THE KINGS CANDLESTICKS Alston Family History

Descendants of John Alston of Newton by Sudbury Suffolk


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1128. Charles James CORNWALLIS Viscount Brone [2931] (James CORNWALLIS 5th Earl Cornwallis919, Catherine MANN792, Galfridus MANN of Egerton Kent611, Robert MANN of Linton KEN423, Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And 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.

1129. Jemima Isabella CORNWALLIS [2932] (James CORNWALLIS 5th Earl Cornwallis919, Catherine MANN792, Galfridus MANN of Egerton Kent611, Robert MANN of Linton KEN423, Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And 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

1130. Julia CORNWALLIS [2938] (James CORNWALLIS 5th Earl Cornwallis919, Catherine MANN792, Galfridus MANN of Egerton Kent611, Robert MANN of Linton KEN423, Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And 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.

1131. Justinian ALSTON [4055] (Justinian921, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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], 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.

1132. Isabella ALSTON [4081] (Justinian921, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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.

1133. Mary ALSTON [4083] (Justinian921, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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.



1134. Crewe ALSTON [4058] (Justinian921, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised 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

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 115 Droop St Chelsea London. Crewe is recorded as head of house married aged 62 living on his own means born Odell BDF

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

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1433 M    i. Rowland Crewe ALSTON J.P. M.A. [4061] was born on 14 Feb 1852 in Odell BDF, was baptised 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.

+ 1434 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.

+ 1435 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 Maria [20068], 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

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 115 Droop St Chelsea London. Emily is recorded as a wife aged 54 born St George Hanover Sq LND

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1436 F    i. Emily Isabel ALSTON [6392] was born on 24 Jul 1858 in Odell BDF, was baptised on 5 Sep 1858 in Odell BDF, and died on 2 Jun 1864 at age 5.

+ 1437 F    ii. Edith ALSTON [6393] was born on 21 Dec 1859 in Bedfordshire, was baptised 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.

+ 1438 F    iii. Diana ALSTON [4078] was born about 1861 in Odell BDF and was baptised on 3 Mar 1861 in Odell BDF.

+ 1439 M    iv. Crewe ALSTON [378] was born on 23 Mar 1864, was baptised 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.

+ 1440 M    v. Dudley ALSTON [4077] was born on 3 Sep 1865 and was baptised on 17 Dec 1865 in St Peters Belsize Park.

+ 1441 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.


1135. Rowland Gardiner ALSTON [4087] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT922, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

1136. William Vere ALSTON [4088] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT922, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

1137. Charles Jeremiah Walter ALSTON [4090] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT922, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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.


1138. Sister Rose ALSTON C.L.J. [4092] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT922, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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].

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy Roy Alston 2010

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

1139. Harriet ALSTON [4093] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT922, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy Roy Alston 2010

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:

+ 1442 M    i. Sir William Neville ABDY 2nd Bart of Albyns ESS [4121] was born on 18 Jun 1844.

+ 1443 M    ii. Capt Anthony Charles Sykes ABDY [4123] was born on 19 Sep 1848 and died on 17 May 1921 at age 72.

+ 1444 M    iii. Lieut. Robert John ABDY [4128] was born on 12 Dec 1850 and died on 3 Jun 1893 at age 42.

+ 1445 M    iv. Henry Beadon ABDY [4129] was born on 13 Jul 1853 and died on 1 Dec 1921 at age 68.

+ 1446 F    v. Grace Emma Townsend ABDY [4134] was baptised on 6 Jul 1846.


1140. Sir Francis Beilby ALSTON K.C.M.G. J.P. [4091] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT922, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised 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.

Was Francis a Freemason? a report of a Freemason's meeting at The Mansion House in his family cuttings book records a Sir T B Alston was present

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

ALSTON, SIR FRANCIS B.,
K.C.M.G.(1820-1905): Senior Clerk, Russian Department, Foreign Office, 1857-1859;
Senior Clerk, Asiatic and U.S.A. Department, Foreign
Office, 1859-1866; Chief, Clerk, Foreign Office,
1866-1890
http://www.gulabin.com/britishdiplomatsdirectory/pdf/britishdiplomatsdirectory.pdf

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:

Image courtesy of G Reed 2005.

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

4. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 69 Eccleston Sq St George Hanover Sq LON. Francis is recorded as head of house married aged 70 retired Government official KCMG JP born Marylebone MDX. Also in the house were 5 servants

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. . . . . "

The Queens Drawing Room.
Her Majesty the Queen held a Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace yesterday afternoon.
Their Royal Highnesses the Princess of Wales and the Princess Louise, Victoria, and Maud of Wales attended by Lady Suffield, Miss Knollys, . . . . . Escorted by a detachment of the 1st Life Guards, arrived at the garden entrance of the Palace from Marlborough House.
Then follows a long list of Royalty, Ambassadors, The Peerage, Ministers, Military, and others of the great and good who attended including: . . . .Lady Alston, . . . . . Nora Alston . . . . .
Ref: The Morning Post 27 Feb 1889.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy Roy Alston 2010

Newspaper Cuttings from Lady Emily Alston's book courtesy Roy Alston.

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

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 69 Eccleston Sq St George Hanover Sq LND. Lady Emily is recorded as married aged 49 born St George Hanover Sq LND

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1447 M    i. Alexander Rowland ALSTON [4099] was born on 2 Jul 1863 in London and died on 9 Jul 1945 at age 82.

+ 1448 F    ii. Elca Rose ALSTON [4108] was born on 25 Feb 1865 in Eccleston Sq St George Hanover Sq LON, was baptised 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.

+ 1449 F    iii. Nora Frances ALSTON [4110] was born about 1867 in St George Hanover Sq.

+ 1450 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 baptised 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.

+ 1451 F    v. Avice Therese ALSTON [4115] was born on 20 Mar 1870, was baptised on 1 May 1870 in St Stephen Rochester Row LON, and died on 20 Jul 1870.

+ 1452 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.

+ 1453 M    vii. Col. Conyers William ALSTON [4105] was born on 12 Feb 1873 in St George Hanover Sq, was baptised 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.

+ 1454 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.

+ 1455 F    ix. Elca Temperance ALSTON [4116] was baptised on 6 Dec 1876 in St Michael Chester Sq LON and died on 11 Feb 1940 at age 63.

+ 1456 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.


1141. Caroline ALSTON [4094] (Rowland of Pishobury HRT922, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised 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

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy Roy Alston 2010

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], 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

1142. Mary Anne Elizabeth ALSTON [4142] (Vere John (Rev)925, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised 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

1143. Vere John ALSTON [4139] (Vere John (Rev)925, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1817, was baptised 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

1144. Charlotte Helena ALSTON [4143] (Vere John (Rev)925, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised 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:

+ 1457 F    i. Ada FISHER [4145] was born on 27 Dec 1840.

1145. Horace George ALSTON [4140] (Vere John (Rev)925, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 21 Feb 1819 in Odell BDF. The cause of his death was was Yellow fever in the West Indies.

1146. Thomas ALSTON [4141] (Vere John (Rev)925, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised 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

1147. Capt Henry Frederick ALSTON [4148] (Henry Frederick926, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 11 Nov 1812 and was baptised 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.

His son Sydney's military records show him as a Captain of the 78th Highlanders.

Henry married Anne Lucy WALSH [4149], daughter of John WALSH of Anne Mount Kilkenny. [4150], 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:

+ 1458 M    i. Henry ALSTON [4151] was born on 15 Nov 1839 and died in 1867 at age 28.

+ 1459 M    ii. Lieut Col. Sydney Vere ALSTON [4153] was born on 9 Sep 1840 in Cambridge Hyde Park London and died on 21 Jun 1907 in Torquay at age 66.

+ 1460 M    iii. Harold Edward Alcock ALSTON [4152] was born on 12 Oct 1855 and died in 1865 at age 10.

+ 1461 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.

1148. Edward Hughes ALSTON [4157] (Henry Frederick926, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 22 Nov 1813 and was baptised 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

1149. Sydney William ALSTON [4159] (Henry Frederick926, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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 (?)

1150. Georgiana Elizabeth ALSTON [4158] (Henry Frederick926, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

1151. Raynsford George ALSTON [4163] (Henry Frederick926, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

1152. Catherine Jane ALSTON [4166] (Henry Frederick926, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

1153. Evelyn ALSTON [4167] (Henry Frederick926, Thomas (Capt)802, Thomas 5th Bt. (Sir)624, Rowland 4th Bt. (Sir)448, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

1154. Robert Shipton ORLEBAR [6758] (Charlotte SHIPTON933, Temperance BEDFORD805, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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:

+ 1462 F    i. Arabella Emily ORLEBAR [6760] .

+ 1463 F    ii. Valentine Augusta ORLEBAR [9881] .

1155. Arthur Bedford ORLEBAR M.A. [9882] (Charlotte SHIPTON933, Temperance BEDFORD805, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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:

+ 1464 M    i. Richard ORLEBAR [9884] .

+ 1465 F    ii. Maria Charlotte ORLEBAR [9885] .

+ 1466 F    iii. Amy ORLEBAR [9886] .

+ 1467 F    iv. Fanny Christina ORLEBAR [9887] .

+ 1468 F    v. Madelina Eliza ORLEBAR [9888] .

1156. John Charles ORLEBAR [9889] (Charlotte SHIPTON933, Temperance BEDFORD805, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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:

+ 1469 M    i. John Francis ORLEBAR [9890] .

1157. Charles Daniel ORLEBAR [9891] (Charlotte SHIPTON933, Temperance BEDFORD805, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

1158. William ORLEBAR [9892] (Charlotte SHIPTON933, Temperance BEDFORD805, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 16 Aug 1816.

1159. Augustus ORLEBAR [9893] (Charlotte SHIPTON933, Temperance BEDFORD805, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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], on 14 Jul 1859.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1470 M    i. Augustus Scobell ORLEBAR [9896] was born on 28 Apr 1860.

+ 1471 M    ii. Evelyn Henry ORLEBAR [9897] was born on 10 Aug 1863.

+ 1472 M    iii. George Crewe ORLEBAR [9898] was born on 26 Nov 1866.

+ 1473 M    iv. Edward Yarde ORLEBAR [9899] was born on 16 Aug 1872.

+ 1474 F    v. Caroline Scobell ORLEBAR [9900] .

+ 1475 F    vi. Margaret Emily ORLEBAR [9901] .


1160. Charlotte Temperence ORLEBAR [9902] (Charlotte SHIPTON933, Temperance BEDFORD805, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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], 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:

+ 1476 M    i. William H WELLS [11802] was born about 1843 in Baker St Clerkenwell.

+ 1477 F    ii. Charlotte WELLS [11803] was born about 1848 in St Pancras London.

+ 1478 F    iii. Emily WELLS [11804] was born about 1850 in St Pancras London.

1161. Mary Constance ORLEBAR [9904] (Charlotte SHIPTON933, Temperance BEDFORD805, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

1162. Emily ORLEBAR [9906] (Charlotte SHIPTON933, Temperance BEDFORD805, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And 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

1163. Rowland KENT [5596] (Rowland Alston KENT935, Anne BEDFORD806, Temperance ALSTON632, Vere John (Rev)453, Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 23 Feb 1800 in Wavendon Birmingham and died on 3 Mar 1800.

1164. Sarah ALSTON [4711] (William of Bradwell941, William815, Philip649, Philip496, Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised on 4 Dec 1794 in Mundon ESS, and was buried on 26 Jun 1815 in St Andrews Grays Inn Rd.


1165. Charles ALSTON [4708] (William of Bradwell941, William815, Philip649, Philip496, Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised 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)



1166. William ALSTON [4709] (William of Bradwell941, William815, Philip649, Philip496, Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised 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.

London Gazette
24 Jan 1837
Bankrupts.
William Alston Leicester spinner to surrender Feb 8 at ten, and Mar 7 at three at the Castle of Leicester. Solicitors Taylor & Son London, Mr Richard Luck, Leicester.

In late 1837 he was elected to oversee the Leicester Poor House on his experience at St Pancras and inspite of his ongoing bankruptcy. However at the end of 1843 he resigned under a cloud of suspicion concerning the accounts and an unauthorised payment to himself.
Ref Leicestershire Mercury 30 Dec 1843 - Findmypast.

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 baptised 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:

+ 1479 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.

+ 1480 F    ii. Elizabeth Ellen ALSTON [4739] was born on 21 Nov 1820 in St Pancras London, was baptised on 9 Apr 1822 in St Pancras London, died on 16 Jun 1898 at age 77, and was buried in St John Harlow ESS.

+ 1481 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.

+ 1482 M    iv. Alfred ALSTON [4730] was baptised on 24 Sep 1829 in St Pancras London and died in New Zealand or Australia.

+ 1483 M    v. Thomas Sewell ALSTON [4731] was born on 30 Apr 1831 in St Pancras London and was baptised in 1831 in St Pancras London.

+ 1484 F    vi. Julia ALSTON [4740] was born on 24 Nov 1833 in St Pancras London, was baptised in 1834 in St Pancras London, died on 1 May 1887 in Harlow at age 53, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery London.

+ 1485 F    vii. Emily ALSTON [4741] was born on 24 Jun in Leicester, was baptised on 21 Jul 1837 in St Margarets Rutland, died on 11 Aug 1911 in France, and was buried in France.

1167. Anna Maria ALSTON [4712] (William of Bradwell941, William815, Philip649, Philip496, Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised 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], on 24 Feb 1850 in St Mary Stratford Bow LND. Thomas was born about 1809 in Whittington GLS.

1168. Mary Ann ALSTON [4716] (William of Bradwell941, William815, Philip649, Philip496, Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And 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:

+ 1486 F    i. Emma Ann HARRIS [17563] was born about 1832.

+ 1487 M    ii. George HARRIS [17564] was born about 1837.

+ 1488 F    iii. Sarah Ann HARRIS [17565] was born about 1838.

1169. Elizabeth ALSTON [4713] (William of Bradwell941, William815, Philip649, Philip496, Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised 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:

+ 1489 F    i. Sarah Ann Jane BYE [17571] was baptised 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.

1170. Jane Wright ALSTON [4718] (William of Bradwell941, William815, Philip649, Philip496, Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised 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:

+ 1490 M    i. John ACTON [17566] was baptised on 11 Apr 1852 in St Ann Soho LON.

1171. Louisa Emma ALSTON [4720] (William of Bradwell941, William815, Philip649, Philip496, Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And 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 baptised 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.

1172. Thomas MURTON [21715] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1173. Caroline Amelia MURTON [21716] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1174. Lydia MURTON [21718] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1175. Hannah MURTON [21719] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1176. Maria Elizabeth MURTON [21720] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1177. Henry MURTON [21722] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1178. Alfred MURTON [21723] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1179. Anne MURTON [21724] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1180. Joseph Alston MURTON [21725] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1181. George Barton MURTON [21726] (Amelia ALSTON947, Moses822, Moses657, Moses of Lamarsh501, Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1182. William ALSTON [3285] (William 8th Bart of Lingfield (Sir)950, William 7th Bart (Sir)827, Evelyn 5th Bart (Sir)674, Joseph 3rd Bart (Sir)518, Joseph 2nd Bart (Sir)331, 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 baptised on 6 Jan 1772-1773 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:

+ 1491 F    i. Susannah ALSTON [3291] was baptised on 13 Dec 1793 in Lingfield Church SRY, died on 9 Feb 1853 in Beddington at age 59, and was buried in Coulsdon.

+ 1492 F    ii. Mary ALSTON [3292] was baptised on 12 Dec 1796 in Lingfield Church SRY and died in 1874 in Dormans Land at age 78.

+ 1493 F    iii. Elizabeth ALSTON [3293] was born on 1 Dec 1799 in Lingfield Church SRY, was baptised on 27 Dec 1799 in Lingfield Church SRY, and died on 28 Oct 1864 in Dartford KEN at age 64.


1183. Elizabeth ALSTON [3287] (William 8th Bart of Lingfield (Sir)950, William 7th Bart (Sir)827, Evelyn 5th Bart (Sir)674, Joseph 3rd Bart (Sir)518, Joseph 2nd Bart (Sir)331, 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:

+ 1494 F    i. Mary DIVES [3643] was born on 17 Jul 1790 in Dormans Land Withyham SSX, was baptised on 4 Aug 1791 in Lingfield Church SRY, and died on 22 Dec 1879 in Withyham SSX at age 89.

+ 1495 M    ii. William DIVES Snr [3640] was born in Feb 1801, was baptised on 25 Mar 1801 in St Peter & Paul Lingfield SRY, and died on 2 Nov 1896 in Lingfield SRY at age 95.

+ 1496 M    iii. John DIVES [3641] was born on 19 Feb 1805, was baptised on 22 Feb 1805 in St Peter & Paul Lingfield SRY, and died on 11 Nov 1885 in Stone Crouch KEN at age 80.

+ 1497 F    iv. Jane DIVES [3644] was born about 1808 in Lingfield SRY and died on 1 Dec 1885 in Eden Cottage Edenbridge KEN aged about 77.

+ 1498 F    v. Ann DIVES [15671] was born on 31 Oct 1798 in Lingfield SRY and died in Jul 1862 in Lingfield SRY at age 63.

+ 1499 M    vi. James DIVES [3642] was born about 1813 in Lingfield SRY.


1184. Sarah ALSTON [3286] (William 8th Bart of Lingfield (Sir)950, William 7th Bart (Sir)827, Evelyn 5th Bart (Sir)674, Joseph 3rd Bart (Sir)518, Joseph 2nd Bart (Sir)331, 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:

+ 1500 M    i. William Alston HEAD [3389] was born in 1808, was baptised in East Grinstead, and died on 4 Apr 1879 in 4 Cambridge Tce Hastings SSX at age 71.

+ 1501 M    ii. John HEAD [3391] was born on 28 Jul 1810, was baptised in East Grinstead, died in 1890 at age 80, and was buried in Fletching.

+ 1502 M    iii. George HEAD [3393] was born on 22 Nov 1812, was baptised in East Grinstead, and was buried in East Grinstead.

+ 1503 F    iv. Sarah HEAD [3395] .

1185. Sarah ALSTON [3280] (Evelyn951, William 7th Bart (Sir)827, Evelyn 5th Bart (Sir)674, Joseph 3rd Bart (Sir)518, Joseph 2nd Bart (Sir)331, 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 baptised on 12 Nov 1770 in Bletchingley SRY.

Sarah married George NORTON of Westerham [3677]

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1504 M    i. George NORTON [3678] .

+ 1505 M    ii. Henry NORTON [3679] .

+ 1506 M    iii. Evelyn NORTON [3680] .

+ 1507 F    iv. Sarah NORTON [3682] .

1186. Francis George HARE [3550] (Francis Hare NAYLOR954, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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], on 29 Apr 1828. Ann died in 1863.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1508 M    i. Francis George HARE of Gresford Co Denbigh [3567] was born on 6 Jul 1830 and died in 1868 at age 38.

+ 1509 M    ii. William Robert HARE [3568] was born on 18 Oct 1831 and died on 18 Mar 1867 at age 35.

+ 1510 M    iii. Augustus John Cuthbert HARE [3569] was born on 13 Mar 1834 in Rome and died in Jan 1903 at age 68.

+ 1511 F    iv. Ann Francis Maria Louisa HARE [3570] died on 26 May 1868.

1187. Rev Augustas William HARE [3551] (Francis Hare NAYLOR954, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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], on 2 Jun 1829. Maria died on 13 Nov 1870 in Holmhurst.

1188. Ven Julius Charles HARE [3554] (Francis Hare NAYLOR954, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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 in Valdagno Italy and died on 3 Jan 1855 at age 59.

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

Also file PRO Petitions ref 164122

Julius was a member of the Canterbury Assn. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canterbury_Association

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], in Nov 1844.

1189. Lieut Marcus Theodore HARE R.N. [3557] (Francis Hare NAYLOR954, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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], on 24 Sep 1833.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1512 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.

+ 1513 M    ii. Theodore Julius HARE [3580] was born on 12 Mar 1839.

+ 1514 F    iii. Lucy Caroline Isabella HARE [3586] .

1190. Anna Maria Clementina HARE [3558] (Francis Hare NAYLOR954, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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



1191. Gustavus Edward Cockburn HARE [3561] (Francis Hare NAYLOR954, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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 Sarah Anne WRIGHT [3589], daughter of Samuel P ANNE of Wood Green [3590], in 1840. Sarah was born circa 1819 and died on 16 Apr 1894 in Perth WA aged about 75.

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

Sarah Annie widow of Gustave us EEC here died 16th of April 1868 age 75 years


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1515 M    i. Gustavus Julius Charles HARE [3591] was born on 20 May 1841 and died in 1876 at age 35.

+ 1516 M    ii. Francis Augustus HARE [3592] was born on 18 Jun 1845.

+ 1517 M    iii. Frederick Arthur HARE [3593] was born on 20 Jan 1852 and died in 1932 at age 80.

+ 1518 F    iv. Georgiana Maria HARE [3596] died on 18 Apr 1890 in Perth WA.

+ 1519 F    v. Annie Emma HARE [22118] died on 6 Sep 1879 in Perth W.A.

+ 1520 M    vi. Reginald HARE GMG [3594] was born on 25 Dec 1853 and died in 1933 at age 80.

+ 1521 M    vii. Edward George Sydney HARE [3595] was born on 15 Apr 1861, died on 19 Apr 1912 in Leederville Perth WA at age 51, and was buried on 20 Apr 1912 in Perth WA.

+ 1522 F    viii. Maud Ellen HARE [16673] was born circa 1863 and died on 24 Jun 1936 aged about 73.

+ 1523 F    ix. 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.

1192. Reginald John HARE [3562] (Francis Hare NAYLOR954, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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

1193. Georgina Francis HARE [3563] (Francis Hare NAYLOR954, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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]

1194. Julia Marrianne HARE [3600] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR955, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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]

1195. Amelia HARE [3602] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR955, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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], in 1821.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1524 M    i. Sir Edwin Hare DASHWOOD Bt [3605] was born on 7 Sep 1825 and died on 8 May 1882 at age 56.

+ 1525 F    ii. Amelia Caroline DASHWOOD [3606] .

1196. Major Robert HARE [3628] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR955, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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], in 1828.

1197. Clarence HARE [3631] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR955, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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

1198. Laurentia Anne HARE [3632] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR955, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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.

1199. Louisa Anne HARE [3633] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR955, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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.

1200. Teresa Anne HARE [3634] (Rev Robert HARE NAYLOR955, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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.

1201. Anna Maria BULKELEY [3545] (Anna Maria HARE956, Rev Robert (Hare) NAYLOR of Hurstmonceaux Castle and La Vache838, Margaret (Mary) ALSTON688, Joseph of New House537, Isaac of Chelsea333, 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



1202. Rev Edward Constable ALSTON [3752] (Edward Daniel ALSTON958, Edward ALSTON841, Sarah ALSTON701, Edward of Lavenham Hall.542, Edmund of Rogers356, 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, was baptised on 15 Apr 1816 in St Mary Diss NFK, and died on 28 Mar 1871 in Registered Hoxne at age 54.

General Notes:
Edward was a brewer of Diss SFK, he presented a painted altar piece of Jesus to Manningtree ESS Church, now in Feering Church (1965), now in Dedham Church ESS 2003. He died aged 69.

Deaths
On the 28th ult., at Palgrave Suffolk E D Alston Esq of Manningtree Essex in the 70th year of his age.
The Times, Saturday, Jul 01, 1843; pg. 9; Issue 18337; col A

Died
28th ult., at Palgrave, in this county, E D Alston, Esq., of Manningtree, Essex, in the 69th year of his age.
Ipswich Journal 1 July 1843

Letter from R.B. Beckett, author of "John Constable and the Fisher's, 18.2.(19)55, to Rowland Wright Alston [3912].
"I have at last succeeded in tracing down the correspondence about the altarpiece. On the 2nd July, 1821, Constable's brother Abram wrote to say that he had heard from a friend that 'Mr. Edward Allstone (Edward Daniel) of Diss had offered to present the parish with an altarpiece for the chapel, value L200 and recommended his brother to apply for the job"

From "John Constable and the Fishers", Page 92. 1822. Letter from J. Constable.
"I am going into Suffolk about an altarpeice - a gift of compunction I hear from a gentleman who is supposed to have defrauded his family - shall add this motto, from Shakespeare, "may this expiate"

Page 113, 1822. Letter from J. Constable.
"My altarpeice, for the chapel at Manningtree is gone by - the man would not have it. He says I had harmed his future - but my brother tells me the whole concern of these brewers was a low sneak to Archdeacon Jefferson who could licence or not their blackguard publick houses and on his death they were glad to get clear of as much of the expence as they had not actually incurred, as they could. This is a loss to me. The frame is L5, being of mahogany without a joint, and of large dimensions."
Photocopy of this on file E L Fenn 2001

Kellys Directory 1894 Manningtree ESS - "A large oil painting representing our Saviour was the gift of Edward Daniel Alston Esq., in 1823"
The painting by Constable was hanging in Dedham Church in 2003, however the following exerpt indicates its future may not be finally there.

Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch:
RECORDS OF ROUSE FAMILY, STEWARD FAMILY AND OTHERS
Catalogue Ref. HB 54
Unidentified clients
FILE - Memorandum of agreement between John Jessupp of Wik (Ess), carpenter, and Edward Daniel Alston and Daniel Constable Alston, merchants and brewers, - ref. HB 54/E54/33 - date: 9 Dec 1834
Ref A2A

THE CONSTABLE TRUST
2003
Works of art often come on to the market but few are intimatelv associated with a place. In the last few years major items have been sold from churches and schools which should never have come on to the market. The Constable Trust has been established to acquire such items which have a relationship with East Anglia and to display them in appropriate settings. The first item the Trust is trying to purchase is John Constable's greatest religious painting, The Ascension.

The altarpiece was commissioned in 1822 by Edward Alston, a brewer and Constable's cousin by marriage, for St Michael's Church in Manningtree, where it hung until the church was demolished in 1965. It was acquired for All Saints', Feering, where it remained until early 1998 when, to raise funds for central heating in the church, the Vicar and Churchwardens of Feering offered the painting at auction.

The canvas was saved by two private buyers for L60,000. This allowed time for the Constable Trust to be formed, for the Trust to purchase the painting, have it restored by the Hamilton Kerr Institute (University of Cambridge) and display it in a church close to Manningtree. Preparations are in hand for the painting to be hung in St Mary's, Dedham, in the heart of 'Constable Country'.

The Constable Trust is therefore charged with the task of finding L70,000 to purchase the painting, restore it and place it on public view. Will you help?

Recent legislation has made it easier than ever to give in a tax efficient way. By signing the enclosed form you will enable The Constable Trust, as a charitable organisation, to claim from the Inland Revenue an extra 28p for every L1 that you give. . . . . and every penny counts.

The Constable Trust became a charity in April 2000 and in the first six months it has raised L23,000. Please consider adding to this success by giving generously.

Please send your donation to: The Constable Trust
North House, The Walls, Manningtree
Essex CO11 lAS

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 Norwich. Harriet was baptised on 30 Dec 1813 in Norwich, died on 15 Oct 1852 in Framlingham SFK at age 38, and was buried in Dennington.

General Notes:
Marriage
Norfolk Place Norwich Church name St Gregory Register type Register entry number 26 Marriage date 9 Sep 1839 Groom forename Edward Constable Groom surname ALSTON Groom age full age Groom condition Bachelor Groom abode Potter Heigham Groom occupation Clergyman Bride forename Harriet Bride surname RACKHAM Bride age full age Bride condition Spinster Bride abode St Gregory's Bride occupation Lady Groom father forename Edward Daniel Groom father surname ALSTON Groom father occupation Brewer Bride father forename William Bride father surname RACKHAM Bride father occupation Solicitor Witness1 forename Julia Witness1 surname RACKHAM Witness2 forename Hanworth Edward Witness2 surname RACKHAM

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

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

Other Records

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

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1526 M    i. John Edward Daniel ALSTON B.A. [3868] was born on 8 Jun 1840 in Potter Heigham NFK, was baptised on 3 Aug 1840 in Potter Heigham NFK, died on 25 Aug 1863 in Dennington at age 23, and was buried in Dennington.

+ 1527 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.

+ 1528 F    iii. Eliza Tabitha ALSTON [3874] was born on 7 May 1843 and was baptised on 19 Oct 1843 in Cransford SFK.

+ 1529 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.

+ 1530 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.

+ 1531 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.

+ 1532 F    vii. Alice Harriette ALSTON [3884] was born on 5 Dec 1850 in The Guildhall Framlington, was baptised on 10 Jan 1851 in Framlingham SFK, and died on 19 Sep 1936 in Takely ESS at age 85.

+ 1533 F    viii. Katherine ALSTON [3886] was born on 10 May 1852, was baptised 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], 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:

+ 1534 M    i. Thomas Simpson ALSTON [3895] was born on 23 Jun 1856 in Dennington, was baptised on 23 Jun 1856 in Dennington, died on 23 Jun 1856, and was buried on 26 Jun 1856 in Dennington.

+ 1535 M    ii. Hugh ALSTON M.D. [3896] was born on 3 Nov 1857 in Dennington SFK, was baptised on 10 Nov 1857 in St Mary Dennington SFK, and died on 11 Nov 1939 in Birkenhead CHS at age 82.

+ 1536 M    iii. Rowland Simpson ALSTON [3899] was born on 10 Feb 1859 in Dennington SFK and was baptised on 17 Apr 1859 in Dennington.

+ 1537 M    iv. George Donnet ALSTON [3906] was born on 2 Oct 1860 in Dennington SFK, was baptised on 4 Dec 1860 in St Mary Dennington SFK, and died on 3 Mar 1884 in Olavaria Buenos Aires. Argentina at age 23.

+ 1538 M    v. Rev Frank Simpson ALSTON [3907] was born on 6 Dec 1863, was baptised on 17 Jan 1864 in Dennington, and died on 16 May 1935 in Sheringham NFK at age 71.

+ 1539 F    vi. Louisa ALSTON [4884] died in Infancy.


1203. Eliza ALSTON [3753] (Edward Daniel ALSTON958, Edward ALSTON841, Sarah ALSTON701, Edward of Lavenham Hall.542, Edmund of Rogers356, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 31 Aug 1817, was baptised on 21 Oct 1817 in St Mary Diss NFK, 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.

1204. Emma Sarah ALSTON [3754] (Edward Daniel ALSTON958, Edward ALSTON841, Sarah ALSTON701, Edward of Lavenham Hall.542, Edmund of Rogers356, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 27 Jul 1819, was baptised on 13 Sep 1819 in St Mary Diss NFK, 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], on 8 Feb 1844 in Saxmundham.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1540 F    i. Emma Eliza THOMPSON [3757] was born on 6 Oct 1845, was baptised in Diss NFK, and died on 14 Jul 1893 in Bedford BDF at age 47.

1205. Caroline ALSTON [3758] (Edward Daniel ALSTON958, Edward ALSTON841, Sarah ALSTON701, Edward of Lavenham Hall.542, Edmund of Rogers356, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 17 Feb 1824, was baptised on 2 Apr 1824 in St Mary Diss NFK, 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], 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.

1206. Edward Thomas ALSTON [3762] (Daniel Constable ALSTON959, Edward ALSTON841, Sarah ALSTON701, Edward of Lavenham Hall.542, Edmund of Rogers356, 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



1207. Edward John ALSTON [3763] (Daniel Constable ALSTON959, Edward ALSTON841, Sarah ALSTON701, Edward of Lavenham Hall.542, Edmund of Rogers356, 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

Edward built a family vault/tomb in the churchyard of St George Gt Bromley ESS. Inscribed on the plinth across its four sides: "THE FAMILY VAULT OF EDWARD JOHN ALSTON ESQ OF GT BROMLEY HALL"
He is remembered with the inscription:
"Sacred to the beloved memory of EDWARD J ALSTON of Gt Bromley Hall who died Sept 29th 1886 aged 74 years
In Sure and Certain Hope"
Ref: Photographed and recorded by Mike Burn 2014.

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

Recorded on the The Family Vault of Edward John Alston in Great Bromley Churchyard, Essex, (the side facing the Church):
"Sacred to the memory of Mary, the beloved wife of EDWARD J. ALSTON, who fell asleep in Jesus, Dec 4th 1857, aged 39 years, leaving a husband & ten children to mourn their irreparable loss"
Ref: Photographed and recorded by Mike Burn 2014.

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:

+ 1541 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.

+ 1542 F    ii. Mary Eliza ALSTON [3782] was born on 21 Oct 1839 in Gt Bromley ESS and died on 27 Dec 1919 in Hexagon South Africa at age 80.

+ 1543 F    iii. Fanny Anne ALSTON [3783] was born on 6 Mar 1841 in Gt Bromley ESS and died on 6 Nov 1910 in Cape Town SA at age 69.

+ 1544 M    iv. Capt Edward Daniel ALSTON [3773] was born on 8 Apr 1842 in Gt Bromley ESS and died in 1890 in Lost at Sea "Roman Empire" at age 48.

+ 1545 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.

+ 1546 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.

+ 1547 M    vii. John Edward ALSTON [3779] was born on 19 Apr 1846 in Gt Bromley ESS.

+ 1548 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 of Cape of Good Hope at age 26.

+ 1549 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.

+ 1550 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.

+ 1551 F    xi. Alice Winifred ALSTON [3785] was born on 2 Dec 1851 in Gt Bromley ESS.

+ 1552 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:
Mary is buried in the Alston Tomb in Great Bromley Churchyard, Essex:
Her inscription reads:
"Sacred to the memory of Mary Louisa Alston, who died August 6th 1919, aged 88 years"
Ref: Photographed and recorded by Mike Burn 2014.

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

1208. Daniel Constable ALSTON [3765] (Daniel Constable ALSTON959, Edward ALSTON841, Sarah ALSTON701, Edward of Lavenham Hall.542, Edmund of Rogers356, 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], 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:

+ 1553 M    i. Daniel Constable ALSTON [3917] was born on 12 Mar 1845 in Manningtree ESS and died before 1881.

+ 1554 M    ii. Henry Edward ALSTON [3925] was born about Dec 1846 and died on 16 Feb 1847 in Manningtree.

+ 1555 M    iii. George Edward ALSTON [3926] .

+ 1556 M    iv. Francis Albert ALSTON [3927] was born about 1854 in Manningtree ESS.

