missing, I may celebrate my jubilee.
1929.
When Van Fenn retired in 1951 to live with his brother Harry in New Zealand they were the surviving brothers, and the journeys stopped.
The transcription of this history was done in 2007, Ye Christmasse Pill, has now twice celebrated its jubilee, and has been retired to an archive.
Aubrey Beardsley was one of the most controversial artists of the Art Nouveau movement this card would have been avant garde in 1899.
Van wrote the above history and the transcriber suspects that it was he who saved Christmasse Pill.

Research Notes:
Haileybury College, a Public School, is the successor to the East India Coy College it is located at Hertford Heath near Hertford. It was a liberal and humanitarian institution primarily for the education of prospective employees of the Honourable East India Company. The curriculum included oriental languages, its buildings are topped by a fine dome designed by William Wilkins.

Harry visited England in 1921, to see his brother Cyril who died while he was in England, he possibly travelled on the Orient Line S.S. Orvieto. However he returned on the S.S. Rimutaka sailing from Southampton 2 Dec 1921 via Panama. He visited England again in 1938.

Harry has not been found in the 1891 Census?

The pictures of Harry taken at Craigmore Maungati NZ are from the Craigmore visitors book of the time in the possession of Sir Peter Elworthy 1999.

Maungati (was Timaunga)
The Government acquired for settlement a block of land twenty miles west of Timaru which had been named Timaunga by the owner, who intended the name to mean 'cabbage tree hill.' For this meaning the form is incorrect; it should have been Maungati. When later a post office was to be opened in the locality, Johnnes Carl Anderson was approached by the Department and asked if the form was correct. He said No ; the place was a hill so it was not grammatically correct as a Maori word, and the Post Office changed it to Maungati and that name has been used for the school and the district generally, although the post office closed after only a few years of service. Ref: Olwyn
<http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nzlscant/teachers1913.htm>

Medical Notes: Harry suffered for more than 30 years without complaint from Arthritic pain in his hips and knees. Also a chronic asthmatic, remarkably he was not to suffer another attack from the day he married.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 1 Portland Tce The Green Richmond SRY. Harold is recorded as a son aged 4 born Richmond.

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Wentworth Hse The Green Richmond SRY. Harold was a visitor at the Todd home Wentworth House, he is recorded as aged 24 single, employed as an Electrical App Engineer, born Richmond.

3. Correspondance: Images of, Harry's letters, 1887 To 1951.

4. Harry in 1881: Picture.

5. Harry and his dog Tip: Picture.

6. Harry at Grey Friars c1900: Picture.

7. Harry at Craigmore: Picture in South Canterbury NZ.

8. Harry's Diary from his trip to England: 5 Apr 1938 to 13 Oct 1938. Harry's Trip to England 1938
R M S Tainui
Tuesday, April 5, 1938
Left Wellington at 8:30 am on my long trip to England, but very slow for first three hours, some of the fireman too drunk to do their job bit of a swell all afternoon which upset some of them as we crossed the 180 degree latitude last night.
Another Tuesday 5th
I won the first sweepstake of the voyage on the days run. Rain squalls on and off all day, but sea very calm, but a good many passengers feeling queer all the same.
Wednesday. (6th)
Won the sweep on the boats run yesterday. Beautiful day but windy in afternoon usual daily routine plenty of albatrosses following us the day.
Thursday (7th)
Another nice day till clouds came up after lunch. Shifting all the coal from the foredeck, consequently dust flying everywhere. Bridge in evening
Friday (8th)
Miserable wet weather canvases up round the ship nothing much doing of interest, ship pitching a bit this afternoon
Sunday (9th)
Had service in the aft dining saloon in the morning, a song service at 8:30 in evening when the Padre exceeded the time limit badly.
Monday (10th) to Wednesday (12th)
We had the usual, on board ship, Eat Slept played the usual deck games, and bridge most evenings, weather has been calm all the time, expect to reach Pitcairn early tomorrow. Quite good partners on Tuesday evening.
Thursday (13th)
Up at 5:45, when the boat's whistle roused us, as we approached the island. Bit of a swell running and we kept a fair way out. Three big boats loaded with Islanders came aboard, and after trading a few odds and ends, we left after a stay of two hours.
Good Friday (14th)
Passed a big tropical island yesterday apparently uninhabited except for thousands of birds that nest there in the season. Service at 10:30 and sung service at 8:30. Spent all morning looking for reading glasses, and eventually found out my cabin mate (Chambers) had put them in his pocket thinking they were his.
Saturday (15th)
The games competitions started today, I got beaten in both I played today, the deck quoits singles and doubles. The deck was very slippery and a big swell, made accurate throwing as far as I was concerned out of the question. Concert dancing, in evening but I played bridge.
No days shown.
Nothing much doing each day until we arrived at Balboa. We had arranged to have a car waiting for us to make the round trip our party consisted of Miss Wade, Paterson, Warren,?, Turabub (sic) and myself. Didn't think much of Panama went out to the golf club and had tea then on to the old ruins, stopping at a miserable collection of animals on the way, back by these to the old Cathedral with the gold altar all very tawdry, and then Mrs Livingston wanted to go back to the boat to change, so we hung about the streets till she returned. Then we went to the Balboa Tier Gardens and spent the rest of the evening and back to the boat.
Left at 5:30 for the canal beautiful day, and the canal very interesting we went through without a halt in about five & half hours and then set off for Jamaica, which we reached in a day and a half
Jamaica
Had the day of my life here in this beautiful island. Leaving the boat about twelve we went into Kingston and had a feed, and then we hired a car to take us up in the mountains to Newcastle, a wonderful drive. When we got to Newcastle we decided to do the round trip down the other side and round back to Kingston. It was a drive I shall never forget, the tropical scenery was wonderful, and got back to Kingston about 7:30 where we had a feed, we then saw a bit of the evening life and back to the launch which left at 10:00 for Port Royal where the boat had gone to coal. Bed was out of the question, so Doreen and I sat together until 4:30am when we returned, as they had started the donkey engine near us. It was a great day with two nice sorts Margo and Doreen myself and Joe and old Chalmers, who was a good sport. We left at 8:30 for our run across the Atlantic, and nothing much happened on the way. Pictures, dances, race meetings passed the time in the crossing with Bridge etc we eventually got in sight of the lighthouse of the Scilly Isles at 9:00 on Friday night, the Bishop (Rock) lighthouse, an hour later we saw the light of the Lands End and then to bunk at 12:00 after a hilarious evening.
Nasty drizzling morning next day, a great pity as we could hardly see the coast as we steamed up the channel. Arrived off the Needles about 1 oclock and eventually reached Southampton about 4 where a letter from Charlie and a welcome telegram from Dolly awaited me: I was glad to hear Charlie had not left Sheen although he had sold the house. Tender farewells to everyone and then on to the boat train
Pages missing.
aged a lot, but still full of fun, and really wonderful for her age although she says her old brain is one which she can't remember things, but I couldn't see anything wrong and we had a good talk. Back to Sheen for a feed at 7:45
Monday
I went up to the city and did my business, booking a berth on the Arawa for September 30th I had lunch at an ABC and then had a look around St Pauls, incidentally breaking Charlie's walking stick, a great pity, and then back to Sheen Played billiards in the evening.
Tuesday.
Great reunion lunch party today, Adria, Van, Edgar, Charlie and I met together for the first time since we had grown up, after lunch we decided to go to Hampton Court, but the car jibbed and we just went round the park, backed by Kew, where we shoved Adria onto the evening train! And then back changed and Charlie, Nancy and I went over to Hampstead to have dinner with Mrs Shuttleworth, back about midnight
Wednesday.
Called on Mrs Nell Rhodes in morning, and then in afternoon Nancy and to very pretty girl friends of hers Charlie and I took our tea and spent a very pleasant afternoon in Kew Gardens in the evening, a Mr and Mrs Wilson came in and we had some Bridge, and I had the pleasure of collecting the money.
Thursday.
Left about 10:30 for Golders Green went into the City first and then got the tube at the Bank arriving at the house at 10 to 1 Mrs Fisher's sister was a very different person to my nice Miss F, but she was very charming and hospitable and gave me a very warm welcome. We had a sumptuous lunch washed down with sparkling Burgundy and then I left for Richmond to call at the Todd's. Got there at four and found they had just started tea Grace and Adria had altered a lot but not Mabel, with the exception of being a good bit shorter. Stayed there for an hour and a quarter, and then spent an hour and a half with the old Aunt, and thoroughly enjoyed my chat.
Friday.
Left about 12:00 for a day in town, had lunch in Hammersmith Broadway and then passed to Mme Tussauds where we spent the afternoon had some tea there and then faced the Chamber of Horrors and then had a great feed at the Corner House Oxford Street. Took the bus then to the Sadler's Wells Theatre, where we saw the Magic Flute by Mozart, his last piece he wrote before his death. The music was beautiful and the staging and lighting a revelation to me and arrived home about 12:00. I bought Nancy a nice wristlet watch for her birthday.
Saturday.
Had lunch in town and then Nancy and I went to the Royal Tournament at Olympia. Enjoyed every moment of it. Charlie gave a dinner party that night. The Vicar and his charming bride of three months, Lottie Alston and Mrs ? her friend and us three. Played billiards afterwards.
Sunday.
Charlie and I set sail about 10:45 for Nayland. Had a blowout at Finchley and got a new inner tube, and fixed nuts on the post wheel which was only holding by three out of the six bolts and then on to Great Bentley to the new house which I wasn't much enamoured with, and that he wants to change to it from his nice comfortable home at Sheen beats me, but they tell me it is the ladies who run the show.
Left for Nayland, and got here about 5:30. I was prepared for a shock on seeing Mater, but she was even worse than I expected, being practically helpless and can hardly talk I can't understand a word she says, poor dear, it is very sad to see her in this state, as she was such a wonderfully active woman when I last saw her.
Monday.
A nice day, but very cold for the time of year. Marked out the tennis court today and had a game in the evening, with two gardeners I had brought my old racket home, as nothing here are any good Charlie left at 10:30
Tuesday.
Went for a row yesterday in the boat, pity there isn't more water as it is a nice boat. Went to Colchester after dinner and renewed acquaintance with the old place, very little altered. A fire broke out in the Midland bank premises, but bar a bit of smoke and plenty of water nothing to see. Called on the Howards saw the two sons, and had a yarn with Mrs Jacklin, and am going to call on her next week. Bought some netting for the court and so home. Chess with Adria in evening.
Wednesday.
Working on tennis court most of day putting in posts etc.
Thursday.
Putting up netting etc and making gate
Friday.
Went to Colchester and went to the pictures (4 Fathers) Joan and Diana Cliff and Brenda Russall came in and spent the evening charming girls.
Saturday.
Went to London and then on out to Sam at Denham (Airbase). Had a great afternoon at the Air Pagent and luckily the weather cleared and it was a grand afternoon till about 5:30 when it started to rain again, got back to London at 11:00
Sunday.
Margot and Doreen and Uncle Bill and myself left for Epping Forest by bus had a great lunch and then wandered through the forest for a time and back eventually to the city and supper at the Corner House and back to Bayswater, where we spent a glorious evening till 11:45!
Monday.
Met the girls had lunch in the city then we went to Mme Tussauds had an excellent dinner there and back home
Tuesday.
Weather cold and showery so we decided to go to the Museum of Science and Inventions after going to the Scala for a mat(inee) which was full, so we booked seats for the evening and went on to the Museum where the girls left us later on and went back to dress and Bill and I went back to his digs for a wash and brush up and then had a feed in town and then out to the theatre where the girls met us. The play Mikado was good in the dressing line, but badly staged on a small stage. Saw the girls home and then on home ourselves.
Wednesday.
Looked up Uncle B who I found in bed with a rotten cold; took him some asprins, and then to Kensington had morning tea with Dr M and Mrs M and I left for Windsor Castle went out by Blue Bus and spent a glorious day together, sat by the river for a bit, and then walked to Staines where we picked up a bus to the city. Had dinner at the Oxford Corner house, and so on reluctantly home after a wonderful day with M (argot)
Thursday.
Found Uncle B much better went into city had a feed after leaving my bag at L Street then and put in time went to the Tower missed my little pal badly caught 4:57 for Colchester and arrived at home. Wrote to M.
Friday.
Wrote to Van, Ella, Dolly, and Aunt Ada in answer to their letters had a brisk walk to Wiston to see ? Went poodle faking to Col Sykes next door not much in my line. Chess with Adria after reading to Mater in the evening.
Saturday.
Went into the church and gave helpful? advice to Diane and Joan Cliff while they decorated the pulpit, did some archery in the afternoon.
Sunday.
Went to church in morning and before I went up into the Belfry and watched them ringing the bells. Adria and I went up to the cemetery in evening and then strolled back through the crooked lanes. My thought as we sat on the style in a beautiful evening naturally . . .ested back to last Sunday, a very happy day.
Monday.
Nothing special this morning had a run up the river in late afternoon, after visiting the Nayland sports in the afternoon and trying my hand at the sideshows.
Tuesday.
Barbara Goodwin picked Adria and I up at 10:30, and we went for a grand run with the Countryman? Society to various beautiful churches a Mr Munro Cautley a great authority on these churches, talked to us about them, and very interesting it was too. Wrote to Mr J Fisher. The new nurse arrived today hope she will be good.
Wednesday.
Went up to the vicarage in afternoon and played tennis the Cliff girls very good indeed, and few others there are also very good, but I enjoyed myself.
Thursday.
Edgar arrived last night, nothing much today. Went to see C . . . . .
Friday.
Went into Colchester by 1:30 bus to see tailors and met Charlie and Ella and Nancy and we all went to the pictures, a splendid programme. Life of Emile Zola and supporting film was excellent Charlie drove us back to Nayland, where we found Dolly and Q awaiting us.
Sunday.
Went to early church and loafed about in morning played croquet etc in afternoon wrote to Margot Church in evening.
Monday.
? and I went to Colchester after lunch, saw Queen Mary arriving, came out for . . . . . played bridge in evening beautiful day.
Tuesday.
Had another trip round the country in afternoon including Flatford, Dedham etc, very interesting as a perfect day Bridge in evening.
Wednesday.
Went up to vicarage and played tennis in afternoon.
Friday.
Colchester all afternoon went to cinema and I saw excellent film life of Emile Zola wrote to Boss played bridge at Foggart's in evening.
Saturday 18th June.
Went up to London and got to Blackheath in evening. Found a man who put me on to a good private hotel. At 7:30 I went up to Stonefield and there I met Margo we took the tram up to the top of the Heath and sat and yarned.
Tuesday 19th.
Sat about in the morning and did nothing, talking with my fellow lodgers After dinner bus down to Richmond and saw the Todd's and told them I would not come to lunch the next day, had tea with them and left for B about 6:00 was late getting there and Margot and I just took a stroll and said sat and talked.
Monday 20th.
A wonderful day Margot and I left about 11:00 with the idea of going to B Beeches, but got into the wrong bus, and we got out at Hammersmith, and then decided to go to Virginia Water instead perfect day and we had lunch at the Wheat Sheaf and then spent a glorious afternoon till 4:30 when we returned to London supposed to meet Doreen and Bill at a place for supper, but they did not turn up, thank goodness, so just walked slowly through the city to Charing Cross and so home, a red letter day.
Tuesday 21st.
Left at 11:00 for London, went round and saw D and told her I would pick her up at 1:00 and we would go out to Wimbledon, had a good afternoon very hot it was, but we had splendid seats in the Centre Court and saw some great tennis. Had to leave in the middle of a doubles match, as I was meeting Margot at 8:30 was late as usual about 10 to 9 when I got them, so did not lose much time together.
Wednesday.
Did some shopping in London and in evening Margot and I went in to Greenwich Park, very pretty it was, and then walked miles back but we took a bus back.
Thursday.
Left for Rottingdean via Brighton, got a bit muddled about the station first I went to Cannon Street and then I had to go back to London Bridge and got to Brighton about 2:00 where Charlie and Nancy were there to meet me we drove back to Rottingdean about 5 miles and a very charming little bungalow.
Friday 24th.
Nancy and I went down to the Lido where Nancy had a swim, too cold for me to venture, so read the paper till 1:00 when we returned to "Tantos".
Saturday 25th.
Went into Brighton and went to a splendid revue on the ice called "Ice Time", the skating was thrilling and marvellous had tea in town and so on home.
Sunday 26th.
Blowing hard today and; very late breakfasting nearly 10 before we sat down, after dinner, we took some afternoon tea with us and went up the road towards Peacehaven then turned of on to the moors and camped had some tea, left the car, and walked on to Earlscombe (Telscombe) a tiny old world of village off the beaten track. Gracie Fields has a nice house there but the church in the old Norman kind organ was fearfully out of tune and then walked back to the car and so on home.
Monday.

Wind still blowing strong and too cold for any Lido work. Had lunch in town and then on to the West Pier where there was a splendid band all girls; but they could play had some tea and then walked along the promenade to Rottingdean.
Tuesday 28th.
Wind stronger than ever see Charlie & I set sail for Lewes where we met Joan?, who was staying at St Leonard's. How strong? the wind was terrific at times upon the doors In afternoon we all went into Brighton, and listened to the ladies band again, and thoroughly enjoyed it, back for tea and then C, J and G left for Lewes again
Wednesday 29th.
Left about 12:00 for Brighton, a great sea running, the waves breaking right over the promenade. Went to the pictures in afternoon, Lonie Henry? in a skating thing not much good and the other was a thriller by Edgar Wallace and was pretty? good Supper at Lyons and then on home.
Thursday 30th.
Charlie and I left in the yellow peril at 11:45 for London, it stuck us up in the busiest spot in Brighton, opposite the East Pier, we pushed with help into a neighbouring garage and eventually started again. All was well until we got to? about 20 miles from London when she played up again, this time we had to push her (luckily it was mostly downhill) to a nearby petrol station. When we eventually got going again, reaching London about 4:00. Charlie got his new car, and was all at sea with the gears and accelerator at first, but I left him at a bowser near Thackers?, and came on down to the station, and so on to the WH hotel, where dear old Margot and D were there.
Friday 1st.
Making arrangements for our trip tomorrow, getting tickets etc etc and so to bed
Saturday 2nd
Left at 7:30 for Victoria and got our seats in the boat train everything splendidly arranged for us, no bother no fuss; had a very calm crossing, and took our reserved seats in the Paris boat train. Arrived at Paris about 4:00. Special bus to meet us to take us to our hotel, had a rest; then after dinner, we had a round of the night clubs of Paris as put on for tourists; first time I had ever seen stark naked girls on the stage, and wasn't very edified by the spectacle. Home to the hotel about 2:45 and so to bed
Sunday.
Left at 11:00 for Versailles we went to Mal Maison first the home of the Napoleons, most interesting and then on a sumptuous lunch at Versailles, and afterwards through the wonderful palace and gardens, we were lucky to see the fountains playing before we left; and so home after a good day.
Monday 4th.
Went to various places on a morning tour round the city, unfortunately it was pouring with rain, so we could not get out and look at things much; but we had a good guide who showed us everything as we pulled up at various places, luckily the afternoon was fine, and we took a second tour around Paris seeing the Pantheon, Notre Dame and other places of interest had a stroll before dinner and early to bed.
Tuesday 5th.
Took taxi to Eiffel Tower and went to the top of it, pretty cold up on top, back to the hotel for lunch, and then we walked to the Louvre, where a charming French lassie acted as our guide for two hours, when we had to leave for the hotel and the station. A bit rough coming over but too short a passage to worry anyone very much, although quite a few were ill. Arrived in London on the tick of 11:00 and back to our pub.
Wednesday 6th.
Didn't do much today except loaf around in the city by myself, in the afternoon lunch with the girls. Girls bought a car on moving.
Thursday 7th.
Went to Richmond and had lunch with dear old aunt and stayed there til quarter to four and then on to tea with the Bateman's only Jesse and Ida their and then back to London. Putrid evening
Friday.
Saw the girls off for their motor tour, and sore of heart I left them, or rather her. Caught the 12:15 from Marylebone for Helmdon via Brackley, and dear old Van was there to meet me with a car, and so I have arrived at Lois Weedon at last, had a yarn with the locals on the village green in evening and then to bed.
Saturday.
Went to Northampton today to the pictures in the afternoon and then on home.
Sunday.
Church in morning, very few there, nasty cold drizzly day awful weather I call it for English summer. In the afternoon after tea we strolled across the fields as the weather had taken up to his little church at Plumpton, quaint affair with high pews and no pulpit quite a good congregation.
Monday.
Rode a bike for the first time for over thirty years to see a local vicar had tea with them and then on home, heavy rain shower came on, and we had to take shelter in a friendly barn. Quite stiff and bit achy after, evidently no good for arthritis hips.
Tuesday.
Left about 10:15 and walked to where we caught the train for Northampton changing at Blisworth. Went to lunch at the Rands, and very pleasant they were, three other females in the place I was introduced to. Had some tea in Northampton did some shopping and back home again.
Wednesday 13th.
Went over the Mayor Doynes place in morning and looked at his pedigree cattle had lunch, and Van went to a Ruridecanal Conference and went on to Northhampton where I spent the afternoon with Edgar, went to the pictures and saw E off, and then on home. Wrote to Jack F (Ford)
Thursday.
Wrote to Ethel Cargill today Cayuer (Cayer?) picked us up at two and we went to Stratford-upon-Avon via Banbury wasn't very thrilled at the place; we then went on through Warwick, on to Kimbolton where I enjoyed exploring the old Castle; then on to Leamington where we had tea, raining as usual, and then on back to Lois Weedon Cayuer drives his little car too fast for my liking when only out sightseeing the country.
Friday.
Whether as usual cold and showery doesn't promise to well for the Sunday School Treat, however they all turned up at 4:00 and as the weather was unsettled all had a feed in doors and then they played games on the lawn until the rain started again and drove them all home.
Saturday.
Nothing special today except the feeling a bit down in the dumps.
Sunday.
Usual sort of day at a vicarage. Nice evening so we walked across the fields to Plumpton where Van was holding service, quite a good congregation, quaint little church with high pews all through it, first I had seen.
Monday.
Left by car to catch train at ? changed at Blisworth and court train for Castlethorpe where old Edgar was awaiting me. Went to his digs, then we went on to my digs at Mrs Cook's, Mrs C charming young thing, and things looked very comfortable except the sanitary arrangements.
Tuesday.
Called on the Whiteny's were asked for tea and stayed till 6:30, I liked him she was a bit of a snob although a nobody.
Wednesday.
Left for Northampton where we met Van, and then on to the cricket ground to see Northants versus Sussex the former knocked up 350 runs on an easy wicket took our lunch with us and got some tea on the grounds and stayed till 6 PM, bit achy about the bottom from the hard seats before long.
Thursday
Mr Cayer, Edgar and Van left in his car for Stratford etc wasn't very thrilled with Stratford but loved Kimbolton Castle, but on to Leamington where we had tea needless to say it started to rain while there and then on home to.
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Thursday.
Went round with Whiteny and saw them busy haymaking etc, weather quite hot, and in afternoon we went to Mr Geary he wanted to walk my legs off round his place I went a good way and looked at his sheep etc and then bucked when he wanted to take me away up a hill to look at his corn, back to the house for afternoon tea and then on to the vicarage for evening meal. Had a pleasant musical evening the vicar's wife played beautifully and he sang well for his age, also his nephew who had a good tenor voice, Edgar did his share, and I was the only dud. Mrs ? Ran us back to Castlethorpe.
Friday.
The post man took us part of the way in his car and then we walked on to Hanslope Park to have tea with the squire; didn't enjoy it much as he was very reserved and hard to get on with, listened to the test cricket; and then the chauffuer ran us home.
Saturday.
Left after lunch for Hanslope where the annual Hospital Fete was being held, usual sort of thing, comic cricket match, sideshows etc back in the bus at 5:45.
Sunday went to church and Holy Communion at Castlethorpe, very few there, read the lessons and again in the evening when the attendance was better although Edgar said it was the poorest they had had for sometime, after supper Edgar and I went for a walk and sat down in the fields near the railway and yarned.
Monday.
Went for a walk on my own to the water softening works down the line (Picture: http://www.industrial-archaeology.org.uk/pics/ian161.pdf) and sat down for an hour and watched the express taking up the water etc, beautiful day. Had tea with the Cook's and then went in to the Whiteney's to bid them farewell, sat and watched some quite good tennis for some time and then on in the evening I went up with Clark into the signal box and watched the process of railway control, most interesting about ninety-eight trains go through during the night till 6 AM.
Tuesday.
Met Van in Northampton at 10:30 did some shopping and had lunch and then to the pictures, a most excellent programme, and got home about 6:30, quiet evening.
Wednesday.
Left by the 8:40 for Wolverton where E had come with me and then I caught the express for Euston took my bags to . . . . . and went into the city for a short time had lunch and caught the 1:00 express for Okehampton, arriving in pouring rain were Margaret and Janet (Bendyshe) were there to meet me, and then on up here the rain clearing off pretty soon. After dinner Margaret and I went into Okehampton (5 miles) to the pictures and met the other girls; rotten picture if ever there was one.
Thursday.
Fine and very close and hot picked sweet peas and . . . . . in the morning and had a walk through the woods and Margaret and I took a run round the district in afternoon. Glorious country this, and a beautiful view from the house looking out over the valley with Exbourne and Okehampton lying before us and out to the heights of Dartmoor 25 miles away, Yes Tor 2100 feet, the highest point being very notable. Bendysh gave us a private mory? show in the evening.
Friday.
Quiet morning and went over to General ? for tennis in afternoon, quite a good set or two and then on home.
Saturday.
Went over to Woods in Okehampton ? a beautiful house; widow and two daughters, very close and hot
Sunday.
Nothing much doing today went over to some place or other and watched the young fry playing tennis, met some interesting people.
Monday.
Were leaving after lunch for fete, but bad thunderstorm and heavy rain started so couldn't go. J.B. (John Bendyshe) took me over after tea to the Lays, rather alarming the prospect of staying here till Wednesday.
Tuesday.
Jogged round with Mr Lay in the pony cart, and enjoyed the trip through the lovely lanes. Took a car in afternoon and went to Bilston and then on up over the moors to B (Black) Tor and back to the car, very hot at times.
Wednesday.
Left by 9:25 for London Mr L driving me down to the station; a grand run up, but the heat in London was very trying 82 degrees and very moist at that caught the 4:57 for Colchester and arrived here for dinner. Found a letter from Margo awaiting me, she seems to be having a grand time.
Thursday.
Went to Colchester in morning and tried to hire a car for a fortnight but no luck as everything gone; bit of a nuisance, as depending on buses is a nuisance. Marked out tennis court in evening very hot and sultry.
Friday.
Charlie came over here Adria and I went to Colchester and met Nancy in high Street and I came back at once and caught Charlie before I left for GB (Great Bentley) here I can get a car.
Saturday.
Went into Colchester and arranged about getting car on Monday went to fete in afternoon but heavy thunderstorm and rain spoilt the whole show.
Sunday.
Rained on and off all day.
Monday.
Went into Colchester and picked up the car and went out gingerly to G Bentley had a snack with Charlie and then back to Colchester to meet Van who arrived about 4:30. Drove him back to Nayland in time for tea. Grand little car.
Tuesday left at 11:45 and took our lunch and had a picnic lunch on G Bentley common lovely hot day, went on to Clacton and sat on the pier for an hour and then went to hear my favourites the Pitrolarys? Ladies band good show. After tea set sail for home, quite at home with the little bus now.
Wednesday.
Left at 11:30 with lunch and took a tour of Suffolk had a good look round Bury St Edmunds, and then on to a wood where we had lunch; took to the road again journeyed on through heavy rain at times to Ipswich went over the Christchurch Museum had tea and home via Dedham Flatford etc very jolly day.
Thursday.
Set sail for Friston and much admired it, so clean and nice and beautiful bathing, went on to Walton what a contrast, shoddily shabby the place and everything connected with it. Back home to G Bentley for tea and supper met the vicar of Bentley who stayed solidly for 3 hours home about 9.
Friday.
Rained pretty hard all morning and on and off in the afternoon too cold to use the car, Charlie arrived in time for tea but of course tennis was out of the question.
Saturday.
Last day with the car so decided on another day at Clacton to hear the famous band. Adria stayed at home with mater and Van and I and nurse set sail for Clacton, had lunch on the way side in rustic surroundings and then spent a pleasant few hours at Clacton and then on home to give up the bus at 6:00 a great little car and so economical on petrol cost.
Sunday.
Early service and went for a walk with nurse and Van to Stoke in afternoon Nayland church in evening.
Monday.
Quite missed the car today Van and I and Adria went into Colchester and saw a film. Went round to Froggatt's in evening and had some good bridge with Crane? and Mr and Mrs Froggatt.
Tuesday.
Charlie Ella and Nancy arrived after dinner and we played tennis all the afternoon pretty hot made arrangements for our trip abroad.
Wednesday.
Nothing much happened today went into Colchester in the morning re-clothes etc.
Thursday.
Van and I went up to London he got rooms in his hotel and I after doing some business in the city went down to Bayswater and got a room in the hotel almost opposite the White Hill? then I met Van at Victoria and we had lunch and then went to the zoo very hot the day, we then came up to town had a feed and went
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Saturday ?
Left by train for Carisbrook Castle (Isle of Wight) took our lunch with us and as the day was gloriously fine, we had a very jolly day. After exploring the Castle and the old Norman church we lay in some hay in the moat and snoozed till time to leave wonderful day.
Sunday.
Decided to go to Alum Bay so took train to Freshwater changing Sandown? and walking down to the seafront before our train left unfortunately weather changed and spoilt the afternoon, so back to our pub.
Monday.
Left for London arriving next day, had feed at Corner House, and then spent an hour or two in St James Park, looked in at St Margaret's Westminster and then had a devil of a rush to catch my train had to take a taxi from Charing Cross and only just got it.
Tuesday.
Missed my Margo something awful; left for Colchester and met Charlie and Ella and Nancy and we had lunch together and caught a blue bus for London at 3:15 got to King's Cross at 6:15 and there by taxi to Cannon Street, where we booked our luggage through to Interlaken and started on our trip to Switzerland at 8:05 p.m. got on the steamer at 10:45 and had a very clear? trip over to Ostend the night being very mild big crowd on the steamer.
Wednesday.
Took our seats in the Basel express, very poor seats for an important . . . . . like this, hard wooden seats and no cushions consequently no sleep for me all night except a fitful doze for a few minutes at a time reached Basel at 1:45 two hours to wait and then caught the train for Interlaken, arrived there at 7:30, weary and worn and after dinner very ready for bed, very beautiful the country we have been through.
Thursday.
Very comfortable hotel had a look around in the morning and in afternoon walked up to a hotel up through pine forests 5000 feet up above the lake. Got adrift from Charlie and Ella and they got back very late.
Friday.
Took trained up the Lauterbrunnen and then by rack railway up to Wenger, a beautiful trip through marvellous scenery. From Wenger we walked up to the Wengeralp 6100 feet up, but the clouds coming down spoilt the view, great pity, back to hotel. After dinner we went to the Kinosaal and listened to the band, saw the best firework display I have ever seen, damping a bit in the evening.
Saturday.
Went for a stroll in morning and then took the steamer to Giessbach where there are some wonderful falls much impressed, had tea at the hotel by the falls, owing to the spray everything very damp and moist. Started to rain as we came down to catch the steamer rained all evening.
Sunday 28th Aug.
Went to the English church in the morning and had a real nice service. In the afternoon Nancy and I went to the open air theatre and saw William Tell a splendid performance and the weather was kind to us and the sun shone during the play however it started to rain later on and rained all the evening.
Monday 29th Aug.
Last day, so took trained to Grindelwald and then we walked to the upper Grindelwald glacier, and had some glorious views of the mountains as the clouds lifted. Went up into the ice cave and then walked back, had tea at Grindelwald and so on home, where it started to rain as usual in the evening. However it hadn't spoilt a very good day
Tuesday, 30 Aug.
Left did 9:00 for Montreux and travelled through typically beautiful Swiss valleys and so to my old haunts of forty years ago passed through the long tunnel Les Arantes? and so to Montrose in thick fog. Cleared up a little bit and as it looked to be clearing up we started to walk to Chillon but the rain started in earnest and after much taking shelter we got back to the hotel not very wet staying at the Hotel de Joh Mont very comfortable.
Wednesday 31st.
Just wandered round Landus shopping.
Thursday.
Visited my old haunts Veytaux not changed a bit except the approach to it visited the castle and Nancy and I went all over it.
Friday 2nd.
Walked up to Les Avants and back quite a good walk had lunch on the way
Saturday 3rd.
Took the steamer and made a Grande Tour de Lac via Lausanne Evian Bursinel? beautiful day and enjoyed the trip especially the French side of the lake.
Sunday 4th.
Went to church at Clarens in the morning and in the afternoon we walked to Vevey and back by boat to Montrose weather very cloudy on the mountains.
Monday 5th.
Took train up Rhone Valley to Villars sur Ollon but on arriving there found the clouds very low and weather very threatening and cold so we started to walk back to Aigle took our time and had our lunch on the way and eventually got to Aigle about 4:00. Had some tea and then caught train back to Montreux and bed
Tuesday 6th.
Caught the train for Basel changed carriages at the Lausanne and got onto our beastly third class ones and then to Basel. Had an hour and a quarter to wait there and then got on board the Ostend special. Had very little sleep that night as seats beastly hard and uncomfortable after a good crossing arrived at Folkestone at 1 then on to London and getting their about 3:30 and there after a shave and wash to Bayswater to see my dear Margo.
Thursday 8th.
Ran down and saw the relations at Richmond and back to the hotel for dinner
Friday.
Went down to G by bus and just poked about
Saturday.
Went out to Hampstead and enjoyed the wonderful news for the heath.
Sunday.
We went to church this morning I enjoyed the service sat in the old Castle grounds and enjoyed the lovely morning and the flowers. For the afternoon went out to Crompton the potteries sort of museum to Watts R A saw his mausoleum and much admired the old Chapel at C where Gywne was vicar once had some afternoon tea and walked back to the main road is when had to wait for one hour for the bus back
Monday 12th.
Came down to Nayland and heard that poor Mater had had a bad heart attack on the Saturday and very nearly died Dolly is staying here
Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th
Nothing special doing these days just poked about and took it easy.
Thursday.
Went to Colchester in afternoon and looked up the Jacquelines? had tea with them and then we went to a football match which I enjoyed afterwards we played billiards had supper and then he bought me back home enjoyable day.
Friday 16th.
Nothing doing today.
Saturday 17th
Went to Colchester and to the football at 3:15 and then on home.
Sunday 18th.
Church in morning Nurse and I walked up to Stoke and back by the fields in afternoon more church at night.
Monday 19th.
Left in good time and went over and spent the day with Charlie, who has had a nasty heart attack a day or two ago, the poor old chap looked fit and well but was in bed back in evening and spent evening at Froggatt's playing bridge I was 2/3.
Tuesday 20th.
Nothing special today.
Wednesday 21st.
Left the London route to Castlethorpe couldn't catch the train I wanted so went down by later one getting their about 4:15 Van and Edgar on the platform to meet me, both looking very well. Returned to Edgar's digs and spent a pleasant evening I returned to my old digs with Mrs Cook at 10:30.
Thursday 22.
Left after lunch for Northampton where we went to a cinema The Hurricane had tea and then Van left us at the station while Edgar and I came on to Castlethorpe While Edgar was taking service and choir practice I looked up the Whiting's and went out with him and few others partridge shooting quite a lot of birds about and I got six.
Friday 23.
Got to London at 10:15 met Margo and spent day together Tps a
Saturday 24.
I went to Felixstowe today, after good look around the museum park.
Sunday 25.
Went to Felixstowe and sat on the beach despite the slight rain, and were as happy as sand boys. Back to Felixstowe and then we went to the parish church for Evensong beautiful service and so back.
Monday 26.
Took Margo to Nayland and spent a memorable day, also the time is getting only two short, and we shall have to part soon, dreadful to contemplate. Margo enjoyed the old house, and I took her back to Colchester in a taxi in the morning sad parting.
Tuesday 27.
Just moped about sad and sore of heart for only two more days in England.
Wednesday 28.
Left to spend the day with Charlie and Ella with Adria. Everyone very anxious over war news, may be another world war, dreadful to think of everyone getting gas masks and trenches being dug even at home saw Mrs Howard and said goodbye to them. Packing and sitting with mater in evening. Telegram from Mr . . . . .
Thursday 29.
The last day has arrived and what with Margo clearing out and not be able to spend the last . . . . . together things were very bleak and dismal. Arrived at LS and the darling was there to meet me and joy of joys she was not going away for a day or two. Went down to Golders Green and said goodby to Mrs F's sister and then on to Aunt Alison and back to Margo where we spent a sad evening together for the last time.
Friday 30th.
Margo saw me off at Waterloo and we kept our peckers up wonderfully, although feeling otherwise, reached Southampton and went on board expecting to find Dolly on board no luck, and later she arrived on the wharf but they wouldn't allow her on nor would they allow me off so all very disappointing sailed at 1:00 for NZ in spirits better left unsaid, that aft and evening hell upon earth.
Saturday, 1st October.
Miserable wretched day knew nobody and just moped about missing my M too much for words to describe.
Sunday 2nd October.
Got a place in second sitting thank goodness but poor lot of table companions sunrise at 10:48? made a few . . . . . today but oh so lonely without my M. Managed to get up a four and bridge this evening quite bucked me up.
Monday to Thurs 5th.
Nothing new on board but the same old round but the thrill has gone out of everything since leaving M I suppose I shall get over it in time had bridge most evenings pictures Thursday evening sat with Mr Campbell and Rous.
Friday Saturday and Sunday.
Weather getting fearful hot and the sea day after day like glass most unusual for the Atlantic heat in the cabins is awful and not much sleep even with the fan going all the time just lay stripped on the bunk and sweated.
Monday Tuesday 10th.
Heat getting worse, as very moist 92 degrees on board official reading yesterday. Hurt my big toe playing deck tennis a nuisance as I want to play off tournament games. Get to Willemstad Curacao in early hours of tomorrow.
Wednesday 11th.
Arrived at Willemstad at 1:30 AM we all had an early breakfast and then J and Russ and Miss N Cauly and few others got a car and drove to town six & half miles away drove round the town and then left the car and did some shopping and back to the car at 10:15 and so on back to the boat being about 11:00 didn't think much of Willemstad and the country all round it.
Friday.
Arrived off the canal at 2:00 pm but never got started till 3:30 and so went through half of it in the dark bad luck for those who had had never seen it we completed about 10:45 and we were in quarantine for a suspected case of yellow fever, a girl who had got on at Willemstad we were not allowed ashore till 11:30 after our temp had been taken too late to go ashore so turned in and got an early start.
End of diary.