+ 1557 F    v. Catherine Ellen ALSTON [3932] .

1209. Eliza Anne ALSTON [3766] (Daniel Constable ALSTON959, Edward ALSTON841, Sarah ALSTON701, Edward of Lavenham Hall.542, Edmund of Rogers356, 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:

+ 1558 M    i. Charles BAWTREE [3768] .

+ 1559 M    ii. Frederick BAWTREE [3769] .

+ 1560 F    iii. Eliza BAWTREE [3770] .

+ 1561 M    iv. Harold BAWTREE [3771] .

1210. Thomas Edward OSMOND [3750] (Sarah ALSTON962, Edward ALSTON841, Sarah ALSTON701, Edward of Lavenham Hall.542, Edmund of Rogers356, 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

1211. Henry BATHO [16936] (Susanna BATHO964, Margaret SEWELL847, Thomas SEWELL720, Joseph SEWELL552, Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1212. Thomas BATHO [16937] (Susanna BATHO964, Margaret SEWELL847, Thomas SEWELL720, Joseph SEWELL552, Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1213. Benjamin BATHO [16938] (Susanna BATHO964, Margaret SEWELL847, Thomas SEWELL720, Joseph SEWELL552, Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1214. John BATHO [16939] (Susanna BATHO964, Margaret SEWELL847, Thomas SEWELL720, Joseph SEWELL552, Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1215. Catherine Sarah ALSTON [3992] (David966, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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).

1216. Jane ALSTON [3995] (David966, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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], on 5 Mar 1856 in St Magnus The Martyr London.

1217. William ALSTON [7768] (David966, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1218. James ALSTON [7769] (David966, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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

1219. Rosa ALSTON [7770] (David966, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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

1220. Col John Worthy CHAPLIN V.C. C.B. [4004] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1221. Rosa CHAPLIN [4005] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1222. William Augustus Chaplin CHAPLIN [7009] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1223. Alfred CHAPLIN [7010] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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

1224. Horace CHAPLIN [7011] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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

1225. Eleanor CHAPLIN [7012] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1226. Caroline CHAPLIN [16558] (Elizabeth ALSTON968, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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

1227. William Francis DOBSON [7013] (Katherine ALSTON969, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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



1228. Mary Ann DOBSON [11347] (Katherine ALSTON969, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised on 26 Jan 1816 in Chatham KEN.


1229. Sarah DOBSON [11348] (Katherine ALSTON969, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised on 2 Jan 1819 in Chatham KEN.

1230. Eliza ALSTON [6815] (David Thomas974, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1831, was baptised in 1831 in St Olave Hart St London, and died on 27 Jul 1895 in Milton Kent 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, 2 Apr 1871, Chalkwell Milton KEN. Eliza is recorded as a wife aged 39 born MDX LND

4. 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

5. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Lewisham LON. Eliza is recorded as head of house a widow aged 59 living on her own means born St Olaves LND

Eliza married John Binford HOLE [16561], son of Charles HOLE [16567] and Susan [20916], 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, 7 Jun 1841, Uxbridge MDX. John is recorded as aged 14 at a school born in MDX

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

3. 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

4. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Chalkwell Milton KEN. John is recorded as head of house married aged aged 4 a tanner employing 24 men born Newbury BRK

5. 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:

+ 1562 F    i. Eliza A HOLE [16565] was born about 1855 in Milton KEN.

+ 1563 F    ii. Alice HOLE [16562] was born about 1856 in Milton KEN.

+ 1564 F    iii. Edith E HOLE [16563] was born about 1857 in Milton KEN.

+ 1565 M    iv. John C HOLE [16564] was born about 1858 in Milton KEN.

+ 1566 M    v. William Louis HOLE [16566] was born in 1858 in Milton KEN and died in 1897 at age 39.

+ 1567 M    vi. George Alfred Alston HOLE [20908] was born 2 Qtr 1865 in Milton Kent and was baptised on 6 Mar 1865 in Hollingbourne KEN.

+ 1568 M    vii. Albert E HOLE [20909] was born about 1867 in Milton Kent and died 1 Qtr 1918 in Guildford District aged about 51.

+ 1569 M    viii. Francis Alston HOLE [20907] was born 4 Qtr 1871 in Milton Kent.

1231. Alice ALSTON [3988] (David Thomas974, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised 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]

1232. Ellen ALSTON [6816] (David Thomas974, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised 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:

+ 1570 F    i. Alice N DODD [16949] was born about 1861 in Gillingham KEN.

+ 1571 F    ii. Ellen Jane DODD [16950] was born about 1862 in Gillingham KEN.

+ 1572 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.

1233. Thomas Cooper ALSTON [6823] (David Thomas974, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised in 1836 in St Olave Hart St London and was buried on 11 Dec 1837 in Milton next Sittingbourne KEN.

General Notes:
Burials
Thomas Cooper Alston
Birth year 1836
Burial date 11 Dec 1837
Age at death 17m
Place Milton next Sittingbourne
Residence Milton
Source Milton burials 1748-1895
Record set Kent Burials Category Life Events (BDMs)
Findmypast.



1234. Lieut. James Harmer ALSTON [3987] (David Thomas974, William of Rochester849, Thomas Surgeon of Brittlewell ESS724, Thomas Surgeon562, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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

1235. Charles Alston THURLOW [17708] (Susannah Elizabeth ALSTON978, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised 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.

He emigrated with his early family to Adelaide on the Abberton 1848 then resettled in Sydney of the Hamley July 11 1854.

The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), Saturday 2 April 1881, page 3
Sad Cause of Death. (From the S. M. Herald.) The City Coroner (Mr. H.Shiell, J.P.) held an inquest on Tuesday afternoon, at his office, touching the death of Mr. C. A. Thurlow, who expired at the Infirmary, at half-past 4 on the previous afternoon. The following evidence was adduced. Mary Thurlow deposed that she resides at Milson's Point, St. Leonords; tbe dead body viewed by the Coroner and jury was that of her husband, Charles Alston Thurlow, aged 67 years ; he was a native of Essex, England ; he had formerly been clerk in the Lands Office, at tbe head of the Deeds department, and for the last year and a-half had been in receipt of a pension from the Crown ; he had been in the colony 30 years, and had left a son and a daughter by a former wife ; he was a man of temperate habits ; witness last saw him alive at half-past 1 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, at his residence ; he then left home to go and hear the Austrian Band ; he said he was going to Prince Alfred Park, believing it was there the band was to play that afternoon ; he had not more than three or four shillings with him; witness gave him that amount; he had no watch on him, but had his gold eye-glasses; he was in good health, and was quite cheerful when be went out ; he said he would be home by five o'clock ; he did not return, and witness saw no more of him until Monday afternoon, when, in consequence of information received, she proceeded to the Infirmary, and saw him there ; he was then unconscious, and remained so until his death, which took place at a quarter-past 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon ; he had no friends at the Glebe whom he would visit ; about two years ago he received a cut over the left eye, through falling over the rocks about 50 yards from his residence, at St, Leonard's ; a very severe illness followed after that fall, and three doctors attended him ; he got better and was not afterwards affected by the fall; he never strayed from home at any time ; he was perfectly sober when he left home on Saturday last ; he appeared to be all right in his mind then ; he never at any time gave way to habits of intemperance ; he had a walking-stick with him when he went out on Saturday ; the stick now before the Court was the same ; he was never away from home all night. John Young deposed that he resided at Annandale, and was a justice of the peace ; yesterday morning between 8 and 9 o'clock, be was informed that a man was lying in his saw-mill shed, very ill ; witness went there, and seeing a man in a very dirty state, his clothes being a mass of black dirt, ordered three of his men to get some warm water, soap, towels, &c, and wash him thoroughly ; the man appeared to be unconscious ; he was then lying on some ship sails in the shed ; witness then went into his house and got some clothes, which he had put on him after he had been thoroughly rubbed ; witness poured some brandy and water down his throat, although hia teeth were somewhat clenched ; constable Chandler arrived while the man was being attended to, and witness told him to take his (witness's) light cart and remove him to the Infirimry, which the constable did ; the dead body viewed by the Coroner and jury was the same. Robert Lindsay deposed that he resided at Leichhardt, and was manager of Mr. Elliott's boiling-down establishment ; on Sunday night last, about half-past 9 o'clock, witness heard some person calling on the opposite side of White's Creek at Leichhardt; he went down the creek to a spot opposite to where the call appeared to come from, and inquired who was there, repeating the question several times before he got an answer; that answer was, "Call Polly to open the door;" witness could get no other reply but that, except the word "Fred;" witness then went across the creek, and followed it down, calling out ; witness could get no answer, and continued his search until he saw a man within ten or twelve yards of the creek, lying among some fallen timber ; witness questioned bim but could get no intelligible reply ; be kept calling for Polly ; witness got him out from amongst the timber, and found hie clothes were quite wet and muddy ; witness carried him about twenty yards, laid him upon a clean patch of grass, and then returned to his own place to get assistance, which be got ; witness went back with a man and a boy and a light, and found the man where be had left bim ; witness then saw that he had no trousers on ; they could not get him across the creek; so witness sent the other two to Mr. Young's, to see whether further assistance could not be obtained, and where the man could be taken ; while tbey were away, witness again questioned him, and in reply he said his name was Thurlow ; in about fifteen minutes the two returned with a barrow, and said they could not rouse anyone at Mr. Young's ; the man waa then placed in the barrow and taken to Mr. Young's sawmill ; his coat being wet, it was taken off him, and he was wrapped up in a large cloth, after having received a drink of water ; he then said he was very comfortable, and would soon go to sleep ; they again questioned him, and asked where he came trom ; he seemed irritated thereat, and said he declined to answer any more questions ; he was then left there, the time being about midnight. Several other witnesses gave evidence. " Fred," the name which deceased was calling out, in the name of his son. The stick, eye-glasses, and trousers were found not far from where he was lying. Dr. Belgrave deposed that about 3 o'clock on Monday afternoon he waa summoned by the house physician of the Infirmary to attend an old man in the Infirmary ; on arrival witness found him in a moribund condition from exhaustion through exposure, and from the effects of effusion within tbe cranial cavity ; the restoratives that had been applied witness approved of, and recommended some additional treatment, based on the conviction that the patient's real condition was one fundamentally of brain disease ; he had since made a post mortem examination of the body, and found the liver, lungs, kidneys, and spleen healthy ; but the heart was enlarged, and the brain extensively effected by reason of chronic disease; witness had no doubt that the disease of the brain had during the last few days of his life produced a confusion of ideas, and caused him to wander about without any fixed purpose ; the cause of denth was effusion on the brain, accelerated by exhaustion and exposure. Dr. J. E. Moffitt, house surgeon at the Sydney Infirmary, deposed to having received deceased into the Infirmary, and treated him while there before the arrival of Dr. Belgrave ; he had made a post-mortem examination of the body, and his evidence as to the cause of death corroborated that of Dr. Belgrave. The jury returned a verdict accordingly.

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.

General Notes:
Marion advertised a school for young ladies in Adelaide & Sydney

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:

+ 1573 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.

+ 1574 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.

+ 1575 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.

+ 1576 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.

+ 1577 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.

1236. Susannah Elizabeth THURLOW [17759] (Susannah Elizabeth ALSTON978, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised on 7 Jul 1815 in Gosfield ESS, and died on 18 Sep 1856 in Consumption/33 Wyndham St, Marylebone, London, England at age 42.

1237. Mary Jane THURLOW [17706] (Susannah Elizabeth ALSTON978, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised on 25 Feb 1817 in Gosfield ESS.

1238. Eleanor Smith THURLOW [17760] (Susannah Elizabeth ALSTON978, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised 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:

+ 1578 M    i. George Edward MORGAN [17762] was born on 29 Mar 1843 in Camberwell, Surrey, England.

+ 1579 F    ii. Eleanor Mary MORGAN [17771] was born on 24 Dec 1844, was baptised on 9 Jul 1845 in St Mary Paddington Green, and died before 1851.

+ 1580 M    iii. Henry Thurlow MORGAN [17770] was born on 13 Jul 1846 in Paddington London MDX, was baptised on 29 Dec 1852 in St Mary Paddington Green LND, and died in Mar 1874 in London, England at age 27.

+ 1581 F    iv. Elizabeth MORGAN [17767] was born on 22 Jun 1848 in Middlesex, England and was baptised on 29 Dec 1852 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

+ 1582 M    v. Edward John MORGAN [17769] was born in 1849 in Paddington London MDX and was baptised on 29 Dec 1852 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

+ 1583 F    vi. Sarah MORGAN [17772] was born on 11 Aug 1849 and was baptised on 13 May 1949 in Limehouse MDX.

+ 1584 M    vii. Charles MORGAN [17766] was born about 1852 in Hampstead LND MDX, was baptised on 29 Dec 1852 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX, and died in Dec 1852.

+ 1585 F    viii. Mary Susannah MORGAN [17764] was born on 25 May 1853 in Paddington London MDX and was baptised on 4 Oct 1854 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

+ 1586 F    ix. Ellen Australia MORGAN [17763] was born on 23 Mar 1855 in Paddington London MDX, was baptised on 29 Oct 1855 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX, and died in Oct 1897 in Reigate, Surrey, England at age 42.

+ 1587 M    x. Frederick MORGAN [17773] was born about 1859 and was baptised on 24 Dec 1859 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

+ 1588 M    xi. William MORGAN [17765] was born about 1859 in Paddington London MDX.

+ 1589 M    xii. Richard MORGAN [17774] was born on 22 Jul 1863 and was baptised on 16 Aug 1863 in St Mary Paddington Green MDX.

1239. Mary Frances ALSTON [19998] (Percival Edward979, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1796 in Deptford KEN and died on 9 Dec 1801 in Deptford KEN at age 5.

1240. Percival John ALSTON [10555] (Percival Edward979, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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:

+ 1590 M    i. Edward ALSTON [10566] was born in 1846 in Hoxton MDX.

+ 1591 M    ii. Thomas ALSTON [10568] was born in 1848 in Hoxton MDX.

+ 1592 M    iii. Percival ALSTON [10570] was born in 1854 in Hoxton MDX.

+ 1593 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.

1241. Mary Susanna ALSTON [10559] (Percival Edward979, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1242. Sophia Ester ALSTON [10560] (Percival Edward979, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1243. Charles ALSTON [10561] (Percival Edward979, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1244. Emma Adelaide ALSTON [10562] (Percival Edward979, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1830 in London.

1245. Susanna ALSTON [10563] (Percival Edward979, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born circa 1831.

1246. Louisa ALSTON [10564] (Percival Edward979, Edward851, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1833 in London.

1247. John William THURLOW [17841] (William THURLOW992, Elizabeth ALSTON852, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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:
John came to Sydney Australia at a young age with his father on the "William Shand" 1 July 1825

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. 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:

+ 1594 M    i. Charles Edward THURLOW [17862] was born in 1838 in Sydney NSW Australia, was baptised in 1838 in Sydney NSW Australia, and died in 1891 in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia at age 53.

+ 1595 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:

+ 1596 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.

+ 1597 F    ii. Mary Anne Adelaide THURLOW [20269] was born in 1852.

+ 1598 F    iii. Jane Marie Berenice THURLOW [20270] was born in 1852 and died in 1852.

+ 1599 F    iv. 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.

+ 1600 M    v. 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.

+ 1601 F    vi. Emily Arabella THURLOW [20271] died in 1856.

+ 1602 F    vii. THURLOW [20272] died in 1860.

1248. Edward Alston THURLOW [17845] (William THURLOW992, Elizabeth ALSTON852, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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, was baptised on 20 Apr 1812 in St Catherine Gosfield, ESS, and died on 24 Dec 1822 in Gosfield, Essex, England at age 10.

1249. William Edward THURLOW [17840] (William THURLOW992, Elizabeth ALSTON852, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1815 in West Indies and died on 15 Jan 1873 in Cundletown Manning River, NSW at age 58.

General Notes:
William Edward Thurlow came to Sydney Australia at a young age with his Father on the "William Shand" 1 July 1825

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 (1851-52), 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

Deaths
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

Deaths
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

Research Notes:
This article confuses William snr and William Edward Thurlow
Thurlow, William
by Terri McCormack, 2010
Dictionary of Sydney.
William Thurlow (was born about 1807 - No), 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 This is William Edward Thurlow - and, in 1829, was appointed a Justice of the Peace. By 1836 John William (Should be William Edward) Thurlow, solicitor of Wentworth Place, had a farm for sale.

On 3 May 1837 William Edward Thurlow married his (second) wife Anne Jane James at St Mary's Roman Catholic church, Sydney. They had several daughters.

This refers to Willam Edward Thurlow
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 (senior) died at the Manning River on 16 April 1865, aged 58.

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.

General Notes:
MARRIED.
By Special License, on Wednesday, the 3d instant, Mr. William Thurlow, to Miss Anne Jane James, of Sydney.
Ref: The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) Saturday 6 May 1837

Other Records

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

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1603 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.

+ 1604 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.


William next married Elizabeth DOWLING [20319], daughter of Christopher DOWLING [20320] and Martha LESLIE [20321], on 14 Aug 1869 in St Michaels Surrey Hills Sydney. Elizabeth died in 1904.

1250. Louisa Maria THURLOW [17847] (William THURLOW992, Elizabeth ALSTON852, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 before 1871 in England.

Research Notes:
Louisa was raised by her Aunts.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, Church Gate St Bury St Edmunds SFK. Louisa is recorded as aged 20 of independant means not born in the County.

2. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Whilton Rd Ipswich SFK. Louisa is recorded as a neice married aged 36 wife of a Clergyman born Gosfield ESS

3. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Boxford SFK. Louisa Maria is recorded as a visitor married aged 41 a Gentlewoman born Gosfield ESS

Louisa married Rev 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. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, The Rectory Newbourn SFK. Isaac is recorded as head of house married aged 37 Rector of Newbourn born Chelmondiston SFK

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Helperthorpe, Yorkshire, England. Isaac is recorded as head of house married aged 47 a Clergyman born Chelmondeston SFK

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, The Rectory Oving, Buckinghamshire, England. Isaac is recorded as head of house married aged 57 Rector of Oving born Chelmondiston SFK

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1605 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.

1251. Henry James THURLOW [17846] (William THURLOW992, Elizabeth ALSTON852, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

General Notes:
Henry James came to Sydney Australia at a young age with his Father on the "William Shand" 1 July 1825

Research Notes:
From Paul Thurlow 2014.
Shocking Suicide 6/4/1874
The South Australian Register
A determined act of suicide occurred at Port Adelaide on Saturday afternoon, April 4, when John Richard Yorke, a man of respectable appearance, and about 50 years of age, ended his life. . . . .
A pocketbook contained a number of letters, telegrams, &c, chiefly having reference to a search in which he appears to have been engaged for an advertisement enquiring for the heir or next of kin of William Thurlow. To get a copy of this advertisement the deceased has with in the past few weeks been offering a large reward in our columns. . . . .
On the other end was written also in pencil:- ' Port, 4th April, 1874. Mr. W. Thurlow, Crown and Anchor Hotel, will take possession of this book. Mr. W. Thurlow, on being communicated with, went to the Port on Sunday, and from him Sergeant Dovle ascertained that the deceased had two daughters and a son in Sydney.
The son was employed at the office of Messrs. Driver and Merryman, solicitors. He came to this colony about two months since from Victoria on business connected with the Thurlow estate. Mr. Thurlow came here at the latter end of February last, and since then the two have been living together at the Crown and Anchor Hotel in Adelaide. . . . .
Ref: Trove

Inquest 7/4/1874
The South Australian Register 7/4/1874 page 7
INQUEST AT PORT ADELAIDE. Captain J. Bickers, J.P., held an inquest at the Court-House, Port Adelaide, on Monday, April 6, regarding John Richard Yorke, who committed suicide on the previous Saturday. Mr. J. Rann was Foreman.
William Thurlow, residing at the Crown and Anchor Hotel, Adelaide, identified the body. Had known deceased since December. First became acquainted with him in Melbourne. He was employed by witness's father to hunt up an advertisement. He came to South Australia about nine weeks since, and witness (WT) came a month before. Both deponent (WT) and his father whilst in Melbourne corresponded with deceased in reference to the advertisement. (WT) Knew the hand- writing of deceased. Some of the letters produced were from witness (WT) and some from his father (HJT). . . . .
The letters, &c, found on deceased were then read, and witness (WT) admitted having written those signed 'W. Thurlow.' The first was dated Melbourne, 17th January, from Henry James Thurlow to deceased . . . . .
Letter 2, Melbourne, 24th January, same writer, (HJT) earnestly urged Yorke to be prompt and energetic, and for God's sake not to come back without the paper, and he would assuredly be rewarded. The letter stated that the writer was hard-up. The postscript was as follows:- 'I implore of you be like Nelson; draw your legs and feet along the raid, whistle and sing all the day long as he did to achieve a victory, and drew his ship alongside the enemy. Recollect victory is on your side. Don't haul down your flag. My son writes to you to-day.
On the back of this letter is a memo in pencil - Primrose, brewer.- R. Saunders, Wentworth.'
Letter 3 Melbourne, 3rd February- The same to the same (HJT to JFY), acknowledging letter with order to receive letters and send them to deceased (JFY). . . . . The latter part of this communication is as follows: In the year 1864, the time of my father's death, I know not who was in possession of the 'Antigua' estate. The original parties who were in possession of the property was named Donovans, my mother's brothers; but I cannot say how long they may have been dead. It would be no harm to search back as far as the year 1860. My father died in Sydney, December 18, 1864. This is all the information I can give you in the matter. Please to direct your next letter to me, Henry James . . . . . Mrs. Thurlow sends her kind regards to you, and wishes you every prosperity, and trusts you will have a pleasant journey up the country, and hope to hear good news before long. Everything is very dull here. We take our usual walk round the block at night- the only pleasure we have. I now conclude with every wish for your future success, and remain yours sincerely, Henry James Thurlow.'
Letter 4. - Melbourne, 4th February. The same to the same (HJT to JFY) . Referred to advances of money to deceased, and the business he was engaged upon.
Letter 5. 84, Swanston-street, Melbourne, 5th February. From W. S. Moore to J. R. Yorke, stating that Thurlow was almost out of his mind about the matter, and would give £3,000 between the writer and Yorke, and that he would cost £100 if they found the advertisement, but he thought they could get even more out of Thurlow.
The writer (W. S. Moore) had two men searching the Argus and Age, as a Mr. Murphy said he had seen the advertisement two years ago at Belfast. The letter went on to speak of the reward which awaited success, and expressed a hope that deceased would have good luck.
Letter 6.- Melbourne, 14th February. From Wm. Thurlow to Yorke, acknowledging note, and saying the writer would have plenty of money next week, and as soon as Yorke received the letter he was to telegraph to Wm. Thurlow to come over at once. The letter further said that a party in Melbourne said he had read the advertisement in the Times.
The following telegrams were also put in from Wm. Thurlow, Melbourne, to J. R. Yorke, the first two being addressed to Imperial Hotel, Adelaide, and others to Bath Hotel Norwood.
February 7 - Send on Tuesday by Aldinga
February 14- To Adelaide letter sent on Saturday. Will come myself next week.
February 24- I start by Aldinga to-day; meet me.
February 24- Could not come to day. Leave to-morrow by the Gothenburg.

A piece of paper, on which was written the following, was produced :-
Extract from Times 1st August, 1872- To the Honourable John Hovel Thurlow, late of the Carlton Club, Pall Mall, Middlesex- Solicitor John Turner, 61, Carey-street, Lincoln's Inn.' Advertisement appears in same paper - a descriptive index (of 20,000 names) to advertisement for next of kin, Chancery heirs, legatees, &c, from 1700 to 1872-2s. 8d. by Post-Office order. Address W. Cullmer, 17, Southampton- Buildings, Chancery lane, London, W.C.
Examination continued. . . . the Jury unanimously found that the deceased shot himself while suffering from temporary insanity.
Ref: Trove.

Henry married Mary Jane DUNSMORE [20281] on 6 Jan 1847 in Wollongong NSW.

Research Notes:
Marriage Australian Marriages 1810-1980 FMP


The child from this marriage was:

+ 1606 M    i. William Fitzroy THURLOW [20266] was born in 1849 in Wollongong NSW and died on 21 Oct 1902 in Lochaber SA at age 53.

Henry next married Maria HARDY [20289] in 1873 in Sydney NSW Australia.

1252. Thomas Rowland ALSTON [3802] (Thomas Rowland994, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised 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

A memorial window to Thomas Rowland Alston in Lt Bradley church was dedicated to him by his brother Herbert in 1886
Ref: Image courtesy of Emily Self.

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], 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:

+ 1607 M    i. Albert Witten ALSTON [3813] was born on 15 Aug 1856 in St Johns Wood LON and died on 21 Mar 1912 in Streatham SRY at age 55.

+ 1608 M    ii. Rowland ALSTON [3825] was born on 14 Oct 1857 in St Johns Wood MDX.

+ 1609 M    iii. Edward ALSTON [3832] was born on 14 Mar 1859 in St Johns Wood MDX.

+ 1610 M    iv. Thomas Rowland ALSTON [3833] was born on 31 Dec 1861 in Crosby Sq London.

+ 1611 M    v. Harry ALSTON [3837] was born on 24 Jun 1862 in London City, died on 8 Nov 1922 at age 60, and was buried in Eastbourne, Ocklynge Cemetery.

+ 1612 M    vi. Charles James ALSTON [3841] was born in 1865 in St Johns Wood MDX.

+ 1613 M    vii. Rev Alfred ALSTON M A [3842] was born in 1871 in Sydenham KEN.

+ 1614 F    viii. Mary Jane ALSTON [3843] was born in 1862 in Hampstead LND MDX.


1253. Rev Albert ALSTON D.D. [3804] (Thomas Rowland994, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised 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

Albert has a memorial window in All Saints Church Little Bradley Suffolk dedicated to him by his brother Herbert 1879.
Ref: Image courtesy of Emily Self.

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], 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:

+ 1615 M    i. Gilbert Rowland ALSTON [3846] was born on 17 Jul 1859 in St Johns Wood MDX, was baptised in West Tarring SSX, and died on 3 Jan 1932 at age 72.

+ 1616 M    ii. Capt Hugh Jones ALSTON [3848] was born on 11 Jul 1863 in Marylebone London MDX, was baptised 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.

+ 1617 F    iii. Lillian Francis Fitzroy ALSTON [3849] was born about 1861 in Marylebone London MDX.

+ 1618 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.

+ 1619 F    v. Ethel Mary ALSTON [3851] was born on 15 Dec 1863, was baptised in All Saints St Johns Wood., died on 24 Mar 1864, and was buried on 28 Mar 1864 in Highgate Cemetery London.

1254. Eliza Jane ALSTON [3809] (Thomas Rowland994, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1255. Eliza Ann ALSTON [3811] (Thomas Rowland994, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised 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

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Lt Thurlow SFK. Eliza Ann is recorded as a sister aged 49 unmarried born London MDX

4. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 51 Townshend Rd St Marylebone LND. Eliza Ann is recorded as a boarder single aged 59 living on her own means born City London

5. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 9 Cambridge Rd Eastbourne SSX. Eliza Ann is recorded as a sister single aged 69 born City London

6. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, 8 Cambridge Rd Eastbourne SSX. Eliza Ann is recorded is recorded as a sister aged 79 single born London.

1256. Henry Carter ALSTON [3806] (Thomas Rowland994, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised 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:

+ 1620 M    i. Hallam Newton ALSTON [3852] was born on 24 Apr 1865 in Bishopsgate LON.

+ 1621 M    ii. Norman Graham ALSTON [3853] was born on 28 Oct 1868 in Bishopsgate LON.

+ 1622 F    iii. Ellen Blanche ALSTON [3854] was born on 1 Jun 1866 and died on 30 Nov 1867 at age 1.

+ 1623 F    iv. Emma Louisa ALSTON [3855] was born about 1873 in Beckenham Kent.

1257. Eliza ALSTON [3810] (Thomas Rowland994, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1258. Emma Jane ALSTON [3856] (Thomas Rowland994, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised 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:

+ 1624 M    i. Walter WITTEN [9493] .

1259. Emily ALSTON [3858] (Thomas Rowland994, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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 baptised 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:

+ 1625 M    i. Frederick Edward MARKBY [3860] was born on 28 Jan 1872.

+ 1626 M    ii. Herbert MARKBY MRCS. LRCP. [3861] was born on 4 Sep 1873.

+ 1627 M    iii. Alfred Wilkinson MARKBY [3862] was born on 3 Sep 1875.

+ 1628 F    iv. Amy MARKBY [3863] .

+ 1629 F    v. Eva MARKBY [3864] .

+ 1630 F    vi. Emily Florence MARKBY [3865] .


1260. Rev Herbert ALSTON [3808] (Thomas Rowland994, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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, was baptised on 16 Jul 1838, and died on 6 Apr 1918 in Eastbourne SSX at age 79.

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.

Herbert gave a window in All Saints Lt Bradley 1879 in celebration of the restoration of the church.
Ref: Images courtesy of Emily Self.

Retired living in Eastbourne 1899.

Death details not proven.

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

Alston the Rev Herbert of 8 Cambridge Road Eastbourne clerk died 6 April 1918 probate London 17 June to Gilbert Rowland Alston barrister-at-law and Harry Alston Goldsmith effects L 22,403 12s
Ref: National Probate Calendars

Research Notes:
Wendy Barnes local historian for Little Bradley, Suffolk, would be most interested to hear from anyone who might have knowledge of Ebenezer or Charles Foster bankers of Cambridge, in respect of the living of Lt Bradley, which they held, and conferred on Herbert Alston in 1866
Please contact Wendy on: mauvesin@hotmail.com

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, 26 Street Lt Thurlow SFK. Herbert is recorded as head of house aged 42 unmarried he was the Rector of St Bradley SFK born London MDX, others in the house were:
Johanna Tilbrook 29 unmarried born Lt Thurlow and her sister Catherine aged 26 servants.
FHL 1341441 PRO RG11 Pc 1823 Fol 17 Pg 6

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 9 Cambridge Rd Eastbourne SSX. Herbert is recorded as head of house single aged 62 Clergyman in Church of England born City London. Also in the house were two servants.

4. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, 8 Cambridge Rd Eastbourne SSX. Herbert is recorded as head of house aged 72 single a Clerk in Holy Orders born London. Also in the house were two servants.

1261. Edmund Alston HORREX [3796] (Elizabeth ALSTON995, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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.

1262. Thomas Rowland HORREX [3797] (Elizabeth ALSTON995, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised 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:

+ 1631 M    i. Thomas Rowland Eve HORREX [3800] was born about 1852 and died on 2 Nov 1852.

1263. Anthony HORREX [5490] (Elizabeth ALSTON995, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 19 May 1819 in Suffolk County Bts.

1264. Henry HORREX [5491] (Elizabeth ALSTON995, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 3 Jun 1827 in St James Bury St Edmunds SFK.

1265. Elizabeth Alston HORREX [5492] (Elizabeth ALSTON995, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised 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.

1266. Philip RENTLE [7656] (Lucy ALSTON1000, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, 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:

+ 1632 F    i. Kate Ellen RENTLE [7657] was born in 1873 in Reading Berkshire.

+ 1633 F    ii. Edith RENTLE [7672] was born in 1865.

+ 1634 F    iii. Anne RENTLE [7673] was born in 1866.

+ 1635 M    iv. Charles RENTLE [7674] was born in 1869.

+ 1636 F    v. Clara RENTLE [7675] was born in 1870.

+ 1637 F    vi. Henrietta RENTLE [7677] was born in 1871.

+ 1638 F    vii. Kate RENTLE [7678] was born in 1875.

+ 1639 F    viii. Alice RENTLE [7679] was born in 1875.

+ 1640 M    ix. Thomas RENTLE [7680] was born in 1879.

+ 1641 M    x. Henry RENTLE [7681] was born in 1891.

1267. Lucy RENTLE [7663] (Lucy ALSTON1000, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1824.

1268. George RENTLE [7664] (Lucy ALSTON1000, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1826.

1269. James RENTLE [7665] (Lucy ALSTON1000, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1827.

1270. Caroline RENTLE [7666] (Lucy ALSTON1000, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1829.

1271. Thomas RENTLE [7667] (Lucy ALSTON1000, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1830.

1272. Elizabeth RENTLE [7668] (Lucy ALSTON1000, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1833.

1273. Charles RENTLE [7669] (Lucy ALSTON1000, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1834.

1274. Emma RENTLE [7670] (Lucy ALSTON1000, Thomas855, Edward732, Nicholas564, Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1836.

1275. Isabella A ALSTON [8151] (William1014, Silvanus864, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1870 in Sudbury SFK.

1276. Albert ALSTON [8912] (William1014, Silvanus864, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1873 in Sudbury SFK.

1277. Walter ALSTON [8913] (William1014, Silvanus864, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1875 in Sudbury SFK.

1278. Beatrice ALSTON [8914] (William1014, Silvanus864, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1879 in Sudbury SFK.

1279. Gertrude ALSTON [8915] (William1014, Silvanus864, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1880 in Sudbury SFK.

1280. Thomas ALSTON [8924] (Thomas1015, Silvanus864, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1874 in Sudbury SFK.

1281. Jane ALSTON [8925] (Thomas1015, Silvanus864, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1878 in Sudbury SFK.

1282. Ethel Edith Kate ALSTON [6317] (Frederick William1026, Daniel867, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, 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:

+ 1642 F    i. Living

1283. Frederick William ALSTON [6804] (Frederick William1026, Daniel867, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, 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.

1284. Grace Florence Ellen ALSTON [6805] (Frederick William1026, Daniel867, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, 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.

1285. Winnie Maud ALSTON [6806] (Frederick William1026, Daniel867, Peter743, Peter577, Thomas396, 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.

1286. Ada Gertrude SHARPLES [14422] (Mary Helena PAFFARD1046, Amelia Merrick ALSTON883, Stephen750, Peter577, Thomas396, 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.

1287. Dorothy Ruth SHARPLES [14423] (Mary Helena PAFFARD1046, Amelia Merrick ALSTON883, Stephen750, Peter577, Thomas396, 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"

1288. Frank Paffard SHARPLES [14424] (Mary Helena PAFFARD1046, Amelia Merrick ALSTON883, Stephen750, Peter577, Thomas396, 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.

1289. George Ambrose ALSTON [6118] (William Henry1053, Ambrose892, Sturgeon Drew752, Peter577, Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born 3 Qtr 1886 in Sudbury SFK and died in 1963 in Reg Ipswich at age 77.

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.

George was aged 76 at his death.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 11 Stirling Street Ipswich SFK. George is recorded as a son unmarried aged 14 born Sudbury.

1290. Leslie William Llewellyn ALSTON C.B.E. [6032] (Percy (Pat) Walter Filbee1065, William Alfred897, Sturgeon Drew752, Peter577, Thomas396, 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.

Research Notes:
Obituary in pictures to transcribe

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

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1643 M    i. Living

+ 1644 M    ii. Alan Frederick Playstead ALSTON [6036] .


1291. Percy Roy Playsted ALSTON [6039] (Percy (Pat) Walter Filbee1065, William Alfred897, Sturgeon Drew752, Peter577, Thomas396, 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.

Image Courtesy Roy Alston 2010

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

The child from this marriage was:

+ 1645 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:

+ 1646 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.

+ 1647 M    ii. Living

1292. Ernest ALSTON [1016] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1293. Edith ALSTON [1018] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU, died in Jan 1921 in Warrnambool VIC AU at age 67, and was buried on 14 Jan 1921 in Warrnambool VIC AU.

Edith may have marriedMarriage status: unmarried.

Her child was:

+ 1648 M    i. Norman ALSTON [224] was born in 1880 in Warrnambool VIC AU, died on 10 Jun 1939 in Warrnambool VIC AU at age 59, and was buried in Warrnambool, Cemetery No 36/22.

1294. Alice ALSTON [274] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU and died in 1935 in Warrnambool VIC AU at age 79.

1295. Charles ALSTON [1013] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU 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:

+ 1649 F    i. Elsie Margaret ALSTON [259] was born in 1895.

+ 1650 F    ii. Mary Eugene ALSTON [260] was born in 1899.

+ 1651 M    iii. John Cumming ALSTON [261] was born in 1900.

1296. George Grey ALSTON [1014] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU.

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:

+ 1652 F    i. Alice ALSTON [5299] was born in 1885.

+ 1653 F    ii. Lucy Maria ALSTON [5300] was born in 1885.

+ 1654 F    iii. Ann Turner ALSTON [5301] was born on 5 Jun 1901.

1297. Arthur ALSTON [1015] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU.

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:

+ 1655 F    i. Mabel Alice ALSTON [5303] was born in 1888.

+ 1656 M    ii. Henry Arthur ALSTON [5304] was born in 1891.

+ 1657 F    iii. Doris Ruby ALSTON [5305] was born in 1892 and died in 1921 at age 29.

1298. Louisa Emma ALSTON [280] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU.

1299. Edward Henry ALSTON [1017] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU 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).

1300. Frank Louis ALSTON [271] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU and died in 1902 in Orbost, Vic. Aust at age 33.

1301. Mary Kate ALSTON [275] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU and died in 1949 in Ballarat Australia. at age 78.

1302. Walter Clement ALSTON [276] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU.

General Notes:
Walter was a farmer.

1303. Leonard ALSTON [277] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU, 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.

1304. Minna Charlotte ALSTON [278] (George Downing1074, Charles899, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 AU, died in 1959 at age 82, and was buried on 15 Dec 1959.

1305. Florence ALSTON [8095] (Henry Charles1075, Henry George900, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1306. Kate Annie ALSTON [7825] (Henry Charles1075, Henry George900, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1307. Henry J ALSTON [8096] (Henry Charles1075, Henry George900, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:

+ 1658 F    i. Lillian A ALSTON [9694] was born in Nov 1880 in Wandsworth, London, SRY.

1308. Kate A MERRIFIELD [13872] (Mary Catherine ALSTON1078, Henry George900, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

1309. Annie Francis MERRIFIELD [9490] (Mary Catherine ALSTON1078, Henry George900, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1310. Alfred Alston MERRIFIELD [9491] (Mary Catherine ALSTON1078, Henry George900, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:

+ 1659 M    i. Sydney Cecil MERRIFIELD [9495] was born on 30 Mar 1893 in Camberwell LON.

+ 1660 F    ii. Winifred Elsie MERRIFIELD [9496] was born on 29 Jun 1894 in Islington MDX London and died in Sep 1996 at age 102.

+ 1661 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.

+ 1662 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.

1311. Edith Catherine MERRIFIELD [9489] (Mary Catherine ALSTON1078, Henry George900, James of Bocking753, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1312. Louisa C HOWARD [4604] (Anna Maria LIVEING1085, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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

1313. Prof. Edward Henry Torlesse LIVEING ARSM MIME [445] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1086, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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 without merit and the Royal School of Mines ARSM 1877. Articled to A L Stevenson chief engineer 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

Edward presented a number of specimen gold nuggets to Cambridge Museum about 1940 that are housed there in a special Cabinet.
Ref: Red Book.

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.

Liveing Archive Image IMG3663
Melrose Hotel
Felixstowe
20 October 1920
Dear Uncle
We came here on Monday for a week and yesterday I went over to Harwich and visited St Nicholas Church I have been able to get some further information re Liveings viz dates of birth and death of the 1st Robert Liveing and his wife Martha which completes the pedigree back to 1670. The old home in Kings Head Street is now divided into 2 tenancies and is in a deplorable state of filth and dilapidation.
Yours EHL

Liveing Family Archive Image IMG 3859 - 3867
Copy of a letter E H T Liveing to (possibly) his sister Harriet
21 Jan 1928
My dear Harry
Many thanks for your notes an particulars I will put in Richard Dixon as you suggest. I also have the fathers note re Richard Dickson of the Haberdashery Co and Denmark Street St Giles having had plague and recovering from it also that Dickson Downing lived in Denmark Street St Giles and died from effects of a fall in his own drawing room caused by catching his foot in the carpet.
I also remember our grandmother CML telling me both these stories when she showed me relics and letters in the cabinet drawers. I enclose a copy of 2 notes by Uncle George re Richard Dixon his wife and daughters. Mrs Sarah Dixon who died 20 October 1709 was evidently the wife of Richard Dixon and mother of Elizabeth Downing who died January 18, 1713. Her son Dickson Downing being then only 12 years old he inherited from his mother a considerable fortune (doubtless made by old Dixon in his clothing business) but being ill advised lent it out on some French . . . . . and before his death in 1745 he had lost most of it, it is evident from the letters of G Downing to his sister Bridget that she and her Mother were not too well off, and that Aunt Skrine widow of Richard Skrine (Dixon's half brother) wanted Bridget to come and live with her at Cobham (sic) this G.D. opposes and urges her to remain? with her mother and hopes to be able to provide for her on leaving college, subsequently her mother married again some man in the city, a match not approved by the family (according to Aunt Knottesford - G.D.L.) I do not know the man's name but only that she is buried at St Aldermanbury Church in the City. It is of course impossible to print particulars of people into the pedigree for want of space my intention is the pedigrees shall indicate who the people were and to add figures and separate notes about each person of whom I have relics or know facts regarding their lives.
The pedigree dated 1787 which I have shows the 3 children of Dickson Downing who died infants however I did not put them in the pedigree for want of space. The 1st wife of Nathaniel Chambers (Sarah Boucher) by whom he had one child who died an infant is also omitted for the same reason.
With regard to the Chamberlains they certainly came from Westmorland possibly from Kendal, the father was a yeoman farmer and the 3 sons were doubtless educated at Kendal Grammar School. Zachary and Nathanial both became Attorneys in London and Ephraim the youngest was apprenticed to (Sennex) a globemaker (some type of instrument maker of today). There is an interesting account of him in the Penny Encyclopedia according to G.D.L. he of course compiled the 1st encyclopaedia 3 large volumes and back? in 1728 an immense labour for one man to have accomplished, he died at the early age of 44 and is buried in the cloister of Westminster Abbey, in the tomb on the wall.
Nathanial was of Grays Inn but lived at Hackney which as the letter of his which I have dated 2 August 1750 speaks of peaches and nectarines in his garden was then a country place he died there 9 Dec 1755 aged 66 (mem Ring number 7) his burial there is recorded in the Hackney register. Zachary lived at Wesch...? (Vide G.D.L. letter to sister. Died December 1773). . . . . .

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.

Liveing Family Archive Images IMG 3913-3914
Brookfield House
Longstanton
Camb
4 October 1935
Dear Dr Walker
My brother Rev H.G.D. Liveing has sent me your letter and enclosure re R Dickinson. I am much interested and should like if it is not too late to be a subscriber to your book on the Skrine family I therefore enclose a cheque for 25/-.
A few years ago I drew up a combined pedigree of the Downing Baldwin Chamberlain and Woolley . . . . . page missing
Memorial rings one which does not appear to be a death ring. It has a cross of 5 diamonds and one ruby in centre inside it is engraved Sir George Molesworth with no date and outside in blue enamel is
ABSENTIS PIGNUS AMICITAE
he was the 2nd son of Sarah Skrine who married W Molesworth
Yours very sincerely,
Edward H Liveing.

Liveing Family Archive IMG 3856 - 3857
Undated copy of a letter by E.H.T. Liveing.
Dear Miss Downing,
I received your letter today with much pleasure and interest, and I shall be delighted to meet you when next you are in England - if you will come and look us up here.
With regard to our line of Downings the pedigree is quite simple and certain back to Major Downing of the Guards in Charles II reign he is mentioned as Captain Downing by Pepys, see diary 9 November 1666 and 19 November 1667 he was my 5 times great grandfather but whether he was related to his contemporary Sir G D Downing of Downing St family or not we do not know - if he was we have to go further back to seek them.
My brother the Rev H.G.D. Liveing has of late been examining old Downing Wills but so far has not cleared up the matter and if he has any success I will let you know
I am sending you a photo reconstruction of a combined pedigree I drew up in 1925 to explain the large number of family relics miniatures and rings letters and so on now in my position I also enclose a photo of a very beautiful miniature name of Katherine Downing sister of George Downing my 9th grandfather her sister Marie Downing was great grandmother of my cousins the Knottesford Fortescues of Stratford on Avon who you know.
Yours very sincerely.
Edward H Liveing.

P.S. Should the price prove more I will send on balance.

I well remember Mr H Duncan Skrine coming to see my Father at 52 Queen Anne Street about 1870 ( I was then 15) I have a letter of his dated 25 June 1870 written to my Father re family history etc and enclosing a rough copy of the Skrine Pedigree which I have.
I remember that one of his sons named Sholto had a gun accident and seriously damaged his hand.

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"

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.

Liveing Archive: Images 3673 - 3674
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.

Sothebys offered for sale in London 10 July 2013 the following collection of Edward's papers.
Liveing, Edward H
SCIENTIFIC AND MINING PAPERS, COMPRISING:
13 autograph notebooks, in pencil and black ink, containing detailed notes on laboratory experiments on various subjects including metallurgy, speculative ideas for further research, work on his Patent Gas Indicator (1870s), notes on the Lewis Thompson Calorimeter, reports and results of mining assays, mostly relating to coal deposits in South Wales and Queensland, and engineering notes relating to Siddeley and Wolseley motorcars, including many diagrams and sketches, 12mo, most with labels on spines; together with more than 100 leaves of further loose notes and letters, including letters received (some carbon copies), drafts of letters sent, and other papers, relating to subjects including his patented inventions and his involvement in various mining projects such as gold mining in Kalgoori, Western Australia, Southern Australia, and Transylvania, a small quantity of family correspondence, and notes from printed sources; also with 10 printed items including pamphlets by Liveing; c.1874-1923, nicks and tears, some dust staining

CATALOGUE NOTE
A significant archive relating to science, engineering, and mining technologies in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Edward Henry Liveing was closely involved in the mining industry, both in technological developments within the industry (for example in his Patent Gas Indicator), and also in searching out new mineral deposits in Western Australia and elsewhere. His interests were much wider, however, and of particular interest are a group of papers relating to the contested invention of the electric light bulb. One of his notebooks includes "my Idea of a perfect Electric light (Feb/79)", and in the early 1880s Liveing got drawn into the patent dispute between Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan. The papers include a letter from Swan's lawyers explaining their defence against Edison (2 pages, 4to, 14 June 1883), and Liveing's draft reply outlining his involvement in and knowledge of the crucial technological innovation of a "fine Carbon Thread lamp of high resistance" that Swan had developed by early 1879, independently of Edison.
Ref: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/english-literature-history-l13404/lot.216.html

Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh offered the same lot 15 Jan 2014.
http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-us/auction-catalogues/lyon-and-turnbull/catalogue-id-srly10030/lot-2ccd50a8-a9c1-435c-82bb-a43200476558

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

6. Sale of Brookfield House: Pt 1, 27 Apr 1951, Longstanton CAM.

7. Sale of Brookfield House: Pt 2, 27 Apr 1951, Longstanton CAM.

Edward married Emily BOSWORTH [446], daughter of Joseph Gray JONES [11203], 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

1314. Frances LIVEING [451] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1086, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised on 5 Apr 1857 in St Andrew Cambridge CAM, and died on 3 Feb 1903 in Briarcombe Haslemere SRY at age 45.

General Notes:
Marriage.
Holland = Liveing. At Stoke by Nayland, Frederick C, son of Rev Charles Holland, rector of Petworth, to Frances, daughter of Edward Liveing, M.D. of Queen Anne Street Cavendish Square, Feb 5.
Ref: Pall Mall Gazette Tuesday, 8 February 1881

An alternative marriage ref for a Frances Liveing Mar Qtr 1881 Sudbury 4a 5[06]1 BDM

Times
6 Feb 1903
Deaths
Holland: On Tuesday, 3 Feb 1903. At Briarcombe, Haslemere Surrey, Frances, the dearly loved wife of Frederic Catesby Holland, and daughter of Edward Liveing, MD of Queen Ann Street, aged 45.

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 1881 in Stoke By Nayland SFK. Frederick was born on 14 Apr 1853 in Shipley SSX.

General Notes:
Frederick was a solicitor.
After his second marriage they lived in Johannesburg South Africa.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1663 M    i. Evelyn Catesby HOLLAND [459] was born on 26 Feb 1882 in West Dulwich SRY and died in South Africa.

+ 1664 F    ii. Dorothy Mary Frances Catesby HOLLAND [460] was born on 31 Jan 1884 in Carlyle Square Chelsea London SW.


1315. Margaret "Meg" LIVEING [453] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1086, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:
Marriages.
Rands = Liveing. On the 28th ult, at the Rectory Church, St Marylebone, by the Rev W Page Roberts, MA, George William Rands, of Northampton, to Margaret, daughter of Edward Liveing, MD, of Queen Anne Street, Cavendish square.
Ref: Northampton Mercury Friday 4 December 1891.

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], on 28 Nov 1891 in Rectory Church St Marylebone LND. George was baptised 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:

+ 1665 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.

+ 1666 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.

+ 1667 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.


1316. Rev Henry George Downing LIVEING [447] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1086, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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

Liveing the Rev Henry George Downing of Copt Gilders Alcocks Lane Burgh Heath Banstead Surrey died 17 April 1947 Probate London 16 July to Marjorie Downing Liveing spinster and Edward George Downing Liveing general manager. Effects L7154 11s 4d
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

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 baptised 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

Marriages.
Liveing = Rands. August 27, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, the Rev Henry G.D. Liveing, second son of Edward Liveing MD of Queen Anne Street Cavendish Square, to Margaret third daughter of George Rands, solicitor, Northampton.
Ref: Stamford Mercury 5 September 1890, also Northampton Mercury Friday, 29 August 1890.

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.

Liveing Margaret of Copt Gilders Alcock Lane Burgh Heath Banstead Surrey (wife of Henry George Downing Liveing) died 18 March 1947 Probate London 18 June to the said Edward George Downing Liveing general manager and Marjorie Downing Liveing spinster. Effects L1630 6s 7d
Ref: National Probate Calendar

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:

+ 1668 F    i. Majorie Downing LIVEING [455] was born on 10 Jul 1891 in Bramley SRY, was baptised 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.

+ 1669 F    ii. Catherine Downing LIVEING [456] was born on 29 Aug 1893 in 41 Newland Northhampton, was baptised 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.

+ 1670 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.

+ 1671 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.


1317. William Robert Francis LIVEING [449] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P.1086, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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

Liveing Archive: Images 3928 - 3929
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

Liveing William Robert Francis of Waverley 8 Hillside Road Radlett Herts died 11 December 1944 Probate Llandudno 9 March to Harriet Amelia Liveing widow and George Lawrence Stewart solicitor
Effects L8193 8s10d
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

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 Burnham 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.

Marriages
Liveing = Flick on the 16th inst at St Mary's Church, Burnham, Essex, by the Rev J L Govett vicar, William Robert Francis Liveing, youngest son of Edward Liveing, Esq. M.D. of 52 Queen Anne Street, London. To Harriet Amelia (Millicent) eldest daughter of the late Thomas Flick, of Burnham, Essex.
Ref: Essex Newsman Saturday, 18 August 1894, also Chelmsford Chronicle Friday, 17 August 1894.

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

Liveing Harriet Amelia of 8 Hillside Road Radlett Herts. widow died 26 June 1945 Probate Llandudno 11 August to Robert Henry Torlesse Liveing retired captain HM army. Effects L8516 5s 5d
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

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:

+ 1672 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.

1318. Katherine Edith LIVEING [1558] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D.1087, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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 and died on 22 Dec 1934 at age 69.

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.

Archibald was registered as a Member, Institute of Civil Engineers (M.Inst.C.E.).


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1673 M    i. Maj Gen Charles Scott NAPIER C.B. [7054] was born on 3 Feb 1899 in India and died on 16 Jun 1946 at age 47.

+ 1674 M    ii. Maj Alexander NAPIER [7055] was born on 7 Sep 1904 and died on 31 Aug 1954 at age 49.

1319. Helen Adelaide LIVEING [1560] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D.1087, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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


1320. Lieut Col R.A. Charles Hawker LIVEING C.M.G. D.S.O. [1556] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D.1087, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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:

+ 1675 M    i. Lt Cmdr. Robert George LIVEING R.N. [7057] was born 2 Qtr 1905 in Woolwich KEN and died 1 Qtr 1968 in Reg Dist Portsmouth at age 62.

1321. Robert Arthur Harrold LIVEING [1557] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D.1087, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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, was baptised on 17 Sep 1876 in St Thomas Marlylebone LND, 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.

1322. Lucy MACDONALD [7058] (Harriet LIVEING1088, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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.

1323. Major Arthur Kennan MACDONALD MA Cantab. [7059] (Harriet LIVEING1088, Catherine Mary DOWNING902, Mary ALSTON754, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:

+ 1676 F    i. Sheila Eithne Harriet MACDONALD [7061] was born on 6 Sept 1907.

+ 1677 M    ii. Noel Kennan MACDONALD [7062] was born on 8 Jan 1909.

+ 1678 F    iii. Lucy Catherine Mary MACDONALD [7063] was born on 12 Dec 1909.

+ 1679 M    iv. George Liveing MACDONALD [7064] was born on 25 Sep 1911.

1324. Hugh-Durrant ALSTON [1518] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1092, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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:

+ 1680 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.


1325. Ashton ALSTON [1519] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1092, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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:

+ 1681 F    i. Mary Adelaide ALSTON [10610] was born on 13 Aug 1904.

+ 1682 F    ii. Jessie Rosalee ALSTON [11104] was born on 28 Nov 1906.

+ 1683 F    iii. Edith Mary ALSTON [11417] .

+ 1684 F    iv. Amy ALSTON [11418] .

+ 1685 M    v. Alfred ALSTON [11419] died in 1983.


1326. Commander Alfred Gilmore ALSTON C.M.G. R N [1520] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1092, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised on 9 Feb 1869 in St Mary Stone KEN, died on 1 Oct 1954 in Eastbourne SSX at age 85, and was buried in Eastbourne, Ocklynge Cemetery.

General Notes:
Alfred appears twice in the 1881 Census.

Following his father Alfred went to sea, first in the Merchant Service passing his 2nd Mate Certificate 14 Feb 1889, 1st Mate Certificate 8 Feb 1891 and his Masters Certificate 22 Jun 1893.

On the 31 October 1895 he joined the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant aboard the Spartan until May 97. Then he served on the Venus for a year, the Antelope for part of a year, the Phoenix for 3 years, then the Marathon for a year and the Terpsichore for a year.
He was assessed from the start of his career as an officer of very good conduct and ability, a painstaking hard-working and most efficient officer.
Described as an excellent watch keeper his Commanders recorded they had perfect confidence in him. He is further described as a careful and very good Navigation Officer and Pilot, with good judgement.
On station in North China the British Commander recorded the great assistance rendered by Lt. Alston.
He is recommended for promotion to Command, it was noted he was a very good observer, had extraordinary keen sight and was zealous in his duties.
He applies to retire in 1905 although not eligible until 1908. On 14 May 1909 he is placed on the retired list with the rank of Commander.
In retirement he served as President for Transport duties in Newhaven and Southampton, but returns to sea on the Egmont in the First World War as Acting Captain to Egypt, then serving as the DNTO (Divisional Naval Transport Officer) in Alexandria, Kantara, and Cairo. It is noted that he was treated in Alexandria in May 1916 for haemorrhoids.
February 1917 General Allenby draws attention to the good work done by Cmdr Alston "Has done his utmost to improve the efficiency of the Transport Department".
In April 1919 he is granted one month's leave in England, then he reverts to the retired list on 18 November 1919, promoted to Captain retired in recognition of his war service.
On 15 June 1920 he is awarded the Order of the Nile (3rd class). Conferred by H.H. the Sultan of Egypt.

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
. . . . .
And of
Captain A. G. ALSTON
C.M.G., R.N.
third Son of the above
who died October 1st 1954
aged 86.
Sussex grave 2 register reference L193c
Record set Sussex, Eastbourne Monumental Inscriptions.
Ref: Findmypast

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

1327. George Hamilton Galbraith ALSTON [1521] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1092, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1328. John Oxenden ALSTON [1522] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1092, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1329. Adelaide ALSTON [1523] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander)1092, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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

1330. Rev Alfred Edward ALSTON [1526] (Edward Graham (Hon)1094, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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:

+ 1686 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.

+ 1687 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.


1331. Constance Jane (Connie) ALSTON [1527] (Edward Graham (Hon)1094, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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"



1332. Charlotte Maria (Lottie) ALSTON [1532] (Edward Graham (Hon)1094, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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

1333. Fr Henry George "Father Cyprian" ALSTON [1530] (Edward Graham (Hon)1094, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1334. Canon William Tuzo ALSTON [1531] (Edward Graham (Hon)1094, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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

1335. Dr William Evelyn ALSTON B A M B. [1534] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1096, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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, attaining the rank of Lt Col. 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:

+ 1688 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.

+ 1689 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.

+ 1690 M    iii. Basil Evelyn MURRAY-ALSTON [4621] was born on 22 Jun 1901 in Wheathampsted, HRT, was baptised 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.



1336. Robert Graham Fitzgerald ALSTON [78] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1096, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:

+ 1691 F    i. Clarissa Kathleen ALSTON [4835] .


1337. Lila Elizabeth ALSTON [81] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1096, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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)

1338. Rt Rev Arthur Fawssett ALSTON M A [79] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1096, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:

+ 1692 M    i. Arthur Reginald (Rex) ALSTON [4633] was born on 2 Jul 1901 and died on 8 Sep 1994 at age 93.

+ 1693 F    ii. Marjorie Ruth ALSTON [4646] was born on 21 Mar 1904 in England.

+ 1694 M    iii. John Frederick ALSTON [4647] was born on 6 May 1908 in England.

+ 1695 M    iv. Geoffrey Malcolm (Mac) Fawssett ALSTON [4649] was born on 4 Apr 1914 in England.

+ 1696 F    v. Nancy Eileen ALSTON [4650] was born on 29 Apr 1918 in England.


1339. Col Ernest Alfred Brooke ALSTON [80] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1096, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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



1340. Dora Gladys Oxenden ALSTON [82] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major)1096, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:

+ 1697 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.

+ 1698 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.

+ 1699 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.

1341. Elizabeth Catherine NUGEE [1543] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1097, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:
The family story is that Catherine Nugee, wanted to marry a Richards boy as had her brother & sister, but their mother, Edith Nugee , forbade it as she thought that for 3 of her 5 children to marry back into the same Richards line was too dangerous. As a result, Elizabeth became a missionary in East Africa for a while and she stayed unmarried to the end of her 102 year long life.
Ref: John Nugee writes of his Gt. Aunt Catherine - 2015

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

1342. Laura Christine NUGEE [1544] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1097, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 and died on 11 Apr 1970 in Battle SSX at age 80.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Laura is recorded as a daughter aged 11 born Sneinton NTT

Laura married Rev Reginald Philip Edward RICHARDS [2443], son of Cmdr Philip Thomas RICHARDS RN [22150] and Kate DANBY [22155], on 7 Aug 1915 in St Martin Leicester. Reginald was born on 9 Dec 1884 and died on 24 Jan 1969 at age 84.

General Notes:
Reginald was living at Highmoor, Mayfield? Sussex 1958.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1700 F    i. Laura Dorothy Kate RICHARDS [2450] was born on 26 Jul 1916 and died in 2000 at age 84.

+ 1701 M    ii. Edward Reginald John RICHARDS [2456] was born in 1918 and died in 1981 at age 63.

+ 1702 F    iii. Edith Lucy RICHARDS [2460] was born on 12 Dec 1919.

+ 1703 F    iv. Sr Elizabeth Mary RICHARDS [2464] was born on 24 May 1923.

+ 1704 M    v. David Andrew RICHARDS [2465] was born on 28 Jan 1929 and died on 21 Feb 2012 at age 83.


1343. Francis John NUGEE Q.V. M.C. T.D. [2438] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1097, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 30 May 1891 in Sneinton NTT and died on 29 Jan 1966 in Cheltenham GLS at age 74.

General Notes:
Francis went to Radley College, then Magdalen College Oxford, he matriculated 1910 taking his BA and MA. At the outbreak of war he served as a captain in the Leicestershire Regiment 1914 - 18 was wounded in France and awarded the MC in 1918.

After a drawn-out engagement he married in 1930, he taught for some years at his old school Radley College before becoming headmaster of Eastbourne College 1938 - 1956. He served on the governing Council of Radley College until ill-health forced his retirement in 1965.

1977 Death: March quarter, Cheltenham 7b 400 - NUGEE Francis J, 74.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015



Francis married Lucy Maude MORRIS [2437], daughter of Charles Smith MORRIS [1550] and Maude Mary ALSTON [1549], on 8 Jan 1930. Lucy was born on 15 Jan 1901 in Cardiff Glamorgan WLS and died on 20 Dec 1977 in Cheltenham GLS at age 76.

General Notes:
LUCY MAUD MORRIS
Birth year1901
Birth quarter1
DistrictCARDIFF
CountyGlamorganshire
CountryWales
Volume11A
Page420
Record setEngland & Wales births 1837-2006
Ref: Findmypast

1977 Death: December quarter, Cheltenham 22 1566 - NUGEE Lucy Maud, born 15 Jan 1901. (née MORRIS)

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1705 F    i. Lucy Frances Maud NUGEE [2445] was born on 17 Sep 1932 in Abingdon BRK and died on 30 Oct 2006 in Fareham HAM at age 74.

+ 1706 F    ii. Living


1344. Brigadier George Travers NUGEE C.B.E D.S.O M.C. [1546] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1097, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 on 29 Mar 1977 in Wallingford OXF at age 83.

General Notes:
George was schooled at Radley College and then enrolled as a gentleman cadet at the Royal Military Academy Woolwich becoming a Second Lieutenant in 1913. He served with the Royal Artillery, was awarded the Military Cross in 1916, DSO in 1919. He was awarded a CBE and retired in 1947 with the rank of Honorary Brigadier

Colonel (Hon. Brigadier) George Travers Nugee
Post nominalsCBE DSO MC
Birth year1894
Age83
Death year1977
Death date29 Mar 1977
Record setBritish Army, Royal Artillery officer deaths 1850-2011
Ref: Findmypast

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

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], daughter of Lt Col Harold Arthur David RICHARDS CMG DSO [22167] and Helen Dorothy PARKER [22170], on 29 Sep 1927 in Godalming SRY. The marriage ended in divorce. Violet was born on 23 May 1904 and died on 23 Jun 1997 in Bath & Walcot SOM at age 93.

Research Notes:
Violet and George were divorced in 1937 on George's petition for adultery, she then married Arthur Brooks the co-respondent mentioned in the divorce.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 1707 M    i. Edward George (Ted) NUGEE Q.C. [2049] was born on 9 Aug 1928 and died on 30 Dec 2014 at age 86.

+ 1708 F    ii. Margaret Anne NUGEE [2470] was born on 11 Feb 1931 and died on 8 Aug 2014 in Abingdon BRK at age 83.

+ 1709 F    iii. Living


1345. Rev Andrew Charles NUGEE [9704] (Edith Isabel ALSTON1097, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 on 22 Oct 1977 in Lechlade at age 81.

General Notes:
1895 Birth: December quarter, Bingham 7b 446 - NUGEE Andrew Charles.

Andrew was blinded while serving in WWI but was rehabilitated to lead as normal a life as possible. He followed his father into the church and was vicar of the parishes of Littlehampton and Bradfield on the Green in Northamptonshire. He became rural Dean for Preston in 1932 then took up the chaplaincy of St Dunstan's training centre in hospital during WWII. He returned to parish life and finished his working life as Rector of Kencot and Vicar of Broadwell OXF.

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], on 14 Jan 1920 in Welton-le-Marsh Lincolnshire. Frances was born in Aug 1897 in Letchworth HRT and died on 17 Apr 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

Andrew next married Zeala Maisey INDER [21912], daughter of Clarence John INDER [22254] and Marion (May) Cunningham MURDOCK [22255], on 16 Sep 1963 in Kencot Whitney OXF. Zeala was born on 4 Jul 1906 in Norwood SRY and died in Nov 1999 in Stroud GLS at age 93.

General Notes:
Zeala was buried under the name Wimperis, it appears she remained close to her first husbands family, who were the sole beneficiaries of her will.

Research Notes: England & Wales births 1837-2006 Transcription
ZEALA MAYSIE INDER
Birth year1906
Birth quarter3
DistrictCROYDON
CountySurrey
CountryEngland
Volume2A
Page362
Ref: Findmypast

Zeala was a passenger on the "Coronado" to Cristobal in May 1925 with her family
ZEALA MAYSIE INDER
Age19
Birth year1906
OccupationDAUGHTER OF ABOVE
Departure year1925
Departure day25
Departure month5
Departure portAVONMOUTH
Destination portCRISTOBAL
DestinationCRISTOBAL
CountryPANAMA
Ship nameCORONADO
Ship official number136350
Ref: Findmypast

England & Wales marriages 1837-2008
Westminster Marriages Transcription
ZEALA MAYSIE INDER
Marriage year1927
Marriage day8
Marriage monthSep
ParishSt George, Hanover Square
Spouse's first name(s)COURTENAY ALLINGTON
Spouse's last nameWIMPERIS
Groom's age25
Bride's age21
CountyMiddlesex
Re: Findmypast

ZEALA M WIMPERIS
Marriage quarter3
Marriage year1963
MarriageFinder - ZEALA M WIMPERIS married ANDREW C NUGEE
Spouse's last nameNUGEE
DistrictWITNEY Oxfordshire
CountryEngland
Volume6B
Page2661
Ref: Findmypast.

England & Wales deaths 1837-2007 Transcription
ZEALA MAISEY WIMPERIS
Birth day4
Birth month7
Birth year1906
Death quarter4
Death year1999
DistrictSTROUD
District number4871A
Register number56C
Entry number098
Date of registration mm/yy1099
CountyGloucestershire
CountryEngland
Ref: Findmypast.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, 13 Tyson Road Forest Hill London SE. Zeala is recorded as a daughter aged 4 born Norwood Surrey

1346. Mabel Travers MORRIS [2432] (Maude Mary ALSTON1098, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1347. Daisy MORRIS [2433] (Maude Mary ALSTON1098, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:

+ 1710 F    i. Mary AUTEN [2435] .


1348. Charles Alan Smith MORRIS [2436] (Maude Mary ALSTON1098, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 15 May 1895 in Bridgend Glamorgan Wales and died on 7 May 1917 in Killed In Action Evin, Malmason at age 21.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015



1349. Lucy Maude MORRIS [2437] (Maude Mary ALSTON1098, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 in Cardiff Glamorgan WLS and died on 20 Dec 1977 in Cheltenham GLS at age 76.

General Notes:
LUCY MAUD MORRIS
Birth year1901
Birth quarter1
DistrictCARDIFF
CountyGlamorganshire
CountryWales
Volume11A
Page420
Record setEngland & Wales births 1837-2006
Ref: Findmypast

1977 Death: December quarter, Cheltenham 22 1566 - NUGEE Lucy Maud, born 15 Jan 1901. (née MORRIS)

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015



Lucy married Francis John NUGEE Q.V. M.C. T.D. [2438], son of Rev Canon Francis Edward NUGEE [1542] and Edith Isabel ALSTON [1541], on 8 Jan 1930. Francis was born on 30 May 1891 in Sneinton NTT and died on 29 Jan 1966 in Cheltenham GLS at age 74.

General Notes:
Francis went to Radley College, then Magdalen College Oxford, he matriculated 1910 taking his BA and MA. At the outbreak of war he served as a captain in the Leicestershire Regiment 1914 - 18 was wounded in France and awarded the MC in 1918.

After a drawn-out engagement he married in 1930, he taught for some years at his old school Radley College before becoming headmaster of Eastbourne College 1938 - 1956. He served on the governing Council of Radley College until ill-health forced his retirement in 1965.

1977 Death: March quarter, Cheltenham 7b 400 - NUGEE Francis J, 74.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

(Duplicate Line. See Person 1343)

1350. Mildred Travers LLOYD [2439] (Ethel Travers ALSTON1099, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised 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.

1351. Katharine Lawrence ALSTON [2442] (Hubert George R.N. C.B. (Capt)1101, George Downing (Rev)903, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1352. Cmdr. George Edward Basil HAND R N [441] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1102, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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, was baptised on 7 Apr 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)
1890 Brought 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)

Cadetships in Royal Navy.
The following is a list of successful candidates in order of merit for the 1st 31 places . . . . . George Edward Basil Hand 1143 . . . . . (The highest marks were 1392 the lowest 842).
Ref: Manchester Courier 25 June 1883.