9. Margot & Harry: Picture, Oct 1945.

10. Harry: Picture with his Daughter-in-law Joan, and Grand-daughter.

Harry married Marjorie Helen Ruth "Margot" BARKER [40], daughter of Thomas Lugg Mankey BARKER [634] and Alice Catherine "Lal" JOHNSON [635], on 25 Oct 1939 in Cathedral Church Wellington N.Z. Margot was born on 5 Jun 1907 in Wellington NZ, died on 27 Jun 1970 in Fairlie N.Z. at age 63, and was buried in 1970 in Timaru N.Z. The cause of her death was cancer (Multiple Myloma). She was usually called Margot.

General Notes:
Margot was the ninth child in an interesting and intelligent family of ten, she had an outgoing and enquiring personality with ideas and interests often ahead of her times. Margot was Head Girl at Wellington College, trained at Wellington Hospital, she met her husband Harry on board the Tainui enroute to England. After travelling in Great Britain and Europe she nursed at Sunny Bank Hospital Cannes in 1938. Returning to NZ on the P&O ship Strathnaver in July-Aug 1939, and married. At age 32 she was 30 years younger than her husband.

Found in Margot's bible from her school days was notice of her engagement to Oxley Hughan c1935:
Hughan - Barker
Marjorie Helen Ruth fifth daughter of Mr and Mrs T L Barker of Lower Hutt to Oxley only son of Mr and Mrs Hughan of Eketahuna.
(HUGHAN - McDOUGALL: At Wellington, on April 16, 1943, Nan McDougall to Oxley Alexander Edgar Hughan. Oxley Hughan was a sometime film director with the NZ National Film Unit)

FENN BARKER.
A recent wedding, which took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, was that of Marjorie. Helen, fifth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Barker, Lower Hutt, and Harold Liveing, second son of the late Dr. and Mrs. E. L. Fenn, Alston Court, Colchester England. The ceremony was performed by the Ven. Archdeacon A. L. Hansell, assisted by Canon Davies.
The bride was wearing a model ensemble of turquoise blue with black accessories. A reception was held at the Grand Hotel, the bride and bridegroom leaving later for their future home in South Canterbury.
Evening Post, Volume CXXVIII, Issue 109, 4 November 1939, Page 18

Margot was active in the National Party in Timaru, secretary of the Gleniti Branch, and in her Church, she was a Franciscan Tertiary. With an elderly husband raised by a Nanny in the Victorian era, most of the work and decisions of postwar child rearing fell to Margot, she was a tireless worker for her family, and in her beloved 1.5 acre garden most of which she created by her own efforts. The arrival of her brother-in-law Van in 1951 was a great stimulus to her spiritually, as Van was well educated biblically.
Margot suffered bravely with cancer for more than 10 years, her selfless attitude to life was an inspiration to many people, she derived great strength from her faith, an optimist to the end.

Margot had a long interest in the spiritual and ethical values of the Order of St Francis, she was a subscriber to their English language publication "Franciscan" from the 1930's. The Order was established in NZ in the 1950's, Margot was professed in the Third Order in 1964, one of the first in New Zealand.

Margo's confirmation certificate includes:
Baptised:"Provisional Adult Baptism 5 Sept 1962 Ronald Plaistow Archdeacon Timaru."
Confirmed: 5th August 1923 by the Bishop of Wellington.
First Communion: 12 Augt 1923 at All Saints Church Kilbirnie.
Signed J H Sykes. Vicar.

It would be hard to better a description of Margo as a person, than the testimony that follows from her daughter-in-law, Joan.
Marjorie Helen Ruth Fenn
Margo Fenn was my mother-in-law - a role she played to perfection although this was a fact that eluded me until years had passed, life had taken many learning curves, and I was mature.
In 1963 Edward and I met en route to the United Kingdom so my initial contact with his mother was by correspondence, which we, over time, did regularly and enthusiastically. This was the foundation of what eventually became a compatible, loving friendship between us. I also corresponded with Margo's sister, Ine, getting to know her, albeit from afar, too. Sadly she died during the time we were returning to New Zealand on board the ship, 'Himalaya'. I had a cape for her in my luggage, which was the particular garment she always wore to camouflage her withered arm. The interest, sincerity and friendship shown by way of correspondence to a young girl whom they had never met were indicative of the Barker sisters' personalities.
Edward's parents, Margo and Harold Fenn, welcomed me into their family, warmly introduced me to relatives and friends, and I grew to have an extremely close and special bond with them, loving them without reservation. I learnt richly from them and I trust I have, in turn, passed on even a little of this knowledge and awareness to our children, Jane and Hamish.
Margo was an intelligent, discerning, modest, kind and wise woman with absolute devotion to her Christian faith. She was well read with an academic inclination. She was tall in stature, slim and had lovely blue eyes.
Unintentionally and unknowingly she introduced me to a different perspective of living that previously had not been part of my environment but which I appreciated and have continued to aspire to.
I have many clear memories; one of which being how she encouraged my new interest in cooking - it was her suggestion I should phone the local radio station for a Chicken Liver Pate recipe (not a usual menu item in those days!). Her freezer was commercial size and always full of an exciting variety of food. Gardening was another interest and subject of which she had a wide knowledge -visible by the very large, lovely flower and vegetable garden surrounding the house on the outskirts of Timaru. Ashamedly now, in my youthful ignorance I re-planted an area in that same garden with totally unsuitable flora. In her infinite wisdom Margo made no comment but certainly must have had many thoughts!
On our parental visits to Christchurch I recall how Margo would so generously loan me an expensive, tan, suede tailored coat which she knew I loved - at that time, as newly weds, we were careful with our finances and my wardrobe had limitations.
Material possessions were incidental to her, especially after she had become a member of the Order of St. Francis. She gave me a lovely square sapphire and diamond ring (from a broken engagement many years before) which I treasure along with two small glass violet vases and a blue felt sewing needle holder. All have different monetary value but are of equal value to me.
I particularly remember her wisdom in being non-judgmental and keeping a 'still tongue' where her newly married young son and daughter-in-law were concerned! An example I often bring to mind, and hopefully follow, now I am a mother-in-law.
She was terminally ill during the years I knew her but never did she complain or draw attention to her health. Edward and I would often be treated to thoughtfully prepared meals but, at this time, even cooking would sap the limited energy she had. Regular visits were made to Christchurch Hospital for blood transfusions to help her cope with daily living.
I treasure the memories I have of Edward's parents; they were my mentors, whom I respected, admired and loved. I look back with happiness and gratitude.
Joan P Baggott 2005

Joan Baggott's sentiments can be appreciated in the light of how both these women reached out to the other:
Hadlow
No4 R.D.
Timaru
October 14, 1963.
My dear Joan,
It was certainly an inspiration on your part to write and introduce yourself instead of passing it on to Edward. It is such a joy to be able to write back straight away (your letter came this morning) and say how much we are all looking forward to welcoming you into our family circle. I know we will love you as Edward does and for me especially at this time it is a crowning happiness to know that my dear boy has found such a lovely girl to be his wife. The slides he sent arrived on Thursday last and I riffled through them with much impatience till I found the ones of you. Now we have to wait till we can get a crowd together and have a real film evening. Everyone is dying to see what he has been doing with his time and there is quite a sneaking suspicion abroad that he has somehow or another become involved sentimentally. I do hope your parents will feel as happy about our lad as we are about their daughter. As there seems to be nothing official about your engagement yet - I can't ask you for the address but naturally I shall look forward to getting to know them as soon as possible. To think I was so near to you will when I was in Auckland in March and I didn't even feel "vibrations" of all the exciting things that were coming to pass! I am very sorry that I've had to mar Edward's happiness by telling him of my illness. I'd have done anything to avoid it - but knowing my loving son, I know he would feel desperately hurt if I had kept silent any longer. I'm writing this in a hospital room where I await the first of the blood transfusions that will keep me going (I hope for a long time) I am to have a talk with the Medical Superintendent later, he will tell me what I am to tell Ed, so it will be straight from the horses mouth if one can so designate so august a person has a M.S.! I hope so much that what I hear will not mean that E misses out on his European tour. (I forgot to tell him to get some tablets for sterilising water, especially for his teeth but he'll know that I expect as a good soldier, he's done some jungle warfare). You will need the woollies and boots you spoke of buying for the South Island. It is arctic here today after a freezing day yesterday (6" of snow in Southland) the sun is shining anyway, and life seems very good. I think you will like Timaru, it's not an exciting place but the people are very sincere and steadfast types and at the present moment it's beautiful the gardens everywhere are full of tulips and blossom trees and the lawns are all brilliantly green after our foul wet winter. You won't see much snow here - except at a distance but the Southern Alps and our own hills are lovely all through the season. You'll have had quite enough trouble trying to decipher my handwriting Joan, so I won't write any more - but I know my husband and K. join with me in saying "Welcome Joan" and may we see you in our midst as soon as may be!
Ever your affectionate
Margot Fenn.

Mrs E. L. Barker
C/o Maitland Conv Home
254 The Terrace
New Zealand
September 11, 1938
My darling one
Here's a nice reminder of spring (Bluebells) to cheer you up # a health germ goes with it XXX. Harold and I have been having a most lovely day at Guildford in Surrey 28 miles from London. It is a very ancient town and full of interesting things besides having some of the loveliest scenery in England. The trees are all turning now some of them are simply magnificent, and the hedgerows are full of scarlet berries - tell daddy there is a big tree with berries and leaves exactly like his Cotorcaster? Pinosa - I'm going to try and find out what it is - the berry shrubs everywhere made me think of home. I long for news of you all - but there is a mail in tomorrow so mayhap I'll hear then. Do hope the body? are is getting well and strong and some sun to shine on you to help you along. All my love darling Mum
From your Margo

Miss A. A. Fenn
2 St Luke's villas
College Road
Cheltenham
Gloucester
England

Taiko RMD.
Timaru NZ
22.8.45
My dear Adria
This is to convey the joyful tidings that you are now the aunt of niece! Katherine Julius arrived a fortnight ago today and today I take my precious infant home! I'm longing to see Edward's face when confronted by his little sister - I believe he has been wild with delight. He wanted a sister so much more than a brother and so of course did Harry - a daughter. Dear old boy he has been housekeeping for himself for nearly 4 weeks since I had to come to hospital a fortnight before the infant was born. However he seems to have managed very well and I hope he has got his hand well in in domestic affairs because I've got no help at all and I expect the going will be fairly hard for a while. I'm fortunate in having another placid baby and one that is making good progress. K is a copper top like me - a funny little scrap at the moment but so was Edward at the same age and now he is huge. I hope we will be able to have some snaps taken ere long. I'm so glad you're pretty jacket will adorn a little girl - so much more appropriate isn't it? It's wonderful to think of you all living in peace again may it not be long before your rations are restored. It will make a vast difference now that the Japs are defeated and there will be more ships available for taking our meat and butter and cheese. I do hope you are happily settled in your new home with your own things around you. How glad you must be to have a home again - the shortage is acute everywhere but must be particularly bad in England. We were vastly interested in your elections - you have a far better government than ours, you know
Much love from all
Margo
Written on three parts of a New Zealand Airmail Letter Card , franked Timaru 1945 with an 8d Tuatara stamp on it.

Miss Fenn
17 College Rd
Cheltenham Glos
England

Gleniti
Timaru
11 January 1952
Dear Adria
Many thanks indeed for your kind wishes and calendar, we tried to give old Van a real family Christmas and I think succeeded in so doing, but he didn't get any turkey, a rare commodity out here; however the kids roused him up bright and early, but that didn't matter as he was helping out at early H.C. at 7 and 8 a.m. that morning. You really have a wonderful "flair" for picking presents for the children, "real winners" Edward calls them and that's mighty high praise. Van loves picnics; so now the holidays are on, we jaunt out into the country or to the sea side when the weather tempts us; so far our spring and summer have been rather cold and wet. Best of good wishes for the New Year from all the Fenn family and love from us all
Your affectionate brother
Harry
Greetings to you both and many thanks for your letter
Margo
All letters written on three sides of a New Zealand Air Letter Form franked Timaru.

Miss Fenn
17 College Rd
Cheltenham
Gloucester
England
14/5/55
Dear Adria
This family is much in your debt again two books have arrived for me lately and I am most grateful to you for them. How I envy you your second hand bookshops in Cheltenham - I do love browsing amongst old books and things. I had some glorious "pokes" at the Caledonian market while I was in England but of course never made any real "finds". It was awfully good of you to entertain Miss Ford as you did. She was most grateful for your hospitality. How we laughed at your choice of the word "patient" to describe the spate of words that flows from her kind old lips! H. and I first go to sleep (mentally) and let her have her head whenever she is here. They are both of the deaf now - and anyway not particularly interested . . . . . and she is happy as long as she can talk. Both old brothers are flourishing and both working hard - H. is putting up a fence (timber) 50 yds x 6 ft high - a big job but as labour is our chief expense it won't be so terribly expensive as he is doing it - E. is helping him as far as a one armed man can help. Only another 10 days or so till that plaster comes off his arm and I imagine he'll be pleased as its a heavy thing to lug around with him (I expect Van told you that he'd fractured his wrist at school). I do hope you're having a lovely spring and will have a perfect summer. It's like Midsummer here at present.
Much love to you and greetings to Mrs Rowden
Margo
Written on three sides of a New Zealand Aerogram franked Timaru 1955 with a NZ 8d stamp.

Margot wrote to her son, travelling in the North Island, on the occasion of his 21st birthday
Hadlow
No 4 R.D.
Timaru.
Sunday 17th of Sep 1961
Dear old Boy,
Do hope this will be in the letter rack awaiting you at Dargaville, it's difficult to judge the mailing times but I trust you will have a note from me tomorrow on your arrival at Russell. It was grand hearing from Eine. I expect you were nearly as pleased to see her as she to see you and she certainly wrote plenty - wrote again later the same day Wednesday, when she got home from a trip to the Levin and opened the suitcase - dear old Eine - she thought you were a "lovely boy" (so you are when you're asleep). We'll be bombarding you with telegrams on Wednesday so I'll not say more than "don't paint Dargaville too pink" - remember you're a Fenn and a gentleman. The old Fenn is being moderately good, the old devil gave me a lot of work and anxiety yesterday when I had to bulldoze him out of the drain (full of stinking water - pooh) near to the cattle trough. It was a case of monkey brand and soft soap and clean clothes to the bare skin but he is sweet smelling now. Lots of fun at Don Pitt's, he is negotiating for the farm that belonged to Maurice Harper at the Levels and Norman Verity (ex-butcher) is keen on Don's house here. Life is never dull round these parts. Dad and I had just returned from a tea party at Fred Smiths - it's a grey cold day here but they had a good fire on, and a luscious pavlova cake, so we enjoyed ourselves very much. Now K and I are going to church. A large parcel came for you from Sydney parts for a radio set I imagine - it had been opened for examination - some more exam papers and the notice for an army parade today - that's all so far. Mate is pawing the ground at my feet being perfectly adorable. I know he'd send dodgy good wishes to his old "nunky" Ed for his 21st. The time seems to have flown since Tuesday I hope it hasn't gone so fast for you. I also hope that you're getting some good colour pictures. No news of any of your friends - in fact there's no news about these parts and Dad is wondering how I managed to fill two pages.
I'll stop now and get the tea. Hope you had some good citrus fruit at Keri Keri
Much love darling
Your loving Mum
plus
Dear Ed
Happy birthday old bean. Hope you're enjoying yourself as much as I'm not. All the best for the 20th.
Love Kay.

Miss Fenn
Amberley Court
Clarence Square
Cheltenham
Glos. England.
My dear Adria,
Kay tells me she is writing to you to so I won't say too much since her mind is much clearer than mine at the moment.
Our dear old Harry went to his well deserved rest on Monday the sixth Epiphany after a period of unconsciousness that really prepared us for the end - the beginning of his glorious life. What a wonderful thing it is to think off - Kay said he looked so lovely and peaceful when she is went to see him.
His funeral service was yesterday taken by his old friend and vicar in Timaru days - Archdeacon Plaistow (our vicar was away) RP prepared Kay for confirmation so I know he would be a help to her and he was to everyone else there from all accounts since he dwelt on Harry's faithfulness - especially to his church and as they were mostly old friend's present (although not necessarily old in years) it was well received. Then most after came here for tea and I was able to have a word with everyone It was a happy occasion in all loving talk of "old Fenny" And rejoicing at his peace after pain.
I've had to stay in bed with this jolly painful face that is the legacy after shingles. The doctor says it could last several months so I'm not going to risk getting a chill if I can.
It's heaven having kind little Kay here but her very presence adds as an incentive to my getting well.
Edward has rung several times from Suva and Joan came down for the night on Sunday the fifth returned next day. Looking so well and with number two little Fenn . . . . . expected for June July exciting isn't it and Harry knew about it.
My eye is very painful so I'll leave K to write more fully.
We shall miss our loved one sharn't we but how we rejoice in his new life.
Fondest love
Margo.
Written on four sides of New Zealand AEROGRAMME. Jan 1969.

Rolleston Court
35 Cambridge Terrace
Christchurch 1
Saturday 24 January 1970
My darling K.
Thank you for your letter this morning, love you were not feeling a mite home sick where you? I can't imagine you were, or worried about me? Cos you don't need to be. Naturally I miss having you about I'd not be honest if I said otherwise that I'm never a moper as you NO and will thought of you and Pootles being together fills me with joy. Be sure to make the call when you get the phone - collect to me it's almost the only thing I can do for you at present but I've been planning to do a couple of cases of tomatoes for you later on Im sure you'll need the vitamins to help you combat the cold especially later and I can do them very easily in the Vacola so sweetest when you were thinking of Harvey buying me fruit and veggies our thoughts were very closely linked bless your kind little heart and his the dear.
I asked Mr Weir to get me a lettuce yesterday and he got me a nice one albeit with a few outside leaves withered 3/- 30c ! Molly Keith is very good . . . . . fruit and veg at present. I've been there to lunch again today and to the library first jolly good of her, love to you both from them both. Sue departs for Wellington tomorrow poor lamb the unknown school can be a bogey but I hope things will work out well for her
Michael hasn't written since he left home to get to Cambridge eventually. I'm very glad you and E have more imagination and think of the "little white-haired mother o mine" looking for a letter and receiving one with joy. This doesn't tie you down you know but oddly enough as I know, it is one of the things I'm gladdest of all that I did for my family and Daddy while I could. NO BLACKMAIL! Oh a confession - I might have known had I thought for a moment that I wouldn't have two letters from Suva in a week but I was so thrilled to see your writing and Joans that at first went ahead and opened both - silly me (glad I am not Mata Hari! No harm came can come and I've given them your address. What a bargain you've got in your dining table and chairs, this one was very expensive for a mear make up type of wood and it does scratch dear and I'm afraid there is no remedy for a proper scratch. The value of this "wood" is that it doesn't stain or show heat marks a wipe over with wet or dry cloth is enough so Sweetie I can't help you unless you got a proper wood (can't remember names at the moment I am sorry to say) Cedar etc need special care, what kind of bedroom furniture have you got and living room? You've not told me anything of furnishings yet and what of curtains and floor coverings? I imagine the flats
are quite new? Oh I'm so thrilled for you to have a nice home to share with your P and to entertain from.
Barbara was here briefly on Friday and wants me to go back with them when school starts I probably will tho HOME and quiet still exert their magic and I'm never lonely or . . . . . Frank and Sally asked to share a leg o pork tonight but knowing of his lunches I refused, and sure enough I've no appetite left, and such delectability would be wasted on me! Not very nice weather blustery and grey and some rain marvellous letters from all my kind friends keep me busy Ann Brookfield - Barton has a second daughter (in passing) have you the cousins names and addresses Chris Cole Judy & Donald McKenzie Joan & Alex Aitken The J McK's are Joan and Mac I think, I'd write to John and Wendy Bull in Auckland they are generous and John is in the electrical trade I think so the jug could be from them better than not writing for they are kind soles and Wendy bothered to write me a note saying how sorry they were that they couldn't come. Have you chosen your wedding photos yet? I think they're lovely but I'm happy with my little coloured ones. Everyone asks for you - so kind and unobtrusive with their gifts of food, NO news here you ken but I like to dribble on
Fondest love my dear two - from your loving M

Margot spoke little of her faith except to those who shared it, the following is a glimpse of that part of her life.
I first met Margot Fenn entering a hall for Brother Geoffrey's first meeting in Timaru, South Canterbury, in 1962. Her face was alight with excitement and joy as she had not known until the advertisement for the meeting that there had been any friars in New Zealand, although since 1938 she had been in touch with Cerne Abbas. Brother Geoffrey was admitting some Companions on this occasion and I asked her if she would care to become one too. Her answer was symbolic of Margot's total generosity to God "Oh no, Third Order or nothing for me." We arranged to talk this over and this was the beginning of an experience in friendship that stands apart - for Margot herself the start of a spiritual pilgrimage through much suffering and joy until her death.
It is hard to write of her, but that God accepted her offering of herself to use any way He chose for the Honour and Glory of his Name, and for the coming of a Men's Order to New Zealand was obvious. Almost as soon as she had become a novice Tertiary it was found that she had leukaemia and the doctors said had two weeks to live. From then on the fight for health was one and how the devil fought back and tried to overwhelm Margot's courageous spirit. But throughout New Zealand and elsewhere many were praying for her, she stayed close to the Sacraments of the Church and was given strength to care for her elderly invalid husband in their Christchurch flat where so many came just to be with them to ask for help or a share in her prayers. As the years passed and both Harry and Margo became weaker one could only wonder at the way she was able to lift her husband in and out of his chair and continue nursing him - but still the same joy and love for others was shared there and by letter. The marriage of their son and the birth of their first grandchild were doubly appreciated as a blessing they might not have lived to see.
Things were never quite the same after Harry's death, which came at a time of ever greater pain for Margot but she still grew in love for Christ and all his children. She radiated love - her parish priest wrote "I just loved her as a person. Of her great courage, hopefulness and cheerfulness one can speak with the utmost conviction, these are surely marks of a Christ-like life. What a lot she had to contend with! And she never moaned about it. One of those folk who made me feel very humble . . . . . " Another priest who knew her very well for many years wrote of "her experience of Christ which grew over the years in depth, a growth in love in spite of suffering immense pain and of her generosity to all." How many of us in New Zealand received blessings as her acceptance of the suffering? Her intercession list was huge and truly embraced all men and those of every branch of the Church. How grateful she was to be allowed to live to see the wedding of her beloved daughter, and to see the Friars safely established in New Zealand and the first New Zealand priest made novice in Brisbane. The last month of her life she stayed with close friends in Fairlie in great peace and love with them, finally Our Lord came to her in a special way before, upheld by the prayers of these friends, she died in her sleep. May she and her husband rest in peace and all of us be grateful for her life and her friendship.

Fairlie
9.6.70
My dearest Fiji Fenn's,
First Joanie a very big thank you for your share in my elegant winter nightie. It is a valued addition to my collection and a happy reminder of birthday 63 and of Edward's visit to us. Thank you again my dear old fellow for all you did for us - driving us about and above all for the gargantuan job of clearing out the garage. It was jolly good of you. I hope the trip back was uneventful, Joan Wood wrote that she went to the airport to see you. She is very fond of our family (and very good to me). I hope I'll hear soon that Kay reached Invercargill uneventfully, I most thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Geraldine with you old son. What a lovely day it was and both days here have been the same. Lloyd went off to join his farmers party yesterday at 8 a.m. They hope to visit prosperous farms in Otago and Southland before returning on Thursday. It is gloriously calm and peaceful here Barbara goes round the sheep and feeds the stock while I sit blissfully in the sun and catch up with my correspondence. I've found this awful envelope amongst my papers so I'm using it up, it was probably written from hospital, where I was considerably less well than I am now - I'm no great chop even now and my walking ability and general strength is still a lot below par. Still, when I think of the clinic doctors and their general astonishment, I feel I'm jolly lucky and I am certainly not complaining. Fairlie is as lovely as ever - the whole house is warm - my bed is wonderful and I awake in in the morning with the sun melting the hoarfrost of my bedroom windows. There after I follow the sun around till nearly 5 o'clock when it is finished for the day. It was lovely to see your house plans and may it not be long ere you are all united under its roof. I hope N.Z. will not seem too dull after Fiji, but I'm sure there's lots of advantages in a maddening Country - perhaps we won't have Keith for much longer, too. Barbara seems to want to keep me here as long as possible - so I expect I'll be here till mine next clinic appointment & then see what the fairies have provided in the way of a companion. It was wonderful having you and Kay here together, Ed to talk things over. Thank you for all you did under that heading too. I can imagine what a welcome home you got on Tuesday, especially from the children. I hope all had gone well in the firm and that it will continue to prosper. Nothing has happened here of note - but I do want to thank you both for your unselfishness and love. It is a thing to treasure and I do.
Bless you, dears and love to you all
Mother F
One of the last letter's Margot wrote, in a very unsteady hand.

Telegram 29 June 1970
To Miss Fenn, Amberley Court, Clarence Sq, Cheltenham.
Mother died very peacefully Saturday 27th writing soon.
Love Kay.

Medical Notes: Margot whose cancer caused severe anaemia was a patient of an oncology researcher, Dr Guntz at Christchurch Hospital NZ, she was part of an early program developing chemotherapy.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1665 M    i. Living

+ 1666 F    ii. Living

1325. Reginald Alston FENN [35] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1878 in Richmond and died on 11 Jul 1879 in Portland Tce Richmond SRY at age 1.

General Notes:
Death Notice : On the 11th inst., at 1 Portland-terrace, Richmond, Surrey, Reginald Alston youngest son of Edward L Fenn Esq., M.D. aged 13 months.



1326. Rev Ernest Vanderzee "Van" FENN M A [37] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 20 Feb 1880 in Richmond SRY, was christened on 31 Mar 1880, died on 22 Jan 1956 in Timaru N.Z. at age 75, and was buried in 1956 in Timaru N.Z. The cause of his death was a road accident. He was usually called Van.

General Notes:
Van was baptised 31 Mar 1880, a Godfather F J Proctor gave the infant a bible to commemorate the occasion, now in the possession of the writer, ELF 2008. Van was educated at Temple Grove East Sheen, and Blundell's School, Tiverton, confirmed 15 Mar 1895, Noted for Distinction Blundell's Speech Day 1898 for "Blundell's Exhibition at Sydney Sussex College Cambridge" graduated M.A. Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, then Wells Theological College. Ordained Truro Cathedral 7 June 1903,
(29 May 1904?), Curate St Minver Cornwall 1903. Curate at Cuckfield W Sussex for 8 years from c1907, Vicar of Kirkby Liverpool for 12 years from 1915, Vicar of Lois Weedon Northhampton for 24 years from 1927.

Fenn Ernest Vanderzee: Late Exhib. SS Coll. Camb. BA (2nd class CL Trip.) 1901. MA 1906, Wells Th Coll 1902, d 1903, p 1904 Truro, C of St Minver Cornw. 1903-07, Cuckfiels 1907-15; Chap Cuckfield U. 1912-15; V of Kirkby 1915-27; Lois Weedon (w Plumpton from 1928), Dio. Pet. from 1927, (LP, KC, Cam. and Jesus Coll. Ox.; GL Val. L.7;Eccles. Comm. L.386; Fees L.2; c.o. L3; gross inc. L412, nett L399 and HO; Pop. 375. Lois Weedon Vicarage Towcester.
Crockford 1934.

Ernest Vanderzee Fenn. College: SIDNEY Entered: Michs. 1898 Born: 20 Feb 1880 More Information: Adm. pens. at SIDNEY, Oct. 1, 1898. S. of Edward Liveing, M.D., of Colchester. B. Feb. 20, 1880, at Richmond, Surrey. School, Blundell's, Tiverton (Mr Francis). Matric. Michs. 1898; Exhibitioner; B.A. 1901; M.A. 1906. Ord. deacon (Truro) 1903; priest, 1904; C. of St Minver, Cornwall, 1903-7. C. of Cuckfield, Sussex, 1907-15. Chaplain, Cuckfield Union, 1912-15. V. of Kirkby, Liverpool, 1915-27. V. of Lois-Weedon (with Plumpton from 1928), Northants., 1927-1950. (Crockford; Blundell's Sch. Reg.)
Alumni Cantabrigienses. Ancestry.

Van as a child suffered poliomyelites which left him with a withered left hand. His life was one of dedicated commitment, upon completing his education at Cambridge, his father, in a congratulatory letter, observed how hard Van had worked to achieve his results. He went on to a lifetime of service as a parish minister with the following quotes a sample of how he was regarded:
"Nobody could have served Cuckfield more faithfully and better than Mr Fenn had done"
"Parting with the Rev E.V. Fenn has caused very real sorrow throughout the parish. His earnest and devoted service endeared him to one and all, and many will remember his unselfish example and faithful ministry with appreciation and gratitude. The high esteem and affection which he won by his unfailing kindness to everyone, add warmth and sincerity to heartfelt good wishes for his future well-being".
"This parish has been enriched by the presence and quiet influence of the late E.V. Fenn . . . . . for his many helpful sermons . . . . . his quiet example of humble and sincere Christian faith, his complete unselfishness and his thoughtfulness for others".
"The news of the death of the Rev E.V. Fenn was received in the villages of Lois Weedon and Weston, with very profound sorrow"
Van's sermons were both scholarly and spiritual, he was a well-regarded preacher.
Van retired to live with his brother H L Fenn in N Z in 1951. His addition to the household helped considerably with financial matters, for, while not wealthy, Van enabled his brother to purchase newer cars, motor mowers to help with the big garden, etc. In 1955 he fell from his bicycle and died as a result of his injuries. Van did not marry, he was a very gentle, reserved, and scholarly man, who won great respect for his accepting and compassionate manner. Ref: Scrap Book 1 E L Fenn 1998.

Samples of Van's correspondance over the years:
Feb 27, 1889
Dear Harry
I thank you very much for the nice letter you sent me. I liked it very much. I had about six presents. Auntie Polly gave me a very large box of bricks, Miss Quirke, a game of snap, I went to William Whiteley's on Thursday with Auntie Polly I went to tea with Aunt Isabella on Friday. Mrs Duncan gave us a very nice mail cart Cyril can pull me. Cyril and King Baa and Nanny Goat send their love and 10 kisses.
From your loving brother
Vandy Fenn

The following is a letter to Van at school from his Nanny :
Dear Vandy
I am sending your flannel shirts you will find them so nice and warm when the cold weather comes. I am so glad dear to hear that you like your school, dear Baa and I are often talk of you we shall be pleased to to see you when you come home is not the time passing quickly. I had such a nice letter from Hawa* on Monday he told me he was writing to you, Baa does lessons with me every day he has begun to make letters he does a 7 b, he is so pleased he can make b's. He sends you his love and a big kiss.
With love to you
From
Nanny Goat
*Harold Fenn

Dear Harry
I wish you many happy returns of the day we went to the boat race Oxford won I wish you were Cambridge I will keep your present till Easter which is not far off.
From your loving brother
Vandy Fenn turn over
PS Nanny Baa all send their love and Baa sends 1000 kisses excuse the writing I am in a hurry.
c1885
Small notepaper has a cat's head on it.

February 23, 1890
Dear Harry,
Thank you very much for the letter you sent me. On my birthday father gave me a little clock like yours. One night Tip ran away from Nelly and came back at two in the morning. I had lots of presents Nanny gave me a purse auntie Polly a very nice game called Halma, Cyril a railway game and Dolly plant. In the afternoon we went to the Covent Garden Circus it was very nice there was a lion on a horse. There was some very funny clown's there.
With love from all especially the Emperor Baa.
From your loving brother
Vandy Fenn
PS I am sorry for plotting paper broke. Turn over
The back page has a childish sketch named Nanny.

Temple Grove
May 4, 1890
Dear Aunt Polly
I am removed to the fifth class the work is not hard did Harry and Charlie go off alright. Shall I write to you next week or shall I write to Nanny Goat I hope Cyril will like his school he will just be able to hear my letter I have not much to say we have begun cricket it is very nice Carpenter is the name of Mrs Oven's boy he lives next door but one he is rather nice there are a lot of new boyes this term will you ask father if he knows a boy called Wade he is at Wedderlie. I have no more to say and give my love to father Cyril Baa and Nanny. From your loving boy
E. V. Fenn
PS I hope Tip is quite well and thank Cyril for his letter.