Cadetships in Royal Navy.
Among successful candidates at the recent examinations for naval Cadet ships we notice the name of Mr George Edward Basil Hand, eldest son of Capt George Weightman Hand R N of Dedham. Mr Hand's tutor was Mr Foster Of Stubbington House Hampshire.
Ref: Chelmsford Chronicle 6 July 1883.

Tuesday Gazette.
Admiralty November 13.
The following Sub Lieutenants have been confirmed . . . . . George Edward Basil Hand . . . . .
Ref: Portsmouth Evening News 18 November 1891.

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)
1892 Placed on merit as 4th Class Assistant Surveyor on 15 June. Promoted to Lieutenant on 30 June. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)

Admiralty 22 July 1892.
The undermentioned sub lieutenants have been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant . . . . . George Edward Basil Hand . . . . . Dated 30 June 1892.
Ref: Portsmouth Evening News 23 July 1892.

1893 Advanced to 3rd Class Assistant Surveyor on 20 June. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1894 2nd 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)
1898-99 On 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)
1900 Promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 30 June. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1901 Single. 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)
1906 May 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)
1916 Accepted the rank of Commander (ret'd). (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1919 Reverted 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.

Naval Officers Estate.
The late commander George Edward Basil Hand R N (Retired) of Waybread Suffolk son of the late Rear Admiral George Weightman Hand. Left L4158 net personally L3258
Ref: Plymouth Evening News 27 August 1931.

Other Records

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Bear St Nayland SFK. George is recorded as a nephew (of Edward Liveing Fenn) 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

1353. Frederick Harrold HAND [442] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1102, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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

1354. Rt Rev George Sumner HAND [443] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1102, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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. He was an adherent to the High Church Anglo Catholic tradition of the Anglican Church.

George did not marry and it appears his flock was his family. A wonderful example of this has been found through Veronica Dyde, who was born in Antigua and whose father greatly benefited from George's kindness. She writes:
"My father, T G Josiah Joseph was born in the village of Seatons on the island of Antigua in 1910. As a boy he was spotted by the Rector of St Phillip's Church, the Reverend George Hand who, when he became Dean, took Josiah to live with him at the Deanery in St. John's and took responsibility for his schooling. His kindness extended to sending Josiah as a young man to the Ontario Business College in Canada, where he qualified as an accountant. Bishop Hand had wanted my father to enter the priesthood, but readily acceded to his desire to enter the business world.
When Bishop Hand retired he wanted to bequeath father a portion of his wealth, but the latter refused saying that he had already been bequeathed of something with far more value. However, upon the Bishop's insistence, my father accepted the sum of L50 which he said would enable him one day to start his own business. And this is exactly what he did, after some years of gaining experience as an accountant with various companies in St. John's. My father also agreed to accept some of Bishop Hand's family silver, with the remainder being distributed among other Antiguans whom Bishop Hand had helped. In 1941 my father married Enid Grey, a teacher from St Kitts, in Antigua where I was born and raised."
Ref: H V Dyde. 2015
T G Josiah Joseph made much of the opportunity given him by George Hand, he returned to Antigua and worked as an accountant, including to the Antigua Electric Light Co, was a founding director of the Antigua Commercial Bank and adviser to members of the Antigua Government and its Prime Minister. A man of high standards commercially and ethically, Josiah's views were not always welcomed by those in power, but his good shone through and he became widely respected by all. There can be little doubt that George Hand was well pleased with his protege, it might be said that some of the nobility Josiah displayed in his life was perhaps a reflection of his mentor.
Ref: E. L. Fenn from information provided by H.V. Dyde

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.
ANTIGUA 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 island 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.

Bishops Consecrated - by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's Cathedral . . . . . The Very Rev George Sumner Hand (Dean of St John's Cathedral, Antigua) consecrated bishop of Antigua.
Ref: Yorkshire Post 30 June 1937.

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.

The Times.
Memorial Services.
Hand - a Requiem for Bishop George Sumner Hand, formerly Bishop of Antigua, will be sung in Bloxham School Chapel on Friday, October 26, at 11:15 am. The 9:10 am train from Paddington will be met at Banbury if notice is given by October 25 to the headmaster, Bloxham School, near Banbury, Oxon. (Telephone, Bloxham 206)
Ref: H V Dyde 2015

Research Notes:
Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery London.

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

1355. Margaret Rosa Katherine HAND [19] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1102, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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

1356. Henry George (Harry) HAND [444] (Annie Vanderzee FENN1102, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in Oct 1885 in Dedham ESS, was baptised on 6 Dec 1885 in St Mary Dedham ESS, and died on 28 Jun 1931 in Hospital St Pierre Calais France at age 45.

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

6 November 1924.
HENRY GEORGE HAND
Age39
Birth year1885
OccupationCHARTERED ACCOUNTANT
Departure year1924
Departure day6
Departure month11
Departure portLONDON
Destination portSYDNEY
StateNew South Wales
CountryAUSTRALIA
Ship nameBARADINE
Ship official number145419
Ship master's nameT C E DAYAS
Shipping lineP. & O. AUSTRALIA VIA THE CAPE SERVICE
Ship square feet24682
Ship registered tonnage8003
Number of passengers1071
Record setPassenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960 Findmypast.com

Research Notes:
HENRY G HAND
Age45
GenderMale
Birth year1886
Death year1931-35
PlaceCALAIS
CountryFRANCE
Record sourceGRO Consular Death Indices (1849 to 1965)
Year range1931-1935
Volume25
Page117
Record setBritish nationals died overseas 1818-2005
CategoryLife Events (BDMs)
Record collectionDeaths & burials
Collections fromUnited Kingdom Findmypast.com

Hand Henry George of Weybread Lodge Diss Norfolk died 28 June 1931 at Hospital St Pierre Calais France Administration London 21 August to Margaret Rose Katharine Hand spinster
Effects L1243 2s 11d.
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

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

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, 33 Burlington Gardens Chiswick LND. Henry George was recorded as a son single aged 25 a chartered accountant born Dedham ESS

1357. Kenneth COTES [485] (Isabella Frances Louisa FENN1103, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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.


1358. Dorothy Eleanore Digby "Dolly" COTES [486] (Isabella Frances Louisa FENN1103, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 Henry COTES [2061] and Maria Anne 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

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, 40 Portland Plce W St Marylebone LND. John Charles Cecil is recorded as a son aged 21 unmarried a clergymans son reading for Law born hammersmith MDX

1359. Dr Charles Edward "Charlie" FENN [18] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1104, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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:

+ 1711 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.


1360. Walter Robert Julius "Bobby" FENN [32] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1104, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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.

1361. Evelyn Alston FENN [34] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1104, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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.



1362. Harold Liveing "Harry" FENN [33] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1104, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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. Frances Harriet Torlesse was a Godmother.

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.

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.

Harry visited England in 1921, to see his brother Cyril who died while he was in England, travelling on the S.S. Orvieto. Returning on the S.S. Rimutaka sailing from Southampton 2 Dec 1921 via Panama. He visited England again in 1938 where he met his wife to be on the ship "home".

Land Transfer Act Notice.
Evidence having been furnished of the loss of the outstanding duplicate of lease of small grazing run, Register book Volume 322, folio 147, for Rural Sections 36222 and 36223, situate in blocks VII, VIII, XI and XII, Nimrod Survey District, whereof Harold Liveing Fenn, of Cave, Farmer, is the registered lessee, and application having been made to me for the issue of a provisional lease in lieu of the said outstanding duplicate I hereby give notice that it is my intention to issue such provisional lease at the expiry of 14 days from the date of the Gazette containing this notice.
Dated at the land Registry Office, Christchurch, this 18th day of October, 1938
A.L.B. Ross, District Land Registrar

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 retired in 1945 unable due to his osteoarthritis, to get off his horse at the end of a day of mustering. It was wartime and he could not hire labour to help him. Lucky at love but not so with money, he sold out in 1945 for L7500 under wartime Labour Govt price controls losing L2500 on what he paid in 1910 for the run. (The purchaser sold in the early 1950's wool boom for a reported L250,000)

The family moved to Gleniti a rural suburb of Timaru NZ where Harry enjoyed pottering in a large garden and doing "things" in his shed. In 1964 he and Margot moved to an apartment in Cambridge Court Christchurch (destroyed in the 2010 earthquake) to enable Margot's treatment for multiple myloma.

Deaths.
Fenn Harold Liveing. On January 6, 1969, at Christchurch, loved husband of Margery Helen Ruth Fenn, and loved father of Edward and Katharine, in his 92nd year. No flowers by request, but donations to Nurse Maude Association. The funeral will leave St Mary's Anglican Church Merivale, Tomorrow (Wednesday), after a service commencing at 3:45 PM, for the Canterbury Crematorium Chapel, Bromley. G Barrell and Sons Ltd.
Ref: Christchurch Press.

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 has not been found in the 1891 England 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. Fenn Family: Ye Christmasse Pill, To The King of Pugs, Confessions, Cir 1900.
"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 very avant garde in 1899.
Van wrote the above history and the transcriber suspects that it was he who saved Christmasse Pill.

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.

4. Harry in his youth: c 1880's. Harry's Birthplace The Old Palace Richmond & School Haileybury College.


5. Harry Living at Grey Frairs Colchester: Cir 1900. Harry at Grey Frairs Colchester and images of a generating plant the installation of which, he was responsible for.

6. Harry's Employment Testimonials: 1906 England.
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.



7. Harold the Farmer: 1910-1945. Harry the farmer and his farm Grange Hill

8. The Holme Station Fire: 21 Jun 1910.
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


9. Harry at Craigmore Sth Canterbury: 1920's. Harry at the Elworthy farm Craigmore & with some of his Elworthy cousins at Grange Hill.

10. Harry's "Home" Trips: "Home" always meant England to Harry.
Emigrating to NZ
MR H L FENN, Age 29, Birth year 1877, Marital status S, Occupation ENGINEER, Departure year 1906, Departure day 22, Departure month 3, Departure port LONDON, Destination portWELLINGTON, Ship name TONGARIRO, Ship master's A SUTCLIFFE, Shipping line THE NEW ZEALAND SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED
Mr H L Fenn: Male Age: 29 Birth Date: abt 1877 Departure Date: 22 Mar 1906 Port of Departure: London, England Destination Port: Wellington, New Zealand Ship Name: Tongariro Master: J A Sutcliffe

Visiting his dying brother Cyril in England
Mr H L Fenn Birth Date: abt 1877 Age: 44 Port of Departure: Brisbane, Australia Arrival Date: 4 Jun 1921 Port of Arrival: London, England Ports of Voyage: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Colombo, Suez, Plymouth. Ship Name: Orvieto Shipping line: Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd Official Number: 129628

Mr H L Fenn passenger on the NZSCoy SS Rimutaka departed Southampton 2 Dec 1921 to Wellington and Lyttleton NZ via Panama. Capt F.A. Hemming.

11. Harry's 1938 Trip "Home": To Visit His Family, He met his wife.
Harold Fenn Birth Date: abt 1877 Age: 61 Port of Departure: Wellington, New Zealand Arrival Date: 14 May 1938 Port of Arrival: Southampton, England Ship Name: Tainui Search Ship Database: Shipping line: Shaw, Savill and Albion Company Ltd Official Number: 124507

Name: Mr H Fenn: Male Age: 61 Birth Date: abt 1877 Departure Date: 30 Sep 1938 Port of Departure: Southampton, England Destination Port: Wellington, New Zealand Ship Name: Arawa Shipping line: Shaw Savill and Albion Company Limited Official Number: 140148 Master: T V Roberts

The four living Fenn brothers in 1938 - Edgar, Charlie, Harry & Van.


12. Harry's Diary 1938: Covering his trip to England Part 1, 5 Apr 1938 to 13 Oct 1938. Diary of Harold L Fenn 1938
Transcribed by his son Edward in 2014.
Note this diary has been transcribed using error ridden voice recognition technology.

On board 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 5
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 6
Won the sweep on the boats run yesterday. Beautiful day but windy in afternoon usual daily routine plenty of albatrosses following us to day.
Thursday 7
Another nice day till clouds came up after lunch. Shifting all the coal from the foredeck, consequently dust flying everywhere. Bridge in evening
Friday 8
Miserable wet weather canvases up round the ship nothing much doing of interest, ship pitching a bit this afternoon
Sunday 9
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 10 to Wednesday 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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,?, Tur & bub (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 the sea 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 retired, 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.
Saturday 14 May 1938
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 o'clock 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
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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 two 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 (Nancy Fenn) 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 enamored 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 (sic) 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.
1 June 1938
Looked up Uncle B who I found in bed with a rotten cold; took him some aspirins, 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 drifted 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.
A and I went to Colchester after lunch, saw Queen Mary arriving, came out for dinner 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 18 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 19.
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 sat and talked.
Monday 20.
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
June 21 1938
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 (sic) 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 24.
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 25.
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 26.
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 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 28.
Wind stronger than ever 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 29.
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 30.
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 neighboring 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 W H hotel, where dear old Margot and D were there.
Friday 1.
July 1938
Making arrangements for our trip tomorrow, getting tickets etc etc and so to bed
Saturday 2 July
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 (Harold was with Margot Barker)
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 4.
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 5.
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 6.
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 7.
Went to Richmond and had lunch with dear old aunt and stayed there til (sic) quarter to four and then on to tea with the Bateman's only Jesse and Ida there 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 13.
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 indoors 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.
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13. Harry's Diary 1938: Covering his trip to England Part 2, 5 Apr 1938 to 13 Oct 1938. 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 caught 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".
This entry struck out as it related to the previous Thursday.
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 some time, 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 larph? 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 movy (sic) 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 31 July
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
Bottom of the page ripped off.
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. 23 Aug
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 trip 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 28 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 29 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 31.
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 2.
Walked up to Les Avants and back quite a good walk had lunch on the way
Saturday 3.
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 4.
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 5.
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 6.
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 there about 3:30 and there after a shave and wash to Bayswater to see my dear Margo.
Thursday 8.
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 views of 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 12.
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 13 and Wednesday 14
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 16.
Nothing doing today.
Saturday 17
Went to Colchester and to the football at 3:15 and then on home.
Sunday 18.
Church in morning Nurse and I walked up to Stoke and back by the fields in afternoon more church at night.
Monday 19.
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 20.
Nothing special today.
Wednesday 21.
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 to 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 evening together things were very bleak and dismal. Arrived at LS (Liverpool St Station) 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 30.
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,
October 1
Miserable wretched day knew nobody and just moped about missing my M too much for words to describe.
Sunday
October. 2
Got a place in second sitting thank goodness but poor lot of table companions sunrise at 10:48? made a few approaches 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 5.
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 Russ.
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 10.
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 11.
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.

14. Harry's Diary 1939: Life as a Sheep Farmer, 7 May 1939-28 Oct 1939.
Diary of Harold L Fenn 1939
Transcribed by his son Edward, who has filled out abbreviated names and places etc in italics where he can - 2014.
Note this diary has been transcribed using error ridden voice recognition technology.
The diary is in worn condition with missing pages.

Sunday 7 May 1939
Went to Tony's (Elworthy?) today first time I had seen the house, very nice, had a look round the place also the proposed lime works site and back in evening.
Monday 8 May
Left at 9:30 for Timaru en route to Christchurch no luck trying to sell eggs today Left after lunch and went up quickly I got to Betty's (Gould) about 5:00. Had some afternoon tea at Rakaia. First time I have driven my car up to Christchurch.
Tuesday 9 May
Did some business in town and then went to Audrey's (Julius) for lunch, job to find his place; then I went on to Lyttleton to meet Slade as the ? berthed about 1:30 yarned on board for an hour or so. I then left and came on to Sumner and had dinner with John and Hester, then on home.
Wednesday 10 May
Got a puncture which delayed me so went straight out to the boat and picked up Slade at 10:45 and took him for a long drive on Summit Road and Hilltop and back, wonderful run along the Summit Pass the road only just finished dinner on board with Slade.
Thursday 11 May
Couldn't get hold of Broadhurst till twelve and then I drove him up to Cloudesley (Home of Churchill Julius) and back and then I set out for Timaru came down in good time two and a half hours, getting to Timaru at 4:00 and went into the Hay's (local Vicar) for evening meal and so on home, lights suddenly fused on way home much delay
Friday 12 May
Mustered in Lower Ford (Name for a big block on the station) three rams missing and one of Squires (Tommy Squire neighbour to the South) in there. Went on to party given by Mrs Squire. I went down to make a four amongst the elders.
Saturday 13 May
Mustered in Freehold missing rams there but two blue heads short. Ran wires out for the new fence.
Eglington & Harris had a smash on Sargents? Cutting no one seriously injured.
Sunday 14 May
Stayed at home for once; Tommy (Squire) bought a big crowd of shooters over. They got to pig and about ten Wallabies perfect day.
Monday 15 May
The weather is simply glorious day after day no frosts at night which I'm thankful for. On the fence all day running out the nine wires.
Tuesday 16 May
White washing and cleaning out fowl house all day, a dusty job. Took ride over for the mail*. Beautiful day. Looked over the eggs in the evening. Wrote to Edgar Van and Adria.
(* Harry's large mail box (approx 1m X 500mm X 500mm) was several miles away on Pareora Gorge Road near the Motukaika Memorial)
Wednesday 17 May
Took seven & half dozen eggs into Timaru, after much haggling I sold them for 1/5d the highest price I've ever got for them. Got my demand for the tax L101.15.0 a nasty blow coming as it does this year. Put in at Holme Station and had a feed and a good long yarn with Ella and ASE. (Ella & Arthur Elworthy)
Friday 19 May
I mustered down Top Ford (name of a block) and held them for two hours all rams there but unfortunately I did not count them as it proved later. Betty, Derek (Gould) and the boys came up for picnic lunch in the afternoon. A glorious warm day more like Mediterranean summer, than winter.
Saturday 20 May
Mustered in Lower Ford and found few ewes short wished I had counted the Top Ford went to Trotter's for evening meal and spent the evening playing bridge very enjoyable
Sunday21 May
Fishers (The Married Couple - John (Jack) helped on the farm his wife Ella cooked and kept house) left about 9:30 to spend the day at Waimate I did nothing all day milked cows in evening hard frost last night and freezing hard tonight again.
Monday 22 May
Put new dry battery onto wireless. Mustered down Heriot (name of a block) all sheep there and the rams. Drafting up sheep in afternoon and taking out posts to fence with Fisher & LF.
Tuesday 23 May
On fence with Fisher & LF most of day I went for mail and grubbed a bit of gorse.
Wednesday 24 May
Mustered in Freehold (name of a block) a few too many in it but not as many as I expected to find.
Friday 26 May
Took balance of my eggs into Timaru, 161 (sic) dozen all told, played bridge in the evening at the Club and enjoyed my game. Freezing very hard tonight
Saturday 27 May
Started cutting down some more pines at the back of the house as they are completely useless as shelter
Sunday 28 May
Quite a crowd turned up today first some fellows after pigs, then Isabella and some fellow hikers (4) came and left to walk to the top and on to Nimrod, then a family party came up to picnic and spend the day, After dinner Harrold J, Bernard and Betty arrived B took my gun and horse to try it. I gave them some afternoon tea and then they left had a real good time they said.
Monday 29 May
White frost last night, cutting down and splitting pines I started on the sledge in afternoon the cursed light engine all fut (sic*) and won't go at all sucking air somewhere, & two females? turned up after teatime and I bought 2lb box of tea off them.
(*a common expression of Harry's)
Friday 2 June
Mustered Upper and Lower Ford all the sheep seem to have turned up this time.
Sunday 4 June
Another perfect day Tommy and friends came up again after pigs and got about five I went over to Wilfred Howell (Mt Nimrod Station) and then drove on to look at some swedes and chow. Very good feed so got feed for the hoggets 4d a week (per head I think) lucky to get it. Went over to Verity's (Motukaika) for evening bridge.
Monday 5 June
I had a marvellous run round the Grange Hill after the ewe lambs and got them all in by 11:30 wonderful to relate? Tommy D and I crutched all afternoon till 4 I docked them all, ewe lambs looking very well T and D helped crutch bit evening.
Tuesday 6 June
Phil helped all day crutching till 330.
Wednesday 7 June.
Phil started on road with them 411 ewe hoggets & got to Blackmore..
Thursday 8 June
F and I left in good time and went to Wilfred Howell and picked up netting and then on to the turnips Fencing all day Perfect day for the job do hope they will do well on the chow and swedes at 4p a week
Friday 9 June
Blackler took sheep on from Cave, haven't seen him to hear how he got on. (The Blackler family of Totara Valley, Pleasant Point)
Sunday 11 June
Went down to have a feed with June and Harold (Elworthy of Craigmore); she had quite forgotten she had asked me to come about a fortnight ago; but they had only just started. As Tuck (dog) has been missing for three days went away at 5 to look for him. Heard he had been over at Squires all the time.
Tuesday 13 June
Very cold night last night deadly southerly blowing with sleet and snow, quite a lot on tops and well down this morning. Mustered in Lower Ford wind was very cold but it moderated and a nice afternoon. Took sledge back after a hectic drive over the back road skidding and slipping all over the shop.
Friday 16 June
Jack (Fisher) in bed all day so I did the chores etc, roasted the dog tucker which was getting pretty high.
Saturday 17 June
Don Millichamp came up with his tractor. Left for Timaru and then out to the Point to Point races perfect day quite mild and good races. Had a very nice evenings bridge with the Mullins Jack & Alison Mullins of Tycho) came out about 1/6d on the right side.
Sunday 18 June
Alison and I went to church in the morning choral Holy Communion and a lovely service. Very raw and cold. In the afternoon Tim (Timaru Rhodes,Hadlow Grange) and I went over to P.P. (Pleasant Point) to see the hoggets they are doing fine.
Monday 19 June
Shopping in Timaru and meant to come home before dark but got inveigled into making a four at bridge at the Club, of course I lost 17/6 today. Club bridge no good for me.
Tuesday 20 June
Hardest rain we have had for months all day Creek came down no snow on the high country. Badly needed so will do a lot of good, about one & three quarter inches fell.
Wednesday 21 June
Breathing not too good yesterday and today so didn't do anything very strenuous, till afternoon when we felled a big pine. Left for Timaru at 4:15 and went to Rachel (Sinclair-Thomson) for evening meal and then H (Hamilton Sinclair-Thomson) and I went to see (a film, name illegible) I enjoyed it, but not what the papers cracked it up to be.
Thursday 22 June
Left after Young Bros had overhauled my lights which were very bad and came round by the hoggets to see how they had fared in the wet found everything quite dry there no water in the creek and hoggets in grand fettle Spent the evening at Ben and Shona's (Howell), Nubby (Hugh? Knubley) was there and played auction bridge.
Friday 23 June
Cold miserable day rain on and off breathing no good so did very little coming back last night found the old dog tucker horse cast on the flat, so shot it this morning and carted it up to the gallows. Blasting pines all afternoon. (splitting timber with a blasting gun)
Saturday 24 June
Sawing all morning and put down battens in afternoon ready for crutchers. Went over to Verity's this evening for bridge tournament; four tables and we spent a very pleasant evening I won the prize for men.
Sunday 25 June
Went to church in afternoon then on to Ford's ( Lottie and sons John & Bob Ford, Foxdown) for the rest of the day. John up at Mount Harper afternoon doing a spot of work. Marvellous weather very mild day after day.
Monday 26 June
Jack (Fisher) told me Pye's going to Holme Station after doing Bakers so rang up B and found they were coming to me all right this evening. Had a tour around the Grange Hill, but didn't get many wethers in (65) and then mustered in freehold drafted and filled the shed Pye Bros arrived at eight.
Tuesday 27 June
Pye Bros crutched all day did 514, but one only started after dinner. Cross brought up 80 bags of chaff
Wednesday 28 June
Crutching all day weather very mild and warm they did 259 + 430 = 689 today
Thursday 29 June
Pye Bros finished today doing 1865 all told weather good and very mild.
Sunday 2 July
The Gillingham's had asked me over there for the day, so turned up about one and spent a pleasant day, met H and K and his wife
Tuesday 4 July
Trying to mend the wash house tank all day, and eventually managed to finish it; whether it will stand up to the pressure when full I don't know but only hope so. Went over to Ben Howell's (Matata Station) for evening meal and bridge.
Wednesday 5 July
I went to town for various things. Some fool hit me in Stafford Street and took my bumper bar off, lucky no worse. After tea in town went out to Rich's (Geoff Rich - The Rock, Cave) at the Cave for a bridge tournament in aid of Craighead (School) swimming baths funds, very cold night.
Thursday 6 July
Wretched day, first real winter day we have had, driving snow showers and cold all day. Needless to say didn't do much.
Friday 7 July
Margo sails for New Zealand
Fisher's in town all day, as weather improved although a cold wind blowing. Got Bully out of freehold and put him on flat with Poley, as I want to feed him up
Saturday 8 July
Work round the place deadly cold wind and sleet. Breathing not too good all day slight exertion and I am out of breath. Left for Charlie Verity's at 5:30 spent a very good evening at bridge.
Sunday 9 July
Didn't get up till all hours of the morning as weather still cold and miserable with snow showers. Stopped at home all day for a change as off to the Hay's tomorrow. Poley took the Bull.
Monday 10 July
Wonderful day, just like spring. Jack and I went over to the hoggets and put up another break with Blackler. Not a big job and finished at 12:15 home after going to Thompson to see about mangles.
Tuesday 11 July
I went down to Thompson and got a load of mangles nothing special doing today.
Wednesday 12 July
J and I went over to Tod's looking for cattle beast Alexander told us he had not seen it, so drove in Freehold mob, very wild impossible to yard, cut and marked two calves, then got in Lower Ford and after much trouble, shot a young steer right in the mud by the gate, big job keeping it clean as we dressed it.
Thursday 13 July
Went down for a load of mangles this morning and saw Mrs Dent (Doug & Margaret Dent) she is getting up a small play for funds for Sunday school, Jack got dog tucker horse of Dent.
Friday 14 July
Hard black frost last night. Cut up the steer and took some over to Tim (Rhodes) and Rachel (Sinclair-Thomson). Came out after tea lost six shillings at bridge as per usual, can't hold any cards. Wrote to Aunt Ada
Saturday 15 July
Had a good look around the Lower Ford, and burning and tidying up rubbish in the plantations. Fairly hard frost last night.
Sunday 16 July
Went church in morning called at Dent's re play to produce, and then to Holme Station where I had lunch and afternoon tea meeting Charlie Millers niece and nephew-in-law then went to Mills and spent a jolly evening, Mills and his sister Alexander and myself had some good bridge.
Tuesday 18 July
Had a job with the big pine leaning in towards the house got two horses on it and managed to pull it over and fell without doing any damage sawing it up all afternoon.
Wednesday 19 July
Blasting logs all morning.
Thursday 20 July
Hardest frost this year last night pulled pump to pieces and got going, old engine got badly the worse for wear and I doubt if it will see out the year.
Saturday 22 July
Went into the Hunt Club races cold day, saw the first three races, had a sumptuous lunch with Tim, and then Ted (Elworthy) and I slipped away to the football (Rugby) match Waitaki (Boys High School) V Timaru Boys High School splendid game draw eleven all. (This fixture has been played continuously since 1883)
Sunday 23 July
Arthur (Cargill of Waitawa), Hart and I went out to look at the hoggets and then we had a look at the Downlands scheme pipes etc (supplies water to rural Sth Canterbury), and so on back to the "ranch" for a slightly late dinner 1:30 had a look round the "ranch" after.
Monday 24 July
Picked Ted (Elworthy) up in town and brought him out for a few days.
Tuesday 25 July
Deadly wind blowing Ted's back bad so he kept out of it.
Wednesday 26 July
Damnable cold wind blowing. Here heaviest falls of snow ever recorded on Akaroa peninsular and Dunedin, both snowed in and cut off from every way by road and rail
Thursday 27 July
Ted's back still bad, did nothing but keep warm.
Friday 28 July
Ted and I left for Four Peaks in my car, after lunch went out to Hadlow (Grange) and picked up huge load of odds and ends and so on to Four Peaks.
Saturday 29 July
Went down to Orari for a load of wood delayed as had to get a new tire in Geraldine.
Monday 31 July
Started to build a garage for Ted, shovelling snow out of the way to put in the piles, damnably cold for the job. 6 to 8 inches of snow everywhere around here
Saturday 5 August
Garage building all day Ted and I went to hoggets and put up another break
Sunday 6 August
Went to Orari for wood and the best of intentions to go to church but time flew and getting late for church 11:45 on to home with load. Aunt Edie and Nan (Bond) out for lunch.
Monday 7 August
Finished doors for garage hung one of them but Ted can finish now.
Tuesday 8 August
Breathing very bad after a hectic night. Brought Denderah (Elworthy nee Rhodes) into Timaru to Hadlow to look after her Mother while the rest been in ChCh. I arrived out here at 4:15
Wednesday 9 August
Looking over wool
Monday 14 August
Don came up with his tractor and we sawed all day and didn't quite finish it (circular saw bench driven by tractor)
Tuesday 15 August
Finished wood this morning, better than knocking my old engine to pieces doing it.
Friday 18 August
Went to town came out in pouring rain never thought this would turn up for rehearsal so came on up here but rain not bad here so turned round and picked up Don and the two girls and went to Dent's.
Sunday 20 August
Farewell service at Maungati to Mr Hay a large congregation turned up, and the old chap preached a good farewell sermon to us; I am sorry myself he is leaving went round to the Fords for the evening.
Monday 21 August Black Monday
Poor old Rook ill today, hope not flu, and then after breakfast the faithful Fisher's gave me notice, a fearful blow for me. Boss (Arthur Elworthy) came up afternoon and it seems as if they will have to leave in a fortnight if they want the job at Holme Station curse Holme Station.
Tuesday 22 August
Got word last night that the hoggets would have to be shifted next Friday cursed nuisance, as no feed about here everything seems to be going wrong. Went over to hogget's to see what is what and found he had eaten out everything with his own sheep.
Friday 25 August
Ted and I journeyed all over the place looking for Guthrie at last found him and he said he wasn't looking for a married couple's job that's all I got for my trouble. Took Ted to Holme Station at eleven, had lunch with ? and brought back sixteen bags of chaff.
Saturday 26 August
Left for Timaru interviewed a couple, no good as the child was the difficulty re school. The other couple never turned up. Left by 4:25 train en route for Wellington.
Sunday 27 August
Good trip up in the Rangatira, a bit of a swell at first, but quite a normal trip arrived Wellington in pouring rain. Unfortunately Polly (Hansell nee Julius) came down to meet me, and I never got up but had breakfast on board, and she was good enough to come down again later for me.
Monday 28 August
Very nice service at Karori last evening intercessions for peace, Visited Gwen and Arnold (Stewart) for lunch and after I went to the town and poked about round there and back for tea.
Tuesday 29 August
Turned up at the wharf at 8:00 and met dear old Margot after eleven months absence, she was looking so well and as sweet as ever. Friend of hers drove Margot and I out to Lower Hutt where there was a family reunion. After lunch I left Margo to the family.
Wednesday 30 August
Rang Margo up and we met at 12:00 had lunch at Kirkaldy and Staines, sat in the lounge for a bit and Polly and Arthur (Hansell) came in and met Margo who they knew very well in Lower Hutt days. Margot and I went up to the Art Gallery and had a good talk and she said she would marry me etc etc Left by Rangitira at 7:45
Thursday 31 August
Beautiful night and calm trip had breakfast Christchurch Railway Station then spent an hour with the Com. Gen. Lands; he wasn't very encouraging. Came down by bus arrived Timaru 5:00 and stayed the night with old Tim (Rhodes)
Friday 1 September
Did some shopping & interviewed a couple but no good & then on home
Monday 4 September
Heard of a couple so went into town to see them, they were married on Saturday, and I liked the look of them and they were willing to come.
Friday 8 September
Went to town and got my petrol licence got 22 gallons a month not bad all I want. Bought some things at Mortons Sale Rooms a jolly good duchess for 25/- carpets easy chairs all cheap
Saturday 9 September
A sad day indeed
The Boss (Arthur Elworthy) came up for the Fisher's midday, and I was very downcast to see them go down the road, they have been such a splendid couple. My back very bad today which made things all the worse, altogether a black Saturday.
Sunday 10 September
On my lonesome for a week did not do anything today, except moon about as my back pretty bad.
Thursday 14 September
Got a good burn on sunny facing on Grange Hill made a clean sweep of it all.
Friday 15 September
Went to town and back in time for milking.
Saturday 16 September
Cleaning up the house ready for new couple but heard they would not be here till tomorrow.
Sunday 17 September
Large gathering at Mrs Stewart's and had a jolly evening. Mr Mrs Evans sister who had come up for the day to visit her, drowned herself in pond near house extra ordinary affair. New couple arrived about 5:30.
Monday 18 September
Do hope the couple will stay, I don't think they were very impressed with everything yesterday. On the blackberries, all day, I went up to Top Ford in afternoon despite my leg feeling pretty bad, and got a good fire going.
Tuesday 19 September
Good burn yesterday on Top Ford when I went up to look this morning black (back) burning in afternoon
Wednesday 20 September
Black burning (back) most of day I seem to have become completely crippled I can only limp about
Friday 22 September
Went to town, and after tea came out home beastly day cold and raining most of it awful weather for time of year.
Sunday 24 September
Couple went to town and after lunch I left for Mills via Blue Cliffs (Station) where I picked up my packsaddle. Alexander turned up at Mills and we played till 12:30
Monday 25 September
Bed at 2 am this morning, so, as the day was cold and wet took it out of the blankets this morning hoping a rest may do my hip good.
Tuesday 26 September
Leg very bad today, working in the bush felling on the steep sideling very bad for it, but the firewood has to be cut, Gordon (new man?) went over for the mail, and I cleaned out garage, ran engine etc
Friday 29 September
Wrote to Charlie and Grace, couple went to town, after dinner beastly drizzle on and off all day but nothing down the road.
Saturday 30 September
Gordon and I spent most of the day in the bush stripping out wood we had felled and splitting some, bust ring on maul and that ended our splitting went to the school for a rehearsal; all at sea with everything stayed for annual tennis meeting.
Sunday 1 October
I left after afternoon tea for Mrs S who kindly gave me a lift to the Mills where we spent the evening bridge disappointing and I played with two duds who only played auction
Monday 2 October
Looked in freehold, two dead making five in all so far one cast but got it okay. Got in old horse and killed it after dinner, as don't want to keep it hanging about all summer. G (Gordon) had a tour of U & L Ford blocks
Wednesday 11 October
Went to town and met Margo and bought her out to stay a few days at Craigmore came on up here in afternoon a beastly cold day for Margo's first acquaintance with Grange Hill. Had a terrible shock found someone has stolen my little nest egg of about 40 pounds out of my desk.
Thursday 12 October
Took Margo down last night to Craigmore and stayed the night and came on up by the next morning and started planning where to furnish up the house.
Saturday 14 October
Went to the races and introduced Margo to various people beastly cold wind blowing so Margot and I Rachel and Ella cleared off to the pictures much better from my point of view
Sunday 15 October
Margot and I went down to Holme Station for dinner, everyone charmed with the dear girl. After tea went to Tom's for supper and the evening and then on back to Craigmore.
Monday 16 October
Margot and I left Craigmore after breakfast for Timaru, when I got Timaru I had a very serious attack of fibrositis, I could not walk or speak while it lasted & very painful. Margot took me to see Dr Moir who prescribed for me and told me to have perfect rest for a few days.
Tuesday 17 October
Went over to Squires after afternoon tea found they had cut out and were starting here in the morning, curse Squires for not letting me know earlier. Back via Foxdown where I got Alexander to help to muster and rounded up a few for the shed, finished shedding in the dark and I was supposed not to do anything strenuous.
Wednesday 18 October
Shearing all day took Margo down to Craigmore in the morning as she leaves for home today.
Thursday 19 October
Shearing miserable weather for the job cold and wet
Friday 20 October
Shearing all day. ? back today Went down to the school with planks etc getting things ready for the evening
Saturday 21 October
Took things back to Craigmore. Drafted up hoggets in afternoon ready to take away in the morning. Our show last night great success big crowd despite the rotten evening.
Sunday 22 October
Party at Verities in my honour very enjoyable, went over there with Stewart
Monday 23 October
Left Grange Hill for Wellington took car up to Christchurch, but found all garages in Lyttleton closed so left it in Christchurch. Had evening meal with Alice (Davies nee Hansell) and Arthur (Davies) Full train but caught the express. Fearful crowd on board and I got a bunk in the dining saloon, mighty little sleep.
Tuesday 24 October
Arrived Wellington 7 am sharp had breakfast at railway station and caught bus out to the Hutt. Margot and I went in after lunch and shopped, and back for evening meal. Then Margot and I went over to Eastbourne for the evening, and so to bed ready for the momentous day tomorrow
Wednesday 25 October
My wedding day.
Arthur Hansel and Canon Davies officiated and then we adjourned to the Grand Hotel for light refreshments etc, just Margo's nearest friends and relatives and Polly only one speech. After they left we went back to the hotel and rested then out to Petone to see a dear old couple; they were very pleased to see us. Caught Rangitira in evening.
Thursday 26 October
Very calm run down. Had breakfast at Christchurch Railway Station, got the car and back to Lyttleton for our luggage nowhere to be found; had various officials on the run looking for it. Back to Christchurch did some shopping and back to hotel. Went to the Cathedral for play "The Zeal of thy House" Well done but couldn't hear anything.
Friday 27 October
Shopping all day looking at carpets etc had lunch with Betty (Gould nee Elworthy) decided on getting carpet made as no ready-made ones big enough. Went to the pictures in evening.
Saturday 28 October
Left hotel at nine loaded up to the plimsoll mark picked up parcels etc and left at 9:40 for Timaru arrived there at 12:00 just in time to get my suit fitted, looked in at the A&P show for an hour and a half and then on home with my Margo. Had to do all the chores as couple away back to earth with avengence

End of diary.
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15. Harry & Margot Fenn: 1940-1945. Harry onboard Tainui 1938, his marriage, at Craigmore, with his new family

16. Harry in Timaru NZ: 1940's - 1960's. Harry with his children at Gleniti Timaru, with his brother Van, with his granddaughter Jane and daughter-in-law Joan 1967.

17. Harry's Letters: Dated 6 Mar 1887 and 19 Feb 1889.
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.





18. Harry's Letters: Dated 27 Mar 1891 and 17 May c1891.
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.



19. Harry's Letters: Dated 19 July 1891 and 4 Nov 1894.
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.




20. Harry's Letters: Dated 19 Feb 1895 and 16 Feb 1896.
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.



21. Harry's Letters: Dated 18 Feb 1897 and 19 Feb 1904.
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.




22. Harry's Letters: Poem from his Nanny, Letter 10 Mar 1906 and Card 24 Jul 1906.
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 his Nanny.

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 24 Jul 1906.


23. Harry's Letters: Dated 1906 in NZ to his brother Van.
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.

Note picture of Harry's first accommodation at Holme Station the whare (hut) to put him in his place!


24. Harry's Letters: Dated 28 June 1910 and 20 Sept 1910.
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.

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.


25. Harry's Letters: Fond family letters 1947, 1950's.
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


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. She bought a car in London and travelled extensively in Britain, then tours to Europe. She nursed at Stonefield Hospital Blackheath London and from Sunnybank Private Hospital Ave Petit-Juas Cannes, France in 1938/9 where the nursing of many of her patients was at their homes, or in Hotels. Returning to Sydney Australia on the P&O ship Strathnaver 16 Aug 1939 then on the Wanganella to Wellington 29 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 A and Mrs Jessie Hughan (nee Oxley) 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's details as recorded in her 1938 diary were:
Height 5ft 73/4in. Weight 8 St 91/2lbs. Passport No. 77955 issued 2 Mar 1938. Divers Lic No 4H due 11-1-76 Telgraphic Address 2974 Bay.

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? 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.

Other Records

1. Marjorie Barker: Her Early Years, 1907-1935, In Wellington & Lower Hutt NZ.

2. Marjorie Barker: NZ and in Europe, 1927-1938. Margot meets Geo VI Wellington 1927, with Sparks on board Tainui, Cold in Scotland, Hot in Cannes France.

3. Marjorie Barkers 1938 Diary: Travelling to and in Europe Part 1, 25 Dec 1937 to 31 Dec 1938. Marjorie Fenn's Diary 1938
Transcribed by her son - 2014
Note this diary has been transcribed using error ridden voice recognition technology.


Christmas Day 25 Dec 1937
Such a happy day my dear ones Dos and Eileen to lunch much joy over mother's presence on couch for lunch (she has strained her ankle) listen to good radio tonight.
Boxing Day
Sunday 26 Dec 1937
Hillman family arrived about 9:30 AM and we set off for New Plymouth very happily stopped for long lunch at Waikanae. Arrived New Plymouth uneventfully at 7:45 PM everyone there very fit dear souls
Monday 27 Dec 1937
To ? for a picnic - topping day and saw many friendly faces - Stu's day somewhat marred by toothache - Doss awfully sweet to us.
Tuesday 28 Dec 1937
To Brooklands in a.m. lazed and played tennis in pm, very hot lovely being in New Plymouth
Wednesday 29 Dec 1937
Left 9:45 am for Auckland lovely day, though dusty in spots arrived about 8 pm nice digs
Saturday 1 January 1938
Auckland wet day - To Point Chevalier in a.m. Mr Pike took me for a long drive in pm to see Barbara Knight and Jock H latter was not in but rang me later - sounds awfully fit. To Onehunga at night. Mr Barkers house 13 Ferryhill Road Mt Eden is great fun the frigidaire shakes the whole house and interrupts my sleep otherwise all is well.
Sunday 2 of January
A topping day - to Mission Bay in a.m. went over by car ferry to Devonport a lovely place with many huge phoenix palms glorious weather beach crowded glorious beaches in Auckland
Monday 3 January
Left for Rotorua about 10 am took our time and arrived at 5 pm, had booked in at Empire but on our way found a delightful "Cosy Cabin" so parked there - 4 bunks and all cooking necessities - baths et cetera for 15/6d a day did the town and shopped before teatime.
Tuesday 4 January
To Whaka in a.m. and Tikitere in pm frightfully hot - Langley and I walked to Roto-Kawau while the others did Tikitere, to Blue Bath's at night.
Wednesday 5 January
Awfully wet - Bathed in Lake and drove about, our cabin is great fun and most comfortable better than camping to see Merle C. but found her away.
Thursday 6 January
Left early for Huntersville gorgeous day and scenery 200 miles odd. Hillman's did not like the Rangitaiki roads arrived 7 pm all feeling pretty dished. Eine and family well, 1st visit to new farm
Friday 7 January
Hillman's left early am. Awfully hot here - busy all day - men are haymaking. Eine has sore feet and is pretty miserable - will not be able to go home tomorrow.
Saturday 8 January
Eine has 2 septic corns and is pretty worn out. Sent for Dr at night Burrett late of New Plymouth Hospital
Sunday 9 January
Wednesday
Awfully hot - went to river for pm. Dr called, Eines toes still pretty messy - has erysipelas in one leg
Monday 10 January
Not going home today Tok H starts for year (17th)
11 January - 16 January no entries.
Monday 17 January
Keim? visited LWH first meeting for year and spoke interestingly sorry to miss that
18 January no entry
Wednesday 19 January
Home by New Plymouth Express, glad to see my family
Thursday 20 January
Gardened hard all day.
Friday 21 January
To town for most of the day planted crocuses at Karori a nice gardener gave me rock plants and a promise of Autumn crocuses.
Saturday 22 January
Betts birthday - mother is still in bed but improving. Back to toil after dinner, several retreatants had arrived - oh hell
Sunday 23 January
To church 8 am awfully wet so had church in Chapel at night - Grr
Monday 24 January
8 people here for retreat went visiting to Mrs Crawford in pm saw beautiful carving and needlework.
Tuesday 25 January
To town in pm - saw shipping people and definitely booked by Tainui on March 30 gardened in a.m.
26/27 January no entry
Friday 28 January
Awful day retreatants left 9 am and S.C.M came at 9:40 am what a life! Nice crowd this time 23 of them. Nesta Wood and Co, Mr MacKenzie. Went home at night
Saturday 29 January
Busy day but enjoying these people.
Sunday 30 January
Sam Wood took Holy Communion in Chapel which I skipped everyone in foul moods Grr and awful atmosphere. How I loathe it - most of crowd departed.
Monday 31 January
Remaining 6 departed - the usual busy Monday
Tuesday 1 February
Forgot to say "Rabbits". Gardened in extreme heat so as to avoid visitors - bad tempers rife.
Wednesday 2 February
Builders in possession Miss Nicholls to lunch to town later
Thursday 3 February
Mrs Ward head to lunch a nice soul in trouble several folk to tea in pm
Friday 4 February
Day off - what joy gardened and messed about at home - got mother up - she can walk a little now. Fellowship at Mrs Taylors
Saturday 5 February
Toc H women arrived while we were having prayers - a nice crowd.
Sunday 6 February
Bishop celebrated for Toc H service - a busy day. Boys help me with dishes. They left 7 pm.
Monday 7 February
Miss Compton Smith arrived early and we went over things together a nice girl. Took my leave with much regret before lunch. Robbie rang at night. Good to be home.
Tuesday 8 February
To town to collect rent etc got form for passport met Sr Milne did some shopping
Wednesday 9 February
Gardened and went through my positions.
Thursday 10 February
Doss came for lunch and I went to town with her - shopped and bought a hat. Mother up more and walking a little. Sir Truby King died - John S called a.m.
Friday 11 February
Poured so no gardening but mended and sorted my clothes. Happy day with mother. Hillman's called - Phil Hillman rang.
Saturday 12 February
A busy day - rained - took Mr Rait for walk p.m. - to movies with father and Mr Hufton called at night Sir Truby King accorded a state funeral.
Sunday 13 February
Slept in a.m. rained intermittently. Hillman's came at 7 pm and took mother and me for a topping drive mother's first outing for ages.
Monday 14 February
Busy day at home still raining LWH at night talk by Brigadier Green of S.A. good attendance for so foul a night
Tuesday 15 February.
Uneventful busy day at home mother walked round the estate and was very thrilled with herself
Wednesday 16 February
Went to dressmaker p.m. chose styles for 5 frocks. Tea with Mrs McMillan.
Thursday 17 February.
Mr and Joyce Bennett came for a short time - to Rima Stevens-Smiths for tea 16 Railway Avenue. Mother dined with Mrs Brimley - Margaret Grant returned from Blenheim - went there for evening
Friday 18 February.
To town pm and much shopping accomplished - how I loathe it. To Fellowship at night at Mrs Wedekinds
Saturday 19 February.
Margaret G came early p.m. and stayed for tea wound my jumper wool and sewed
Sunday 20 February.
Rained hard so stayed home all day Hillman came at night and took mother and me for a drive to Eastbourne had a cup of tea with them later
Monday 21 February
Doss and Nan flew to Nelson. Picked me up at railway station 6:30 pm and I went with them to Raumati. The house is great with all its additions early to bed.
Tuesday 22 February
Frightfully tired and lazy for a picnic to Waikanae went up to see Betty Wilson. Nan's baby is a pet, will weekend with them if possible before I sail.
Wednesday 23 February.
Returned to town had a lovely shopping day with Dossie. Latter came to Hutt with me for tea and returned later.
Thursday 24 February
Bet went to blind picnic at Paekakariki so mother and I had a happy day by ourselves John G came for am tea and signed my passport
Friday 25 February
Gardened hard all day and accomplished much Fellowship at Mrs Williams very good - ? brought me home.
Saturday 26 February
Poured - church garden party postponed sewed all day.
Sunday. 27 February
Eine's birthday. Stayed in all day D and E both rang finished both sides of my jumper a particularly peaceful nice day.
Monday 28 February.
Washed and ironed. Went to Hutt and saw Town Clerk about premises for Tok-H jumble sale - rent free fortunately.
Tuesday 1 March
Said "Rabbits" to town 11 am mother full of beans and we had a happy day. Lunched at Dos and then to "Victoria the Great" an excellent picture mother enjoyed her first outing to town immensely.
Wednesday 2 March
Grr! Mother completely knocked out today Dos rang prior to starting on her holiday and wired late from Dannevirke
Thursday 3 March
Gardened and sewed all day how I am enjoying these days at home. Joan Hoare and Phyllis B came out at night mother improving Bet W rang Doss rang from Napier.
Friday 4 March
Doss rang from Napier to Hutt early a.m. to dressmaker Mary and Mrs Grant came p.m. pleasant p.m. John G and I went for a tramp at night and 8 chocolate biscuits all route. He is going to be ordained on St Patrick's Day. Mac brought my new steamer ?
Saturday 5 March
A good day washed and ironed Bet went to church garden party and Pop to the trots, Mother and I stayed home. Gardened some too, Lou came home at night
Sunday 6 March.
Fearfully stormy day went to John's church 11 am with Mrs D good sermon (Mark 14) Mac H and Doug are were at the Manse afterwards J and Mrs D go to Auckland tonight sewed all p.m. and listened to radio
Monday 7 March
Beastly windy day rather aimless generally sewed far too much and got a rotten head in consequence Bet went to Tok H
Tuesday 8 March.
Still beastly wind which tires everyone to death. My garden is a weathered ruin. Awful morning arranging this damn jumble sale. Ah me. Mother is feeling so much better.
Wednesday 9 March.
To Hutt am and to dressmaker. To town PM with mother to see Fay Compton in "Victoria Regina" very good to Mrs Gresens is for Fellowship at night
Thursday 10 March.
To Joyce at Gays Bay a.m. called in to see Mrs Wedekind's lad en'route happy day bathed and lay inside for an hour boiling sun. To dressmaker at night
Friday 11 March.
Up betimes to town Tok H jumble sale 9am L3 clear profit besides much fun my 1st experience thereof. To Mrs Wedekind at night they are dears.
Saturday 12 March.
A pleasant day at home a telegram from Doss in Auckland meeting Bet to join them later - sewing and gardening a bit
Sunday 13 March
Corporate Communion of Fellowship 8am Quite a few turned up. Pleasant lazy day.
Monday 14 March.
Mother's birthday a stunning day May and John came out and L came work. Lots of presents and love for the dear - same was very happy - to LWH at night where I was introduced Mrs Mitchell Wellington LWH
Tuesday 15 March
To town pm collected last of Hataitai rent and shopped. To Mrs Jamesons at night.
Wednesday 16 March.
Mrs Gillespie came for lunch and p.m. for tea - a cheery day - Dad and I gardened Joyce rang letter from Kessie?
Thursday 17 March.
To lunch with Nell Cullen - a happy day. Rang Robbie and wrote 5 letters John was ordained at Auckland
Friday 18 March.
To dressmaker and Mac came in car and brought us stuff from markets. Fellowship at Mrs Hillman's very pleasant wrote several letters very wet
Saturday 19 March
A wet day - gardened a good bit. Eine rang to say that she & Allan & Judith & John will be down next weekend. Nice letters from Doss in Whangarai
Sunday 20 March
To mums for tea listened to broadcast Clousteu's arrival from England to Cambridge Terrace Congregational church at night to hear Mr Hurst. Walked back with Min and returned in time to catch 10:10 bus
Monday 21 March.
Washed and ironed and did some gardening rather wet day Bet went to Toc H and mother and I had a delightful evening together I painted her mantelpiece John G rang and Nell.
Tuesday 22 March
Robbie came down and we went to the Grand Hotel for dinner.
Wednesday 23 March
To Miss Penny's pm - collected many cuttings and plants. Hectic morning in town buying boat ticket, finance etc.
Thursday 24 March.
To Joyce is for lunch Fellowship at night Miss Penny's - very pleasant tea with Mrs Bennett at Lowry Bay glorious day gardened p.m.
Friday 25 March.
Oxford Group Tok H. Busy day house cleaning etc Eine and Hillman come tomorrow p.m. Doss rang at night just retired from N P L W H - Lady Day sermon John took same a lovely service 6 of us gave me a nice book.
Saturday 26 March.
Busy a.m. to photographers with mother - then into town for a LWH luncheon. Met Mrs Edwards and Miss Bynton from England. Auntie Mabel came out. Eine Allen and family arrived 6 pm.
Sunday 27 March.
Busy a.m. - went to Dave before lunch Alan departed afterwards to church noete. Mr McLeary preached Harvest Festival. To Hillman's for supper most enjoyable
Monday 28 March.
Washed - Doris came out p.m., Eine Bet and children went to the zoo etc. To LWH at night my last - John came and took prayers very beautifully. He had a most hilarious meeting and got soaked coming home.
Tuesday 29 March.
John Gier and Mrs Dawson and Marge Grant came to tea. Mother and I went to John's re-ordination service at night very lovely happy day.
Wednesday 30 March.
John rang a.m. Mrs August Jamieson came for tea. To Lenten service nocte then on to Mrs Guy for a party - very pleasant. Letter from Darling Pete +
Thursday 31 March.
To town with mother in a.m. Met Doss and did business, out to Karori for lunch. To flicks p.m. and to Mrs Meech for tea. To Mrs Taylor for Fellowship - very pleasant Hillman brought us home - brought Beechy
Friday 1 April.
To Mrs Grants to say farewell - Mrs Bennett called and took us to Joyce's fatigue. Pleasant party L1 from J - shopping - Phyllis B came out at night
Saturday 2 April
Gardened. Mrs Hillman and Grant came over with gifts. To town with Mr Taylor to visit Tainui awful old tub. Lunched with T then out to Mr Rait, met wireless operator on Tainui - promises to be nice - fiendishly hot day.
Sunday 3 April.
To church 8 am most of the Fellowship there Alan and Ch arrived for lunch and took Eine and Ch back. St John's Church at night. Awfully hot weather said goodbye to John and Mrs Duncan.
Monday 4 April
To town and met Doss 9 am shopped and out to Karori home 2 pm. gardened and finished packing Nan called for me and took us to boat at 8 pm about 50 were down to see me off - Oh boy - great excitement.
Tuesday 5 April
Glad to rise after a sleepless night ship sailed at 7:15 am glorious day and there appears to be a decent crowd aboard. My cabin mate is charming. Gained one day I'm feeling better, danced at night
Wednesday 6 April
Usual round walked ate and slept mainly nothing extraordinary dull. Sent mother a telegram 5/- for 20 words
Thursday 7 April.
Still rather grey and dull but calm thank God life's damn dull and only 4 days out
Friday 8 April.
Still feeling rather cold, 4th, and Sparks are only my interest.
Saturday 9 April.
Things improving - some sun today drill class again livens things up a bit, passengers becoming more friendly
Sunday 10 April.
To church 10:30 am, taken by a parson passenger no sermon so out by 11am rest of the day exactly as any other. Wrote a good many letters
Monday 11 April.
Amazing the way the days pass - doing nothing except sleep and eat and an occasional game of quoits thrown in. Not awfully keen on the deck games prefer to have my walk round the deck and then to sleep.
Tuesday 12 April
The QM Mr Grimmett friend of the Jenkins is a nice chap and most helpful. Played deck tennis the best of the games, have entered for everything games commence tomorrow
Wednesday 13 April
Getting much hotter now glad to leave off most things. Life is not quite so fine
Thursday 14 April
Awaked 6 am with ships siren announcing our approach to Pitcairn. Great excitement on board Islanders are a poor lot - but their oranges and bananas are better. Lord Nelson gave us a bucketful stout fellow.
Good Friday 15 April
Church 10:30 am quite nice short service but missed 3 hours. Hot, good on top deck. Swimming bath up - but not many bathing, weather more settled
Saturday 16 April
Usual round of games and sleep. Won a few rounds. Romeo and Juliet have joined our threesome
Sunday 17 April
For swim early Holy Communion at 7 am in lounge matinees at 10:30 am singing poor and couldn't hear parson - good session on top deck at night.
Monday 18 April
Getting more tropical am quite brown - but not sunburnt swimming every day.
Tuesday 19 April
Hot - as usual
20 April no entry
Thursday 21 April.
Won some games a restless day played mah-jong all afternoon with Doreen, John Barker and Joe Lambert.
Friday 22 April.
Won golf and tennis doubles, celebrated Romeos win race meeting at night won 5 shillings celebrated some more. To bed late-ish.
Saturday 23 April.
Lost golf and tennis finals. Whoopee night.
Sunday 24 April.
Church 10:30. Parked on top deck with Sparks a.m. Marvellous weather mah-jong evening p.m.
Monday 25 April.
Everyone getting excited about Panama tomorrow. Pictures tonight "Crime over London" not bad good Anzac Day service 11 am quite impressive.
Tuesday 26 April.
Arrived Panama 2 pm, tied up at Panama City. For 3 hours drive - shopped and saw everything, filthy place. To Balboa Bar garden at night - Whoopee - especially later but in bed by 1:30
Wednesday 27 April
Up 6 am to see last of Panama City, glorious weather, trip through Canal most absorbing interesting, through by 2 pm violent weather in Caribbean Sea.
Thursday 28 April.
Feeling about 80% today damn queasy - two days - still blowing hard and half the ship down - wish we were not so near Jamaica.
Friday 29 April.
Great excitement as islands began to appear around 7 am berthed at Kingston 11 o'clock and went ashore for lunch at "Peggy Browns" had turtle steaks plantains etc. Went for a marvellous trip to Blue Mountains 5000 feet 6 hours drive all round a glorious place return to ship at Port Royale about 10:45 - I love Jamaica.
Saturday 30 April.
Had a marvellous night at Port Royale XX home at 5 to find the gangway taken up and had to wait till it was replaced. Sailed from Port Royale at 9 am hugged land for quite a time and still seeing plenty of ships. Feeling very well after and entirely dry day. Saw some marvellous trees and plants at Castleton Gardens - spices, rubber plants, ginger, cloves, teak, cannonball, pride of Burma, cocaine, pride of Sultan, glorious colouring.