March 27th 1891
Dear Harry
I wish you many happy returns of the day. I am sorry I have not written to you this term. I came home on Tuesday for the holidays and go back on the 22nd of April. Father is better today he has a nurse who sits up at night and goes to bed in the day. We went to tea with Miss Quirke on Tuesday evening. Cyril and me are getting up and act for you and Charlie called "Scenes from Ivanhoe". I cannot give you a present now but I will in the holidays. Cyril breaks up on the 26th and has 10 days holiday. On my birthday Father gave me a stamp album aunt Isabella a book of Ivanhoe Miss Quirke a birthday book. From your loving brother.
Ernest V Fenn

The Works of Charles Dickens
undated.
Oliver Twist who had seen some very Hard Times in The Battle of Life had been saved from The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Our Mutual Friend. Nicholas Nickleby had just finished reading A Tale of Two Cities to Martin Chuzzlewit while The Cricket on the Hearth was chirping merrily. The Chimes from the adjacent church were distinctly heard, when Seven Poor Travellers commenced singing A Christmas Carol. Barnaby Rudge then arrived from The Old Curiosity Shop with some Pictures from Italy and Sketches by Boz to show Little Dorrit who was busy sorting The Pickwick Papers. David Copperfield who had been taking American Notes then entered and informed the company that The Great Expectations of Dombey and Son respecting Mrs Lirriper's Legacy had not been realised. He also told them that he had been watching Boots at The Holly Tree inn taking Somebody's Luggage from Mugly Junction to Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings in a street that has No Thoroughfare opposite Bleak House where The Haunted Man had given one of Dr Marigold's Prescriptions to aid The Commercial Traveller who was brooding over The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Ode To the New Baby And the Fenn Family.
1. It was an autumn evening,
And the sun had sunk to rest
When the event took place, which I
Will tell at thy behest
2. At Colchester a famous town
Near England's eastern shore
There dwelt a family of Fenns
Famous in time of yore
3. The father was a doctor grand
He'd six sons (one a baby)
But now instead of any boys
He wanted a young lady
4. Well on this night the story goes
The wish was brought to pass
A little baby girl was born
A fat and charming lass
5. And soon the joyful news was spread
Through England high and low
To Stubbington and Tiverton
To London and Veytaux
6. For of these Fenn's the eldest was
A student up in town
Who worked all day and slept all night
And wore a cap and gown
7. The second son was far away
In Switzerland's fair land
He had a tutor and was trained
For engineering grand
8. The third and fourth in distant parts
Were being taught at school
The fifth son still remained at home
Under a lady's rule
9. The sixth was not yet two years old
And could not speak one word
The seventh was the baby
Of whom you all have heard
10. Yes we seven now in all
As happy as can be
Six manly boys and now at last
A gentle little she
E. V. F.
c1895

Ode To Sir Thomas Tiptree Esq
of Grey Friars Colchester
by Ernest V. Fenn Esq
of Blundell's School Tiverton.
Ode To What Dog
Why Tipy! our Tipy!
1. Who is lying in the playroom
With his nose upon his paw
Staring straight into the fire
Wishing now for nothing more
2. Why t'is Tip that dog of beauty
Who is lying on the rug
He's a slender made for service
Not a fat and ugly Pug
3. When his master standing near him
Throws a pebble or a stick
With a bark and with a scamper
He is off and running quick
4. He has now six noble masters
And a little mistress fair
Yes the Echo answers gently
She was only born the year
5. Yes his master's love him dearly
And they give him names so rum
As Chameleon oh how . . . . .
Comey, Yoney, Will he hum
6. When the holidays are over
And the cab is at the door
How he cries and moans unhappy
Gently lifting up one paw
7. But the day there brings his master's
Home to see his face again
Makes him happy makes him joyful
Takes away his grief and pain
8. Now I send my ode to Tiptree
Please except it read at see
Whether it is written worthy
Of a person like to me.
E. V. F.
November 1895.
(In verse 2 last line the editor sends his apologies to Miss Haddon)

Blundell's School,
Tiverton
November 26 (97?)
Mr Ernest Vanderzee Fenn has been a pupil at the school for the last four years. During this time he has been a very good character.
A L. Francis M. A.
Headmaster

E. J. Fenn Esq.
School House
Woodbridge
Suffolk
Oxford May 19, (1900)
Here am I in Oxford for a two days holiday. Enjoying things immensely. Return to college tonight in time to see the Cambridge "rag" tonight in honour of the Relief of Mafeking.
E. V. F.
Postcard embossed Oxford Union Society.

Julius Jottings Jan 1902 No 6.
CAMBRIDGE LETTER.
Dear Mr. Editor,
I have known a man write a splendid article for a certain magazine, which he started on in happy ignorance of any subject, and though I cannot treat the Julius Jottings to any such brilliant performance, I feel my self in much the same position at the outset, not knowing whether to inform its readers of the doings of our branch of the family or describe my experiences in this University wherein I have the honour to reside.
As to the former, however, I have despaired of finding any beginning or ending (especially any beginning), so I must needs confine myself to Cambridge-worthy of a far better pen than mine - hoping there are some among the readers of the Jottings not intimately acquainted therewith.
I am writing this letter at the opening of the May term, the shortest but by far the most enjoyable of them all. I say short because men who want to "keep" a full term are only obliged to "keep "49 nights." Keeping "a night," by the way, means being in college between 12 midnight and 6 in the morning. On one occasion, a man decided to ride home on his bicycle; as it was summertime, he wanted to start very early, and so he left off at 4 o'clock; on arriving home, he found a telegram awaiting him, which requested his return to college, as he had not "kept" his full term by two hours.
I said just above that this was the most enjoyable term ; these joys, however, I should mention, are by no means experienced by the third year " honours " men, whose tripos is fast approaching (though I am sure they make up for it after it's all over). They will have been " up " some time before most men arrive, putting in some extra work, for the time is now short before the "dies nefasti." "Tripos," by the way, is said to be derived from the word "tripod" or three-legged stool, on which the examiner sat facing the unfortunate candidates. This was in the days of " viva voce " exams., happily no longer now in existence.
The "Trips," as they are called, all come off this term, but in good time to leave things clear for May Week. Much ignorance exists, I believe, amongst most people with regard to the, term "May," as used at the Varsity. It is indeed, in itself, very misleading, for I may say at once that none of the things coupled with the word "May" have anything to do with the month alluded to at all. College " Mays," for instance, are exams. held at the end of terms either in December, March, or June : "May week" itself is in the early part of June, and likewise also the May races, and so on. May week begins on June 5th this year, and lasts about 10 days ("week," then, is another misnomer).
The first 4 days are devoted to the boat races, the most important events. Cambridge is crowded with visitors, and everyone almost goes down to the races; heaps of parties row up from the boathouses and line the bank with their boats, while others throng the "paddock" at Ditton, which is situated about half-way down the course, where the "gallery" bumps take place. It is said that some of the spectators care as little for the actual racing as the lady- who remarked that Henley would be really delightful if it wasn't for those tiresome races. However that may be, everyone seems very interested when the eights pass, though I admit the most exciting time is the return journey for those on the river.
The Cam, not being widely celebrated for any capacious breadth, is soon crowded from side to side. Rowing is out of the question very often; boats are incessantly running you down, and if you don't keep a good look-out your rudder will be unhooked and your boat will go anywhere but the right way then - this is a very old joke. There is, however, seldom an "upset" in spite of all the "mush." I have only seen two canoes upside down with their former occupants in the water, but canoes are a bit risky on occasions like this. Well, the rest of May week is given up to college balls and concerts, etc., and then we come to more serious things.
Visitors begin to disappear, and the examiners get their turn : tripos lists are now appearing, which had almost been forgotten in the past week. Men very seldom go to hear their own list read out, but send deputies, who return to congratulate or condole as the case may be. "Degree" day follows closely, and the rather tedious performance is for a few minutes relieved by the presentation of the famous wooden spoon to the last man in the mathematical tripos. When this happy man advances to receive his degree, a huge wooden shovel (bearing no resemblance to a spoon) is dangled in front of him from the gallery; as soon as he can manage to get hold of it he cuts it off and bears it away in triumph as a B.A. On one occasion a certain Vice Chancellor tried to abolish this ceremony, and every man who went up to the galleries was searched by the proctors. When the time came, however, there was the "spoon" again as usual dangling in front of the Vice-Chancellor himself.
So this brings us to the end of the term, and is perhaps a fitting end to this attempt at a description of something of what one experiences at Cambridge.
E. V. FENN.

(Begun) 27th March 1906
St Minver Wadebridge.
My dear Harry
I have just had a letter from Father telling me of your departure and how Charlie, Cyril and Edgar were down at Tilbury with you. I had intended to send you a wire, but did not find out the time of your departure etc, so I hastily wrote a note and send it to Streatham via Charlie - I hope you got it. Then on studying the papers I see that the Tongariro spent half a day at Plymouth. Would that I had known it beforehand for I should certainly have come up to see you. However it is too late and it is no use crying over lost opportunities. Then, Henry my boy I ought to have sent you a birthday and a parting present, but I put it off till too late: and parcels cost a lot, I suppose, to NZ. Never mind I must make you a present of all I say. Well, by the time you get this I suppose you will be in the Episcopal residence, for I want to send this off by this week's mail. I am thinking about you now in this bitter weather, he with such strong E winds and am wondering what sort of a passage you are having through the famous Bay of Biscay, and what sort of a travelling companion Mr Morris turns out to be. I hope you are going through the voyage without seasickness. Several people have spoken about you here; indeed your visit caused quite a little excitement in the parish. Here I must bring the first instalment of my letter to an end. I still grieve over the fact that I let you go away without sending you a farewell gift. I am sorry brother.
March 28th
Many happy returns of the day. Your birthday here is a brilliant sun shining day, but it still blows hard and cold from the NE I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of your bicycle, I dare say it will arrive before the end of the week, otherwise I shall write and hurry Paull up a little. We had an exciting incident at one of the farms last week. A young fellow went off his head suddenly and attacked his aunt, sister and brother: they tried to keep him in a room while the aunt ran to help, but he smashed the door and pursued the old lady knocking her down with an axe: but his brother and sister then tackled him and managed to hold him, in spite of bites and kicks, until help came. We are all very thankful it was not much worse for he might have killed all three had it happened at night. The old aunt is recovering fast. By the way the Sunday you were at St Minver vicarage you met her sister, Miss Tummon, (pronounced Tumon) after service, when she had come in for her magazines.
March 30th
Here there is a delay of two days, and certainly this letter will not go till next week's mail now. We have got a beautiful day today reminding me of the weather we had while you were staying with me. It really was providential having such grand weather those few days. I am sure we have not had anything like it since, nor for many weeks before you came. I shall long remember our trip to Trevose lighthouse, and to Pentire etc, and our Sunday together. I had a letter from Dolly the other day urging me to offer for a curacy in Richmond as Mr Binny is still advertising for another priest: but I am sure Richmond would not suit me. I know too many people! I suppose you managed to pay all your farewell visits, but you must have had a rush at the last. We are getting near Easter now and our practising our anthem, Wesley's "Blessed be God". I hope choir and organist do not break down. We hope to have the "choral" concert on April 25 when we perform our "oratorio" and we only have one or two more practises left for that. I went over to St Kew last week to preach on a Wednesday evening. It was a somewhat gloomy service, and the organ blower added to the strangeness of the proceedings by letting the wind out and producing that weird noises which Edgar used to call a goat's noise? or something of that kind, when you had your All Saints recitals. In my sermon I suddenly perceived the book rest in the pulpit vanishing below and could do nothing to arrest its downward progress. However it did not put me out at all and I let it go down as far as it liked. It's getting on for 2.30 so I must be off to do some visiting and continue this epistle another time.
April 2nd
Another two days interval. Yesterday being Sunday I had no time for writing nor yet on Saturday. Your bicycle has arrived quite safely and in good condition. It came out by the bus on Friday and I unpacked it at once and rode up to Churchtown that evening for choir practice on my new treasure. It is nice after my old fixed wheel and chain cracking bike. I feel that you did not make me give you enough for it. Thank you muchly for letting me have it. I was wondering yesterday what sort of a Sunday you had, whether there was any clergyman on board or any attempt made to have a Sunday service. The weather has improved a little now, and we had a beautiful evening yesterday. I was preaching at St Minver evensong and had a nice congregation to talk to. This morning I had a long letter from Aunt Isabella, with an account of Harold Hand's death. I had heard nothing of it, save a bare mention of the fact from a letter of Dolly's, so I was glad to hear about it. Aunt Annie seems dreadfully upset; altogether it was so sudden and unexpected. Edgar paid Aunt I a visit, he was stopping with Charlie apparently, for the sports. Cambridge had an easy beating, seven events to three and probably will be defeated in the boat race also this year. I shall miss your telegram, which for two years has brought the news to St Minver so speedily, but if Edgar goes up I must make him wire. It seems odd to think that when you get this letter, the race will have been over for about six weeks! I wonder if news such as the Oxford Cambridge race gets out speedily to NZ. I have not heard anything of Polly Julius (as she was) though I suppose she must be in England now. You must give my love to all at Bishops Court Uncle Churchill, Aunt Alice, Ada and Bertha, but I do not think I have ever set eyes on Ada and certainly I have not seen Bertha (so tall!). Here comes dinner I must go on another time.
April 4th
I am going to finish off this epistle today so that you may get it by the time you reach NZ or soon after. I had Paull's bill today, very moderate charges considering all he did in the way of cleaning, overhauling etc: also a letter from old Mrs Smith of Richmond. She had heard from Father of your departure and wished me when I wrote to you to tell you that she sends every good wish for your future prosperity. She went back to reminiscences of Fonnnereau House??, etc. I always connect Mrs S. with invitations to drink tea with her, to meet Rosy, and to sit in her pew!. Edgar has sent me a long account of the Varsity sports. A Keble man won the 3 miles much to Edgar's satisfaction. I shall never forget the sports day when Dolly was with us, and we fought for a cup of tea afterwards and were charged ruinous prices. The betting on the Varsity Boat Race has veered round to Cambridge now but they are fully trained and in danger of overtraining. However we are looking forward to a good struggle on Saturday. When you are in Christchurch seek out a good worthy man by name Rogers incumbent St Albans Church, I fancy; Uncle Churchill will know him. He comes from these parts; knows Mrs Hereford and would be very interested to see you and hear about your visit to St Minver and your meeting with Mrs H. I am hoping this letter will not be more than 21/2oz for I am sending it for a penny and don't want to begin by overcharging you. Whenever you get a spare moment to write, your letters will now be exceedingly welcome. You had better right general epistles home which Father can send round the family.
Goodbye, and please give my love to everybody at Bishops Court. This is a very disjointed letter, I am afraid, and full of nothing in particular. Edgar said, by the way, that he never saw Charlie give you any note from me so I am afraid you'd never got my farewell message. I am sorry. Here I must end up wishing you speed his success in picking up a job and every happiness in your abode the other side of the globe.
I remain
Ever your affectionate brother
E. Vanderzee Fenn.

St Minver
Wadebridge
November 6, 1906
My dear Harry
After a careful study of the calendar I conclude that a letter dispatched this week will reach you just before the 25th of next month: so I am now writing to wish you a very happy Christmas, and this letter is my Christmas card! I suppose you will hardly be dining off roast turkey and hot plum pudding or mince pies, in the middle of summer, but that your Christmas fare will correspond to the season of the year; perhaps including ices amoungst other cold collations. Anyhow I do hope you will enjoy your Christmas Day, though I suppose there will be no hope of your getting to Timaru for a celebration or an ordinary service with the good old Christmas hymns. I had hoped to secure a short holiday at that time between my departure from St Minver and my settling down to work in my new parish so as to have one more Christmas Day at home, a function I have missed now for three years, but I decided to stay on here and help my vicar through the day as at present he has not succeeded in getting anyone to fill my place. I shall probably be leaving here on or about January 2nd or by the following Sunday, the Epiphany Festival, I shall be starting work at Cuckfield. That is the name of the parish to which, according to present arrangements, I am going next year. Perhaps Father in his fortnightly epistles has given you some account of my recent doings, however at the risk of a repetition I will tell you something of Cuckfield and my visit there last month. First let me tell you before I went up to Cuckfield I had visits from Cyril and Edgar. Cyril only for a few days; but Edgar stayed a fortnight he came just in time for our harvest festival, which I think he much enjoyed with the red coat band and the big tea and the bright services - wopee. Evensong when the vicar's brother, organist of All Saints Clifton and a Mus.Bac. of Oxford played the organ.
I told Edgar to be sure and come in time for this Wednesday, for there was to be a Mus Bac playing the organ, "whose head stuck out fearfully". He also gave a recital in the afternoon. Edgar told me about Arthur Hansell's and Polly's visit to Alston Court and how he used to try and enliven the conversation of an evening by introducing some tit bits gleaned from the columns of the East Anglian. "The King's Arrival at Dover", "Brutal Murder at Diss", etc etc but his remarks usually fell rather flat. The last expression "Brutal Murder at Diss" has now become quite a proverb in the family, at least amongst ourselves. But I am wandering - Edgar also enjoyed some good walks with me. I took him over to Padstow etc: and a Mr Campbell of Rock gave him a sail in his yacht one afternoon. Edgar proved to be an excellent sailor. At other times he seemed to amuse himself chiefly with an old Cambridge calendar in my room and before he left me he had compiled a marvellous collection of statistics e.g. the number of Trinity men who gained a first classes in mathematics since the first Tripos lists were printed. I used to see him running his eye and his pencil down the pages and counting with evident keenness and joy. Soon after Edgar left me I went up to Cuckfield to pay the vicar at visit and decide about going there. I travelled up by night, and arrived at Paddington adds 6.40 on a Tuesday morning. Following your example, on an historic occasion. I then went down to Wentworth House for breakfast: just met Gerald, as he was crossing the Little Green and also saw Grace, Algernon, and Mabel: the others were away from home. I had several hours to spend in Richmond but unfortunately Dolly and Aunt I were staying at Norwood: however I visit the parish church and saw the new chancel for the first time, and I also saw old Mrs Smith (who enquired affectionately after Harry), Mrs Knott and the Quirks! I fear I missed the Bridge House family, but Linnie talked so long that I had no time left in the afternoon. I went on to Clapham Junction about 4 p.m. and from there to Haywards Heath (L.B. & S.C.R.) in Sussex, which is the station for Cuckfield, 2 miles distant. It is an old-fashioned country town with a population of some 3000 (rather less) and very nice church holding about 600 people: there are also two mission churches. The vicar, Canon Cooper, received me at the vicarage as his guest, for two nights. I attended two or three services on the Wednesday and Thursday morning and Smith the present Assistant Curate showed me a good part of the parish and also The Clergy House, where he and I are to live together. Eight comfortable abode with a bedroom and sitting room apiece, and a common dining room with a good library in it, also a bathroom, and a nice little oratory. On the Thursday morning I departed and made my way to Streatham Hill Station and thence to what we call "The Streatham Hotel" (5A Streatham Place)! I arrived by lunchtime, and subsequently Charlie and I by means of tram and the Bakerloo Tube made our way to Regents Park and spent a pleasant and profitable time in the zoo. We saw as much as we could in an hour and a half, for they close the place at sunset and we did not get there till nearly 4. I was lucky to catch Charlie for the full day he had arranged to go down to Nayland for the remaining week of his month's holiday. So next morning we went out to the city together and he saw me off at Waterloo, before going on to Liverpool St himself. So I am back here again for two months more before the sad day of bidding farewell to St Minver.
I see that the big exhibition at Christchurch is just open; and I hope you may have an opportunity of going to see it. Sorry to hear that Ada has been so poorly, trust all is well with her again now. Also I hope you are not having any more asthma NZ or not to give it to you with its grand climate. I suppose you can gaze across the noble peak of Mount Oteaka to the south, or the grand range of Hunters Hills! You see I have studied your surroundings on the map. It was strange you should have come across Mr Rogers at Christchurch. I will tell Mrs Hereford when next I see her, she has been away for some months but is expected today, I say is expected but it is now 11:15 p.m. so I hope she has arrived.
I am hastening on with this epistle lest I should not have time to finish off tomorrow. For Wednesday is a busy day with me, as I have an address to prepare for a midweek service. Tomorrow evening the ringers have a supper at the vicarage and I hope to be up there in time to join in the sing song afterwards. It is a bit of a function as one is expected to sing a song with no accompaniment. I sang "Hearts of Oak" last year. They want something with a chorus. We have started out Choral Society practises for the season. We are learning Ebenezer Prouts cantata "Alfred" somewhat difficult but good music. Last night (5th) we had a good time with bonfire and fireworks: for St Minver still keeps up the old Festival. The fireworks were meagre certainly, and somewhat remind me of a marvellous Greyfriars displays. Do you recollect the rocket that actually went up over the evergreen oak! And the Catherine wheels would not spin.
Well Henry, I must bid you farewell, and depart to bed. Again a Merry Christmas to you and a happy and prosperous New Year, and many of'em.
My love to Ella and any of our folk you may see from time to time.
With love and many good wishes.
I remain
Your affectionate brother
E. Vanderzee Fenn

The Clergy House
Cuckfield Sussex
November 6, 1907.
My dear Harry,
Herewith to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. I hope I this time boils, blains and blisters are at an end and that you are quite well. I was down in Brighton yesterday to see Aunt Ada and Uncle Henry who are back once again in Devonshire Place for the winter. Uncle H. seems much better, we all had a walk along the front and plea and a chat and then I had to catch a train to get back by 7.00. I hope to go again in a fortnight's time when Ada and Bertha will be spending a few days with them. I shall be glad of an opportunity of seeing the two Julius cousins before they return to NZ next January. Charlie met them in London when they were nursing at St Bart's: and heartily sick of this work did they get there for the three months were out. I believe they are now down at Nayland. I am glad to hear that Father is fairly well now and will therefore be able to enjoy their visit better. He seems to have improved rather since the attack he had at the beginning of August when I was home. If only he could feel quite sure of not having any more of these kind of fits I think he would wish to be doing a good deal more than he now attempts.
I am hoping that this letter will reach you in good time for Christmas. Aunt A. said yesterday that the mail this week would be soon enough for NZ letters. I suppose you still approve of the Weekly Daily Mail etc I arranged to send last November: this year Charlie tells me he wishes to make you a Christmas present of another year's issue of this paper. I hope it gets to you in good time, please write and complain if it is forgotten or irregular or if there be any faults to find.
It is getting chilly now and we are glad of fires all day: just when you are beginning to revel in summer weather. I have just had an afternoon visiting, having to go to a distant cottage to baptise a poor three weeks old infant bad with whooping cough, amoungst other visits. I find your bicycle still a good friend and most useful here.
(Later) I had to stop here for Evensong and then I have had a singing lesson with the organist and now it is getting late but I must write a bit more, for this letter must be posted midday tomorrow. I have just started a course of lessons with a Attewell our organist. He teaches very nicely and I hope to develop my voice a bit under his tuition, of course this will be most useful to me as I have to a good bit of singing. I have joined the Cuckfield Musical Society this season and we have begun to learn the Messiah!. Last night we were doing the Amen Chorus and Worthy is the Lamb. It is grand music, but I find it difficult to read at first and I listen a good deal to the other basses.
I am sorry to say that Smith, my fellow curate is leaving the parish next Saturday. So far this place is not filled and I am fearing that I shall have to live alone for a time. Not a pleasant outlook. We have got on well together. Meantime I have taken over the housekeeping work so as to get used to it. The vicar as you know perhaps is getting an old man (he is now 76) so it will be hard to be alone in the parish with him. Well I must stop now as it is nearly 11.00 and finish tomorrow. Thursday is my school day. I take to standards of boys at 9.00 and 2 of girls at 11.30. I am getting to like teaching in school although it is difficult and the classes are big, I have had nearly 50 at the time.
November 7th
I have finished my schoolwork and since 12.00 have been up at the Drill Hall watching the boys shooting at the miniature range. A sergeant comes up every Monday and Thursday and trains them in shooting, some are doing very well. They are chiefly small boys of ages ranging from 10 to 15 or so: and it is a great thing for them to learn to shoot early.
I suppose you have heard that Dick has gone out to Canada. I had from Lucy and a few weeks ago and she told me he had arrived at the end of his sea voyage, but I have not yet heard whether he has happily settled to his new work. I am told that he is to act as tutor to two small boys whose father owns a ranch in the wilds of British Columbia.
You remember my friend Hobday I expect. He has again been laid up and is coming down tomorrow from his London parish to spend a few days with us here, to see if country a will set him up again. I have heard rumours about Cyril being on leave lately but have not written to him for some time. However I learned from Father that Miss Dorothy Denham (the great "Dosy" of whom you have doubtless heard much) has been staying with the Dudgeons's. She very often managers to get her Nayland visits arranged to suit Cyril's "leaves" curiously enough. When I have been at home with Cyril and Dosy is staying in the village, I find that hardly a day passes but what Cyril is dining or having tea or calling at "Stourbank" or else he goes for a walk along that particular road in hopes of meeting her! In fact he is much smitten. Personally I do not think any of us are struck with this fair lady. When Charlie was acting last summer in Nayland she had to fall into his arms etc Cyril was not at home then.
Well Henrico, I hope you will have a nice Christmas and plenty of good cheer one way or another Aunt A wanted me to partake of a Christmas dinner in Brighton, but it will (be) such a busy day for me that I should be unable to get away.
I hope you are well now - no boils, no asthma.
With my love and all good wishes
Your affectionate brother
E. Vanderzee Fenn
Perchance a later mail may bring somewhat. . . . .

Postcard addressed
Harold L. Fenn
Holme Station
Pareora
Timaru
New Zealand
Dated November 14 07
This parcel comes I fear too late for Christmas: but it will do for a New Year's gift. I suppose you still smoke, and so after wondering what to buy I decided on a pipe. Tell me some time whether you can get nice tobacco etc. I am hoping to see Bertha and Ada one day soon, but the date of their arrival at Brighton is not yet settled. They are now a Nayland.
EVF
Cuckfield
Thursday the 14th of November 1907.

C.W.
Nov. 1908.
SOLE CHARGE or curacy desired after January by Priest, Grad., young, single, experienced. Comradeship with vicar essential. Not "appendage" to Vicar's wife. Gladly specialise in visiting and preaching. O.K. 436, Church Times Office.

NEW KIRKBY VICAR:
The Earl of Sefton, patron of the living of the parish of St. Chad, Kirkby, near Liverpool, has appointed the Rev. E. Vanderzee Fenn to succeed the present vicar, the Rev. R. Lloyd Crawley-Boevey, who will retire in August next.
The Rev. E. Vanderzee Fenn has for the past eight years been curate at Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, Sussex, where he has done excellent work. He is M.A. of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and was ordained in 1903 by the Bishop of Truro, when he was licenced to St. Minver, Cornwall.
Lord Sefton has presented the Rev. E. Fenn, curate ''of Cuckfield, to the vicarage of Kirkby, near Liverpool which is worth about L300 a year, with house.
The handsome church at Kirkby was rebuilt by the late Lord Sefton at a cost of L18,000. It contains a remarkable Roman font, highly decorated.
Our readers will be much interested to hear that the Rev. E. V. Fenn will be inducted to the living of Kirkby on October 12th, at 7 p.m. (1915)

Kirkby Vicarage
August 26, 1918.
My dear Robert,
It has occurred to me that I shall be very late in sending you my good wishes for your birthday next Monday (2 Sept), as I fear these lines of greeting will not reach you until long after the happy event is celebrated. However late though it be I send a hearty message of all good wishes. You will be spending your birthday under very different conditions from those of 1917 when you were honouring me with your company, and giving me a very pleasant weekend. No one of the family has since been able to get so far as Kirkby, Edgar doubted whether he would get a holiday at all, but since his rector, Cohen, has been away, perhaps he will feel it duty-bound to give his . . . . . curate a brief period of leisure.
We have just had a week of glorious weather (August 18 - 24) but yesterday, Sunday, it poured with rain and harvesting has been hindered today. The crops are excellent and if good weather can be relied upon the yield should be well above the average and make is still more independent of the boat ravages.
The Germans are getting it hot just now, and by the time you get this I hope they will be back to the old Hindenburg line - or even further towards the Rhine. Can you get books in Egypt? If not I should like to send you a book called "The Loom of Youth" written by a youth of 17 it is said, one Alec Waugh and purporting to be a true and genuine account of public school life at Sherborne. Though the school is, by way of camouflage, spoken of as being in Derbyshire. However the ball is journey to and from Waterloo! which no one in Derbyshire would be capable of doing. When you next write tell me if you have read it and if so is it a base libel on Sherborne and its masters? The language is not camouflaged.
I had a visit from my old college tutor G. M. Edwards of Sidney, at the beginning of August. He is staying in Chester and came over for a few hours. It was nice to have a chat of old Cambridge days.
Well my brother I trust you are "in the pink" as it leaves me a present.
All good wishes
Your affectionate brother
E. Vanderzee Fenn.
PS I will send you the Loom of Youth if you like to have it. It is not a book to be recommended for the drawingroom.
Robert was killed in Palestine on the 18th Sept 1918

Lois Weedon Vicarage
Towcester
4 February 1940
My dear Margot
I must send you a message of my good wishes, now that I hear that you have become my sister-in-law. I had just written to Harry last week when a letter date November 14! arrived from him telling me about the wedding. It took 11 weeks to reach me, so I do not know when you will get this message from me for some I am glad to hear that you had such a kindly welcome, when you got home to Grange Hill: and I hope you will find some hospitable and friendly neighbours. I often think how fortunate it was that I happened to be on holiday and staying at Richmond that night when you came to supper at Queens Road. I did get an opportunity of meeting new before your return, and the wedding. Edgar is the only unfortunate member of the family, for he never had a chance of seeing you.
I have just finished my Sunday duties and as we have afternoon service during the blackout rules, I get more time in the evening for letter writing. We shall get back to summertime on the 25th Feb and soon after that Sunday, we shall be able to start on evening services again. The weather today has kept many from church, as it did last Sunday, when the snow fall was so heavy: but today it has been thawing and the roads have become deep in water and slush. All the downpipes at the church were frozen up and we have had water coming from the roof as the snow melted making a horrid mess in the church. It has been so bitterly cold that we are glad to have a higher temperature again, and a warmer wind. I hope that you are getting some nice summer weather. You went back to NZ at the right time so as to have two summers together. You will probably have the family news from Charlie. I had a letter from Adria recently, only to say that they were all well at Queens Road. Meantime my love to Harry and yourself and my good wishes to you both.
Yours affectionately
E. Vanderzee Fenn.

Lois Weedon
Towcester
9 October 1941
My dear Henry
It is time that I was sending off a message to you all if it is to reach you by Christmas. So herewith my best wishes for a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. I have recently had some more photos to see they came to Edgar and he sent them round the family. I have got for my own the photo of my godson standing alone on the table, and looking a fine little chap. He might have heard the voice of his godfather about 19 September when a broadcast was relayed to the Empire. It was called "A Victory Flower Show in the Midlands" and it was our flower show held at Weston Hall. Mr C. H. Middleton is living here (during the war) with his people and he arranged for the show to be broadcast and acted as compere. I had just a few words to say during the quarter hour for which it lasted. We had a fine show and now that the balance sheet is published we find that there is a profit of some L170. I am enclosing a cutting from a local paper. The broadcast was recorded, and so it could be repeated during the week. I heard it the following Thursday and I am told it was relayed on the Empire Programme the next day, or rather very late at night (or very early in the morning). It would then have been heard in NZ. After a very wet August, September proved to be a fine month, and we had five weeks with hardly any rain, and the farmers were able to get in their corn, or most of it, in a fairly good condition. Owing to the ploughing of many acres of pasture, there was far more corn than is usual in our part of the country. We had our Harvest Thanksgiving a week ago, a wet Sunday unfortunately, part of the day anyhow, but the usual large numbers at church. Now the days are getting short, we are obliged to go back to an afternoon service on Sundays owing to the early blackout. We have had a long period of freedom from bombing. Hitler has been too busy in Russia, but a night or two ago there was a fairly heavy attack in the North (Manchester etc). I do not look forward to the winter and the long nights. Charlie as you probably know, is now back in Queens Road, and Nancy has a new job on the Earl Dysart Estate at Ham, so she is near home. I hope that Richmond will not have a repetition of last autumn's raids. I think Charlie could not face a very primitive conditions of the cottage in Dorset at another winter, with no water except from an outdoor pump and other inconveniences. It was quite right too that Nancy should get a job where she was paid a proper wage. She did a year's work at Caundle for the Foots without being paid anything, working for her "keep" only. I saw Edgar a day or two ago and we made final arrangements for our annual exchange next weekend when I shall be going to Castlethorpe. It is nice sometimes to see a fresh set of folk under the pulpit. It is a difficult job going on preaching twice a Sunday to the same people. So I look forward to this change over. If I hope to have tea on Sunday with your friend Mrs Cooke she will probably have seen photographs of Edward Liveing, but I will take mine with me, in case she has not seen Edgar's copies. Adria wrote from Cheltenham recently to say that Dolly had left and gone back to Bournemouth. She thought the town did not suit her, as she suffered from rheumatism. Ailwyne Gwgnn wants Adria to move to Woking or that neighbourhood, and share a flat or house. It would be good for Adria to have company, and she and Ailwyne are both RC's. Ailwyne lived for some years in Austria and became a convert to the Roman Church for that reason. I am sending this by air mail so I hope that it will reach you in good time for Christmas. My Christmas present will be the usual subscription to the Daily Mirror
Overseas Edition which I dare say you would like me to continue. I wish I could send a Christmas toy to Edward Liveing but I hope it will be possible later on to send gifts to NZ more easily; meantime I remember the little chap every day, and trust he may go on well as he has began. I hope that Margot is keeping well, you will be glad that summer is approaching.
Much love to you both to the babe and to every good wish to you all the Christmas.
Your affectionate brother
Vanderzee.

Lois Weedon Vicarage
Towcester
17 March 1942
My dear Margot
Much to my delight I received recently a photograph of my godson, and a very charming photograph it is too. Thank you so much for sending me a copy. I shall prize it very much. Since you last heard from me the war has taken a serious turn and be all much concerned at the rapid advance of the Japanese and their barbarous methods of warfare. I feel confident however that America is doing its utmost for the defence of Australia and NZ and that troops and planes etc are powering in to the country. What we do long to hear, is that the war is being carried into Japan, and that we are attacking and not merely acting on the defensive all the time. Harry will be sorry to hear that Aunt Ada is failing rapidly. Charlie wrote to me yesterday about her. He says she may go on for some weeks, but at her age, 92, she may die suddenly. She is a much beloved aunt of ours, and took a special interest in us boys, especially after our mother died. I have not seen her since last November when I was in Richmond for the day. On my recent visit in February to Charlie, I found that she had gone away temporarily to a nursing home, as the landlady at her lodge was ill, and she needed attention. Charlie tells me that he and Ella will be moving from Richmond after Easter, when they are able to make arrangements; but moving is a difficult business just now and there are several restrictions. I hope that the venture will prove successful, and that they will be able to keep the old home going and meet their expenses. They want Edgar and me to go there in the summer, if travelling is possible at the time. Nayland will be glad to have a Fenn in residence again. The village is without a vicar at present. Canon Cliff resigned and retired in January and an appointment has not yet been made. There is a large and rather inconvenient vicarage without electric light and rather far out of the village and from the church. Adria recently sent me a copy of a Parish Magazine, in which Colonel Rundle the churchwarden had written some notes. He said that only one possible vicar had paid a visit to the parish (and no more was heard of him apparently). There are a good number of clergy with the force is just now and it is not easy to fill the vacant livings. When I was last at Dallington (Northampton) I had a message for Harry from cousin Margaret (Rands). She sent her love, and good wishes to the new little cousin, whose photograph she had tried to see, but her blindness makes it difficult to distinguish anything. We have lost a good many of our evacuees, children and adults who have been drifting back to town as the bombing has (temporarily) slowed down. I hope that they will not come in for another outbreak of the Luftwaffe's fury. They do not like the country, especially such an out of the way place as Lois Weedon. And the weather too has been very trying this winter, with such heavy falls of snow, and icebound roads. It is a least a little more like spring, and my garden is bright with aconites and snowdrops, though the daffodils are backward, and I fear we shall have few flowers for the Easter decorations. I think I last wrote when I was acknowledging your kind Christmas gift. I opened a tin of cheese recently and I have been enjoying its contents. It is difficult to get cheese so the gift was very welcome. I hope this letter will escape submarine attacks and come safely through to Grange Hills.
Many thanks once more for Edward's photograph, and much love and a kiss to him and with love to you and Harry.
Yours affectionately
E. V. Fenn

Lois Weedon
Towcester
26 July 1942.
My dear Harry
I was in Northampton yesterday to meet Adria who came over from Cheltenham for tonight's so as to see something of Edgar. She has just had a letter from Margot, and I was interested to hear news of you all, and to see another photograph of my godson, and note how he is growing up into a fine little chap. Edgar is still in Northampton, but he is moved on now to the Dallington Convalescent Home, and he is making such progress, that he can walk by himself with the aid of one crutch. The matron thinks he will be discharged this week. As his accident happened on April 17 he will be glad to get out of hospital after 15 weeks. He may come here to me for a time but we have settled nothing yet. Adria seemed well, and likes her office work. She could only come for two nights, and she put up at a Northampton hotel and will be returning today. I had a brief holiday last month, staying at Cumberland House Hotel in Earls Court Square from a Monday to Thursday. I was in Richmond each day. On Tuesday, I had tea and dinner with Mabel and Adria, and that they talked to me about Grace's last days. She did not have a long illness and died very peacefully. Enid came to stay and to help them out, and Stacey, the solicitor, was at the funeral and helped in other ways. I also called on the Bateman's who had not long before lost Jessie, the first of the six sisters to die. Dolly is the great invalid now, and Lucy the eldest looks well and young for her years. One evening I went to Lawn Crescent Kew and had an evening with Nancy. She got home early that evening but the night before she had been working in the hayfield till nearly 11 p.m. and had to rush home on her bicycle through Richmond, as she had no lamp, and only just managed to get home before lighting up time. She has a bed sitting room on the ground floor, with a window opening into the garden, and she goes out that way in the early hours of the morning, when she goes to work. There was a harp in the room, and she can still keep up her music when occasion offers. But I think she spends much of her spare time with Mrs Shuttleworth. I had one morning at Hampton Court. The galleries were deprived of all the best pictures, and the tapestry had also been removed to a place of safety, but the gardens where as beautiful as war time permits, and I enjoyed and alfresco lunch by the pond. As I was leaving I heard some merry laughter from the maze, which still attracts and amuses as it did when we were boys. I was interested to see in Adria's letter from Margot, that a letter of mine took some six months to reach you, and sent by air mail too! However it did arrive eventually. I think I shall send by ordinary mail in future. I heard of Dolly recently through a letter to Edgar, she is living in Bournemouth again, as Cheltenham gives her rheumatism and, at the time of writing, was going on a visit to Muriel Julius who has a house at Petersham. So she may see something of Nancy who bicycles through P every day to and from her work. Our flower show this year is September 5 C. H. Middleton will be with us as show superintendent, but I do not suppose we shall have the privilege of a show broadcast. The BBC will probably seek a different part of the country this year, if they again broadcast a "Victory Show". There is more chance now of a good show, since we have had some rain. It was really dry all through June, and gardens and allotments were parched. July has been rainy, and on Monday morning (27th) I measured .75 in of rain, the highest fall of the year.
Well my dear Harry, I hope the winter has not proved very trying for your work, and that the arthritis has been less troublesome. My love to Margot and yourself and to dear Edward.
Your affectionate brother
E. Vanderzee Fenn

From the Bishop of Oxford
88 St Aldate's
Oxford (Tel 47319)
17 viii . 42
My dear Mr Fenn
I must send you a few words to tell you how distressed I am at your brother's death, and how deeply I sympathise with you. In 1936 I took duty for Mr Taylor at Hanslope during the summer and saw a great deal of your brother. His quiet, gentle charm and genuine devotion to our Lord shone out in everything that he said and did, and it was easy to to be the great hold which he had upon the people of Castlethorpe. It will be long before his frequent memory is forgotten; and I shall always think of him as one of the most faithful of our Lord's disciples whom I have met. Your loss must be a very great one, but I venture once more to assure you of my most genuine sympathy.
Sincerely yours
Kenneth Oxon.
Please do not trouble to answer this.