4. Marjorie Barkers 1938 Diary: Travelling to and in Europe Part 2, 25 Dec 1937 to 31 Dec 1938. Sunday 1 May
A glorious day warm and blue, to church 10:30 am with Joe. Mah-jong all p.m. as usual - same fun at night - John went to bed early so sat with Joe.
Monday 2 May
Fine glorious weather Gulfstream making sea calm and temperature perfect. Feeling awfully well and very happy - so is John a very loving evening on boat deck.
Tuesday 3 May
A happy day - usual inactivity enjoying swimming again - rather perfect session in wireless room after lunch. Mah-jong p.m. pictures night Tim Walls in Fishermans Bridge? Most amusing to bed early afterwards to re compensate.
Wednesday 4 May
Perfect weather the sea is like a blue millpond Recketts blue hardly a movement in the ship - Sparks and I had a lovely evening on the boat deck temperature 74 degrees.
Thursday 5 May
Received a very loving message from John on awakening to my birthday! More glorious weather cool in the shade most heavenly sun celebrating my 21st birthday today in lieu of June 5th. Doreen 21 to Whoopee party at night - Baker iced my cake and we had 15 for a party after dinner. Received nice gifts. Such a happy evening John X ships concert on, Romeo and Porky marvellous. A glorious day.
Friday 6 May
Cold day resumed woolies children's party p.m. Sparks working tonight so sat with Joe and Harold
Saturday 7 May
Fine again. Everyone busy with preparations for fancy dress dance I dressed as Britannia and didn't look bad. John came and danced and we had a most lovely evening - especially after 12 when we sat on the soaking wet boat deck (awnings taken down) my blue frock is ruined but it was worth it!! Dressed Joe as a Shiek and Harold as Rajah of Bong.
Sunday 8 May
Miserable day everybody suffering from hangovers played mah-jong p.m. Joe and I went to church a.m. marvellous night on top deck with John.
Monday 9 May
Fine but grey and windy played golf packed up early and had a marvellous night.
Tuesday 10 May
Wet and rough - seas rough hateful on deck. Slept till 4 pm. Prize giving in after saloon Doreen won Tote & shouted, pictures at night - Sparks lonely and miserable - so stayed with him for a while.
Wednesday 11 May
Fine and cold - seas still rough race meeting at night saw one race then returned to boat deck - boat drill and much amusement p.m.
Thursday 12 May
Fine thank heavens - so sat and purred and slept on top deck all day - Sparks free - mah-jong in pm with John Barker, Doreen and Joe. Farewell dinner at night a marvellous feed. Sparks and I danced and enjoyed a Whoopi night generally. Won spot dance 5 shillings
Friday 13 May
Cold and foul so no top deck - busy packing a depressing day to many ? and John feeling ill - A cheery sing in the bar at night and a real gathering of the clans - top deck radio house 10:30 pm!!! 38th day of voyage
Saturday 14 May
Great excitement prevails as the first of the English coast appears. Cold and wet tied up at 6 pm. Letters from Mac and Mona letters to Richard , Pat, Dr Ashcroft at Waterloo to meet me. To Whitehall Hotel with Mona. To Corner House for supper by bus and Tube to start with. Came up from Southampton with Bill, Joe and Harold saw wild bluebells. Remember Doss birthday. London is marvellous - Doreen with me and both excited - but hated leaving John this evening.
Sunday 15 May
The first morning in London is a fine one, glad to rise after a sleepless night Doreen and I went to Hampstead to see her cousin. To Richard's flat p.m. for tea he is a dear boy to be married June 4 wrote to John.
Monday 16 May
Slept well - food in this place not quite adequate for my ferocious appetite but very nicely served. Found our way to New Zealand house and met many Tainui friends plus Romeo who took us to lunch at Mrs Brown's little teashop - 12 letters from me - rang A Fletcher wrote home to Mrs Fry - early night
Tuesday 17 May
Had my hair done while Doreen went to bank in Moorgate by tube and narrowly missed being killed in accident. Lunched at Whiteleys with Mona. Tea at P Robinson's with Pat, Mac etc a great reunion shopped at Woolworths for home! Home all evening bed 11 pm
Wednesday 18 May
To New Zealand House for our mail 3 letters from home and one from Miss Hill - to Kew Gardens by Tube lunched there and saw everything squirrels robbins! Tired feet but otherwise enjoyable - tulips noteworthy
Thursday 19 May
Out shopping - bought a costume L3/3/- and a green wool frock L1/1/-. To Blackheath by SR to see Francie p.m. am to go there on staff June 7 for 3 weeks - quiet evening at home with D and Mona Posted letters home plus air mail
Friday 20 May
A great day! Did Kensington Gardens through saw Peter Pan etc Hyde Park St James Park Buckingham Palace Whitehall etc and Westminster Abbey the latter appalling with all its effigies bitterly cold - tea in our own little room most acceptable - letter from Harry
Saturday 21 May
To the tower 11 am via Billingsgate over London Bridge - enjoyed town immensely - ate lunch on Tower green - walked over Tower Bridge to Southwark Cathedral lovely. By bus to Croydon airport - saw many large planes arrive and leave. Home by devious new routes. A most enjoyable day. Found note from John today he'd called and rung - Oh My!
Sunday 22 & 23 May
A perfect day - hot - up betimes (from Samuel Pepys) and to guards Chapel in Birdcage Walk saw Miss Moir the French's there. A magnificent chapel and atmosphere perfect - but hot more so - this latter - than in the evening when Mona and I went to Savoy Chapel off the Strand a perfect gem - set amongst tall buildings a most homely service to. Feel much happier again - but felt awful X - John rang earlier and arranged for us to meet at Olympia this p.m. - a marvellous show and wonderful to see the dear soul again - to lunch with Miss Fletcher at D H Evans most enjoyable - early to bed - bought a hat and blouse.
Tuesday 24 May
Empire Day
Not feeling particularly Empire-ish - rotten cold & throat - to Victoria League and glad to come home and go to bed - wet and cold - but otherwise all right wrote home to . . . . .
Wednesday 25 May
Wet and inclined to be cold-ish - indoors all day cold foul - letter from Romeo - wrote home etc
Thursday 26 May
To dentist 11:30 am and had my front tooth repaired 7/6d - interesting bus ride to Finchley. Met Romeo and Doreen at New Zealand House 1:30 and lunched at Slaters. To Regents Park and zoo for most enjoyable - especially aquarium - dinner at Slaters again to Snow White and 7 Dwarfs later - good - letter from Harold.
Friday 27 May
Out early for shopping. 2 postcards from John from Chester - dear soul - Mona brought her wedding frock. To Chelsea Flower Show after lunch at Selfridge's. Glorious display but my cold spoils everything. Wrote to Joe cancelled our trip to Sussex.
Saturday 28 May
To shops early am and bought 2 frocks and a coat - one for wedding. John rang but could not get out - seems awfully depressed. Lazy p.m. at home sewing and reading - I wrote to John Gielson? - lovely letters from home - letter from Honor Fry - very wet day - brought new purse
Sunday 29 May
To church - Lancaster gate 8 am Harold rang early and arranged with him and Bill to go to Epping Forest - a fair day but rained later - a glorious drive an excellent lunch - Forest lovely - tea at Lyons Baker Street - To Madam Tussards and restaurant - boys came home with me.
Monday 30 May
John, Harold and Bill rang. John and I had a lovely morning together coffee at Marble Arch then on to Chapel of the Savoy for a quiet time saw him off at Charing Cross for Wales and met other 3 at New Zealand house - lunch at Slaters - then on to Science and V&A Museum's for pm. To Mikado first night good voices and costuming - but theatre small - happy night
Tuesday 31 May
Harold rang early - D and I shopped for a kitchen lunch for Mona - great fun - Harrold came up p.m. for cuppa. To dinner with W Smith at Piccadilly hotel - a heavenly night. Took in all round Covent Garden and Soho first - letters from Joan Hoare and
Wednesday 1 June.
Said "Rabbits" - Harold called early and took me to Windsor for the day. J stayed home. Lovely country and passed Eton and saw boys in full toppers. To London and dined at 10 pm. A most pleasant day
Thursday 2 June
Down to Tunbridge Kent by Green bus 9:30 am. Dear Joe met us and took us to his house his mother and sister Mog are sweet a glorious country drive later and most sumptuous tea. A walk over ruined Castle later. Home by 11 pm lovely letter from John in Wales.
Friday 3 June
Went to see rehearsal of trooping of colour at Horse Guards Parade lovely uniforms, horses etc. John rang and came around p.m. topping session. My bridesmaids frock is a flop - home all evening.
Saturday 4 June
Up early for wedding at 9:15 am. Everything went off well and Mona made a stunning bride. Geoffrey Scarlet brought me home afterwards. Found four Air Mail letters and a cable from home and Joyce - long letter from Harold to - Bill rang and we went to Hampton Court for p.m. John joined us lovely place saw grapevine etc and got through the maze safely. Dinner at Cowes House and to Iolanthe - wonderful show though all feeling very tired
Sunday 5 June
John rang to wish me a happy birthday - stayed home all day packing and writing letters. D and I
- forth to dinner at Cowes house later after many adventures to "Break the News" with Maurice Chevalier and John Buchanan - supper after.
Monday 6 June
John and Bill rang early and we met Bill for lunch at Slaters and went to "Engadean Express" a marvellous show. Met John at 6 PM and dined at Pinoldis - gorgeous dinner to "George and Margaret" later lovely - John saw me home XX
Tuesday 7 June
This day seems like a year - John rang and we said goodbye till October. D and I went to Charing Cross after I'd seen Doreen and I caught train for Blackheath. Everyone very nice here - but feeling very strange. Yarned with Sister at night off at 8:30 pm.
Wednesday 8 June
Still feeling very new - but like it all right. Letters from John and Harold - cheered me considerably.
Thursday 9 June.
Usual day - but feeling better on my own today. But not very busy. No letters - but wrote to John Harold and Doreen. To a Theosophical lecture at night mostly a lot of hooey.
Friday 10 June
Busy day - John rang just as his ship was about to leave for Southampton and New Zealand. Felt a bit lonely and letter from Doreen. Spent p.m. on my bed and Francie who leaves tomorrow Joe rang p.m. and came at 8:30 and we walked over the Heath to Greenwich Park - the dear.
Saturday 11 June
Good day - ? and I went to the village to shop. Letter from H Commission invitation to Royal Garden Party - lovely letter from John from Southampton p.m. early to bed
Sunday 12 June.
Easy day though cold-ish - had fair amount of time off - tho couldn't go to church. I wrote and I went for a bus ride and walk to Jack's Hill after 9 pm - up Shooters Hill - lovely evening wrote to A Fletcher and H Cross?.
Monday 13 June.
As usual off at 8:30 ish - good day - . . . . . departed to her case - lovely letters from Harold and Joe at night - plans to go to London tomorrow with Brooks a Scotch (sic) girl - letter from Doreen in Ireland
Tuesday 14 June
Day off unexpectedly as I was going on duty - so got back to bed for brekke - Brooks and I went to town and thence by launch to Richmond - lunched there and lay in Richmond Park and slept. Back to town via Kensington High Street and saw St Mary Abbot's church - dinner C house thence to open air theatre for Midsummer Nights Dream at Regents Park - home 12:30 and found letters from home Southwark Cathedral again.
Wednesday 15 June
Slept well off from 2:30 to 8:30 and until 11pm relieving - wrote home and to Joe and Harold and John etc - off late and rather tired. Letter from mother by mothers hand.
Thursday 16 June
Another marvellous mail from New Zealand letters from everyone and Jessie M - glorious weather -wrote some letters and retired early nothing of note occurred.
Friday 17 June.
PC from Doreen - easy day went to village p.m. posted Air Mail to John at Panama 9d (8-12 days) (Jamaica 7-11)- wrote home and Air Mail to mother - early night
Saturday 18 June.
Letters from Francie and Mona - marvellous day - Harold rang 6 pm and arrived up at 8:30 went walking later. Doreen came home from Ireland and came in for dinner here. Harold and I took her to station and then went for a bus ride to Plumstead Common - marvellous evening.
Sunday 19 June.
Rested p.m. Harold arrived 7 pm and we went walking in Greenwich Park - saw Observatory Royal Naval College etc - sat on Heath till bedtime.
Monday 20 June
Day off and a glorious day met Harold at station, we went to Virginia Water for the day - great fun slept in the sun and shade and of the trees till 4:30 pm. Lunch at the Wheat Sheaf Hotel. To Pinoldis for dinner and wandered Whitehall, Soho etc after. Home 11 pm after some cider at his digs.
Tuesday 21 June.
Busy day but quite good Harold arrived 9 pm after day at Wimbledon and we went walking he goes to Rottingdean tomorrow.
Wednesday 22 June.
Darling Joe rang from Tunbridge wrote to him - home and John - rang Doreen p.m. Mac rang and asked me to supper at Chislehurst on Sunday. Harry leaves 4:30 pm Royal Albert Dock Liverpool Street station.
Thursday 23 June
On duty so Doreen saw Joe off didn't sail till 7 pm - Brooks and I went to Hiawatha at the Albert Hall a marvellous show - home 12:30 - doggo - photo came from home jolly good.
Friday 24 June.
Sizzling hot day and woke to find my gold filling out to dentist p.m. Mac and Doreen came in. Weary unto death tonight wrote to Harold letter from him at night.
Saturday 25 June.
Awfully hot and tired all day and thanking God I'm not staying longer. To bed early wrote to Joyce.
Sunday 26 June.
Awfully busy day hectic p.m. Mona and Richard came out - Caught 7:40 train from New Cross to Chislehurst and had dinner with Mac - lovely place and fresh strawberries - home at 12 laden with free lunch
Monday 27 June.
An interesting day packed - letters from Mogg and Doreen - Mary cut my hair at night - marvellous mail from home Mother Bet Doss and Margaret.
Tuesday 28 June.
Pouring with rain and jolly cold - busy morning Doreen rang a.m. Left Stonefield 3:30 pm in Mrs Williams car J met me at Charing Cross letter from Harold on arrival - good to be back - to dinner with Mona and Richard - very happy
Wednesday 29 June.
Tired today but off out early to sales bought gloves for Joyce etc wrote Kate, Peggy etc in evening and early to bed
Thursday 30 June.
Left fur? coat at Whitley's in coat (cold?) storage. Photo in 5 positions? 20 - LWH - All Hallows and to service at St Olaves at 1 pm lovely - back at 3 to find telegram from Harold who arrived 6 pm to stay - home all evening
Friday 1 July.
Doreen Harold and I met Mona at New Zealand House and to Slaters for lunch saw the Richardsons there and had some chat - to Caledonia market p.m. a most amusing experience - bought tomatoes and lettices for tomorrow's lunch.
Saturday 2 July.
Up early brekkie at 7:15 to Victoria by 8 am to Paris by Folkestone Boulogne route one and a quarter hours by sea perfect crossing, hot train journey - gorgeous strawberries and peaches at Boulogne Station - went for a walk before dinner and got our bearings. Called at Cooks 9:45 and got seats for nightclubs - awful mostly but some quite interesting and Follies Bergere - very good lots of nudes - I loathe the white wines though, home by 2:30 awfully tired slept spasmodically - Hotel St Petersburg
Sunday 3 July. (Margot was with Harold)
Brekkie in bed 2 large eggs and bacon up by 10:30 and Cooks trip to Mal Maison Napoleon and Josephine's residence 1807 thence to Versailles for lunch which was large and gorgeous to the Trianon Palace, saw fountains glorious scenery and altogether happy day home at 7 and a bed early
Monday 4 July.
Up at 10 am after petit-dejeuner in bed croissants and coffee mumm! For bus ride round city am and pm visited Notre Dame, Madeleine, Palais de Justice, Napoleon's tomb, etc etc - rained like the deuce - had an amusing time ordering tea. To bed early after writing many PCs.
Tuesday 5 July
Breakfast in bed - to Eiffel Tower a.m. and to Louvre p.m. saw marvellous things in latter Winged Victory - Venus de Milo - Gleaners - Mona Lisa etc shown by most interesting guide - tiring trip from Gare Nord - rough seas and glad to get on Southern train - home 11:30 pm to find Air Mail from darling John from Jamaica and from Mac and Peggy.
Wednesday 6 July
Letters from John Gill and mother this a.m. - to Cheapside to buy our car 85 pounds got my English licence lunched Harold and Doreen at station
Thursday 7 July.
Packed in preparation for tomorrow - went to town and shopped a bit - wrote to family Joyce etc rang Mrs Fletcher - to bed early. To be joined by Nancy Skelton NP
Friday 8 July.
Up and away by 10:30 George took us as far as Hendon pouring day but feel light-hearted - through glorious country stopped at St Albans and saw Cathedral and stopped at Royston for tea - arrived Cambridge 4:45 pm and found B&B place. Went out and saw colleges and chapels had an awful meal at Marks & Spencer.
Saturday 9 July
Slept well in quite fair digs - up 8 pm and departed early after good breckkie - saw remainder of colleges and glorious King's College Chapel best stained glass and stonework I've seen yet - to Ely and Norwich saw Cathedrals there - to Sandringham etc etc p.m. at Kings Lynn for 3 pm and saw a carnival. Landed at Stacey and put up a very noisy hostelry pretty tired slept 3 in a room
Sunday 10 July
Good breckkie and were on our way to Yarmouth by 10:30 am wet & cold stopped at Yarmouth and inspected the parade piers etc - crowded and awful sent H a postcard from there - then Lowestoft & Ipswich etc stopping for tea at Ufford - a spot of bother over a room but eventually found a good farm house at Kirby-le-Soken and stayed the night
Monday 11 July
Left 10 and on to Frinton-on-Sea quite nice seaside place - Clacton awful! South end - Tilbury ferry to Gravesend - lovely evening - to Rochester - letter from Mac. Had a good meat meal - out to Hartlip where we slept in one bed very comfortably
Tuesday 12 July.
Up at 8 AM and made off early without breckkie - back to Rochester and Chatham and saw the castle and cathedral the latter very lovely - Norman - ate pork pies in the park - onto Canterbury and saw Cathedral. Evensong there - exquisite - lovely town - night at farm house at Ash.
Wednesday 13 July.
Left at 10:30 in glorious sunshine to Sandwich - first puncture at Ashford helped by men - Deal Dover - Folkestone - quite decent coastal farms - through Rye & Hastings without stopping at Eastbourne for dinner and night at pub at Berwick in Sussex.
Thursday 14 July.
Left 10-ish after a comfortable night through Newhaven to Brighton - Arundel - glorious Castle but couldn't get in - beautiful county - to Bognor - awful full of trippers - Chichester - old Cathedral but very garish and unappealing. Portsmouth - awful crowded and poor - spent night comfortable at East Meon in Hampshire farmhouse.
Friday 15 July.
Away 10ish and inspected a Norman church in the village - Winchester in pouring rain did Cathedral very thoroughly a lovely place looked at college from outside - saw King Arthur's round table - loved Winchester - to Southampton a lovely place and so to middle of new Forest where we spent a comfortable night in Dick Turpin Inn - Stoney Cross with people who had lived in New Zealand.
Saturday 16 July.
Then New Forest marvellous trees and perfect villages - Burley - Lyndhurst - To Beaulieu Abbey and church 1204 - built by King John to Salisbury Cathedral for Evensong glorious - Jane Austen's grave in Salisbury Cathedral - Wiltshire is a delightful county. Lunch in town and had an amusing time trying to find B&B Mrs Wellington refused us repose at her very suspicious or doubtful residence - but we found fair digs at Combe Bennett - most glorious evening.
Sunday 17 July
Glorious fine hot day - up betimes to Holy Communion in the village church - away from our digs by 9:30 and then most lovely country Codford & Sling - saw NZ and Aussie badges on hillside - Stonehenge - poppy fields and wildflowers galore. Lunched in a hay field home 4 pm and to bed early after much spring cleaning and great to be in London again.
Monday 18 July.
Letters from John and home etc etc tired this a.m. but up early at 9 ready for royal garden party - marvellous affair saw all the royals except the Duchess of Kent - very closely - wore my blue bridesmaid frock - Mona rang my proofs came - letters from Harold and Moria.
Tuesday 19 July.
Up betimes and were away by 10:30 posted am mail to mother and John also other letters home - Aldershot - then Winchester and Salisbury again where we stopped. Spent night at a delightful spot called "Sims Dyke" with interesting people wrote to L, WH etc.
Wednesday 20 July.
Tarried talking till late and sat by wayside writing till 12:37 enjoyable day just fooling - then New Forest again - Bournemouth lovely - Poole pottery works and the aquatics carnival - Swanage - Corfe Castle - marvellous Dorset scenery and blue seas - night in a Dorset thatched cottage (and thatched Dyke! (WC)) and No Bath. Dorset is amongst lovely country from Lulworth, white horse carved in chalk hill.
Thursday 21 July.
Away by 10 through most lovely country - always with a view of the sea blue and glorious - to Weymouth a nice beach - Portland Bill - lighthouse - to Doncaster for lunch. Visited a nice china shop. To Cerne Abbas (church) and into Sherborne (Abbey) a beautiful place and quaint town - through glorious scenery to Pinho 3 miles from Exeter for night still no bath - but new and beautifully clean
Friday 22 July.
To Exeter Cathedral for Matins liturgy and later heard Holy Communion beautifully sung postcard to Stu. Then glorious country to Chagford - Rev and Mrs Holmes - saw lovely old church - Teignmouth and Dawlish for tea rather less crowded place. Red soil is fascinating. Parked in quite pleasant spot in Teignmouth
Saturday 23 July.
From Torquay some of the most pleasant spots yet - glorious sea views blue sea and sun. Wildflowers marvellous everywhere and sea as blue and gold and purple - Devon is a beautiful county fields marked out in multicoloured handkerchief squares - red soil predominating. Then Dartmouth (perfect) to Plymouth (Hoe) with its Amada associations over several ferry's to Looe Cornwall cream tea at an odd farm house. Spent the night at a delightful farmhouse at Lostwithiel - Mrs Berryman, and slept well.
Sunday 24 July.
Up for brekkie at 10am much refreshed some interesting chat with hostess. Then not very interesting country dull stone houses and few trees - Truro awful Cathedral shut - to Lizard - South point of England and Lands End - sea blue and sun hot. Then Penzance not interesting - glad to park at a funny little place at Porthleven with kind people.
Monday 25 July.
Left 9:30 with impression that Cornish people are generous and hospitable. Felt mouldy the pouring rain and dull country. Glad to leave Cornwall at Hartland and into North Devon at Bideford - some pretty places en route. Dined at Barnstable. Walked in rain to see King Arthur's Castle at Tintagel - lovely coast - also at ....... Sands where we spent night
Tuesday 26 July.
To Clovelly a lovely little village lovely country and seascape to Woolacombe Infracombe Lynton Valley and rocks glorious scenery - the loveliest yet Doon Valley Heather Hills with Somerset - Taunton Glastonbury saw Abbey and Woking Hole and Wells then a fierce thunderstorm and rain spent night at Wells with an entertaining Frenchwoman.
Wednesday 27 July
On our way early in the time for Choral Matins and look at Cathedral clock with moving figures is the only one thing of great interest. Then Cheddar Gorge to Bath Abbey - good glass and Roman baths and pump room. Then Bristol to Gloucester the night rain slept in one room thatched dyke!
Thursday 28 July
Left quite comfortable digs to visit Gloucester Cathedral cloisters especially noteworthy bought some white shoes and 2 uniforms then Chepstowe and Wye Valley Tintern Abbey most glorious scenery to Monmouth and Herefordshire - saw Cathedral here and had an awful time finding a meal. Spent comfortable night in Little Stretton near Shrewsbury.
Friday 29 July.
On our way disappointed to find only 2 local letters paper from mother at Salop onto Wales - most lovely country Snowdon and the Llanberis Conwy Caernarvonshire Menai Bridge castles and glorious seascapes - mountain scenery and waterfalls then Rhyl to Chester 8 pm. To Duke of Westminster's country seat Eaton Hall, spent night in a hotel posted a letter to John V.
Saturday 30 July.
Spent night in a hostel N and I slept together on a settee - out and about and round the city wall most interesting - brought some etchings - lunched at an Elizabethan Inn - spent 31/2 hours in Cathedral marvellous place and choral Evensong - Chester is the loveliest city yet full of old half timbered houses To Birkenhead and through Mersey Tunnel wonderful to Liverpool! Preston onto Lancaster for the night at the Boot & Shoe Inn
Sunday 31 July.
Collected letters from home and Harold (X). To Lancaster Kendal Windermere lovely lakes all but spoiled by rain saw Wordsworth and Southeys homes etc at Rydal and had a good lunch at Prince of Wales where sun came out and we saw the glorious beauty of the place - night near Carlisle.
Monday 1 August
Glorious day and we could hardly tear ourselves away from Carlisle a lovely spot - Gretna Scotland amusing time at blacksmith shop on to Fenwick for night stopping for lunch and sleep at a most pleasant spot - most glorious scenery locks hills and heather spent night at Fenwick.
Tuesday 2 August.
To the exhibition at Glasgow 11am not such a crowd exhibition exactly as any other NZ court good lunch at a nice cafe then off to Loch Lomond Ben Lomond glorious scenery again and perfect day and locks are extensive and picked white heather and raspberry's puncture on Rest and be Thankful Hill amusing time having it fixed - slept in car as we couldn't get digs.
Wednesday 3 August.
Slept little and were glad to start again at 6:30. Fort William for brekkie - good! Fort Augustus wild raspberry's and strawberries for lunch by Loch Ness - glorious day rang William from Post Office letter from Mac lovely old town Mrs Macante? Kyle of Lochalsh decided to drive partway to Skye and drove over 50 miles without finding a bed finally knocked on an old couple and slept on the floor - no car! For 60 hours we have lived in our clothes
Thursday 4 August.
Away by 9 am after a trying night no sanitation - much kindliness - car behaved badly and we found dry batteries. Drove to Skye and found 16 shillings ferry fees to high so returned by the same route flies too troublesome to let us rest but we washed by the roadside - to Inverness and met Willie at the Caledonian hotel - delightful evening. Took us out to Culluden Moor glorious sunset +++
Friday 5 August.
Willie called for us and 9:30 and we went to Gairloch for the day 160 miles in all through most glorious country blue locks trees waterfalls craggy hills and mountains and overall glorious sunshine. Lunched at a most delightful hotel overlooking the sea and had various drinks. Very happy day wrote to Bulls and John Barker thunderstorm at night.
Saturday 6 August.
Tired next am - left 10:30 charming landlady - to Braemar via Balmoral Castle beautiful country again miles of moors then trees and parks worthy of England - then Blairgowrie to Perth where we beat down our landlady to 5 shillings and spent an amusing time our friend dining with us etc.
Sunday 7 August
Set off from Perth in the rain which soon cleared and we had a lovely drive to St Andrews - a delightful seaside place. The famous course is very surprising and humble. Had to buy a new tire there. On to Falkirk where we were most hospitably received by Mrs MacGregor - dear Mr MacGregor ran several films for us at night.
Monday 8 August.
Left 10am by Linlithgow & South Ferry and saw the Forth Bridge clearly - on to Edinburgh there at 11:30 and found 2 letters from Mr Tom who was leaving for North that day - rang him - saw over Castle War Memorial and St Giles Cathedral. Memorial is marvellous - Cathedral contains R.L.S. Memorial - stayed with a very sweet soul in King Street and early to bed.
Tuesday 9 August.
Shopped in Edinburgh which is a most lovely city - beautiful flower beds and floral clock and monuments - left early and saw city and Holyrood Palace -want to return someday. On our way to Durham where we arrived 6 pm and saw town and Cathedral (very lovely Norman) put up at Duke of Wellington on road to York.
Wednesday 10 August.
On road to York via Fountains Abbey and Studley Park - saw Minster exquisite glass and quaint old town. Ripon Cathedral too, 670 A.D. very beautiful - curfew rings for both these old towns - horn blower at Ripon - night at York city.
Thursday 11 August
Explored the town thoroughly some very interesting homes - town and walls etc but not comparable to Chester. Bought 2 aquatints. Left 2 pm and came via Selby - visited Abbey - a lovely old Norman church - organ playing - lovely War Memorial and Windows. Slept at Southwell in Notts very happily read A J Russells "Christ comes to town"
Friday 12 August.
Saw Southwell Minster a beautiful Norman church with Norman font. Then some beautiful scenery Sherwood Forest Chesterfield (crooked spire) Leicester -Quorn hunting country - Duke of Portlands estate Haddon Hall etc Derby Rugby spent night near Warwick in terrific thunder at Cubbington
Saturday 13 August.
Through to Leamington Spa and Warwick (lovely old town) to Worcester Cathedral (Woodbine Willie Elgar etc. Saw over pottery works too expensive to purchase though. Back to Stratford saw "Macbeth" in Memorial Theatre. Saw all the tombs sites beautiful old town and lovely gardens everywhere - posted letters to home Chris and Jock H put up for night at a farmhouse in Warwick, Combe Cottage.
Sunday 14 August.
Breckkie at 10 and were away soon after to Banbury where we ate cakes (delicious) and so on to Bicester Edge Hill and Oxford - saw 12 of the 21 colleges including Exeter - delightful city - glorious beach forests returning via Windsor Staines and Runnymede. Letters from Harold Mona and Katie, awfully tired.
Monday 15 August
Up and washed extensively then back to bed for the day. D went shopping and brought back Air Letter from John in NZ, Max G and Mogg and paper from home. Terribly tired rose for dinner. Nan came in - letter from Harold - wrote many letters
Tuesday 16 August.
Feeling better to Mona's for lunch and dinner concert Tchaikovsky at night. Restful day
Wednesday 17 August.
Lovely exploring day all by self - met Helen Atkinson in Tube to NZ house and wrote letters and read papers. Then shopped along the Strand - Fleet Street - Lincolns Inn Fields - Middle and Inner Temples - Temple church -(Goldsmith's grave d 1774) - St Clement Danes oranges and lemons and St Dunstan's to the West - Cheshire Cheese restaurant - (John on his monument in St Paul's) also Sir Arthur Sullivan died 1900 also to Robert Scott etc Evensong at SP explored Fleet Street.

5. Marjorie Barkers 1938 Diary: Travelling to and in Europe Part 3, 25 Dec 1937 to 31 Dec 1938. Thursday 18 August.
Up be times and caught green bus H to East Grinstead to Peg at Bexleyheath. Happy day there returned 8 pm to find note from Harold who himself called late and we made plans for the weekend.
Friday 19 August.
Stepped off at 11 and had lunch and caught 1:50 train to Ryde Isle of Wight via Portsmouth - saw Victory there. Found digs and then Tea'd and did the town - not a bad place though cold - watched Punch & Judy show and ventriloquist and to bed about 9:30
Saturday 20 August.
Rather a sleepless sort of night but out early - caught train to Newport and missed? To Carisbrook Castle - an interesting place - the residence of HRH Princess Beatrice (daughter of Queen Vic) who is Gov of the Isle of Wight - saw donkeys turn a treadmill to draw water then went through a very interesting old church, then lay in the sun and burned till time to go home. To bed early and slept well
Sunday 21 August
A glorious day but we did not hurry up and so missed train for Freshwater caught another via Sandown later - and explored South coast in the sun there. To Alum Bay and The Needles for lunch. Rained so we came home.
Monday 22 August
Alum Bay is a delightful spot coloured sands we saw The Needles as we came up the Solent on May 14 - am so happy here and hate the thought of going back today caught 10:20 train and lunched and walked in St James Park St Margaret's etc before I saw Harold off at Liverpool Street at 5 pm. He gave me a lovely Prayer book.
Tuesday 23 August
Slept well - though felt lonely! Went and interviewed Miss R re a job 6 Pembridge Place - may start their later tho salary is poor. Nan came in evening packed my bags and wrote letters
Harold left for Switzerland.
Wednesday 24 August.
Met Nan early at Liberty's and explored it and other shops thoroughly. Lunched at Boots thence to Royal Mews - very enjoyable - to Lambeth Palace - closed - then through city to home - letter from Harold. John G left for Sydney.
Thursday 25 August.
Wrote letters all am - later went to Golders Green to call on Mrs Taylor dear old soul - spent a cheery homely p.m. and returned 7 pm. Spent a restless night in a strange house next door - letter from Khan and my letter to John at Panama returned unclaimed.
Friday 26 August.
This am to Olympia for radio exhibition - very good especially television. Note from Mona on arrival home wrote to John at Panama. To prom concert at Queens Hall at night - Beethoven work - stood all the time - Sir Harold Wood conducting - found marvellous mail from John V and home when I returned at 12ish.
Saturday 27 August
Wrote letters a.m. Richard rang and I went to Mona's for lunch and tea - sunbaked at Norman's flat and typed in wrote letters. Letters from Harold and Mac on arrival home 12
Sunday 28 August.
To church it 8 am at Bayswater wrote letters and slept all p.m. To City Temple (Grays Inn Tube) p.m. lovely service with a Yankee taking. Wrote about 10 letters.
Monday 29 August.
Card from Harold with a lovely stamp on it he is enjoying Switzerland immensely D & I spent ages exploring Westminster Abbey and Cloister Chapels. Saw over Westminster School - where Wren, A A Milne etc etc attended. To see Miss Williams p.m. and subject to health report I may go to Cannes? Francie rang p.m.
Tuesday 30 August
Miss Main rang a.m. she is going back to New Zealand soon. Mona and I went to Caledonian market all a.m. bought some fish knives for John H. Home all p.m. and wrote letters to bed early.
Wednesday 31 August.
Found cable from home saying that Mops had been separated on 24th poor sweet. To Chislehurst 4 pm and dinner - lovely. Lovely letter from Harold on return - also Miss Brown - Mogg - Miss Hall etc on Tuesday.
Thursday 1 September.
Said "Rabbits" - received note from Dr Pink re vaccination went to Harrods - shopped at Notting Hill Gate and banked my cash at PO - to Tate Gallery Westminster Hall etc p.m. Mona rang, letter from Kate none from home to bed early
Friday 2 September.
Nan and Dr Pink rang - Doreen left for Cooks tour of central Europe 9 am Mona came for lunch and we went shopping after seeing someone off at St Pancras. I then went to Blackheath where Dr P vaccinated me. Nan and I walked home.
Saturday 3 September.
Fooled and shopped all a.m. to "Tobias the Angel" at open air theatre p.m. with Miss Smart - awfully good enjoyed Regents Park Gardens after - rather lonely evening at home. No mail from New Zealand which worries me.
Sunday 4 September.
To St Martins in the Fields a.m. very good (with Nan) lovely day though winter is on its way. To Golders Green to tea and Miss Taylor later to church after - most enjoyable.
Monday 5 September.
Letters from Kate Harold and Doreen - H returns on Wednesday. Tried to ring Nan a.m. to Katie's at Tadworth p.m. - a most enjoyable p.m. Returned to town 7 pm and had a hasty meal before meeting Nan - we went to Carmen at the People's Palace. Good in some respects but disappointing generally.
Tuesday 6 September.
Lovely mail awaiting me at 12 md - letters from John V, Mother etc 1 pm before I settled to sleep. Today explored All Hallows and sundry other spots. Nan and I went to "A Yank at Oxford" at night letter from Harold at night.
Wednesday 7 September.
Went round to Golders Gate where Nan set my hair very nicely. Wrote home and to Phil H - Harold arrived 4 pm from Switzerland looking very well - the dear - talked and had an early night. Clippings from John V.
Thursday 8 September.
Re-packed bags! Then Harold had to see about his boat and by some hankies? We lunched at 'The old Cheshire Cheese" awfully expensive, went to Pats at Highgate with Mac and Mona. To operetta N Coward with Harold at night explored Cornhill etc some good churches there.
Friday 9 September.
Rang Helen Atkinson - to town early lunched at Slaters. Caught 2:20 bus to Guildford and stayed at Ye Angel Hotel - an ancient hotel - explored the old town at night but it was cold so we returned at 10 pm.
Saturday 10 September.
For a walk a.m. - seeing churches Castle etc glorious sun. Home for lunch and then out to Hindhead ahead a lovely spot on the Heath and picked heather and was happy with Har-War-Too (Harold Fenn) - Surrey is very beautiful with glorious views from high levels - the trees are turning too and hedgerows full of red berries - wish I knew their names. To bed early feeling pretty awful with Percy? and vaccination which has raised a huge lump in my groin.
Sunday 11 September.
Had breakfast in bed after a good night sleep. Up in time for 11 am service at the Cathedral. To Compton in the Watts country pm glorious little village and pottery works and a mausoleum and a gallery of Watt's pictures - wonderful country everywhere postcard to mother.
Monday 12 September.
Feeling awful this a.m. - leg is huge and throbbing dreadfully - left Guildford at 10:30 to White Hall by 12 and packed my bags. H and I lunched at Lyons and then sat in Victoria Embankment Gardens till 3:30 pm - hated saying goodbye to the darling. Mogg met me at tea and we had a most pleasant evening.
Tuesday. 13 September.
Sat in the garden in the hot perfect sunshine. To tea p.m. at Monks Cottage charming people the Elmore's. To bed early postcard from Doreen a.m. leg seems a bit better perfect day.
Wednesday 14 September.
Letters from home am plus Harold and Mrs Taylor. To hop gardens p.m. and picked hops for 2 hours and saw oven in Oast house - great fun. Toured the bigger gardens in the evening.
Thursday 15 September.
Mr Chamberlain flies to Germany today to see Hitler. Letters from Harold and H Mores. Perfect weather. To Penshurst Place the home of Lord D'Lisle and Dudley - heavenly place - to tea at Mrs Harris - very delightful drive in the countryside. Wrote to Harold. Letter from him and H Mores.
Friday 16 September.
Gardened a.m. To Tunbridge Wells p.m. to shop. Saw most interesting ? including Bowen? Mill. To church presentation at night met a Rev Child a friend of Bishop Holland. Awfully tired.
Saturday 17 September.
Doreen returns today. Beautiful weather - Simp & Molly came for tea and stayed till 10ish. Elsmore - Monks Cottage Hildenborough Kent
Sunday 18 September.
To St Saviours 8 am and to visit an old couple the Samways at night. French ministers arrived here to talks with Chamberlain at 10 Downing Street in complete agreement with him. Letter from Harold.
Monday 19 September.
Went for a delightful picnic in Ashdown Forest and had lunch visited then such delightful spots as Groombridge Windy Side Ashurst - home for visitors p.m.
Tuesday 20 September.
Caught 2 pm train home collected mail from NZ plus some at W Hall will stop Harold is here too. Doreen and I went to Mona is for the evening. Slept badly and have a foul headache.
Wednesday 21 September.
H and I breakfasted together. Then he went off to Castlethorpe and I stayed in and wrote to Harry and Mogg. Rang Mrs Fletcher - wrote H Fry etc yesterday and sent off my certificates.
Thursday 22 September.
Still have a foul headache but my leg is healing. To Mrs Taylors for tea p.m. - her daughter was there. To bed early.
Friday 23 September.
Letter from Harold a.m. met him at 10:15 at Euston - packed our bags at Liverpool parked our bags at Liverpool Street and went to King George V dock to view the Arawa jolly good boat. Lunched at Corner House thence to train and at 3:40 for Ipswich. Put up at ? rather lovely place and went walking at night. Slept well despite a dance on at the hotel.
Saturday 24 September
Today went over Christchurch Mansion 1553 an ancient house and Park. Saw several dull churches and thence to Felixstowe by bus 12 miles spent a happy evening at home and to bed early. Czech situation grave. Mr Chamberlain returned from his 2nd trip to Germany with an ultimatum for Czech's which they will probably refuse.
Sunday 25 September.
Up 9:30 after a good night's rest. Took lunch from here and went to Felixstowe again. Rained but it didn't matter we were so happy. To church 6:30 pm - good singing to bed early.
Monday 26 September.
Left Ipswich 9:30 and caught train to Colchester where we had an hour's wait so walked about the town and visited churches etc - thence by bus to Nayland and spent a most happy day. Ha-wa's sister Adria being very sweet - walked one mile to Wiston Church a sweet place - where H played on one of the two barrel organs in England in a perfect moment.
Tuesday 27 September.
Home on 9 train at night Wrote to Harold John and home - war scare very close now - got our gas masks today. To Wallace Collection magnificent things - listened to Chamberlain's speech 8 pm
Wednesday 28 September.
Ghastly news that Hitler intends striking at 2 pm today - atmosphere tense - trenches being dug in all the parks and sandbags everywhere. I stayed in as I expected John to ring - Tainui is due in. Mac G rang me and asked me to join her with Miss McKibbin's children at Petworth - which I accepted most thankfully and wired Ha-Wa to tell him and received one back.
Thursday 29 September.
Magnificent news and such a relief to hear that Britain Italy and France will meet Hitler today anew in Munich. Francie rang early to say that we wouldn't go to Petworth. The relief of all this tension is amazing. Mr Chamberlain has made a magnificent bid for peace. I met Ha-Wa at Liverpool Street station at 10:23 and we went to Bank etc together - oh dear this parting is going to be hell. I wrote letters and walked in Hyde Park till he came to Whitehall for dinner and spent the night.
Friday 30 September
It was very depressing and mouldy - but got it over with result that I saw him off at Waterloo quite creditably at 10:06 am went to Westminster Abbey after ringing Mac (news had come through of the peace pact) I met Mac and we shopped at Harrods. Then dined at Pinolis to ? for Dominoes - home at 12
Saturday 1 October.
Up be times to pack before going to Chislehurst for weekend at 10:42 - walked all over Chislehurst in pm and at night Mac and I sat over the fire and I read English Theme - letter from Miss Williams - am to go to Cannes on October 6.
Sunday 2 October.
Thanksgiving day for peace. To Holy Communion at 10:15 church crowded. Pouring day - so home and wrote to Ha-Wa etc. For walk with Brian p.m. in sunshine. Quiet evening at home.
Monday 3 October
Home by 2:23 train. Felt lonely and blue on arriving back to empty room. John V rang p.m. and arranged to lunch today. Wrote letters and packed like mad
Tuesday 4 October.
Two letters from Doss and Lou and Mona this a.m. - also a S.L.T. from Harold which cheered me greatly wrote to a good many people. Shopped like blazes - new uniforms - Cardigan etc. Ticket from Cooks - contretemps with John who were supposed to ring me.
Wednesday 5 October.
Busy day. Shopped and visited - ? for dinner awfully tired - no letters cold and wet.
Thursday 6 October.
Glorious day - awake 4 a.m. - Doreen saw me off caught 10:56 from Victoria - met Hindle and Bowler who accompanied me Newhaven to Dieppe in rough seas - to Paris Gare St Lazare - enjoyable trip - dined and did the city till 9:25 train at Gare Lyon - glad to meet French cooking again. Slept well in a compartment to myself for most of the night. Very grotty but enjoying the trip.
Friday 7 October.
The two girls are nice and we enjoy meals on the train - I was made to try my French on the waiter and bought vin rouge very bravely. Arrived at 2 pm and were met by Gabriel and Gamble - glorious place and sunshine - magnificent scenery - home very comfortable - very kindly welcomed by Miss Williams. Slept well.
Saturday 8 October.
Today off breakfasted at 8:30 off delicious melon. Sun glorious again so we went to Marina Plaques where we swam and lay in the sun and baked. Delicious lunch on beach. Bowler and I then explored the town - sent post cards to the family and Harold. All the tropical flowers and shrubs seem to grow here and palms. The houses are fascinating to - all colours with bright shutters. Our French is pretty priceless
Sunday 9 October.
Peaceful day off during a.m. and washed my hair and wrote to family. For a walk p.m. Sun and evening perfect
Monday 10 October.
Glorious day off a.m. so Gamble and I took lunch and Miss Williams joined us for a swim at Marina Plaques water glorious. Home 2:30 and lazed about at hospital doing odd jobs posted letters home via Francie.
Tuesday 11 October.
Called out to case - Mrs Selby at 9 am. Nothing much to be done interesting family - husband Bartoff? Pianist - Sewed and did nothing much all day. Tired when Gabriel called for me - letter from Mogg. Ha-Wa due in Curacao
Wednesday 12 October
There again - very pleasant spot and glorious day. Wrote several letters and found 7 waiting for me on return home at 9 pm mother etc
Thursday 13 October
Glorious day - family at Monte Carlo so wrote letters etc a.m. wrote home Robbie Doreen - tasted vodka for first-time - good - one must swallow it all in one gulp and take a savoury after. Home soon after 9 - had violent diarrhoea.
Friday 14 October.
H at Panama today. Still fine and warm - at Villa Annunciata again. Family go to Monte Carlo again tomorrow, wrote to Mogg - Joan and Mrs Duncan and Ha-Wa. Drank health's in 3 glasses of 1924 champagne and cointreau (Evian & Badoit Water)
Saturday 15 October.
arrived in Cannes I've read "Defy the Foul Fiend" "We Forget Because we Must" "Perfume from Provence""Diary of a Provincial Lady"
Sunday 16 October.
To 8 am service at All Saints with Hemel and Miss Williams - sat in sun am in perfect weather. For a walk p.m. with H thru most lovely country houses etc - can see where Spring Flowers will be later.
Monday 17 October.
Off p.m. so Buller and I went shopping - great time - pas de lettres
Tuesday 18 October.
Heavenly day and hot so Hemmel and I went swimming - the major shouted us a sherry! We dined delicately of croissants and cream cakes. Sewed all p.m. Letters from John Grierson and Doss. Wrote home and to John.
Wednesday 19 October.
To Nice p.m. not as nice as Cannes but pretty - home 7 pm Letter from Neemie
Thursday 20 October.
Spent a.m. writing letters etc - to town pm and explored old Cannes with Buller
- very interesting - church and tower and old museum and a glorious views - pas de lettres au son!
Friday 21 October.
Off a.m. so Bowler and I went to Caques enroute to St Paul (de Vence) - A lovely wee fortress - very old and setting on top of a hill. Very late back on duty but were kindly received - mouldy - no letters again so haven't written any.
Saturday 22 October.
Glorious day sat and mended in the sun all a.m. Wrote letters to Doris Miss Gill is Gillespie and Johnny and Neemie p.m. glorious mail from NZ. Mother, Dad, Doss, Eine, Buff, & Don.
Have read my book on Devon - The Galaxy - Dusty Answer - The Golden Violet (Jamaica)
Sunday 23 October.
To church at 10:30 with Miss Williams and Gamble - walked both ways - p.m. to Cap d' Antibes with Hemmel via Juan les- Pins and Antibes - very delightful.
Monday 24 October.
Sewed in sun all a.m. took a walk to cemetery with sister Buller - mouldy - no mail
Tuesday 25 October.
Went early to Grasse to assist Miss Hesketh who is sick. Delightful drive there and back but found Miss H up and better. First rain we've had since I arrived - thunder and lightning.
Wednesday 26 October.
Spent the whole of the morning getting my identification papers cleaned up. No letters.
Thursday 27 October.
Wakened feeling simply foul and sure I've got rheumatic fever at least. Mail which should have come last night brought 3 marvellous letters from Harold the Darling - cheered me immensely but increased my homesickness.
Friday 28 October.
Still more or less to my bed feeling with pains in every muscle and joint. Sister is marvellous Bulley isn't well either. Letter from Mac G - moved over to hospital for a month.
Saturday 29 October.
Stayed in bed feeling absolutely done - feeling very nauseated too - can't eat - I do feel awful
Sunday 30 October.
Moved to hospital.
31 October to 2 Nov
awful days
Thursday 3 & 4 November
Ha-Wa due in New Zealand
Letters from Adria Mac G Mogg Aston Doss Doreen etc still sick and feeling absolutely low am as yellow as a quince and feeling like half.
Saturday 5 November.
No excitement here on the glorious 5th everyone extremely tired and homesick - I am still the latter - can't read or write and time drags heavily.
Sunday 6 November
Grr wrote home and to Francie McGibbon.
Tuesday 7 November.
Feeling better though still sick.
Tuesday 8 November.
A better day wrote to Doreen and Ha-Wa and read the newspaper - letter from Doss.
Wednesday 9 November.
Paid for it today by a foul sick headache all day - letters from Mops Buff and the Doss.
Thursday 10 November.
Better today but still can't read or write or sleep so time hangs heavily - letters from Doss and Nan I owe dozens now.
Friday 11 November.
Still the colour of a Chinese but wore my poppy bravely - listened to a wonderful "Festival of Remembrance" at Albert Hall last night Duke and Duchess of Windsor met Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Paris
Saturday 12 November.
Down in garden am felt like nothing on earth - so awfully weak but will be better tomorrow letters from Doss John etc - read 3 books in 2 days.
Sunday 13 November.
Up again and feel better - wrote to - - - frightfully tired still
Monday 14 November.
Up and dressed today feeling like a cat's breakfast - getting in with my blue jumper.
Tuesday 15 November.
Feeling better - wrote a few letters. P.C. from Doss
Wednesday 16 November.
Up and walked a little feeling very weak on my pins and tired still - weight 8 stone 4 1/2 pounds (52Kg) gosh! Letter from D
Thursday 17 November
Nothing happened wrote and received letters.
Friday 18 November.
Wrote to Doris, Eine, Robbie, Mona, Peg & Betty - letters from Jesse, Myrtle, also my photos and some NZ books.
Saturday 19 November.
Usual day getting on with my jumper - card from Doreen - Nil of note
Sunday 20 November.
My clothes arrived 8 am from Doreen - wrote home to GR etc
Monday 21 November
No letters - went by bus to the Mairie and got my carte d'identite - feeling better.
Tuesday 22 November.
Walked to Cannes with girls, Buller & Gamble and I had 11's at a cafe and then I came home - done in - letters from Mogg
Wednesday 23 November.
Too tired to walk today sun perfect wrote to Wilson and Mitchell letter from Robbie and paper from home.
Thursday 24 November.
A fortnight since I heard from home - to super - Cannes by bus with Buller and Hemmel lovely view right to Italian Alps - snow clad now. Tired though after - letters from D and Mrs Taylor.
Friday 25 November.
Shopping with Buller and bought wool for Buff's cardigan - PC from Katie - wrote to Ha-Wa Mother Mrs Taylor and K Frys Fellowship - Raits and Tanners for Xmas - lunched with staff.
Saturday 26 November.
Sat in sun a.m. and walked with Stringer p.m. tea and dinner with staff but tired when I got to bed at 9 pm no letters for me in yesterday's. "Broom Sticks" by Walter Delamere published by Cassell's.
Sunday 27 November.
Up for 8:30 brek to church 10:30 with Buller and Hemmel - Holy Communion and Matins which I enjoy greatly rested p.m. and knitted.
Monday 28 November.
On call a.m. and went to town pm no mail or excitement general strike expected throughout France on Wednesday.
Tuesday 29 November.
Went to Grasse for a drive with Gabriel etc heavenly there now with autumn tints everywhere. To La Bocca - same way - p.m. soldiers everywhere in preparation for great strike a.m.
Wednesday 30 November.
General strike a.m. full of anxiety all day - postie didn't come - so we don't know whether there was a strike or not - paid today - cashed my cheque.
Thursday 1 December
Said "Rabbits" lovely day so washed my hair still no letters from home and feeling awfully worried.
6 pm letters all well - letters had been sent via Cannes
Friday 2 December.
Gorgeous day - Buller and I moved to the pavilion - posted photographs to Harold and letters home.
Saturday 3 December.
Went walking p.m. with sister and Stringer to top of Sanatorium Hill - lovely day and sunset - saw Alps Maritimes under snow - letters from home
Sunday 4 December.
Called out to case at Beau-Site-Gont dull day - nothing to do - missed Arthur Rubinstein's concert p.m.
Monday 5 December.
The same - food and service good at this hotel - wrote to Harry and home getting on with my knitting.
Tuesday 6 December.
The same - to town a.m. for a while - finished case pm (L1) - and so home letters from Nan and Doss - 2 months since we arrived here.
Wednesday 7 December.
Buller and I went shopping p.m. and I bought Innoxa stuff - letter am from Mop & Buff and two from Ha-Wa a fortnight earlier at sea
Thursday 8 December
Posted letters to Harold and home and Margaret G. Stayed home all day as it was raining - no letters. Gas lecture by Miss Heathcote at night - very weary - none from home - 10 weeks since Ha-Wa left England.
Friday 9 December.
Collected ambulance case at Alsace-Lorraine hotel a.m. and brought him in - am on the hospital staff now - and like it so far - though easy - marvellous mail from home via Francie - plus Weekly News, F.L. and Australian papers
Saturday 10 December.
Shopped a.m. letters to Doris p.m.
Sunday 11 December.
Thank heavens - have been feeling awful - wrote copious letters p.m. very wet and cold
Monday 12 December
Off during p.m. rested on my bed
Tuesday 13 December.
Busy day half day p.m. wrote letters etc received lovely letters from Mops Doss and Mrs Wedekind
Wednesday 14 December
As usual - shopped a.m. and bought silver and brown suede shoes.
Thursday 15 December.
Joy of joys a letter Air Mail from Ha-Wa arrived at 10 am and made my day for me - the dear - it had taken nearly a month though - I wrote to him and mops and D by pm post.
Friday 16 December.
11 weeks since we parted - sun shining today but awfully cold went for a nice walk with Partridge found wild violets - lots of thunder.
Saturday. 17 December.
Lovely mail from Mops, Phil H, Adria, Mac G, Lowery etc stayed home and wrote letters.
Sunday 18 December.
To church 10:30 am Holy Communion very cold and windy today. Wrote letters p.m. - off at 7:15 pm.
Monday 19 December.
Fearfully cold and wet day (temperature 27°) in parts of England, we hear about 35° here. Another lovely a.m. mail - letter from Ha-Wa and a parcel from? Wrote to Christine and Ha-Wa
Tuesday 20 December.
Bitterly cold and snow on the hills - snowing in London - grr
Wednesday 21 December
No entry
Thursday 22 December
Lovely mail from NZ.
Friday 23 December.
Several cards and same hankies from Mogg - to town a.m. and bought grog for Christmas - also cashed my cheque from home.
Saturday 24 December.
Still frightfully cold - decorated p.m. - book of patterns from Doris. Wire from Richard and Mona am which cheered me greatly
Sunday 25 December.
To church by car at 8 am with Miss W and 4 others church prettily decorated a jolly day and a ripping dinner at night - I won a diary.
Monday 26 December.
A glorious mail this a.m. - Eine Doreen Peg G, Mona 2, etc Gamble and I went to the Creche Le Suquet p.m. but it wasn't working (a nativity automaton). To tea at Des Nampiers?
Tuesday 27 December.
No mail - half a day and I want to hear Grace Moore at the casino - lovely Duchess of Windsor was there - had chocolate with Partridge later and wrote letters home
Wednesday 28 December.
Very cold wrote letters
Thursday 29 December.
Went for a good walk in lovely sunshine with Miss Williams - no letters (I have a filthy cold) wrote home
Friday 30 December.
Finished in hospital 3 months wrote letters frantically
Saturday 31 December.
Betty Hennell and I went to Beuil and Valberg for the day - heavenly day and route - snow and icicles everywhere watched skiing etc back at 7:30 to find letters from home most cheering. Saw the old year out 11 pm with sherry in Bullers room.