Lois Weedon
Towcester
Northants
9 December 1942.
My dear Harry
The post has brought the NZ parcel of good things, which you and Margot had so kindly sent me. It is very good of you and I did not expect any present in these war days. The food gifts are very welcome and the cheese will provide many a meal. I wrote about a month ago and since then I have had a letter from you in which you mention are Daily Mirror. I have not renewed to subscription, and as you think it has rather deteriorated I will try to find some other paper for my annual present. Last month Mrs Legg had one of her bronchial attacks but on this occasion she developed bronchial pneumonia and after a brief illness she died of heart failure. It was just after her 79th birthday. I miss her very much, for she had been with me since Cuckfield day's, 35 years ago, and she knew all my ways and looked after me faithfully so long as she could. I was alone for a week or two with daily help, and then I engaged a houseman, who so far is doing admirably. He can cook me a nice dinner and can do the household meaning and he always seems to be at work. I hope he will stop on and not find this out of the way spot to quiet. If he is an extreme High churchmen and was at one time connected with a religious community: his name William Hunt.
You will have heard no doubt, that Charlie has left Alston Court for the winter months, and gone to Sandy Lane Petersham and that Nancy is back on her farm at Ham. Charlie feels the cold very much and with shortage of fuel supply it was difficult to keep Alston Court reasonably warm. They could get no help for housework, and the blackout was a problem. The Powalls had sold or taken away their curtains and it is not possible to get any quantity of blackout material now, not sufficient to cover the windows of the hall for example. I hope they will be comfortable and warm in their little villa. If possible I shall try to go and see them after Christmas.
I miss Edgar very much, we used to enjoy our Northampton meetings, when we could exchange letters and discuss affairs. Now I have two spend my afternoons in town alone. I should like after Christmas, to see about a memorial stone for his grave and I shall go over to Castlethorpe to see to things and have a night at the Cooks. I am sorry that your arthritis gets worse. It would be a relief if you could get rid of the farm had a reasonable price and have a rest. It is evidently too much of a strain on you now. I am glad to get good news of my godson and shall look forward to seeing a photo when he is next taken. Give him my love and a kiss from me.
Much love to you and Margot and so many thanks for your very kind and useful present.
Your affectionate brother
E. Vanderzee Fenn

Lois Weedon Vicarage
Towcester
3 January 1943
My dear Margot
I have just had two letters from you. The first (dated 16 October) came on New Year's Day with a photograph of my godson, which I was very pleased to have. How the little chap is growing, and what a fine boy he is! The second letter came the next day, it had a quicker journey for it was dated November 10. You were writing them about the news of Edgar's death. Thank you for your message and for all you have written. I miss Edgar very much as we were always able to meet in Northampton, and it was so nice to have him near at hand. We used to exchange letters, and discuss parish matters and generally help one another. Each year also we changed over for a weekend and took each other's Sunday duties.
When I last wrote I was thanking you for the Christmas parcels and for your kindness in sending us such useful presents. The one sent to Edgar was bordered to be, and I have divided the contents between Charlie Adria and myself. Letters also have arrived for Edgar and a photograph of Edward. Since my last letter I have lost my faithful old housekeeper Mrs Legg (Harry met her several times at Kirkby and Lois Weedon) she had bronchitis each winter and this last attack was too much for her heart. She had been with me for 35 years, with her elder sister, who died eight years ago, and she was very loyal and devoted. I have now engaged a manservant, William Hunt by name, and we are getting on well together. He is very diligent, cooks a good meal, and can mend my clothes. So he is handymen generally and I hope he will stay on. We had a quiet Christmas, rather austere from the children's point, as toys are unobtainable, or can only be had at a vast price. It is also difficult to give children fetes, tea parties and so on. I went over to my neighbour at Helmdon Rectory at 1.30 when my services were finished and had a Christmas dinner with the family. He is a man called Ball, who began work in an Australian parish and married an Australian wife. They are good friends to me and make me welcome at their house at any time. Harry once met the former Rector and had tea at Helmdon Rectory, when he was here in 1938. Adrian writes that she is still busy at Rotols Ltd, but she got a day or two at Christmas, and she again joined Colonel and Mrs Birt for the evening of Christmas day. I am hoping to go to London on Monday week 18 and just being two nights with Charlie and Ella in their temporary home in Sandy Lane Petersham. I went to see Charlie about Edgar's affairs. The solicitor who is dealing with the will is Mr John Rand's of Northampton (Harry will know him) and he has been asking me several questions likely which I can better discuss by seeing Charlie than by letter writing. I shall also have a couple of days with Ella and Nancy whom I have not seen since last February. We are getting wintry weather with some snow but no severe frost at present.
The enclosed is an excellent snapshot taken by some friends of his win he was staying away from Castlethorpe a year or two ago.
I was glad to hear news of you all of you will and send you my love and a special kiss to my godson. All good wishes for 1943
Yours affectionately
E. Vanderzee Fenn

Lois Weedon
Towcester
11 March 1943
My dear Margot
I have received this morning the paper which you have so kindly sent me, describing Dunedin and its surroundings. It makes me realise more than ever what a beautiful country New Zealand is. Thank you so much for sending the book. Since I last wrote to you to thank you for the photographs of Edward; I have stayed two days with Charlie and Ella. They have found a very comfortable little home in Petersham for the winter months, as you probably know, and it was easier for me to get there for a brief visit then to go to Nayland. Travelling in England just now is not pleasant. There are very few trains for ordinary passengers, so they are always crowded and one is lucky to get a seat and not have to stand in the corridors. I saw something of Nancy, who looked very flourishing just then. She was quite close to her farm, when she had her temporary home at 7 Sandy Lane and she will be sorry when C & E return to Nayland. Ella tells me that after a long search may have found her some nice lodgings, so I hope she will be more comfortable than she was at Kew last summer. Charlie seemed fairly well, and gets along all right if he takes his time and goes slow was it has also been a wonderful winter without any severe weather, and that has helped Charlie to keep fit as the cold is particularly bad for him. We had it very wet all through January but lately it has been fine day after day and everything is very much advanced in the gardens. Everything is early except Easter, which comes as its latest possible date, when I am afraid all the daffodils and primroses will have long been over and we shall be short of flowers for church decorating was the last week I went over to Castlethorpe to see how Edgar's grave was being looked after, and to see if I could make some arrangements with a stonemason for a memorial stone. I found that friend is working airing to the grave and there was a holly wreath still surviving from Christmastime, which the Sunday School had given. The children were very fond of Edgar. I stayed the night with a churchwarden and his wife Mr and Mrs Cook, at the house where Harry spent a week on the occasion of his visit to Castlethorpe in 38 so he knows the Cooks well. Whenever I see them play always enquire tenderly after Harry and I gave them what news I had when I was there last week. They have two evacuee boys who come from Leyton and have been a Castlethorpe for three years. The children, who have remained evacuee in country villages all the war, will find it strange when they return to home life in town's again. Many of them have already gone back and I am afraid if Hitler starts bombing again, as he may very likely do, when he gets desperate, there will be a great loss of child life. My houseman William and I are getting on well together. He has done a lot of cleaning up the vicarage. Mrs Legg used to lament over its state when she got past doing much work, and when anyone came in "to oblige" it was chiefly to see to my meals and if Mrs Legg was poorly, so the cleaning got shelved. William is a great churchman and gets up especially early on a Sunday morning so as to have time to get to the services.
I missed Edgar when my birthday came round, for on or about that date we used to meet in Northampton, have a special lunch together and perhaps go to the cinema to celebrate the occasion. I do not care to go to a cinema alone, so I seldom go now, unless there is some very good film, and I happen to be with Charlie. Harry's birthday is near and will be long past when this reaches you, but I send my belated good wishes that he may keep up his health and strength, for the strenuous farm work. I am glad to hear of my godson and he is doings always are of great interest to me. I remember the little chap every day and I have a gift to send him - when the war is over and ships are not likely to go to the bottom. Meantime my loving kiss to him and with love to both.
Affectionately yours.
E. Vanderzee Fenn.
P. S. Harry once wrote in a letter that Edward was like the "Bubbles" in Millais picture. I came across the enclosed cutting in the Telegraph recently and I thought of you in NZ and Edward in particular when I read it.
EVF

Lois Weedon
Towcester
27 April (1943?)
My dear Henry
My last letter was to Margot, so I am writing to you this week. We have had a nice Easter, the sun shone and it was really warm, though the wind was very strong, damaging the fruit blossom I fear. The people came in good numbers to church. I wonder whether you had a service that day. It was in Margot's last letter. I think that she told me you had gone to church and she was at home looking after Edward; so I suppose you do get occasional services in the neighbourhood and I seem to remember you telling me of a place near you called ? Te Munga or something of that sort of sound. Are you churchwarden? I have not much family news. Adria wrote from Cheltenham last week she told me they had voted for the date of their summer holiday at Rotols (her place of business) and much to her annoyance the majority chose the week before the bank holiday in August, when she will find travelling at its worst, and when it is almost impossible to get accommodation, scratch that. I suppose she told you that last year she went to Barmouth and actually stayed in Porkington Terrace though not in the identical house, I think where we all spent such a lovely holiday in 89. She wanted me to go with her, but I cannot get away for a Sunday in wartime and I do not care to go such a long journey for the inside of a week, travelling is so very trying at these times and one may have to stand in the corridor for the whole journey, and the trains are late, and run very infrequently. In fact the companies do all they can to stop the public from travelling, and when you go to a Railway station you are faced with a great notice "Is Your Journey Really Necessary?" and conscience often has to reply No. We were roused up early Sunday morning (of course the Germans must choose Easter Day! by two bombs exploding in our next village. I think a plane was being pursued and cast the bombs overboard to lighten the weight, however it did not get away. The bombs fell on a farm and demolished all the farm buildings and killed a pedigree bull and other cattle and damaged a house, though the occupants escaped. Although they fell nearly 2 miles from L W vicarage than lawyers, in the middle of the night, seemed to reflect. Though they were actually some happy folk who have never heard anything. People who, as Charlie would say, sink into a "hoggish slumber", who would sleep through a thunderstorm or anything. My man, William, at the vicarage is one such person: and when I asked him next morning what he thought of the bombs, replied "what bombs". William is getting on all right and getting used to my ways by this time, he has been with me five months. He is not such a cook as Mrs Legg, and I do not let him make pastry now, after some disastrous experiments but that is a trifle, especially in war times. I have not heard from Charlie lately, but I suppose he is at Nayland again now. He was to give up his tenancy of the Petersham house at the end of March, and Nancy was going into rooms again. I am afraid Charlie will never settle at Nayland. The house is too big for them in these days of no domestic help, and too cold, when such economy of coal must be practised. Besides I think Ella is fond of suburban life, and likes to be in touch with London. So I wonder what will happen to Alston Court after the war. Income-tax to makes a big hole in a fixed income.
28 April.
I began this letter yesterday when I was in Northampton, waiting for Mrs Doyne, who kindly gave me a lift home at night. Most of the shops were shut apart from grocers and restaurants and a few others, but I did all the shopping I wanted. It was an extension of the Easter holiday. Some shops were to close all week. They have not much to sell or they cannot deal with any more orders so they close their shutters. I missed Edgar this week, for we always used to meet in Easter week for a holiday afternoon together and generally go to a cinema. I never care to go to one alone now. This is a poor paper, like blotting paper but it gets awful now in quality and in price! I hope that you are keeping well or as well as you can be with this horrid leg trouble, and that the farm work goes on all right. My garden is in rather a ruinous state as I have no regular garden one, can't be had! One man comes along of a evening and does the vegetable garden. The rest I do what I can with myself and get a boy to help me with the mowing.
My love and a kiss to Edward and with much love to Margot and to yourself.
Your affectionate brother
E. Vanderzee Fenn

Lois Weedon Vicarage
Towcester
16 June 1943
My dear Margot
you're welcome letter reached me this morning (postmark 2 April). It was nice to have your news and I am glad that all goes well. I have been expecting to hear from Charlie as he is proposing to come to me for a week. This time he is going to dispose of his car which I have been housing for him for a long time. He does not think that he will drive any more. Last week I had a line from Ella saying that he was not over well, suffering from neuralgia, and he would write when he felt more able to make the journey to L W . He is still in difficulties over the great Nayland house, as Ella cannot obtain help and is finding the work too much for her.
Friday. I began this letter in Northampton, when I was waiting at the Church House for someone who was taking me home by car. Since then you're very kind, and very acceptable, present has reached me. Many thanks indeed to you and Harry for the parcel of good things. It has come at a good moment too, for I have just heard from Charlie that he is proposing to come here next week. While he is with he is hoping to sell his car which stands inactive in my coach house. He does not think he will drive a car again, and it will be as well to get rid of it now. So I have put an advertisement in the local paper for him, and I hope to have some enquiries before he comes next Wednesday. He has not been to see me since last August, when we were returning from our sad visit to Castlethorpe. The name Castlethorpe reminds me that I met a man from that parish recently, and he told me they have not yet succeeded in finding a successor to Edgar; Alleyne to the number of clergy on active service and for other reasons. One man came for a few weeks, but did not prove success, and soon departed. The vicar of Hanslope has to manage as best he can with help from a lay reader's. I am hoping to go over to the parish soon to see about the memorial stone in the churchyard. It is not a time for holidaymaking but I want to get a few days off during the summer, and Charlie has asked me to spend them at Nayland. I have not been there for four years. Charlie, I am afraid finds the house rather a burden than a blessing. It seems to be impossible to get domestic help and it is too big a place to keep tidy and clean without a lot of work of which Ella feels she is not capable. I think they would both like a small house near London, which could be managed more easily, and prove warmer in the winter months than the great house at Nayland. The solicitor, St John Rand of Northampton, is taking a long time to settle the affairs connected with Edgars will. It will soon be a year since he died, and at this time last year I was going backwards and forwards to the hospital, as he lay there during those long 14 weeks. Rand's is short of help in his office, and there is always much delay in legal matters, and more than ever in wartime. From Lois Weedon and there is nothing of great interest to report. We had a Field Day on Whit Monday for the Home Guard and Civil Defence Forces with all sorts of races and competitions in shooting etc. Unhappily it was a wet afternoon, and though there were some 1500 people present we did not take as much money for the Red Cross as we had hoped. As treasurer I could only bank L205 gross takings and the expenses, band and so on were heavy. Our local MP was there and C H Middleton and fighter pilot spoke (by means of a microphone) of some of his experiences in the Mediterranean. We have just started our Wings for Victory week, and the small Towcester district is aiming at L80,000. I hope the target will be reached. Here in our small school we are aiming at L250 worth of savings during the week. We are having rather a poor summer. It has been wet and rather cold most of this month, and now we are well past the middle of June and have had but little summer weather. Some haymaking has begun and I hope the weather will improve. My love and a kiss to my godson. I shall be pleased to have copy of his latest photograph (taken at Wellington) some day. I have quite a collection now, which I keep together to watch the progress he makes. How quickly he is growing out of his baby days.
With many thanks indeed to you both for your most kind gift and much love.
Affectionately yours
E. Vanderzee Fenn

Lois Weedon Vicarage
Towcester
4 July 1943
My dear Henry
Since writing to Margot towards the end of last month to thank you both for the welcome parcel of good things, I have had a letter from you with a photo of the family dated 30 April. What a big chap Edward is getting! I have a collection of his photos from one taken in December 40 (aged 10 weeks) down to the present day photo. Most of our old books disappeared either when we left Grey Friars, or at the big turnout after Mater's death; and I am afraid the nursery rhymes all went on these occasions. At the present time it is almost impossible to buy books for little children, which are worth having. I should like to send out some of our old favourites for Edwards use. Charlie has just been staying a week with me. One reason for his visit was that he might sell his car, which I have been housing for a long time. He does not think that he will drive again after the war and it is no use keeping on the car. There were several answers to his advertisement but the car has not gone yet. Charlie was pretty well, except for his permanent heart trouble, and he enjoyed a quiet time reading books and going for very long walks by himself. He preferred to go alone as he could make his own pace. On Sunday he read the lessons for me. When he left me he went on to Hampstead to stay two nights with Mrs Shuttleworth. Ella were was with Nancy at Ham, and she and Charlie were to meet next day and view a possible house at Kew, where they would like to live, if Alston Court can be let again. Next Monday I am hoping to get a few days holiday (Monday to Friday) in these times it is not possible to get a Sunday off, but I shall be glad even of a few days. I am going to Nayland, and it will be 41/2 years since I last went to Alston Court. Last year C & E could not manage any visitor owing to difficulties with the heating arrangements etc. I shall be glad to see the old place again. If it is let, I may not go to Nayland any more. During the time that the house was empty the garden was of course much neglected, and it has never recovered. In wartime it is most difficult to get jobbing or other gardens, though Charlie has a man in to work of an evening. I heard from Adria a day or two ago. She tells me that Mabel has had a slight stroke, and has to stay quiet with a nurse in charge. Poor Adria feels very much on her hands now. They have no resident maid, and only morning help. So much in the old days was done by Grace, that she is missed very much. Adria is hoping to have 10 days holiday or so from the office at the end of the month, and I am arranging to meet her in London one day and to spend a few hours with her, as we shall have no opportunity of seeing one another otherwise this year.A is going to spend her holiday with Ailwyne, a congenial spirit, also of the RC persuasion now as perhaps you know. Since beginning of this letter I have had another offer for the car which I passed on to Chas: who sent me a wire accepting it. Yesterday I said farewell to the old car which has spent so many months in my coach house, and the "ARK222" was driven off by a neighbouring bus proprietor from Helmdon. I thought that he got the best of the bargain, but of all the would-be purchasers not one could refrain from calling it an old car, its date was 35, though the engine was in good running order and the saloon car equal to new in general appearance. My man William still continues here. He is a bit nervy, owing to being in the Liverpool air raids, and so he has his "moods" but he carries on the work pretty well, though I miss Miss Legg very much in many ways. We have not had much summer weather yet. It is cold for July, and rather unsettled at present which is bad for those who have not got their hay in yet. The crops are generally looking well, and given some fine weather there should be a bumper harvest. There has never been so much corn grown in our parish in living memory. The farmers are being asked to plough even more ground in the coming autumn. I have a book or two which might please Edward, and I will make enquiries when I get back at the end of the week and when I am next in Northampton, as to how to send books to NZ.
Well my dear Henry, I hope that the old leg will cease to bother you so much. Many thanks for letter and photograph as for the parcel also, for which I have sent thanks as well in my last letter to Margot.
My love and a kiss to my godson and would love to you both.
Your affectionate brother
Vanderzee.
P. S. Tuesday 13 July Nayland
I brought the letter with me to finish it off at Nayland, where I am staying two or three days with Chas: an Ella, in case there was any special news. There is indeed some news for Chas has heard from Alston Fenn yesterday morning that he will buy Alston Court, which C had offered him recently. So C will be relieved of the burden of its upkeep, and he could not live here in the winter months either and the old home will still remain in the family and not go to strangers. It is sad to think however that it will no longer be a sort of home to us.
I found Charlie and Ella very well, and last night the new Nayland vicar, Canon Wright call and I had a chance of meeting him.
E. V. F.
Love from us all.

Lois Weedon
7 August 1943
My dear Margot
A few days ago I wrote to Harry and mentioned some children's books, which had been given me. Here are two of them with my love to Edward. It is most difficult now to get suitable books for children, and it may be the same with you, so I hope these will give him some pleasure. I will send on some more later on, and if they come in different packets, some at any rate should get through. This is a brief note to supplement my letter.
With much love to Edward and to you both.
Yours affectionately
E. Vanderzee Fenn.
My dear Edward
Here are some pictures for you to look at and some songs for you to sing: and I hope you will like them.
I have several pictures of you, and I can see how big a boy you are growing.
I send you my love and a steamer has to bring it to you all the way across the seas. I hope it will reach you safely.
Goodbye
Your loving uncle
Van

As from
Lois Weedon
10 August (1943)
My dear Henry
I am writing to you from Castlethorpe. It is just the anniversary of Edgar's death, last Saturday August 7th, and I came here yesterday, Monday, to see about the grave and to visit some old friends. I am staying with the Cooks who make me very comfortable and are so kind and hospitable. I had tea with the Clarkes when I arrived last evening. They have not been able to fill Edgar's place here and now a year has gone by. One man came for a few weeks, but he proved quite unsuitable, and soon had to leave. Mr Taylor the vicar, is having rather a difficult time, and he is well over 70 now. I am arranging for a memorial stone for Edgar's grave. The stonemasons are very busy with more orders than they can get through, and my order will not be finished for some time I'm afraid. A month or so ago I paid a brief visit to Nayland, I had not been there since 1938 (for the funeral), and possibly this may be my last visit! You may have heard from Charlie that he has sold the house to Alston Fenn. He found that he could not live there in the winter, and the place is far too big for Ella and himself alone, so he sounded Alston, who came over and had a look round and after a week or two wrote and said he would take it over. So he an Ella will be leaving in the autumn. They were fortunate in finding a small house in a road of Kew Green, houses are not easily obtained in these days, and here I hope they will find a comfortable home, and, as Charlie said, not have to move in a more. They have had so many homes, since he resigned his practice. My brief visit was very nice. We lived chiefly in the Still Room, which is more convenient for the pantry and the kitchen than the School Room. The garden is in fair order again, after much neglect, while the house was shut up, and Spooner comes in most evenings for some hours work. I met the new vicar Canon Wright. He called one evening (and stayed a long time! reminding me of the old Vicar at Great Bentley, who would not go that evening we were there) and talked over the proposed arrangements for a fete in the garden (which was held I believe at the end of July). He seems a nice cheery man, quite different from Cliff, who was so gloomy, and he does a lot in the parish. I also had a day in Colchester and visited some old haunts. I thought that I was going to miss seeing Adria this year, but we arranged a fortnight ago to meet in London, when she was on holiday and is staying at Paxford (?) with Ailwyn. We met at the Academy and spent our morning there. After lunch we visited St Paul's, and climbed to the stone gallery to view the scene round the cathedral. It is marvellous to think how the Germans, save for one bomb through the choir roof, failed to destroy the whole building in 1941, when the scene of desolation around showed how terrible the raids must have been. Adrian had a week's holiday and enjoyed fine and warm weather all the time. She was expecting to be back at work on August 3rd. When you last write you mentioning (sic) that Edward had none of the old books of nursery rhymes that we enjoyed the I am sorry that one cannot buy such books now, in fact in these war times it is difficult to get any suitable books for children, so I am sending some books to Edward which the grandchildren of Mrs Doge (?) of Lois Weedon House have given me. I hope they will be suitable. I have also got the "Cruise of the Walnut Shell" one of our old favourites and I will send this also. I have not made enquiries at the post office about the sending of books, but I will do so next time I am in Northampton.
Lois Weedon
Wednesday 12 August
I did not finish this at Castlethorpe. So I must get it off today. I returned last night after a very pleasant two days with the Cooks. On my way back through Northampton I called on cousin Margaret Rands at Dallington and had some tea with her. She always likes to hear news of the family, especially of Edward Liveing. By the way I took the last photograph to Castlethorpe to show your noble son there to the Cooks. They have seen earlier photographs that Edgar had.
Much love to Edward, I will write when I send the books, and with love to Margot and yourself.
Your affectionate brother
E. Vanderzee Fenn

Lois Weedon Vicarage
Towcester
2 September 1943
My dear Margot
I am sending on two or three more books which I have bought for Edward. I sent the last lot about three weeks ago, and I hope that they will all get through safely. They will not, I'm afraid reach him in time for the 20th, but I send my belated good wishes for many happy returns of the day. This month I am actually getting a free Sunday, I have not been away since July of 39 for a Sunday, but I have managed to get someone to come in here on 26th of September and Adria has got rooms for me in Cheltenham, so I shall spend a week there. It may be the week for the Flower Show, which is always a very good one. Adria is only working in her office for part time, so we shall be able to have some walks together in the afternoons. This is a busy time in the harvesting work. There is such a large acreage of corn, and such a lack of helpers that those who are at work had to put in long days. Up to the middle of August it was a very dry summer, but we have had a good deal of rain lately. Fortunately it was fine yesterday, when we held our annual Flower Show. About 1000 people paid for admission and enjoyed the many attractions besides the quantities of fruit, vegetables etc in the marquee. Mr C. St Middleton came for a week, and helped to complete the arrangements. He also presented us with a Silver challenge cup. Mrs Sitwell in whose grounds the show was held, got one of her friends to come and entertain us, Miss Hermione Baddely. I did not know much about her myself, but she is a great favourite on the stage and with the BBC. She gave one or two sketches which were much enjoyed. The show was not "broadcast" this year, as on the last two occasions.
You may have heard from Charlie recently. If not here is the latest news I have heard. He will be leaving Alston Court for good at the end of the month, and Alston Fenn and Dorothy will then be taking over the old home. It is sad to sever our connection with the house after all these years, but Charlie feels he is doing the right thing, and it will still remain in the family. Charlie is leaving the pastels, which naturally go with the house. It is so difficult just that the present to get houses, that he and Ella are very lucky to have hit upon just what they want. The little house at Kew is of a suitable size and is the district where they wanted to settle. I hope to go and see them in the winter.
Here I must end up. I will write again soon. The enclosed view appeared recently in The Time's and shows a part of the river side below the Terrace Gardens which the Town Council have bought in recent years. Harry will know it.
I hope you are all well. Much love to you all.
Affectionately yours
E. V. Fenn

Lois Weedon
Towcester
November 1943
My dear Margot
I am sending on a book for Edward, though I am afraid it will not reach him in time for Christmas. I hope that you have not already got me. At various times I have forwarded books new and old, which I hope will get through safely to NZ. We are still enjoying immunity from bombing, but London is often being attacked in his nuisance raids, when bombs are dropped anywhere. I have not heard from Charlie lately, so I do not yet know whether Kew has suffered. Adria writes happily from Cheltenham she tells me that Alston has been in residence at the Nayland home but I think he will not be able to settle there permanently until after the war. I last wrote on October 12 (as I see from my diary) so I have not much family news to add a present. Things are going on as usual here. The winter activities begin, the boys club is opened and a new movement called "The Youth Service Group", which has a branch here is starting its meetings again. Now that we are allowed to ring the church bells again, our Ringers Guild is coming to life once more, and we are to have a meeting of the Towcester Branch of which I am secretary, on Saturday. We have a short service, a wartime tea, and ringing on and off during the afternoon. The meeting is in Towcester some 7 miles from here. I hope to bicycle over if the weather is fit, but there is a Saturday bus which one can use. On Sunday we had our local Home Guard on parade for the Remembrance Sunday service and they turned up well.
I hope you are keeping well and that the warmer weather relieves Harry's rheumatism somewhat.
My love to you all and good wishes for 1944.
Affectionately yours
E. Vanderzee Fenn.
P. S. I think I did mention it before, but I add a P. S. to say how much I like those little snapshots of Edward which you sent to Adria. They came in strips and she cut me off my share when I was in Cheltenham in September.

Lois Weedon
29 February (1944)
My dear Henry
When I got back from a visit to Kew recently I've found 2 NZ letters awaiting me, one from Margot and one from you. Many for the latter and for your news, also for some interesting papers. I noted the church which Margot attended in the days of her training. I had been on visit to Charlie's new home in Priory Road Kew; but and I found them fairly comfortably settled in though workmen were still busy with outside painting. The position suits Charlie very well. He is close to the church on Kew Green and to the main entrance to Kew Gardens with no hills to climb! and there is a convenient bus stop at Kew Bridge. The first day I went to Isleworth hoping to see my old friend Hobday, who was vicar of All Saints Isleworth, the church down by the river. I found however that his health had broken down and that he had leafed. Sad to say the old church also was in ruins, only the tower and four walls are left. I went on to Richmond and after some lunch visited the cemetery, and went to the Bateman's. Again drew a blank, for no one was at home. On the following day Nancy took her day off (instead of the usual Saturday) and we went up to town together to see a film at the Leicester Square Cinema "His Butler's Sister" with Deane Durbin. Afterwards we went to tea with Aunt Alison at Kensington, and heard news of Alston and Olive. Aunt A lives alone with a faithful maid, Marg, who has long been with her. She is a last surviving aunt and she told me that she was 86. There has been a lot of bombing around that district, but she takes things very calmly and does not want to leave London. I thought Charlie was better than he has been lately. He has to take things very quietly and cannot stand any exertion. Occasionally he goes up to mamma-in-law at Hampstead and then stays the night (or nights) instead of attempting the journey in one day. He is much more comfortable in this small villa than he could ever have in in the big house at Nayland. The mentioned of Nayland reminds me, that it has been reported in the papers that an American airman making a forced landing with his plane recently managed just to avoid a descent on the main street in Nayland, but at the cost of his life. The Nayland people sent a message of gratitude and sympathy to his parents in America. Had he come down on the village it might have meant the destruction of the old house. This news came from Charlie in a letter of this morning. He also tells me that Aunt Alison has after all left her Kensington flat and has gone to Northampton! Marg, the faithful maid has a sister living there, and Aunt A we'll have some rooms in her house and still have Marg to look after her. I must go and see her tomorrow, when I shall be in Northampton. A short time ago Bishop of Peterborough summoned all the clergy to Synod. It was rather inconsiderate, as travelling is difficult now, and Peterborough at the far end of the diocese, is nearly 60 miles from here. I had given up the idea of being able to get their, when a Mrs Nesbitt, wife of the Rector of Barnack offered me hospitality, and so I went the day before, and spent a night at Barnack Rectory. This village is 10 miles from Peterborough and I got in by bus. Some 200 clergy attended and we got through our business by 3.30 so that I could manage to get home the same day. Now that the days are much longer we have started an evening service again on Sunday. Our church is not "blacked out" so we have to put evensong to three o'clock in the winter. It has been nice to get through another winter without any very severe weather especially as we are short of coal and have to make up with wood if we can get it. The county badly needs rain, we have had two dry years with rainfall much below average. You're beautiful cake has kept well and I am reserving it for special occasions. People who have come to tea and shared some of it are astonished to see such a fine fruitcake on my table. I have just been arranging for an inscription on Edgar's memorial stone, and I hope it will be put up in C Churchyard for Easter. It has taken a long time to get the mason to deal with my order; he had so many in hand and had lost his assistant.
Many thanks to Margot for her very nice letter. I will write next to her. Much love to dear Edward and with love to you both.
Your affectionate brother
E. Vanderzee Fenn
PS The Mirror comes to an end this month and I am arranging for another paper to take its place as you would like.