6. Marjorie Barker's 1939 Diary.: Europe & New Zealand Part 1, 1 Jan 1939 to 19 Nov 1939. The diary of Marjorie Helen Ruth Barker 1939.
Transcribed by her son Edward in 2014.
Note this diary has been transcribed using error ridden voice recognition technology.

As with Margot's 1938 diary, she recorded the mass of letters she received from her family and friends. This continued in this record, perhaps even to a greater extent in her periods of loneliness, and ill health. For the sake of brevity this detail has been generally edited except for Harry (Ha Wa) and her patients who wrote to her.
Sunday, January 1
Called out 9 am to Hotel Californie to Mrs Graaf. Dull day and couldn't get out to see the Battle of Flowers - an in auspicious beginning for 1939 but had my first ride in a Rolls!
Monday January 2.
The same. Went a short walk above the Californie but it rained so I returned and exchanged stamps with Maria, Mrs Graaf's maid. Letters from Ha Wa
Tuesday, January 3.
Aurst's here to so we lunched and dined together and walked on La Croisette p.m. Finished at Californie.
Wednesday, January 4.
Posted letters home and to Ha Wa letter from Adria to say her mother had died on December 22 so wrote to her again and Ha Wa also to heaps of others - a good day - no letters p.m.
Thursday, January 5.
Called out to Grand Hotel to Mrs Prescott-Westcar with bronchitis - a sweet soul very happy there: found enormous mail awaiting me - glorious.
Friday, January 6.
Mrs Westcar was a little better but I stayed in all day and wrote many letters. Harold's photo arrived p.m. - the Darling.
Saturday, January 7.
Lunched with Major Westcar - but p.m. very worrying Mrs Westcar not so well - poor darling. Found marvellous mail from home
Sunday, January 8.
Gabriel took us in his car - so we hadn't to walk. Mrs Westcar was better again and stayed so altho exhausted. Wrote to Ha Wa.
Monday, January 9.
An uneventful day did not go out and no letters.
Tuesday, January 10
Dr Pris rang from his bed with a cold and did not visit us Mrs Westcar continues to make good progress.
Wednesday, January 11.
Out for a while a.m. and met Buller - Found letters from home - on arrival home - awful night thunder storms etc.
Thursday, January 12.
An uneventful day save that Mrs W got up. Awful storm and no letters at night.
Friday, January 13.
The same - letters - p.m.
Saturday, January 14.
Knitted and read "Sunset house" - pouring - letters from Mrs Taylor - and Auckland Weekly from Elsie.
Sunday, January 15.
Uneventful day did not go out. Mrs Westcar up for nearly 9 hours.
Monday, January 16.
The same went for a walk past the Palm Beach Casino and discovered Russian Church and Alexander's III's Chateau. No letters.
Tuesday, January 17.
Major Prescott-Westcar my patient today with bad cold.
Wednesday, January 18.
Nil of note.
Thursday, January 19.
A hectic day - To Sunny Bank p.m. and packed my clothes. Found 9 glorious letters from home. Stayed night at the Grand - and went to the Java ballet - wasn't bad - very tired.
Friday, January 20.
Up betimes and got my people away safely by 10:40 train. Then home and packed - to St Raphael p.m. for case.
Saturday, January 21.
Not such an awful night and day though pretty wearing - didn't sleep either. Cake from Buff and calendar from Nene arrived. Sent L10 to London - wrote home - Ha-Wa - Mrs August senior, Miss Williams.
Sunday, January 22.
Awful day or rather a.m. Gillett woke me early and we had a fearful time with Dr up etc - gosh!
Monday, January 23.
Postcard from Doss - no letters took Chicko for a walk to Valescure. Wrote to Pop - Tuesday, January 24.
A big day - radiologist came first - followed by a doctor, a big man from Toulouse - another nurse from Paris etc etc - no letters.
Wednesday, January 25.
Miss Cartier and I went p.m. night duty - sleeping at the Hotel des Anglais - didn't sleep one wink all day - letter from Adria.
Thursday, January 26.
Slept better today in a quiet room and aspirin not on till 10 pm tonight. Lovely mail.
Friday, January 27.
As usual - slept well - it's good having 2 of us on night. Our friend had a "rigor" just as the doctor came.
Saturday, January 28
Letter from Doris - nothing happened - walked back to our hotel.
Sunday, January 29.
Great excitement at 10 am when Sir Kenneth Goodly arrived from England etc etc to do a needling. We were glad to escape at 11 am
Monday, January 30.
As usual - hardly slept at all today how I loathe this place no letters either.
Tuesday, January 31.
A glorious day - made going to bed even worse than usual. Partridge arrived and Gillett returned for 3 days. two letters from Harold - Mrs J August and blouse from Joyce.
Wednesday, February 1.
Said "Rabbits" - day started by Commander having a very bad heart attack - so wasn't greatly surprised when Partridge woke me to say he died. Letters from Harold.
Thursday, February 2.
Couldn't sleep so finished my book got up feeling awful - caught train back to Cannes for lunch found letters. desperately tired but day off tomorrow with Partridge - posted gift to Eine.
Friday, February 3.
Breakfast in bed then off to Monte Carlo after cashing my cheque. Glorious day - had an amusing lunch at Bottam's, nice. At M C and Monaco - delightful poke round and returned 7:30 pm. Monaco is like a tiny Kingdom with soldiers in fancy dress.
Saturday, February 4.
Letter from Amy a.m. to say she was on her way home. Bowler and I shopped p.m. and I wrote to Ha Wa. Posted L10 to Doris and postcards to Pop and Mrs Clark. Letter from John Sparks from New Zealand! And from Doris suggesting I join her for a week's car drive in Devon - to bed early with a bad head and pain.
Sunday, February 5.
To St George's a.m. with Miss Hesketh. Great parade of French and English banners etc all very lovely. To case p.m. Col Cumming - wrote to Ha Wa.
Monday, February 6.
Day went smoothly no letters - wrote home and to Lou and Miss Jordan and D. Glorious weather. Lovely view here - Golfe Juan - Royal Sovereign.
Tuesday, February 7.
As usual - Knitted a bit - no letters. Rang Miss Williams. Perfect day.
Wednesday, February 8.
Uneventful day which had its subsequent events "Place Neville Chamberlain" named with much pomp.
Thursday, February 9
Went up to Sunny Bank (Hospital) and collected letters from H, John Gilk - Mrs Gillespie, FMG, Helen Atkinson - Mrs Prescott-Westcar etc etc. Awful day and very depressed (loss of letters etc). Letter from Ha Wa
Friday, February 10.
Wrote to family. Rang Helen A and had tea with her and her cousin Mr Turven and at the Beau Site - very pleasant - no letters.
Saturday, February 11.
Shopping at Golfe Juan - am to Gorges du Lamp p.m. Very lovely - especially garden on the Hill - 500 m up with lovely misty valleys below. Letter from Miss Widdecombe and p.m. posted letters to Mrs Taylor.
Sunday, February 12.
To Draguignan lovely drive through beautiful country. Almond and cherry blossom everywhere.
Monday, February 13.
Wrote to mother. To Sunny Bank p.m. and collected calendar from GR.
Tuesday, February 14.
A happy day - stayed home at Le Mazet - wrote to Mrs Gillespie and Amy no letters
Wednesday, February 15.
Walked with Col and Mrs Cumming a.m. and left p.m. for Sunny Bank rang Helen and Mrs Widdecombe and have 2 days off.
Thursday, February 16.
Hindle and I were off together and lay on the rocks by Mrs Elliott's Villa - saw Col and Mrs C and collected letters. To dinner with Helen ? - very pleasant - danced - such a dears both of them.
Friday, February 17.
This a.m. for a delightful walk from La Napoule to the Esterels - the Mimosa etc lovely. Home where the Wedekinds's collected me for tea at Juan les Pins and to their home marvellous - mail from Ha Wa, Adria etc Doss Buff Fr 2400.
Saturday, February 18.
Got our forms for Italian tour. PC from Doss and letters from mother. Went walking in the pinewoods with King and Hensell - primroses showing up and violets everywhere. Posted letter to mother.
Sunday, February 19.
To Church 8 am by self. After lunch to town to see the fete des Mimoses - very pretty town well decorated. To casino later Bruno Walter - Mozart Concerto. Symphony Nocturne Minuet Sonata etc. Posted letters to H. Adria, Mrs Wed
Monday, February 20.
Sat in sun and Knitted all day - no mail "day off" tomorrow - may go to Isle de Levins with Monaghan.
Tuesday, February 21.
Dull day so we went to Nice and intended going on to Monaco - but stayed and saw all the Mardi Gras p.m. fearful crush but it was worth it - an amazing spectacle.
Wednesday, February 22.
Letter from Toots a.m. for a lovely drive to Valbonne with Miss Heathcote - picked anemones, violets etc 100% heavenly - night duty with Miss Mort at a Russian Villa. Letters E G Anderson Hosp
Thursday, February 23.
Finished at 8:30 am and was supposed to go back at night but Miss W fixed that with result that I attended Miss H at "Figaro" in a box at night a marvellous show and the loveliest music ever. "The end of the Mozart Festival and Bruno Walter. Very heavy rain all day.
Friday, February 24.
Poured all day Buller and I went shopping p.m. and I bought zips for my jumper - which looks good now. No letters. Wrote to EGA Hosp
Saturday, February 25.
To town am and home all p.m. except for giving a lone washout at Martine's. Went to bed with a vile head - everyone being most kind to me.
Sunday, February 26.
To church a.m. off duty and in the sun a.m. most unexpectedly went to Faust p.m. - a most lovely company with splendid voices.
Monday, February 27
Wrote letters a.m Mrs Cumming, H - out to case at Savoy p.m. an awful muddle. No letters.
Tuesday, February 28
am in sun. To case at Beau-Site p.m. Miss McLintock bronchitis - Sir William and Lady McLintock - solid nice Scots people - Dr Bes.
Wednesday, March 1.
Wrote to Adria and Helen. Stayed in all day. Enjoyed my evening SW shared his winnings with me Fr 1000. (Sir William McL 1st Bt of Sanquhar)
Thursday, March 2.
For a lovely drive p.m. to Frejus with Sir William heavenly in the Esterels - lots of plum blossom out.
Friday, March 3
Stayed in all day wrote home and to Harold but didn't post.
Saturday, March 4
Went for a drive in pm with Miss McLintock as far as Theoule - S W shared his roulette winnings again another Fr1000 ! (Fr 1000 in 1939 about 200Stg in 2014)
Sunday, March 5
Miss McLintock went to lunch at Mougins - so I returned to Sunny Bank till 4 pm. To bed for p.m. Collected mail from home, plus Miss Gillespie
Monday, March 6
Returned to Sunny Bank 3 pm - sad to say goodbye but have addresses of both people. Found no one in at Sunny Bank.
Tuesday, March 7.
Mail from Buff and Ha Wa - on duty in hospital all day - cashed cheque and saw Col and Mrs Cumming in Barclays bank. Brought 2 pairs of stockings.
Wednesday, March 8
On duty specialising Princess Sunika daughter of Rajah of Indore.
Thursday, March 9.
Still specialising the Princess a sweet little Blackamoor - her mother - the Ranee is charming.
Friday, March 10
My patient went home a.m. and I was given a lovely box of chocolates. Posted letters to D + L10. Mrs Gillespie and Ha Wa. To Civil Hospital 5 pm to an accident case who died - an awful experience.
Saturday, March 11
Told that I should have to join Gardener at Valescure p.m, but returned from an outing to Olivet to find that it was changed to Monte Carlo - so set forth by Michilin half an hour later - lovely journey and nice hotel and people day duty only. Carnival on here today.
Sunday, March 12.
Letters arrived - peaceful day - drove pm to Menton and all-round Monte - Dr Bayer - wrote to Miss W.
Monday, March 13.
Drove pm to La Turbie, Eze & Nice returning via Grand and Moyenne Corniches.
Tuesday, March 14
Pops birthday drove to golf links, Mont Agel a most lovely day. This part of the coast's most attractive and full of Roman remains.
Wednesday, March 15
Took a drive to Peille p.m. letters - wrote to Mrs Taylor and Mrs Angush.
Thursday, March 16.
Marvellous mail from home Drove to Italian border - Frontier then back and went over the oceanic Museum at Monaco very interesting.
Friday, March 17
For a drive to Cap Ferrat - walked then again pm - warships at Beaulieu.
Saturday, March 18
Rained but we drove to Cap Ferrat - Mrs J came down to beach Mr and I walked p.m. after visiting the Jardine Exotique - sat in the lounge after dinner. No letters International situation grave. Hitler has annexed Bohemia Ruthenia etc and everyone is very nervous. Wish I could have heard Mr Chamberlain's speech.
Sunday, March 19.
For a drive to Cap Ferrat a.m. and walk p.m. heavenly country posted postcard to Popper.
Monday, March 20
Driving a.m. Had a rotten collision and got badly bumped - were lucky to escape greater injury - wrote to Francie no letters.
Tuesday, March 21
Walked in sun and inspected the shops a.m. Lovely on the famous Tenances - had tomato juice and returned to an orchestra. Posted PC to John. Tea at sporting club.
Wednesday, March 22
King of Sweden dined at next table and at lunch today Kreistler (sic)* sat near me - said goodbye to the Jacobs 4:30 pm and returned to Cannes a marvellous mail awaited me plus L100.
*(Fritz Kreisler a great violinist of the time)
Thursday, March 23.
Day off with Maugham so we went to Peira Cava a lovely trip taking in many interesting places in a snowstorm part of the time and the snow was lovely.
Friday, March 24.
Called up at 2:15 am to go to Lady Gladstone - lovely villa did not sleep much when I got to bed Gillett is on day duty.
Saturday, March 25
At Thoencial? again Lady Gladstone is interested in Toc H so we got on all right. Finished today and G is going to stay there. To Montfleury Hotel to a Mr Walker 82 - a bridegroom! from Canada!
Sunday, March 26.
Robertson is on day here - Miss Heathcote took me in her car to St George's where there was a parade of sailors from HMS Arethusa.
Monday, March 27.
Posted letters to - received from - slept not so badly reading Rebecca by Du Maurier and Ravine B Nicholls.
Tuesday, March 28.
Slept well. Letter from Ha Wa p.m. 28th Feb. Pretty awful case.
Wednesday, March 29.
Slept poorly. Lovely mail from?
Thursday, March 30.
The usual awful night ghastly woman - to HC (Holy Communion) a.m. at St Paul's and did good work cleaning out my room a.m. before I went to bed. Holly joined me on night and that evidently stirred up the fireworks!!
Friday, March 31
Had to ring Dr Guinness at 4 am but he was very nice and I was jolly relieved to leave the place - ugh.
Saturday, April 1
Said Hares and Rabbits! The poor old man died this a.m. I was working in hospital. Pretty grim there to - tho' sister let me off at 7:30 pm. Received letter - posted some to - Letters are coming fast now - Air Mail speeding up international situation not very promising. Oxford - Cambridge boat race.
Sunday, April 2.
In hospital again and looking forward to a Holy Week cantata p.m. when called out to Grand Hotel to Ranee of Indore's children - with flu. Letter from Mrs Cumming a.m.
Monday, April 3.
Up at 7:30 - quite cheerful day. To Sunny Bank p.m. and found Mr Gardner in blustery and very miserable day. No letters. To bed early.
Tuesday, April 4.
Wrote to - and Ha Wa p.m. letter from Doreen who has been mixed up in bomb outrages. Miserable day so didn't go out. Wrote to shipping offices and Mrs Cumming.
Wednesday, April 5
No letters - went up to Sunny Bank p.m. wrote to Miss Taylor, a year today since I left New Zealand.
Thursday, April 6.
Dull day met Price and we strolled for an hour in the Rue d'Antibes blustery and grey - no letters - children up.
Friday, April 7
Missed having no Hot + Buns here! Letter from Doreen a.m. to Holy Trinity 2 - 3 pm very nice service. Later sat in sun with Price Gardener and Wearing. Took Sunika to dentist 5 pm and went for a short drive later, evening paper full of Italy's conquest of Albania - God knows what will happen next.
Saturday, April 8
Rested with sore headache p.m. but took Sunika to dentist p.m. very hot and muggy - no letters.
Sunday 9 April
To church 7 am perfect Easter day took children for a walk a.m. to Sunny Bank p.m. and to church 5:30 pm. A lovely day summer seems to have arrived everywhere is green trees - lovely wisteria.
Monday, April 10
Glorious day.To a recital by Kreisler p.m. with Price - Sonata Cantata Mendelssohn Concerto Gil & Karen Luis? Hymns to the Sun Caprice Vieonnies - Londonderry Air - Tchaikovsky & Kreisler
Tuesday, April 11.
Took children shopping and in glorious sun. Price had tea with me. Lunched at restaurant with Ranee who later presented me with a beautiful evening bag sorry to leave them. War news not reassuring tonight
Wednesday, April 12
Went shopping and walking in the sun with Buller who is on night call p.m. - marvellous mail - Ha Wa - called out at 10 p.m. to a filthy case and have to stay - feel awful.
Thursday, April 13.
Gabriel brought my night things this a.m. feel thoroughly cafed?. Did not sleep a wink all day and am frightfully miserable in consequence. Gave Gabriel letters to
Friday, April 14
Went up to Sunny Bank a.m. feeling about 0% the kids were marvellous. War news bad. France well mobilised - Italy trip off, I'm afraid. Slept well after taking a large dose of Viriane.
Saturday, April 15.
Still here to town a.m. to buy papers and dope - news and more reassuring as England is very definite in her policy - Mr Chamberlain made an excellent speech in Parliament on Thursday - Italy really is definitely off though rang Hetty.
Sunday, April 16
Summer time begins glad to do one hour less duty! "Slept" at Sunny Bank most thankfully today or rather didn't sleep - damn Percy. Found my old lady very fractious.
Monday, April 17.
Glorious day and I sat in sun to have my plateau. Slept 2 hours and got up to find letter from Doris acknowledging my L100 nice brown bag from Mrs Cumming for me.
Tuesday, April 18.
Had tea with Mrs Cumming walked to Golfe Juan - Guns and soldiers everywhere though no news of any beginning at present - slept 2 hrs - letter from Mona.
Wednesday, April 19.
Went early to bed and slept 2 hours old lady a bit better. Letters from Adria
Thursday, April 20
Hitler's birthday and everyone very apprehensive and distrustful - in bed later. Bought luggage straps Fr 25 - nice letters from ? told I'm to take a pt (sic) home on 28th by Blue Train.
Friday, April 21.
No sleep again today received cheque from Doris posted letters Ha Wa
Saturday, April 22
Thrilled to find letters from - Harold and Doris unexpectedly posted letters home 24-4-39 to Ha Wa and Doris.
Sunday, April 23
Saw the old ladie's treasures from Queen Victoria etc then to church at Holy Trinity glorious day and a good sleep after sedomid
Monday, April 24
To Isles des Lerins with - nothing startling though a lovely day. Letters from Dill and Adria.
Tuesday, April 25
Anzac Day met Hetty and Wearing and saw over a lovely garden - finished with the old ladies. Very tired but further depressed when sister told me the trip to England was off - can go anyhow - so booked seat by Route des Alpes for Thursday and started packing.
Wednesday, April 26
Busy time making my bag shut but accomplished all and finished up satisfactory. Start at 8:10 am spent L10 to book a ticket by Vitesse to Paris - American Express.
Thursday, April 27
Up betimes and was away after much farewelling at 7:50 am. Poured with rain in the Esterrels but after Frejus was perfect and I enjoyed every moment of the trip. Lunched at Avignon and reached Lyon at 7 pm looked around the shops a nice hotel and good bed flowers - Lilac and Judas trees especially marvellous. Looked around the shops.
Friday, April 28
Called at 6 am and were on the way to Paris by 7 am Lyon looks a lovely old town wish I could stay longer. Passed through glorious country. Valleys of the Rhone and Loire - many chateaux and beautiful pastures fields of cowslips etc - talked to an English doctor on the trip and was sorry to reach Paris at 7pm. A nice room at St Petersburg where I felt very much at home found a postcard from Bullen to say she and P are still here - better luck than I'd hoped for and I rang them and arranged to meet for an aperitif today. Slept well.
Saturday, April 29
Found American Express office closed when eventually got there after wandering Montmartre. Arranged to dine with Buller and P and then off to the Louvre for pm. Saw many new things besides Mona Lisa etc etc. Home in the rain through the Tuileries Gardens to Folies Bergere later excellent show.
Sunday, April 30.
Wakened late after my dissipation and roamed the streets - finding many new spots of interest thrilling to be here again. Wrote letters p.m. and at night dined at Ha Hungaria with a gypsy band with B and P Excellent.

7. Marjorie Barker's 1939 Diary.: Europe & New Zealand Part 2, 1 Jan 1939 to 19 Nov 1939. Monday May 1
Said rabbits and had a busy day saw about Belgium trip at American Express and departed at 2:15 pm sorry to leave Paris but love Brussels arrived 5:40 pm booked trip to Holland for tomorrow excellent hotel and good dinner out. Feeling very happy. Posted letters to H and mother and D.
Tuesday May 2
Up betimes and left Brussels at 7 am past through Antwerp and saw many war spots and shrapnel scarred homes, into Holland soon after 11 am lunched at Amsterdam and took a boat trip along the canals. Passed through bulb fields at Harlem etc amazing home 10:45 am met some nice American people.
Wednesday, May 3.
Was dead this a.m. but recovered after coffee & rolls and was out & about by 9:30. Took a tour of the city in glorious weather - a beautiful place with magnificent buildings, lunched at the Cafe Rozier and took tram and train to Bruges 1 hour completely different to Brussels much smaller of course and more dilapidated though clean on the whole interesting crow stepped roofs everywhere and magnificent churches, public buildings and tower - tired though so to bed early.
Thursday May 4
Caught 10 am train to Ostend after not very good night due to many bells! To Ostend by 10:20 and got my boat easily - good crossing and arrived over before 3 - Doris meet me at Victoria and I came to my new digs - found many letters. To Hungarian Rhapsody at the Adelphi at night after supper in town.
Friday, May 5.
Slept well.? Sallied after brek and I collected letters from New Zealand house from - Lunched at home after buying corsets, unpacked bags and at night went out to supper and later collected my bags from Whitehall not able to get a car.
Saturday May 6.
A lovely day so departed 10 am for Tunbridge Kent is heavenly now. Tried to get cycles without success so lunched in the castle grounds and then went to Mogg who took us in her car to see bluebell woods and primroses - home after nice tea at 8 pm found postcards from ? and Adria.
Sunday May 7
Rose not too early and went walking in Regents Park in glorious sunshine. Home for lunch and after a rest to St James Park till church time (Savoy Chapel) - watched a Fascist demonstration. Posted letters home.
Monday May 8
Doreen got away by 10:45 am train from Victoria. Saw her off. Then met Mona at Baker Street and shopped till 5 pm. Dined with Ken and got home very late. Letter from Miss Williams.
Tuesday, May 9.
Bought shoes in West Hampstead met Dill at Paddington and we went by train to Kensington to look at clothes. Dined at home and she left at 11 pm. More cables from home.
Wednesday May 10.
Moved my room. Bought a new dress and coat hat etc dined well alone - letters from Doris and Amy.
Thursday May 11.
Letters from Doris and Mac went early and inspected shops in Kensington High Street. To lunch with Dr and Mrs Fenn - very nice and to Kew with Adria. Bluebells marvellous - saw Queen Mary there! Who gave us a nice bow!
Friday May 12/13.
Today set off to see how far could go without spending! Walked across Hyde Park to Green Park to Westminster Cathedral. Very fine tho smelly with incense. Next to London Museum - full of interesting things - clothes et cetera - back for lunch then 4d + 3d + 3d to St Paul's - very interesting service - 100 years K.C.H. (Kings College Hospital) Archbishop of Canterbury preached - saw the Bishop of London and talked to a nice Toc H girl on the steps of the Cathedral. A most interesting day altogether for 10p! Marvellous mail letter from home and Harold Reg Pyke etc wrote to Doreen
Ha-Wa and home today Saturday - saw P&O about the ship probably the Strathnaver July 7 pending X - PC from Mona.
Sunday, May 14.
A year since I landed in England. To church near here 11 am. To Mac at Chislehurst p.m. and for supper. Such a happy day - I love this life. Posted letters to Sally & Joyce.
Monday May 15
Very wet - so filled in a.m. at home. Shopping p.m. and discovered many new streets "Welbeck" etc bought flower seeds etc. To Mona p.m. and spent a very happy time - knitting Ha-Wa and M cutting out frock. Rang Hetty B 5:30 pm at Cumberland
Tuesday May 16.
Het arrived for lunch and we went to the Citadel later very good met Jean Ambury and Mac at the Cumberland and had some quick ones. Dined at C house and then went out to Pats - very cheery evening - letters.
Wednesday May 17.
Very wet so packed up my lunch and went over to Mona found Betty Gordon there. Stayed till after dinner M and R coming part of the way with me asked to stay Whitsunday at East Horsley.
Thursday May 18
To church 12 noon at Hyde Park Square after going to Notting Hill Gate. To NZ house p.m. and going home bought silver from shop in Regent Street busy with washing etc till late so didn't go to Sadler's Wells Ballet as I'd intended.
Friday, May 19.
Up betimes and caught 10:50 am train to Welwyn where Betty and Mrs Hennell met me. B and I walked in perfect blue bell woods a.m. and p.m. till Peggy called for us and took us to Oxford - arrived there 8:30 and went punting on the Sherwell with nice lads and Michael her brother amazing digs over a restaurant.
Saturday, May 20.
Michael called for us to take us to his digs for brekkie. After which we went round the town and saw colleges etc till early lunch. After which he left us as he was rowing for his college at the Bumps, we joined him at the boathouse later and spent a most lovely - if cold - afternoon watching the rowing and crowds. After a ? supper in evening dress! We went for most enjoyable concert at Teddy Hall and supper, met some charming people. Listened to Haydn's Symphony "Miracle"
Sunday, May 21.
To Michael's digs again for a stupendous breakfast after which some exploring of Oxford till church 11 am at St Aldates - very fine sermon. More exploring of lovely places The Trout at Godstow - Christchurch Meadows etc in the country is marvellous - to St Mary the Virgin 8 pm Brother Algie Robertson spoke marvellous weekend got home 11:30pm very tired but feeling frightfully bucked.
Monday, May 22
Came up to town 1:30 and went with Betty to Barts etc. Had tea there. Found letters from - awaiting me - slept badly and awoke feeling fine.
Tuesday May 23.
Had a marvellous shopping day saw Duke of Gloucester leave Buckingham Palace in a State Coach for service at St James. Lunched at Pembethys and then saw Changing of the Guard at St James Palace - also a christening there - shopped hard. Met Amy T at Waterloo and we dined at Lyons Brasserie and saw "Four Feathers" at the Odeon.
Wednesday May 24.
Called for Mona and we lunched with Richard in Kensington thence to Barkers where we brought many dress materials to make up. Dined with them - slept very badly. Paid my boat deposit on
Tuesday 23.
Thursday May 25.
To Mona's for dressmaking a.m. cut out blue frock but didn't get far with it - did a lot of knitting.
Friday May 26
Took my material to Hutton's and was measured for my suit by Mr Elliott - brought gloves and shoes - met R & M at Waterloo and took train for East Horsley, Surrey at 8:42. Lovely evening. Went for a walk on arrival.
Saturday May 27.
Lay in, sunny, and later join Norman and Richard who were playing cricket at Ockham. Lovely in the sun. Tea at Horsley and played dominoes at night.
Sunday May 28.
Glorious day - Norman played cricket and we joined him p.m. and walked to Effingham and had tea at an Inn - collected wildflowers.
Monday, May 29.
Had intended walking to Shere but were too lazy so just lay in the sun and knitted or slept - walked in evening in lovely rhododendron woods and picked primroses.
Tuesday May 30.
Cleaned up house a bit and left Horsley at 12 mid. Found marvellous mail from home Harold - wrote home mail from home again at night
Wednesday, May 31.
Mona rang and we went shopping p.m. I bought a reading lamp frock etc and Mona a lot of cosmetics! To bed early and knitted.
Thursday, June 1.
Said rabbits out betimes to see Nan S who will do my hair tomorrow. Then to Pontries where I bought a great suit etc etc - a marvellous shop! Met Harrold 6:45 at John Lewis's and we then entered upon a pub crawl ending up with a nightclub - and arriving home very much the worse for wear ugh
Friday, June 2.
How my head aches this a.m. didn't wake until 8:30 but was at Notting Hill by 9:30 and sat till 2 pm having my hair done by Nan. Feel much better! Dill came p.m. and we set off Hampton court - glorious time return to Richmond by boat. Supper at Brasserie and so home a glorious day.
Saturday, June 3
Booked Amy's and my trip to Switzerland at Dean and Davidson's. To Mr Taylor p.m. - a great welcome - dear old soul. Met Nan and another at the old Vic 8 pm for "Ballets Jooss" a very good show for 9/6d!
Sunday, June 4.
Up betimes and away to City Temple where I heard Leslie Wheatherhead preach. Very good. At 3 pm to the Temple - glorious music - Scarlet cassocks etc - later went to St Michael's Chester Sq with "First Who Supped with Me" W H Elliott very fine
Monday, June 5.
Busy day shopping - washed and ironed p.m. and Dill came at night - cable from home - bought cider as Harrolds gift and linen.
Tuesday, June 6
Shopped etc Doreen came up from Eastbourne p.m. and supped with me.
Wednesday, June 7
To Aldershot later p.m. through lovely country most enjoyable evening - home 3 am.
Thursday, June 8
Up betimes and tried to get seats for Aida at Covent Garden unsuccessfully - got tickets for Switzerland - packed bag at night.
Friday, June 9.
Busy a.m. to Mona's for lunch after meeting Amy at Waterloo. Caught train for Switzerland at 3 pm - cold crossing and glad to get on train. Changed at Brussels one hour and then to Basel 11 am not such a bad night with 3 Scots folk.
Saturday, June 10.
Lovely country thru Strasbourg left Basel 3 pm and were in Lucerne 80 minutes later. Lovely place - were met by a nice D and D man - excellent hotel - food and beds - slept and slept we were so weary - typical country chalets firs everywhere - and such a glorious Lake - we are right on the River.
Sunday, June 11.
Slept late but got up for brekkie by 10 am then for a walk discovering the town. Rained p.m. So we slept and wrote home and to Ha Wa. For a walk after dinner and are further enthralled with this place.
Monday, June 12.
For a good walk about the town to the Lion Monument and Glacier Gardens etc. I bought a picture etc too wet to do anything p.m. so we slept beneath our feather bed's - still very tired.
Tuesday, June 13.
Up betimes and caught 9 am boat for Fluelin and Tells country. Rained soon after we left, but on the whole wasn't a bad day - beautiful country saw William Tell's statue etc. Smooth on Lake Lucerne. Captain Mansfield DD's man very kind.
Wednesday, June 14.
Wet morning so we prowled around the town and saw Glaciers Garden p.m. to Kussnacht (6 miles) where Queen Astrid was killed - too tired to go out off hotel.
Thursday, June 15.
Up betimes and caught 9:17 pm to Interlaken - much colder here, the very pleasant and beautiful wildflowers as we came along were too marvellous - Brunig Pass etc at Horn hotel where Ha Wa stayed felt mouldy and lonely for him - walk p.m. and reached Kursaal etc
Friday, June 16.
Walked a.m. in direction of Thun (Tun) and lay in the sun. p.m. to Kandersteg, Blue Lake - marvellous scenery then Aeschi-Spiez - Thun etc saw lake from boat took snaps of each other and excellent trip.
Saturday, June 17.
Caught train to Lauterbrunnen 10 am and thence walked to Trummelbach Falls - glorious tho raining hard. After lunch left Lauterbrunnen for Murren where we walked to the Valley of the Flowers (Blumenthal). Picked gentians, primula crocuses anemones alpine crowsfoot etc etc heavenly - to a yodelling concert at Kursaal wet so went to bed and so to bed.
Sunday, June 18.
Interlaken to church 10:30 am HC where Mr Adams took the service and after gave us a ride in his car - to Giessbach Falls by steamer p.m. glorious on Lake Brienz. Saw some cine films of Swiss at (illegible).
Monday, June 19.
Posted letters home and to D. Left Interlaken 9 am very sadly and were at Montreux by 1 pm. Lovely place with Castle of Chillon nearby. For a walk to Vevey p.m. and bought glorious cherries to bed early and thankfully.
Tuesday, June 20.
To Geneva by boat 9 am glorious on Lake Leman though cold arrived Geneva at 1:10 pm and were taken for a tour of the city - very interesting and beautiful - Calvin and John Knox - to Palace of Nations where we saw many rooms and a cinema for Fr 50.
Wednesday, June 21.
Lovely day so walked to Chateau d'Chillon - glorious old 10th to 16th century castle with perfect rooms pewter etc. Sewed and lounged p.m. in perfect content.
Thursday, June 22.
Montreux - lazed and walked a.m. lovely sun - to Lausanne and explored a lovely Cathedral - Protestant and listened to organ music. Had a sumptuous tea with strawberry tarts etc and came home by train in a thunderstorm. To bed early.
Friday, June 23.
Glorious day packed early and went out in the sun and bought cherries and tomatoes for our train journey. Had a late tea so didn't need supper except for what we had at Basel Park. The journey not really so foul this time.
Saturday, June 24
Arrived at Ostend at 10:30 - grey and gloomy so we decided not to go to Ypres as planned crossing smooth - home by 6 pm and found a great pile of mail - from home Ha Wa - and Richard rang almost immediately - Maida Vale 5051.
Sunday, June 25.
Lay abed till 11-ish wrote letters and then to Mona's for day sewed hard but with not much success home to a sleepless night - curse it.
Monday, June 26.
Up betimes and to the Shipping Offices and tailor - shopped extensively till 3 pm having late lunch when Miss McKay and Mac arrived for tea.? Tired out at night and took some sedomid with better results.
Tuesday, June 27.
Dill arrived early so we shopped - then lunched and went to Westminster Abbey - stayed for Evensong lovely to Cal Market and was to meet Doreen but didn't.
Wednesday, June 28.
To Delwyn where Betty met me had such a happy day sewing for her and nearly finished a dress for myself. Home 11:30.
Thursday, June 29
Dill calls shopping a.m. bought furs etc. To Nan is to have my hair done. Met Willie at Sarn 8:30 and dined marvellously - dear soul too late for a show - so we just talked till 11-ish and he brought me home in his Rolls.
Friday, June 30.
a.m. to tailor - bought cabin trunk etc etc but generally wasted a lot of time - not feeling well. To
"Me and My Girl" p.m. very good. Packed at night and slept better.
Saturday, July 1.
Said rabbits caught early bus to Tunbridge and spent day with Lamberts motored to Tunbridge Wells and had a business getting home after the last bus had left.
Sunday, July 2.
8:50 am at Whitehall Theatre met Nan and went to Westminster Abbey where the King and Queen were giving thanks for the safe return from America.
Monday, July 3.
Dill came and we shopped and lunch together Mac gave me a sweet clock - busy all p.m. and to Westminster Abbey at night for a Handel evening walked home with Ivan S afterwards.
Tuesday, July 4.
a.m. tea with Miss McGibbon pm to Wickens and Jones for tea party with 10 New Zealanders - awfully jolly. Adria came up and we went to "Under Your Hat" at the Palace - marvellous - Jack Hubbert. Supper at Corner House after.
Wednesday, July 5.
Mona came to help me pack! And after lunch to buy a hat or 3 - to supper at West Hempstead NW6 slept nier a wink.
Thursday, July 6.
Shopped a.m. and lunched with J at D H Evans. Bought a coat and shoes etc Doris arrived p.m. with books for me and stayed till I left for Mrs Fenns. Such a happy evening there they are dears, Nancy played the harp and sang and then saw me to the bus. Letter from W Mac L sail 1.50pm St Pancras..
Friday, July 7.
Pleasant easy a.m. shopped a little then Dill arrived and we lunched at Marble Arch Corner House and Mac and Dill saw me off at St Pancras and I was soon settled in on board SS Strathnaver, seems a pleasant ship though crowded - fair dinner and to bed late-ish.
Saturday, July 8.
Slept like a log on a soft bed and awakened to a good cup of tea at 6:30 am, spent day chatting to quite pleasant folk and knitting and sleeping. Grey, cold day but ravenously hungry all the time - to bed early. Glorious bunch of flowers from Mona and Richard. Letter from Bett on arrival.
Sunday, July 9.
To church 11 am very dull and lugubrious ate lazily and slept p.m. Crossing Bay of Biscay so many absent from meals though so far it isn't more than a heavy swell - fogs - ship heaves to every few hours.
Monday, July 10.
Talked to various people and had a few drinks and got on with my socks - lazy day but not too terribly hot - not many playing games and no organisation think God. Past St Vincent Cadiz etc then Gibraltar.
Tuesday, July 11.
Very exciting to see land and set foot in Tangier Moorish and smelly I didn't buy anything - to Gib 1:30 3hrs surprisingly big went ashore by tender in both places and I bought scent? and a pouf and some snaps - to a silly D Durbin picture nocte (night).
Wednesday, July 12
Wrote letters in delightful cool and knitted mostly.
Thursday, July 13.
Tied up at Marseille 1 pm and went ashore - a grubby place. Bought stamps etc. Interesting around the port met a nice Welsh officer and chatted some.
Friday, July 14.
Lazy day - chatted to 4th and had tea and a drink with him. To Marseille later and watched fireworks etc - 14th of July celebrations. Had a party with Susan and Miss Street later!
Saturday, July 15.
Away 4 am - cool still and very pleasant on top deck. Talked to Miss Kirk and slept p.m. passed close to Corsica p.m. and Sardinia. Late to bed after a pleasant evening
Sunday, July 16.
Interesting and very lovely day. Past Stromboli steaming 3 pm and Straits of Messina later - Italy and Sicily - I saw Etna in distance - glorious scenes and whether - sea perfect - good evening Taff pointed out all the places of interest.
Monday, July 17.
No land till Crete at night perfect evening most glorious weather started to play chess at night but abandoned it.
Tuesday, July 18.
Slept in read "Mr Deed Goes to Town" a.m. - had our usual sustenance with Scotty and parked for rest of evening.
Wednesday, July 19.
Arrived Port Said 5 am were away 8:30 very hot coming through canal - 12 hours - past camels Sheikhs etc awful sands but glorious scene.
Thursday, July 20.
Getting hotter and hotter - though glorious weather finished a detective yarn. Taffy and I too tired to go to boxing so went to bed instead and slept well.
Friday, July 21.
Arrived at Port Sudan 11 am - hottest day so far - awful hellish - no shops - only vendors. Sea temperature 91 degrees, in shade 113 degrees - though cool at night when we sat on poop, and later drank long gins and tonic.
Saturday, July 22.
This heat is almost unendurable I wonder how I can exist much longer.
Sunday, July 23.
Aden tied up at 6 am in most wicked heat. Went ashore and bought some undies etc - almost sick with heat and after.
Monday, July 24.
When we ran into the monsoon - ghastly rough weather, though mercifully cooler.
Tuesday, July 25.
A dreary depressing day very hot and grey Taffy and I sat on deck and watched dancing till 11:45.
Wednesday, July 26.
Very hot and muggy - played tennis and quoits and nearly dropped with exhaustion after.
Thursday, July 27.
Arrived at Bombay 12:30 pm and went for a drive round the city - beautiful buildings saw Temple snake charmers with mongoose - Burning gats and tower of silence plus vultures - filthy streets - No shopping left at 11:30 pm
Friday, July 28.
Very hot still and port holes closed again - sat and knitted and chatted to German people all day. Took tea with Taffy - to flicks at night - very good and sat on deck till 12
Saturday, July 29.
Cooler day on deck - normal day.
Sunday, July 30.
Arrived Colombo 7 am and after much cogitation Miss Kirk and I went off on our own 3 hours drive in rickshaw - tea at why Y.W. and much shopping. Then back to the ship and later walked with much fun in search of church - returned to ship 8:30 pm glorious city. Cinnamon gardens like Jamaica gardens and Buddhist temples ad lib - glorious flowers and trees - Al Amanda yellow - saw chameleon - woodpecker etc rather clean and civil and happy.
Monday, July 31.
Awfully tired today - slept p.m. and so didn't have tea with T met him later and we went to the flicks - K Hepburn - and later had a binge in Sammy's cabin after one on deck.
Tuesday, August 1.
Said rabbits had a happy morning playing whist and ? Very hot at night in T's cabin.
Wednesday, August 2.
Lazy morning - slept p.m. - had a 6 some in T's cabin - and later he taught me crib.
Thursday, August 3.
As usual.
Friday, August 4.
Party at night - Sammy sang with great feeling and gusto.
Saturday, August 5.
Played bridge lock? in T's cabin with Mr and Mrs Ward - tea as is usual.
Sunday, August 6.
To church 11 am rest of day as usual tea and evening with T.
Monday, August 7.
Repacked my bags and lazed about generally all day as usual - Taffy took Mr Mrs Ward & myself all over the engine room - very interesting.
Tuesday, August 8.
Fremantle wakened 5:30 am and had to get up for medical inspection. Sent ashore 9:30 and took a bus to Perth three quarters of an hour clean nice city and bright warm sunshine - looked around and returned to ship after lunch. Early to bed for once - left 5 pm.
Wednesday, August 9.
Day as usual and Tea - Saturday cinema till 9 pm but no plans, to bed later into Bight 3 pm.
Thursday, August 10.
Baked in the Sun out of the cold wind. Albatross and Cape Hens interesting and porpoises hugged coast for quite a way. Very smooth and calm in Bight contrary to expectations. Late-night washed hair and tidied bags.
Friday, August 11.
No entry.
Saturday, August 12.
Arrived at Adelaide 7 am and took train to town half an hour with Mr and Mrs W and Mr Shields. Excitement over new governor's arrival lovely city and fair day - walked in gardens with Mr S and later took trolley bus in the sun. Most enjoyable day with very nice W.A. man.
Sunday, August 13
Bitterly cold to church with Mr W and others - Tea with Taffy - tied up at Melbourne 8 pm. Spent evening with T and H went into Melbourne in the evening.
Monday, August 14.
To town early a.m. and saw over city of Melbourne - Minal Hall for lunch - Victorian lovely stone buildings and parks - Shrine of remembrance - to St Kilda beach - botanical gardens etc etc. Left 6 pm and had a very pleasant evening before and after.
Tuesday, August 15.
Rather cold and wet. Packed all a.m. Gymkhana p.m. Started a party at 5:30 Bane, CW after tea with Taffy and then with Dale and T later Harry and finally Sammy - Danced with T nocte good night.
Wednesday, August 16.
Arrived in Sydney 7:30 am - wire from home but no friends. HS and I took a tour to Jenolan caves - very interesting - through glorious Blue Mountains scenery - blue gums ad lib and miserable villages - Cave house very nice - saw Lucas Cave at night.
Thursday, August 17.
Awake betimes and had own pineapple - glorious day and warm. H and I walked hard and then did Orient Cave - glorious! Left after lunch and returned to town 5:30 pm and put up at Metropole. Dined and then H went back to ship his cold being much worse.
Friday, August 18.
Had photo taken at Dorothy Welding's and got my ticket for New Zealand. Met Hugh for lunch at David Jones - cold much better. Then we went to P&O?. Nice and later to top of pylon on bridge. Saw him off on Strathnaver 4 pm for Rabane* - feeling very blue - a nice friend of H's took me for tea and then I met Miss Gostelars - who took me back for supper - saw their films at night and returned to Metropole 11 pm. (*Strathnaver was then used as a troop ship for the duration)
Saturday, August 19.
Explored shops and saw domain and War Memorial cathedrals and St James church BP gardens. Poinsettia is a Euphorbia - Taxodium nice feathery tree like in Melbourne. To "Goodbye Mr Chips" nocte - excellent - saw bosuns grandmother on film must tell them.
Sunday, August 20.
Gostelar's called for me at Metropole 10 pm and took me for a long drive to Bulli Gorge (Pass) Natural Park etc - Cronulla - home 2 pm and put up at YWCA seems pretty awful. Went to Cathedral for Evensong.
Monday, August 21.
Up not so early and went to Taronga Park - good - but somehow disappointing - very windy. Went over bridge by rail and returned by ferry. To bed early - feeling very blue.
Tuesday, August 22
Rang Mrs Lyons and then caught 10:15 ferry for all day trip on harbour windy and cold but later sunny. Interesting trip and good lunch at Clifton Gardens Hotel. Met a nice S.A. girl (McMahon). Later went to "Vernon and Irene Castle" GR and Fred Asta?. (Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire)
Wednesday, August 23.
Mrs G rang and said there were letters from home for me. Mended stockings and wrote letters a.m. and p.m. met Mrs Wash for tea and later went to Bondi and Darlinghurst for dinner and supper.
Thursday, August 24.
To Mrs Lyons for day, Ryde - returned 11 pm and started packing.
Friday, August 25.
Left the YW 9 am and took my bags to Wanganella - good cabin to myself - hurray - 4pm leave for NZ. Then to Manly ferry to meet Mrs W and Nancy and we went to M very pretty. Posted letters to T and Hugh, Amy, & Wall.
Saturday, August 26.
Left Sydney 5ish in good weather - which has lasted today - feeling fit and well - 2 pictures last night - stupid. Miss Lender and Mrs Kirk from Strathnaver on board and about 5 others.
Sunday, August 27.
Another crisis these last few days (War) - makes peace seem grim. To church a.m. - two Australian bishops took service - nice - to pictures nocte - Good -
Monday, August 28.
Wet and cold all day, so spent time largely in my cabin. To bed early in preparation for arriving next day - finished "London Roundabout"
Tuesday, August 29.
Home - wakened 3 am when we anchored at Wellington up soon after 6 am and was ashore by 8 am. Buff, ?, Eine, Phil B, and HaWa were at wharf to meet me - customs okay. Marvellous welcome home by all. Pops 80th birthday a great success and a happy day spent by all.
Wednesday, August 30.
H rang early and I went into town and joined him for lunch. Met the Hansell's - talked hard and then went to Art Gallery 4 pm. Saw Mrs Lenden there. Saw H off at Ferry 7:30 and was home by 8:30.
Thursday, August 31.
Peaceful quiet day at home - feeling very weary. Mary Peck rang.

8. Marjorie Barker's 1939 Diary.: Europe & New Zealand Part 3, 1 Jan 1939 to 19 Nov 1939. Friday, September 1.
The same - wet and cold awful hailstorm. Buff and Judith went to the zoo.
Saturday, September 2.
Saw Eine off to Hunterville at 2 pm. Washed and tidied generally.
Sunday, September 3.
Wet and cold - lovely quiet day at home - wrote to Harry etc and did much mending etc.
Monday, September 4.
Washed and was generally busy.
Tuesday, September 5.
No entry.
Wednesday, September 6.
To Joyce's by 11 am bus and spent a happy day mostly talking. Home with Dash's in tin can..
Thursday, September 7.
Dor rang and I decided to go to P'ram (Paraparaumu) next day.
Friday, September 8.
Met Nan at 5 pm and we went to P.P. All looking very nice - gardens full of flowers etc.
Saturday, September 9.
Gardened - sewing many seeds - wet and cold generally.
Sunday, September 10.
Listened to a very fine sermon by Archdeacon Bullock - I generally had a lazy day.
Monday, September 11.
Planted vegetable seeds etc.
Tuesday, September 12.
As usual.
Wednesday, September 13.
Cold and wet so I stayed in doors and sewed all day.
Thursday, September 14.
Warm p.m. so I sat on verandah and answered HaWa's letter.
Friday, September 15.
Left P'ram 9 pm and D and I had a happy day in town - saw many friends. D brought me a pair of sheets and helped me to look at rings. Later she came home with me and I later accompanied her to Hutt.
Saturday, September 16.
Gardened furiously all a.m. - p.m. Went to John's with mother - and had a very happy evening - gave us cheque etc. Letter from Harry.
Sunday, September 17.
Gardened a.m. To Mrs Widdecombe's for tea p.m. Sevad nocte (Saved by sleep?)
Monday, September 18.
Mops went to town I gardened and wrote letters.
Tuesday, September 19.
To lunch with Mr McCrea at Leges Court - met Lin & Phil for tea and later shopped. Wire from Stuart who came out here later - the dear - and we had a gloriously happy evening. Walked to Hutt with him.
Wednesday, September 20
S rang also Mr McC - saw Joy Kirk yesterday - gardened.
Thursday, September 21.
To town a.m. met Mr McC & shopped.
Friday, September 22.
S rang as he was about to return to New Plymouth. To "Mikado" no etc (sic) in much rain.
Saturday, September 23.
Gardened nice letter from Stu - Mop and Dad went to the trots. I planted many vegetables and generally tidied up the place.
Sunday, September 24.
Phil and Mrs Gillespie came out.
Monday, September 25
Washed and ironed no letters - to dinner with Taytons nocte - Joyce came in.
Tuesday, September 26.
To town pm and bought my ring. Letter from Harry a.m.
Wednesday, September 27.
Caught early bus for Joyce's - to am tea with Doreen and later p.m. tea, with another happy evening at home. Sewing.
Thursday, September 28.
Lay and sunned all am. Letters from Taffy and Hugh - Esdales came at night.
Friday, September 29
To town pm and did much shopping. Letter from Dor. Rang mother - pleasant evening chatting and sewing.
Saturday, September 30.
Joyce and June bought me home a.m. Gardened hard all p.m. Removing old hedge and planting a new one.
Sunday, October 1.
Gardened a bit and sewed more Miss Blackburn came p.m. said "Rabbits".
Monday, October 2.
Gardened and sewed and to Pygmalion at night with Miss Gibbons a delightful picture.
Tuesday, October 3.
To town for lunch with Joan H & D - tea with Mops at Kinks and so home lovely letter from HaWa
Wednesday, October 4.
John came out for day and Miss Jordan for tea wrote to H, Dill and Dor.
Thursday, October 5.
To church a.m. with Tot - sewed pm - to Fellowship nocte and renewed fellowships very pleasantly.
Friday, October 6.
To town a.m. and lunched with Doss at John Smith's - she gave me glorious towels and a frock and we bought blue velvet. Home in car with her. Letter from Mrs Elworthy p.m.
Saturday, October 7.
Letter from H a.m. suggesting I go south on Tuesday night. Wrote to Mrs E. Took old Chappie for a walk and saw the dressmaker on my way home. Darling S came out and we went for a walk to Gracefield. He caught 11 pm train back to T.
Sunday, October 8.
Busy day gardened and weeded - to Hillman's for supper.
Monday, October 9.
Gardened and washed - to town pm and got my steamer ticket and shopped etc.
Tuesday, October 10.
Joyce called round and took my velvet to make up. Got my clothes from dressmaker and Mop and I went to town and I caught the ferry about 7:45.
Wednesday, October 11.
Arrived Timaru at 11:30 am - my dear one met me and we shopped. To Craigmore for lunch a lovely place - to Grange Hill p.m. and oh such joy.
Thursday, October 12.
To Grange Hill a.m. for lunch and to Junes for a cocktail after. Quiet evening Harry had to go to a play rehearsal.
Friday, October 13
To town pm and H was measured for a suit and we brought wallpaper etc. To Grange Hill after and I did some more gardening H staying with me at Craigmore.
Saturday, October 14.
To races at Washdyke p.m. Picnic lunch and later went to flicks with Mrs Elworthy a very happy day.
Sunday, October 15
Lazy a.m. with breakfast at 9 am. To Holme Station for lunch - a most happy time + furniture. To supper with the Rhodes and home feeling oh so happy.
Monday, October 16.
Left Craigmore 10:30ish and got my steamer ticket. Harry had an awful turn and we had to go to see Dr and I went back to Grange Hill with him and started his treatment.
Tuesday, October 17.
Long quiet a.m. with Harry in boiling sun - gardened and planted glads. Great excitement over shearing p.m. and it was late before we got to bed.
Wednesday, October 18.
Started shearing a.m. up at 7 am. H took me to Craigmore and Mr E drove me in - ASE* travelled with me - Wahine 8:30. (*Arthur Stanley Elworthy)
Thursday, October 19
Home 8:30 and was soon hard at it with licenses rings etc. An awful day really and was deadbeat at night. Tea with Mrs Fry p.m. Letter from John Gilk.
Friday, October 20.
Feeling rather awful - but got good work done - packing etc. Rang Doris and many others?
Saturday, October 21.
Busy a.m. at home - Joyce and Mrs B and Ray called in pm after races and then went dining for the last time.
Sunday, October 22.
Rang Doss and she and Stuart came out p.m. for tea. Went round to Joyce's - Archdeacon and Mrs Hansell called p.m. To Hillman's after tea we took Dos home later to town feeling most wretchedly tired.
Monday, October 23.
Labour Day.
Tuesday, October 24.
The darling arrived at 9-ish and and in pm we went to town for some whirlwind shopping - collecting our cake as we went. To Joyce's nocte where I tried on my frock they gave us some spoons and coffee cups.
Wednesday, October 25.
My wedding day dawned grey but not cold - many folk rang a.m. but we were both calm - I was late for church but it's all went off very well. 19 there and many at the church besides. I've never felt happier. pm we got my steamer tickets and went out to to see the Raits Who were very thrilled to see us. Rangitira at night - pm Buff & Phil saw us off slept well and a smooth crossing.
Thursday, October 26
Arrived Christchurch and motored down to Lyttleton again only to miss our bags and awful contretemps. Put up at Federal and proceeded to shop like mad. To the "The Zeal of Thy House" at Cathedral at night jolly good. Bitterly cold here but am oh so happy.
Friday, October 27.
More farce with our baggage this a.m. but we finally located it. To Betty Gould's for lunch and p.m. purchased carpets furnishings etc - a busy day - to "Alexander Bell"* at night and so to bed (*film)
Saturday, October 28.
Up betimes this a.m. and were away 9:30 - to Timaru Show p.m. and met many new folk. Home James where H had to milk while I got tea - wonderful to be in my own home - dear H.
Sunday, October 29.
A lovely quiet day at home - unpacking and generally digging in.
Monday, October 30.
Rained hard at times my plants are doing well - planted many gladioli. Wrote dozens of letters.
Tuesday, October 31.
Ha Wa was out toiling all day I plod on with my painting - doing our living room now. Rang the paper hanger to do the papering. My love and I went walking over the hills after a visit to the Evans.
Wednesday, November 1.
How the days fly by we have been married a week. Painting and gardening today and writing many letters - Mr Howell called.
Thursday, November 2.
Ha Wa was up at 5 but I slept in till 9 - finished up my paint so I couldn't get on. H got home for lunch at 3 pm! Wrote to Miss Williams.
Friday, November 3.
To town early - called in at Holme Station and got chair and couch to be covered, and to Fishers*
(*Harry's ex married couple). Shopped hard and got my hair done. My frock arrived. To the party at Maungati at night a great crowd there and we were presented with a silver tea service and tray.
Saturday, November 4.
Home at 1:30 and Ha Wa had to rise again at 4:30 poor sweet. Painted most of the day and put in my houseplants. Letter from Mops and Eine. Rained p.m. To bed early.
Sunday, November 5.
Lay in bed till 9:30 and then had a lovely day in the sun H's godchild Margaret Ford came over - I cooked lunch after which we went for a walk to "Pisgah" (Summit) - so very happy. Wrote letters home nocte - owe H L2.12.6 - picked clematis.

Now follows gaps.
Friday, November 10.
To town a.m.
Sunday, November 12.
June and Harrold with family brought tea and we had it in the bush - H and I worked hard a.m. and moved over into our bedroom proper.
Friday, November 17.
P arrived* and I felt like death. Went to town - lunched with Mrs Elworthy - beautiful garden - dinner with Rachel - Mrs Bond presented us with an entree dish and the Rhodes a coffee set and tray. Home late feeling awful. (The transcriber considers this is short for "Percy" Margot's menses)
Saturday, November 18.
Worked hard a.m. - to a bridge party at Mrs Verity's nocte - 23 people - presented with numerous gifts - home 1:30.
Sunday, November 19.
Slept in - laid carpet - Ha Wa went mustering with Mr Squire p.m.
Finis.

9. Marjorie Barker: After Her Marriage, 1940-1963. Margot with son Edward & sister Doris, the Fenn Family, Caroline Bay Timaru Jan 1947, Margot 1955, 1960 &1964 in her beloved garden..

Children from this marriage were:

+ 1712 M    i. Living

+ 1713 F    ii. Living

1363. Reginald Alston FENN [35] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1104, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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.



1364. Rev Ernest Vanderzee "Van" FENN M A [37] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D.1104, Maria ALSTON910, George756, Samuel584, Samuel398, 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 baptised 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.

Ormskirk Advertiser
12 October 1915
The New Vicar of Kirkby.
Institution by the Lord Bishop of Liverpool.
A large number of the parishioners, in spite of the unfavourable weather, attended St Chad's Parish Church Kirkby to witness the institution of the new vicar, the Rev Ernest Vanderzee Fenn M.A., by the Lord Bishop of Liverpool, and his induction, by the Venerable Archdeacon Spooner, to the benefice. The Rev E Vanderzee Fenn has for the past 8 years been Curate of Cuckfield, Sussex and now succeeds the Rev R Lloyd Crawley Boevey who has resigned owing to failing health. The service was conducted by the Venerable Archdeacon Spooner, and opened with hymn "Our blessed Redeemer" . . . . .
After the institution ceremony, Archdeacon Spooner received at the hands of the Bishop the Mandate of Induction, and in company with the new incumbent and the churchwardens (Messrs G Glover and James Merser) proceeded to the main door of the church, where the Rev E Vanderzee Fenn was inducted "into the real, actual, and corporeal possession of the Church and Benefice of the New Parish of St Chad, Kirkby, in the Diocese of Liverpool, with all its fruits, members and appurtenances"
the closing him was "Through the night of doubt and sorrow" and whilst this was being sung a collection on behalf of the Diocesan ordination candidates exhibition fund was taken.

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, t