At Castlethorpe
9 January (1945)
My dear Margot
Letters have recently come from both you and Harry. Many thanks for your good wishes for the New Year and for all the news you send me. It is nice to hear that you are all well and settling down happily in your new home. I am having four days holiday Monday to Thursday, and I have come to my friends, the Cooks, at Castlethorpe. They are hospitable folk and always make my brief holidays enjoyable. It is very cold, and there is sprinkling of snow, with more to come evidently, while we have this bitter north wind. We have had two mild winters, and we cannot expect another; and after such a long spell of wet weather, I thought the frost would come after Christmas. On Christmas Day I had a busy time as I was helping at a neighbouring church without a vicar, as well as getting through my own duties. It was a foggy day and the car which took me to Moreton Pinkney was late in coming as the driver had trouble with the fog freezing on his windscreen and obscuring his view so I kept the congregation waiting but it could not be helped. At 12:45 I. bicycled over to Helmdon and had a Christmas dinner at the Rectory with a family party, and we made merry with a Christmas tree, which delighted the children. Mine share was a very warm Jaegar scarf which I am wearing during this cold spell. I had one or two people to tea recently and bought out the NZ cake which arrived before Christmas. The guests where astonished at such a prewar cake, the like of which we do not see. It is most kind of you to send it, a second one too, and it is certainly appreciated, thank you both very much. I had intended to go to Kew after Christmas but I am putting off my visit until the spring. Charlie will, I hope, be stronger and better then and also there may be fewer "alerts" and less worry from rocket and other bombs, which are still troublesome. It is good that Nancy has been released from her farm work to help at home. Ella found it was getting too much for her especially when Charlie had to stay in bed and Mrs Shuttleworth is ill, and she had to go to Hampstead frequently, and give home attention to her mother. Harry's letter, postmark 23 November, reached me on January 5 and yours of some days before took about the same time to travel. Evidently the mail is speeding up. I suppose the convoys travelled more quickly now, or there is a more frequent service of ships. Harry waxed quite eloquent in his letter as he described to me the scene around your house. It must be a lovely piece of country. Edward too will enjoy some companionship, and have some schooling when the time comes. We are just changing our headmistress at the local school. Our present mistress who has been with us barely 2 years is not a success. Fortunately she sent in her resignation in November and we have appointed a Mrs Haigh from Lincoln, who takes over the school in February. She is more of the type of a country school mists two young children, and rather an invalid husband, who can at any rate look after the house, while his wife teaches. So altogether we are looking forward to happier times at the school and more efficient management. I go to see Aunt Alison in Northampton most weeks and she gives me the news from Nayland. The vicar Canon Wright, had a midnight service on Christmas Eve in the hall at Alston Court. It is not possible to use the church at night and it was also a bit warmer for the congregation. They also had a party for the Girl Guides one evening. Alston when he is on leave reads the lessons in church. They seem very happy at home and love the old house, though they have complained of the cold this winter. There has been skating on the flooded meadows and the frost some nights at Christmas time was very severe. The cold is rather trying when we are so short of coal. I have a good deal of wood however to help things out, and enough coke to keep a hall stove going. Mr and Mrs Cook are very interested to hear any news of Harry and I have brought his letter with me to give them the latest account of your doings.
Wednesday 10th. I must finish off my letter this morning it is colder today and there has been more snow in the night, so
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Lois Weedon Vicarage
Towcester
15 March (1945)
Mrs H. L. Fenn
Park St
Gleniti
Timaru
New Zealand
My dear Margot
Your interesting letter arrived this morning, and I was glad to know that my Christmas letter etc, had arrived in time. The last news I heard of you was from Charlie (or Adria) to the effect that Edward had met with a nasty accident and a bad cut on the face, though happily away from his eye. I hope that the wound has healed satisfactorily and that he will not have a scar on his face. I was especially pleased to hear of the possible arrival in the near future of a sister for Edward. Your spelling of mother's name is quite correct, she was Katharine Pauline. It is generally spelt with an e when it is written Catherine so I understand. Mother was always Katie to her friends and Aunt Katie to her many nephews and nieces. I have not had much family news lately, save a brief letter from Adria. I dare say you know that she has bought No. 2 St Lukes Villas and she hopes now to get her furniture out of store, and to feel that she is in her own home again, after all these years lodging in other people's houses. Charlie is still weak and much the invalid, though he is better than he was some weeks ago. I am hoping to go to Kew after Easter for the inside of a week probably on the 23rd. The V bombs are still rather unpleasant in London and the South East generally but I hope they are beginning to become less frequent. The Germans are sure to make themselves as unpleasant as possible before the end comes, and may have some new horrors in store for us! My doors rattled one night about 12.0 recently and I was told there were some piloted planes about again, and that bombs had dropped on Banbury. It is a long time since we had any in the Midlands. I go to see Aunt Alison (Fenn) most weeks, in Northampton. She is getting very tired of Cedar Road, and her lonely existence. She has been there just a year. She still hopes to get to a hotel or a flat again soon, but they are asking exorbitant prices and there are few vacancies. I wish she would go to Alston Court to her daughter-in-law, but I think they are not over affectionate to one another, to put it mildly! There are a good many mothers-in-law who think their beloved son's "might have done better". Tuesday is usually my day off when I make the expedition to Northampton (and William goes by bus on a Wednesday) I make use of my bicycle and the train, and I find Northampton is less crowded on a Tuesday and it is possible to get a table for some lunch. Wednesday is a market day and the town is full of buses from all the neighbouring villages. In previous years when Edgar and I met we used to go to the cinema when there was a film worth seeing, but since he died I have not been to a cinema at all in Northampton. My only visits are made when I am staying with Charlie and Nancy and I go to something in town. I heard recently (through our cousin Dolly Cotes) that one of the Giles family (also cousins) had died a week or two ago. This was Valentine G who had lately been living in Bexhill. There is only one brother left now, Lionel, who is in the British Museum. Harry would probably have seen the Giles family last when I was at Cambridge, where their father was Professor of Chinese, after he left the Consular service.
We aren't getting nice spring weather, after a cold winter, and I hope it will last over Easter. It is good weather for the farmers. The very wet autumn made them behind hand with ploughing and sowing, but now they have generally got their work well in hand.
You ask after *William. He has not left me, in fact I think he finds himself very comfortable and does not feel that a change would be to his advantage! We get along; but he is very trying at times. I shall not try the experiment of a man housekeeper again. Last month we lost our old parish clerk, William Hinton. He had held office for more than 40 years and was a loyal and faithful helper at the church, I shall miss him very much and his place will be hard to fill. The old-fashioned type of parish clerk is not to be found nowadays. I am glad that The Times gives you both some interesting reading. I have this morning, on receiving a reminder from the Office renewed my subscription. So there will be no break in its regular arrival, I hope.
I will write when I have been to Kew, all while I am there on holiday and give you any news of the family. My love to Edward and a kiss, I shall look forward to one of his drawings one-day.
With much love to you both,
Affectionately yours
E. Vanderzee Fenn
PS what do the letters after Gleniti (in the address you wrote on your letter) mean?
Two page letter in its envelope addressed as above.
*In a letter from Adria Fenn July 28 1946, William, is reputed to have been somewhat less than satisfactory.

Lois Weedon
Towcester
Northants
6 May 1945
My dear Henry
My last letter was to Margot so I must send this to you. I have, a few days ago, been on a visit to Kew. I stayed from a Monday to the following Friday. I had not seen Charlie since last August and he has had a bad winter, so I was anxious to go to Kew and see him again. I thought that he was looking better, at any rate later than I had expected from Ella's reports. He had been to the gardens on the Monday I arrived and was on his way home when I got off the bus on Kew Bridge, so we walked back together. He moves very slowly, and he's to take things quietly. He does not get up until 11 or 12 o'clock. Nancy is still at home and I was glad of it for she could come out with me. We went up to town next day and spent some time at the Studio One a cinema in Oxford Street. One of the films there is always a French one and we saw "Derrivre la Facade" a sort of detective story. The second film was "A Hundred Men And a Girl" with Deanne Durbin. I believe it is quite an old film but I had not seen it before. DD sings some find arias in it including Mozart's Alleluia Chorus. We both enjoyed it. After some tea we walked to the Marble Arch and then across to Hyde Park and through Kensington Gardens to High-Street Kensington where we got a bus for Kew. Wednesday I spent in Richmond by myself after a walk in K Gardens in the morning with Nancy. The gardens were lovely that week with masses of bluebells, and with the azaleas and some of the rhododendrons in bloom. I've visited the cemetery and found mother's grave still tidily kept. Then I had a walk up by the river and along Cholmondley Walk, and so to Wentworth House
where I had tea with Mabel and Adria. Mabel is better and gets up every day, only her speech is rather mumbled and she is a bit deaf. Adria was a wonder, she does all the house management now, with the help of an evacuee woman, and a nurse who comes daily to look after Mabel. She took me around the house to see the damage caused either last V. Bomb, or rather where the repairs had been carried out. I understand that not a pane of glass was unbroken and some of the frames were blown in as well. The front and back doors were also blown in and several ceilings came down. A bomb fell on the old stables where in the old days our horses and carriages were kept. They were of course completely demolished and the Carter Paterson stables also. From Wentworth House I went on to the Bateman's and found Lucy and Ida at home. Dolly is quite an invalid but Lucy, who is much older (79 this year) seemed wonderfully well, and does not look anything like her years. Jack B still goes on with his medical work in Devonshire or Dorset I forget the exact place. The next day Nancy and I went to Hampton Court. It is an easy journey, for a trolley bus from the Brentford side of Kew Bridge takes one right to the Bushy Park entrance. We had an alfresco lunch but it came on wet and we had to keep to the galleries and stay under cover till our return: so we missed the chestnuts in Bushy Park. Next day I returned to Lois Weedon. Now we are daily awaiting the announcement of V. Day or V.E. Day, which means, I suppose, Victory in Europe.
(Later) the announcement has just been made that tomorrow May 8th is to be Victory Day. The end has come more quickly than was expected, and I certainly never thought the German resistance would collapse in this way. I had intended to go to Northampton tomorrow to see Aunt Alison, but as it is to be a general holiday, I shall probably stay at home after all. We shall also be having a Thanksgiving Service in the evening and on the following Sunday as well. Mrs Cook still keeps me up in the Castlethorpe news and when I get her letters, there is always an invitation for me to go and pay them a visit. I am afraid they do not see much of a vicar of Hanslope; I suppose he pays more attention to the people at his end, and Castlethorpe folk are left out, but it does make them miss Edgar.
May 8. I must finish off this letter today. This morning the village is adorned with flags and the church bells have been ringing. One can only wish that it was the end of the whole thing, but I am afraid there is still much fighting in prospect in Japan and its neighbourhood. However we are thankful to have done with Germany and to feel that the horror of Nazi domination exists no more.
I hope all is well with the family.
Much love to Edward and to you both.
Your affectionate Brother
Vanderzee
P. S. this is rather "runny" paper. I hope you can make out what I have written.

Lois Weedon
Towcester
2 August (1945)
My dear Henry
Written a few days I have had letters from Margot and you. I am writing my first answer and I must send Margot a letter next. Your letter was dated June 6, when you were still waiting for a sale of the farm. I am glad that you have got a nice home to retire to in these days, when houses are so scarce. There is the same problem in England, but made it rather worse for us because of the numbers of bombed houses. There was a respite for a time from the air raids, until the Germans began sending their wretched "doodlebugs". I had intended to go to Kew for a brief holiday, but I put off my visit, as I did not want to spend my time in going to shelters and dodging the blast. And now I am expecting Charlie for a fortnight's visit. Ella and Nancy propose to go to Sherborne for the week's holiday due to Nancy from the farm, but Charlie does not care for long journeys now especially in holiday times when the trains are so packed that it often means standing all way, and travelling is no pleasure. Last weekend they had to close some of the big London stations which had become congested, and many people never got away at all. Today I have come in to Northampton where Charlie will arrive about 6 p.m., and we shall go out to L W by bus. I hope he will get a seat in the train and have a comfortable journey. He is very shaky now, and can only crawl along at a snail's pace. When he comes to me he spends his time with a book and an armchair, or a seat in the garden if the weather permits, and an occasional turn round the village. I must get him, while he is with me to send you a full account of your financial position under Edgar's will, and make things clear to you. As far as I can understand matters there was about L1600 apiece for the four of us. The only legacys were L25 to the Waifs and Strays Society, and the proceeds from the sale of his gold watch, his piano etc for Castlethorpe Parish. I believe that after the War they intend to use this money for some oak panelling in the chancel as a memorial to E J F. I am hoping to go to Castlethorpe for a day or two at the end of the month, possibly from a Saturday to a Wednesday and to stay with the Cooks. It will mean three services on the Sunday, rather a busmen's holiday! but it is a change to go to another parish and to see fresh faces from the pulpit. Edgar and I always used to make an exchange every autumn and do one another's work. Then the Cooks make me very welcome and give me a real rest (with a nine o'clock breakfast!). There is as you probably know, still no successor to Edgar, and probably never will be. The vicar of Hanslope, Wingate by name, has to run both parishes as best he can, so he will be glad if I can relieve him by taking all the services at Castlethorpe one Sunday as I hoping to do this month. Here I must close the first part of my letter and finish off later.
Later (very much so)
After finishing above I went up to Cedar Road and called on Aunt Alison. As perhaps you know she has fled the raid menace in London and come temporally to Northampton where her faithful maid, Marg has a sister and a house. They have taken Aunt A in and she is fairly comfortable, but rather lonely. I am her only visitor, save for one brief visit that Alston paid last weekend. He is on a war work in Denley and got a short leave in order to see his mother. When he gets a week later on he hopes to go to Alston Court, we're Dorothy and one of the daughters are now living and trying to manage to keep things going at the old house. I went to meet Charlie's train about six o'clock, when he duly arrived. He is very shaky on his legs, but I think his heart is rather better, and he seems pretty well in himself. He has a quiet time time (sic) here reading in the study or garden all day long save for an occasional stroll to the village. He prefers to go out by himself and to set his own place in walking. He crawls along, as he says, at half a mile an hour. Ella and Nancy were to leave this (Friday) morning for Sherborne. I hope they got away safely from Waterloo, and escaped flying bombs. Nancy only gets a week and is due back home on 12 August. I hope to keep Charles here until 16th. If possible we shall go to Northampton on the Wednesday bus day and he will be able to see Aunt Alison during the afternoon, and possibly Cousin Margaret (Rand's). She and Aunt A are both about 85. I have just been up to the school to bid the children farewell before their summer holiday. It is nice and fine now and harvesting is beginning, but we have had a poor summer, with chilly days and not much sunshine. Adria, by the way, is on holiday at Lytham St Anne's, where she is staying a fortnight with friends. I do not expect to see her this year. It is nice to hear news of my little godson and to know that he is such a fine little chap. I wish I could see you all again. (Excuse these odd bits of paper!) Love to "EbroFenn" and thank him for his lovely drawing of Martian warriors.
Love to you and Margot and many thanks to Margot for her letter which shall be answered next. Charlie joins me in greetings. He is at the present moment writing to his beloved Ella.
Fare thee well my brother.
Your affectionate brother
E Vanderzee Fenn.

Lois Weedon
September 5, (1945)
Mrs Fenn
Taiko Rural Mail Delivery
Gleniti
Timaru NZ
My dear Margot
It was a great pleasure to get your letter dated 22nd of July and to hear of the arrival of Katherine Julius and to know that all is well. I had your letter at the end of last week, that I have waited till I could get an airmail letter form in Northampton, so that I might get an answer through to you more quickly. Your letter reached me on 1 September, and brought the news fairly quickly for these times. I can imagine how delighted Edward is to have a baby sister. My letter will not arrive in Timaru to bring him a birthday greeting, but the small sum of money (as my last letter told you) is a gift for him on his fifth birthday, and I am glad to know from your July letter that it has come through - more quickly than I expected. The banks may have a speedier means of communication. We are having a dull and rainy spell. It is disheartening for the farmers who still have a lot of corn in the fields, and long for a little sunshine. It feels quite like autumn already. William has gone off to Northampton so I am on my own head cook and bottle washer. Next week he is going to a friend in London for tonight's, so I shall have still longer to look after myself.
Adria writes to me from Nayland where she is enjoying a brief holiday, and seeing many old friends after an absence of six years. I have not heard from Kew since August 18 Charlie was then keeping pretty well. Ella was the invalid for the time being and Nancy has her hands full. It is a good thing that she is able to be at home and help to run the house. By the time you receive this the christening will be over, I expect. You will be able to have it in a church this time. I think you had a sort of private christening for Edward.
So I send my good wishes for little Katherine, and my hearty congratulations.
With much love to you all.
Yours affectionately
E. Vanderzee Fenn.
Air Letter.

Lois Weedon
Towcester
24 September (1945?)
My dear Margot
Your letter dated 30 July has just reached me. I had posted a letter the previous day to Harry and sent off a small book for Edward. By the time this reaches you, I expect the move will be completed, and you will be living at Gleniti. Many thanks for the new address. What a quaint name Gleniti! Is it a village near Timaru or just a district in the town itself? We have come once more on to the Harvest Thanksgiving season and our festival is next Sunday October 1st. On the whole it has been a good harvest in this part of the country, though there was a long spell of wet weather during the harvesting, and some corn will not be of a very good quality. I cannot get a "strange" preacher on a Sunday unless I make an exchange, and as I do not like being away from my own church at a Harvest Festival, it means that I take my place in my own pulpit and preach to my own folk. The following Sunday we shall have Harvest services at the other church at Plumpton. There is not such an abundance of flowers as they used to be at this time, and very few chrysanthemums, where there are greenhouses they are full of tomatoes, and flower gardens often look sadly neglected. Lawns are unmowen, and beds are full of vegetables. It will take some time after the war for things to recover. We had one of our Ringers meetings recently in Brackley. I have been secretary of our (Towcester) Branch of the Guild for some years. We could not do much when there was a ban on ringing, but we have been able to start our meetings again. We have a service and a (picnic) tea in these times, with a business meeting and then ring their various methods during the afternoon and evening. The number of ringers has decreased off late years of course, and we have to make up our band with young boys. I have come to Northampton today and bought my letter to finish off at the Church House while I wait for my bus. I stopped at Towcester this morning on my way in, and when I was at the Post Office, the postmaster said there was a parcel for me from NZ and would I take it. I could not carry it around all day, so it will be delivered at L W tomorrow. The reason why the postmaster mentioned its arrival was, I found out, that he wanted the stamps for his little girl "and could I oblige him". I told him to take them off by any means. It is of course, the cake which has travelled through safely. Thank you so much for your kindness in sending it. I am sure it will be very nice and that I shall much enjoy it. I have just come from Cedar Road where I have been a visiting our Aunt Alison also she feels rather lonely at this isolated district of Northampton, where she sees nobody between my visits. I am hoping she will get away before winter. She has the offer of a room at Alston Court, but I fancy she dreads the cold in that great draughty house and does not feel the . . . . . winter there (she is 85 now). Olive the daughter is coming up from Eastbourne next week to see what arrangements she can make. I am keeping the Mirror as I thought you might like the pictures, and have The Times for reading matter.
I do hope you are all well. Much love to dear Edward and with love and many thanks to Harry and yourself.
Yours affectionately
E. Vanderzee Fenn

Lois Weedon
Towcester
24 April (1946)
My dear Henry
Your letter dated February 24 has reached me this morning. Many thanks for your letter and news. I was interested to hear of the bathing party and of Katharine's introduction to seaside life. I hope that in time Edward will enjoy swimming as much as his father and uncle's. You will probably have heard from Charlie, before this reaches you, of his sad loss. I did not know until recently that her trouble was cancer. In the end it developed with great rapidity and she was not kept to her bed many weeks. Nancy was splendid, nursing her mother and looking after her father and managing the household all through this trying time. I went up to Kew and stayed a night at Priory Road and took the funeral service, first at Kew Church and then at the cemetery Adria came up from Cheltenham for the day and Alston and Dick also managed to be present Charlie went through the ordeal very well. The hearse and cars were driven to within a few yards of the grave so he had not much walking to do and was spared getting up the hill on that side of the cemetery. He has, as you probably know, quite an invalid now and very shaky on his legs. He never thought for a moment that he was going to outlive Ella. It is good to know that he has so devoted a daughter as Nancy's to look after him. I hope to go and see them again next month. Adrian Todd, by the way came to the funeral service. She seemed very well but I only had a moment to speak to her. Dick told me that he was doing very well at his new school near Chichester. He spent most of the war years with a few boys at a hotel on Bodmin Moor a very lonely part of Cornwall. When the evacuation period ended he bought (or rented perhaps) quite an estate near his old school site in Sussex. The venture was risky, but it has proved successful, and he has now some 60 boys and no vacancies for a year or two. Alston has quite become the squire of Nayland. He is churchwarden and reads the lesson on Sunday. He is also bellringer! He spends most of his time gardening, and hopes to make the garden profitable. I have just been an hour with Aunt Alison. She is still in Northampton, though Alston has tried hard to get her to come to live with him and Dorothy at Alston Court. She thinks that Nayland would not suit her in the winter time. She was very interested to hear news of you and the children and Margot. Your letter had just come in time for me to tell her about you all. When I was at Kew Charlie showed me George Julius's remarkable family tree. I only had time to examine the tree in part, but it is an immense work and taken a lot of time and trouble to compile. I think that Mrs Stevens original researches were incorporated in "Julius Jottings" which Frank Brewin (I think) edited some 46 years ago. It is most kind of you and Margot to talk of sending a parcel. I wish that the food situation in England would improve, we expected much when the warring that but instead it seems rather worse than it was even in war days; chiefly because of our starving neighbours on the continent. If you do send again, when Christmas comes round, perhaps, you must send what you can best obtain. Personally I prefer honey for one thing, though it does not travel very well! It is my hope one day to get to NZ but for some time it will be difficult to book a passage. Things may improve in a year or two.
With much love to my godson and to Katharine and with love to you and Margot.
Your affectionate brother
Vanderzee
PS I have just been renewing my subscription to The Times weekly edition. I hope it will still give pleasure. Let me know if you would like any other paper or magazine.

Lois Weedon
May 15, (1946)
Mrs Fenn
Taiko Rural Mail Delivery
Gleniti
Timaru NZ
My dear Margot
I have just received your very kind gift. The parcel was full of good things, and William has made me a nice suet pudding already. Many thanks indeed to you and Harry for so kindly sending it. Today I am writing in Northampton at the Church House, while I wait for the time of my returning bus. I have been to see aunt Alison at Cedar Road, and after tea she came out in a taxi for a drive with me. She is very much confined to the house, and she therefore enjoyed the rear opportunity of a drive round in the evening, when I could go with her to help her in and out. We've visited the old Round Church, one of the four in England, which she was anxious to see. The weather is not very summerlike yet, in fact we're having colder weather than we had in March and April, with some night frosts. I wrote to Harry a fortnight or so ago after I had been to Kew for the funeral. You will have heard from Charlie or Nancy, I expect, telling you the sad news. Adria wrote this week to say that she had been at Wentworth House for a night or two. She went to Colchester one day to fetch some things from the bank. Now that she has her own house she can get her furniture and other goods out of store. She wants me to go to Cheltenham and I am hoping to get their in July. We are not feeling much interested in the so-called Victory Day (June 8). There is no settled peace to celebrate and the food shortage makes it difficult to get up festivities in which eating and drinking play a part. In our own parish we are confining the celebration to a children's day with sports and a tea of some sort. Some places are not doing anything at all. After a lapse of seven years County Cricket has started again and Northants have raised a team. At first I thought I would not join the club again. Edgar and I were both members for years and I enjoyed going to see a match with him. However I have joined after all and I shall go sometimes on my own, though it will never be quite the same again. I hope in any case to see Indian cricketers who will be visiting Northampton on June 26th. I am sending this brief letter by Air Mail to let you know of the arrival of the parcel and to send my most grateful thanks. I must write at more length next time.
Much love to Edward and Katherine and with many thanks to you both and my love
Affectionately yours
E. Vanderzee Fenn
Air Letter

From Castlethorpe.
30th July 1946
My dear Henry
The address we all show that I am having a few days holiday. On the 22nd I went to Cheltenham and stayed with Adria. This is the first time she has had an opportunity of putting me up and I was unable to stay at St Luke's villas. She has now got her furniture and pictures out of storage and has her own things round her and it seems more like home. Mrs Rowden is unfortunately quite the invalid and this gives Adria a lot to do. There is taking up breakfast in the morning, for Mrs R does not get up till late, the shopping, and most household duties. However we had the afternoons free and made several expeditions together. One day we had a motorcoach drive to Stroud, Malmesbury (where there is a fine old abbey) and Cirencester. On two other afternoons we took a tea and picnicked on the hills. Each morning I went to the concert at the Town Hall. On the Friday afternoon I came on to Castlethorpe, where I am staying with the Cooks. I helped the vicar on Sunday by taking two services at C Church. Cook is the morning organist and halfway through the service the blowing apparatus went wrong and we had to sing unaccompanied. Afterwards Cook and others took off its front boards and discovered the cause of the mishap, so that at Evensong everything was in order. Miss Gregory is still playing the organ of an evening. You probably remember the old lady, who is very deaf. Cook does not do so much work now, and he has been at liberty to go about with me of an afternoon. I saw Joe Whiting yesterday, but I did not come across Bevidge, who will remember your visit and speaks of you when we met. The weather is not very good, but the farmers have started on their harvesting and the oats are being cut in many places. We are hoping for a good harvest this year and an early in two bread rationing. We shall have to do without cakes for the present if there are any spare coupons, they are wanted for a bag of flour. There is a rumour that potatoes will be rationed this year, but fortunately I always grow enough for our wants, and never have to buy any myself. I am expecting to be back at Lois Weedon tomorrow (Wed) night. We shall be busy preparing for our Church Fete on August Monday. This year there will be no tea provided and we cannot get bread or cakes for such functions, and people must be content with cups of tea, and ices and soft drinks. We are expected to send L160 a year from our small parish to the Bishop's Reconstruction Fund and the Fete is necessary for the purpose of raising this amount, which is a heavy demand upon us. I have heard several times recently from Alston, who wants me to marry Alison on September 14. She is engaged to a Captain (or Major) Redman of Alston's old regiment, the Sherwood Foresters; but I doubt if I can manage to get away as the wedding is on a Saturday, and I find it difficult to be away on a Sunday, and I have not been away for more than one Sunday in the year since 1939. Alston says that this will be the first wedding from Alston Court since our grandmother was married in 1840. Angela, Alston's other girl is at Wykeham Park, a school near Banbury, where she has a job. I am hoping to get her over to Lois Weedon one afternoon after the summer holidays. I go to see Aunt Alison, who is still in Northampton, each week, but I think
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Lois Weedon
August 7, (1946)
Mrs Fenn
Taiko RMD
Gleniti
Timaru NZ
My dear Margot
I had just written to Harry when you're very kind gift arrived. It is good of you to send these parcels, which are so welcome. I fear it must become a heavy item in your expenses and I want to take a share of this. So I am today in sending out a sum of money to go towards the parcels and postage and perhaps you will like to take a portion for a birthday gift to Edward or to put to his savings in the bank. I returned from Castlethorpe last week after an enjoyable holiday. The people still speak with affection and regret of Edgar. His grave is tended and flowers are constantly placed there. He is messed up all the more because the present vicar, who lives at Hanslope, only comes to Castlethorpe on a Sunday, for the one service, and they see nothing more of him. Edgar was one of the clergy who believe (rightly I think) in the duty of visiting, and he was amongst the people week in and week out. The younger clergy of today go in for much in the way of organisations and youth work, but the old-fashioned visiting has gone to a large extent. I have come in to Northampton today with some boys and we have been to their County Match in which Northamptonshire are faring badly against Middlesex. I left the boys on the ground when I came away at six o'clock and the score was 480 for 4. The Northants bowling was being severely treated and the scoring rapid. I am now awaiting the car for my bus, and taking the opportunity of beginning of this letter which I must finish off tomorrow.
On Aug Mon we had our church fete, it was quite a small affair with some jumble and stalls and amusements in a field, but we made some L60. This is chiefly for the Bishops reconstruction fund, he is asking the diocese for L160,000, and we are asked to reach a target of L60 a year for seven years, rather a large amount for our small community. We are not getting very nice weather for the harvest, and this year especially there is need of all the wheat and in good condition so that we may soon see the end of bread rationing. I heard from Adria this morning and she tells me that Mabel Todd has had another stroke and is not so well as she has been - her aunt Adria is rather worried, but fortunately just now she has plenty of help in the house. Nayland is getting very interested in the coming wedding from Alston Court, when our cousin Alison Fenn is to marry a Major Redman (Sept 14). It will be the first wedding from Alston Court since our grandmother was married from there in 1840.
The photographs of Katherine were much appreciated and I have given one to Adria and one to Charlie and Nancy. Adria will let Dolly see her copy. I hope you are all well.
Once again so many thanks for the kind gift, the beef dripping is a real treat.
Much love to Edward and Katherine and to you both
Yours affectionately
E. Vanderzee Fenn.
Air Letter


Lois Weedon Vicarage
Towcester
13 March (1947)
Master Edward Fenn
Taiko RMD
Gleniti
Timaru.
My dear Edward
It was so nice to have your letter in your own handwriting, envelope and all. What a long time it has taken to get here! I see that you sent it off on December 3rd and it was about three months before it reached me. The ship mass to have met some stormy weather, or perhaps it was a very slow ship, which had to stop at many places on its way to England. However it has come at last, and you have been able to tell a little about yourself and Katherine. So you are going to have a bicycle! I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did when I got my first bicycle. They were not so common in those days and I was much older than you are before I got my first one, though I often used to hire a bicycle for a day or an afternoon's outing. Your father and I had many a holiday ride together when he was working in Colchester and I came home from school for a week or two.
I hear that you are beginning to learn to swim and that you go to baths in Timaru. With our bitterly cold winter we have not thought much about bathing and summer delights, but it is warmer at last and the snow is disappearing quickly.
Thank you my dear Edward for your nice letter
With much love to you all,
Your affectionate uncle
Vanderzee.
Air Letter

Lois Weedon Vicarage
25 March (1947)
Mrs Fenn
Taiko RMD
Gleniti
Timaru NZ
My dear Margot
the parcel of grand things which you and Harry have most kindly sent me arrived safely and I write this acknowledgement with many thanks for your kindness. I was at Kew last week spending two or three days with Charlie and Nancy. I found Charlie fairly well though he has to spend more time resting in bed, and does not get up now until the afternoon. He was writing to Harry while I was there and explaining about the delay in arrival of some cash for him about which Harry had asked in his last letter to make some enquiries. I hope it has now come through safely. Nancy was very well, and very busy with the household duties and an invalid to care for. We had some hours in town the second day I was there and went to see the film Nicholas Nickleby, which it is a good British production. The other day I went to Richmond to see the Todds, Mabel is not so well and her articulation is bad so that I found it hard to understand what she was saying. Adria is very much tied to the house and sick room and seldom can leave her sister. She was telling me that they have a new Vicar at Richmond, and he has abandoned the old familiar vicarage on the Green, and occupies a smaller and more convenient house near the parish church. With many a vicar the old houses have become a burden from size and general inconvenience in these days when domestic help is so very difficult to obtain, and living expenses have risen so high. I daresay that Charlie has told you in his letter last week that he is letting the top floor of his house to a couple, one of whom is doing work as a district nurse. Nancy will be glad to have someone in the house with her. On two occasions during the winter Charlie has had some bad attacks and she has had to go for assistance. Having a nurse as a tenant will be very convenient. What a winter we have had! more snow than I can remember in previous years, and weeks of cold winds and frost. I hope we shall have a warm spring and summer. Everything is behindhand in the gardens and farms. It is still too wet after the melting of the snow to get any digging or ploughing done, and the spring sowing is much delayed. To crown all we had a disastrous gale on the night of Sunday 16th which did much damage. Two of the pinnacles of our church tower were blown off and one fell on the chancel roof and made a big hole and a mess in the church. But the snow caused most inconvenience, and at one time we were quite cut off on all roads, and had no post for three days, nor could the tradesmen get through with our provisions, until the roads had been cleared by an army of diggers. After the thaw of last week there has followed this extensive flooding, especially in the low lying fen district.
I was so pleased to have a letter from Edward written entirely by himself address and all. I wrote him a reply last week. Also so many thanks to Harry and yourself for two letters recently received. I am glad to have news of you and to know that all is going well. Many thanks also for some very interesting NZ papers you have sent me. We do not see such vast papers in England! I see a match at Christchurch has been abandoned as a drawn game; but NZ made a splendid show in the first innings. I am afraid the English team this year has not been up to much.
My love to Edward and Katherine
And with love and so many thanks to you both
Yours affectionately
E. Vanderzee Fenn.
Air Letter.

8 Priory Road
Kew
May 6, 1947
Mr H L Fenn
Taiko RMD
Gleniti
Timaru NZ
My dear Henry,
I have come to Kew on a sad occasion. Charlie passed away rather suddenly on April 30th just a year after Ella's death. He had not been very well all day on the Wednesday but he thought he would get about a little in the evening, so he got up and sat in his chair, but he collapsed with one of his fainting attacks, and though they got him back to bed he died within a few minutes very peacefully. Happily Nancy has these "lodgers" on the top floor so she was not alone in the house that evening, and she had all the assistance she needed. The funeral was that Kew church on Monday, yesterday, and I took the service. Adria came up from Cheltenham for the day, Alston was there from Nayland and Dick Fenn, Lucy and Jack Bateman, Adria Todd, and many other friends and neighbours. We afterwards drove to Richmond Cemetery where Charlie was laid to rest with Ella. Nancy had been having a holiday in the Isle of Wight a short time ago, as Charlie was so much better, and he was in the care of Jenny and Emily (Mrs Shuttleworth's faithful maid's). She came home about 23rd so she had a week with him before this happened. On the Saturday she took him in his chair into Kew Gardens to see the lovely spring blossoms and he enjoyed the outing. I never thought he would take to a wheeled chair, but he gave in when he became so feeble and shaky - but really he was wonderful in the way he got about the house and did odd jobs, and he was never bedridden or "a burden to others" - a fate he dreaded. So his passing so suddenly and peacefully is what he would have wished.
Nancy will write later on. She is rather overwhelmed with so much to attend to just now. I am staying here a few days to keep her company and to help in any way I can. We are just going off this morning to see the lawyer and get some of the business done. Charlie has of course left everything to Nancy and has wisely appointed her sole executrix of his will - which will save endless delays which occur when there are two or three trustees. She has been "a guardian angel" (so Charlie said) to her father during these past years and devoted herself to his comfort, and they have been very happy together. Charlie had failed very rapidly during the last 12 months and I think the loss of Ella told greatly on him.
Nancy showed me a "snap" of the family at Caroline Bay, what a dear little thing Katherine looks as she dips her hand into the bucket.
Much love to you my dear Henry, and to all the family
Your affectionate brother
Vanderzee.
Air Letter

Lois Weedon
July 24 47
Mr H L Fenn
Taiko RMD
Gleniti
Timaru NZ
My dear Henry
I have been away for a 10 days holiday and on my return I found that another parcel had arrived from you and Margot with many good things including a magnificent cake, and the suet! most welcome. It is good of you both to take all this trouble. Many thanks indeed. Also for some illustrated papers which have arrived safely. You mention in a letter received this morning (dated July 13) that you have just posted some more reading matter. I must acknowledge this later on. I went to Cheltenham on July 7. and spent a few days with Adria and Mrs Rowden. This year I travelled by motorcoach from Northampton and had a very nice journey getting their at 1.30. The weather was not good rather chilly and wet, as we could not take our tea and go for a picnic on the hills as we usually do. This year instead we had some motorcoach drives. One afternoon we went to Cirencester, and we had a whole day's tour in the Wye Valley and visited Chepstow and Tintern Abbey. It was new country to me and I much enjoyed the drive. I used to go to the Town Hall concerts most mornings, where an excellent quartet of instruments made good hearing. At the end of the week I went on to Castlethorpe and stayed the Sunday and a few days afterwards with the Cooks. I had a busmen's holiday by taking two services on Sunday, but I could not sit in a pew and let Wingate (the vicar) take services at Hanslope and Castlethorpe without offering to help. On the Monday I thought Mrs Cook would like to be free for household duties, so I went off to London for the day. I had hoped to arrange a meeting with Nancy but she was going off with a friend to Jersey and she was busy that week. I left the Cook's on Thursday and returned to LW. I remember you writing long ago that you hoped to send Mrs Cook a parcel. I did not say anything to them as I thought it might not happen, and certainly they have never said a word to me about receiving anything. There are several Cooks in Castlethorpe and high wonder whether the parcel went astray. I must ask them next time I stay there if they did ever receive anything from you. Probably you will have heard of the death of Jack Bateman. I saw him at Charlie's funeral on May 5 and he only survived a few weeks. Lucy wrote that he contracted some illness from a patient which made him stone deaf and he had to give up his practice and come home. He was a handy chap and occupied his time in painting and mending and all sorts of jobs in the house. Then he suddenly began to fail and died in Richmond Hospital on June 27. I could not get to the funeral, but I should like to have gone. He and Charles were such great friends especially in early days. I hear that Aunt Alison has had an operation in Colchester Hospital and has come through very well. It was an ordeal at her great age (87) is. She is the only aunt left now. William went off for a holiday on Monday. He said he would only be away 2 nights, but so far I have heard no more of him and it is now Thursday afternoon. I daresay he will wander in tonight and say he has walked out from Towcester after missing all sorts of trains and buses! It is nice to hear good news of the children and of Katherine's attempts at conversation. I am glad they are flourishing. Much love to them both
And with my love and so many thanks to you and Margot for your kindness
Your affectionate brother
Vanderzee
Air Letter

Lois Weedon
30 July (1947)
Mrs Fenn
Taiko RMD
Gleniti
Timaru.
My dear Margot
Last week I wrote to Harry to thank you both for the splendid parcel of good things, which arrived during my holiday. Now I write to say that a banker's order for a small sum should be reaching you soon. Will you kindly the deduct a sum to repay you for the expenses which you have incurred - it must be very heavy - and then give the balance to Edward for a birthday present partly and for his savings account. He might like to have 5/- in his pocket and a L1 or so to save up for a rainy day. But do just as you think fit. You have been so kind in sending so many parcels, I feel this is but a small return.
We are really getting some nice summer weather, long may it last, the farmers talk of starting to get some corn cut on Monday. This is fairly early for the Midlands and it should be an early harvest this year if it continues warm and fine. Today I have come to Northampton to do my shopping and jobs at the Education Office etc. There is no match at the County Ground, so I shall truly have a business visit to the town today. Last week I saw a bit of the Middlesex match, and part of the Edrich - Compton partnership which yielded such an immense number of runs for the third wicket. Poor Northants remain at the bottom of the table, and do not appear likely to win a match! I have an invitation to visit a Scout camp, from a neighbouring parish, at Stratford on Avon, early in August. I should like to go if I can. I might get in a matinee at the Shakespeare Theatre as well. The season lasts till September. William was away on holiday last week, and I had the vicarage to myself for a few days, and was head cook and bottle washer. I did not do much cooking beyond boiling an egg occasionally, or poaching. Adria gave me a patent contrivance for egg poaching, which I find very useful. I am glad to know that you are all well, I hear that Katherine is making good progress in talking.
Much love to Edward and Katherine and with my love to Harry and yourself and so many thanks.
Yours affectionately
E. Vanderzee Fenn
Air Letter

Lois Weedon
December 8, (1948)
Mrs H L Fenn
Taiko RMD
Gleniti
Timaru NZ
My dear Margot
The NZ parcel reached me safely at the end of a week, and a splendid parcel it is. Thank you and Harry so much for your trouble and kindness. It was nice to see some fat and suet for Christmas and some tinned meat. Thank you also for the lovely present of wool and for sending the stamps for the boys. It was so nice to have the latest photographs of the children. I was surprised to see such a change in Katherine, no longer the baby but looking quite a big girl now. I have also to thank you for several illustrated papers, and the church papers. One of the latter had an interesting article on reading the service. Edward sent me a letter all on his own recently in which he mentioned the Railway Book. I am afraid that apart from the pictures, this will be of little interest to him until he gets older. I did not know that it was quite that kind of book until I looked into it, I ordered it from reading the title of the book in some paper. This Christmas I shall miss my friend's at Helmdon Rectory, where I have been invited to join the family for the last seven or eight years. They are leaving in a few days, and going back to Australia, where they are going to a parish some 90 miles north of Melbourne. They have asked me to go and see them, when I go out to NZ!. I heard from Nancy a fortnight or so ago. She wrote to tell me that the memorial stone on Charlie and Ella's grave is now in place. I hope to go and see in January. Nancy has gone back to morning work on the farm and started her early hours again. She seems to find it more convenient to have the latter part of the day for her other occupations. Adria wrote to tell me of the death of Jones at Nayland. For many years he assisted in the grocer's shop, and then the Mater in ploy to him as gardener for a long time though I don't think he knew much about gardening. Recently I spent three days at Castlethorpe. The Cooks always enquire after Harry and like to hear the NZ news. I was there just before the spell of foggy weather which lasted such a long time in November. When this letter reaches you you will be preparing for your summer holiday. I hope that you will have nice weather, and find some old friends at Christchurch. It is Audrey Julius still living there? I have heard nothing of him for a long time. I am glad you are all well many thanks once more to you and Harry for the parcel and photographs etc.
I will send along an order presently to cover the expenses.
My love to the children and with much love to you both.
Yours affectionately
E. Vanderzee Fenn
Air Letter

In 1951 Van travelled out to New Zealand on the Dominion Monarch to visit his brother and family, the following are extracts from the diary he kept off the voyage.
Friday, January 12: At Waterloo I meet G Burne who comes to bid me farewell, though he cannot stay to see the trains start. We leave about 2.30 . . . . . I have a babe in the carriage who requires a good deal of attention . . . . . its dark and wet when we reach Southampton and I joined the long line at the Custom Sheds. I am only asked one or two questions before my suitcases are chalked and I can proceed on board. I soon find my cabin 183, very nice and comfortable and after a cup of tea I unpacked and arrange things. . . . . . We leave eventually at 6.30, I receive six telegrams and some farewell letters before we start. At 7.30 a vast menu is put before me in the dining salon, but I can only manage some soup and a little fish. I spend the evening in the smoking room and go to bed early.
Saturday, January 13: Rather a sleepless night. The wind and noises on board and the motion of the vessel keeps me awake. When I got up about seven I feel very bad with the rolling of the ship. I attempt some breakfast, but I must confess I was grievously sick afterwards and feel very shaky all morning though I do get on the games deck for a walk and a blow about 11 o'clock. It is still blowing hard and we roll over way through the bay. I missed lunch and tea and spent most of the afternoon in my cabin lying down, but by evening I do feel sufficiently well to have some soup and fish for dinner. I have a pipe in the smoking room and get into conversation with an Australian from Queensland. To bed 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 14 I have a much better night . . . . . 7.45 to the smoking room where the other C of E person on board takes a celebration . . . . . seven present only one lady. It is not quite so rough today and I manage to eat some breakfast and keep it down . . . . . At10:31 of the officers takes matins in the lounge it is well filled . . . . . today temp 59F distance 454 total distance 829 miles.
Monday 15 January: It is warm today and I enjoy sitting in the sun on deck . . . . . the swimming pool is filled this afternoon . . . . . I have written to Adria and . . . . . At night attended the cinema . . . . . not very interesting . . . . . temp 60F distance 479 total 1208.
Tuesday 16 January: Wake about 5:30 lights in my porthole . . . . . Las Palma is prettily situated among the hills . . . . . volcanic in appearance. We are at once bordered by a number of main selling elaborate tablecloths, dolls, jewellery etc . . . . . I'd go ashore and join a couple of young people in a taxi and we drive of to the town. . . . . come to the Cathedral taken to the top of the tower in a lift there is a good view of the town. The cathedral itself is not very impressive and the glass is poor. . . . . in the main shopping centre and port the roads are lined with palm trees and bright flowers and some lovely villas . . . . . sailed after lunch. . . . . temp 66F distance 311 total 1519
Wednesday 17 January: A brilliant cloudless day. . . . . I have quiet day with reading and sitting out on deck . . . . . kindly couple sitting at my table. . . . . temp 70F distance 443 total 1962.
Thursday 18 January:. . . . . cloudless sky . . . . . Mrs S at my table has influenza . . . . . many such cases on board . . . . . tonight is very hot . . . . . temp 73F distance 475 total 2437.
Friday 19 January: . . . . . passing the Doldrums . . . . . sea smooth . . . . . many flying fish . . . . . get into conversation with a Presbyterian minister . . . . . an interesting man . . . . . has done excavation work in Palestine and Egypt. . . . . I hear there was a death on board Sir H. Harley . . . . . at 3 p.m. the ship's slows down and the burial takes place. . . . . sports take place. . . . . cinema show North Island of New Zealand. . . . . temp 83F distance 471 total 2908
Saturday 20 January: . . . . . 6:22 the swimming pool where I enjoyed a nice bathe. . . . . crossed the line today Neptune's Court come aboard. . . . . men are shaved . . . . . women's haircut with immense wooden scissors . . . . . temp 79F distance 480 (a record) total 3388
Friday 26 January:. . . . . I look out of my porthole and see Table Mountain and the houses and lights of Cape Town. . . . . went ashore some shopping sent of postcards three of us take a car and have a drive round the coast . . . . . visit the Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Memorial, . . . . . lunch a fruit meal at the "Waldorf" . . . . . visit St George's Cathedral where a black verger is going round with a mop . . . . . leave for Freemantle temp 65F distance 335 total 5992.
Saturday 27 January: It is a stormy day but decks are wet with flying spray . . . . . by the evening I am sea sick again to bed early. Temp 59F distance 290 total 6290
Monday 29 January: Less stormy today and tho far from being quite fit I can take my meals and set on deck . . . . . it is rather chilly temp 56F distance 447 total 7182
Monday 5 February: Fine and warm got to my trunk in the baggage room and took out some clothing . . . . . assemble in the lounge to get the landing card and to pass the doctor . . . . . visited the kitchens. Temp 67F distance 471 total 10424
Tuesday 6 February: Fine and warm . . . . . 6:30 to the lounge for medical inspection before the ship can enter harbour . . . . . took a bus from Freemantle . . . . . into Perth to see something of the town . . . . . 1 p.m. to sea again . . . . . rough temp 71F distance 332 total 10756
Wednesday 7 February: Ash Wednesday . . . . . celebration at 7:45 (Communion) Allerton is rather absent-minded and leaves out the creed . . . . . ship rolling . . . . . temp 61F dist 417 total 11173
Saturday 10 February: . . . . . in Melbourne . . . . . Mary and Joan kindly come to meet the boat . . . . . take me around the city . . . . . we lunch together. . . . . they then come on board and see over the ship.

New Zealand Post Office telegram
9 July 1955
Reverent E. Fenn
Hospital Timaru.
Very sorry indeed to hear of your accident may you soon be more comfortable thinking of you.
Alwyn
Christchurch.

Rev E. V. Fenn
Served Church Over 50 Years
The Rev. E. V. Fenn, who died in Timaru yesterday, was a minister of the Anglican Church in England for many years before retiring and coming to live in Timaru. A few years ago he celebrated 50 years of ordination, and received many congratulatory messages from the parishioners he served so well at Home.
Mr Fenn, who was a bachelor, lived with his brother, Mr H. L. Fenn, at Gleniti. He was well known for his work at St. John's Church, Highfield, where he was ever ready to assist at services and for a period relieved as vicar.
In his quiet and efficient way Mr Fenn served the church faithfully and well for more than 50 years His work at St. John's will long be remembered.
Timaru Herald - Jan 1956.

Tributes Paid at Funeral of Rev E. V. Fenn
A tribute to a "great friend and a great priest of the church" was paid by the Rev. R. P. Andrews at the funeral of the Rev. E. V. Fenn held in St John's, Highfield, .yesterday. There was a large attendance of parishioners and friends of the late Mr Fenn.
"Mr Fenn was a man of real humility and sincerity," said Mr Andrews.
He mentioned that in the Sanctuary at St John's was a prie dieu which Mr Fenn had given the church to commemorate his 50 years in the ministry.
Mr Andrews also spoke of the great help given St John's by Mr Fenn during the last five years, particularly at the time the ministry was vacant, and when he, Mr Andrews, was without the services of an assistant curate.
During the service at the church the choir sang Psalm 23 and the hymn "Now Thank We All Our God."
Assisting Mr Andrews at the services at the church and at the graveside was the Rev. B. A. W. Beckett, and the clergy was represented by the Rev. Canon H. S. Hamilton, Waihao Downs, the Rev. L. E. Cartridge, of Waimate, and the Rev. G. S. Lamont, of St Mary's, Timaru. Two members of the clergy, the Rev. J. Thomas, of St Peter's, Kensington, and the Rev. A. A. Purchas, of Fairlie, were pallbearers.
Timaru Herald - Jan 1956

Memorial Service
To Rev. E. V. Fenn
Held at St. John's (Timaru NZ)
"Seek those things that are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God"
How true these words are of Ernest Vanderzee Fenn," said the vicar, the Rev. R. P. Andrews, at the memorial service to the Rev. E. V. Fenn held in St John's, Highfield, last night.
"When a man is ordained to the ministry he is called upon to make his main interest the things of God, the teaching and spiritual welfare of God's children; and to make his main study the Word of God. After 50 years, even when he had retired from active ministry, Mr Fenn never failed each day to read his Bible and to study it in the original texts of Greek and Latin; and also to say the daily offices of Matins and Evensong.
"His mind was indeed set upon the things above, and yet this interest in the Scriptures and in prayer went hand-in-hand with a lively interest in people and, especially, a desire to help whenever possible. Mr Fenn, who was a nephew of our late Archbishop Julius, took his M.A. degree at, Cambridge University and studied at Wells Theological College. After serving two curacies, he was vicar of Kirkby for 12 years and of Lois Weedon for 24 years.
"It was a happy day for this parish when, on his retirement, Mr Fenn came to visit the home of his brother at Gleniti and a happier day still when he found such a warm and happy welcome that he decided to stay. We have often had reason to be grateful for his ready and able assistance in this parish. For two months before I came to St. John's Mr Fenn conducted all the services; and during my first year, when we had no assistant curate, he gave invaluable help, enabling us to increase the services in the other centre's.
"I know that you appreciated, as I did, his sincere desire to be of assistance; and his helpful sermons which, while giving evidence of his careful Bible study, always contained a message to take away. But it is not only in this parish that Mr Fenn gave such willing and able help. In almost every parish in South Canterbury he took services, sometimes for several weeks at a time"
"But I think the two things for which most of us will remember Van Fenn are his simple and sincere humility and his thoughtfulness for others. His humility was rooted in his love of God and his consciousness of God's blessings. When he had completed 50 years in the ministry his first thought was, How can I in some tangible way express my thanks to God and we are proud to have in our, church his beautiful gift for this purpose"
"His thoughtfulness for others, often when he might so well have been thinking of himself, has been an example to all of us. We shall long remember his many acts of unselfish kindness, and remembering will help us to do the same.
"Here was a man who, at the call of God, set his affections on things above, and who found the love of God and the work of the ministry thrilling and satisfying.
"And so as we offer our sympathy to those from whose family circle, he will be sadly missed, we thank God for the wonderful example of his life and ministry; and also for the joyful knowledge that our loved ones do not die, but pass as it were through a doorway to a larger and brighter room.
"Of Ernest Vanderzee Fenn it, may well be said:
Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, even so saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labours' And for ourselves, this promise of St. Paul is true; if we will set our affections upon things above, then Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall we appear with Him in Glory".
Assisting Mr Andrews at the services at the church and at the graveside were the Rev B.A.W. Beckett, and the clergy was represented by the Rev Canon H. S. Hamilton, Waihao Downs, the Rev L. E. Cartridge of Waimate, and the Rev G. S. Lamont of St Mary's, Timaru. Two members of the clergy, the Rev Jim Thomas of St Peter's, Kensington, and the Rev A. A. Purchas, of Fairlie, were pallbearers, also Edward Elworthy, Hamilton Sinclair-Thomson, Dr Melville Brookfield, & Edward Fenn.
Timaru Herald - 1956

Catalogue of (Fenn) Family Memorabilia, Ref S/49 has a collection of three of Van's sermon notes.

Research Notes:
Later date of ordination from his diary and confirmed in a postcard to Van from his Aunt Isabella Cotes dated 17 Mar 1904.

From a collection of letters, from parishioners, kept by Van.
Dear Sir just a line to ask you kindly if you could posoble marry me and George next Wensday as he had the bands put up here as well and he cannot get the paper or else we're going to have the weeding Wensday next half past 9 but he say he cant get the paper Sir mother is so worried about it and we have written to our relations to come as he told us two and do not know what two do if you cannot do it Sir could you kindly have the bands called to Morrow Sunday both of this parish as he always here Sir mother is so worried Sir about me it hard for her to keep me at home so long A is now I've been at home And it so hard for her to bear Sir we should take a lot of her mind if you could marry us next Wensday he is coming to see you this morning Sir or could you come to see mother of this morning Sir she be home morning but out after dinner
From your truly E. Rowland

From a school friend.
Mortlake
Temple Grove
East Sheen
Friday. (1893)
My Dear Fenn,
I hope you like Tiverton. I know one of the chaps at home, his name is Spring. I hope you like him. We had our holidays the first month at a place near Midhurst. Everybody here misses you dreadfully, and the spirit has quite gone out of Bateman.
We went to Portsmouth and all went over the Royal Sovereign. There are lots of new chaps, another, Clarke, Drake, Gibbs and loads of others.
I'm afraid I must stop now.
Ever you're affectionately
R.S.

St John's School,
Leatherhead,
Surrey.
February 20th 07.
My dear Mr Fenn,
thank you very much for your kind letter, I hope you will settle down at Kuckfield soon and that you will eventually like the place. It was kind of you to say that you would never get a kinder vicar than father, and I quite believe it: we, on our part will never get a nicer curate, or anybody more unselfish than you. I hope you won't mind me saying this - and really every one of our family like you extremely and all felt like weeping when we heard you had to go - and I bet 2d Mary did.
St Minver is all very nice in its way but too quiet in the winter pour moi. I have given up smoking for Lent and a few other things too - I really don't smoke much. I bewail the fact that I am leaving this place at the end of term - I get a ripping time here and like no end. Father doesn't care for the church teaching here and another thing can't afford L.60 a year when he might be paying half that amount at Kings. Father doesn't think I do well here, because I have never brought back a prize - I might have perhaps if I was allowed to go in for sports. Any rate I shall try my hand at that next term at Kings - I shan't be stopped there. I expect you think me the black sheep of the family - and there you're right - Jack and Paul are much better and "gooder" than I ditto Mary. Jack and Paul are jolly good sorts and Mary too - although I often have rows with them. Well I will stop here.
With Love to you I am Yrs.
Affectionately Marc Antony B

Medical Notes:
Van contracted polio as a young man and suffered a withered left hand as a result. He called this paralised hand "icy".

Other Records

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 1 Portland Tce The Green Richmond SRY. Van is recorded as a son, aged 1yr, born Richmond SRY.

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 1 Portland Tce The Green Richmond SRY. Van is recorded as a son aged 11 born Richmond SRY

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Wentworth Hse The Green Richmond SRY. Van is described as a visitor single aged 21 an undergraduate stu born Richmond SRY

1327. Edward Churchill FENN [36] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 19 May 1881 in Richmond SRY and died on 20 May 1882 in Richmond SRY at age 1.

General Notes:
Edward was given a richly bound and illustrated copy of Bunyans Pilgrims Progress by his Godmother "Edward Churchill Fenn from his affectionate God mother Mary C Julius June 22 1881"



1328. Lieut Commander Cyril Duncan FENN R N [38] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 19 Aug 1882 in Richmond SRY, died on 9 Aug 1921 in Nayland SFK at age 38, and was buried on 12 Aug 1921 in Nayland Burial Ground. The cause of his death was tuberculosis.

General Notes:
Cyril kept up a lively correspondence with his family during his school days, especially with his closest brother E V Fenn ( Van) who he appears to have been particularly fond of. (Letters on file 2003)
Cyril's specialty was communications (signals) in the Navy, he joined the Navy in 1897 on the H M S Britannia, was in the China Squadron c1907, on the H M S Dreadnought in Malta 1913, and in charge of a portable wireless station on the Marsa Malta Nov 1913.
His Navy Record paints a picture of a "zealous, active, sharp officer of good judgement and performance, above average . . . . . recomended for advancement . . . . . very good signal officer . . . . . buts lacks command . . . . . aptitude for instructional work . . . . . good physique but handicapped by lung trouble . . . . . reccommended for charge of Signal School" (Shotley)

Cyril was very keen on amateur theatre from his youth.

A handwritten paper signed J Menzies and headed "Illustrated Interviews" describes Cyril as follows:
C D Fenn:- born on the 19th August 1882 this promising young officer entered H M S Britannia training ship as a Cadet in May 1897. In Sept. 1898 he entered the Navy as Cadet and in Dec. 1898 he became Midshipman and is now serving on H M S Repulse. His father is one of the most noted Physicians in the country:- Dr E L Fenn of the Essex Hospital.
In the possession of E L Fenn 2003.

Cyrils letters, the first dating from about age 7.
1 Portland Terrace
Dear Harry
I wish you many happy returns of your birthday. Whilst father was ill we went into the vicarage for tea and once dinner. Tomorrow Vandy and me are going to dinner with Huntee Annie and tea at the Bridge House. From your loving brother
Cyril Duncan Fenny
P. S. Father is better and got up on Good Friday.
Written on a small piece of notepaper with an embossed dog's head c.1889.

October 1889
My dear Ernie
I am writing with my new pen holder. I hope you are quite happy I have got to Harrogate quite safely. I am going to write to Nanny Goat and . . . . . Baa on Monday Catherine says she wishes you had come too. Aunt Ada sends her love and Auntie Pollie
From your loving brother
Cyril Fenn
PS Cousin Georgie sends his love to the "Infant Phenomenon"
Ernie would appear to be Ernest Vanderzee, the P. S. is in an adult hand?

5 Albert Square
(1892)
Dear Paw
I hope you are quite well. Yarmouth is rather a large place, there are some sands and when it is dark we see the lights of the light ships. You remember jumbo at Littlehampton there is a stemmer called The Trusty which tugs the light ships out. There are two mistress Miss Guns and Miss Mallet they are very kind to me. On Wednesday we went the other side of the River Avon to Golston and climbed up the cliffs they are not very steep, and then we ran down the cliffs. Miss Haddon has got a pug but it is blind he got bling by being run over by a tram and was taken to a hostild of dogs they thought he was dead was he was not whose name is Yet. I am the eldest but three. We dril at the Asember rooms Mr Winter drils asks. I have no more to say from your loving brother
C D Fenn
P. S. give my love to Gay. Harry wrote to me and at the end he drew a picture of . . . . . Tip
Cyril has sketched a far from good likeness of tip!

Grey Friars
Colchester
Essex
May 20, (1894)
My darling Paw
Thanks awfully for your letter. The mustard and cress has been cut but the carrots are coming up nicely, so are the forget-me-nots and pansies the Mastursions are as high as this . . . . . is not it lovely. We are having a spring cleaning now the sweep (Uncle Ernest) has come five times and is coming again on Monday. Adria sleeps in the morning room, Father and Mater in the spare room, and Mary, Edgar and I in Edgars room. The pantry has been turned into the storeroom the storeroom into the larder and the larder into the pantry. you know the drain in the yard he laid a pipe from there all through that little passage then he turned it to the right mended that little tap and then bored a hole right threw the wall into the new pantry and made a waste pipe and a water pipe for the new sink. The missionary box is getting quite full, to day is a missionary Sunday, different missionaries are preaching in all the churches in Colchester except St Bottles, St James, and St Mary's on the Wall's at All Saints the Rev J. Laycock preached in the morning and the Rev E. Miller in the evening. Last Sunday (Whit Sunday) Father read the Lessons in the morning and evening. I met the Apparision today.
I have no more to say
Everybody sends their love
I remain
Your loving brother
Cyril
P. S. Mary hopes nothing is broken.

Grey Friars
Colchester
September 18, 1894
My darling darling Paw
I hope you have arrived quite safely. It has been a very lonely day for you and me, all this morning I moped about this afternoon I went for mokesh walk. Father, Charlie, and Harry over at Nayland to see Aunt Margaret. Mary is crosser than ever, so is Edgar. Nobody will play with me. Have you still got a study I will write to you tomorrow
I remain
Your loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn

Grey Friars
Colchester
September 20, 1894
My darling Paw
Your letter was received with great triumph. Harry goes off tomorrow. Gerald comes down here on Saturday. I have from 9:32 to 11:45 French and English with Madam Lowe Harry and Charlie went fishing today they have not returned yet. The baby is to be christened on October 1. I have just said Harry and Charlie have not returned they have now they have caught nine fish we put 2 in the pond, Mater is not so well today.
Harry, Charlie, Father, Edgar & Mary & Eddie all send their love.
I remain
My most beloved Paw
Your loving brother
Cyril
P. S. Have you received your health certificate?

Stubbington House
Fareham
October 15 (1894)
My dear dear Paw
Thank you for your letter I thought your advice on the stamps was perfect. Stubbington House is an enormous place. We rise at 6:30 the rest I will tell you in the holidays. We do not have a school cap except we are in the first or second eleven. There are 148 boys here and 15 masters not counting Mr Foster. I am getting on all right I rather like algebra. There are a good many forms as follows: Navy - C Navy, D Navy, E. Navy, F Navy, G. Navy. General School: A general, B general, A2 general, B2 general is. And of course the Special Navy. I am in the 7 Navy juniors. My form master is Mr Lever he is an awful beast. We are a quarter mile from the sea I am in the choir here it is lovely. Hiscarpaninie !!!! There goes the dinner bell I must be off.
Ever your loving brother
C. D. Fenn
P. S. I will write again soon.

Stubbington House
Fareham
Hants
March 31, 1895
Dear Van
Thanks very much for your letter. It is me to say I'm sorry I have not written more times I am awfully sorry. I think a fete in the garden would be ripping nothing to say of the banquet. We had a confirmation on Friday all the chaps went, a few of our chaps were confirmed. I did not go because I had bad earache. We get two weeks at Easter, I think I come home on the 9th Hooray! I am simply longing for the holidays. As you say we will make the best of them. Dinner is just over, this is what I had, two helpings of cold beef and one of apple tart. I'm so glad Oxford won. We did cheer when we heard it. If Cambridge had won we would have had a half because the Gov is Cambridge. Don't you pity poor Edgar (Eccar) it is awful hard lines on him. I wrote to Harry on the 27th I clean forgot about writing to him till the 27th. Has the letter arrived yet do you think? I got a piece of dark blue from one of the chaps to wear on the boat race day. I can't guess what you mean by DM. DM. DM. are our cries when we see him. Is it anything to do with Harry. Our exams begin tomorrow arithmetic and scripture tomorrow I am dreading the algebra and latin translation. Shall we annex a bit of ground for a kitchen garden (Charlies and Harry's). Don't you remember the funk Eccar was in when we did the key trick. Shall we have cricket next holidays it would be rather stale without Harry. I am sorry to say that I can find nothing more to quote in this epistle to the Paw/domon.
I remain
Your ever loving and most adored and humble brother
Cyril D. Fenn alias Squirrel alias Cecil
PTO: On the back page is a childish sketch of a train with Cyril standing on it crying out Horray Horray and labelled train from Liverpool Street to Colchester.

Stubbington House
Fareham
Hants
May 5 /95
My dear Van
I hope you received my postcard all right I enclose a certain piece of paper on which there is a certain excalmation guess before you look at it. How are you getting on old fellow. Did you remember to give Mary, Edgars present. I enclose 4 postage stamps for I owe you 4d if they won't do I will give you 4d in the summer holidays. I had my first game of cricket on Saturday. A chap had given me two balls (er-tit-tit) when it was over and just then I was stumped beastly rot. I suppose you did not do much after I went back to school I am now going to church I will finish afterwards. I have just finished dinner do you remember Robertson at Temple Grove, he said he remembered you, he is rather an ass. Do write soon. Are you going to begin corresponding with Gerald. I am. Was Adria still at Grey Friars when you left? I have really nothing more to say
I remain
Your loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn.

Stubbington House
Fareham
Hampshire
June 1 /95
My dear Van
Thank you very much for your letter. I think your plan is an excellent one. Of course the Giant will appoint the keepers and police. We must also make some places for them to work in. Stars / & Stripes /here comes a letter from the Giant Ah! I see it is to be forwarded to you: please open it 2nd. There is a town I found out near the River Yum Yum named Youhall with about 30 or 40 small houses. We are playing Eastman's (Scabs) Hang! Blow! Darn! Blast! It is raining hard simply pouring with rain (fire and brimstone) er tit tit. The half term exams begin on Monday. We have not got a bad eleven one of our chaps last match made 72 not bad is it. I had from Linnie alias L i n n i e on Friday. She sent us some foreign stamps which I enclose to you (I only sent the ones we have not got) I have a chance of getting up into the C Navy list to. I hope I shall. I go up in June. I shall fail in algebra and french I'm certain. We have begun bathing in the sea already it is ripping. I'm so glad we are going to Harrogate are not you.
I remain
Your loving brother
Squirrel (O that rightly spelt)

Stubbington House
Fareham
Hants
July 15 /95
Dear Van
Thank you so much for your letter. On Saturday Mr Foster took us all over to Portsmouth. We went round the Italian fleet and saw all the men of war it was a fairly large steamer we went in. Mr Foster gave us each 1s was not it decent of him. Today I wrote an essay on the Italian fleet. Do you remember last time you and I were at Harrogate we used to imprison flies in boxes etc. The exams are nearly over now Hullo! here comes my exam paper. Ah! I see it is English grammar I have a little more time to write before I begin to work. Oh Hang! Blow! Darn! Blast! (er-tit-tit) I have to begin, I will finish my letter after work. I have finished my exam and can get some time to finish my letter before tea. I will of course meet you (The Rara one) at the station of Colchester (Sketch of Colchester station and the boys and a dog - Lovely One). with perhaps the Lovely One. In the picture you have been suppose just to have out of the train and make me on the platform. The fives are all over now as chap called Marvin has got the prize. I was kicked out of the final by two runs. We don't have a breakup supper this term only the Christmas Term. On Saturday when I was at Portsmouth I saw some magnificent prisons with grounds and everything complete I bought them for L1,000,000 very cheap it was to. I am so sorry I have not written for such a long time. But with the exams etc I have been very busy. We did very well in Naval Exam we passed a 4th a 6th one or two 20s & 30s and a few 50s. I will soon have to be addressing my letters the Rev E. V. Fenn Esq., The Vicarage Richmond Surrey, (Curate of Canon Proctor). Of course Mater or Father told you about Charlie passing his exam. I have got a Zululand stamp for a collection. Do you know what day you and I go to Harrogate? I do not know what else to quote in my epistle. Give my love to all the Blundellians & Hurrarah for the 30th & 24th.
I remain
Your loving affectionate and most adoring humble brother
Cyril D. Fenn
to E V Fenn Esq.

Grey Friars
Colchester
January 27 (c.1896)
My darling Paw
A million thanks for thine noble letter. I enclose a description of All Saints entertainment cut out of the Essex Standard. Florence asked you not to draw any more insulting pictures of her the last one she said she is not quite so fat. Bo is squealing away in the drawing-room. Mr and Mrs Brown and Miss Hardman are coming to dinner tonight. Father had a telegram from Richmond today to say that he was wanted because Adria was worse. Yesterday Adria cut her 1st tooth. I signed my name on the babies suvenir (sic) as a witness. Sweetest forgive this writing
I remain
Your loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn.
Then follows 3 of Cyril's stick man pictures labelled, "Icey keeping prep" "Adrias tooth" "coming home with a truck full of prizes" then PTO "Answer to riddle on postcard. Because he is a G G (Gee Gee) Bo Bo language"

Stubbington House
Fareham (Grey Friars Colchester letterhead struck out)
(Sunday 24 January 1896)
My darling Rara Paw
I hope you are all right now. I thought of my DUCK on Thursday yesterday Hopkins (Lewis) and I went out and spent the afternoon at Fareham with Aunt Lucy, Kitty and Rees. It was Lewis's birthday and we had a fine birthday cake. He seems to be getting on all right. How are you my pet. Are you head of your house now. I am afraid there is no news all all. So duckie I must end I will write again next week.
I remain
Your loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn
This letter is undated the above date is written on it in Van's hand ? However 24 Jan 1896 is not a Sunday

Stubbington House
Fareham
April 26 (c.1896)
My darling Paw
How is your liver and how is Icey (small sketch of Icey, Vans withered hand) my duckie. I am so sorry I have not written for so long. I began that this letter on April 26 and now it is May 8. Next week is a Naval Cadetship Test Examination held at Stubbington I'm sure to fail. Mr Jones the arithmetic master said if I had not been ill I should pass this time Mowrow I shout now. I heard from Linnie on Saturday on Saturday last week played The Royal Artillery first innings they got 56 runs all-out and we got 69 so we only just won. On Wednesday we played the Southampton team they got 167, one chap made 105. We only made 97. I have learnt to ride a bicycle Hurrah. I must teach you how to Darling forgive the writing for I am in a hurry. Do write soon
I remain
Yr loving brother
Diddle Dumpling.

Stubbington House
Fareham
May 17, 1896
My darling Paw
A billion pounds of thanks for thy Rara letter. The poetry was very good, simply splendid I forwarded it home. About my exam. It begins on June 9 Tuesday 10 a.m. and finishes June 12 Friday 5 p.m. I go home on June 15 Monday. Day before Eccars birthday. There is measles in the village and so we are not allowed to go out of the playground. There is chickenpox in the school a good many chaps have got it. On Friday Smythies got the hysterics in Jumbo's class of course all sham he suddenly jumped up yelling spit running out of his mouth (er-tit-tit) and tears pouring down his cheeks and laughing hard. He looked awful. This morning one of our chaps got ill or something in Church and had to be taken out. I forgot to say Smythies has got the chickenpox Darling forgive me, oh sweetest do I forgot to ask how is (little picture of a hand, Icey) How leafly. You must send your West of England News to me at home it is sure to be very interesting. Of course my darling could get a few stamps for our collection to make it 1000 (of course my darling you could wait in London for an hour or so you could take a walk How leafly How Rara). Darling this is a very nasty letter compared to your lovely one. Hoping to see you on the 29th of July*
brother
Diddle Dumpling
*29th of July
You always come home on a Tuesday therefore you come home of 26 of July and I return to school on 30 July. Only one day Mowrow Mowrow Mowrow to see MY PAW. Finis

Stubbington House
Fareham
May 24, 1896.
My darling Van
Don't be frightened at this black edged paper. The fact is I wanted some paper, and the chap I asked had only black edged, so I took a piece. Is not it dreadfully sad about Poor Mary. I was awful sorry to hear of it. No more happy tea time at 4:30, no more bellringing. It is dreadful my darling one, without dear Maidy I suppose we will have an awful cross old Jonney instead of dear Mary. Yesterday we played Hampshire Rovers. We made 126 first-innings to their 149 for 8 wickets I think our second eleven gained a great victory 146 to 22 and second innings they made 31. So we utterly licked them. How is my Rara one I hope to hear soon from him. Exam in three weeks on Tuesday Mowrow! There are 24 chaps going up. Linney sent me an account of the fire at Richmond did she you. If not I will send you. I have had two black eyes this term NOT fighting. I wrote to Harry for his birthday. I've not had an answer yet. How is Icey. Is it in full glory. Father said your poetry was after the fashion of a real poet. What does Father mean when he said in his letter to me "Mary was a servant of the old school"
Write soon
I remain
Yr loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn

Stubbington House
Fareham
June 7 (c.1896)
Dear Paw
How you my leafly one. About the medical commonly called The Med. When we got to the place we sat down, in a squitty room. Then chaps were called out to be examined. Soon an old jonney came in and yelled out "Mr Fenn" so I went out and followed him upstairs when we got into a small room. There I undressed except trousers and socks and vest. I waited there for a good time when at last I was called in. I had to give up my paper which the old Chap read I had 1st to read a paragraph to see if I stuttered I got through that all right. Then he measured and weighed me then the sight. There was a small card like this all perhaps bigger, oh yes much. On it were written a whole lot of French words which I had to spell, of course only ones he pointed out. I then took off my trousers (er-tit-tit) and then the exam was very er-tit-titish. The very last was the hearing which was potty. I heard from Father Mater the same day on Wednesday. Rara One, measles is very bad here. One chap has got measles and numonia together he is very bad. He has been prayed for, I've not heard the bulitien today. How is (simple sketch of a hand with a large muscled arm) how sweet what a lot of muscle. Icey doing dumbles (unidentifiable arm and hand holding a dumbbell) I hope to heard soon from my leafly one. Exam on Tuesday we are having it here, on account of measles because we are not allowed to mix with other chaps. Duckie I have said all I can so.
I remain
Yr loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn

Grey Friars
Colchester
June 19th (c.1896)
My Rara Paw
How is my sweet duck was I have written a good bit of the Grey Friars News and am only waiting for the "West of England Correspondence" please send it soon. Bo and Adria are quite well, Adria has for a wonder grown thinner, but her eyes bigger. I have not yet been to see Mary's grave, I'm going on Sunday. I suppose you know that Edgar goes to church in the evenings now. Yesterday there was a Flower Show over the way (at the Greens) it was not bad Father, Mater, Edgar, Bo, Adria, Mrs Denny, Ellen, Flo, Emma, Scott, Williamson, and myself went. There were some splendid roses of Mr Benjamin Cant (How leafly) appoth do you want my dear (Extract of Mrs Cant & Co sweet makers). Bo was awfully naughty he insisted on kissing all the flowers pots when Flo pulled him away he sat down on the ground and yelled. Today for the first time this year I had a bathe the water was fairly warm (fresh). Humphreys asked if Master Charles would be home soon. Please excuse writing for I have Father's pen (sketch of a bent nib) the nib. All send their love to my R P
I remain
Yr loving brother
Diddle Dumpling
LSSO
P. S. excuse blocks or rather smudges on the first page, quite an accident.

Grey Friars
Colchester
June 28th (c.1896)
My darling Rara Paw
How goes it with you by leafly one. Yesterday Edgar and I went up to the cemetery to see Mary's grave, there was a nice little + of roses of it. You will hardly believe it but it is quite true that poor Mary was only 48. It was a very nice coffin, brown oak. There were several wreaths and crosses from Richmond, Father, the two nurses, Mr and Mrs Webb, Ellen, Mrs Denny went to the funeral. Mr Brown officiated. Mary's room is called the Long Room. Last Sunday I took Edgar to "St Bottles". We had 336 above bright blue sky not 333 also 573 all things bright and beautiful. I think we shall go today. Mr Todd is staying with us, he played cricket with Edgar and I yesterday. He departs tomorrow. Our garden is looking fine. On Friday I planted some pansies in it. How did you like GFN. I hope to hear from my sweet one soon. By the By I am going to stay a fortnight with a chap in Norwich. Darling only three days with my Duckie (mowrow)
Farewell now my pipkin
I remain
Yr loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn LLLO
to Sir Ernest Vanderzee Fenn BP EWES


Burgh Hall Parcels and Telegrams
Aylsham to Aylsham, 1/- Delivery
Norfolk
July 13th (c.1896)
My dear Paw
I'm so sorry I've not written for so long. I am staying here with Bavins Grandfather. We bathe every day in the lock. The lock is emptied out till only about 41/2 ft or more is left. Beautiful swimming. At Norwich last Monday we went on the River and took our tea. We boiled our own kettle over a spirit lamp. It took a fearful time to boil and when it did boil the tea was like water bewitched. On Tuesday we went to the Royal Swan Swimming Baths. They are very nice big ones. We stayed in the water some time. On Wednesday we took to pieces, cleaned and mended Bavin's bicycle. It wanted it very badly. On Thursday we went for an 8 mile bicycle ride. It was a dreadfully hot day and you can imagine the state we were in when we finished our ride. On Friday we came here (Alysham). In the afternoon we went bathing. Saturday we went bathing. Mrs Bavin came over to see us. We also cleaned the boat out. In the evening we went to the station to see them of. It is about 21/2 or 3 miles away. I rode on the bic and Bavin in the carriage and vice versa coming home. About my exam (mowrow) you know my fate. I failed in French (here the Dead March of Saul is played for the space of two hours) Smythies failed to. It was an awful snub for him. He thought he was certain to pass, although I've failed never mind. How is Icey? In full splender? (Sketch of a hand with short fingers) How leafly. I wrote a letter about this size to Edgar on Sat. Darling forgive the awful writing love to Thornty (pardon I meant Joey) and to all Blundellians.
With great longing and looking forward to the 28th of July. (I'll meet you certain by 5:0)
I remain
Your loving brother
Diddle Dumpling

Stubbington House
Fareham
September 20th
(c.1896)
Time 10.20
My own sweet darling Rara Paw
Thy forgiviness I beg for not having written for so long. I will go on with this letter after I have come back from church. Farewell till. Time 12.45 Church is over. Is my Paw a monitor "Jones came to me after to receive a canning". Extract of my Paws diary. We are having lovely weather today. Yesterday we had a practice in football. We have got a fairly good XI this year, have you. Have you arranged a play for next holidays yet, shall we have one, I think so. On Friday the gov telegraphed from Scotland to tell Manny Foster to give us a half on account of Mrs Foster's birthday. I have no more to say. I will write soon again
I remain
Yr loving and adoring brother
Cyril D. Fenn.
Of course my Paw can have the title of Grey Friars Poet Laureate.
Death to those who say no he shall not Death to them I say
Dedicated to my R P

Stubbington House
Fareham
October 14th /96
My dear Ice
Many thanks for your letter, it is I who ought to have written before but never mind (sketch of some bars of music). We played on Saturday last HMS Mercury we got 8 goals and they got 1. On Wednesday we played some team away and drew it. Today we were utterly licked 1 to 9 mowrow. The exam comences 1st Dec and ends 5th Dec. We had a Test a little while ago I came out 8th out of 22 with 1196 marks. The Real Test will be in about a month's time. The medical the next week and the awful Exam the next week after that. We had better do as you said about Cyrandia that fire was very serious. The cable will be of great use. There has been an awful shindy here. A chap here carried on a regular Jew's trade, buying and selling things. One chap made 120% this term, awful cheating. It is all over now. I heard from Mater yesterday, did you? The Gov has come back (worse luck) I saw him this afternoon. There were 2 accidents in the match this afternoon, one chap hacked in the face and another got a hack this other side of his knee (sketch of a leg showing where) Compeny-vous. He is quite lame. How is Icey, and is it in full glory, how sweet. Forgive this uninteresting and stupid letter for it is not worthy of my Paw.
Farewell Pipkin
I remain
Yr loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn

Stubbington
(Oct 96)
Dear Van
Please excuse a hurried note but I'm just sending you a line to tell you that I passed my medical yesterday. We had dinner at Gatt. . . . . 's restaurant near Charing +. After it we went to the Aquarium of course after the Med. I will write soon and tell you all about it
I remain
Yr loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn

Stubbington House
Fareham
November 2, 1896
My dear Van
I'm awfully sorry I've not written to you or so long. On Monday we begin our RNTE (Royal and Naval Test Exam) I hope for goodness sake I will succeed in it. For if you pass in this test you have a good chance that the Navy Exam. I heard from Father on Wednesday he sent me my nom which I signed and sent off to the Admiralty and got the receipt. On Wednesday last week played Eastman's Southsea we got 10 goals to their 3. I suppose you saw it in the Field. I saw one of your matches in it, my poor pet, you were beaten (here Dead March In Saul is played) mourow. . . . . ! I will finish mine epistle after church. . . . . ! Church is over and I will continue. This season we have won 6 matches lost 2 drawn 1. You know when the Archbishop of Canterbury was being carried out of the church, a man here was carried out of our church the very same moment. Very funny!. Is Icey all right. I must now close this epistle
I remain
Yr loving brother
Diddle
PS I enclose some stamps

Stubbington House
February 1, 1897
My dear Ice
Many thanks for thine Rara epistle. It was leafly. I will willingly think of the word "Gladstone". But what do you mean on the envelope by wait till April. Would the 19th of Feb do, or is it too late. Darling I would rather that you fixed the date. Duckie there has been a robbery here L49 and a silver watch bagged. There 2 bobbies and a private detective. A regular Sherlock Holmes. I have about 134 stamps here how many has my pet got. I enclose 2 foreign ones which I don't think we have got. I wrote a ragging letter to Gar on Friday and sent it in Father's letter. I have a secret please tell none. Hush (Pax Vobiscum) it is (that I am getting Father drawn) by a regular RA. Don't tell anybody it is a secret. Lewis is all right I have no more to say Mr and Mrs Foster send there brass love and copper compliments to you (Edgar J. F. extract) and so does the writer of this letter who is
Diddle Dumpling alias Chviy alias Cyril alias Squirrel alias LLLO

Stubbington House
Fareham
February 6, 1897
Dear Mater
I hope you are quite well, it has been raining hard here all this week nearly all the playground is under water. There was an attempted Robbery here. A man broke into the office and rummaged about L47 and a silver watch were reported to have been stolen, but it is not quite certain. We are getting up at 7 o'clock now (N. B. only a Special Navy, the others get up at 7.30) and do half an hours work before breakfast. We have 7 hours Algebra 4 hours Euclid and 61/2 hours Arithmetic a week. These are for the math subjects. The other subject are about equally divided. Lewis is all right and getting on very well. I heard from Van on Monday last, he is writing a piece of poetry. How is Harry getting on a Paxmans. I have no more to say. Please give my love to Father, Bo, Harry, and Chick also Gar.
I remain
Yr loving
Cyril D. Fenn

Stubbington
February 8th /97
My dear Sasa Obix
Thanks very much for your postcard was the postcard pictures a new idea of this term. What I mean about R A is that one of the masters here named Mr Fyte is going to draw Father for me. At present he is doing another one, but will begin Father soon. He wants to do it, as it is such a nice face to do (so he said to me). Of course he charges nothing for it. I am going to give it Mater at Easter. I can understand the cipher all right now. We have been having fearful weather and uif hsproe xbf voefs ju xbt cfbtumz (the ground was underwater it was beastly). I have rather a bad cold and cough so I did not go to Church yesterday (er-tit-tit) and am kept in today. I heard from home on Saturday (from Father) I wish you success in your Oxford and Cambridge Higher Local Examination, may you prosper and may you succeed mine poy. Pardon me how Is J D F Z (Icey). Give it my best love and also a leafly flab.
I remain
Your loving rather
Dzsjm E Gfoo
On the back of this letter are some notes in Van's writing, in pencil, about poetry. He appears to be pondering an exam answer.

Stubbington House
Fareham
February 19th /97
My dear Van
I wish you very many happy returns of your birthday I am very sorry but I'm afraid I am not able to send your present but I will give it you in the holidays. I enclose Gladstone. I must now break the news. The chap who was going to do Father has had an important commission from his mother to do. So he is not able to do it this term. Farewell
I remain
Your loving brother
Cyril D. Fenn

Stubbington
February 28th 1897
My dear Van
I hope you are quite well. We played the Wiltshire Regiment on Wednesday and I'm sorry to say got utterly licked. Mrs Foster has had a very serious accident. She was driving with the groom when the pony shied and chucked her and the groom. She had her arm broken, shoulder dislocated her head and face very badly cut. We are kept very quiet, no bells rung and a rope across the entrance of the drive saying no carriages allowed up, and an account of her condition each day. I went to uif divsdi zftufsebz to cmpx uif pshbo (the church yesterday to blow the organ) for one of the masters, he gave me something for doing it. I'm on the sick list, I do my work but am not allowed out. Have you heard lately from home, I've not heard for over a fortnight Mowrrow How is Icey? Is it in full splendour? I sent Linnie your poetry. She was delighted with it and he is going to ask you for a copy. I am afraid I've exhausted all news. Hoping to see you soon (three weeks to Exam)
I remain
Your loving brother
Dzsjm E Gfoo


Stubbington House
Fareham
(c.March1897)
My own sweet darling Rara Paw
Thanks very much pour votre lettre, mon cher frere. I went up to London on Monday for the medical. Luckily I passed easily. We go up to London for the Exam, it is to be held on March 23rd Tuesday to Friday, Burlington House London. It is certain that we will stay at the Langham or Bristol Hotel during the time. I hope I will pass. One of the masters said I was pretty certain (oh that I will come true) to pass. If not mowrow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had a ragging letter from old Gar, a little while ago, which I will shew you when we meet again. I also replied by a ragging letter. When shall we to meet again. In thunder, lightning or in the rain. Very likely I shall return home on the 30th or 31st of March viz after the exam is over. We must garden hard next holidays. Do you remember "Princes Feather". Master L is all right, but getting beastly cheeky. I wrote to LO yesterday, she writes asking me to copy out all your verses etc for her. I wrote very politely that if she would mind excusing me writing them out till after the Exam, I should be much obliged. Blundellians also to F.
I remain
Yr loving brother
Cyril E. Gfoo
Sketch on the back page of the "train to Colchester" with Cyril crying Hurrah

Stubbington House
Fareham
March 31 /97
Dear Van
I'm sorry I've not written for so long. The Exam finished on last Friday and I return home on the 6th. During the Exam, which was held in London, we stayed at the Sackville hotel. It was awful fun. At Temple Grove do you remember a chap called Hobart. He was on the classical side in the Upper First (top form). His brother is here and went up for the Navy this time. He is pretty certain to pass. I heard from Father this morning. When do you come home? I hope about the same time as I do. We are slacking it now, but only those who have gone up for the Navy, the rest are doing Exams. I got on all right this time. If I've not passed mowrrow!!. I must now withdraw my pen so love to Mr and Mrs F and Chase and Body etc
I remained
Votre loving frere
Cyril D. Gfoo

FOSTER'S
Stubbington House Fareham
Royal Naval Cadetships
Successes for a half year ending July 1897.
. . . . .
42nd K B Toms
53rd C D Fenn
55th The Honourable C F Cavendish
. . . . .
NB Class now forming for the December Examination.
Ref: The Time's 7 September 1897.

CYRIL MADE TWO "CONFESSIONS" c1901 & 1902
MY FAVOURITE VIRTUE:
1 Moral courage
2 Courage
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS:
1 Going to a good concert
2 Plenty of interesting work
MY IDEA OF MISERY:
1 Having nothing to do
2 Keeping night watch in cold rough weather
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION:
1 Boating fishing reading
2 Boating fishing reading
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR:
1 Pale blue green
2 Pink violet pale green
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER:
1 Roses violets lily
2 Roses violets sweet peas
MY FAVOURITE POETS:
1 Shakespear Longfellow
2 Browning
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS:
1 Dickens
2 Marie Corellis
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER:
1 Landseer
2 John Collier Landseer
MY FAVOURITE FOOD:
1 Cold meat pie gooseberries
2 Cold lamb strawberry jelly
MY FAVOURITE NAMES:
1 Gerald Dorothy Lucy
2 Dorothy Aily
MY PET AVERSION:
1 A wet day
2 Joining a new ship
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO:
1 Never put off to tomorrow what can be done today
2 Faint heart never won fair lady

Grand Hotel Mont Cervin
Zermatt.
23 VI. 14 VII
Rev E. V. Fenn
The Clergy House
Cuckfield
Sussex
Angleterre
I thought you would like a pc from the familiar old place. I am having a most comfortable to in Switzerland with D Cotes and E. Shuttleworth. Have visited Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland and are finishing up here. We went up the . . . . . the other day and lunched at the Riffle Alp, I found our names in the visitor's book in 1901 and also saw the Giles and Sir R Bell. The ladies took a train from the Riffleburg, but I walked up to the top, the snow was so deep all the way, that I was half dead when I got to the top. We visited the Tuft Glacier today a lovely walk and another day went to the Findenberg (?) glacier and had tea at the little hotel where we slept at night at. We leave here on Thursday and are spending a day at Berne before leaving for London which we hope to reach Saturday evening. Hope to see you soon
Yours
C D Fenn
Message on the back of a postcard of the Rifflesee and the Matterhorn.


NAVAL CADETS
Cyril D Fenn to Repulse.
Ref: The Times 14 Sep 1898 Pg 4.

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
. . . . . the undermentioned Sub Lieut's have been promoted to Lieut. . . . . . C D Fenn
Ref: Extracts from The Times 23 May 1903 Pg14

Oct 24th 1905
Entertainments
H.M.S. St. Vincent.
An enjoyable evening was spent on board the St Vincent . . . . . the Chaplain presided and Captain and Mrs Caley and all the officers of the ship were present. There was also a numerous attendance of visitors . . . . . The first part of the entertainment was given by the St Vincent Minstrel Troupe, composed of boys chosen from the tonic solfa class. They were in the orthodox Nigger costume and led by Lieutenant Fenn . . . . .
The second part consisted of a farce entitled "The Area Belle". The characters were excellently portrayed by Lieutenant Fenn as Josser, the Marine . . . . .
Ref: Unsourced news paper cutting - Book No. 1.

Mrs Fenn
Alston Court
Nayland
Nr Colchester
27 September 1906
Group of the officers of HMS Dido. The Captain in the centre with the Commander on his right and the PMO on the left. I hope all are well.
Yours
CDF.
Postcard posted in Castleton Portland.

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
. . . . . Lieut C D Fenn to the Vernon (Land Station), lent for wireless telegraphy course to date March 11.
Ref: Extracts from The Times 8 Mar 1907 Pg 9.

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
. . . . . Lieut C D Fenn To the Pembroke additional to the Warrior, to date 21st inst, and to the Warrior on Commissioning to Date June 1 inst.
Ref; Extracts from Th Times 28 May 1907 Pg 8

On the 21st April 1910 Cyril was admitted into the Freedom of London being an apprentice of Gerald Maltby Todd Citizen and Wax Chandler of London.
Copy of Freedom in possession of E L Fenn 2003.

In some of Cyril's photos of himself he is holding a telescope, this is in the possession of the E L Fenn (2008) On a pull-out sleave, used to shadow the front lens, is inscribed the ships he served on with a date, as follows:
HMS Britannia 1897, HMS Repulse 1898, HMS Andromeda 1899, HMS Astraea 1900, HMS Resolution 1902, RN College Greenwich 1902, HMS Bacchante 1903, HMS St. Vincent 1905, HMS Boscawen II 1906, HM Signal School Portsmouth 1906, HMS Dido 1906, HMS Warrior 1907, HMS Topas 1908, HMS Lord Nelson (Flag Lieut) 1909, RN Barracks Shotley - Signal School 1910/11, HMS Exmouth (Flag Lieut Commander) 1912, HMS Dreadnought (Flag Lieut Commander) 1913, HMS Albion (Flag Lieut Commander) 1914, HMS Sutlej (Flag Lieut Commander) 1914, Signal School Devonport 1915, HMS Exmouth (Flag Lieut Commander) 1916.
The telescope is inscribed - Lieut C.D. Fenn R.N. and manufactured by Ross London
No. 34289

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
Lieut C D Fenn to the Exmouth additional to Flag Lieut to Vice Admiral C J Briggs to date July 1.
Ref: The Times 21 Jun 1912 Pg 8.

Fleet flashing model designed in conjunction with another Lieut., . . . . . great credit is due for zeal and ingenuity displayed A.L. of 28/10/12 N.S. 11161
Ref: Cyril's Navy Record
This refers to the photograph, More Fenn Flashing Model 1912, in Cyrils pictures

MEMORIAL SERVICE
City of London School . . . . . for some 200 old boy's who have fallen in the War . . . . . held at Temple Church . . . . . Among those present . . . . . Mr C.D.Fenn . . . . .
Ref: Extracts from The Times 2 Jun 1917 Pg 9.

NAVAL & MILITARY
New Senior Officer in Newfoundland.
. . . . . He will succeed at Newfoundland Lt Cmdr C D Fenn who has held the appointment since March 1919.
Ref: Extracted from The Times 24 Feb 1921 Pg 12.

The following are letters recognising his service in Nova Scotia.
Government House,
St. John's Nfld.
13 June 1921.

Sir,
I am directed by His Excellency the Governor to forward to you the enclosed copy of Minute of Council which has been approved by His Excellency in Which Ministers place an record the high appreciation of the Government of Newfoundland in respect of the services rendered by you while in command of H. M. S. "Briton".
I am to add that a copy of this Minute is being transmitted to the Admiralty through the Right Honourable the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

I have the honour to be ,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
J. Hamilton
Capt.
Private Secretary.

Lieut. Commander C. L. Fenn, R.N.
C/o The Admiralty,
Whitehall,
London.

Certified copy of the Minutes of the Honourable Executive Council of Newfoundland approved by his Excellency the Governor on the 8th June 1921

June 4th 1921
Lieutenant Commander Cyril D Fenn R N of HMS Briton, Registrar General of the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, having been transferred from this station the
Executive Government desire to place on record their high appreciation of his valuable services for the two years during which he was in the Colony.
While the Royal Naval Reserve was in active operation he gave it the closest possible attention and zealously sought to promote the welfare of its members.
Unfailing courtesy marked his relations with the Government, and he was ever ready to
assist in any movement that had for its object the welfare of this Colony.
Ministers desire that His Excellency the Governor may be pleased to transmit copies of this Minute to Lieutenant Commander Fenn, and to the Admiralty.
Certified true copy,
Aubin Mews
Deputy Colonial Secretary

C.W.10700/21.
ADMIRALTY, S.W.1
12th July, 1921.

Sir,
I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to convey to you an expression of their satisfaction at the receipt of a report from the Governor of Newfoundland, expressing the appreciation of his Ministers for the valuable services rendered by you whilst in command of H.M.S."Briton " .

2.I am to add that a suitable notation has been made in your record.

I am,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant
Charles Walker

Lieutenant Commander
Cyril D.Fenn, R.N.,
Alston Court,
Nayland,
Colchester.
(SCB, 4209.)

Alston Court
Tuesday (10 May 1921)
My dear Van
Many thanks for your letter - as Adria is one of the most delightfully casual and unreliable of mortals I was wondering if she even told you what is the matter with me - and if she did tell you whether it had any semblance of truth.
I caught an appalling cold travelling across Nova Scotia by the time I got aboard this developed into bronchitis. The doctor on board was useless and entirely neglected me. The result was I arrived in England a wreck not having eaten or rested at 10 days I eventually got down here in a semi-state of collapse with practically acute bronchitis unfortunately this attacked my right lung and powers of resistance being weakened tuberculosis set in. I've got rid of the bronchitis but it will be many many months before I am fit again so this will in all possibility mean invaliding from the Service, what I shall do heaven knows, that remains to be seen. It's a sad ending to one's career. Excuse scrawl but I can't write very much I get so easily tired.
Yr affectionate brother
Cyril D Fenn
This letter, written in pencil, with envelope postmarked 10 May 21 was addressed to Rev E. V. Fenn The Vicarage Kirkby Nr Liverpool. It was the last letter that Van received from Cyril. Cyril died of the tuberculosis 9 August 1921

DEATHS
Fenn. On 9th August at Alston Court Nayland. Lieut Commander Cyril Duncan FennR.N. aged 38 (Newfoundland papers please copy)
Ref: The Times 12 Aug 1921 Pg1.

THE FUNERAL : Of Lieut. Commander Cyril Fenn, son of the late Dr. Fenn, of Nayland. (formerly of Colchester), took place with naval .honours on Friday at Nayland Parish Church, the Vicar (Rev. J. B. Marsh) officiating. The coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack, on which were placed the deceased officer's hat and sword, was borne from the house; Alston Court, to the church by blue jackets, and a bugler from Shotley sounded the "Last Post" at the graveside.
The chief mourners were Mrs. E L. Fenn. Dr and Mrs. Chas. Fenn (London), Mr. Harold L. Fenn, Rev. E. V. Fenn, Rev. E. J. Fenn, Miss Adria Fenn, and Miss Dolly Cotes. The Navy. was represented by Lieut. Commander Mead, Chief Signal Officer Brown, and Petty Officer Brown.
The hymns sung : were "Jesu, lover of my soul" and Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar." At the cemetery,"Jesus lives" was rendered by the surpliced choir. Many beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends, and the Nayland Lodge of the R.A.O.B. sent a handsome floral offering.
Amongst the attending the funeral were Admiral Simpson (Stoke-by-Nayland), Colonel Gray, and Mrs. Syrett. Many members of the R.A.O.B attended, including the Rev. W. E. F. Rees, curate of Nayland.
The coffin, which was of polished oak, with solid brass fittings, bore on the breastplate the inscriptionn: "Cyril Duncan Fenn, died Aug. 9, 1921, age 38 years." The undertakers were Messrs. Deaves and Son.
The late Lieut. Commander Fenn joined the Britannia training ship at Exmouth in 1897, and served in succession on the China and Mediterranean stations, and with the Home Fleet. During the earlier days of the war he was Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Sir Loftus Tottenham, but was invalided from Athens.
Later he was appointed Chief of the R.N. Signal School at Devonport and his last appointment, which he resigned last April was that, of Chief Naval Officer to the Colony of Newfoundland on H.M.S. Briton, a naval training ship. At Newfoundland his health completely broke down, and be came home to Nayland, where he passed away.

Cyril is buried in the Nayland burial ground, row III grave 59. His grave reads "In loving memory of Cyril Duncan Fenn Lt. Commander RN, born 19th Aug 1882 died 9th Aug 1921. When the morning was now come Jesus stood on the shore". He never married

In 2012 Cyril's death was accepted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as a casualty of the Great War. His grave will be recorded and maintained accordingly.

Fenn Cyril Duncan of Alston Court Nayland Suffolk died 9 August 1921 Administration London 25 October 1921 to Charles Edward Fenn MD. Effects L2507 4s 10d

Research Notes:

Medical Notes: Cyril's respiratory weakness my have been signaled in his last year at Stubbington Hall where bouts of sickness are reported in his letters, his Navy records show he was admitted to Haulboubine Hospital 5 Oct 1914 with a diagnosis of phthisis (Greek for consumption) otherwise known as tuberculosis. This hospital may have been in Athens (see report of Cyril's funeral) as he was serving as a Flag Lieut on HMS Albion in the Mediterranean.
His Navy record shows he was "placed on books of the Victory" until 30 Apr 1915 when he was "found fit for shore service at present" "8 May 1916 found fit for active service" "12 Dec 1916 Seriously ill and likely to be invalided" he was hospitalised his condition is recorded as haemoptysis (coughing up blood). He was invalided with the following note "recd should be given a passage home - Hospital Ship" "25 Feb 1917 passed fit for shore service" "1 Mar 1917 discharged to RN Bks Chatham" "5 Jul 1917 found fit" "1 Jul 1918 admitted Plymth Hosp fistula-in-ano" (This type of fistula can develop secondary to tuberculosis) "3 Aug 1918 found fit" and promoted to acting rank of Commander 11 Sept 1918. "24 Jun 1921 reports unfit - pulmonory tuberculosis.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 1 Portland Tce The Green Richmond SRY. Cyril is recorded as a son aged 8 born Richmond SRY

1329. Rev Edgar Julius "Baa" FENN M A [39] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 16 Jun 1885 in Richmond SRY, died on 7 Aug 1942 in Castlethorpe at age 57, and was buried on 12 Aug 1942 in Castlethorpe Churchyard. The cause of his death was cerebral tumour. He was usually called Baa.

General Notes:
Edgar was educated Woodbridge School, Keble College Oxford, M A. Ordained deacon 22 May 1910. Edgar was ordained to the priesthood in 1911 by the Bishop of Ely who gave him an Oxford Press 1611 version bible with apocrypha and references, "translated out of the origional tounges" to commerorate the occasion, inscribed: "Edgar Julius Fenn, in memory of his Ordination as priest in Ely Cathedral on Trinity Sunday, 1911.
F.H. Ely".
Followed by the these letters. "ENTH AYNaMEI TOY II NEYMATOE"
(spacing uncertain).

Fenn Edgar Julius M.A. bn 16 Jun 1885; Woodbridge Grammar School 1900-04; Holy Orders Decon 1910; Priest 1911; Aston Clinton Aylesbury Bucks., BA 1907: MA 1914; Ely Theological College 1910; Curate of Haddenham 1910-13; curate of Crawley 1913-18; curate of Aston Clinton 1918-
Keble College Register 1970-1925 NZSOG

Fenn Edgar Julius: Keble Coll. Ox. BA 1907, MA 1914, Ely Th Coll 1910, d 1910, p 1911 Ely, C of Haddenham 1910-13, Crawley 1914-18, Aston Clinton 1918-26, Hanslope w Castlethorpe, Dio Ox from 1926. Castlethorpe Bletchley Bucks.
Crockford 1934

c1897 Edgar suffered from Poliomyelitis affecting his foot, and left arm which never recovered.

He loved music and was President Church Musical Society.

EDGAR'S CONFESSIONS 23 June 1897
MY FAVOURITE VIRTUE: Honesty
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: Going on the river
MY IDEA OF MISERY: Feeling very hot
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Reading playing croquet
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR: Light blue light pink
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER: Rose violet heliotrope
MY FAVOURITE POETS: Sir Walter Scott
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: Shakespeare
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER: Vicat Cole
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Strawberries & cream raspberries currants
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Mabel Edgar Dolly
MY PET AVERSION: Being out in a thunder storm
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO: Tah Dien

Edgar died of a brain tumour some four months after breaking a leg in a fall. He did not marry.

FENN - On Aug. 7 1942, suddenly, at Castlethorpe, the Rev. EDGAR JULIUS FENN son of the late Dr. E. L. Fenn, of Nayland, aged 57.

TIVERTON EXPRESS 14 AUGUST 1942
FUNERAL OF REV. E. J. FENN
Castlethorpe Mourns a Beloved Curate.
The village of Castlethorpe mourns the loss of one who was much loved and respected by all residents.
On Friday last, 7th August, the Rev. Edgar Julius Fenn, curate-in-charge at the Castlethorpe Parish Church, passed away with unexpected suddenness at his residence 1 Station Road, where he had lived during the whole of his ministry of sixteen-and-a-half years at Castlethorpe, with Mr. and Mrs. A. Clarke.
The Reverend gentleman had experienced indifferent health for some time, and about four months ago fell whilst at his home and sustained a fractured leg. He spent fifteen subsequent weeks as a patient of Northampton General Hospital, and was making a good recovery. He returned to his home a week prior to his passing.
Fifty-seven years of age, he was the eighth son of the late Dr. E. L. Fern, of Nayland, Colchester and was educated at Woodbridge School, Suffolk, and Keble College, Oxford. He gained his M.A. degree (Oxon.).
He had held four curacies and came to Castlethorpe from Aston Clinton, near Aylesbury.
At Castlethorpe he took a keen interest in all organizations working for the welfare of the village community, and his practical sympathy with all residents of the village was irrespective of religious denomination. He had been described as a " true pastor". He worked hard for the restoration of the Parish Church tower and roofs, and it was a source of gratification to him when this work was completed a few years ago.
He had a love for music and was an active president for the Church Musical Society, which gave many public performances in Castlethorpe and adjoining villages. He was president of the Castlethorpe Hospital Week Committee and was treasurer of the newly formed Youth Squad organisation.

BISHOP'S TRIBUTES
Tributes from the Bishops of Oxford and Buckingham were read at the funeral service an Wednesday afternoon to the large assembly of mourners who filled the village church where the deceased gentleman had ministered so faithfully. These messages were read by the Rev. J. Percy Taylor (Vicar of Hanslope), who broke his holiday at Ramsgate to officiate at the service.

Dr. Kenneth Kirk, Bishop of Oxford, wrote: " I am more distressed than I can possibly write in words in the death of dear Edgar Fenn. I loved him so much and I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to the Church in their great loss."

A telegram from the Right Rev. P. H. Eliot, Bishop of Buckingham to the churchwardens (Mr H P Cock and Mr F J Mills read: "Deepest sympathy with you all to-day."'

The Rev. J. Percy Taylor in a short reference, said there was a love and affection between deceased and himself which came from fourteen years of service performed humbly, and unostentatiously by a great man of God - far greater than any of them realized. The tragic happening naturally found them in grief and sorrow, but there was another side - he was asleep where pain and sorrow are no more. He was called to a Higher Service than was his privilege to perform here They did not think of the " Last Post" that day but of the " Reveille " on the morrow. Had he lived he would have lived in occasional or constant pain.
Although they mourn his passing they remembered the great work he did, and " we shall not fill his place". He was a great man, greatly beloved by all.
During the service in the Church a surpliced choir of members of both the Castlethorpe and Hanslope Churches led the singing of the hymns, " Lead kindly light " and " Abide with Me " ; also the Twenty-third Psalm. Miss Gregory was the organist. As the cortege, led by the choir, left the church for the graveside in the churchyard adjoining, the Nunc Dimittis was chanted.
The last rites were performed by the Vicar, and at the graveside the Rev. G. H. B. Brewin Methodist Circuit Superintendent, of Wolverhampton, offered prayers and added his tribute. He said he was grateful to have the opportunity of expressing the deep-felt affection and respect of the Methodist people of Castlethorpe and neighbourhood towards Mr. Fenn. The last public office he performed was in sharing with the speaker in the Methodist Church and by the graveside the funeral service to the late Mr. Edward Richardson - a kind of happening which occurred twice previous during his own three years ministry in his present Circuit. "Our people loved him," said the Methodist Superintendent," because he took such a human interest in their lives and made no distinctions of class or creed with them. To him they were all God's children whom he was called to serve, and he was a true pastor of the flock of God-a brother beloved."
The immediate mourners were: Dr. C. E. Fenn, Nayland. and the Rev. E. V. Fenn, M.A., Vicar of Lois Weeden (brothers), Miss A.M. Fenn Cheltenham (sister) Mrs A Clarke and Miss D Clarke (friends).
Clergy present were: Rev. E. A. Steer, R.D. (Vicar of Stony Stratford), Rev. A. H. Culmer (Holy Trinity, Ramsgate brother-in-law of Rev. J. P. Taylor, who assisted in the service), Rev. A. J. Bird (Loughton) and Rev. S. Hilton (Haversham).
The Parish Church was represented by its wardens, and also present were Mr. R. W Dickens, Mr. A. Smith, and Mr. G. Tebbey (representing St. James's Church, Hanslope). Mr. W. Beesley (sidesman at Castlethorpe Church), Mr. J. E. Whiting, J.P., Mrs. R. Mayes, and Mrs. W. Furness (representing Castlethorpe Hospital Week Committee), Mr. Owen Dixon, Wolverton, Miss Rainbow, Wolverton, Mr. L. Gunn (Castlethorpe Stationmaster), Mrs. R. A. Cooper, Hanslope, Nurse Everett, Miss Steer, Stony Stratford, and others.
The bearers were Messrs. A. Clarke. A. Meacham, J. Gobbey, and S. Waring.
A request by the deceased was that there should be no flowers. and the only two tributes that rested upon the coffin was a floral cross from members of the bereaved family and a tribute from Mrs. Rands and Mr. St. John Rands.
There were a few bunches of flowers from sympathizers.

On the North wall of the Chancel in Castlethorpe Church is a brass plaque dedicated to E.J. Fenn
To the Memory of
Edgar Julius Fenn
Priest in charge
of Castlethorpe
1926 - 1942

His headstone (a cross) reads:
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
EDGAR JULIUS FENN. PRIEST
FOR SIXTEEN YEARS
CURATE-IN-CHARGE
OF CASTLETHORPE.
DIED AUGUST 7th 1942. AGED 57
"UNTIL THE DAY BREAK AND THE SHADOWS FLEE"
(2:17 Song of Songs)
Ref: Dermot Elworthy 2013.

Castlethorpe
Bletchley
Bucks
Nov 5th/41
My dear Harry
All good wishes to you, Margot & the babe for Christmas & the New Year. I hope 1942 may prove a happier year for the world than the present one. I fear that I am rather late in sending my Christmas letter. Van tells me that he wrote to you some time ago. I shall send this by air mail, both for speed & also (I hope) for security. We are still all safe in this district & there have been no air raids, bar one which damaged some houses & killed three people at Wolverton (31/2 miles), nearly a year ago. Things don't look too healthy in Russia at the time of writing, but our RAF are doing marvellously & I hope will soon get the upper hand of the Luftwaffe.
To turn from these unpleasant topics, you have probably heard by this time that Charlie & Ella are contemplating taking up residence at Alston Court. The news came as a great surprise (& a pleasant one) to me. C. says it is likely to be a financial strain for them, but I hope they will be able to carry it through. I haven't heard when they are proposing to move in.
I have had 2 holidays this year. One in May, when I spent 10 days with Adria at Cheltenham. The weather was arctic & it rained most of the time. It was nice however, seeing A in her boarding house. I understand she has now taken up some form of War work in Cheltenham.
Dolly has left Cheltenham which didn't suit her rheumatism & has gone back to Bournemouth. My 2nd holiday was spent at Church Stretton in Shropshire, where I spent the inside of a week with an old Castlethorpe friend. Quite new country to me and very beautiful & I enjoyed it. Van & I made our annual exchange last month, & he came to Castlethorpe & I took up residence at Lois Weeden for the weekend. I found Mrs Legge, despite her 78 years, very brisk and active. I hope she doesn't get ill again this winter. It is a great worry for V if this happens. He really needs a younger woman to look after him, but Mrs L will not budge.
How is your leg, my boy? I have thought much of you & wondered if it was improving. I hope when I hear from you that the news will be better relating to the offending limb. My left leg has been misbehaving, of late, & I have had several tumbles. My bones must be pretty tough, as I have broken none & only a few bruises have resulted.
Mrs Cook (your hostess in 1938) has been ill, but has now recovered & is as lively & cheerful as ever. We have been having a series of functions (socials, whist drives, etc) for the Russian Red Cross Fund and have raised close on L30, a good effort for little Castlethorpe. I have had my photo of Margot & Edward mounted but not framed yet. It is rather difficult to get framing work done - Van has chosen the photos of the babe by himself & A.M.F. has the one of him on his Papa's knee.
With love & all good wishes to Margot & yourself & a kiss to E.L.F.
your affectionate buz
Edgar J. Fenn

Castlethorpe
Bletchley
Bucks
Mar 10th/42
My dear Harry & Margot
I am sorry that I have delayed so long in writing & thank you for the splendid photo of Edward which I have received quite safely. Tell Edward that Uncle Edgar is very pleased with his photo & hopes to see him in person one day in the future. I am not very good at seeing likenesses, but I think he features his papa, as we say colloquially. I am sending this letter by air mail in order that it may reach you quicker & also, I hope, safely. At the time of writing things are not looking any too bright out in the Far East, & the Japs seemed to be having everything all their own way. I very much hope that N.Z. may be spared their attentions & that you will be kept safe and sound.
We have just had a Warships Week in our district. The total aimed at was L200,000 & the result achieved, L169,000, of which Castlethorpe raised, L1132, which was pretty good for us, although last May we got L2809.
I saw Van in Northampton last week. He was looking very fit. Mrs Legg seems to have taken on a new lease of life & has kept very well all through the winter, & what a winter! Deep snow & piercing winds.
Castlethorpe is very flourishing. We have quite recently had our first War death on active service. A young R.A.F. man killed in an air crash.
I believe Charlie is going to stay with Van for a few days at Lois Weeden, when the move to Alston Court takes place. I don't know when that will be. Nancy will have to stay behind in Richmond, as she can't be spared from the farm where she works & where she is doing very well. I am wondering whether I shall have an opportunity of staying at A.C. this summer. Adria is still in the same lodgings at Cheltenham & leading rather an aimless existence, I fancy. It is a great pity she is not able to take up some occupation. I had a letter from her the other day with a piteous, heartrending request for some clothes coupons. I shall have to see what I can do about it. Dolly has left Cheltenham & is now in lodgings in Bournemouth. We are not by any means starving yet in England, although we have to scorn the lights & live the simple life. Mrs Clarke continues to look after me excellently, although it is no easy job to housekeep us these days what with ration books & points books & various other restrictions imposed by Lord Wootton, who is I think, doing his difficult & rather thankless job very well.
I hope, Harry, that your leg is no worse, & that you are able to get about.
I must close this scribble(?)
With love to you all & a kiss to Edward.
I am
Yr affec/ate brother
Edgar J. Fenn

The Margaret Spencer Home
Dallington
Northampton
July 17th /42
My dear Harry
You may have received a recent letter from me written from the Hospital here, telling you that I had succeeded in breaking a femur & was incarcerated therein. I spent nine weeks (it seemed like nine months!) within its hospitable walls & was then transferred to this establishment which is about 1 mile outside Northampton. The house is a fine Georgian mansion & was formerly owned by Lord Spencer. On the death of Lady Spencer, it was handed over by the Earl to the Hospital, as a convalescent home in memory of his wife hence the name. Since the war, it has no longer been a Convalescent Home, plain & simple, but rather a sort of overflow of the hospital, & they now take bed and stretcher cases, as I was at first. I have now been here 3 weeks, & get up every day, or other, & in my right mind(?), & try a little walking exercise. This is proving a slow & somewhat painful pastime, as I potter along on my crutch, supported by a patient & a watchful nurse. The sister here tells me that I am definitely improving but the process as a slow one. Yesterday I went up to the Hospital and saw my doctor. He put me through my paces & seemed fairly satisfied at at (sic) the result. The verdict was that I am to come & see him again in 3 weeks time. So I was taken back here for another 3 weeks. It is my left leg that I have injured, so I have one good leg to get about on, & that is gradually getting stronger after my 2 months in bed. Talking about legs (& I have been talking a lot about mine), how it is my buzzer's affliction?, I hope the arthritis (or whatever the disease may be) is showing some signs of betterment & is not causing you too much discomfort. As in Hospital, so here, I look forward to Visiting Days. Van comes to see me every week & does my shopping or business that I need done in the town. It is nice for me that he is comparatively near (15 miles) & that I am able to see him so frequently.
Cousin Margaret Rands lives across the road from this Home, but we have not seen each other yet, as at present neither of us is able to make the journey. I am hoping to see her before I leave. Miss Turner, her companion, very kindly came to see me frequently while I was in Hospital. She tells me that Cousin Margaret is fairly well. Her eyesight is however very bad.
I hope Edward is going strong. No doubt, he is becoming a fine trusty lad.
With love to Margot & yourself & a kiss to Edward from his crippled old Uncle.
Your affec/ate buzzer
Edgar J Fenn
P.S. while in Hospital I had a visit from Charlie who was spending a week with Van. It was very nice to see him, I fancy they are having a fairly hectic time at Alston Court. Among other things I believe the hot water system has broken down. Adria writes to me fairly frequently from Cheltenham. She is doing Govt work there and is pretty fully occupied. In the last letter, she enquired tenderly after you & Margot. How often does she favour you with a letter?
A new Vicar of Nayland has been appointed - a Canon Wright & was instituted last week. He does not, I think hold the extreme views of the Father Sankey type.
I had a long letter from Eleanor Gray (one you may remember). She is now living in London. She was "blitzed" out of her flat in St Leonards & lost much of her property, but was, fortunately, in no way injured herself.
This has been some PS, to use a vulgar colloquialism (?spelling?).

Research Notes:
Edgar's Will dated 25 Nov 1935 divided his estate equally between his brothers and half sister Adria Fenn. The Executor was Dr Charles E Fenn.

Church and Churchyard photos and information on Edgar courtesy of Dermot Elworthy 2013

Other Records

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 1 Portland Tce The Green Richmond SRY. Edgar is recorded as a son aged 5 born Richmond SRY

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Grammar School St Mary Woodbridge SFK. Edgar is described as a boarder aged 15 a scholar/student born Richmond SRY

1330. Dorothy Edythe FENN [488] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 Dec 1892 and died on 3 Jul 1893.


1331. Lieut Edward Gerald Palmer "Bo" FENN [489] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 2 Sep 1894 in Grey Frairs Colchester., died on 19 Sep 1918 in Killed In Action Kefe-Kasim Palestine at age 24, and was buried in Wadi Rabah. He was usually called Bo.

General Notes:
Edward (known as Beau or Bo in his youth, or Robert later) was educated at Broadstairs, Sherborne School, Emmanuel College Cambridge, joined 6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, att. 1st/5th Essex Regiment.

Edward was a keen rugby player, his 1st XV cap is inscribed "E G Fenn 1st XV colours Tonbridge School Nov 23nd 1912" Maker N. . . . . . and Sons. Sherborne. Cap in the possession of E L Fenn 1999

Edward was appointed to a second Lieutenancy in the Territorial Force 9 June 1917

9.9.17.
My dear Adria,
very many thanks for your letter and the most welcome box of chocolates, it was very nice being able to get over to Van, I much enjoyed the weekend. I am appallingly hard worked at present and today Sunday I am on duty from 7 a.m. to midnight and tomorrow I have to take an entrenching party to all 3 miles away to another camp in the early morning and then go out again at eight o'clock at night for some night wiring (?) which will probably go on till 11 or 12.
My photos arrived at last yesterday I will send you them on in course of time.
I should be much obliged if you would forwarded by return the following articles:
1 pair Footer boots
1 sweater (low necked, no collar)
1 striped shirt (Emmanuel colours)
1 white shirt(with Sherborne diagm on it)
2 pairs shorts
2 stockings (1 blue & 1 black with magenta tops)
I put in the full details to prevent mistakes.
I see no prospect of going on draft at present, so am preparing for a little footer. We shall probably leave this came soon as it's too cold to be under canvas now. I believe our destination is near Ryal a seaside place in N Wales.
I am . . . . . this on a bed so I am afraid the writing may be hard to decipher. Life has been quite an eventful lately - there is not the slightest prospect of any leave at present a 48 hours touch.
Again very many thanks
Your affectionate brother
Edward G. P. Fenn.
P. S. please also send a scrum cap - this is a black arrangement with black ribbons on it to go over the head and ears.
Written on two pages in envelope addressed Miss Fenn Alston Court Nayland Colchester.

Killed in action by a sniper on the first morning of General Allenby's successful campaign, known as the battle of Megiddo, which, with Lawrence and the Arab forces attacking from the east, drove the Turks out of Palestine.
Edward and his platoon were attacking a Turkish position at Kefr-Kasim (Kafr Qasim) near Rosh Ha'Ayin in the district of Jiljulie (Jaljulya) about 15 Km north east of Tel Aviv. He was buried where the Wadi Rabah opens to the plain of Sharon, but later exhumed and reburied at Ramleh War Cemetery 12 Km south east of Jaffa, grave ref. U75.
Dick Fenn mentions in a letter to Harry Fenn 5 Feb 1962 that he met Edward in Cairo Dec 1917 where he was recovering from a wound and dysentery. Dick wrote "We went out together a good deal and I formed a high opinion of him and was deeply distressed to hear of his death in action in 1918 when I was back in France".
Photos, letters, (including the two below, handwritten), war memorabilia, (including the compass being used by Edward when he was shot), in the possession of E L Fenn 1999.

Telegram
O.A.M.S.
War Office
Stamped 12.30 24 September 18 Nayland
Mrs Fenn Alston Court Nayland Colchester Deeply regret Alexandria report SP Second Lieutenant E. G. P. Fenn Royal Welsh Fusiliers killed in action Army Council express sympathy
Sec. War Office.
In a buff coloured telegram envelope reading no charge for delivery addressed Mrs Fenn Alston Court.

Post Office Telegraphs
7.5pm Office Buckingham Palace received Colchester 7.4 p.m. 7 Oct 18. Miss Fenn Alston Court Neyland Colchester.
The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the army have sustained by the death of your brother in the service of his Country their Majesties truly sympathise with you in your sorrow.
Keeper Of the Privy Purse.
In a buff coloured telegram envelope as above addressed Miss Fenn Alston Court Nayland. Numbered 313.

DEATH NOTICE: Killed in action. in Palestine, on September 21st, Edward Gerald Palmer, 2nd Lieut. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, beloved son of Edward Liveing (the late) and Edith F Fenn, of Alston Court, Nayland, Suffolk, aged 24.

NAYLAND PARISH MAGAZINE.
OBITUARY NOTICE:
It is with very deep sorrow, mingled with pride, that we have to announce the noble death of another of the heroic band from Nayland who have made the supreme sacrifice for King and Country, and at the same time we wish to offer the sympathy of all to Mrs. Fenn and Miss Fenn in their heavy loss.
Edward Gerald Palmer Fenn was born at Grey Friars, Colchester, on September 2nd, 1894. His first School (Preparatory) was at Broadstairs; thence he went to Sherborne, and, on leaving School, Matriculated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He received his Commission in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and as 2nd Lieutenant went to Egypt for 10 months; he was then attached to the 1/5th Essex Regiment, and went to Palestine.
It was when " leading his platoon to victory " that he was hit in the side, which rendered him quite unconscious, and he died a few minutes later. " Our battalion and one other (writes the Colonel) were the first to lead the attack which produced such great results." Those results were nothing less than the deliverance of the Holy Land from the power of the Turk. R.I.P.
We are allowed (by the kindness of Mrs. Fenn) to print the following letters, which will be read with interest:
From Captain Finn.
26th September 1918
Dear Madam,
I believe Colonel Gibbons has written to you concerning the loss of your son second Lieutenant EGP Fenn. In sending you the latters Record of Service Book I feel I must also express my sincere sympathy with you in your sorrow. Your son had only been with us a little while, but during that week or two I had come into contact with him frequently. It was recognised by all our Battalion Headquarters that he was a decided acquisition, and we counted ourselves lucky to have him posted to us.
I did not see him hit, but shortly before, Colonel Gibbons and I had gone over to speak to him, to guide him in his advance in the dark, over most treacherous and difficult country. He was in front of one of the leading platoons of his Company, in the fore-front of the attack, and was carrying on in a really excellent manner.
He was buried in the Wadi Rabah, one of the best known of the deep valleys in this part of the Holy Land. The Rev. H. J. W. Knights, C.F., officiated. He is a good friend of mine and I will ask him to write and give you further particulars It is a difficult matter to express adequately in a letter one's deep sympathy, but please be assured that all here feel for you. Perhaps you can extract some small amount of satisfaction from the knowledge that your boy fell in a battle that seems to have settled the fate of our enemies definitely in this part of the world.
He has gone the way of thousands of other excellent fellows, but the signs are that his and their sacrifices have not been in vain.
Believe me, yours faithfully,
J. F. FINN (Capt. and Adjt.) 1/5 Bn. Essex Regt.
P.S. All your son's kit has been sent to the Officer's Kit Bureau, Alexandria and his accounts out here are being dealt with by the Committee of Adjustment. G.H.Q.
JFF.
Written on two sheets of graph paper.

From Col. Gibbons. E. E. F., 22/9/18.
My Dear Madam.
I take this, the first opportunity I have had, to write to tell you how grieved I and all the Battalion under my command, are for the loss of your son, 2nd Lieut. E. G. P. Fenn.
Your son had only been with us a very few days, and it is very sad to think he should have fallen in his first action.
I beg you to accept my heartfelt sympathy, he struck me as being a most promising young officer. How much more than that he must have been to you I know only too well, and I feel that anything I can say must be very slight consolation.
But you will, I am sure, be proud to know that he died leading a platoon of the Essex. Regt. to victory. He was killed in the early morning of the 19th inst. in our attack on the Turkish position near KefeKasim, Palestine He was hit in the side and died in a few minutes - quite unconcious and without suffering. He also had a slight wound in the throat but this may have been caused by his fall on the rocky ground.
He was buried at the place where the Wadi Rabah runs into the plain of Sharon, about a mile north of the old Crusaders' fortress of Mejdel Yaba, I mention these places in case you have a map of the country. I will try later on to send you a photograph of his grave. His belongings are being carefully checked and will be sent to you in due course. Do not be disappointed if they do not arrive quickly, it generally takes a considerable time, but they will be sent without fail.
You will, no doubt, have seen an account in the home papers of Gen. Allenby's great victory in which your son played such an honourable part. Our battalion and one other were the first to lead the attack, which produced such great results.
Again assuring you of my great regret and sympathy,
Believe me, yours very faithfully,
T. GIBBONS, Lieut. Col.
Written on two pages in pencil from Palestine envelope addressed OAS. Mrs Edith Fenn Alston Court Nayland Colchester England. Stamped Past Censor 809 and signed.

26 September 1918
Dear Mrs Fenn
I am writing to tell you how sorry I am to learn the news of the death in action of your son Edward. We were very great friends, and it comes as a great blow to me. Having been classified as fit, he left with three others for the line. He joined his new Batt. on the 9th of September and went into action on the morning of the 19th September. He was killed that same morning at the beginning of the new offensive. One of the officers he went with has since written me to say he was killed by a sniper. I did not see him, before he left this Batt., as I was on a course at the time, but he wrote me the enclosed letter, which I thought you would like to see. I think this is about his last letter to anyone here. He was extremely popular, and everyone, officers and men, felt it greatly when the news came through. I am sending you any letters that come for him here and his kit will come to you also, but this will take some time. All his personal belongings were left at the base, excepting his large silver cigarette case and two revolvers, which he carried on him. These three articles may be lost. I am sorry I cannot look after the return of his kit or treasures, as this is all done officially, by his Battalion and special officers at the base, but if you will let me know if you do not get all his kit, I can easily make the necessary enquiries here.
Please do not think it rude of me if I ask that if there is any article of his you would care to let me have, as a keepsake and reminder of him, I should treasure it very much indeed.
When Edward came to this Battalion last year he was posted to the same Company as myself, and we became great friends and shared the same rooms and were always about together. I feel I have lost a brother.
Will you please accept my deepest sympathy in your very great loss.
I am,
Yours faithfully
A W Croft 2nd L
6th Gar K.W.F

R.W.F. att 1/5 Essex Reg.
C/o Cox & Co.
Cairo. 25.12.18.
Dear Mrs Fenn
Please excuse me for taking the privilege in writing you, but I feel it my duty to do so. My sympathy goes with you regarding the death of your dear son. It was felt very keenly in the Essex but more so into this old Batt R.W.F. especially by the officers of the 3rd R.W.F. Hunthe (?) Park I had seen the officers of the R.W.F. since and I dear say you will have had letters from them. If you have not it is because of your address as no officer's death was more mourned for by his brother officers than that of your son. He and I have been together since we were in Cambridge and then we met again in the R.W.F and have been together ever since, even to the joining the Essex Regiment. I was taken ill just before he met his death and when I got to the clearing station and was told of it and I may tell you I really felt heart sick and felt as though I never wanted to see the Batt. again. He was my only pal in the Essex as we had not been with the Batt. long, so that it is the reason why I did not want to rejoin the Essex. He and I were always the best of friends and we used to share the same room in the Citadel. Did he send you a snap which I took whilst travelling in the truck up Palestine I sent one to my dear Mater and told her of his death.
I have three brothers in France and in my last letter from home Mater told me she had not heard from the elder one for one month and it was just the week before the Armistice was signed but I hope they have had word by thus. The reason I have not written before this is I have been in hospital, and now the Batt. has come down in the line.
I hope this finds you all in perfect health and wishing you the Compliments of the Season.
I remain
Yours
Lance Steil Lieut.
Envelope addressed O.E.S Mrs Fenn Allston Court Nayland Southwark England postmarked Field Hospital, stamped Pasted by Censor No 809


Turf Club
Cairo.
28/12/18
My dear Madam
Thank you for your letter of October 26 and the kind of things you say of the Battalion. I am only sorry I am unable to tell you so little, and indeed do so little to lighten a mother's sorrow. I am particularly sorry I could not carry out my intention of getting you a photo of the place where the lad lies. We were ordered to match the next day, on a 150 mile trek and I had no opportunity of sending anyone to the spot, which even then we had left some miles behind.
I suggest however that you write to the officer i/c, Graves Registration E.E.F. Alexandria and ask him if a photo can be obtained. He may have the means of procuring one and I am sure would be willing to help. We did not come back through Palestine, as we took ship from a route.
Believe me
Yours vy faithfully
I Gibbons Lt Col

Mrs E. Fenn
Alston Court
Nayland.
Written on three sides of black edged notepaper, headed Turf Club Cairo, Cables "Turf, Cairo.". Envelope black edged addressed O.A.S
Mrs E. Fenn Alston Court Nayland Colchester England. Stamped Cairo 28 December 18 10 p.m., Past by Based Censor signed I Gibbons.

1/5 Essex Reg.
C/o Cox & Co.
Cairo. 17.6.19.
Dear Mrs Fenn
Please pardon my laxity in writing you in answer to your letter dated 12.1.19. Since I received it I have been making enquiries as to how I could get a photograph of your son's grave and yesterday I was told to write to an Officer in charge of graves. I also made enquiries from his Platoon Sergeant where they were when it happened and he told me that his Officer had just gone to put another sergeant in his right direction. You probably don't understand, but it is done by the use of a compass and N.C.O's do not understand these things and therefore losing direction is easily done in the rocks of Palestine. You must pardon me for reopening this wound but I thought that you would like to know that when your son met his death he was giving another person a helping hand. He was buried in Wadi Rabar on the 19th but his body would be moved to a British Military Cemetery later but when I hear from the officer he will inform me where this is. You may know all this that I have told you but if not I will write if you wish it. The officers of the R.W.F want to know if I can get my information I don't know who if I told you they had moved to Salonika. I do sincerely hope that the photograph I told you off was in his kit as I have mislaid the film but if it was not I sent one home and I will ask to have one taken of it. I suppose you have read in the papers of the unrest in Egypt. They don't state half of what has happened. The inconvenience and trouble it has given the troops out here is terrible and we are constantly moving from one place to another for guard duty. I hope you will excuse me for writing about your son but I often speak of him to our offices.
I sincerely hope this finds you in perfect health as it leaves me.
Your sincerely
Lance Steil Lieut.
E.W.S.
Envelope marked O.H.S. addressed Mrs Fenn Alston Court Nayland Suffolk England.

Duke's Head Hotel
Penrith 24.11.19.
Dear Mrs Fenn
Many thanks for your letter which I received two days ago. I was very pleased that my letter to you had reached its destination as I could not find your address and I sat down and at last it came to me the name of your place, so I got a map and I knew when I saw Nayland it was the place. I know I have your letter which I received in Egypt and I shall always keep it but at the time of writing I could not lay hands on it but my mother was sitting and I told her the sentences it contained which was perfectly true, but you probably forget and that was "Those who knew him loved him".
I have just written to two officers in charge of graves, Palestine and I will see if I can get a photograph of his grave. I often think about times at the Citadel Cairo. You see he and I shared one large room and I had my white flannels out there and did not use them so he used to use them. We used to share and share alike and all kinds of things I have in my kit brings back little memories of our room in the Citadel. It's very kind of you to ask me what I should like belonging to him but I can tell you now no one on earth would treasure one of his books more than I would. I say it myself but I am a terrible boy for taking care of my things and if you knew any of my friends they would be quite prepared to tell you so. I have a pair of field glasses but I'm sure I should not ask you for those of his. It is not kind of me to keep this thing up again but I can add a little phrase to my letter "Those who loved him, will never forget him" and that is why I speak of him. Never part with his field glasses unless to some person who loved him as he was carrying those when he fell and also his compass. I don't like telling you this Mrs Fenn after so long but his memory on that day is as fresh now as it was then so I know you will excuse me.
I will close now hoping that my letter finds you in perfect health.
I am yours faithfully
Lance Steil Lieut.
Written on three sides of three pages with envelope postmarked Penrith addressed Mrs Fenn Alston Court Nayland Suffolk.


The Limes
3 Humphry St,
Crumpsall,
Manchester.
14. 4. 20.
Dear Mrs Fenn,
Very many thanks for your kind later. It is very good of you to suggest sending me some small thing as a keepsake of your dear boy. I should treasure it very much, not lest I forget, for that were not possible, but as a keepsake of one with whom I had the honour of helping to achieve a great worthy object, and as a help to try to follow the example of one who did a man's work and did it well, leaving behind him a bright memory, which after all, I think it is the best thing that any of us can do.
Yours very sincerely,
Ralph Chatham.
In an envelope addressed to Mrs Fenn, Alston Court, Nayland

Mrs E. Fenn,
Alston Court,
Nayland,
Colchester.

Imperial War Graves Commission Ref: SL/13/6021
82 Baker St W1
4 August 1921.
Madam,
With reference to the information already sent to you regarding the burial place of the second Lieutenant EGP then who was buried in the Jijulie District Military Graves Fejja, I am directed to inform you that it has been found necessary to exhume the bodies buried in this area and to re-inter them, and the body of the above-mentioned officer has accordingly been removed and buried in Ramleh Military Cemetery, Plot U, Grave 75, Palestine.
The new grave has been duly marked and is registered in this office. The reburial has been carefully and reverently carried out
I am,
Madam,
Your obedient Servant
E S C Greene (?)
for Principal Assistant Secretary.
Edward was called Robert by his brother Rev E V Fenn in a letter to him for his birthday 2 Sept 1918, on file 2003.
Mrs Edward Fenn (Mater) refers to Beau returning to Broardstairs (School?) 22 Sept 1907 in letter to H L Fenn 12 Sept 1907.
His father calls him "Bob" Letter to H L Fenn 29 Nov 1906.

Research Notes:
In Memory of
EDWARD GERALD PALMER FENN
Second Lieutenant
6th Bn., Royal Welsh Fusiliers
attd. 1st/5th Bn., Essex Regiment
who died on
Thursday, 19th September 1918. Age 24.

Additional Information: Son of Dr. Edward Liveing Fenn, J.P., and Edith Fenn, of Alston Court, Nayland, Suffolk. Native of Colchester.
Commemorative Information
Cemetery:RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel
Grave ReferenceU. 75.
Location: Ramla (formerly Ramleh) is a small town 12 kilometres south-east of Jaffa. From Tel-Aviv, proceed along Route One (Ayalon) towards Jerusalem. Pass the exit to Ben Gurion airport and take the next exit signposted Petah Tiqwa, Ramla, Lod Route 40. Proceed along Route 40 to the T junction with Route 44, signposted Bet Shemesh, Lod. Turn right and follow Route 44 towards Lod until the first set of traffic lights. Turn right towards Ramla (Ramleh) Prison. Before you reach the prison, Ramleh War Cemetery is signposted right along a minor road/track. Turn right and follow the minor road/track for about 200 metres and the cemetery is to be found on the right.

Historical Information: The war cemetery dates from the 1914-1918 War, when Ramleh was occupied by the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade on the 1st November, 1917. Field Ambulances, and later casualty clearing stations, were posted at Ramleh and Lydda from December, 1917 onwards, and the cemetery was begun by the medical units. The cemetery retains the name by which it was originally known, although the name of the town itself is now Ramla to distinguish it from Ramleh in Egypt. The 19141918 War burials include graves brought in from the battlefields and from Latron, Sarona and Wilhema Military and Indian Cemeteries. During the 1939-1945 War this cemetery was used by the Ramla Royal
Air Force Station and by various British General Hospitals posted in turn to the area for varying periods. There are now over 3,500, 1914-18 and 1,000, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 1,000 from the 1914-18 War are unidentified. From the 1939-45 War, a special memorial commemorates a member of the W.A.A.F. buried at Jerusalem (Vaad Hakehilla) Cemetery whose grave is now lost, and bears the quotation "Their glory shall not be blotted out". The cemetery covers an area of 23,895 square metres and the Commonwealth section is enclosed by a stone wall.
Ref: Commonwealth war Graves Commission.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 81 High St Colchester ESS. Edward is recorded as a son aged 6 born Colchester ESS

1332. Adria Margaret "Chick" FENN [490] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1077, Maria ALSTON889, George736, Samuel573, Samuel390, John Snr196, Daniel Of Edwardstone72, Anthony Of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John Of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 8 Oct 1895 and died in 1982 at age 87. She was usually called Chick.

General Notes:
Adria (Refered to as Chick in her early years) lived a constrained life caring for her mother at Alston Court, until her mothers death. She then moved to London then to various address's in Cheltenham. She appears to have bought 17 College Rd before selling and moving to Amberley Court c1963, then to Faithful House Suffolk Sq Cheltenham where she ended her days. She loved to write short stories and poems, and was a devout Christian. She was attracted to the Roman tradition and converted to Catholicism, to the suprise of some of her family!
Adria writes a spirited letter and was an intelligent woman, demonstraited by her clever castigation of her brother in the letter dated 24 June 1940 below.

The War time letters below are an interesting peep into provincial city life at that time.

Alston Court
Nayland
Feb 18th 1905.
My dear Van
Mang (sic) happy returns of your birthday I hope you will like the Cigarettes. I have been to two Concerts and at one i saw Daddy act. I have been for a ride in a motorcar, Aunt Mabel sent me a puzzle and as I guessed it she sent me a box of sweets for a prize. I have also had a certificate for a chalked picture in Hearth and Home. Sam and all the animals are quite well.
With love from
Adria
On notepaper with a floral heading

Alston Court Railway Station: Colchester.
Nayland
Oct 21st 1906
My dear Harry
Thank you very much for your nice photo and letter I had 14 presents. Daddy gave me a silver shoehorn, Charlie and Cyril sweets. I also had six books, a box of notepaper, a little silver box, a game, a tin of toffee and your photo. The Nayland Fair was here lately and I had 10 rides on the merry-go-round. Timaru was marked in the map after all for we looked it out. In the holidays I spent a week in Richmond. I went to Earls Court one day and went down the water chute with Aunt Grace I spent a day in London with Miss Johnson who took me to St Paul's, the National Gallery and the Monument. You ought to have called Gladys Brownie to match Darkie. Brownie is still alive she is at least six or seven. We are learning the hornpipe at the Dancing Class now and the gavotte. Charlie was here for last weekend and Edgar went on Friday week. It has been a jolly good year for blackberries and mushrooms and we have found plenty. I hope you will get a nice bike as the roads near you are so good. It must be lovely to be so near the sea I suppose when you get your bike you will often rundown to the seashore. Jessie Wonk is quite well, and so are Ralph and Roger, but Molly (the horse) has a cold, so have Johnnie and myself. In the holidays we played a good deal of cricket. Edgar is rather a good wicket keep. We went to see a good many matches too at Horkesley Park.
With love from
Adria
PS Miss Johnson sends kind remembrances

Alston Court
Nayland
Sept 22nd 1918
Dear Van
We have just had a wire to say that dear Bob has been killed in action, from the War Office, report from Alexandria.
We wired to Uncle Gerald to find out if really official and he wired back that the War Office confirmed report.
There are no details known but I am sure now that it must be true.
Poor, poor mother.
With love
Your loving sister
Adria

4 Queensberry Place S.W.7
24th June 1940
My dear Harry
we are just waiting for the war to take place on English soil! The French have signed the armistice and what will happen next is in the Lap of the Gods. I have been living in a room in S. Kensington for about seven weeks and enjoying the independence. A gear of bed and brek for 30/- a week and I cook all other meals on a gas ring or go to a shop. But I am getting the wind up a bit now invasion seems likely, and feel it is better not to be alone in London. Ailwyne asked me to stay at Eastbourne with her but the Government are advising people to keep away from the Sussex coast - so I am going to Cirencester in Glos: to be with a friend (a Mrs Toby) to pay 25/- a week for board and lodging and help her with her six evacuated children. She and her husband have a huge country house but their staff is small and I can help her cook for the children.
Van has been up here last week staying with me. We had a very nice time, theatres, Academy and Kew Gardens, and lunch with Charlie, a supper with the Wentworth House Aunts.
The lawyers say they can't get on with the business now because they haven't your power of attorney! I can't think why they didn't ask for it long ago. I hope we shall get the use of the income before Hitler collars the lot! In a recent letter to Charlie you said you hoped I hadn't got the contents of the Silver Cupboard from Alston Court as you didn't want it to swell the coffers of the R.C. Church! My dear boy, I am not a nun, and have no intention of becoming one. I am as likely to leave the silver to my Church as you are likely to leave your sheep to swell the coffers of the Ch; of England! However all the silver is buried deep in the Vaults of Barclays Bank at present and will remain there until the Germans are beaten, or Colchester in the hands of the enemy. I had a nice long letter from Margot recently, telling me of the scarcity of fine wool for babies garments. I'll try and send some out if I can do so without any fear of duty taxation. Nancy has just got work on a farm near Sherborne. Charlie is bothered over Alston Court, as the tenants have got the jitters very badly and deserted it. Dolly has been in Bournemouth all the summer but last week went to Cheltenham near one of her aunts.
The family are all keeping very well. Edgar and Van have given up holidays this year, except for the 3 nights Van had in London with me. It is very sporting of Margot to run the house single-handed but I expect she manages better than Mrs Fisher can. Does she have to rise about four o'clock on the days you go mustering?! I pondered whether I'd offer to travel with the evacuated children to New Zealand. You get free passage there and back but I imagine the discomfort is awful, thousands of children on board and heaps of them sea-sick and probably every cabin packed like sardines. They only allow the Helpers to spend three nights in NZ and then I imagine they go back on a troopship - so I shouldn't see much of you.
Well, my dear, I must end, we are all very thrilled over the news of the advent of Edward Liveing. I picture a plump smiling infant with chestnut coloured hair and his father's nose! See if I am not right.
Love to you both
Adria

1 St Lukes Villas
College Rd
Cheltenham
January 10th 41
My dear Harry
I see from the enclosed cutting in today's paper that posts to NZ are getting lost. I hope all our congratulations were not amongst them! For we were all so thrilled and delighted over the birth of little Edward. Do send me a photo of him soon Aunts always want photos of nephews! I got Margot's Xmas letter all right. It arrived on New Years Day or about them. Please give her my love and thanks. We have only had one bad raid in Cheltenham so far. They had a small one last night, and time bombs were dropped in a street the other side of College Road. We all got up and sat in the basement with our suitcases ready to dash out if any time bombs fell in our house. I am still in the same digs I long for a home of my own but it doesn't seem a good time to start one, with night raids, and evacuated people from London slums likely to be billeted on you at any moment. I have a very nice landlady, Dolly is quite near in little flat, so I shan't move out for a little while unless I must. My furniture is all handy too in Cheltenham. I hope the Sheep are behaving, and that you are raking in the shekels now. Rees Hopkins died recently, rather suddenly in Cornwall. I helped at the YMCA at Xmas and Boxing nights, real rowdy evenings, hundreds of very merry soldiers!
The Richmond Aunts are still all right in their rather dangerous quarters. Nayland has so far been very lucky, surrounding villages have had occasional bombs but Nayland has been passed over. The lawyers still dilly-dally. I try and hurry them up but they only get annoyed! I shall be thankful when they cease to tie up half my income in an executor's account, and let me have their final bill. I think it is disgraceful to let things run over two years. I wish you could sell me eggs! I can only get one a week in Cheltenham and not always that. They are very scarce indeed. We get enough to eat all right but shopping is difficult and one often sees a row of 50 people outside a butcher's shop waiting to secure pork or sausages. Dolly is well except for rheumatism. I don't think the clay soil here suits her. I see her practically every day. I am so sorry your leg seems to be getting worse. Directly the War ends you and Margot had better come to England and bring little Edward up to be an Englishman and educate him at Sherborne like the two other Edward Fenn's! But I expect the 8/6 in the pound income tax would daunt you, and it will be more by then probably. It does seem an age since you were in Nayland, and Margot came to spend the day! I remember entering the schoolroom afraid I should interrupt sentimental conversation and found you busy discussing ecclesiastical architecture with her!
Interruption here! My landlady comes in and asks me to loosen all the window sashes as the time bomb may go off soon in next street and the blast may shatter the glass! Hope it won't, as we have just had snow and it would be cold to have no glass in window tonight.
What a nuisance Hitler is!
With much love my dear - and kiss to E.L.F.
from Adria.
Van and Edgar were well last time I heard.

1 St Lukes Villas
College Rd
Cheltenham
Oct 4th 1942
My dear Margot
Thank you very much for your letter is. The last one was dated July 25th and only took about two months to arrive. I am so glad you are all flourishing except for Harry's arthritis, which is evidently a very painful thing. It has been a sad year in some ways with the death of Aunt Grace and Edgar. The death of the latter was so sudden it is difficult sometimes to realise, but he would have been in great suffering if he had lived the doctor said. We shall all miss him very very much but it falls hardest on Van who saw him so constantly. I was glad to see Edgar at the Nursing Home, about a week before he died at Castlethorpe. He was in good spirits then. He was adored by all the village people at Castlethorpe, they will miss him very much. I am still slogging away at Rotols Airscrews filing invoices. I have been there since Easter. Van stayed a few days at Cheltenham recently and we had some nice walks on the Cotswolds between work hours. I went to Barmouth for my holiday this summer. Ella is in domestic difficulties at Alston Court and could not have Van or me to stay this summer. I stayed at a house in Porkington Terrace Barmouth Nth Wales, and afterwards Van told me all the family stayed there before I was born! And Charlie, Harry and Dolly climbed Cader Idris. It was lovely there, with the many coloured Welsh mountains and the sea. I bought back a nice branch of purple heather from the hills. I am so glad you were not bothered with the earthquake you mentioned in your letter but am sorry your relations were less lucky. There is a mock invasion with tear gas going on in Cheltenham today, so we are asked to keep indoors. It is a Sunday. I have no idea when to write to you for Xmas but will write again, but in case letters get delayed, Love and best wishes to you Harry and little Edward from Adria.

1 St Lukes Villas
College Rd
Cheltenham
May 23rd 43
My dear Harry
I came across this p.c. (postcard?) lately and send it for your amusement! None of the men look very aristocratic and the little girl and the women next to you look rather seasick!! I hope your arthritis is no worse I am afraid it must give you fearful pain. The last letter I had from Grange Hill was dated Oct 16th but Van sent me the letter Margot wrote after dear old Edgar's death, to him. Van seems very flourishing and likes his manservant, William. Charlie and Ella are at Alston Court now, and Nancy at her farm in Ham. Dolly is still in Bournemouth. I have been over a year working for Rotol Airscrews now and am still filing invoices, advice and release notes, statements and correspondence. We have had the auditors lately, always a hectic time as they require so many papers. Aunt Mabel and Aunt Adria keep pretty well, though bothered with servant difficulties. I saw them just before Easter when I spent a weekend in town. Edgars successor at Castlethorpe was a failure and the vicar had to ask him to resign. Do you hear all Winston Churchill's speeches on the wireless? He seems to think the War will go on for years.
Are you going to sell the farm? I expect it is rather a good time for farmers now with food so badly wanted everywhere and Government subsidies. It is in England. We get plenty to eat here in spite of the War, though more jam and butter out would be welcome by everyone full stop I am saving up sugar ration to make some jam. We can't get oranges for marmalade.
How is Edward? I expect full of beans. I do wish we could see him.
With love to you and Margot
Your loving "sizzer"
Adria.

1 St Luke's Villas,
College Road,
Cheltenham.
17th Nov 43.
My dear Alston,
Thank you for your letter it is all right about the cat picture! I told Charlie I did not want it but put it down on the list and he did not tell me what he had done with it.
I am so glad you have been meeting Nayland people already. They are a nice crowd if you have Suffolk ancestry behind you and are not too much of a "foreigner". If ever you meet a cottage woman named Alice Prestney, do take notice of her, she nursed mother in her last illness and I have a lifelong debt of gratitude to her for all she did. Also Mrs Toms, next door to Mrs Kerridge, though she is difficult if she doesn't like you, is very devoted to the family and she wrote to me the other day to say she was longing to see your daughters!
As regards the trees. The 2 tallest poplars in the moat are named George and Annie after the Hands, and the next 2 together Aunt Margaret was almost sure were Herbert and Kate for the Giles, the trees being planted for their respective weddings. The 3 big chestnuts in the 2nd Meadow were planted by Ann Alston, mother of Uncle Sam. The spice pippin tree by the little winding path in the main garden was my effort at the age of two or a year and . . . . . When you see the size of it it shows how ancient I must be. The Cox's Orange Pippin by the other winding pat